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Category:  Homes:  Buying and Selling 

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Tips For Making Your Home More Inviting

by J.P.Lee

Just like there are many little things you could do to make an overwhelming difference to the outside of your home, there’s lots of great projects you can tackle inside, without spending a fortune.

While your whole home is very important, the two primary areas for sprucing up should be your kitchen and bathroom. The following tips will guide you through the inside of your home in general.

The world of real estate is becoming more sophisticated in its understanding of what sells. In this sense, there is a much better comprehension of how to spruce up our homes for sale.

There is a whole knack to being able to properly “stage” a home these days. Fortunately, it while it is an extremely effective effort, it is not one that takes a large amount of money. It just involves improving your current surroundings.

The key is to look at your home not through your own eyes, but through the eyes of the prospective buyer. Look at your home as though you’ve never been there or seen it before.

Think of it as romancing your buyer with your house, so you’ll want to set the mood.

Clear out excess furniture and accessories from inside your home as much as possible. If a piece of furniture is too big for the room, or is crowding the room, put it in storage, have a garage sale, or give it to a deserving charity.

This also goes for decorations, oversized stuffed animals, and other items that you may have collected over the years. Anything that takes up space, if it’s not necessary, you’ll want to clear it out.

Nothing is more effective at opening up a house than getting rid of clutter. It will look immeasurably more spacious without all of your extra things in the way.

Pay special attention to keeping hallways and doorways clear. Not only will this make the prospective buyer feel that they are purchasing a larger home, it will be easier to imagine their own things inside of it.

Your home should smell good. When this comes to selling the house, it means that there should be no noticeable odors

Smell makes an enormous impact on people when they enter a home. Furthermore, while smokers and pet owners may not even notice the smells in their home – having become quite accustomed to them – they may be an overwhelming turn-off for potential buyers.

In this case, have a non-smoking, non-pet owning friend come over to perform a sniff test.

While it used to be recommended that you bake bread or steam cinnamon potpourri before a potential buyer is to come through, it’s no longer recommended. The same goes for spray air fresheners.

While no buyer will expect that your closets will be perfectly neat or empty, but they are looking for a large amount of storage space for their own things.

To help with this impression, the rule of thumb is to take everything out of your closet, and only put half of it back in. The rest of the stuff will need to find a new home; in the garbage, the clothing donation charity, or packed in your suitcases. The reason for doing this is that partially empty closets look much roomier than they may really be. And remember, it’s space and storage that sell.

The same can be done for your kitchen cabinets and other storage areas. An added bonus is that when you’re done sifting through your stuff to get half out of the closets, you’ll already have gotten rid of a lot of things that you’ll no longer have to move.

When people are looking for houses, it’s very, very rare that they’ll only see one or two houses. Therefore, if you’re going to have a number of people view your home as they look at a dozen or so other homes, you need to make sure that yours is the one that stands out in their minds.

Of course, there are good ways to stand out, and there are bad ways. The bad ways must be avoided at all costs. Think about it: if you were to see five houses today, and another five a week from now, all with very similar features, how much would you really remember about each individual home?

The odds are, you’ll remember the one that had some special little detail; maybe it’s the one with the pink roses on the kitchen table. Not only will this sort of little thing make your home more memorable, but it will also let your house rate higher among the others.

It’s like the “hook” that marketers aim for in commercials and other advertising. It’s something different and positive that sets your home apart from other houses.

About the Author: J.P. Lee published a resource site for people who want to sell their home at http://www.aboutsellingyourhome.com

 

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