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15:24 11 February 2018
The process of finding a buyer is not always easy, however. There is still a sense of caution among many house hunters, given information released in October confirming that the US had a 3.9-month supply of homes for sale. This makes a tight inventory even more so for first-time buyers who are looking to establish themselves and get a grip on the property ladder. There is always much to be learned from expert blogs on personal finance and money saving tips, so always think wisely.
There is optimism among a growing number of homeowners who are employing smart ways of attracting prospective buyers, however, and there are trends developing in how this can be sped up.
By following these tips, you may significantly speed up the process of finding an eager buyer. There are a number of ways you can potentially speed things along.
Start with your curb appeal
The first impression of your home which will be made by any potential buyer is crucial to a large number of house hunters. By ensuring your home is as appealing as possible from the outside, you are encouraging optimism for what to expect inside.
Ensuring paintwork is fresh, your lawn is cut and there is no visible signs of wear and tear may contribute to a buyer’s decision of purchasing the house. It is not necessary to splash out thousands on a little makeover, as things, like preening, window cleaning and adding a few flowers or decorations, can be done with a moderate budget.
Consider your staging options
Beauty, as the proverb goes, is in the eye of the beholder. What almost everyone has in common, however, is an appreciation for effort. If it is within your means, look into hiring a professional decorator to do their magic, as this can often be the difference in making a quick sale.
Although staging is not cheap, it may be an investment that pays off – 88% of staged homes sell faster than those without. At very least, a staged home is an option worth considering.
Encourage more attention to your home
Not in a bad, of course. Reaching out to neighbors in the way of arranging a party or barbeque allows those you share a street or a neighborhood with to get a better look at your home.
For those who relish having family members around them or, at least, in close proximity, this could potentially lead to a neighbor, friend or acquaintance referring your house to their friends or family.
Ensure photos and images of your home are appealing
Grainy, unflattering photos tend to go down with buyers like a lead balloon. Ensure photos are professional, focused on the better aspects of your property and, if possible, are taken on sunny days or when there is lots of light.
Appeal to a potential buyer’s senses, all five of them
As Machiavellian as you may find this suggestion, it undoubtedly works.
•Make your house appear as homely as possible
•Ensure there is no clutter or dirty surfaces
•Always air the house out before a viewing, and make it smell good
•Avoid loud noises, such as dogs barking or children crying
•Bake cookies or other treats, and leave some out for guests
Sometimes it is the little things which endear us to a new home, so think about what would influence you if the shoe was on the other foot and start from there. Imagine you are stepping into your home for the first time, but as a buyer. How would you judge it? Would your immediate reaction be a positive one, or would you chalk it off as a maybe?
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