8 Ways to Make Buyers Fall in Love with Your Home
We all want people to love our home as much as we do, but especially when you are
trying to sell it! While it’s impossible to please every buyers’ taste, there are several
easy things you can do to make your home more appealing (wink wink) without
spending a lot of money. Try some of these tricks and see if your showings cause
buyers to swoon.
1. Check yo self then check your curb appeal. Take an honest look from the
curbside. What are buyers seeing first? If your home needs to be painted or
pressure washed, consider making that investment. Clean up landscaping by
trimming trees and bushes, planting some fresh annuals, and laying new mulch.
Clean windows, repair sagging soffit, or porch railings, and have any trip hazards
on your driveway or front walk repaired. Finally, consider some attractive, yet
subtle decorations for your front porch.
2. Create an inviting entryway. When buyers step inside your front door, you want
them to feel welcomed. If you have a foyer or front hall, it is easier to make an
attractive entryway, but even if your front door opens right into your living room,
you can create the feel of an entryway with a couple of simple tricks. Clear the
area of clutter things that tend to pile up at the front door, like backpacks, dog
leashes, or shoes. Place a small table or bench beside the door with plants,
candles, or other simple décor. A small area rug can help define the space as the
3. Let the light shine in. Take advantage of natural light as much as you can.
Trimming any bushes or trees outside your windows can help immensely. Wash
your windows inside and out and replace or remove any worn screens. Make
sure to open blinds or curtains before all showings.
4. Add some fresh color. Painting is an easy and inexpensive way to make an older
home look new and is especially important if your current wall color is dark or
outdated. Choose a light neutral color like a warm grey or light beige and use the
same color throughout the house. If your home tends to be dark, this will help
brighten it up.
5. Let storage spaces speak for themselves. Many sellers make the mistake of
waiting until they have a contract to start cleaning out closets. Cleaning out
clutter is part of getting ready to show, not just getting ready to move. You want
buyers to be able to see the storage in the home, and this does not work if every
drawer, cabinet, and closet is stuffed to the gills.
6. Eliminate distractions. Streamline your decorating so your buyers see the house
and not your collection of roosters (yeah Mamaw I am talking to you). Go ahead
and pack up collectibles and family photos and keep decorative touches to the
minimum. Too many plants, magazines, or toys distract the buyers from seeing
the home as their own.
7. Entice them with outdoor space. The back yard shouldn’t be an empty space of
infinite possibility, nor should it be a storage area for neglected toys (guilty). Get rid of any eyesores you’ve been avoiding dealing with, spruce up your landscaping, repair irrigation or pool issues, and create an entertaining space with a patio set, or a backyard oasis with some potted plants and a hammock.
8. Make it easy for them. Taking care of minor repairs is another step you can take
to help buyers see your home as an easy and comfortable move. You want them
to be mentally arranging their furniture as they walk through, not making a list of
nicked woodwork, torn window screens, and leaky faucets. The less work
involved, the easier it is to fall in love. Crossing off those minor repairs will also
show buyers how well you care for your home and ease the fear of looming