Take the home out of your house. One of the most important things to do when selling your house is to de-personalize it. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there. Get rid most of your stuff – put it in storage. This includes family photos, memorabilia collections and other personal stuff. Consider hiring a home stager to maximize the full potential of your home. Staging simply means arranging your furniture to best showcase the floor plan and maximize the use of space.
Empty your closets. Storage is something every buyer is looking for and can never have enough of. Take half of your stuff out of your closets then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers will poke around, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
Light it up. After the location, good light is the one thing that every buyer cites that they want in a home. Maximize the light in your home. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and cut the bushes outside to let in sunshine. Do what you have to do make your house bright and cheery – it will make it more sellable.
DECLUTTER. Donate to a good cause. Early in your journey towards simplicity, one of the decluttering techniques you should do was to grab a simple large trash bag and fill it with stuff that you do not need anymore.
Creating a list of places/areas in your home to declutter beginning with the easiest. When you’re done with one area, stop and continue with the others. This list could be made as easy or difficult as you desire based upon what areas of your home make up the list (drawers/closets/rooms) and could easily fit into any schedule.
As you set to minimalism, this was the technique most often used in their homes, the The Four-Box Method. As you set out to declutter an area, bring four boxes: trash, give away, keep, or relocate. Each item in every room should be placed into one of the four categories. No item should be passed over. Each should be considered individually. Some projects took an hour others took days or weeks. But the technique and principles remained the same.
COMMUNICATE. Have open communication with your agent. You only get one chance to make a first impression on your buyers as well so there’s no harm if we do things all out.
LIGHT-FILLED PHOTOGRAPHS. The first thing a perspective buyer will see is the photos of your home. You want them to want to come see the house either at a showing or an open house. Make sure you take the photos from the best possible angle. Make sure to clean up the spaces before taking photos. Buyers also like bright and light spaces so try and take your photos on a sunny day rather than rainy. You could also add fill light in photo editors just to enhance a little bit more.
FRAGRANCE. This is a big one! We rely so much on our sense of smell. Take out all the unsighlty odors that can turn buyers right off. You could put or light a scented candle in your desired space in the house during open houses.
PRICE TO SELL. We all know that everyone wants a bargain. Do your research and know what the houses are selling for in your same home size / area. If you price your home at 900K and the homes your size in your town are selling for 400K, well, then you’re house will not sell quickly unless it is diamond encrusted.
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