With the real-estate market struggling to pick itself up following the recession, selling your own slice of real-estate may be a challenge. Selling your home is a competitive game, and the true winners are the home owners who are able to appeal to potential buyers the minute they walk in the door. Luckily, there are plenty of things you can do to “wow” buyers from the get-go.
Since this is the first thing a buyer sees when walking up to your house, it’s important to play up the curb appeal and make them want to come inside. Many homebuyers make up their minds about a property within the first few minutes of approaching the door, so make sure your home makes a good first impression. Small fixes include mowing the lawn, weeding the garden, clearing all walkways, and hiding unsightly trashcans. Purchasing a new welcome mat or door wreath is an easy way to add a personal touch to the outside of your home.
Appliances and Fixtures
Most potential buyers look to your appliances first when considering a new home. If your fixtures and appliances are more than five years old, consider replacing them with updated versions to increase the modern appeal of your home. If you’re on a budget, you can still upgrade your home. Budget-friendly updates to your home include painting accent walls, switching outdated cabinetry hardware for contemporary pieces, and installing window treatments.
Making Your House a Home
Model homes and homes in design magazines always feature a dining room table that’s set, but few homeowners with homes for sale actually make the effort to set the formal dining room table. Not only does setting the table make the room seem more inviting, but it helps buyers imagine their own fine china in its place.
Additionally, every room should have a feature that defines a space. A focal point helps visually draw buyers into the room – and where the eyes go, the heart often follows. Although it’s hard for homeowners to see their homes from a buyer’s perspective, it’s important to remain objective and take advice from family and friends into consideration. If you’re having trouble remaining objective, take some photos of each room of your home and show them off to friends – they may notice something you’ve completely overlooked.
Your home’s appeal can be boosted to new levels by incorporating these ‘fixes’. For more examples on homeowners who have perfected the art of home staging, check out our Pinterest board. Good luck, and happy home staging!