There are many legitimate reasons why you might need to sell your house in a hurry, yet it can be dreadfully frustrating when working on a tight deadline, particularly if the market is slow.
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Indeed, one of the most popular questions real estate agents are asked throughout the world is “how do I sell my house fast”. The answer is a combination of pricing, marketing and the right buyer seeing it. Yet there’s one thing you can do to optimize how quickly your house will sell in the sense of converting curious browsers to committed buyers, and that’s to ensure your home offers a fantastic first impression.
See, the first impression your property creates is fundamental to forming the buyer’s gut instinct. This first few few seconds is critical as it frames the viewing experience. Just like how when you meet someone new, you can’t help but subconsciously assess them and this first impression will set the scene for the rest of your interactions.
It’s no secret that when selling a house first impressions are critical, but so many property owners overlook the basics such as decluttering their space, making the decor neutral, and ensuring basic maintenance tasks such as painting fences, mowing lawns, and trimming the bushes are kept on top of.
Here are three tips to help create the right impression necessary to sell your home in a hurry, but before we get into the practical tips one overriding piece of advice is to make sure you don’t come across as desperate (for example: offering beverages and snacks at an open house when no one else in town does). Think about dating, and how if you meet someone that appears desperate it just creates a bad aroma whereby you feel like something isn’t quite right. The last thing you want is to put off potential buyers by being over-keen as they’ll either walk away or take advantage of your apparent desperation by offering a below market value bid..
You want people to see your space at it’s best, they are not buying your life, they are simply buying a space that is a blank canvas in which they can fill with their own lives. If the space is too cluttered with personal artifacts such as family photos, artwork, and children’s toys, it makes it harder for the potential buyer to see the home as their own.
Therefore, you need to declutter – even if that means there is one room full of boxes (we recommend that be the garage first, then the basement, then a storage room, then a bedroom, then a main room, if you can't rent a storage area or get your items off the property), as long as you create the impression of space and blank canvas, the potential buyer can start to see your home as a place to make their home.
TAKE CARE OF THE BASICS
If someone were to arrive at a property with an overgrown lawn or hedges, it suggests that the current owners have low standards, in that they simply don’t care enough to make an effort to take care of the basics.
The impression this gives is one of sloppiness and the question that might be prompted in their mind is, “what other areas have the current owners not taken care of?”. If you’re struggling to sell your home then your first step is to make sure these basic maintenance issues are being taken care of.
MAKE IT NEUTRAL
Your favourite colour combination might be beautiful to you, but the aim when trying to sell your house is for it to be a house, not your home. It should be a blank canvas that prospective buyers can project their own personality onto. This is particularly relevant when it comes to the bedroom as this place of rest and intimacy is probably the most personal room in the entire house. If you only have time to paint one room, neutralize the master bedroom.
In summary, you want to endeavour to make your home feel like it could be your prospective buyer’s home, rather than yours, by making it neutral, getting rid of the clutter and keeping on top of maintenance tasks.
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