If you’re ready to sell your home, be sure that your home is ready to be sold. There are some easy things you can do that will greatly increase the appeal of your home to prospective buyers.
The first time buyers will see your home is very likely to be a photograph on a real estate agent’s website, so make sure that first impression is a good one. Take the time to mow and rake the yard before taking exterior pictures, and this would also be the time to plant flowers, if you haven’t already done so. Choose interior pictures that show off the unique selling features of your home, and make sure those pictures are well-lit and attractive. Include as many pictures as the website will allow you to have in the listing. You can also browse other sellers’ listings to get an idea of the pictures they include, and how yours measure up in comparison.
When buyers arrive to view your home in person, make sure it’s appealing. You can make your home feel warm and inviting when buyers first arrive by having a warm, homey scent pervade the house. An easy way to do this is to put a pot of water on the stove and simmer a handful of spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger, along with a sliced-up apple or lemon. In addition to smelling nice, make sure the house is spotless.
You should also remove personal items from view. Family photographs, awards, diplomas, and the like are all great things to have in your home, but you want the buyers to be thinking about this as their home rather than yours. The easier you can make it for them to imagine living there, the better.
Closet space is important to most buyers, so make the most of yours. If your closets are cluttered and crammed, you’ll give the impression that there isn’t enough closet space, since there isn’t enough for you. Take the time to half-empty your closets, and organize neatly what remains, so that it will appear that there’s an abundance of space.
More home sales are lost on the appearance of the kitchen than for any other reason. A fresh coat of paint can do wonders for very little money, as can new knobs and handles on cabinets and drawers. If you’re prepared to invest a little money in the hopes of getting it back in an offer for your home, you should also target the kitchen with things like new countertops and appliances.
A bit of time, and a little bit money and work can turn a so-so house into an appealing home for a new family, and can pay off in the long run.