Sellers who have lived in their homes for years find it difficult to detach themselves when selling. They look at their homes as possessions not commodities. However, the only way sellers can lure buyers is by thinking the way buyers think. Advise your clients to implement the following tips if they want to get a good profit when they sell their homes.
Clean Everything ThoroughlyThe word “clean” means different things to different people. However, sellers listing their homes should clean them like professionals. Those who can afford to should hire professional cleaners. This is a great investment well worth the money. When a house is dirty and unkempt, it can be hard for buyers to become emotionally attached to it. In fact, buyers expect homes on sale to be cleaner than theirs. When they see a clean home, they conclude that it is well maintained.
Clean Up Behind Children and PetsSelling a house is a stressful process but selling one with pets or young kids can be downright frustrating. Homeowners have to hunt for stray toys, remove hair and fur from furnishings, and ensure their pets and kids don’t run into buyers during showings. To draw in buyers and get great offers, sellers should remove signs of pets and children. They should present their homes as blank canvases buyers can fall in love with. Buyers want to envision themselves and their families living in the homes and if they don’t have kids or pets, it can be very difficult. Tell sellers to take their kids or pets to a neighbor’s or friend’s home during showings. Some potential buyers may be terrified of pets and decide not to make an offer because of a pet.
Stage Their Interiors and ExteriorsMost buyers have unrealistic expectations when shopping for homes. They dream of buying properties which look like they belong to the pages of posh interior design magazines. While many buyers don’t prioritize high-tech kitchens and over-the-top master bathrooms, they expect homes to be as pleasant as possible. One of the best ways to make homes look attractive is through staging. Advise sellers to use these tips to make their homes stand out from the rest:
- Create curb appeal
- Depersonalize interiors
- Store personal items
- Stage every nook and cranny
- Enlarge rooms with neutral wall paint
- Create furniture groupings
- Add lighting
- Define spaces clearly
- Incorporate fresh features