Ideas to Make Your Home More Saleable
It's the little things as well as the big things that
count when you are selling your home. You never know what will capture a buyer's
fancy and what will turn them off. Most buyers predictably respond to the same
things - clean, clutter-free homes in good repair. Your agent may have already
suggested that you paint the house, or that you do some major repairs. Those are
big ticket items, but what can you do on a small scale to get your home ready to
compete on the market?
There are a few time-honored tricks you can use to make sure your buyer sees what you want them to see, and overlook what you want them to overlook. Keeping your home in tip-top shape for showings will insure that your buyer will offer a higher amount than for a home that isn't showtime-ready.
look at a home from the buyer's perspective. Be objective and honest with
yourself. If something bothers you about your home, chances are good it will
bother the buyer, too. Do what you can to get rid of the problem. You want to
keep objections about your home to a minimum. Preparing your home for market
means you'll be putting some elbow grease into it, so get ready.
Have a garage sale before the home is listed. GET RID OF THE CLUTTER so that the
buyer can really see your home. Clean out what you think you won't need in your
next home. Pack away all that you can. Home buyers will expect you to be
preparing to move, so a few packing boxes here and there can be used to your
advantage. They could be a good visual stimulant to someone who is "on the
fence;" they show that you are moving and are serious about finding a
buyer. Be sure, though, to find the fine line between clutter and emptiness.
Welcome the buyer at the entry. Put out a new doormat, but avoid mats with
cutesy sayings. Clean and polish the brass door knocker. Put potted flowers on
the porch. Make sure the front entry floor is always sparkling clean and the
porch and steps are always swept. First impressions count.
Stimulate the buyer's imagination by setting the stage. Set the dinner table
with your best china. Use the coziness and romance of the fireplace to
advantage. Put a pair of wine glasses and a vase of flowers on the coffee table
in front of the fire.
I don't suggest one needs a fire in the fireplace, but if you do have a
woodburning fireplace, simply suggesting its beauty with candles within can
evoke the proper response.
I don't suggest one needs a fire in the fireplace, but if you do have a woodburning fireplace, simply suggesting its beauty with candles within can evoke the proper response.
Be ruthless about odors. If there is a smell, your house won't sell. Use
cleansers of all kinds to make the home smell fresh, from carpet freshener to
potpourri. Deodorize cat litter and scoop litter daily. Put cedar chips inside
the closets. Be careful with room sprays, they could stimulate allergies. Use
the sense of smell to your advantage by having fresh-baked cookies on the
Create a spacious feeling. Make sure that all doors, cabinets and drawers open
all the way without bumping into anything or sticking. Clean out the entry
closet and put only a few hangers so that the buyer can visualize winter coats.
Move oversized furniture to a storage facility. Make sure entrances to all rooms
have an open flow.
Make the most of views. Disguise unsightly views. Put a screen or a basket of
flowers in front of a fireplace if not in use. Let the breezes move your sheer
curtains at the window. Make sure the interior is visible from the street. All
windows must be crystal clean and clear.
Create counter space. Store away extra appliances. Put away dish racks, soap
dishes and other clutter. Decrease kitchen clutter further by removing magnets
Avoid eccentric decor. De-personalize your teenager's room, the game room or
other areas by removing wild posters or any decorative item that could be
construed as offensive. Remove hanging beads in doorways, your children's jars
with spiders or bugs, and anything which won't appeal to the masses.
Increase the wattage in light bulbs in the laundry room, kitchen and bathrooms.
For showings, turn on lights in every room.
Put photos of the family enjoying your home in at least three different places.
step back. Stand outside the front door, as much as 30 feet away and evaluate
the feeling you get. Is the house warm and inviting? Does it feel like home?
Then perhaps it will to your buyer, too.
I do this as a living. If you have any questions at any time, feel free to contact me, either via voice, or email.