Did you know that a buyer decides to buy a property within the first 10 seconds of viewing it? Believe it or not, statistics indicates it’s true in most cases. Therefore, it’s important to make your home as appealing as possible to any potential buyer. According to a 2017 housing market report, more than half of America’s homes are now worth more than they were before the recession, so homeowners should be proud of their homes and be keen to make them the best they can be. It’s especially important for owners planning a sale to follow some simple home selling tricks so they can be sure of a solid sale price and a swift sale.
Considerations When Selling Your Home
When preparing your home for sale, one of the most important things to consider is curb appeal. The first thing any potential buyer sees as they arrive at your home is the exterior. Therefore, it’s important to make your home look appealing and aesthetically pleasing. Be sure to tidy up the front yard, trim bushes, remove dead flowers and sweep the pathway and driveway.
It’s estimated that 87% of American homes are fitted with an air conditioning unit. Air conditioning can be a great selling point in any home, however be sure that your unit is functioning effectively and efficiently. Homes across the country are full of pollutants such as chemicals from personal care products and household cleaners. If your unit isn’t working correctly, there’s a risk that these chemicals are pumped around the home over and over again and inhaled by you and your family. Ensuring good air quality is important for one’s health. Thus, if you want to avoid this predicament - poor air quality - that’s linked to a range of illnesses, homeowners should ensure that the air conditioning unit is serviced once a year. It’s also recommended a service is completed before a house sale, so that if any problems are identified, the owner has time to rectify them before a potential buyer discovers the issue which could cause them to pull out of the sale.
Approximately 44% of US homes have a dog, while 35% have a cat. However, when preparing your home for sale, it’s important to remember that not everyone loves animals and, in particular, the odour and fur remains they leave in their trail. Therefore, before any house viewings, arrange for your carpets to be deep cleaned and your furniture to be cleaned of any animal fur. It’s also a good idea to try and eradicate the smell of pets by strategically placing air fresheners around your home.
If there’s a smoker in your home, the smell can linger all around the house. It’s likely that you won’t be able to smell it, but you’re potential buyers sure will. Smoke is another reason to get your carpets cleaned and to use air fresheners. In addition to this, washing walls and reupholstering or replacing furniture can help to.
It’s so easy to put off DIY tasks around the house and many homeowners get used to the quirks in their own home. These won’t impress a potential buyer, though. So, if the door handle has fallen off the bathroom door, the kitchen tap is leaking or the hallway wall is covered in scuffed paint, be sure to dig out your tools and spruce the place up.
By taking into consideration these simple factors before selling your home, you can be sure of a rapid sale and a successful move.
Sally Collins is a professional freelance writer with many years experience across many different areas. She made the move to freelancing from a stressful corporate job and loves the work-life balance it offers her. When not at work, Sally enjoys reading, hiking, spending time with her family and traveling as much as possible.