Every seller wants to find a buyer as quickly as possible. In a perfect world, you will get a full price offer in the first 24 hours of your listing. As unlikely as this sounds the initial few days of your listing will often make or break the transaction. If the first impression of your property is poor, nothing else may matter. A property that is sloppy, cluttered and dirty will turn potential buyers away quicker than almost anything else. On the flip side, if the property is warm and inviting buyers can envision themselves there and are much more likely to make an offer. Here are four tips to help get an offer on your property.
Consider Staging. A staged property gives buyers a vision of how it would feel living in the home. Staging doesn’t work for every property, but in the right scenario can be exactly what is needed. Instead of walking into a vacant property or one with old furniture and misplaced items, a buyer will see their future. Staging often helps make the property feel bigger, more functional and much more welcoming. There are costs associated with staging that doesn’t make it realistic for every property, but for the right one can be the perfect remedy to help find a buyer.
Clean. You can list at the right price, time the market perfectly and have everything in your favor, but if your house is a mess buyers will look elsewhere. Prior to listing you need to make an investment to have your house professionally cleaned. Even if you consider yourself a clean person there is a big difference from your clean and buyer clean. Prospective home buyers examine every square inch almost looking for a flaw. If the windows are dirty or the closet is a mess it may not seem like much, but buyers may view it as a sign there is more than meets the eye. Spend a few hundred bucks and clean places in your home that you didn’t know could be cleaned. Buyers will appreciate it.
Remove Excess Clutter.Cleaning is important, but it doesn’t do you much good if there is excess clutter everywhere. It would be like putting perfume on a pig. When you commit to listing your property you must also commit to getting rid of all the excess items you have been hanging on to for years. This doesn’t mean you have to throw them away, but you do need to find a place to store them until you find a buyer. A property with excess clutter in many ways is worse than a dirty house. No buyer wants to see a closet, garage or spare room filled with boxes and old items. By getting rid of them you open the house up and let buyers use their imagination.
Smells Sell.A subtle way to generate interest in your property is by making sure the smell is on point. It is a good idea to refrain from cooking with excessive spices when your home is on the market. Walking into a home after a big dinner may smell good to you, but buyers may not share your sentiment. It is a good idea to keep a large supply of cookie scented candles or better yet, bake a batch of cookies and leave them on the counter. This is particularly important on open house day or if there are multiple showings. Go out of your way to make sure your home smells like cookies or linen in every room. It is not a stretch to say that a good scent will help sell your home.
Little things matter when it comes to selling your home. Regardless of your market, consider these four tips to help get an offer on your property.