When selling your home, first impressions are everything. Potential buyers are already on the lookout for any flaws that could end up costing them in the future. Much like when you are buying a car or an outfit, you find yourself asking the question: “do I see myself in this?” The same thought process applies to buying a house.
Potential buyers are walking into your home and asking themselves: “do I see myself living here?” Ideally, you want the answer to be a resounding “Yes!” This is why many realtors will suggest a more ‘homey’ feel when you are preparing your house for an open day.
So before you place your home on the market, there are a few things you can do to improve the aesthetics of your home and appeal to a wider buying pool. These small changes should help your potential buyers say: “Yes, I can see myself living here.”
“Yes, I can see myself cooking in this kitchen”
The kitchen is very important. While not everyone is a gourmet chef, any buyer will be spending a great deal of time in their kitchen.
You want to ensure that the space is functional and that any rusted or broken hinges and knobs that have needed replacing over the years have been replaced.
If the walls have spatters of grease or cooking residue, a coat of paint wouldn’t go astray to freshen up the room.
While it isn’t always possible to do a complete refit of the appliances, ensuring that they are all in good working condition and are properly cleaned for presentation should help with the overall appearance of the room.
“Yes, I can see myself preparing for the day in here”
The bathroom is on par with the kitchen for importance to your sale. If the bathroom is looking worn and tired, chances are it won’t appear very appealing to your buyers.
Small changes such as cleaning the grouting and replacing any rusted bathroom taps or handles can make a huge difference to the overall appearance of the room.
If the room is looking a little dull and lifeless, sometimes a repaint is in order to brighten the room up and give it that fresh feeling.
“Yes, I can see myself relaxing in here”
The lounge room is imperative to the sale of your home. Most of the household activity will take place in the lounge room. Homework will be done in here, television will be watched and games will be played. There are two major parts to the living room – the floor and the walls.
If your carpet is a little worse for wear and feeling a bit rough under foot, perhaps consider laying new flooring down to provide a more comfortable and luxurious feel. If new carpet is beyond the budget, ensure that the current carpet is dry-cleaned and treated to be as good as new.
The walls can take a beating in a living room – kids draw on them, dogs rub up against them, people leave finger prints all over them. Life in a living room is inevitable. A fresh coat of paint (perhaps in a new colour) will eliminate all of these problems.
“Yes, I can see myself sleeping in this bedroom”
While most of the time spent in the bedroom will be spent in darkness, people like to know that the room they are sleeping in is neat, tidy and welcoming. Spruced up carpets, new curtains, a fresh coat of paint, sparkling clean windows and the right décor will do wonders for the appeal of your bedrooms.
Whether your home is five years old or fifty-five, a few simple renovations can make all the difference to buyer appeal. You get one chance to make a first impression so make it count with these easy, simple touches and improve the interest on your home.