Congratulations! You’ve finally decided on a new home from Mimosa Homes, or a fantastic house and land package, and you can’t wait to move in. But hang on a minute, there’s a small problem; you haven’t sold your existing home yet! Selling your home takes a little more effort than posting an advertising board on your front lawn, and those savvy sellers willing to put in a little effort can possible reap thousands above the estimated price. Here are a few tips to drive buyers to your door.
Get tech savvy
Sure, inspecting houses on foot is a great health tip but most buyers today let their fingers do the walking. Statistics show 43 per cent of house hunters begin their search online and 92 per cent utilise the internet for all general property enquiries. Facebook is your friend in the house selling game. Why not start a campaign for your house? Use your network to spread the word and don’t forget the pictures. If potential buyers are ‘visiting’ your home online then it stands to reason they want a peek through all your rooms. Make the home presentable and snap away like display homes.
Wow potential buyers from the off with this tip. It’s no good enticing buyers with glamorous interior photos only to have them keep on driving when they pull up at the kerb. Spruce up your front yard with potted plants, a shiny front door and a well maintained path to the house. A neat garden will have buyers wanting to step over the threshold.
The same applies to the back garden too. Immaculate landscaping, a lick of fresh paint and outdoor furniture presents buyers the chance to imagine themselves drinking a coffee outside on a lazy Sunday morning.
Neutral colours offer a crisp, fresh interior that buyers can imagine adding to. You want to de-clutter your home to offer the illusion of space. A small bedroom can appear larger with a simple bed and side table but welcoming with crisp sheets and well-chosen cushions. Living areas should be laid out as you would live minus the clutter. Also consider de-personalizing the home. Some buyers can feel like they are invading your privacy if your family photographs are staring down at them from every surface.
The rooms that sell
Kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. If your kitchen is drab and tired give it a budget makeover. Replace damaged bench tops, change over broken or outdated handles and fittings and a fresh coat of paint will hide those horrible cooking stains.
The bathroom needs to sparkle. Pristine white tiles, no mould and certainly no funky smells! Add some luxury items like boutique soaps and plump towels and the room will draw in the buyers.
Buyers want to know they have little work to do if they purchase your home, so a little D.I.Y. will ensure the house is fit for a new owner. No leaking taps and no wobbly door handles. All these things may just add up to a surprising return on selling day.