Home buyers are starting to become meticulous in finding homes for their loved ones. They are taking much longer to make up their minds, viewing an average of 19 properties before finally making a decision. And when they finally do put in an offer, it's usually well below the normal market value.
Below are important rules a home owner like you should keep in mind so you can easily dispose of your home on the Sacramento real estate market.
First impressions last – Keep in your mind that what they see is what you get. You have to impress your potential home buyer by doing all the impossible to your house. A real estate agent said that you must see to it that you fix everything in the house before selling it. Also make it a point to make an extra effort of fixing the front area of your house. This particular area is a good place to spend a little extra time and money. Plant flowers, trim bushes, weed, pick up leaves, repaint your front door, replace tarnished house numbers or a dented mailbox, get a brand-new neutral doormat, park your old car somewhere else.
Clean – Well, this is a no brainer. If you want the home buyer to be impressed, then clean the house beforehand. Your home must be presentable to potential buyer. Make an effort to clean your house from top to bottom before putting on the market. Having a weekly cleaning service while selling is probably a pretty good investment. Make sure your windows are clean inside and out too.
Fix everything – Just like what I have mentioned above, fix everything in the house. Fix a dripping tap or a cracked tile. If you don’t do this, you’ll be sending a bad impression to potential home buyer. Getting all problems fixed before you put your house on the market is a smart idea.
Eliminate Clutter – Remove clutter. Clutters reflect memories, hobbies, and values. But it doesn't sell homes! According to a realtor,Clutter makes homes seem smaller and disorganized.
Repaint the house – Repaint the exterior and interior of the house before you put it on sale. It's a fact. Try to convey an image of quality and neutrality. Potential buyers walking through your home want to imagine themselves as the owners. If you use styles or colours they would never select, you've just turned them off. Stay high-quality, but neutral is safest.
De-personalize – “Remove objects that your potential buyers won't be able to identify with. For example, political and religious items may turn off whole groups of buyers, because they cannot "imagine" your home as their home. Buying a home is an emotional decision, and you want potential buyers to make an emotional connection with your home by being able to "see" themselves in it.”
Pets – “Always keep your pets under control. Try confining them to a specific area. Although you may love your pets, they can be off-putting to other people, and smells can be offensive, so make sure there are no lingering odors in furniture or flooring, and if there is, get them cleaned before you sell.”
You must check the electric wirings in all areas of the house - Buyers don’t buy homes that have faulty wirings and all that. So before putting your home to real estate market, better check the wirings to attract buyers.
Check the lighting in every area of the house – Apart from the wirings, “make sure you have adequate lighting in every room, use subtle mood lighting to create the right atmosphere in each room and check all your bulbs work.”