Mortgage, Smart Spending

How to Present Your House for Sale

When you are selling your home, you need to make it as attractive as possible to potential buyers so they will be interested in purchasing the property. If you are selling the house yourself, this means that you need to take great photographs of the space, you need to make sure you have listed the home on the Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and you need to ensure that your house has great curb appeal when people stop by to take a look.

How to Present Your House for Sale

Buyers want to be able to see a home on the Internet before coming to check it out, which means the first key to presenting your home well is to take great photographs of the house. Be sure to get pictures when it is bright outside and to have as much light as possible in your photographs. Try to capture special features of the space such as fireplaces and windows that can be attractive to buyers. Be sure that the home is clean and looking its best before you take the pictures and do not leave a lot of clutter around that could make it harder for buyers to see the potential in the home.

In some cases, you may even wish to hire a professional to take the pictures of your house for posting on the Internet. After all, if people do not come to see your house, you cannot sell it, and many people today will not come to see a home unless they like the looks of it online. If you have a local art or photography school in your area, you may be able to find a student to come and take pictures for an affordable cost. Otherwise, finding a professional photographer can be a great investment.

The need to make your house look great doesn’t just stop at online photographs either. You want to ensure that your house shows well to potential buyers when they actually stop by. This means making sure that the home makes a great first impression as soon as buyers see it, and also taking care of little details inside the house as well. To ensure that your home is as attractive as it can be to potential buyers:

  • Tend your garden, keep your lawn mowed and keep the front of the house looking nice. If people are turned off by a sloppy looking house when they drive by, they may never come to see the inside.
  • Take care of any little repairs that need to be done. People who see chipped paint and signs of deferred maintenance may become concerned about what other essential maintenance tasks you have let slip.
  • Paint the rooms in neutral colors and remove clutter and personal details. People want to be able to visualize themselves in the home, and having a lot of personal stuff around detracts from their ability to do so. Clutter can also make the house look small and non-traditional or unique paint can make buyers fear they will have to do a lot to change the space to their liking. Present the home as neutral and classic so that buyers will feel like they can just move their stuff right in.

By following these basic tips for presenting your home for sale, you should hopefully be able to find a buyer in no time.