Being a new home owner I’ve spent the last few years searching for homes on the market. I’ve also spent a lot of time attending open houses and doing showings. There are certain things that sellers have done to make the homes more appealing and other things that are complete turn offs to potential buyers.
One of the primary ways that I initially would see homes for sale is through online posting and pictures. While the number of beds and baths were really important in a new home we also looked very closely at the living space. Was there a space to have a TV and was there space to host parties or have guests over? We liked knowing that our new home could be a social place. The pictures were also very important. If a place looked dirty, had weird colors, or too much furniture than it was usually a turn off. That first impression online could make a huge difference. If the realiter had photos that showed a good scope of the home and the home was neat and organized we were much more interested in seeing the place in person.
When we would go to see the home in person the front yard curb appeal was important. This is where you can really see if the sellers cared for the home and it’s appearance to the outside world. If they had flowers and the condition of the home looked good we would feel better about the overall shape of the home. Upon entering the home we would like mostly that the home be clean and uncluttered. This would help us to focus on the important details of the home itself. It was also easy to see when DIY projects were done incorrectly. A seller might want to get those cosmetic problems fixed before putting their home on the market. For each painting error or wrongly placed molding I would wonder what was wrong with the electrical and plumbing of the home!
Another thing to keep in mind is being flexible to showing your home. This should be by having open houses or allowing late night showings. There were a few occasions in which we couldn’t schedule to see a home because the home owners were not flexible. Therefore we quickly lost interest in the home and moved on. We also liked to be able to do Sunday open houses and look more casually at homes.
Finally if you are selling your home please be willing to work with the buyer. During our home inspection there were a lot of uncovered issues and costs that came up. If our sellers wouldn’t have given on the price of the home a little bit we would have walked away from the property. You have to realize that there are limited buyers out there in some places and there needs to be some negotiation in this important issues.
Finally and most importantly. Price your home correctly! If you’re home is overpriced you will not sell it. You will not have showings. Use your agent and recent market sales to get your home priced where it should be!