There are thousands of homes on the market at any given point. Buyers are looking for something different and unique—something that stands out. With all of the choices out there, what is going to make your home stand out to buyers? Here are the top ten tips.
1. Make your house look and smell inviting
Buyers are looking for a home that they can picture themselves living in. One way to accomplish this is to have a warm and welcoming smell greet them when they walk into your house! You can do this by having something baking in the oven, like bread, a cake, or cookies. If someone drops by last minute and you don’t have time to put anything in the oven, a pleasantly scented candle might do the trick!
2. Make your rooms look inviting
People want the rooms in their potential future home to look welcoming and inviting. You can do this with a few simple changes! Make sure that all of the beds in the house are made up, and if you can, add some oversized pillows for more of a homey look. Open the curtains for an even better effect. The more natural light, the better.
3. Cleanliness is key
If a buyer’s first impression of your house is that it’s dirty and untidy, they aren’t likely to buy it. Before showing your house, make sure that you clean the bathrooms, countertops, floors, etc. If possible, consider hiring a one-time cleaning service so your house will be deeply and thoroughly cleaned, and then just keep up with your cleaning on your own after that!
4. De-personalize your house
This step may seem odd, because it’s common knowledge that you want buyers to be able to picture themselves in your home. However you want them to picture their own family living there—not yours. If your walls are full of family photos, it might make it more difficult for potential buyers to visualize their own families living in your home.
Houses can look much smaller than they actually are if every nook and cranny is filled with spare objects, old toys, and unused furniture. Get rid of the objects that you absolutely don’t need, and your house will look much more spacious.
6. Keep your house well lit
An open, bright, and well-list house will sell a lot faster, and for a higher market value, than a house that’s dark and gloomy. Open your blinds and curtains to let the sun in during the day, and keep some lights on at night to give a warm and radiant effect.
7. Spruce up painted walls and carpets
Make sure that you have a clean and fresh coat of paint on your walls. Buyers will likely be looking for scratches and streaks, so make sure that you have a coat of paint to make an overall smooth and presentable appearance. Freshly cleaned carpets will also improve the overall look of the home.
8. Improve curb appeal
A buyer’s first impression is everything. Make sure that your front yard is cleanly landscaped, tidy, and not cluttered. If possible, add a small garden or plant some flowers, and place a welcome mat outside the front door.
9. Choose colors carefully
Every buyer will have different taste, but there are certain colors that you should exclude from your home. Stay away from dark colors, and outrageously bright shades, like hot pink.
10. Have a good online appeal
For many people, online photos and tours serve as a first impression. More and more people are looking at homes online before purchasing them, or even going to visit them. By having detailed descriptions and great photos of your house online, you’ll make your home stand out from the rest!