When it’s time to sell your house, you want it to go as quickly as possible and for the highest possible price. Luckily, there are steps you can take to make your home more attractive to buyers. Use the following suggestions to get your house ready to go on the market.
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After years of living in your home, the walls are sure to show a few nicks, scuffs, and nail holes. Go through each room and repair the damage, then paint your walls in a neutral color. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking buyers want to see white walls because it represents a blank canvas. White can come across too harsh and too plain. Instead, pick neutral colors like cream, beige, and gray that show well in online pictures and appeal to a range of buyers.
Staging a house lets buyers clearly see the purpose of each room and helps them picture their own belongings in the house. While the average unstaged home stays on the market for six months, the average staged home stays on the market for just four months. Additionally, staged homes can sell for up to 6 percent more than asking price. When staging a home, pack up the clutter, replace family photos with artwork, and use minimal furniture to highlight architectural features.
A bright home feels more open and welcoming. Make your house as bright as possible by cleaning the windows and opening the curtains to let in natural light. Make sure you trim down any trees or bushes that block natural light from entering the windows. Finally, turn on all your lights and increase the wattage of your bulbs so there are no dark corners in your house.
Buyers who walk into a home that’s too hot or too cold aren’t going to feel comfortable while they’re taking a tour, and might not want to stick around and see the entire house. Even worse, they might think something is wrong with the heating or cooling system. Set your home’s thermostat to a comfortable temperature during showings. If you find cold spots in your house, it could be because of blocked vents, a faulty thermostat, leaks around windows and doors, or bad insulation.
The outside of your home is the first thing buyers will see when they pull up to look at it. Even if your house looks spectacular on the inside, they might decide they don’t want to look at it if the outside appears rundown. Don’t let them start with a terrible first impression before they even get inside your home. Cut the grass, pull the weeds, trim the hedges, clean off the sidewalk, and repair any peeling paint to make sure your house looks warm and inviting.
By following the above tips, you can make your home look appealing to potential buyers and increase your chances of getting it sold.