Selling your house? Need to sell it fast? There are a number of things that you can do to make your house more appealing to every buyer that walks through the door. It’s not that hard, just take this one step at a time and get your house sold quickly.
When buyers drive up to the front of your house, they are hoping to see a house that is well taken care of and a yard that is landscaped and manicured. If the front of your house does not look good, the buyers will immediately assume that the house has not been maintained and that there will be hidden problems inside. Believe me, this is not the first impression you want to give to potential buyers. So step number one is to make sure that your front yard looks great!
Okay, your front yard looks great and the potential buyers have moved up to the porch and into the front door. When buyers enter your front door, you want your home to look like a model home. What does this mean? First off, there should be no odors emanating from your house. With the possible exception of the scent of cookies baking, smells are really a distraction to buyers.
When visitors look around your home for the first time, they should see a clear and unobstructed view that is clutter free. Think of a luxury hotel that you have visited – there are not a lot of knickknacks or personalized items sitting around. Try to emulate that feel in your home. Put away your personalized pictures and small mementos. Make your home more generic so that it appeals to a much wider variety of people.
Is your furniture in good shape? Do your walls have a fresh coat of paint? If not, consider either replacing the furniture or covering it with a neutral slipcover of some kind. Fresh paint on your walls can make a huge difference to the perceived value of your home. If you are repainting specifically to help you sell your home, be sure you select a neutral color for the walls such as a light tan or beige color.
Is your flooring in great shape? Flooring is another big issue with many buyers. If buyers come into your home and realize that they immediately have to replace the flooring, they may scratch your home off of their list immediately. Flooring can be very expensive and flooring that needs to be replaced is a huge deterrent to buyers. In light of this, do whatever you can to make your flooring look better. Hire a professional to steam clean your carpets and so on.
Other things you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers is to keep all of your personal possessions neatly tucked away. It is not okay to shove everything in your closet just so it is out of view. Remember that buyers are going to be opening every closet door and looking inside to determine how much storage capacity you have. If you have a great many things, it actually might be best for you to place everything that you do not absolutely need into a rented storage unit while your home is on the market.
If you follow these tips on how to sell your home fast, your home should sell very quickly and at top dollar. A little work ahead of time will make all the difference in having a smooth and easy real estate transaction.