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The economy is slowing coming back and the housing market is a big part of that. Housing is beginning to pick up all across the nation as potential buyers look to find a new home for themselves. Although the market is picking up, there are many sellers who are still struggling to attract the right buyers. Several factors including tighter lending policies and other financial regulations are leading to a smaller number of buyers on the market and a much smaller pool of first-time buyers. Due to this, the remaining buyers can be picky about what they want, how much they want to spend and what they want you to do to the home in order for it to be worthy for them. To keep buyers interested in your home and get the selling price you want, it is important to make it stand out to potential buyers. Do you know how to do that? We do! Read on and we will tell ya.
Make it Sleek
Buyers don’t want to walk into a home and feel creeped out or unwelcome. You have to create a warm, welcoming feel to entice the buyers further. Make the buyers feel like the home is already theirs or like they would want to live in the home. Buyers like to imagine their personal items in the home and it’s difficult to do this if your family pictures, knick-knacks, and dog toys are scattered about. It may seem like a huge pain but trust us, it’ll be worth it. Pack up all of your personal items (awkward family pictures, bowling awards, comic books, magic cards, etc.) and put them in your basement or a storage unit. The home should look as clean and clutter-free as possible. The less you have on display, the more the buyers can visualize and the better it will be for you.
Don’t Skimp on the Landscaping
This is an overlooked factor but could be a deal-breaker before the potential buyers even get out of the car to view your home. Imagine you’re searching online and find a great home. It has all the space you need, a great kitchen and a huge master bedroom. You tell your realtor you want to check it out and as you pull into the driveway, you see it! The grass is 2 feet long and overtaken with weeds. The trees are overgrown, there are garbage and kids toys in the yard and dead plants hang from the garage and porch. Yikes! It’s a huge turnoff and a bit disturbing. You think, if the owners don’t care enough to take care of the outside of the home, what does the inside of the home look like? Even if the inside of the home is nice, are there other things behind the scenes which might be a bigger issue? Is the drywall ok? Is there mold? Will the kitchen explode once we move in? A well-maintained yard removes any doubt from buyers and could push them over the fence into offering on your home. Why risk it? Let buyers visualize themselves playing and relaxing in the yard. Keep it trimmed and neat.
Size Matters – Make it Look Bigger
Ever step into a home and think, “Man, this room is small!” Don’t let buyers feel the same way. In addition to removing personal items, it’s a good idea to get rid of large couches, chairs, bookshelves or tables which could be overtaking your room. Make the rooms feel as large as possible while still leaving furniture in them. Create more of an open space and de-clutter the area so buyers can walk around the room and again, visualize their own stuff in there. If you have the budget or desperately need to sell your home, try using an interior designer. They have an eye for things most people do not have a clue about.
For Those Needing Storage
If your home isn’t large enough to hide all of your personal belongings and extra furniture while your home is on the market, it is a good idea to take advantage of using a self-storage unit. Many storage facilities offer an affordable, safe option to store your stuff. Be sure to research and compare several storage facilities online prior to renting as there are many options and amenities to choose from. A convenient storage finder like SelfStorageFinders.com can assist you in any part of the storage process.
Keeping your home clean and clutter-free is an easy way to attract a steady flow of potential buyers into your home. Make them feel welcomed and you may be rewarded with an offer on your home quicker than you anticipated.
Guest author Brian Barwig is the SEO/SEM manager and Blogger at Self Storage Finders, the nationwide self-storage comparison engine where consumers can research, analyze and rent self-storage units online or by phone.