Getting Your House Ready To Sell
Getting your house ready to sell can feel like a daunting job.
However, If you want to increase the chances of your home being sold quickly you need to come up with a plan to hook a buyer.
And the perfect time to put this plan into action is during an open house showing.
From the very first second that potential Buyers walk through the door, you want them to be blown away by what they see. You want them to be so impressed that they will be willing to make an offer right there on the spot.
However, when getting your house ready to sell, it’s not just the inside of the home that you want them to be impressed with.
Remember, the first thing that they will see is the outside of the home-your yard and the exterior condition of the house.
Trimmed bushes, lawn neatly mowed, edged walkways, driveways, and planting beds creates a professional groomed appearance. This is the bait you need to draw them inside the home.
Start With The Yard
The First Tip: If your yard is in bad condition, people are going to assume your home may be in bad condition as well. Curb appeal will be one of the first things to draw a person out of their car to the inside of your home.
Don’t let an unkempt yard cause you a sale.
When getting your house ready to sell, be sure the exterior condition of the house is in its best condition. If the vinyl siding needs to be pressured wash, then do so. Make sure the windows are clean and that the doors are in good working condition.
Check for dirt smudges, cobwebs, wasp nest and have them removed if present.
Do touch up paint job where the paint is pilling.
The Second Tip: Have a warm welcoming.
• Extend a handshake,
• Thank them for stopping by,
• Have the doors to all rooms open
• Let them keep their shoes on
• And let them know that they are free to walk through the home.
Although you don’t know them, you want to make them feel as if you trust them with your home and that you are truly glad, they stopped by.
Even if they do not purchase the home, they might recommend someone else to you because of your warm welcome.
Give The Buyer Freedom
The Third Tip: Is to vacate the home so the potential buyers can freely roam the house. If you are right there, they may feel uncomfortable or unfree to say what they are truly thinking, because they may feel they might offend you.
However, you or the realtor should be close enough to find just in case they have questions for you.
You want to create a relaxed atmosphere with positive energy flowing so they can take their time, ask each other question and enjoy the moment.
Clear Out The Clutter
The Forth Tip: Is to make sure the house is free from clutter. If you really want to hook the buyer, cleanliness is the way. Have things neat and in their proper place.
If it’s something that is not complementing the home, but you don’t want to get rid of it, you can just put it up in storage until you move into your next home.
When your house is packed with clutter, it shrinks the living space of the house. You don’t want your house to appear cramped and small to potential buyers.
It may be a good idea to ask a family member or friend to share their opinion of your home. This is because some house owner can get something called house blindness because they have lived in the condition of the home for so long.
Someone else who does not live in the home will always notice the clutter in your home. So, listen to the views of family members or friends and then declutter the house if necessary, so you can show the true living space of the house.
What To Do With The Animals?
The fifth Tip: Keep in mind that not everyone is an animal lover. If you are going to hold an open house, you want your home to be odor-free.
Unpleasant smells can be a big turn off to potential buyers. Cat litter boxes should be removed, bird cages and fish tanks should be cleaned. It would probably be a good idea to have the pets out of the home during the showing.
Dogs who barks or jumps on visitors or cats who hiss or tries to scratch people may scare off people or leave them with a bad impression of the home.
You don’t want your pet to cause you to lose a possible deal.
Present The Perfect Home
The Sixth Tip: Consider having your home staged. Realtor.com states “
Home staging is a method of decorating meant to highlight your home’s most impressive assets and help buyers imagine themselves moving in and living there. Do it right, and you should have no problem selling your home quickly.”
This is something you can do yourself or you can hire a professional.
One of the most important things you can do is stage your home where you highlight the features of the home. Realtor.com also states
“According to the National Association of Realtors’ 2017 Staging Stats report, 49% of buyers’ agents believe that home staging has an effect on how a buyer views the home, with 77% saying that it makes it easier for buyers to visualize the property as their own.”
• Consider renting furniture if your furniture is not in good condition
• Patch and repair nicks, scratches and holes
• Add a few plants and flowers
• A welcoming doormat
• A few pieces of home décor
• If the carpet is dirty, rent a carpet shampooer to clean it.
• Offer snacks and refreshments
Getting your house ready to sell can be properly done when you use the above steps. Doing this will definitely improve your chances of selling your home quickly.