This is definitely one of the most common questions that sellers have (especially those who don’t have a lot of experience yet) when it comes to selling a property. After all, there is a lot of inventory in the market, so it only makes sense that you want your property to stand out from the rest.
The last thing you want is to have your property out in the market for far too long that you are forced to accept the lowest offer just to get rid of it — not good for business. On the brighter side, there are many different ways to make your property more attractive and not all of them will cost you a lot.
So if you have the very same question and are searching for answers, read on.
Enhance your curb appeal
Curb appeal refers to the ‘attractiveness’ of a property that is for sale which includes its surroundings when viewed from the street. Great-looking pictures of the property are an excellent way to attract buyers, that’s a fact. However, it can be a completely different story when they’re outside looking at it in person.
Keep in mind that the property’s exterior is the first thing that buyers will see when they arrive. Your goal is to make it as attractive and as inviting as possible. The cheapest and most straightforward way to do this is by painting the outside of your house. Paint is already relatively inexpensive, and if you want to save even more, you can consider adding it as a DIY project.
However, it’s better to leave the painting to professionals if you are not that confident in your skills. Starting a painting project, stopping halfway through because you messed up, and hiring someone else is going to be more expensive than hiring an expert from the get-go.
Additionally, see to it that the lawn is adequately maintained and is free from any debris. Window boxes also do an outstanding job of enhancing the curb appeal of a property. If you already have some, be sure that they are well-maintained, neat, and organized.
Fix the little things
If you have lived in the property that you are planning to sell for a while, it can be quite easy to overlook the little things that need work. Dripping kitchen tap, broken doorknobs, cracked tiles, etc. — these are all things that you don’t always notice.
However, potential buyers will definitely take notice of these small imperfections. Besides, these things will also show up during a house survey, and it can potentially put you in a bad position to sell the property for the price you want.
One way to deal with this is by going through the whole house, inspecting each room for any imperfections. It’s also a good idea to have a house survey of your own carried out. This will give you more than enough time to get on top of things and will significantly decrease the chance of you getting a bad report during the survey by a potential buyer.
Depersonalize the home
Depersonalizing a home, especially the one where you have lived, is one of the most essential steps in the home staging process. This means that if you want to decorate the kitchen, it’s a better idea to opt for neutral colors and designs. The same goes for every other part of the house.
The goal of this is to provide potential buyers with a ‘blank slate’ to envision themselves living in the property. You have to understand that buyers will want to buy a house in which they are able to form an emotional connection — your personal style and taste will only get in the way.
Depersonalizing your property will not only give it a broader appeal, but it will also make it easier for you to sell it. Another benefit to this is that you wouldn’t have to spend as much on marketing the property which creates less stress for you.
One of the biggest turnoffs for buyers is clutter, more so if there’s too much of it. If you want to sell your property, it’s crucial that you clear off shelves, tables, etc. of anything unnecessary. Clutter is annoyingly distracting, and when you want to sell your property, you don’t want potential buyers to be focusing on it instead of the features of your home.
Excessive clutter is more than enough to make any property look dirty aside from making the space small. And don’t even think about using the basement, attic, or garage to store your stuff. Potential buyers will want to inspect every area of the property, and they’d want to have as much space as possible should they decide to buy it.
Consider selling your stuff if you don’t have a place to store them. Not only will it solve your clutter issue, but it will also add more cash to your pockets. But if you insist on keeping them, you may want to get a storage unit to keep your things until the sale goes through temporarily.
Resolve pet issues
There are a lot of people who love pets like dogs and cats. However, it’s also true that some people want nothing to do with them. And if you are in the process of selling your property, you want to make sure that you attract both types of buyers. If you think about it, the concept is very similar to making your property as neutral as possible.
Pet issues should be addressed before selling a property. Chances are, your property has stains and odors if you have dogs, cats, or both. And when it’s time to show your home to the buyers, it’s important that you remove your pets for the time being.
It’s not just odor from pets that you need to take care of. The same applies to smoking and any other source of unwanted smell in the house. And yes, never ever smoke while you are showing the property to the buyers unless you’re not really interested in selling it.
Finally, always remember that the best property for buyers is one that is priced just right. It’s understandable that you want to make as much profit as possible. However, you have to make sure that the price you put up the property for is justifiable. The tips above should help you with the ‘justification’ part but see to it that you don’t go overboard.