Selling your home is one of the most stressful situations you will ever encounter. Since homes are so expensive, buyers expect everything to be perfect-which can be difficult to achieve, especially if you are simultaneously looking for a home and taking care of your other day-to-day responsibilities. While it can seem overwhelming at first, there are a few things you can easily (and cheaply) do to increase the likelihood of attracting a buyer:
You want your house to look as large as possible, so eliminate clutter such as toys or pet bowls. While you are at it, make sure that you position your furniture in a way that makes the room seem larger; this means placing your furniture in a symmetrical pattern away from walls.
One of the biggest sells of a house is the kitchen, so make sure that yours is as clean as possible; that means all your pots and pans should be organized in your cabinets. Organized kitchen cabinets look bigger, so be sure to pack up any pots or pans that don’t fit.
Fix the small things
You don’t have to go overboard, but in order to increase your homes appeal you might need to spend some money. You want your home to feel happy and safe, so make sure your house is well lit by either installing more light fixtures or even just adding brighter bulbs.
Another easy fix is to repaint your house in neutral colors such as beige or white. Lighter colors increase the size of a room and don’t cause distraction. Most people are going to repaint the house anyway, so take this opportunity to make your house look better.
Single Property Websites
Most people search for homes online before setting up visits. This lets the buyer peruse a wide variety of homes, but this myriad of choices makes it difficult for your home to stand out. Worse, even if you get someone to view your home, they can get distracted by an ad for a different home. Consider setting up a single family website, which gives your home a dedicated website that doesn’t feature any other homes. Not only will this prevent distraction, a single property website gives you more space to post pictures and highlight your home’s unique features.
Don’t neglect the yard
The yard is the first thing a potential buyer will see, so make sure that the grass is mowed and all the trees are trimmed. Fill in any patches in your grass and make sure to pull the weeds. Finally, plant flowers near your front door so that the entrance feels welcoming.
Concentrate on presentation
Any marketing agent will tell you that the more comfortable a person is, the more likely they are to buy. Thus, when you have a showing or open house, play some soothing music and offer a small snack. Making your home feel relaxing makes it easier for buyers to imagine living there.
Set the right price
Your house isn’t the only one for sale, so research the prices of similar homes in your area. When setting a price, be on the lookout for foreclosures or short sales near you. These homes are generally cheaper, so you may have to lower your price to get a sale. At this point, it’s a good idea to consult your real estate agent.
Author: This post is written by Michelle Schoffro, freelance writer and real estate copywriter from Trending agents Single Property Website, an entire suite of marketing tools designed to help real estate agents market their properties online.