If you’re selling your home, the ultimate goal is to get buyers to want what you’re offering. The more interest you have from buyers, the faster you can make a sale and you will also get a higher price for your home, especially if you have more than one buyer who wants to make an offer on it. Staging your home for sale will do just that!
You might also find that you’re attached to the house you’ve called home for years, and you want to make sure you’re giving it the best chance to find new buyers who will care for it and love it as much as you have. There’s nothing wrong with feeling a little sentimental about starting a new chapter in your life.
But what can you do to truly make buyers fall in love with your space? Fortunately, there are a lot of great ways to get (and keep) a buyer’s interest. Then you can feel confident that you’ve done all you can to sell your house in the best possible way.
Here are a few of the most important things to consider when you want buyers to choose your space over anything else they’ve looked at.
Warm and Inviting Wins the Day
Buyers want to feel comfortable in your space right away, so they can start seeing it as theirs. If they walk into a house that’s cold and sterile, it isn’t going to feel like home to them. Good furniture, rooms that are laid out well, and neutral decorations are all big benefits. Buyers will also be looking for lack of clutter or mess and a clean space that feels like it’s been taken care of, so making sure things like toys and dishes are put away also really matters.
Scent is Important
Your home should smell good, too! Some real estate agents suggest baking cookies or a pie before showings or open houses. But not everyone likes the same kinds of smells, and some people are sensitive to perfumes or room sprays. Ideally, you want your house to smell pleasantly neutral. With no strong smells, your buyers aren’t getting distracted while they look at your home.
Keep the Temperature Comfortable
If you like your house warmer than normal, or you keep it cooler in winter to save on the bills, be aware that your buyers could be put off by those things. Consider making an adjustment to the temperature for a showing or open house, especially if the temperature outdoors is either very warm or very cold.
You want buyers to stay and look around, and they might not do that if they can’t acclimate to the indoor temperature in your home. A home that’s chilly on a winter’s day could also have your buyers thinking about drafty houses and big heating bills. Keeping your home between 68 and 72 degrees is often the sweet spot for most people’s comfort level.
A Personal Touch Can Go a Long Way
While you want to keep your home more to the neutral side when trying to sell it, there’s usually nothing wrong with a little bit of a personal touch. You’ll want to avoid things like lots of family pictures or a theme or pattern that takes over the house.
You should also put away anything that’s overly religious, political, or could be considered in bad taste. Some buyers won’t care, but there will be plenty that will. You don’t want that to cost you a potential sale.
If you put your property up for sale during the many holidays, we suggest keeping the holiday décor to a minimum. Remember, that not everyone celebrates your specific holiday. We want them looking at your home instead. If it is a must, then it must be minimal and do not decorate it like the Griswald’s on National Lampoons Christmas Vacation. Otherwise, we recommend to wait until the holiday is over to put your home on the market.
Help Your Buyer See the Space as Home
Buyers need to be able to see themselves living in the space. If they aren’t sure how to use rooms that are empty, or they don’t feel there will be enough space because of the size of the current furniture, that can turn them away. It’s possible your house would really be a great fit for them, but you need to make sure they understand how it meets their needs.
Having your home staged and decorated is one of the best ways to make sure buyers can feel as “at home” as possible from the first moment they see the space. Before you hire a real estate agent or put pictures of your home online for prospective buyers to see, make sure it’s really ready to be viewed. Those first impression pictures and feelings buyers experience can make a big difference in the level of interest they have in your home.
Ready to Get Your Home Prepared for a New Owner?
Getting your house ready for buyers to view can feel stressful, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re going to be selling your home and need to get it ready for buyers, we want to help! Sign up for a home staging consultation today, and get the information you need to start seeing your home the way a buyer would. Call us at 954-304-7355 or email [email protected] today!