What to think about before you start the house selling process.
Before you put your house on the market, get to know your competition, the market and make sure your house is looking its best. Here are some tips to attract buyers attention.
Selling Tip #1: Improve Your Curb Appeal
Nothing is more important than a first impression. So consider what a potential home buyer may think as he or she drives up to your property for the very first time.
Walk out into your street and look at your home to see its shortcomings. Is it attractive, clean, and well-kept, or does it need maintenance that you’ve been putting off?
After you’ve been in a home for a while, it can be difficult to see it objectively. So take suggestions from friends, family or prospective buyers about how to make it show better.
When your home is on the market, it’s critical that your landscaping is well groomed and your lawn is mowed 24/7. Plus, your driveway, exterior porches, and exterior walls must be clean, too.
If you put money into cleaning up the outside of your home, I can guarantee that buyers will be more likely to take a tour of the inside. Curb appeal is what draws buyers in, helps maintain their interest, and sets your home apart from the competition.
Remember that unless you’re willing to discount a home’s price well below market value, prospective homebuyers generally won’t want to buy a house that needs a lot of work.
Selling Tip #2: Depersonalize Your Home
After you improve your curb appeal and make necessary upgrades and repairs, it’s show time!
The best way to get your home ready to show prospective buyers is to depersonalize it by removing family photos, quirky art and collectibles, and vibrant paint colours. Your goal is to create a soothing space that allows buyers to visualize their own family and lifestyle in the home–not yours.
Don’t take it personally, but no one likes your pet accessories, over-stuffed closets, movie collections, and clutter, except you. Simplify and neutralize your home as if it were a model home, because that’s exactly what it is while it’s on the market.
If you have to rent a storage unit to de-clutter and remove excess trinkets and closet junk, it’ll be worth it. Then it will also be easier to freshen up the paint on interior walls and tone down any bright colours with off-white or beige.
Make your home like a clean, welcoming, blank canvas that any buyer can visually paint their own dreams upon. I know it won’t feel like your home for a little while, but once you sell your house and move into your next place, you can decorate any way you like.
Selling Tip #3: Price Your Property Competitively
Choosing the right listing price is one of the most important tips for selling your home quickly. If your home is priced too low, you’ll obviously leave money on the table, and if it’s too high, you’ll get few offers and watch it get stale on the market.
After a home sits on the market for an extended period of time, many people will assume that it hasn’t sold because something is wrong with it. Buyers may mistakenly assume that an old listing can’t pass inspections, or that it has a poor interior layout.
So, don’t let your home become a stale listing because it’s overpriced.
If you follow these tips, you’ll have a leg up on the local competition–and will attract as many buyers as possible, for the right price.