Sprucing up your home for potential buyers

Sprucing up your home for potential buyers

When selling your house, following popular remodelling and interior design trends featured in magazines and design websites may not be such a smart thing to do. One reason is that you are only going to attract a narrow circle of people.

Sprucing up your home for potential buyers
Sprucing up your home for potential buyers

Avoid individualistic touches, help potential buyers picture themselves in a home that is going to suit them without forcing your decorating style.

The best way to do this is to put things in pristine, neutral, move-in condition. The rule says that what a seller likes may be too personal for a buyer.

Follow these recommendations and meet the needs of a majority of homebuyers.

Neutral, inviting colors

Apply a fresh coat of paint, it does wonders to a home. Select a neutral, inviting and appealing color such as greige, beige, soft white and gray hues for the walls, as bright colors are troublesome to sell, and use accessories to provide pops of color. Also, keep the color consistent throughout your home, avoid multiple-colored living spaces.

Rooms serving their purpose

Furnish your home in the way it was designed for! If your home has more than one living room, you probably converted one into a game room, an office, a gym or any other room that suits your needs. But make sure to convert it back to the room it was designed for when you are ready to sell. Buyers want rooms with their original purposes (a bedroom for sleeping, a garage for cars, etc.). It may seem silly to have two lounge rooms if you don’t need them but that’s how you should present them for sale.

Outdoor space

In case you have an outdoor living space, don’t neglect it and leave it empty or cluttered with old pot plants and dead herbs or as a storage space. Make an example for the potential buyers by showcasing the space with furniture and a neat garden to set the scene for how the area can be used. But make sure not to overdo it because potential buyers may be hesitant to buy a home with a backyard requiring a lot of maintenance.

Define individual spaces

If your home possesses a large open living area, find a way to divide and define the dining, lounging and entertaining area. The easiest way to do this is by using a combination of rugs and furniture or by adding ceiling beams, half walls or pillars.

Other things to consider

here are a few of other tips you could utilize in order to attract potential homebuyers such as installing hardwood floors and switching your golden, outdated faucet knobs to a brushed nickel or chrome as gold fixtures tend to date a house. This next thing may come as a surprise, but if you have a hot tub or above ground pool in your backyard you may want to have it removed before listing your home for sale. Although these things are luxury items they typically are not attractive to homebuyers.

In the end, take your time and explore a little bit yourself. Turn to the Internet! You can see what’s hot and what’s not if you explore real estate websites and home buying apps every homebuyer should have. Buyers most certainly will so make sure to check the offers and use the information to put together a reasonable price. Also, don’t hesitate to talk to your local real estate agents to find out which homes have recently sold and which haven’t in your area.

With a little effort and investment, you can do wonders on the real estate market, so good luck!