They say it's a buyers' market right now, which means those of you who are selling your homes have to work extra hard.
If you're planning on selling your home, try these tips that I've gathered from friends who are real estate agents:
- Best time for an open house is Sunday afternoon for two to four hours. Try to schedule so it's not conflicting with holidays or community events.
- Move some furniture into storage. Just taking one piece out of each room will make the space look bigger and more inviting to buyers.
- Make arrangements to have the pets away from the home during the open house. Selling a home that previously had pets is difficult enough without having the proof running around.
- Create brochures to hand out promoting your home with photos, specs, and pertinent information such as price.
- Clean thoroughly, outside and in. Buff the surfaces to make them shine, fluff the bedding, touch up the paint on the walls, and prune the bushes.
- Weather permitting, open the windows to give the house an airy feel.
- Bake treats for your guests and who doesn't love the smell of freshly baked cookies?
- Have classical or jazz music softly playing in the background.
- Set out cards that potential buyers can leave information or feedback on.
- Place flower arrangements around your home.
- Resist the urge to follow people around, it will cause them to feel pressured. Be available for questions, and point out special features, but let buyers peruse on their own.
JennieGavinsMom says she started prepping two months before putting her house on the market. "First, we did a good purge of things we had not used in the last year. It truly made our house look larger and, of course, cleaner. It also made it easier to keep clean. Next we cleaned up the yard, watered the grass, trimmed all the hedges, etc. Then, our deck looked very worn (but just aesthetic issues), so we painted it as well as the kitchen and main bath using very neutral warm colors. Last, we did a deep cleaning. Inside and outside of windows, window tracks, wiped out cabinets, you name it."
Do you plan on selling your home anytime soon? If you've already experienced this, what are some things you did to your home to boost is appeal?