If you’re considering selling your home, you’ll know it’s not an easy decision to make. It’s hard to leave behind the memories made and things you loved. Even for buyers it’s a highly emotional time, and it’s not uncommon to see some decisions made from the heart when it comes time to make an offer. Here are some tips to help prospective buyers fall in love with your home too.
Where is the love?
In order to pull at the heartstrings of buyers, you first need to decide what the focus areas will be. A handy tip is to make a list of all the things you love, and don’t love about your home. Say your favourite area is an outdoor gazebo, or a walk-in wardrobe; make a conscious decision to highlight these aspects when it comes time to sell. Look at the areas on your ‘don’t love’ list and think about ways you can make it a blank slate for buyers. You want to keep it open so buyers can visualise what they would do with the space.
Visualise your ideal buyer
Before you start to plan for listing, have a think about who the ideal buyer for your home would be. Is it a family, retiree, a young investor, or someone completely different? Placing subtle clues around the home can help develop a buyers connection and imagine what their lifestyle could be. If, for instance, your ideal buyer is a budding family, you could show room for growth by organising a bunk bed and study desk in a child’s room. If you have an awesome outdoor entertaining area that’s perfect for a young couple, why not liven it up by setting it up for entertaining.
Become a minimalist
When looking at the parts of your home that you love, you may have a million ideas coming from years of living there. Take it back a notch and keep design super simple and clutter-free. A great habit is to select three key things to display in each area, allowing buyers to see the functionality of the space while visualising potential uses. It’s best to take all family photos and personal items out of the equation. If you decide the ensuite bathroom with the spa bath is a major selling point, appeal to the buyers senses with unlit candles, fresh flowers and soft linen towels. You want to guide them in the right direction without it getting overwhelming.
Beautiful outside and in
In life we are told to never judge a book by its cover. Well, in this case, you should; and quite frankly, buyers do. While your emotional connection to your home runs deeper than what’s on the outside, it’s important to give off a great first impression to warm potential buyers to the prospect that they might love it in the same way. Give your front yard a good scrub and makeover by mowing the lawn, trimming hedges, and even giving your front door a fresh coat of paint. You could even plant some flowers or shrubs for a splash of colour and to bring some life back into your home.
But first, we clean!
Buyers need to see some semblance of a clean slate to picture the potential on top of falling in love with what’s emotionally appealing. This means these handy tips won’t make a difference if you don’t tidy up! While setting up all of these elements, get out the vacuum and spray ‘n’ wipe and get to work getting the place ready as if you’re about to entertain. If you don’t want to deep clean yourself there are some affordable end of lease cleaning services you can book from the ease of your smartphone, like Whizz. You can also give our tips to decluttering in preparation for listing a go if you really want to see a thorough job done.
So now you know how to play cupid, you’ll be making buyers fall for your home in no time!
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