Selling your home can come with a mix of emotions. While you’re excited about your new adventure, the process can be long, difficult and overwhelming. Getting expert advice and making a few small changes is always a good idea to ensure a good first impression is made.
First impressions are everything. It’s important to put the prospective buyer in the right mindset as they get ready to view your home. An immaculate garden, welcoming decor, gorgeous aromas and finally allowing them to imagine themselves occupying the space by keeping it as bare and clutter-free as possible.
There are many things to take into consideration when selling a property. One being that you don’t have to be a homeowner. It may sound counterintuitive but you can actually take possession of an abandoned home and sell it. Check out this article on how to obtain an abandoned house.
Regardless of whether you’re a homeowner or are trying to take possession of an abandoned home, there are a few things you should keep in mind to make the whole selling process easier and less stressful for you.
We’ve put together five useful tips to help you get the most out of selling your home…
Find a Great Estate Agent
Selling a house can be tricky and time-consuming. We don’t recommend going it alone. Finding a great estate agent is the first thing that you should do when selling your house to ensure everything is done legally and professionally.
Begin by reading reviews of the various agents and agencies in your location. Something that you should look out for here is whether or not they have had any complaints from clients. Choosing the right agent for you is crucial in ensuring your needs are met.
Another important thing to look at is how long they have been in the business and what kind of experience they have. You might also want to ask for references and speak with them before making any decisions.
Your estate agent will be able to help you with everything from pricing to staging, and more. Many prospective buyers will not even consider looking at a house without an agent. Therefore, if you want to sell your house, it’s important to factor in a good estate agent.
De-clutter Your Home
When a prospective buyer visits a home, they need to be able to imagine themselves living there, occupying the space and filling it with their furniture and their design concepts.
This mental exercise is much easier to do when the space is free of clutter or furniture that distracts the mind and takes them out of their vision.
Even if you’re an expert interior designer, you always need to take into consideration that your design concept won’t necessarily fit in line with that of the prospective buyer.
With that in mind, it’s better to leave the space as bare as you can and let them fill it with whatever their imagination can conjure. Plus a clutter-free room looks more spacious, which is a big selling point. Win, win if you ask us.
There are additional things you can do to give the appearance of space. For some ideas, check out this article on how to make a room look more spacious.
Tidy Up Your Garden
Make your garden look as nice as possible for potential buyers. The garden is, after all, one of the first things a prospective buyer will see when visiting your property, and the impression they get from the garden will go a long way toward informing how they view the rest of the property.
You don’t have to spend a fortune on garden furniture to make the place look nice. A simple clean and tidy job is likely to be enough.
Clear the garden of debris such as leaves and twigs, trim the bushes and trees in your yard and repair any sagging gutters or dead grass.
Making the area look tidy is the key. Let the potential buyers use their imagination to visualise what they can do with the space.
Use The Magic Of Plants
When a prospective buyer sees plants in front of a house, they will generally assume that the house is well-maintained – provided the plants are healthy in appearance.
Plants give off a welcoming and healthy feel to the property. They are a low-cost measure to take to put the prospective buyer in a positive mindset as they view your property.
If you have a porch, this is the ideal place for potted plants. You’ll want to make sure the potted plants are close to the front door.
They should welcome the prospective buyer as he or she enters the home. They will give off the message that the home they are about to view is a healthy and well-kept place. Not only this, but they’re beautiful to look at too.
Add a Welcome Mat
Simple, yet effective. In addition to keeping the interior floor of your home free from tracked-in dirt, there are other benefits of welcome mats. Incorporating one at the entrance of your home is a simple way to put the prospective buyer in a positive mindset upon entering your home.
The welcome mat gives the impression that the home is liveable and ready to accommodate both residents and guests.
The welcome mat has the added benefit of providing a sort of sensorial memory to the viewing experience. Most likely, the prospective buyer has a welcome mat at their home, or at the home they grew up in, and by passing over the welcome mat of your home they are reminded – either consciously or subconsciously – of their ‘returning home’ memory.