When preparing your home for a showing, you probably already expect the need for taking extra steps to make your home presentable for potential buyers. You know that strangers will be walking through the front door and carefully evaluating your home to see if it fits their needs, so you'll thoroughly clean the house in advance, wash the windows, and follow some of our other great tips for selling a home in Austin.
To improve your chances of getting the best price for your house, it's important to go above and beyond buyer expectation. You see, as they walk through your home, buyers will notice both the positive and the negative aspects of your property with greater sharpness than you do right now. You may have been living in your house for years, or maybe even decades, and your mind has learned to gloss over your property's features as you go through your daily routine.
The buyer, on the other hand, will come in with a fresh perspective. This means you have to put yourself in the buyer's shoes, and ascertain exactly what they'll notice, so that you can quickly improve your Austin real estate to get a better price. Although every property is different and can be improved with a unique approach, here are just a few ideas to get you started:
How does your house smell?
Sure, it's important to clean your home and take out the trash to ensure there aren't any offensive smells around, but what about your home's characteristic smell? Every home and apartment has it; it's a blend of your cologne or perfume, any air fresheners you have, scented candles you burn, the food you eat, and anything else you do or keep in your home. All these things come together to form a distinct smell of your house that should be neutralized.
One suggestion you may hear is to air out the house by opening all the windows. This will certainly get rid of any strong or offensive smells (like a dirty litter box), but other odors have likely worked themselves into your carpet and your furniture, so this won't be enough. Instead, when preparing your home for sale in Austin, use odor neutralizing products that don't just mask odors but actually remove them altogether.
Paint the walls.
Regardless of how carefully you were all these years, you've likely done some damage to your walls. Even if you didn't break through the drywall by accident and your kids didn't use Crayons to paint in the hallway, dirt and dust, and even soot from candles likely left a permanent mark in the form of grey patches and smudges. More than that, hanging up pictures or the TV left holes and other permanent marks.
To make a great first impression, paint the walls to get rid of any stains or scratches. Whether you hire someone or do it yourself, fresh paint on the walls will leave the buyer with a much better impression. Further, your house may stand out because many home owners don't do this before a sale; making your house more prominent in the buyer's mind as they ponder their decision.
Fix all faucets, lights and toilets.
Make sure that all the basics are working in the house. This means replacing light bulbs where needed, fixing light switches, making sure that all the faucets are working and that all the toilets can flush. This may not make a direct positive impression on the buyer (like freshly-painted walls), but it will certainly prevent negative ones.
Remove all personal photos.
This is highly important, because you don't want the potential buyer to imagine someone else living in their new home. Again, they know you lived there before, but they'd prefer to pretend they're the first ones in the house. Having photos on your wall will hurt their ability to imagine this.
Remove bulky furniture.
If possible, leave only some basic furniture in the house, like chairs, a table and your bed(s); but try to get rid of as much furniture as possible. There are two reasons for this. Firstly, your taste in furniture may not be the buyer's taste, so removing possible eyesores for the buyer is a good way to keep them positive. Secondly, doing this creates the perception of the home being more spacious.
These are just some of the advanced preparation techniques that can help leave a better impression on potential buyers. Remember that it's just as much about removing possible negative connotations in the buyer's mind, as it is about creating positive ones. The more you can prepare your home for the buyer's imagination, the more likely they are to fall in love with what they envision.
Check back with our blog for future posts, where we'll touch on even more home viewing preparation ideas. In the meantime, please get in touch with us if you have any questions or would like a FREE Home Evaluation.
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