The way I was taught is to sell every property like it’s a million-dollar listing. What this means is thoroughly going through your checklist and not cutting corners, and when you do that, you’re guaranteed to get better results.
- Curb Appeal should be the first thing you focus on. Just like with online dating, this is the first impression people are going to get from your house, and you want to make sure that it’s amazing. Take the time to mow the lawn, do some landscaping, or whatever it is you feel would take your curb appeal to the next level. This will make your home feel inviting, which will attract more prospective buyers.
- Walking into the house, there are a few things to consider when perfecting the ambiance. People generally don’t like dark houses. Go through the house turning on the lights and opening the blinds, maybe even crack a window for some fresh air. The goal is to make it so that your buyers could picture themselves living in the house. They want to walk in and think, “Oh! This feels like home!” If you can do that, they’ll make you an offer.
- There are also some things you may want to hide. First is your pets. While some people may love seeing pets in the house, others will be put off by it, and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Another thing you should hide is your valuables. Firearms, prescription medications, jewelry, or anything somebody could easily pick up and put in their pocket. It’s a good idea to get a safe or safety deposit box, and if you can’t, just take these things out of your home.
- The last thing you should focus on is decluttering your house. It’s good to remove at least half of your personal belongings, the house should look minimally staged. If you aren’t currently living in the house, remove everything. The goal is not to let people see your mess, because they need to be able to envision their own mess, so get a professional house cleaning service if you need to. After going through all these steps, you’re ready to have professional photos taken of your house. Whatever you do, do not skip this step, it is critical and can cost you tens of thousands of dollars if skimped on.
Get your house tidy. When people walk through your house, they want to be able to envision themselves living there. If you go through this checklist, you make it easier for them to do just that.