Simple Home Presentation Mistakes You Must Avoid

When preparing you property for sales, you must make sure you avid these mistakes which are guaranteed to turn off your buyer.

5 Simple Home Presentation Mistakes To Avoid

The is one truth that cannot be underestimated - first impressions count. What is true of people is true of dwellings - once an image is established in a person's mind it is very rare that their impression will change.

1. Poor exterior paint choice

The single most important factor in presenting a home is the paint. Bright, garish colours will turn more people off than any other single factor, including poor paint jobs and chipped and peeling paint.

On the other hand, a professional paint job with complimentary neutral colours suited to the style of dwelling, will add tens of thousands to the sale price.

2. Overgrown or sparse yard

The yard is the next item that people see as they approach the house, or in your real estate listing. A badly maintained yard suggests that the whole property is poorly maintained and buyers will start looking for problems.

If you can't afford to get a professional to do it for you, then prune bushes and tidy gardens and re-mulch, mow and tidy your lawn. Border garden and lawn edges and clear debris. You should consider planting some attractive yet hardy plants, particularly if your yard is sparse, and even plant grass seed - it grows surprisingly fast. Few buyers purchase a house because they want a D-I-Y gardening project - instead, they are busy, and most want a home to be as maintenance free as possible.

3. Clutter

When presenting your home you want to draw the buyer's eye toward the key aspects of the room and to convey a sense of calm and welcome. We all know that buyers want to see your house, not your stuff, but it goes beyond that to ensuring that there is a feeling of space and flow within rooms.

Box-up your stuff and store it off premises before listing... not in the garage, as you are selling your garage too.

However, beware of removing too much - each room must be welcoming and the right furnishings and accessories are necessary to achieve that.

4. Poor Décor

Each home and room has it's own story to tell, and the décor can make or break the sale. It's important to know what the right story you are portraying for your home, and to furnish accordingly.

But whatever it is, it should be mainstream and neutral otherwise you are appealing to a very small audience and fewer bidders means a lower sale price. Strong bright colours will make it hard for them to move their furniture in. While retro maybe back in style that doesn't mean in it's original 1970′s form, so replace those floral carpets, peach walls and flouncy curtains. Or the 80's style techno look with stripes and alternating basic colours.

So where you can, replace carpets and replace curtains with blinds, remove wallpaper and repaint walls and respray cabinets in neutral colours. Small changes can make a huge difference to how your home is perceived and will return increase your return.

Also, buyers are looking at your home to see if they can imagine themselves living there. This is difficult if all they can see are your photos, pets, trophies, degrees, memorabilia, religious items or artistic nudes. Store them all, and replace it with items which will compliment the room and furnishings such as .

5. Old & Smelly

Smelly homes, or the impression that everything is old and tired is a sure-fire way to turn buyers away.

Give your home the best clean it has ever seen. Clean and fresh is the best smell when selling. Avoid candles, incense and atomisers as not everyone can tolerate the smell.

Buyers want new and shiny. Kitchens and bathrooms are expensive to upgrade and they also want to avoid having to replace them. So, where possible make low cost renovations like a new counter top, replacing tapware and flooring - if they feel they can avoid *having* to spend money after they've moved in, it will increase your chance of selling greatly.


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