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8 Tips To Make A Buyer Fall In Love With Your House

Shannon Jones

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Shannon Jones has been selling real estate since 1998 and specializes in listing and marketing homes...

Feb 6 3 minutes read

When you’re planning to sell your home, having it appeal to as many buyers as possible will help increase your selling price and shorten the selling time. Sometimes sellers think they must spend lots of money to do this, remodeling kitchens and bathrooms or making major changes to the home.

The fact is, sometimes it’s the little things that matter more. And even if you’re not planning to sell, doing these things may make you fall in love with your home all over again.

1. Curb Appeal

Make sure the front of the home is tidy and appealing. Cut back any out-of-control plants and consider adding fresh, colorful plants. Add fresh bark or mulch to garden beds to make them more attractive. Clean any cobwebs or dirt, and consider adding a new mailbox or house numbers if yours are dated or tired.

2. Brighten Things Up

Buyers always look for “light, bright” homes, so do what you can to bring the light in. Remove or at least open any window coverings that block the light, and replace any burned out light bulbs.

3.Think Scentsational

Remove anything that gives off a “funky” odor, and if you have pets, eliminate any odors they may create. Buyers who walk into a home that smells bad often simply walk out. If you have a litterbox in the kitchen or bathroom, try to find an alternative location. Scented candles or plug-ins can be nice, but use them to enhance not cover up.

4.Clean

Your home should be spotless, with counters, floors, sinks, and windows absolutely sparkling. Consider hiring a professional cleaning service to give everything a once-over, and have them come back regularly while your home is on the market.

5.Declutter & Depersonalize

Your home is your castle, but buyers may not view it as their castle if they are focusing on your “stuff” rather than the home.  Remove personal photos, clear “collections” and belongings from surfaces, leaving just one to three items on each end table, counter, or dresser top.

6.Refresh Paint

Look around to see if there is any chipping, peeling, or flaking paint. If so, retouch or repaint. It’s an inexpensive way to increase the visual appeal of your home.

Fix the Little Stuff – Broken gates, doorbells, doorknobs, handles, or other items will send a message to buyers that the home hasn’t been well maintained. Consider fixing items like that.

7.Create An Outdoor Oasis

Whether you have a large back yard or a small condo balcony, create a space outside where buyers can envision themselves lounging with a cup of coffee or glass of wine. It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, but it should be inviting and clean. Clear away any dead potted plants or replace the dead plants with live ones.

8. Fix the Little Stuff

Broken gates, doorbells, doorknobs, handles, or other items will send a message to buyers that the home hasn’t been well maintained. Consider fixing items like that.

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