The Commonwealth Blog

Monday, September 24, 2018

Appeal to Buyers Touring Your Home

Why You Should Care About Cleanliness    

First and foremost, your home needs to be clean. One of the best ways to scare off potential buyers is to leave your personal items scattered around rooms for them to see. A house may become a home with the things you use every day, but buyers don’t need to witness a tornado of clutter. Instead, sift and sort until your home is clean.


The best way to start with your home cleaning project is by packing away all unnecessary items. This way you can store bulky or unseemly items in storage units or your new home – leaving your old home with plenty of open, airy space. If you can’t store your items, find a way to organize them. Put pots and pans in cabinets and ensure all closets are tidy and clean. Once everything is put away, you can get to the next important step.

Say Goodbye to Grime, Dirt, and Odor 

Now that your things have been put away or moved to storage units, dirt and grime may be exposed. Coins and pens are found under couches and a little mold may be visible in showers. This is the time to revamp your home with a good cleaning. The level of cleanliness is obvious to buyers, so make sure to put in the work necessary for making counters shine and carpets spotless.


Equally as important is getting rid of any foul smells from pets, smoking, or other odious sources. This may require investing in new carpet or a new coat of paint, but it will pay off when you have several offers from willing buyers. So, don’t let free roaming pets claim your carpet. Once-interested buyers will head straight for the door with a whiff of something foul.


Don’t Personalize Your Space

This is the time to let go of the old and move on with the new. If you’re selling a home, you’re likely moving into another and remnants of your past shouldn’t be visible for occupants to see. Personal details not only contribute to clutter but are distracting. So take down family photos and heirlooms, and create a space that lets buyers imagine their new home. 


To design a buyer-friendly space, get rid of outdated decorations and fixtures. Take down busy wallpaper and replace old lamps. Decorating for how we live is different than decorating for how we sell. So don’t make viewers feel like they’re in a chapter of your life while touring the place. It’s also strategic to place mirrors in the home to allow buyers to see themselves in the space. 


On this note, it’s just as important to give buyers space when investigating the property. Don’t distract them with comments, and give them the mental clarity to envision a future in a house that may become their home. Without clutter or reminders of your personal life, potential buyers can consider how they’ll make the place their own.


Advertise Responsibly

Remember that classic movie scene where a date shows up at the table looking nothing like their online dating profile picture? Yeah, don’t do that with your home. Instead, accurately and honestly list its features, building year, and surrounding attractions. Include nice pictures but don’t promise more than you can realistically offer. Perhaps, one of the biggest turn-offs is showing up to a property only to realize it’s not at all what you thought it would be. Be honest here.


Another way to advertise your home to buyers in the neighborhood is by creating a welcoming front yard. This is what we call ‘curb appeal’, and if you want to sell quickly, your home should have some. Dispose of old leaves and foliage and add a couple of nice plants. Invite onlookers in with some happy looking plants and maybe even a flag.


This Is How to Make Buyers Happy  

With these tips and tricks, you’re well on your way to making your property appealing to buyers. Putting in the work before putting your house on the market can make all the difference. Invest in your home’s makeover wisely with these somewhat necessary bits of advice. You’ll have a deal signed in no time.   

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