Selling a home can be a very stressful time. Especially if you’ve already decided on your new home, it can put a great deal of pressure on you to get your old home sold.
Fortunately, there are solutions. Through a few simple tips, you can not only help to make your home look its best, but also make it more appealing to potential buyers. Beware: In some of these cases, you have to spend some money to make money when selling your home.
1. Keep Your Home Clean
When you are trying to sell your property, you want to be sure that it is kept tidy. This is particularly important if you have small children or pets. If any potential buyers who come and tour through your home find it looking messy, it gives the appearance that you don’t have enough storage space.
Additionally, a house that is not kept clean can draw focus away from the features of the home and keep your potential buyer from being able to envision themselves living in the property. Make sure that everything is dusted so that if someone touches an item in your home they won’t get dust on their fingers.
Keeping your home neat and tidy allows you to give the home a fresher appearance. Instead of distracting, you will help it appeal to potential buyers.
2. Be Light And Bright
In addition to keeping it clean, you also want to be certain that your home is bright enough. The last thing you want is to have a buyer walk through your home and find that it seems dark. Lighting up dark corners is as simple as using enough lamps, and putting them in strategic places throughout the house.
If you leave a room dark, it can give the impression that you are trying to hide something. Brightening it up is also a good time to take a look at your light fixtures, as you might need to update them. By adding a new light fixture, you can help to breathe new life into an older home and give the room a more modern design.
When done properly, lighting can help to enhance the home, while making it feel more up-to-date, spacious, and more inviting. Going through and ensuring that every room is bright enough, or investing some money in new fixtures, is a good choice for staging your home.
3. A Pleasant Smell
Buying a home isn’t a simple decision. For most people, it’s a deeply emotional choice. Buyers may have a list of items they want in their new home, but emotional factors always come into play.
When you find the right home, you often just know it and a home that smells good helps to trigger that type of emotional response. Especially if you have pets, be sure that their smell is not noticeable. At the same time, be careful when adding scents to your home that it doesn’t seem as though you are trying to mask pet odour.
However, a few scents can really help your home. A citrus scent is always a good choice, but be sure that it smells like citrus and not a citrus scented cleaner–there is a difference.
Another good choice is that of coffee. Especially as people are walking through the kitchen, the aroma of coffee is a great way to help them to connect with the space. Cinnamon, and even the smell of baking bread tend to have the same effect on people. They will give your property a great aroma, helping people build an emotional investment in your property.
4. Kerb or Street Appeal
Of course, when you are done evaluating and making changes to the inside of your home, it’s time to take a look at the outside. Even if you don’t have a great deal of money to make significant changes to the exterior of the home, some new kerb appeal can make a big difference.
Especially in today’s day and age, buyers are looking at your home both online and in person. And in both cases, its outside is the first image they will see and use to form their first impression. As a result, you want to be sure that your garden is tidy, and that the front of your property looks bright and clean.
In the process, decluttering is also vital. That way, potential buyers can envision themselves and their own items on the front porch or in the yards. You may even need to paint your front door or paint any areas that have been weathered and are in need of a new coat. All of these changes help to make your home look better than before and sell even faster while adding to the value and price you might get.
5. Don’t Be Afraid To Spend Some Money
All of the items listed above can be accomplished with no, little, or significant investment. Ultimately, it’s vital to be practical about your home. If you find that the lighting is poor, the walls need to be painted and new furniture will significantly enhance the space, it might make sense to spend some money to increase the perception of each of these items.
The good news is that when you make these changes, you will help your home to sell faster. Be open to accepting advice from your real estate agent, who will give you tips or tricks on how to make your property more appealing.
Selling your home is a stressful, but also a rewarding time. It is, quite simply the closing of one chapter of your life and the beginning of a new one. And the more help you get along the way, the more you can ease your stress and help to sell your property faster.
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