Last week we shared some secrets for selling success. Here are five more to help you secure a speedy and successful sale.
1. Win buyers over with your photos To get buyers to your open house, you first need to capture their imagination and interest online. Photos can make or break a deal, so get five or six high-impact shots which truly showcase the best aspects of your home. 2. Upgrade your doors and windows As well as improving your home’s visual appeal, new doors or windows make your home more energy efficient, a plus for any budget and environmentally-conscious buyer. To learn more about energy-efficient windows and treatments, contact the team at Wallside Windows of Detroit at (313) 908-5243. 3. Always be show ready Keep your house looking its best while it’s on the market, as you never know when your final buyer will walk through your door. Think perpetually shining kitchens, bathrooms, living areas and bedrooms that are tidy and dust-free. Because storage space is on most buyers’ wish lists, you should also cut back the clothes in your closet and neatly arrange your cabinet drawers. You might have to turn into a cleaning general for a few months, but the vigilance will be worth it when your buyer signs on the dotted line. 4. Send the pets on holiday You may love animals, but a bowl full of dog food, whiff of kitty litter or free-floating pet hair can be a major turn-off for many buyers. Send your pets to stay with friends, family or a pet hotel before an open house inspection. Or if it’s feasible, keep your house pet free for the entire sales campaign. It might mean a faster sale at a higher price. You can remove pet hair and aromas with a thorough cleaning, including a steam cleaning of carpets and soft furnishings. 5. Let your buyers see the light As with any strategy of seduction, light has a crucial part to play. First, optimize your natural lighting by pulling back your curtains, cleaning the windows and cutting back foliage that blocks sunlight into your home. Install dramatic lighting in entranceways and opt for more subtle, diffused lighting in bedrooms. In your kitchen, use directed lighting in the places where you perform specific tasks, i.e. above the stove, island or sink. In living areas, increase the wattage in your light bulbs, use white shades on table lamps and go for floor lamps that provide lots of light and take up little floor space. Uplights and downlights are also a clever way to create drama and illuminate dark corners.