When you get people to view your home it’s important to think about how you are going to ensure it makes the best possible impression on the people looking around. What you need to recognize as the homeowner hoping to make a sale, is that selling your property is a very psychological process that has a range of factors. Often this isn’t a logical decision they make, but rather an emotional one – a ‘gut feeling’ as to whether they want to move in there or not. In all likelihood you will probably have had a similar gut feeling when you first moved into your property.
So the question is – how can you manipulate this gut feeling, or at least make people more likely to feel that way when they’re looking around your home? Here are a few methods you can use.
Make it Look Bigger: Most of us feel relaxed when we’re in wide open spaces, and this is something we register on a very basic level. The good news is that it’s possible to make a room feel much more spacious. For instance if you add some more white then this will reflect more light and create a feeling of openness. Adding whiter paint to your skirting boards then, or changing a blue wall for a beige one can make a lot of difference.
Likewise if you have clutter on your floor and surfaces this too can create a more claustrophobic feel. You can combat this by just removing those items. Things like a rug in the middle of the floor might look nice, but they also make your home look busier – so just remove it to create a feeling of more space. Using mirrors you can also reflect light in the room and make it feel much more spacious again.
Be Presentable: Obviously that means making your house presentable, but it also means making sure that you look presentable. If you look smart and well dressed when you meet with your potential buyers they will associate that with the property and they will assume that the property has been well looked after. Likewise you should be as warm and friendly as possible.
Make it a ‘Blank Slate’: You probably have lots of ornaments and pictures and other items that all look great in your home. This is all very well for you, and your guests might approve of them as well, but that doesn’t mean that it’s going to be to everyone’s tastes. If your property has a very ‘you’ feel to it, then this can actually get in the way of their imagining the property was theirs. You need to remove some of your items in order that they can imagine what the place would look like with their items in there.
But Make it Warm: However you don’t want it to look too much of a blank slate or it will look a little cold and empty. You want there to be some signs of life but you want those to be inoffensive and subtle. One great strategy is to place a picture of you and your family/partner/friends in the property having a great time with big smiles. It’s slight, but this can create an image of a happy home.
Cater to Your Audience: If you are really savvy then you can cater to the audience who is going to see your house. In other words, if you have an elderly couple looking around your home then you might want to leave out the nice cushions and ornaments; but if you have a young professional you might want to make a more minimalist and modern look. Just a few items can make the place look ready to live in for your particular market, so think about it logically and plan ahead.
Sal Induisi is a real estate advisor for condos in fort lauderdale florida. Through his blog he likes to inform people about finding the right condos in fort lauderdale florida.