September 2nd, 2017 10:07 AM by Jackie A. Graves, President
There are a few surprising things that can help you to sell your
home. These things require a little expense, a little time and a little effort
but they could help you to sell or rent.
They are not going to
sell the house on its own, but they could be the things that tip them over, the
things that take them from “on the fence” to “committed buyer”. And in my own
personal experience, many of these things have been able to do just that.
A new garage door can help to provide a standout feature,
improving curb appealing, making your home more insulted and giving you a great
selling point for anyone who needs extra space or has a car they want to keep
You need to do a little
work with this one because the potential buyers need to know how useful this
is. If you’re renting, then let them know that it will help them to save on
their bills while also cutting down the risk of damp and other serious issues.
One of the tricks I use
when renting out or selling homes to wealthy, hard working middle-class
families is to invest in a large, relaxing bath, such as a spa-bath or Jacuzzi.
You will be hard-pressed to find someone in this position (especially if they
have kids) that doesn’t envisage themselves sinking into that bath after a long
day of work.
You can keep the costs
down if you pay attention to low-cost fitters and to expert renovators. In
other words, search for retailers and specialists like Home
Spa Select instead of your usual high street
supplier like Bed
Bath and Beyond.
The age-old trick of
recreating the smell of baked bread is still used for a reason: it works. You
need that freshness in the home. You need the welcoming smells because
otherwise the house starts to feel like an empty shell instead of a home.
It’s not just baked
bread and cookies either. Any smell that is warming and not clinical will help
to create the atmosphere you need, from incense burning in the bedroom, to
sweet smells in the kitchen and fresh smells in any room that is open and
facing the yard.
You’re selling a dream.
You’re showing someone what they could have and what they could create. Because
of this, a lush green lawn complete with a few flowers here and there is both
welcoming and aspirational. This obviously works better if they are green
fingered, but if not then the fact that the lawn is so neat and minimal is also
a selling point.
For those who love gardening,
they will see it as a blank canvas on which they can paint their own creation.
For those who hate gardening they will naturally assume that it is minimal,
easy and doesn’t require much maintenance.
I personally sold a
house like this to a hard-working man who had a tough security job in
the region. He wanted something minimal and simple, even though just hours
earlier I had received interest from a couple who loved gardening and saw it as
quite the opposite.
You should never leave
random gym equipment around. It looks messy and chaotic. I know we all do it in
our homes. I personally have a Bowflex at
the bottom of my bed and stacks of unused stuff in a spare bedroom. But I would
never sell my house with that there. An immediate red flag for me is a home
that displays running machines and weights alongside beds, desks and more.
However, if you place these
in a room with nothing else, creating a makeshift gym of sorts, it can have a
positive effect. Everyone wants a little room to workout these days and if a
buyer thinks they can get that in a home that delivers on everything else, even
though they didn’t think they had the space, then you could have a sale.
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