Home Selling Tips to Make Your House More Attractive to Buyers

Remember, first impressions count when selling real estate, which is why it is important to make your home stand out. There are several simple and basic things you can to do to sell your home.

Increase Curb Appeal

Landscaping can make a powerful impact to curb appeal. With spring on the way, there are several easy things you can do to make your home appealing from the outside.

1) Mow your yard with diagonal rows to make your yard appear larger.

2) Edge the lawn along driveways and sidewalks. This will show the buyer that you care and pay attention to detail.

3) Transplant tulips or other spring flowers near the walkway or anywhere in the front. Use bright colors, especially yellow because it stimulates happiness. Consider container plants also in groups of three to five and place near the entrance.

Home Staging

Stage your house as a home potential buyers can imagine themselves in. Remove extra furniture that clutters the space and arrange with maximum impact. This is a technique that model homes have been using successfully for many years.

When potential home buyers visit your home, remove all clutter and store out of sight (e.g. children toys from the family room, bills/mail/papers from the den, or make-up/products/appliances from the bathrooms).

Add a Fresh Coat of Paint

Another thing you can do is to paint your walls white (or a neutral color) if they are not already. A fresh coat of paint will make everything look cleaner and white walls let the potential home buyer imagine their own personal style in the home instead of yours. White walls also make every room feel bigger. Avoid dark colors which can discourage a buyer if they do not like the color and makes the room look smaller.

Pay Attention to Details

Remember to do the little things to make your house stand out. Details matter. Here are a few examples:

1) Wash the windows inside and out. Clean all the mirrors.

2) Set out fresh flowers with a clean and inviting smell.

3) Polish hard wood floors to shine and vacuum right before any showing.

4) Offer a shoe mat at the entrance and even an umbrella stand. This will encourage prospective buyers and agents to remove their shoes and help keep your floors looking great.

5) Fluff pillows and put out fresh towels in bright colors. Even consider replacing these items because they are inexpensive and can add interest to a room.

Staging Your Home For Autumn and Halloween

Your efforts to sell your home this fall season can be aided by some simple decorating that reflects autumn and/or the popular holiday of Halloween. Some effective touches can not only ’round out’ your staging; they can also encourage potential buyers to imagine decorating the home themselves by creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.

The first rule of Halloween decorating is: don’t go overboard! You’re staging your home, not throwing a Halloween party. No skeletons, NO fake blood and nothing that is meant to jump out and startle people! You want people to enjoy their tour of your home; not have a heart attack when the fake bat drops onto their head.

A fall staging theme can be as simple as warm fall colors being featured in the decor. Or, it can be tastefully elaborate, with some kind of decoration in every room that ‘ties’ the rooms together.

In homage to the holiday, you can use pumpkins and the small pumpkin-like gourds to accent your porch, tables and mantelpieces. Pumpkins are definitely an attention getter, both in terms of size and color. Use them wisely.

If you decide to carve your pumpkins, make sure that they are carved in harmless, “happy” expressions, if they have faces. One idea is to use your jack-o-lanterns to highlight the numbers of your address. Or, you could carve a tiny house into one.

If you do decide to go the jack-o-lantern route, use candle substitutes. The last thing you want is to find the perfect buyer, only to have your home burn to the ground because a candle fell over. Flameless flickering lights are available cheaply from local stores, especially around Halloween.

Flowers and plants are popular with home stagers and you can make them work for you. Chrysanthemums and dried leaves are good fall choices for the home stager. A vase of these in a room can provide some attractive natural color that calls to mind the crisp warmth of fall. Planting hardy fall flowers like mums can also add some color to an otherwise fading garden.

One idea for home showing is have business cards printed up with a picture of your home and contact information. Tie these to Halloween candy bags and put them in a fall/Halloween themed bowl for prospective buyers.

Halloween and fall provide you with a great decorating scheme to bring your house together with warm, inviting colors and decorations that reflect the fall harvest/Halloween season. This can help prospective buyers imagine decorating your home for their seasonal celebrations and encourage them to think of your home as their own.

Those Things You Have To Tell Buyers About Your Home

There are many different ways sellers can be involved in the lives of the people seeking to buy their house, and some ways are more intrusive than others. If you are a home seller and want to be very involved in the selling process with the buyers that have been chosen, you have the opportunity to let the new buyers in on the secrets of your home that might not have been clear in the advertisements or in their dealings with a realtor.

Some of the things about your house are good, and others aren’t so good. Depending on how long you’ve lived in the house you will know the ups and downs of this property more than anyone else, and it is up to your discretion to reveal these things to the potential buyers of your property. Put yourself in the buyers’ shoes- you wouldn’t want to buy a shiny new house and then find a cracked foundation, would you?

The basic rule of thumb in this situation is to treat the buyers as you’d like to be treated- seems simple, but in the rush to sell your home some things get neglected. Here are a few things you have to tell buyers about your home before any papers are signed.

Tell them all the great things about your neighborhood that you love. If you have kids or your neighbors have kids, tell them about the local ice cream places, local schools, and parks that the buyers may not know about. Moving is hard and for buyers with kids they are likely thinking very hard about how this move will affect their children. Put their mind at ease, but also be honest if there are any concerns you’ve had about your kids in the area.

