With the current economic climate and difficult downturn in the housing market, you really have to keep on your toes to attract the buyers...
Market your house in its best possible light, so that buyers can really appreciate all the features you love about it.
Avoid too much clutter
It makes your home look too small for your/their needs
Avoid paring down too much
Or an unlived-in look - this makes your home look cold, unfriendly and unwelcoming
Don't hide, cover up or disguise attractive original features
...such as nice, old fireplaces.
Avoid outdated and tired features
...such as old fitted kitchens, bathrooms, cupboards etc.
These can give your whole home a tired, outdated feel, and give the buyer the idea there's too much work to do.
Renovate or replace!
Avoid dirty, old or worn
These give the impression your home is dirty and unloved.
Sand original floorboards, steam clean carpets, or invest in new.
Avoid carpets in:
Even if brand new, these will appear unhygienic, which is not the impression you want to be giving about your home!
These may be ugly, or may just convey too much of your own personality to the buyer.
Pale, neutral colors:
--show your home off in its best light
--make it appear as large, bright and airy as possible
--appeal to most buyers
--too much furniture
Keep it simple and minimal to make your home appear more spacious.
Stale or stinky homes can be an immediate turn off to your buyer.
And you may not even realize your home smells - living there you'll be used to it!
Ask a trusted friend to be honest with you, if you aren't sure.
To make your home smell fresh and clean investigate:
--litter tray areas
--does your dog need a bath?
A thorough cleaning can help - open windows and light subtly scented candles.
Avoid leaving repairs unattended to
--unfinished DIY and repairs
...all give the impression that your home is shabby, unloved and uncared for.
Is your home confused?
When preparing a house to sell make sure each room has a specific purpose - especially dining rooms, spare rooms etc...
And that you make this clear to buyers through your choice of furniture and accessories in each room.
--mold on tiles/window frames
--bits on carpets
--clothes waiting to wash or dry
--stains on furniture
Avoid a bad first impression
First impressions do count when preparing a house to sell!
So make sure you pay particular attention to:
--the front entrance to your home - inside and out
--pathways are clean, tidy, safe
--doors are clean or newly painted
--hallways appear spacious and welcoming
It can be difficult to look objectively at your own home.
So if you aren't sure how your house shapes up and looks to visitors, ask a trusted friend to look at your home as a potential buyer, and not be afraid to be perfectly honest with what they see...
Now you know just what to avoid when preparing a house to sell...
But you can also go further, actually staging a house to sell quickly, and to be more attractive to buyers...
Where to Go For Home Staging Help
Check out these homestaging tips
Click here for your room by room guide to staging a house to sell
I hope some of these sell your house tips have been helpful for you in identifying turn-offs to avoid when preparing your house to sell...
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