Post # 1
What can we do to help our house sell quicker and make it more appealing to prospective buyers?
We have been on the market for over a month and whilst we have had viewings we have yet to receive any offers.
We have reduced the price twice and it is now priced competitively, the area is not the best but it is close to great schools and we have looked after the house well.
When we bought it 2 years ago it had been on the market for less than a week with 5 offers. The housing market here is great currently but it just will not sell.
What can we do to help?
I have heard of little tips like baking fresh bread and fresh flowers. Any other ideas?
Post # 3
De-clutter! Get rid of any unnecessary furniture that just makes the space feel cramped, and lose any personal items like family pictures. You want your buyer to visualize themselves in the house, and that’s hard to do when there are pictures of strangers all over the place.
Post # 4
@LilliePad: I had already removed personal photos and we dont have too much clutter (apart from the play room but i guess thats a given!)
I clear all the kitchen worktops for viewings too to make it look better
Post # 5
+1 for decluttering. Perhaps some light staging? I am always a fan of neutral colors too.
Post # 6
Well, a month isn’t really that long to be on the market. So no need to panic yet. Do you have any minor repairs that need to be done or unfinished projects? Any loud paint or wallpaper? Odor issues? Dirty carpets? These can all be turn offs for buyers. Maybe go to some open houses in the area to check out your competition!
Post # 7
Turn the lights on when you know you have appointments. We have been house hunting for a few weeks, and it was really nice when we went to a home that had all the lights on, made it for an easy viewing rather than having to find light switches and/or wait for lights to turn on all the way.
Post # 8
We rented a storage space and filled it with anything and everything we weren’t going to use for the foreseeable future. Emptied out all closets, left minimal cookware and dishes,glasses, and bakeware out and made all countertops free of everything. Appliances stored, everything spotlessly cleaned (always), and removed all evidence of our pets (cat & dog and feeding bowls and beds with toys) for every showing.
I bought new drapes and curtains for all windows and made sure they were pressed and neutral and framed the glass rather than covering it and had new fresh towels in all bathrooms.
We repainted everything well in advance. We made sure all mechanicals were serviced and updated.
The exterior was touched up where needed and beds and common areas raked and swept.
Our house sold 60 days from listing.
Post # 9
Clean, declutter, make sure it smells nice, and keep your colors neutral. People are imagining themselves living in your house so make sure each room looks functional.
The house we bought was so comfortable and relaxing every time we saw it. They kept the air conditioner on for us (it was the middle of summer), put out fresh fruit on the kitchen table, and flowers in the living room.
The rooms were fully furnished but completely decluttered, so you wanted to just relax on the couch when you walked in.
We saw cluttered houses, houses that smelled like cat piss, and dirty houses. It was so nice to come to a house that looked so welcoming.
Post # 10
I’ve never sold a house yet, but as a buyer I’ll tell you that any grime, dirt or clutter is distracting and can be a turnoff. Sounds like you already know and do that though! Do you have any strange wall colors or distracting decor? What about the exterior of the house/landscaping?
Post # 11
- Wedding: January 2013 - Harbourfront Grand Hall
@ChocolateLime: Do you watch HGTV? You should!
They usually tell you to remove most appliances from kitchen countertops (goes with the decluttering all PPs have mentioned).
Febreze or brew a pot of coffee before they come
Patch/Paint/Spackle where needed, seeing all those little tasks as potential buyers adds up. We looked at a house where litterally the entire living room wall was covered in pictures and I thought that is going to be a disaster!
If you have pets don’t put them outside when you’re showing the house, take them with you. We went to a house where the pets were outside and quickly left so the poor babes could come back inside. Plus, this meant we couldn’t look at the backyard. And at another house, they left their dog in the house and it peed when it got excited to see us….
Post # 12
@ChocolateLime: I am in the market for housing right now (we are pretty sure we are going to build) but something that irks me every time I go into a house is the weird decor. We refer to houses as “the bad wallpaper one” or the “orange bathroom” one. If you can, get rid of colors and leave it as nuetral as possible. It helps me picture myself there. I think about all the things I can do to make it “mine” rather than all the things I don’t like and need to “fix.”
Everyone has a different style, and there is a rare chance that someone in the market with the funds is going to have the same style as you, so make it a blank canvas that they can put their mark on.
Also, put away photos and clutter. It keeps me from noticing the great bathroom set-up or nice details in the kitchen.
Post # 13
- Wedding: May 2013 - Pavilion overlooking golf course scenery, reception at banquet hall
Do you have any photos? Do any walls need fresh coat of paint, does the lawn need a little manicuring, could the carpet use a good professional steam cleaning?
I agree with decluttering! Put pretty much EVERYTHING other than basic furniture and sparse neutral decor away. Take everything off the bathroom and kitchen counters (even basics like toaster, fruit bowl, knife block) so that the spaces can be visualized with more work-space.
For an example, here are photos from our house staged by the previous owner, and it helped us visualize ourselves in it because it was so bare-bones simple:
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Additionally, I always chose which houses to look at almost solely based on the photos. How many photos do you have on your listing? Are there photos of every bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, yard, laundry room, dining room, etc etc?
Photography ideas: Take photos on the sunniest day possible, pull back the curtains all the way and open the blinds to let the most light in. Take photos of rooms while standing as far back in a corner as possible, or in a doorway (but don’t let doorframe show in photo). Take photos crouching a little bit and angled up so that the room feels taller, and if you have a 2nd story or loft, pics from above also help show the space/layout well.
Post # 14
Clean and minimal stuff! Even the playroom – you have to remember that not everyone will use the rooms in the same way you do, what you use as a playroom, someone else might use as an office. You want neutral spaces – if someone thinks ‘oh, a playroom. We don’t have kids’, you’ve lost them. If they say ‘oh, look at that space, that would be perfect for an office’, they’re already visualizing themselves in the house. The more clean, minimalist and neutral your house is, the better a potential buyer can see themselves living there.
Post # 15
the only thing that I am not so keen on but my Mother-In-Law would have a fit if we changed is our wallpaper in the living room and from all your comments i realise i should probably get my husband to de clutter his study
Post # 16
@aggie2010: Our listing has 16 photos. I will post the link for a short while and then remove for privacy reason