Is your house for sale or rent today? When selling or renting a home, there’s a lot of work just to prepare your house for viewings. However, we have seen that it is not uncommon for clients to forget the basic stuff that really can make a difference to getting an offer at the right price. We’ve assembled this list of the top things you can take care of to help your home make a great impression, entice buyers, and attract great offers. People are often buying into a lifestyle, not just a home. So this is your chance to showcase the home at its best and leave space for buyers to imagine themselves living in it. Some of these items may seem like no-brainers, but we bet there are a few that you never thought of when your house is for sale or rent.
- Declutter and depersonalize!
Everyone knows that your home should be as close to a blank slate as possible when selling homes. You want potential buyers or renters to look at the beautiful features in your home without focusing so much on your items or dirt and grime. You don’t want them to see crowded closets and cabinets, cramped rooms full of furniture, and piles of junk mail on the counter. Homebuyers/renters want to imagine themselves living in your home. If all they see is clutter, they will walk right out.
- Clean up
Nothing will turn off a potential renter more than a dirty place. Clean the floors, windows, and blinds. If you are repainting then do so with a neutral colour to make the rooms seem cleaner and brighter.
- Smelling Fresh
Homeowners who have pets or smoke tend to go nose-blind and cannot tell if their home is plagued with bad smells – but buyers certainly can! Unfortunately, despite what commercials for air fresheners say, you cannot simply plug something in or spray something into the air to eliminate unwanted smells. Make sure your property has had a good airing before viewings are arranged.
- Evaluate your furnishings and appliances
Cleanliness applies to furnishings and appliances, too. For renting if you have valuable furnishings or fixtures you don’t want stolen or damaged, remove them. If you are providing a furnished home, make sure everything you provide is in working order. If you are providing appliances, ensure they’re clean inside and out. Keep in mind, renting a home with appliances may allow you to boost the rental price, but it can cost you if the appliances require frequent repairs or maintenance.
- Let in the sunshine
There’s nothing like walking into a room flooded with bright sunshine and natural light! The house will feel larger, cleaner, and more inviting than dark rooms that feel closed off. So do yourself a favor and always open all of the window curtains in your home especially ones connecting to balconies, terraces and views.
- Think about small details
Small things like a bowl of bright fruit on the kitchen counter, a bench near the door, or a basket of fresh white towels may not seem like it makes an impact, but it makes a big difference to buyers. Small things like those examples can make a bland room feel lived in and welcoming. While a few decorative items are fine, too many are distracting. The cleaner your home looks the better it shows. Clean windows also help to let more natural light in. People want to see windows and architectural details – remember buyers don’t want to see your clutter. A smattering of lush finishing touches will help breathe some life into the space once more, plus, it’s a fun exercise for you!
- Give Each Room a Purpose
When you’re selling your home, it helps to show buyers how they can use each room Move things around and rearrange to help make each room shine. If your kitchen table is also your office, declutter and show it off as a kitchen table again. A guest room that doubles as storage facility should be turned back into a guest room. You want potential buyers to see the potential of each room. If they see you don’t know what to do with a space, they won’t know what to do with it either. Fixing this helps you get the highest price for your home.
- Take out the garbage and recycling
Before potential buyers arrive, make sure the garbage and recycling have been taken out. If need be, wash the bins to remove any lingering smells
- No pets at showings
Although your house may not reek of pet smells, buyers may not harbor the same enthusiasm for your pets as you do. When possible, take your pet out on an outing or arrange for someone to watch your pet while potential buyers are at your home so they can tour your home in peace.
- Don’t Forget the Entrance and the Outdoors
When you’re selling a home, the outside is just as important as the inside. Give buyers a sense of how they can use the outdoor space. If you have a great terrace or patio, you’ll want to show it off to buyers. Outdoor living adds tons of square footage to your home. Make your terrace a selling feature by highlighting its beauty. Put potted plants near the door A new or freshly cleaned welcome mat will help give your entryway a fresh look. Small changes in the entrance help to give buyers a good feeling as they walk in. Make buyers feel welcome instead of wanting to turn around. First impressions count!
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