- Make sure the clutter is cleared out of your entire home. Most homes can benefit from removing about ¼ of the furniture and belongings. Create a home that feels spacious. Open up the floor space.
- Remove extra decorations on table tops, shelves, etc. Give a spacious feel to all horizontal surfaces.
- Give the home the most complete clean it has ever had, inside and out. Include: cleaning carpets, blinds, curtains, cleaning inside cupboards, drawers – nothing can be ignored.
- Make sure the entrance is especially attractive. This is their first impression of the house and it gives prospective buyers an indication of the condition of the rest of the house. Trim back bushes along the front path. Remove all weeds. Keep it immaculate, with lights turned on, a new doormat, and have something flanking either side of the front door, such as two pots of lush, healthy plants and flowers.
- Make sure that you and everyone in the family wants to sell the house. If anyone in the family is anti-selling, it will affect your ability to attract the right buyer.
- (This is a bit woo-woo) Write a letter to your house thanking it for being a wonderful home for your family and your willingness to now let another family benefit from it. Gather the family together and read it out loud to your house.
- In the kitchen insist on clear counters, a clean organised pantry, and bins and knives out of sight. Place a small, lush plant and jar full of home-made biscuits or a bowl of fresh fruit on the bench top, make the kitchen smell and look good. Do not use those cheap plug-in deodorisers from the supermarket.
- Create a spa feel in the bathroom by hiding all your personal items, buyers do not need to know which toothpaste brand you prefer. Toilet lids should remain down. Repair dripping taps and showerheads. Buy showy new white towels for the bathroom, to be brought out only when prospective buyers are on the way.
- Make all necessary repairs.
- Create a pleasant fragrance by cooking ¼ cup of cinnamon with 1 cup of water in a frying pan 30 minutes before you show your home, until the aroma drifts throughout the house. The cinnamony fragrance will trail throughout your home, like you just baked a wonderful dessert and will suggest a comfortable, at-home feeling to potential buyers.
Follow these tips to help you sell in a timely manner and at a premium price.
5 Reasons Empty Rooms Are a Bad Idea When Selling Your House:
If you’re hoping to sell the home quickly and for as much money as possible, it’s a bad idea to try and sell a house with empty rooms.
Here are 5 reasons why you should always use furniture and/or accessories in a room rather than showing it empty:
1. People don’t buy houses, they buy homes.
When you sell a house, you aren’t selling a commodity. You are selling a HOME, a place where a family will LIVE, raise their children, have a refuge from the outside world. Even if you’re selling a tiny condo, you’re selling to someone who will bring their hopes and dreams of how their lives when living in this new space.
Walking through empty rooms, or an empty house, is usually pretty depressing. It looks lonely, it doesn’t shout “This is your home, you will love living here.” So why would a buyer feel especially motivated to make an offer?
2. It’s hard to understand how large a room is when there’s nothing in it as a reference point.
Buyers can’t tell the difference between a 3x4m room and a 4x5m room if it’s empty. It looks about the same even though one is 40% bigger.
And when you’re dealing with an unfurnished space, a potential buyer has no idea what to do with it or how to arrange it. They might think it’s just big enough for a couch, 2 chairs and a coffee table, yet there’s room for so much more.
3. When a room is empty prospective buyers focus on negative details instead of falling in love with the overall space.
Instead of looking at the flow of one room to another, they get bogged down in questions like:
4. When a house or even a few rooms are empty prospective buyers can get distracted from looking at the house.
Instead of focusing on whether this is the home for them, they may be busy wondering: Is this a divorce? Have they left town? Are they selling because they have money problems? This train of thought will take them where you, as a vendor, don’t want them to go!
5. They’ll start thinking, “Maybe I can put in a low offer since the seller might be desperate.”
Clearly this is not the situation to get you the best price for the property. Why leave money on the table when a relatively minimal investment in home staging can make all the difference?
A house that’s been languishing on the market is unlikely to fetch a premium price. Here are 4 mistakes many vendors make when listing their home for sale.
I hope this has been helpful. If you’re considering a move any time soon, we should talk.
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