How to Make Buyers Fall in Love with Your Home

As the old saying goes, “You never get a second chance to make a good first impression.” In the case of selling your home, you want it to be love at first sight. A buyer who loves your home and thinks it is perfect for their needs will buy more quickly, and will often be willing to pay more as well.

 

There are a number of effective ways to get prospects so in love with your home that they will be happy to buy.

 

1. Declutter

The last thing any buyer wants to see is a crowded mess. Declutter everywhere – even the places you don’t think they might look, like your drawers. Prospects and surveyors will want to see the entire place, not just what you want to show them.

 

2. Depersonalize

Pack away your photos and most personal items. They want to picture the home as theirs, not yours. If you have limited storage space in the house, ask if you can store your keepsakes with friends or family, or put them in storage, or take to your new home.

 

3. If you have already moved, leave enough behind to stage the home

It is often easier to sell an unoccupied home than one you are living in. However, empty rooms with zero furnishings are not always easy to imagine as a warm, welcoming home. Sort your “must-have” furniture and leave the rest behind. Then use it to help dress up rooms. Useful items include tables, chairs and lamps.

 

4. Paint inside and out in neutral colors

This will make the entire house look fresh and clean. The neutral colors mean there will be nothing objectionable about the decor.

 

5. Use neutral furniture throws, pillows and curtains

The throws can help you cover up any sofa or other item they might find not to their taste, make the most of old furniture you are leaving behind for staging, or brighten the room and eliminate any objections to your sense of style and taste.

 

6. Replace old carpet

Get rid of stained carpets and/or anything in a highly-trafficked area. Re-carpet, use throw rugs, or clean up any good wood flooring underneath.

 

7. Sand and polish real wood floors

These can often be a great feature in a house.

 

8. Consider wood laminate flooring rather than carpeting

If you have to replace your floor treatments, consider laminate flooring rather than carpeting. A lot of people have house-related allergies to mold, mildew, and so on, which makes wood flooring a healthier choice.

 

9. Get in professional cleaners

It will cost money, but these people are pros and will give your cleaning the full attention it needs. Make sure you stress the kitchen and bathrooms needing to be immaculate.

 

10. Avoid heavily-scented air fresheners

A lot of people use air fresheners, Glade plugins, pot pourri and other scented items to try to make their home smell nice and/or mask odors. However, some people have allergies, and everyone has different ideas as to what smells nice. Use unscented or lemon-scented cleaning solutions and odor neutralizers instead.

 

11. Aim for natural light

Your windows should all be clean inside and out, and not streaked. Each room should have a window treatment that allows plenty of natural light into the room, but can be drawn easily (curtains, Venetian blinds, vertical blinds) as needed.

 

12. Make your kitchen shine

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the house and can be a deal maker or deal breaker. If the appliances are more than seven years old, replace with Energy-saver ones. Stainless steel is all the rage. If your appliance is not, consider covering it with stainless-looking sticky film. Update any old fixtures and fittings. A new faucet and taps and/or new cabinet handles can really make a difference.

 

Follow these tips to get prospective buyers to fall in love with your home.