Nowadays, anyone looking to purchase a new home has access to a number of resources and tools that can help with their search and ultimate purchase. Because of this, there is also going to be a lot more competition if you’re selling a house. Standing out doesn’t just mean being first to market or being seen by the most people. You need to view selling a house as an opportunity to add inherent value to the property.
HOW YOU CAN ADD VALUE BEFORE SELLING A HOUSE
No two homes are the same, and certainly no two buyers are the same. There isn’t a ‘formula’ that equates a guaranteed sale, but there are a number of different things you can do before listing your home that will appeal to a broader market. If you haven’t already, one of the first things you need to do is enlist the help of an experienced and reputable real estate agent who knows the ins and outs of your market. They’ll not only help with the staging and listing process, but also provide invaluable advice when it comes to how to promote your home to buyers in the area.
MAKE THE FIRST IMPRESSION A GREAT ONE
You’ve all heard the expression “never judge a book by its cover”, but when it comes to selling a house you don’t really have that kind of flexibility. You want potential buyers to be impressed the moment they pull up to your home.
Depending on its age the material it’s constructed out of, you might want to think about a fresh coat of paint. Consider what colors your neighbors have and try to stand out (but don’t get too radical!) The same can be said for your front door. If you have more neutral colored paint job on the home, try and pick a bright color for the door that will complement the look and feel while giving your home a splash of personality.
Also, even if you’re not a gardening aficionado, you need to take care of any landscaping issues. Dry or dead patches of grass, weeds, and unkempt shrubs only take away your home’s appeal.
DON’T PUSH OFF HOME MAINTENANCE ANYMORE
You may have become used to some of your property’s deficiencies, but they won’t do you any favors when selling a house. If you have any lingering repairs or longstanding issues that you’ve been pushing off, don’t let potential buyers be the ones to point them out. This includes any issues with plumbing, or lingering repairs on windows, broken door frames, etc. Unless they’re avid property flippers, most buyers want to invest in a ready-to-live home, not a project.
FIND WAYS TO CREATE SPACE
Space is inviting. No matter what kind of property you have, the process of selling a house will be a lot easier if people feel at ease when they walk inside. Creating space can actually be accomplished in a number of ways depending on your budget and time before you need to go to market. A simple solution for some rooms is maneuvering furniture to create space, or even removing it entirely for a more minimalist approach. If you have the time and your real estate agent knows efficient contractors, you can even consider breaking down walls between certain rooms. You’ll find a lot of homes that have open floor plans between the kitchen and either the living room or some other sort of lounge room that people tend to flock too.
TRY TO CREATE A SEAMLESS AND STRESS FREE EXPERIENCE WHEN SELLING A HOUSE
If it’s your first time, the process of selling a house can seem overwhelming, which is where a real estate agent can come in handy. Even if you’ve moved a lot and sold homes previously, there is always something new you can learn to create a more reliable selling process.