13 HOT SELLER TIPS
We all want the absolute best price for our property.
Let’s look at how you can enhance your chances.
There is no second chance at a first impression. From the moment a buyer enters your property, a positive or negative theme will form and grow. This is of major importance when it comes to influencing a buyer’s opinion. Look at your property through the buyer’s eyes. How could it be better?
Light is essential! If you don’t have enough, look for ways to create it. Can a dark wall be repainted? Can you use a brighter light globe? Can an extra lamp light up a dark corner? Can garden plants near windows be cut back to let in more light? Could a skylight be installed? Light is a seller’s best friend. Use as much as you can.
Space is essential too! Can you minimise? Overcrowded rooms and hallways make them look smaller.
Buyers love big rooms. Remember, less is more.
How is your street appeal? The way your property appears from the street will greatly influence buyers. Is there anything that can be done to enhance appearance?
A cluttered home can severely limit the quantity and quality of buyers. Clear kitchens, bathrooms and laundries of excess ‘stuff’.
The objective is to make your property appeal to as many buyers as we possibly can, so keep in mind that some buyers may be allergic to cats and dogs.
It’s best that owners or occupants are not present when buyers visit. If possible, stay away while buyers are looking and let them experience the property without you there. This is when it’s better to leave to an agent and let them do their job.
A home needs to breathe. The most subtle scent can turn a buyer off or trigger a negative impression. Unpleasant smells like cigarette smoke, or lingering cooking and food odors can all be addressed. Wherever possible, make sure your home has the opportunity to breathe.
Retail specialists have proven that certain types of music can influence buyers to stay longer. Why not use this to your advantage when you sell and have some appropriate background music ready to play when a buyer comes through. Subtle is better. Keep it positive and upbeat.
Clean your windows inside and out. Okay, it’s a big job and you might want to hire someone to help you. When you’re done, you’ll be impressed with how great your clean windows look. Clean windows really add that extra shine to a home and will make any property look better.
Make sure you get your garden and yard in shape. Many buyers are looking for outside space but not a lot of work. A pleasant, well organised green space will add value and this is often the first thing your buyer will notice from a drive by.
Most buyers are really looking to make a lifestyle purchase. This means your own personal effects and the way your home looks to a buyer will make a significant impression. When you go on the market, you can cater to the largest sector of buyers by keeping your home neat, simple and practical.
The color splash! With ever increasing emphasis on a quality photo, don’t be afraid to use a dynamic color splash. Flowers are handy for this or it could be a glass vase filled with oranges or lemons. How about a piece of art or unique furniture?