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How to Present Your House for Sale

Sunday, February 26, 2017

If you're selling your home you will want to make sure that it is presented in the best way possible. This will increase the chances of someone wanting to purchase it, as well as helping it to sell as quickly as possible. As real estate professionals we really understand what a difference a well presented home makes to prospective buyers which is why we make such efforts to ensure the photographs of the properties we have available maximise the real beauty and character of that home.

But, it is evident that sometimes it can be a challenge to see how you can look at your property with fresh eyes and spot ways to make it even more appealing. Read on for some top tips on presenting your home for sale.

  • Clean your house. Before you do anything else, clean your house. Vacuum, dust, do whatever you have to do to get it sparkling clean. This will be the biggest factor in making a home look nice.
  • Remove clutter. People buying a house want to maximize the amount of space they will have. It won’t matter how big your home is if it’s filled to the brim with clutter: it will look small and cramped. Make it easier for potential buyers to envision the space by removing as much clutter as possible.
  • Let in the sun. Buyers want a house which is bright and airy. Open curtains, remove any obstructions, such as trees, bushes, or objects within the home that keep the light from pouring in.
  • Remove personal items. You want a potential buyer to see the house as theirs, not yours. Remove personal items like family photographs, personal trophies, and other items which are specific to you and your family.
  • Remove dated items. You will want to remove any items which make a room look dated. Remove items like these and, if you can, replace them with more up-to-date items.
  • Use the space effectively. Make sure that you are using the space in your home effectively. Rearrange furniture, replace large pieces with smaller ones, use smart storage solutions, and reduce the amount of furniture in a room to make the space seem larger and more functional.
  • Finish home improvement projects. Did you rip off about half the wallpaper in a room before giving up? Are there bare cement floors in the kitchen because tiling turned out to be harder than it looked? You’ll want to finish these projects yourself or hire someone to finish them, since they will greatly deter buyers.
  • Add fresh paint. Give rooms a new look by putting on a fresh coat of paint. Use neutral wall tones but bright accessories and furnishings, to make rooms look accessible. Avoid dated colors and use light colors to make rooms look bigger and brighter, while avoiding dark colors which can often do the opposite.
  • Update floor coverings. Gross, stained or dated carpet? Get rid of it! Buyers will be much more attracted to wood floors, which can easily have an area rug placed over it, than wall-to-wall carpet which will need to be maintained and replaced as soon as it looks dated or doesn’t match with a design scheme.
  • Put new faces and handles on cabinets. If your kitchen or bathroom cabinets look dated and you don’t have the money to replace them, simply paint over them, replace the doors, or replace the handles in order to give them a more modern look. This can be done easily and cheaply.
  • Make the outside and entry pleasing. You want your house to make a good first impression so be sure that the entrance and entryway look inviting. Give your exterior a coat of fresh paint if you have the money, or just paint the front door if you don’t. Make sure the garden is maintained, with a healthy, trim lawn and bushes and trees which are not out of place or overgrown. You can also put in fresh plants and flowers to make the house look happy and well cared for. You will also want to take a hard look at your fences and decide if it might not be better to remove them. If they block the flow of space or look dated, they will likely deter buyers.

With an honest appraisal, a few tweaks and a bit of elbow grease your home will attract more buyers and get you the results you want in a shorter amount of time. Call us for a more in depth conversation on how to sell your house as effectively as possible.

Important Information
All property sales and the financial advice that surrounds them are as unique as the people engaging in the transaction. It is important to not make a decision without seeking professional advice.

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