First impressions are not just for people, they are just as important when you are
trying to sell your house. You want your potential buyer to walk away with a
good impression. There are several easy, quick and low cost things you can do to
increase your chances of getting your asking price and selling quickly. When
people make an investment commitment as big as a house, they can be picky, and
seek perfection. You can be proactive and make it an enjoyable experience by
- If you are showing in the spring or summer make sure to
have the lawn and landscaping looking nice. Mowing the lawn, pruning and weeding
cost nothing, but can make a big difference by looking kept up and cared for.
Most people assume that if you take care of the yard, chances are, you take care
of the house.
- Making sure that there is no chipped paint can make a
big difference too. If your house was built before 1978, there is a new federal
law that requires the seller to complete a lead base paint disclosure statement.
Be proactive in this area as well. Have the inspection done beforehand, it looks
good to the prospective buyer, and it saves time.
- Really clean your
house before you show it. It’s simple and free, and it can make all the
difference in the world. Cleaning windows inside and out can be one step that
people forget, but after the winter months, it’s imperative to make the house
look as clean as possible. The bathroom is another area where people seem to
make judgments, so make sure your bathrooms are spotless!
- Set an ambiance. Studies have shown that soothing smells in the house can help make a
house seem more like a home. Like baking cookies, cakes or pies, and even
spaghetti. People like to be reminded of good memories, and cooking and baking
has shown to do that. Also think about playing some soft background music and
light candles if you are present when the buyers are viewing your house. This
makes the place seem cozy and inviting. Small little touches can make all the
difference on attracting a buyer!