No need to explain that it’s important to clean and tidy your place in order to sell it well. In order to make a good first impression, a well-kept garden, decluttered space and airy home are essential. But what else can you do to make your property attractive to potential customers? With the following steps, your property will be all set for a successful sale.
Preparing your house for sale doesn’t mean you have to make it a complete makeover or make it look totally different than it currently does. Potential buyers find it much more precious when they see the potential of the space: how big is it and is it portrayed realistically? You don’t want to create false expectations from the start.
Make your property feel homely
One of the first steps to make your property feel homely, is to declutter. In the end, it’s the visitors who really see themselves living in the place you’re selling, that ends up falling in love and making an offer. So next to all your personal belongings like family pictures, friendship tokens and souvenirs from your trips, it’s important to put all your pet’s belongings in storage. Scratching posts and dog baskets only give a sloppy impression. In the kitchen, make sure to stuff away all visible cables and cords. You only need these to use the actual appliances but trust us – no potential buyer stepped into the kitchen during the home visit and tried to make themselves a coffee.
Do you have a very particular style and are totally in love with your red walls? Keep in mind that many potential buyers might have a different taste and this could influence their decision. It’s a small and smart investment to paint the walls in a more neutral color in order to increase the potential amount of offers. Also evident but still worth mentioning, is that potential buyers love seeing a well-maintained property. Make sure to repair anything that needs repairing, clean the windows and put up some plants to bring in a fresh, green feel.
Play on feelings
Now that your house looks clean and well-maintained, you can make sure that whoever enters your property, immediately feels at home and at ease. You can achieve this by making sure there’s a pleasant temperature when entering the house. Test this yourself if you are not sure by leaving your house: do you feel like it’s quite chilly or way too hot when walking back in? Also smell is a very important factor which could significantly influence the potential buyer’s first impression – nobody wants to buy a house which smells like a dumpster or litter box. Empty your trash cans, put the cat litter away and fill up the house with the one smell that makes literally everyone happy: a freshly baked cake! Chances are this brings your visitors right back into time and generates some nostalgic memories. Happy visitors from the start will only be beneficial in the end. So bake a cake right before you have some visits planned, or make it easy on yourself and use home fragrance. We heard that there’s even home scents on the market which smell like a freshly baked cake… That’s a win-win.
Make sure everyone knows your property is up for sale
Before you can plan visits, it’s important that word is on the street that you’re selling. You can make sure everyone in your surroundings know that your house is up for sale and hope that the message will spread, or you can work with a broker. If you choose not to work with a broker, your online presence is extremely important. To spread the word, make sure you have accurate and neutral pictures that portray the overall feel and actual space of your property. Share them all over social media, together with an accurate description and try to reach as many people as possible. The higher your reach, the more possible visits and potential buyers. Have you received several requests for a house tour? Then make sure to plan the visits right after one another, to show that there’s quite some interest. The housing demand is high, so if potential buyers see the other candidates, they might put in a more competitive offer. Are you not quite successful doing it yourself or do you choose convenience from the start and are you willing to pay a bit more for this service? Then working with a broker is your way to go – this party will take care of everything for you.