Prepare Your Home To Maximize Profits
You only have one chance to make a first impression so make sure your house is perfect and represents the dream home for your buyers.
First of all, you want the buyers to fall in love with your home at first sight. Make sure your home looks good from the outside. Make touch ups to your landscaping and exterior paint. Plant some flowers to add colour and make sure everything is clean. Your address numbers and mailboxes should be hung straight – numbers should be easily seen from the street. Also make sure that all exterior light bulbs are working and turned on at night and that your door handle is clean and working well.
Sometimes we focus all our efforts on staging the house and forget that many people are buying one instead of a condo, because they want to have usable outdoor space. That’s why it’s important to make your backyard as attractive for potential buyers as any other part of the home. You want them to see it as a little paradise.
- Keep it neat: Just like the house, the first thing to do in the backyard is cleaning. You should clean up everything, starting with anything thrown around, dog toys, children’s things, gardening tools, bikes, and more. You can buy outdoor boxes to store them; they will also be ready to go when you are moving. Also, you should trim your grass and make sure everything is looking good.
- Keep it simple: While it is true that many may dream of a flower garden or a pool, they may also have your backyard lose some points. You need to keep in mind that some buyers are looking for a backyard that doesn’t need a lot of maintenance.
- Keep it cozy: Remember that most potential buyers will want to spend time in the backyard. An outdoor eating area can be a great selling point. Set up your backyard furniture in such a way that it is welcoming and cozy, but leaves space for imagination.
- Make it for everyone: It’s probably best to put away the gnomes and extravagant garden sculptures when showing the house. Same goes for anything that is very personal or that’s coming with you, for example children’s slides. Let the potential buyer imagine what their backyard might look like; give them a little hint of the options they have.
These simple repairs and changes can make a positive impact when showing your property. Remember that you don’t get a second chance to make a first impression, so be sure to take the time to make the right one first.