“A realtor is not a salesperson. They are a matchmaker. They introduce people to homes, until they can fall in love with one. Then they are a wedding planner.” –Author Unknown
Selling a home is, no doubt, one of the most taxing and stressful endeavors one can ever do.
Unless you are selling a property located in a premier location such as a condo near Makati or have priced your home incredibly low, then selling it can be quite the enormous challenge. However, while it might difficult, it does not have to be impossible. With dedication, hard work and commitment on your end, you would find that selling your homes can be done in no time. That in conjunction with a myriad of other factors would surely sell your homes faster and at the price you want.
There are quite a lot of things that go into the successful sale of a home. For the most part, it would be the attractive asking price and the location of said home. However, even with a nondescript location, you can still sell your home at the price you want PROVIDED that you introduce improvements to it that would make it attractive to prospective buyers. Most homeowners would forego the minor installations or improvements that would have otherwise made their homes a lot more enticing to buyers. This is because they are under the misconception that these are insignificant or they refuse to do it for fear that their home would not fetch a good asking price. However, this oversight needs to be remedied as even the most minor of improvements can prove to be useful when it comes to seducing a buyer.
Do a thorough cleaning
No sane prospective buyer would buy a house that is in disarray—even at an attractive price tag in a good location. Windows filled with grime, dirty kitchen counters, dusty cabinets and the like would turn your potential buyers off. Just ask yourself if you would even wish to buy a home that is dirty and you would probably arrive at the same decision your potential homeowners would. Remember, prospective buyers are looking to buy a “new” house, so your homes should not show any signs of wear and tear. While ordinary signs of aging can be overlooked, signs of extreme tenure are bound to be taken negatively. If you do not have the time to dedicate in sprucing up your homes, then consider hiring cleaning services—they will do a much more thorough job than you will.
One of the things most prospective buyers look for is a beautiful and comfortable bathroom area. In this regard, be sure to replace worn, stained or dated toilet seats. It would not cost you quite a lot and the job would take you less than ten minutes. Similarly, shower curtains and liners should also be replaced. These may seem like small and insignificant things, but it would tell your buyer you at least put the effort in which would surely score a lot of points with potential buyers.
Clear the clutter
Clutter is never a good sight. Although it may give the home that lived-in feel, it also tends to create visual noise and make your house appear disorganized. Donate any stuff you might not use anymore or sell them. Your closets should not be filled to the brim with clothes and similarly, your shelves should at least show unused space. Unnecessary furniture should be removed from your rooms as well. If you wish to have your potential buyers envision themselves living in your space, removing your personal effects is paramount.
Most, if not all, interior decorators and designers would advocate the importance of good lightning. Not only does it contribute to the aesthetics of the overall ambiance, but it tends to bring your interiors to its fullest potential as well. Every time there is a viewing, ensure that the draperies are open and replace any missing or dim light bulbs as well. If you have any compact fluorescents that may have dimmed over time, replace them and be sure to use wattages that are recommended for your fixtures.