Selling your house can be a tiring and time-consuming process. It usually takes a lot of time to find a good real estate agent, and even longer to find the right buyer. All your time and efforts can go to waste if your house fails to make that first positive impression on potential buyers.
This is why most houses fail to sell, so you need to focus on nailing this part in order to make your house more appealing and more likely to receive an offer. This article will discuss four important things you should do to make your house look great before selling it.
1. Clean Thoroughly
A dirty or messy house rarely makes a good first impression. No buyer wants to buy a house in a dirty condition, and it can be a deciding factor for potential buyers. The experts from GoodAsSoldHomeBuyers.com explain that cleanliness shows the house is well taken care of, and also enhances the beauty of the house. The cleanliness of your home also says something about you as the owner, so you should make sure the first impression your buyers have regarding your house is that it is clean and well looked after. This is especially important if your house is old or has signs of long-term use. Cleaning the whole house by yourself can be a daunting task, so it may be a good idea to get professional cleaners to take care of this for you. They will do a much better job while you can focus your efforts on fixing things or advertising the house.
2. Make Sure Everything Works Before You Let Buyers In
Things break down, from the oven to the air conditioner to the lights. Whilst it is, of course, expected that your house may require maintenance from time to time, the same cannot be said when you are showing your house to potential buyers, because everything should be working perfectly if you want to make a sale. Otherwise, your buyers will definitely spot the issue when they look around the house, and if obvious repairs are needed it can be a big turn-off. Even if you can sell the house without fixing everything, it is unlikely that you will get your full asking price because buyers will factor in the costs of repair in their final offer.
3. Depersonalize Your Home
Your home is no doubt a precious place to you; after all, you have spent all those years living in it and have made so many memories in the house. However, potential buyers want to buy a house that they can see themselves living in, not a house that is filled with your photos and memories because then they would only see it as your house and not as a potential house for them.
To stage your home effectively, you need to depersonalize your house and show potential buyers a blank canvas that they can paint themselves after they move in. You can do this by putting family portraits into storage, removing magnets and photos from the refrigerator, and painting your home in neutral colors.
4. Focus on the Exterior
The first impression your house will make on potential buyers is the walk up to the front door. Even if the interior of your house is stunning, if the exterior doesn’t look great then you will make a bad first impression on potential buyers which can cause your buyers to lose interest right away. Whilst a good first impression does not guarantee a deal, it still helps put buyers in a good mood, raise the value of your house, and set the tone of the buyer’s meeting. Make sure the exterior of your home looks great. Repaint your home including the doors and window frames, landscape any front yard or driveway that you have, and just give everything a thorough cleaning and freshening up. Beautifying the exterior of a home is very inexpensive but the value it can add to your home is significant. Put yourself in the shoes of potential buyers and try and look at your exterior as if you were seeing it for the first time.
In the end, the secret to making a sale is making your product as attractive as possible to buyers. This also applies to your home. Your property will be a lot more appealing to buyers when it is clean, well-functioning, depersonalized, and beautiful both inside and outside. If you are looking to sell your home quickly, you should take the right steps and spend some time and money to ensure that your home is in its best shape before receiving viewings.