When presenting your home to buyers, the key2 leaving a big impression is all the little things. Put yourself in the buyer’s shoes and heed the following Key2 tips:
Buyers will judge a book by its cover.
Before a buyer locks in a viewing, they will do a drive by. No matter how good the interior of your home looks, they have already judged your home before they walk through the door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression. The key2 sprucing up your home’s exterior is the use of inexpensive shrubs, pine-bark mulch in garden beds and brightly coloured flowers. You can typically get a 100-percent return on the money you put into your home’s curbside appeal. Entryways are also important. You use it as a utility space for your coat and keys however this may be where your agent has their initial chat with the buyer. Make this area appear as spacious and appealing as possible.
Maximise the light in your home.
After location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites as a must for their home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more appealing to buyers. Net curtains are best removed if you can cope with temporarily living in a fishbowl!
Storage; everyone wants it.
Storage space is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half the stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will look, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets neat, clean and tidy.
Conceal your critters.
You might think a cuddly dog would warm the hearts of potential buyers and many times they do. Our pets are certainly central members of our own families. Unfortunately 10% of the population are allergic to dogs or cats. The key2 a buyer falling in love with your property is to have them as comfortable as possible. If you’re planning an open house or your agent has booked an inspection, send the critters to a friend’s house or take them with you. Don’t forget to take their bedding and accessories too.
Quick fixes before selling always pay off. Mammoth makeovers, not so much.
Call your Key2 agent in early to talk about the costs and the benefits of any major renos and the likelihood that they will pay off when it comes to selling. Do the updates that will pay off and get your top dollar. The key2 achieving this, is to give an overall well-maintained feel. Clean the curtains or buy some inexpensive new ones, make sure cupboard doors close properly, fix leaky taps, clean the grout in bathrooms and complete all those unfinished jobs.
Your house, their home.
One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalise it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less opportunity you give a buyer to imagine themselves living there. Pack it or put it in storage, you’re moving anyway. The first thing a buyer does is walk up to your family photos to see if they know you. Next thing to do is arrange your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximise the use of space. Less is more.
Clean like a machine.
You want your house to be spotless; inside and out. Wash windows, hang up fresh towels, vacuum and mop, clean out all the cupboards and drawers and pressure wash the exterior. Selling your house is a great reason to do all the nitty gritty cleaning you never get around to doing.
Want to take it, replace it.
If there is something in your home like a light fitting with sentimental value or an extra special dishwasher that was a wedding gift, replace it with something similar that you are willing to leave behind, before you put your home on the market. Once you tell a buyer they cannot have the dishwasher or something similar, no matter how old it is and how much water it leaks – they want it, and it could make the deal harder to get across the line.
A vanishing act.
Key2 agents encourage buyers to feel at ease and at home in your property. Buyers feel uncomfortable looking at a property if the current owner is around. Make yourself scarce for inspections and make sure you are out of the home before the buyers arrive. If the buyers are early to the inspection, you don’t want them to feel like they are inconveniencing you by inspecting your property. If you come home and notice that the agent and buyers are still there, keep driving. This may mean that your agent is negotiating with the buyers and you don’t want to interrupt the process.
Not too hot and not too cold, just right please.
You want buyers to feel comfortable in your home. Make sure the temperature is not too hot and not too cold. You want the buyer to feel like lingering, perhaps moving in!