De-cluttering and cleaning every nook and cranny are standard. What should you do to make your house stand out so that you can sell at a good price and quickly?
A Well-Presented House Fosters Trust
A well-presented home makes buyers believe that the property is well maintained and indicates to them that there’s no or little chance of the house having hidden problems.
The final details in an open house inspection can have a significant impact on how potential buyers regard the property, so make sure all the loose ends are sorted out.
Bear in mind that the property will be on show at all times while on the market, though people will not be present all day every day. People may drive by to look at the house and weigh its street appeal as soon as the property is put on the market. In certain instances, this is how properties are shortlisted.
If photos of your home appeal to a home buyer, they might take the next step and look into the street appeal and the condition of the other properties in the street before they go to an inspection.
Make an Impression from Day 1
Even before a buyer can contact an agent, strive to make a good impression. Follow these “housekeeping habits” and increase your chances of drive-by buyers actually attending your open house.
- Front gardens and lawns should be well kept and maintained.
- All junk mail and newspapers should be removed from the letterbox before people arrive
- If space allows, let guests park their car in the garage.
- Don’t have your trash out for collection on the kerbside.
- Turn on all outdoor lights every night before sunset.
Create a Welcoming Atmosphere
You may not be able to mind read potential buyers, but you can make them feel upbeat by setting a welcoming and relaxed mood in your home. You can do this in many ways, such as:
- Eliminate any “house smells” by opening all windows at least an hour before the start of the inspection.
- Create a subtle fragrance in the home by putting a stick of cinnamon in the microwave oven for two minutes, or use plug-ins, candles and oils.
- You can also create the right mood by playing non-offensive music in the background, one that would appeal to buyers whatever their preference for music is.
- Adjust room temperature to make sure visitors will be comfortable walking in and around the house.
Accessories! In some cases, it’s the small things that help create a positive impression.
You can tidy up the cushion covers a little, put new towels in the bathroom, or remove paperwork from your desk, whether you think it looks neat. These things can make a difference on how visitors will view the house and its owners.
More Tips and Ideas
- Use fresh flowers – even if it’s just for a centrepiece in the dining or coffee table.
- Make sure photographs and arts on walls are all straight and aligned.
- All electronic devices, such as computers and televisions, should be turned off.
- Toilet seats should be down.
- Turn on all interior lights and lamps during the inspection.
The inspection is your chance to make your home stand out among the competition and increase the likelihood of you selling it at a good price at the shortest possible time.
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