How Will Buyers Remember Your Home?
Buyers, when viewing homes first-hand, are no doubt going to walk away with an opinion.
Whether good, or bad, they'll likely refer back to your home with some sort of description.
What we don't want to hear from buyers are statements such as these:
"Honey, remember that home with the dated wallpaper?"
"I loved that last home we saw but... there was so much clutter, I had a hard time visualizing our things in there."
With so many homes on the market from which a buyer can select from, we want to give them every reason to buy and not a single reason not to.
And yes, as a home seller, there are things you can do to ensure "what they remember" are all the positive things your home as to offer. More on that in a second.
When chatting recently with the listing agent, Iran Watson, for the exterior shot pictured above, he spoke of taking this specific picture of the swan/frog statue as a memory shot. Specifically, the photo was taken to help draw the buyers into the home. Similarly, he had taken this twilight picture of the pool to further capture the buyers:
Having seen this home first-hand when our Atlanta Home Staging company, Georgia Interior Solutions, was asked to provide a home staging consultation, I can tell you that Iran absolutely captured the essence of the home. I have no doubt that buyers will only have positive memories of this home.
As mentioned, there are things YOU, as a seller, can do to make the experience a positive one. Here are a few tips:
- Have repairs - fix 'em. I recently visited a home where the railings leading up to the house were all leaning. No doubt this will be a turn-off to buyers.
- Think clutter-free. Homes filled to the brim with furniture and nick-knacks consume "visual real estate." Don't know where to begin? Call in a professional home stager.
- Dated fixtures date your home. One of the most common mistakes a home seller will make is not addressing the minor updates that could end up making a world of difference. For example, light fixtures and faucets. The expense is minimal in comparison to the impact these improvements can have.