1. The 15-second rule. First impressions are everything, especially when it comes to selecting a home. A buyer will oftentimes decide on whether they like the house or not within the first 15 seconds. For starters, consider your curb appeal. Hop in your car, drive around the block and then pull up to your house pretending to be a buyer. What do you see? Also, walk into the house the way a buyer would (normally through the front door). What do you see? What looks good and what doesn’t? If you have limited funds to improve the home, focus first on the items that will leave a positive first impression.
2. De-clutter. Buyers are looking for space, so it’s imperative to de-clutter your home. Focus on the master closet and kitchen (other closets as well). Start packing the items you will not need during the selling process. A cluttered house will appear a lot smaller to a prospective buyer.
3. Focus on flooring and paint. Dirty floors and paint can be one of the biggest turnoffs to a buyer. Even if your budget is limited, consider having the flooring professional cleaned. You should also touch-up the paint where needed. If the flooring and paint is in bad shape, you may need to consider replacing and repainting. Buyers don’t want to have to refloor or repaint before moving in. Make the property move-in ready.
Thanks to Mike Weinstein and 6 Figure Mind Shift for these tips.