Wherever you are on the Real Estate spectrum; a Buyer, a Seller, or even a Realtor® the less of a point of view you have, the more ease you invite into your Real Estate experience. Today’s focus is on the Seller.
Preparing Your House to Show and to Sell
One of the first steps, and most important steps a homeowner can take is to prepare a house to show and to sell. As the Seller your target has now shifted from Owner, someone with personal ownership, to Seller, someone willing to step back, ask questions, and imagine seeing the house through another person’s eyes.
When you are willing to step back and allow the house to be what it is, a couple of things happen:
1. You begin to let go of a home that you may be attached to.
2. You begin to see the home from a different point of view.
Questions to Ask:
1. Who is the Buyer?
Is it a couple with a baby? A single person? An older couple? A family? Who will the house work for?
I invite you to take a moment and go through that person’s day. What would their day be like living in the house?
2. Is the House an Invitation?
Imagine walking into the house for the first time and look around. Just notice. The house is looking for your help to look its very best. Be willing to see the details.
Are there things you can rearrange, put into storage, repair, clean?
3. Does the House Create a Sense of Space?
The target is to show off everything the house has to offer. This differs from having a dinner party to show off your home and all of your beautiful things.
What could you do to create a sense of space? Could you make cupboards look bigger or more organized? Is the house better suited to sell furnished, staged, or with less?
4. What is Your First Impression?
When a potential Buyer drives up to the house the goal is to create a sense of excitement or curiosity to want to know more, to see what’s inside.
What do YOU see when you drive up to the house?
Walk around the perimeter and all outside areas. Is there anything you could do to the exterior or the landscaping to make it shine? Does the property have special features that are under utilized?
If you are thinking about putting your house on the market, you might consider asking these questions now that way, when the time comes you will be better prepared and will have already begun the process of letting go.
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