Buying a home is all about location, location, location. Conversely selling a home is not about location as the buyer has already decided they like where you live, not necessarily your home. So the first tip is presentation, presentation, presentation. You have to stage your home and prepare it for selling just as you would for an interview. Most people buy on first impressions and sight alone, so your home has to look good to them.
Your homely accumulation of a lifetime of knick-knacks, trinkets, photos and treasured memories is unfortunately just junk to most others. The first place to start is the garage, often the dumping ground for those treasured items you could not part with, which in all honesty if you needed them they wouldn’t be in a box in the garage. So tidy up the garage, turn it back into a garage again not just a collection of boxes and exercise equipment you never quite got round to using. The next place to tackle is the attic, same as the garage a repository of everything you don’t really need. If you can’t bear to part with anything then find somewhere else to store them.
Another tip is to highlight the best features of your home. What first attracted you to the home, was it the large garden for your young family that is now grown up. Then mow, tidy the plants and remove the rubbish. Remember, your potential buyers are probably in the same frame of mind you were in when you bought the house. When a buyer first sees your property it’s that first impression so work on your kerb appeal to prevent possible buyers just driving off again.
Lighting is important both inside and outside. Outside to highlight the area and provide a sense of security and inside possibly subdued or highlighted to mask or accentuate features. Obviously everything should be clean and tidy. You should add some plants and flowers around the rooms and please, please if you have a 1970’s purple bathroom suite replace it with a cheap white one.
You should also make sure that the entrance into your home is a positive as well. The front door should be freshly painted, get rid of flaking paint. When the buyer walks through the entry way into your home, you should make sure that the view they get is the first wow factor. Your biggest goal when showing your home is to ensure that the buyer is pleased.
In the current market homes can sit for months before they sell. If you are having trouble selling your home, try the above tips before reducing the price. Eventually you will sell your home – although it may take more time than you think