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How to Make People Line Up and Beg to Buy Your House

Posted by Jerry Stapp on August 7, 2014 at 11:11 AM

There’s nothing worse than listing your home and having it sit on the market with little to no interest for months on end. What exactly are you doing wrong? Why aren’t homebuyers lining up to put in competing bids for your amazing house? The following are some tips that you should use to make your home more attractive to homebuyers and to increase your chances of selling your home much more quickly.

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Enhance Your Curb Appeal 

The curb appeal of your home is what provides potential homebuyers with their first impression of your home. Poor curb appeal leaves a poor first impression, no matter how nice the house is on the inside. Improve your curb appeal by making sure that your yard is nice and tidy. This can be done by:

  • Clearing your yard of trash or debris
  • Mowing your lawn
  • Pulling weeds out of your garden beds
  • Planting a few colorful flowers
  • Trimming your bushes
  • Clearing off your walkway
  • Re-painting your home’s exterior if needed

You should also consider sprucing up your entryway by investing in new hardware for the door, giving your door a new coat of paint and adding a few potted plants to the entryway area.

Create a Welcoming Atmosphere

Homebuyers want to feel welcome and at home, so creating that kind of atmosphere is very important. Besides sprucing up your curb appeal, consider a few welcoming touches to your home, such as laying down a welcome mat, putting fresh flowers on the dining room table, offering a plateful of snacks (such as cookies or fruit) and adding a pleasant scent to the interior.

De-clutter Your Home  

Even though that clutter will be gone once they buy the house and move in, if it’s not gone when they explore your house, it’ll leave a negative impression. Not only does clutter cause a messy home, it also makes the space feel smaller and more cluttered. Homebuyers may even think that there aren’t enough storage options in the home to prevent such clutter. Go through your home and get rid of all the clutter to avoid these misconceptions!

Invest in Minor Upgrades

You don’t want to pour money into improving your home for sale, since you most likely won’t recoup 100 percent of your investment from the sale of your home. However, there are a few upgrades you can consider as they will help sell your home faster, thereby making it worth the money. The following are a couple of worthy investments:

  • Flooring - Damaged vinyl flooring or worn out carpeting does not look attractive – invest some money into replacing these.
  • Lighting – A poorly lit home is going to make your house look gloomy and smaller. Invest in better lighting to make the home brighter and more cheerful.
  • Paint – If the paint on your walls is beginning to fade, or if the color is simply outdated, repaint them. Don’t use colors or patterns that you personally like – just because pink is your favorite color doesn’t mean that potential homebuyers will appreciate it. Go with a safer choice, such as neutral colors.

Depersonalize Your Home

Take down family portraits and drawings that your kids made. Homebuyers are trying to imagine what it’s like to live in your house and they don’t want the house to feel like it’s someone else’s.

These are just a few of the things that can help make your home more attractive to homebuyers, thereby increasing your chances of getting your home sold as quickly as possible and for the price you’re asking for. For additional advice, contact us at Carrington Real Estate today.

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