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Selling a home is can sometimes be just as stressful as buying a home.  If your home remains on the market month after month without any offers, it can be discouraging.  Many people wonder what they are doing wrong or what is wrong with their house that is making selling their home so difficult.  The truth is, it might not be you or your home that is the problem.  Perhaps it is just a matter of tweaking a few things to create more of a homey atmosphere for potential buyers.  Making your buyer feel “at home” when they come to see your house can make a world of difference in whether or not they decide to make an offer.  Here are a few things you can do to help your potential buyers feel more at home.

Create a good first impression. One of the most important points of emphasis when it comes to getting a home ready to sell is the exterior of the home.  As is true with any situation, a first impression is going to stick with an individual and influence their opinion from the moment they first see the house.  Small touch ups like repainting the front door or the shutters may seem simple, but they can tip the scale for someone deciding whether or not to see the inside of the home.  Healthy plants and vegetation in the front yard can also go a long way.  Purchasing potted plants or bright colored flowers to place on the porch or in the windows is an easy way to make your home feel more welcoming.

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Get rid of clutter. You don’t want people walking into a cluttered house if you are trying to get them to buy it.  Cluttered spaces make the home feel smaller and take away the buyer’s ability to see the full potential of the space.  Do your best to get rid of any items that don’t NEED to be there.  Aside from the obvious cleaning up of the main rooms, also take time to organize storage space like closets, cabinets, and the garage.  The more open and clean you can make the home feel, the better.  Sometimes it is even a good idea to rent out some self-storage space to store some of your belongings while you show the house.

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Take advantage of natural light. It is important to let in as much natural light as possible when it comes time to show your house.  Natural light brings in a positive vibe and allows the buyer to fully envision what their life could be like in the home.  If you have rooms that don’t have a lot of windows, consider using brighter light bulbs or a fresh coat of light paint to brighten things up.

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Assess the layout of your furniture. You want the buyer to be able to move through the home without having to awkwardly squeeze around corners or potentially run into a dead end.  Creating open walk ways will ensure a smooth tour without frustration or confusion.  You may even want to take some of your furniture out of the home to make the home feel more open during showings.

Put away personal items. A potential buyer needs to be able to envision the home as their own.  If you have family photos or other similar personal items around the house, it might make it harder for a buyer to picture their own family there.  Try to keep décor neutral.  If you can help the buyers view the space as something they feel like they can make their own, they will be much more inclined to seriously consider purchasing your home.

Selling your home shouldn’t feel impossible.  Sometimes it is just a matter of a few simple tweaks that can make the difference.  If you need help staging your home, we can connect you with one of our experienced realtor partners who would be happy to help you get your home ready to sell.  If you have questions about financing, or if you aren’t sure what steps you need to take to get into a new home after you sell, please contact one of our mortgage professionals today!  We would be happy to walk you through the process and help you accomplish your housing goals.

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