When preparing to sell your home, it’s important to look at it from a buyer’s point of view. Those little quirks that you have come to love may not appeal to everyone. And not everyone will share your taste in color and style.
A professional Realtor such as Elizabeth Russo will provide you with invaluable advice about the current market and changes you should make to present your home at its best. The following tips will also help and ensure your home doesn’t linger on the property lists.
- Scruffy Garden And Exterior
If you walk or drive past a house with an unkempt garden and peeling paintwork, what is your first impression? Scruffy? Badly maintained? Poor condition? Before buyers make an appointment to view your home, they’re likely to drive past to check it out. If you don’t capture their attention at this point, the appoint is not likely to happen.
It doesn’t take a lot to spruce up your home’s exterior. A simple garden tidy up and a lick of paint is all it really takes. Take the following into consideration:
- Remove any rubbish or garden debris off the property
- Clear all drives and paths from overgrowing plants and bushes
- Ensure everything is neatly cut back and pruned
- Pull up grass and weeds that are growing through paving cracks
- Mend broken fences, gates, and walls
- If paintwork is chipped or peeling, give it a fresh coat
- Provide adequate outdoor lighting for dark evenings
- Lapsed Maintenance
All those small maintenance tasks you haven’t got round to completing and hardly notice anymore will be evident to potential buyers. For example, squeaky floorboards, doors that don’t fit properly, cracks in the plaster, etc. If they notice prominent issues, they may assume the house has been neglected and wonder what else is going on behind the scenes.
Walk through each room of your home and look at it with fresh eyes. Make a note of all those outstanding tasks and work your way through them.
- Storage And Clutter
A cluttered home provides the following impression:
- Small rooms
- Inadequate storage
- Your home is not cared for
- Not enough space to relax, function, live
To avoid providing this impression to your potential buyers, have a good clear out before you put your home on the market. Get rid of anything that is no longer useful to you. If you still have items that you wish to keep and take to your next home, consider renting temporary storage space.
- Your Personality
Interiors magazines and design blogs will instruct you on ways to add personality to your home. It’s good to put your own stamp on the place. But when you’re selling up, the opposite is true. If you have a strong, pervasive style, this may not appeal to everyone. Remember that you’re trying to sell someone else’s dream. In order to do this, provide them with a blank canvas and enable them to picture themselves living there. Therefore, if you have used strong colors and quirky touches, think about how to neutralize them a little.
Giving some thought to what potential buyers are looking for, will help you reduce the time your home is on the market, and ensure you sell in super fast time.