Tell potential buyers if there are any quirks to your house. Sometimes inspectors and buyers don’t notice the loose latch on the attic door, or the slightly leaky skylight in the bathroom. Be honest about things that might need updating if you aren’t going to be the one doing those renovations yourself before the house is sold. Additionally, take the buyers on a tour of the property and point out any places where you might have dealt with old trees, power lines, rotting fence posts, and more.

Buyers will appreciate you giving them an inside look into what it takes to care for your house and property. Creating in their mind a realistic picture of what living in your house looks like will help them assess whether or not this situation is good for them. In this stage of the buying process it is better to be honest and choose the right buyer for your house rather than rush through a sale and disappoint the buyers with a housing situation they weren’t prepared for.

The information you choose to share with your property’s potential buyers is at your discretion, but be honest about the realities of your property both positive and negative.

Simple Low-Cost Tips to Sell Your Home

Selling your home can be a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be.

Here are some simple tips on how you can get your home to stand out from the crowd and get buyers motivated without breaking the bank.

Curb appeal: First impressions are the key to getting potential buyers excited about coming inside to take a look. Make sure the front of your home looks welcoming and well-cared for by using these simple tips:

Have a clean, well-manicured garden. Make sure to cut overgrown shrubs that may be blocking the view of your home from the street.

Pressure wash the exterior of your home to give it that ‘just- painted look’, without actually having to spend the time and money painting.

Put flower boxes outside the main entryway to make your home feel more inviting.

Entry: Make sure when people enter your home, they find it welcoming, light and bright. Pleasant aromas, such as freshly baked bread or chocolate chip cookies (who doesn’t like chocolate chip cookies?), are always a great way to make visitors/potential buyers feel at home.

Kitchen: The heart of the home is the kitchen, and the kitchen is what sells the home. Make it look fresh, polished, and modern using these easy ideas:

Make sure countertops are clean and not cluttered with multiple small appliances, such as toasters and blenders.

Remove all magnets from the front of the refrigerator to give it a clean look.

Replace any worn cabinet pulls or hardware that may make a kitchen look dated.

Make sure cupboards are neat and well-organized (people do snoop!)

Living-room: Potential buyers are most likely looking for a home for their family, so don’t confuse them with your personal items, such as family portraits and knickknacks. You want them to imagine their family living there, with their personal photos on the wall.

Bathrooms: Make sure bathrooms are spotlessly clean and up to date. Here are some bathroom staging tips:

Replace old worn-out bathroom fixtures, such as faucets and towel bars.

Hang fresh new towels on towel racks.

Add accessories such as candles and sweetly scented soaps in clean new glass containers.

Bedrooms: A bedroom should convey a tone of relaxation and comfort. It’s the place we want to retreat to after a long and stressful day. Here are some ways you can give your bedroom that cozy feeling:

Paint with a warm neutral color.

Remove any extra furniture leaving only the bed and dresser (especially that old exercise machine).

Remove a large portion of your wardrobe making the closets appear larger.

Spruce up the bed by changing the comforter and adding a few new throw- pillows.

The housing market can be either hot or cold, but taking these few extra steps will make it easier for buyers to see the home’s full potential, and it will pay off in the long run.

How to Home Stage a Master Bedroom

Staging your home correctly is one of the most important factors in helping a person decide whether they wish to purchase the property or not. Common mistakes include making the home to personal, which in turn means that the viewer finds it difficult to imagine themselves in the property, or simply allowing things to be a little bit messy.

The master bedroom is perhaps one of the most important rooms when it comes to staging. After all, anybody who is interested in the house will place special focus on the room as it is where they will be spending their nights. Ensuring it looks comfortable and inviting is crucial when it comes to convincing the viewer that the room allows for a good night’s sleep.

So what can you do to properly stage the master bedroom? Here are a few tips:

Remove Personal Decoration

To ensure the viewer can personalise the room in their head it is important to remove anything that intrinsically links the room to the seller. Keep the obvious items, such as the bed, wardrobes and dressers. Try to add a good mirror if the room doesn’t already have one.

Remove any items that do not need to be there. Personal photos and any items that link the room to you can be stored away for the time taken to show it. All the viewer needs to see is that the room is big enough to store the essentials and has the potential for them to personalise it in their own way.

Tidy Up

It may seem like a basic tip but it is also extremely important. Make sure that the room is nice and tidy before any viewing. Bed sheets should be clean and crisp, clothes should be put away and the floor space should be clear of any obstructions.

Dust thoroughly and ensure that all windows and surfaces are absolutely spotless. Ensure that you vacuum the carpet or clean the floors beforehand and spray an air freshener to give the room a clean and airy feeling. A dirty room indicates that you don’t take proper care of the property and can make it difficult for a viewer to visualise the room as anything other than a mess, which in turn effects the selling potential.

Use Neutral Colours

Neutral colours, such as beige and cream, again depersonalises the room and ensures that the viewer can visualise how they would change things to suit their own stylistic ideas. Such colours are also generally quite airy and light, which reflects a comfortable sleeping environment and makes the entire room more attractive.

If your room doesn’t have a neutral feel to it then consider repainting. It will take a little bit of time and effort but the key here is to help the viewer feel as comfortable as possible. If the room has a design aesthetic that they don’t like it becomes much more difficult for the viewer to see themselves spending time in the room or becoming comfortable there.