If you have decided to put your home on the market you need to do everything you can to find a buyer. As much as the market has rebounded in the past few years we are still in a buyers’ market where the seller needs to show their property in the best possible light to generate interest. You may only get one opportunity to make an impression and it is often the little things that make all the difference. If you have your property on the market there are a few quick and easy things that you can do that will make your house much more buyer friendly.
Clutter. Buyers want to envision themselves living in the property as soon as they step foot in the door. If you have your stuff all over the place it will be difficult for them to do so. It is important to remove all excess items that you may have placed in your bedroom or the corner of the living room over the years. If you just threw all your overambitious project items in the garage you need to spend a day getting rid of them. The more open and clutter free your house is the more appealing it will be to a buyer.
Personal items. Pictures of your kids and your family may hold special meaning to you but most buyers won’t feel the same way. If they see pictures of you everywhere it will be difficult to envision them living in the property. You don’t have to remove all of your pictures but keep them at a bare minimum. Any diplomas or work awards should also be taken down and put into storage. You want to create as much of a blank canvas for potential buyers as you possibly can and removing person items will help.
Clean. Imagine if you were buying a house and there were dirty dishes in the sink or crumbs on the kitchen floor. Every showing should be treated like the last one you will have and you desperately need to make an impression. Once you home is listed it is up to you to make sure it is presentable and clean constantly. This may be difficult at times but your home will only be on the market for a short time and if you don’t keep it clean you won’t get the offers you are looking for.
Minor Upgrades. You don’t need to replace the cabinets or upgrade the appliances but there are a handful of small upgrades you can make. Things like a new welcome mat, front door handle, shower curtain and light bulbs may not seem like much but if they weren’t replaced you would definitely know. Sometimes spending $20 to freshen up the appearance makes all the difference in finding a buyer and wondering why you can’t get your home sold.
If you put yourself in buyer’s shoes and look at your home through their eyes you will see things in a different way. You never know what a specific buyer may be looking for but if you do the little things it could end making a huge difference.