Without even knowing it, many home sellers make mistakes that adversely impact the sale price of their home. If you or someone you know are considering selling their home and want to capitalize on the rise in sale prices, here are the 3 mistakes you don’t want to make.
Don’t forget about the outside – many times home owners will get bogged down with freshening up the inside of their home and leave little time and resources to dedicate to the outside. But this is a mistake you don’t want to make. Because the decision to purchase a home has a very strong emotional component it is essential for a buyer to have an immediate connection when they drive up. Flowers in a pot go a very long way to making a buyer feel the home is well cared for.
3 Tips for Freshening the outside of your home:
- Touch up exterior paint where it is peeling and/or cracking
- Replace, re-attach all gutters and leaders that may have come off due during the severe winter weather
- Spring clean the yard so it is free of fallen branches, debris, dead leaves etc. and put a pot of fresh, colorful Pansies right by the front door.
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Don’t Underestimate the Need to De-Clutter – Sellers need for prospective buyers to be able to really see the house – not their personal decor. If you have removed a lot of the stuff on your counters, tables and other surfaces and think its good enough – think again! There is alot more stuff to remove. When you are done only intentionally placed accessories (1 or 2 per surface) should be visible. All papers, mail, books, medicines and other cluttering stuff needs to be gone. It shouldn’t feel or look like your home when you are done. It should look like a showroom. In order for a buyer to easily visualize how their decor will look in the house they need as few distractions as possible. Remember “less is more” and then” even less than that” should be your mantra.
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Floors and Walls – The single largest visual impact is made by the surface areas of a home. Many sellers think that changing or freshening paint color or re-finishing floors is an expense they won’t recoup. Don’t make this mistake. Think of the floors and walls as the canvas of your home. A dirty, stained or dark canvass makes it very difficult for the viewer to really see the subject in the artwork. A home that feels clean and well cared for will also resonate with the emotional component a buyer subconsciously has towards a house. It is the most important yet intangible reason a buyer purchases one home over another.
3 Tips for Making the Surface Areas Feel Clean and Inviting:
- Make sure the entry way is either freshly painted or touched up so all finger prints and wear and tear are gone
- Choose paint colors that are neutral, light and on the bright side
- Floors need to be re-sanded and replace wall -to-wall carpeting that is worn or stained.
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