While most of us have fallen in love with our homes throughout the years, when the time comes to sell it, there are things that will need to be done in order to make other people fall in love with it, too – and oftentimes, they will likely require making some changes to the way your home currently looks.
When you put your home on the market, you can’t take for granted that it will shout “buy me” to everyone who walks through the door. So, you may need to do some cosmetic work – beginning with what a potential purchaser sees before they even pull up to the curb.
Driving through your neighborhood can help to give you some ideas on how to make your home have more curb appeal. For example, as you pass other homes on your street, does your house seem to blend in, or does it specifically stand out? Some ways that you can give it that extra pizzazz can include planting some colorful flowers, adding some fresh paint, and / or even adding a brighter front porch light.
Once you’ve gotten a potential purchaser inside, always keep in mind that “less is more.” This means that reducing clutter is an absolute must. With that in mind, you may need to take down photos, knick-knacks, and other items that are located on shelves and countertops – at least for now. While the house may not feel like “home” to you momentarily, it will be more appealing to a potential buyer, as it makes it more neutral, and much easier for someone to picture their own pictures and furnishings inside of the property – a definite must if you’re seeking an offer!
If your home is already vacant, you may want to consider staging it professionally. It’s difficult for buyers to visualize their belongings in an empty space, so having nicely staged tables, chairs, and other items placed throughout the home can definitely help.
Will your home stand out to a potential purchaser? Although it may take some additional time and effort to prepare your home for sale, it will be well worth it, as it could lead to a sale much more quickly. For more information on how to prepare your home for a quick purchase offer, contact me.