Selling your home, but don't know where to start? Don't worry, you're not alone. In today's market, a lower asking price isn't always enough to ensure your house is sold when you want it. Preparing your home for prospective buyers is important. Thousands of people each year struggle with selling their homes, mostly because they don't know which aspects to focus on, and it doesn't help that most buyers form their first impression within seconds of walking through the door. Since you don't have a second chance to make a first impression, it’s important to make buyers feel warm and welcome as they approach your house.
Here are a few tips to not only help you sell your house faster, but to also add to its overall value.
home out of your house and depersonalizing it is very important when putting your house on the market. The more personal stuff you have, the less prospective buyers can envision themselves living there. When putting your house on the market, get rid of at least one-third of your belongings and put them in storage. This includes family photos, personal treasures, and collections.
You’re not actually selling your house, you’re selling your kitchen – that’s how important it is. The benefits of remodeling your kitchen are endless, and the best part of it is that you’ll probably get 85% of your money back. The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware. Again, use neutral tones so you can present buyers with a blank canvas. That way, they can start imagining their own furnishings.
One thing many people don't consider when selling their home is the amount of clutter in it. Clutter makes it harder for buyers to imagine themselves and their own possessions in your space, so getting rid of all that unnecessary mess can only improve your chances of finding a buyer. Remember, what you consider tidy and organized, others might consider an eye-sore.
In this image, we can see how effective decluttering really is. There's minimal furniture, only a few books on the shelves, and a single television. Because this set-up is so open, it allows the buyer to get a small idea of how to use the space, but doesn't hinder their ideas of how to make it their own.
When selling your home, nothing helps a potential buyer to better imagine themselves in your space than neutral wall colours. Neutral colours are easier to decorate with and bring a calming, relaxed vibe to the room. Not only that, but neutral tones also create the illusion of a bigger space.
Whether you're aware of it or not, and whether it's older or rather new, your home could be harbouring toxins that stifle the very air you breathe. But luckily for you, adding plants is an easy and aesthetically pleasing way to help rid harmful toxins while simultaneously adding life and colour to your home.
It's an easily overlooked feature, but adding a little plant life to your home before selling it can really improve your chances of finding a buyer. Plants add life to your home and can make a potential buyer feel more at ease entering a new space. They can contribute to a feeling of happiness and make you feel more tranquil and optimistic, which is something you want to keep in mind when selling your home. There are also a number of health benefits from adding vegetation to your home. Try using some eclectic style plant pots to make your home stand out from all the others on the market.
Quick fixes will always pay off before you sell your house. Gigantic makeovers, on the other hand, not so much. You will most likely end up spending much more on the renovations that intended and not end up getting that money back when you eventually sell. Instead, update on a small scale. Add new, fresh coats of paint, clean large windows, replace old door handles and cabinets, and make sure you fix any leaky faucets.
Lighting is one of the most important things to consider when selling your home. No one wants to walk into a dark and dismal room when visiting a potential new home.
If you have a particularly dark room in your house, consider adding new light fixtures. As we see in this image, this rather dark room is given life with various ceiling-mounted and hanging lights.
For more ideas on how to improve lighting in your home, especially in your kitchen, check out this Ideabook.
It's not something you put much thought into, but good, sturdy, clean flooring is a must when welling your house. After you've freshly painted the walls, decluttered, and added plants to improve marketability, the last thing you want is to drive buyers away with old and worn-down floors. Hardwood floors are always a safe bet. They're classy and go with just about every home style you can think of.