The first impression of a home is from the outside. Buyers may be put off if the home doesn’t look inviting from the street and may not even enter the front door. The garden and front of the house need to be clean and tidy. Pulling up weeds, mowing the lawn and adding a few colourful flowers to a garden will spruce it up nicely. Cobwebs and dirt on the outside of the house can be removed with a water blaster or scrubbed away with a broom. A coat of colourful paint on the front door and mailbox will make the home appear more welcoming.
Inside the home
The more obvious way to make a home look more appealing is to clean it but this is often overlooked. When living in a house, dusty surfaces, dirty windows and clutter can become the usual but a potential buyer will notice these things. Clean the house before an inspection and keep the surfaces clear of clutter. Having too many personal items in the home will make the place feel too much like the owner’s and the buyer may find it difficult to envision living there.
A welcoming home invigorates the senses, as well as looking good, it must smell good. Investing in and burning essential oils are a great way to make the place smell good. Placing a couple of drops of lavender oil in the vacuum bag will ensure the carpets smell great too. The smell of home made bread or cookies can make the buyer feel more at home.
A potential buyer may take into account work that needs to be done around the home, so it’s a good idea to fix as many items as practical. A hole in the fence, a leaky tap, a crack in a window, or missing tile, are items which draw bad attention to the property but are easy and cheap to fix.
If the budget allows, clean curtains and give rooms a fresh coat of paint. Rooms which are outdated don’t look as appealing. Investing in a couple of bright pillows for the bedroom, new doorknobs and a few indoor plants, will make rooms look more inviting. Rugs are great for sprucing up a room and don’t need to be expensive. Rugs add warmth to a cold floor and cover up flaws.
Preparing a home for sale can be fun and needn’t be expensive. With a little imagination and flare, it can look ten years younger and be much more appealing to potential buyers.
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