I recently gave some Sellers suggestions on what to do to get their houses ready to sell.
You’ve heard the sayings “First impressions count! or “You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression.” Well that holds true when selling your home. In today’s real estate market, we all know that the online presence is important. But remember that the curb appeal and entry appeal which will be the Buyer’s true first introduction to your home. With a little effort, your home will attract the largest pool of Buyers, sell quickly and for the highest price!
Take some time to mow the lawn, trim shrubs and spruce up the landscaping, add some fresh mulch, plant some inexpensive, bright colored flowers, buy a new door mat, sweep the walkway and wipe down the front. A Buyer may have already judged your home even before they walked in the door. You will want the Buyer to feel that the home is well-cared-for and maintained. When the exterior appeal is attractive, a Buyer will be more excited to view the interior of the home.
When a Buyer enters a home, there should not be any clutter (shoes, keys, kids or pet toys) or furniture that overpowers the space. The entry-way will give the Buyer an indication of what the rest of the home is like. Make sure the home has enough light. A well-lit home will feel more spacious and inviting. If there is not enough natural sunlight, turn on some lights or open the blinds. The house should have a pleasant smell. Nothing will deter a buyer more than an unpleasant odor (pets, cigarette smoke or last night’s dinner!). Also, keep in mind the temperature… a house should feel slightly warm in the Winter and cool in the Summer.
You would be amazed at how some minor changes can have a positive impact on selling a home! If you would like a free, consultation on selling your home, contact me at 727-507-1800.