9 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Placing Your Home for Sale - Part Four
Not creating the best first impression
When you’re preparing your house for sale, remember the importance of first impressions. The market isn’t the only factor that influences whether you get your asking price. Appearance and overall condition play a major role.
Many houses are ‘sold’ before a buyer gets out of the car, so stand across the road and have a critical look at your house’s street appeal.
Here are some simple tips that can have a positive effect on the price you will achieve.
Give the house a wash and repaint areas where paint is faded or flaking.
Sweep front driveway and paths.
Park extra vehicles away from the property, leave the driveway clear, clean and tidy.
Trim all shrubs, trees and bushes.
Make sure that the roof and gutters are in good condition (there’s nothing worse than to have the spouting drip on a buyer).
Mow the lawns weekly and trim all the edges.
Keep pet areas clean and tidy.
Plant some flowers in the garden or in pots near the front door.
Now that you have an appealing approach to your house for a buyer, here are some tips to make it as desirable on the inside as well.
Take the same approach as you did from across the road. When you open the front door, what is the first thing you see and how welcoming does the entrance feel?
Put some fresh flowers in the hallway.
Carpets and floors should all be clean and free of toys, clothes and pets.
Kitchen and bathrooms should be sparkling.
Make beds and put clothes away.
Open drapes and turn on lights for a brighter feel, especially on a cloudy day.
Enhance the spaciousness of each room by removing extra furniture or storage boxes into the garage.
At inspection time, turn off the television, and Playstations etc.
Play some soft music on the radio or stereo.
Keep pets away. Some people might be allergic to pet hair.
If you are working with a real estate agent, allow them to take the buyers through your house themselves.
They may not point out all the features that you feel are important, and might not do much talking at all. That is normal, they will have already explained all the benefits prior to bringing the buyers through, so the more they can feel ‘at home’ the better chance of them wanting to buy.
As you can see, there is not a lot of expense involved in any of the items mentioned, but done well, they can greatly increase the chances of your house attracting a buyer to buy and probably paying a higher price.
This is part four of a nine part series for home sellers.
Author, Graham Lester
Maggie Dixon Real estate