Deciding to sell your home for whatever reason is a tough decision. Letting go of your home where you have had lived the moments of your life and made memories is not an easy task. Selling has emotional, legal and financial strings attached to it. You have a lot of things on your mind to sort out such as getting the desired price, making a swift sale, finding the right agent, avoiding the complications of paperwork and so on. While worrying about these things you may forget about getting your house ready to sell! Before putting your house up for sale you must ask yourself if it is ready to be sold. Definitely, you don’t want to sell it as is. Your home may have high value in your eyes, but not everyone sees it through your eyes. The value of a house is determined by many key factors such as market conditions, interest rates, physical characteristics of the house, its size, location, neighborhood etc. and there is nothing much one can do about these factors.

A study from Proctor and Gamble showed that 72% of first impressions made inside the home are in the seller’s control

On the other hand, there are a few things which are usually underestimated, but can go a long way to enhancing the perceived value of your house.  If you are planning to put your home for sale, it is time to enhance the positives and eliminate the negatives.

"People make up their minds in the first seven seconds of entering a house."

Kristin Willens

How to Boost your Home’s Appeal:

Here are a few simple tips to make your house more appealing in the eyes of its prospective buyers and get the best possible price for it. Get started with addressing the basics, as they sound SIMPLE, but they actually WORK and PAY-OFF well.

CLEAN IT UP:

First impressions are significantly important, they can make or break a good deal. Almost everything counts in a first impression. People pay attention to appearances. Even if you clean your home regularly, there are nooks and crannies that you may miss or overlook. Make sure your house is neat and clean before any viewing by potential buyers. A sparkling clean and welcoming house attracts buyers like a magnet. An untidy, neglected house is going to make a negative impact on buyers. Cleaning your house doesn’t cost you much money, but it can cost you a big deal if NOT DONE. Buyers are not willing to choose a house that is dingy and untidy.

Worn carpet, dirty grout and clutter will give the impression that the house is not well-maintained.  Basic details like these make it difficult–and even impossible–for many prospective buyers to envision themselves living there. Make your home look attractive, welcoming and structurally sound at first glance.

LIGHT IT UP:

Show your house in the best possible light; light it up. Remember, high voltage bulbs make small spaces feel larger, and soft lighting brings warmth to empty spaces. Make sure windows open and fix broken panes if any.

GO GREEN:

Trees are an eye-catcher. If you have a lawn, make sure to mow it and trim the hedges before putting it on the market. Tangled trees, overgrown patchy lawns and unkempt bushes can cause your buyers to  just move right on. A freshly mown lawn, trimmed trees and a few flowers can add extra appeal to your home.

PAINT & POLISH:

Adding a fresh coat of paint and polishing the fittings boosts the perceived value. Painting might cost you a little time and money, but once it is done, you have a nice upgrade that will add value to your home. Remember to use neutral colors for the walls because everyone has different tastes. What you like may not be liked by the buyer. So, put your personal preferences aside and go for neutral colors.  

FIX THE DAMAGES:

Spend a little money before putting your house on sale to make it feel like a place where a buyer would like to move to without getting into the hassle of repairing it first. Spot potential problems and get them fixed such as repairing plumbing leaks and replacing rusty gutters.

BE ODOR FREE:

Your home can be filled with all sorts of things that can make it smell bad, may it be pets, closets, bathrooms, laundry, plumbing, trash or smoke; make sure that your home is free of any odors that might put buyers off. Consider using fresh flowers or air fresheners to make your home smell great before any viewing.

CREATE SPACE:

Visual space or how large a home feels counts while influencing choosy buyers. The key is to make each room in your house feel larger. For example, remove as much furniture as you can, de-clutter, or do anything that opens the space to make your rooms look bigger.

ADD IN LUXURIES:

Making small improvements can pay off well. For example, a water filtration system is an inexpensive addition, but it’s the sort of small luxury that homebuyers take note of.

UPGRADE:

Ask any real estate expert what the number one upgrade with the greatest return is, and the answer will be the kitchen and bathrooms. You don’t have to totally transform them by spending a lot of money, subtly enhancing the overall look will do the job.

All in all, make your home look its best when the buyer arrives. Pay attention to these basic home staging tips for added value, because:

"You will never get a second chance to make a first impression"!

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