You want your house to sell quickly in any economic climate, so you get the price you want and reduce the issues and fees that come with a property that’s been on the market for too long. It’s essential that you start to view your house as if you were a potential buyer viewing it for the first time. Here are five tips to help you sell your house in the minimum amount of time:
1. Do your sums – make sure you price the house right first time
Before any prospective house buyer comes anywhere near your house, one of the first things they will look at is the price. If you do the math before doing anything else, you will save a lot of money, time and frustration. The aim is to set your price not too high to put buyers off before they even think about viewing, but low enough to encourage viewings and get the price you want. If you set it too high you won’t attract many viewings, your house may not sell quickly and it will become harder to sell as time goes on. Even if you then drop the price, the maintenance fees and other costs will start to eat up your cash reserves. If you start too low, you will obviously lose out.
2. Before we talk interior, look at the exterior
The first thing the buyer will see is the outside of the house, it sounds obvious, but you can’t avoid the fact. You need to view your house from the most likely position any visitor will first view it from. This means that any hedges, shrubs or other foliage should be neatened up, lawns cut and so on to set a great first impression.
As you get nearer to the house, other flaws may become apparent, in paint work, brick work, weather boarding and anything else that you may not see under normal circumstances. Familiarity with your property can be the enemy here; you need to see through a first-time visitors eyes. A potential buyer will be noting these issues, at least mentally and may be concerned with the cost of rectifying them.
3. Get the smell of the place right
All visitors to your house will see and take in everything they can to make an assessment of it, they will also take in the smell of the place too. If you or others in the house keep pets or smoke, for example, you have most likely become accustomed to the overall smell. Buyers will notice the smell as soon as they enter the front door, so make the house smell clean and fresh by giving it a good airing – opening windows, using air fresheners and anything else to make the house smell fresh and inviting.
4. Let a lot of light in
One common theme in any property related television program, is light. Light in every room, particularly those used the most, can help even on the cloudiest of days.
Use a light color paint on the walls in every room you can. Try for an off-white, (absolute white looks too clinical), or light cream or light yellow/orange color. This will make rooms seem not only lighter, as the light reflects more easily from each wall, but also bigger, more spacious, warmer and more homely.
5. Give all rooms attention, especially kitchen and bathroom
Make every room clean, homely and inviting. Reduce the amount of unnecessary clutter to create a feeling of space while still helping potential buyers to visualize themselves living there. The kitchen and bathroom are perhaps the two most used rooms in the house, so give them extra attention if they need it. Dripping faucets in either of the rooms may trigger thoughts of spending money on a plumber in the buyer’s mind, as indeed will any other apparent fault. Shine up any bathroom and kitchen tiles and give the buyer confidence that they won’t have to spend extra money on cleaning the place up and fixing defects.
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