You don’t get a second chance at a first impression, here are some helpful tips to get your home ready to sell. There are five factors of marketability, but only one you can control. Location and financing are given, marketing is in the hands of your agent, the price depends on the market, but the conditionof the house can only be controlled by you! Preparation is your contribution to the selling process.
Buyers buy on emotion not logic, sellers typically try to appeal to the logic of the buyer. If there are small repairs that are easy to fix it is recommended to fix it because when buyers estimate repairs cost themselves they over estimate by two times which could make it less them. Things buyers notice as major repairs are the roof, structural integrity, and water damage. When fixing these things make sure everything is in compliance with safety regulations, local ordinances, and city codes. Minor repairs such as leaky faucets, burnt out light bulbs, missing or cracked outlet covers and cracked or chipped window panes make your house looked unkempt. Many minor repairs can be fixed easily and inexpensively. A good idea to help find these things is to have a friend or neighbor walk through with you because they will notice things that you may not. Fresh paint can make a big difference in appearance.
Clear it Out
“When in doubt, take it out”! Maximize the appearance by minimizing the items in the room . If there are any fixtures in the home (such as window coverings, mirrors, chandeliers, etc.) that your are keeping remove them now to make it simple and minimize confusion later. Walking through someone else’s house can make people feel awkward, by minimizing personal things in the home it can help potential buyers picture themselves living there. So by removing photos, posters, and things from the fridge will help people feel more welcome and comfortable. Kitchens and bathrooms get the most attention and can be make or brake selling points. So make sure these areas are extra clean.
Appeal to 5 Senses
#1- Sight- Curb appeal is very important being the very first thing they see. Lighting and spacial appearance are key factors also. Make sure rooms are well lit, clean and uncluttered. Plants and flowers are welcoming and set a nice tone.
#2-Sound- There should be none. Which includes squeaky doors, TVs, washer and/or dryers…etc.
#3-Taste- Make the kitchen appealing. It should looke clean and sanitary. The potential buyers should be able to picture themselves eating and living in the home.
#4-Touch- Door knobs should feel tight and secure, carpet should look clean and soft. Temperature should be comfortable, between 68 and 72 degrees.
#5-Smell- The quickest way to peoples emotions is through smell. A bad smell will instanly repel people whereas a good smell leaves a good impression. There are a few tips for smell, you can bake, put cinnamon in the oven or a drop of vanilla on a light bulb. Talk with your agent to see what is best for you.
Work as a team with your agent. After the initial walk through your agent will provide helpful marketing advice. Try to be open to objective feedback about your homes condition. To help be ready for each showing have a checklist and check off before each showing. If your have any questions about prparing your home or any real estate related questions feel free to contact me. firstname.lastname@example.org