How To Sell Your Home Fast
It’s 23:25 on a Friday night and I don’t have a blog post yet, the reason being that my new job entails long hours and I have had no time to sit down and write an entry for today. So I will make up an impromptu one that relates to my work but is of interest to possibly a large number of readers at some point in their life. I am talking about home staging.
Even prior to my taking up a post as a real estate agent, I was always fascinated by houses. My interest grew even more when I myself was faced with selling my matrimonial home following a marital separation.
Agents worked hard to get clients to view my home and I worked hard too, advertising the property myself and handling clients that asked for a viewing. Whether the clients viewed my home through an agent or through contacting me directly, I was still always the one to open the door to let them in. Seeing as I wanted to sell my home and fast, without reducing on the price, I read up on what helps get clients interested and feeling that your particular home is ‘It’.
I made up a checklist that would help me present my home in the most alluring way possible whenever I had a potential buyer coming to view. These small tips can help you quickly stage your home in the most attractive way possible:
Before a viewing, go throughout the house and put all the lights on. Nothing is as dismal as a dark room.
Keep all internal doors open to give the maximum possible effect of space.
Open all curtains to maximise natural lighting coming in and to add more to the feeling of space.
Clean all windows. Windows are the eyes of your home. Whether there is a pretty view or they simply look onto an internal shaft, clients will be looking out of them instinctively as well as to check where they lead to.
Keep toilet lids closed. This one is self-explanatory!
Remove any religious decorations or personal photos from being on display. Most clients will not be able to imagine themselves living in the place as long as these are on view.
Remove all clutter. Most potential buyers are looking for a clean slate and have high hopes of keeping their new home in perfect order. Clutter will dissuade them from imagining themselves living in the well-kept orderly home they aspire to.
Ensure your home smells nice, preferably not through the aid of artificial air-fresheners but rather as a result of baking, cooking, making a coffee or even natural wax melts. Always ensure that the smell you choose is not over-powering as not everyone likes sharp scents. Some examples of aromas to steer clear of would be curry or incense.
Last but not least, remove anything that smells bad from inside the house. Always ensure your garbage is out in the yard else covered properly and remove any cat litter or cages with small pets from inside where the smell can be overpowering.
That’s a little list to keep you busy for a few minutes before each prospective buyer shows up. It might take some of your time, but it will be well worth it when you find yourself selling your home quite fast.