Selling Your Home? Giving It More Appeal for a Faster Sale
Seeing signs around town that say "selling my home" may inspire you to sell yours too. Just remember that some homes can remain on the market for months, even years, before they are finally sold. Part of the problem is often how the home is decorated or that the curb appeal is not as nice as it could be. If you want to sell your home faster, here are some ways to give your home greater appeal to potential buyers.
Attractive Color Schemes
A pink house with purple shutters may appeal to you, but to buyers it screams "fixer-upper." If you have some odd or plain color choices on the interior or exterior of your home, it is time to repaint. Avoid white because it shows dirt far too quickly, and avoid browns, beiges, and taupes, which can make the cutest house look boring and ugly. Opt instead for blue, light yellow, cream, or pale gray, all of which can be accented by another color quite nicely.
Then add some details. Shutters on the lower windows and a new front door in a color that matches the shutters really can spruce up your home's curb appeal. For example, if you decided to paint your home a new light yellow, install hunter green shutters and door. This color pairing subconsciously reminds buyers of sunny yellow flowers with green leaves and stems, a very cheerful image.
Real estate agents often hire interior decorators to stage borrowed furniture to make buyers see what the house could look like dressed up. You could do the same with your house. Every time you hold an open house, remove your own furniture and wall hangings and replace them with borrowed pieces from a local furniture store. When the open house is finished, you take the borrowed items back to the store and put your own things back in the house. This also works out quite well if you are in the process of moving anyway, since you can put all of your things in the garage for the movers.
Buff, Polish, and Recarpet
Old carpet has the worst look and smell. Before you put the house up for sale, recarpet all of the carpeted areas, or pull the carpet out and use a different kind of flooring material. Things will look and smell better to buyers. Make sure you also buff and polish any wood or tile floors in your home too so that everything looks fresh.