So, you are looking to sell your home. Perhaps it has been on the market for months, and you are unsure what is wrong. Maybe you are getting ready to list it and want to make sure that it is showing as beautifully as possible.
Wherever you are in the process of listing your home, you want to ensure that you are doing as much as you possibly can to entice someone to buy. If you are ready to get top dollar for your house, read on to learn the four small details that sell your home.
1. A freshly painted front door
The first thing that a potential buyer sees when stepping up to your home is the front door; therefore, you want to give them the “wow factor” from the get-go. Unfortunately, too many sellers make the grave mistake of leaving their front door looking old and tired, with paint chipping or a too-faded colour.
Don’t be like them!
Instead, give your front door a fresh paint of coat. You will be amazed at how quickly it refreshes the exterior of your home. Additionally, as it is a potential buyer’s first impression, you want to make sure it is a good one.
It is a lot harder to change their minds about purchasing your home if they have already jumped to negative conclusions before stepping inside.
2. An inviting welcome mat
In the same vein, another small addition that has a significant impact is merely placing an inviting welcome mat at the foot of your freshly painted door. Seriously, these little details speak volumes.
For many professional home stagers, placing an inviting welcoming mat at the front door is a no-brainer because it not only welcomes potential buyers into your space, but it also shows that you care about the details — something that reflects well on you as a homeowner.
For someone to make an offer on your home, they need to be able to picture themselves living in the space comfortably. Generally, people like to consider themselves as very social beings, and they imagine their home looking like a magazine spread. Even though the reality is often a lot different, you want to indulge their fantasies and make your home as Pinterest-worthy as possible.
An inviting welcome mat is an easy, affordable step in the right direction.
3. An updated letterbox
You may not have considered updating your mailbox, but it is a small detail that dramatically helps in boosting your curb appeal. By installing a fence mounted letterbox, you are opting to upgrade your home’s exterior look and guaranteeing that it looks refined and perfected.
Just make sure you are selecting one that goes with the vibe and style of your home.
Additionally, by upgrading to a new key lockable letterbox, you are increasing the security of your home. For potential home buyers, security is of the utmost importance, and the safety and privacy of mail and deliveries certainly falls into this category.
4. New and shiny door handles
One of the simplest but most striking ways to make your home seem put-together and magazine-worthy is by adding new and shiny door handles and knobs. Whether they are merely out-of-date in terms of style or are just slightly raggedy-looking, not having new door handles is a major no-no when you are looking to sell.
While you may have become used to seeing your old door handles, they will catch the eye of potential buyers and will give them the impression that the rest of the home is also not updated and maintained to a high standard.
Luckily, replacing your door handles doesn’t have to be an expensive or lengthy undertaking. In fact, you can easily find new ones for around $15, and they can be installed by you in less than 15 minutes.
As you can see, these are small details, but they make a huge difference if you want to get top dollar for your home. Not only do potential buyers consider all aspects of the house, but they also look at smaller elements to obtain a greater understanding of the place as a whole. Don’t shoot yourself in the foot and lose out on quality buyers because you didn’t take the time to sweat the small stuff.
Have you sold a home recently? What are you doing to make sure your home is as attractive as possible to potential buyers?
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.