Tips on How to Make a "First Good Impression" of Your Home
Presentation. Yes, that is the keyword you always need to keep in mind. “First impression is the last impression” is a proverb that not many people are willing to buy into these days. But in case of homes, especially an old home that you are showcasing to others, this may very well be the case. It is a time tested way to make sure that your house gets liked by whoever comes to view it.
To make sure that you make a good impression on the prospective buyers, you need to make sure certain things in your house are fixed. As someone living in the house, many things might be normal to you because you have gotten used to them.
But to an outsider, these things are not normal. On the contrary they are an anomaly and will immediately be noticed by them.
Any crack in the ceiling, any broken piece of furniture must be fixed before you start showing your house to outsiders. The sure shot way to find out these anomalies is to ask your agent what he finds amiss.
Here’s what you need to Look out for:
1. Mow the grass and trim the edges
2. Weed the garden and clean the drive. Remove the leaves.
3. The grass beds must be weeded and cleaned
4. Shrubs must be trimmed so that they do not look untidy
5. Wash the house from the outside
6. Keep the garage in a neat and tidy condition
7 .Keep the back door clutter free. You have been used to dumping all extra and unwanted items there. But now you need to pick them and put them in their proper place.
1. Clean taps and fitting well and make them shine.
2. Polish counters, cabinets and other furniture around your kitchen.
3. Clean the floor too. If it is high gloss type flooring, make sure it glosses! Use a good floor polish to make that happen.
4. Cupboard doors must also be cleaned thoroughly.
5. All equipment in your kitchen must look good. Clean the casing of the refrigerator and dishwasher and any other equipment around.
6. Make sure your oven is in a god condition.
7. Make the stove top shine. You can use one of the many stove polishes available to do so.
Bathroom and Lavatory
1. Taps and fittings must be taken care of. Polish and clean them.
2. Take care of the vanity unit. If it is made of high gloss material polish it well.
3. Lavatory seats must also be polished and cleaned well.
1. Keep the laundry room clutter free. You don’t want it to look as dingy as you have always been used to keeping it to the prospective buyers.
2. Paint it if that needs to be done.
3. Polish the tub.
4. Make sure the washing machine is in a good condition.
5. Clean up all the extra things you have been dumping there without even realizing.
1. Make beds before leaving your house each day.
2. Keep your closets and drawers tidy.
3 .Be open to prospective buyers wanting to inspect them.
1. Keep it tidy.
2. Make sure the curtains and drapes are washed and tidy.
3. Potted plants that have not been taken care off must be removed.
4. Buy new one if required.
1. Keep your table well polished. There are lots of varnishes available in the market. Invest in a good one.
2. If your table is anyway old and rusty, cover it well with a good table cloth.
3. Place flowers and vases over it to make it look decent.
4. Get proper drapes and curtain for the dining room.
5. Keep this area clutter free as well.
Any doors around the house must look like they are always in use. That is to say, they must be well oiled. Creaking doors give a very wrong impression to those outsiders who come to view your house. They make the viewers feel that the house has not been much in use and taken care of. You must take care of this small aspect.
Place potted plants wherever required. It adds glow and vibrancy to your house and also makes it look a prosperous place to live in.
Provide the house with good lighting so as not to make it look dull. Let as must natural light come in as possible.
Quick and Easy Ways On How to Sell Your Home
The omission of a middle man is perfectly justifiable if you can manage to sell your house without enlisting his help. This particular tactic is not very difficult to understand. You save a great amount of money if you do not have to pay your real estate agent his commissions for getting you buyers for your house.
Moreover, by doing so, that is, removing the middle man you can also afford to lower the price you have quoted for your house, leading to the much faster selling of the house.
However, with this decision to sell your house without the help of a real estate agent means that the work to be done on your part increases. Such work for the agent is part of his daily routine as he has to encounter such formalities with every project he gets.
For you, thought it maybe new, it is not impossible to accomplish, and you will soon find how.
The first thing an agent will do when you hire him is he will come and see your house for himself. He will need to know whether your house is in a presentable condition. Then he will go about telling you what are the things that need fixing and altering. He may even consult a staging professional at this stage.
Therefore, this is the first thing you must find out for yourself too. Is your house is a presentable condition? The following are the areas you need to look out for:
• Floors and ceiling
• Bathroom and kitchen fittings
• Lighting and ventilation
• Doors and windows
• Paint, both on the inside and outside
• Drainage system around the house
• Condition of driveway and walkway
• Home Improvements
Besides these general outlines you can take some forward steps to ensure that your house gets sold quickly and without much hassle.
- Cosmetic Improvements: You can alter the design of your house a bit by repainting the wall, re doing the furniture and optimizing the living area. You will have to keep the latest trends in mind while doing so. Taking help of a staging professional can also help here. You can make your house look inviting, as a result of which it may look impressing. You can decorate it with proper lighting and plants, etc. basically, you need to make sure all the furniture, kitchen and bathroom cabinets and equipment, etc are all in good condition.
- Target Buyers: You need to know the kind of people that will be moving into your house. You need to analyze what kind of people will prefer a house in the locality in which you are now living. You can take the example of the neighbors that have just moved in. though people differ, but some traits remain the same. Knowing your target customers will help a great deal in staging your house.
- Buyers’ Needs: People are very finicky about the kind of house they prefer and they are not wrong in thinking so. Though you cannot guess each of those small details, you can satisfy some of their broader concerns which may pertain to security of the neighborhood, connectivity (with the market place, their work place, their children’s school, etc), and comfort.
- Pricing: At all costs, keep the pricing very realistic. There is no point just thinking about your own profit, because quoting such a high price would mean that your house does not get sold quickly. Have a good idea about the current real estate market condition and quote your price accordingly. Also decide on how you would like to attract buyers and what kind of advertisement would you like to place and where. Negotiate the price and terms of purchase and sale very carefully. You need to be extra careful while doing so especially because you are not enlisting the services of a real estate agent for whom these clauses are quite normal.
Legal Aid: Never refrain from seeking legal aid when in doubt. Rather, it is always better to hire a lawyer even if it means you will have to pay him a portion of your profits earned as fees. There are very complex land and property-related issues that you might not be familiar with. You do not want to get caught unawares in case something untoward may happen.