Want to sell your home quickly? To grab the attention you need to make a sale, you need to learn what buyer’s want – and give them the look and style they're looking for.
Today’s savvy homebuyer knows what they want, and they will not settle for less. To make sure that your house stands out in the market, be sure to follow these four tips to making a lasting impression on everyone who steps through the front door.
Clutter Can Kill a Sale
First impressions really do count. Statistics show that potential buyers take less than 30 seconds to decide whether they like a house or not. So how can you ensure that their first peek makes the kind of impression that will result in a sale? According to the nation’s top real estate gurus, nothing turns potential buyers off more than clutter. It is vital that your home looks completely manicured and organized. Stowaway anything that detracts from the overall look and feel of a room. This includes:
- Loose papers
- Books and magazines
- Children’s toys
- Personal items
- Kitchen items
- Open trash containers (both indoors and outside)
- Even house keys
Find a place for all of your belongings and organize everything you can. Now is the perfect time to add some decorative containers, hooks and baskets to your interior design. They will give you handy places to store items that need to be out of sight during a showing.
Boost Your Curb Appeal
Someone interested in your home pulls up to the curb and notices neglected flowerbeds, faded mulch and untrimmed trees. You may have lost a sale! While many homeowners work tirelessly to make the inside of their homes look as good as possible for buyers, they often forget the importance of a clean, well-maintained exterior.
Proper landscaping can give your home’s exterior a lift, drawing visitors to the front door. Make your lawn look inviting by laying new mulch, trimming overgrown shrubs and trees, adding some colorful flowers and mowing regularly. Doing something as simple as edging the lawn can give your entire landscape a crisp, sophisticated look. Not only will it draw the buyer’s attention, but it will give a feeling that your home has been well cared for over the years – and that can ease a buyer’s mind when it comes to maintenance.
Give Your Home a Clean, Crisp Look with a Fresh Coat of Paint
Buyers look for a home that feels fresh and new. Even if your house is 50 years old, you can give it that new-again appearance with a fresh coat of paint. Tackle rooms that look drab and dreary first. Rooms sporting extra color should also be repainted. Always opt for light neutral colors to give buyers the ability to “see” their own belongings there. Whites and creams are excellent choices since they make rooms look larger, while creating a clean slate for buyers.
If repainting the exterior of your home isn’t possible right now, you can still spruce up the outside of your home by repainting windows and sills, doors and shutters.
Make Necessary Repairs
One of a buyer’s biggest worries and being forced to tackle repairs right away. Clear potential buyer’s minds by repairing as much as you can before listing your home. Make sure all of the major systems (like plumbing, HVAC, electrical and the roof), are in good working order. But that’s not all. Here are some other repairs to consider:
- Make sure that all doors and windows open and close properly
- Fix broken windows panes
- Check cabinet doors
- Check for leaky faucets
- Replace worn and stained grout
- Re-caulk around windows
- Replace worn or broken hardware
- Replace worn tiles and or carpeting
- Fix damaged gutters
- Add proper exterior lighting
- Change all light bulbs to avoid one blowing our during a showing
- Repair loose or aging roof shingles
- Power Wash the exterior of the house
- Power wash the driveway, walkways and patio
Making your house look its absolute best requires going through every nook and cranny. Once you have followed these four basic tips, consider adding some style with the right finishing touches.
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