If you’re planning to put a home on the market, it’s smart to do what you can to make it appealing to as many buyers as possible. The more you widen this pool of prospective buyers, the more likely you are to make a sale. To do it well, however, you’ll need to put yourself in the shoes of your interested buyers. What are buyers looking for in a home, and what could give them a more positive impression of the property?
Boost the Curb Appeal
Before a prospective buyer even steps foot in the home, they’ll get a sense of the true personality of the home from the outside. This is their first impression of the home during an in-person visit, and it can make a lasting impact on how they feel about the property.
For that reason, don’t neglect curb appeal. Remember to rinse or scrub the exterior of the home, as well as hose down the sidewalk and driveway. Even mowing the lawn or raking up leaves can make a big difference in how tidy the exterior of a home looks at first glance.
Want to take it a step further? Arrange some potted plants on the front steps or invest in some simple landscaping fixes. You could even install a brand-new mailbox in front of the home if the current one is looking a bit worse for wear.
Add a Fresh Coat of Paint
Color can make a surprisingly big impact on a buyer’s first impression of the home. Additionally, colors can be used for other strategic purposes—if the room is small or cramped, painting the walls a light color can brighten up the space and make it feel more open and inviting. Do some research regarding which paint colors are currently in style, particularly for new homebuyers. Then, you can get started adding a new coat of paint to the interior of your home.
Get Rid of Clutter
Don’t show a prospective buyer a home clogged with clutter. Instead, your focus should be on creating a space that the buyer can envision themselves living in. To do this, the home will need to be orderly and clear of unnecessary furniture, large items, or general clutter. These knick-knacks can be distracting and should be cleared away before showing the home.
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