Preparing your home for sale?
You are not alone, many New Hampshire Seacoast homeowners are hoping to find a buyer, and your house has plenty of competition on the market. To guarantee you make the best impression on buyers, I suggest you keep in mind that "sensory" appeal is just as important as "curb" appeal.
The visual appearance of a house prompts potential buyers more than any other factor.
Once homeowners step inside, they decide almost immediately whether or not they want to buy. It is essential that their first impression be a positive one. The entryway should be spotless, clutter free and welcome them with a feeling of home.
Clean or freshly painted walls and spotlessly clean or brand new carpeting are a must. Hardwood floors must be in excellent condition. Floor tile should be a light neutral color, in excellent condition.
Throughout the house, furniture must be arranged to show space and function and at the same time guide the eye toward positive features of the house and away from the negative.
Light is the second most quoted reason for choosing a home.
Make sure all lights work and, where necessary, replace light bulbs with a higher wattage. Replace dark or worn lampshades with new, sheer or white shades.
Paint walls and dark woodwork in light, neutral paint.
Replace heavy, dark window treatments with lighter sheer curtains. Clean all windows inside and out so that the sun can shine in.
Nothing will turn away a potential buyer faster than an unpleasant smell.
Welcome buyers and make them feel comfortable by greeting them with a pleasant aroma. A few drops of vanilla warmed in the oven yields the same result as baked cookies, triggering a comfort response.
Remove litter boxes. Keep trash can clean at all times. Open windows before a showing when possible.
A word of caution: be careful with the use of scented candles and air fresheners. Over use can cause buyers to suspect you are trying to mask an offesnsive odor. Also, many people have allergies to scented products.
Be sure to keep laundry room clutter free and keep all dirty laundry inside machine.
An excess of dirty clothing allowed to pile up can be the source of a very unappealing smell.
Texture, added throughout the house, is appealing to the eye and to the touch and will add an element of style which translates into perceived value.
Help buyers feel comfortable and at home by keeping the temperature warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Creaking floors, dripping faucets, and noisy heating systems could be a cause for concern to a buyer.
Neighborhood noises such as traffic and barking dogs can be distracting. Playing soft jazz or classical music can help the home feel more relaxing and help buyers to concentrate on positive features.
Buyers' perceived value of your home is based on the reaction of their senses.