As the spring and summer housing market heats up, many homeowners have decided to sell houses that they've been holding onto for several years.
However, in spite of the recovery the market has been making, buyers are still cautious -- so you need to make an extra effort to help make your home stand out from others that are up for sale. If you can do that, buyers are going to want to make an offer.
Here are some tips for how you can make that happen:
Clear Your Hallways -- In addition to clearing out clutter from the common living spaces, make sure to remove clutter from hallways and doorways. Buyers need to be able to get around your house easily. Any furniture in the hallways or doorways will slow them down, and make your home feel cramped.
Empty Your Storage -- While you're tidying up, clear out as much as possible from cupboards, closets and bathroom vanities. Storage space is a valuable commodity, and a nearly-empty closet feels much larger than a full one.
Freshen Up -- Homeowners tend to get used to the odors of pets, smoke, and even just the general smell of a home. Have a friend come over and give your place an honest assessment. Experts say you can't mask odors with air fresheners or fresh-baked cookies. Eliminate smells by cleaning furniture, cleaning or replacing carpets and rugs, and scrubbing your house from top to bottom. If you don't have the time or the energy, hire professionals to take care of some of these tasks. It will be money well-spent.
Make Needed Repairs -- If anything in your home needs to be updated, fixed, painted or replaced, do it before letting your house be shown to prospective buyers. Most buyers aren't looking for a fixer-upper. They want a home that's move-in ready--even a small project that needs fixing can turn off some buyers.
Decorate With Plants -- Green plants and fresh-cut flowers give the impression of light, even if your house is dim. Bright arrangements also give buyers something to focus on and remember. Make sure the plants are healthy and in good shape, not droopy, brown or dying. Stay away from silk or plastic plants, since they can often attract dust and look dingy.
Obviously, there are many factors that go into selling a home. You need to make sure that your home is priced to fit the neighborhood, is clean and in good repair, and is ready to be shown at a moment's notice. By taking care of the fine details such as these, you can help your home stand out from others that are on the market in your area.