You know that when you sell your home, you have to make it as appealing to buyers as possible, both inside and out. But that’s not always an easy task when there are other homes in the neighborhood with similar – or even identical – features. Your job then becomes making your home stand out from all the others much like it. You will need a good agent and team of experts to help you accomplish that, but there’s much you can do on your own.
So let’s take a look at 5 things you can do to make your house stand out in Boston.
1. De-Clutter and Clean (And Keep It That Way)
Even though decluttering and cleaning should be standard elements of prepping for a sale, many people, for whatever reason, neglect to do them well. Something as simple as decluttering and cleaning can help you make your house stand out in Boston.
Here’s why you should declutter. Excessive clutter makes a home look dirty and small, neither of which are awesome selling points. If you have a significant amount of personal possessions with nowhere to put them, consider renting a storage unit for your stuff until the sale is complete and you have moved into your new home. The garage, the basement and the attic are not appropriate places to store clutter – people will be touring these areas when checking out your house, and you might as well move the clutter out because that’s where it will ened up eventually anyway. Buyers want space in all areas of the home.
Cleaning and keeping your house clean are just as important as decluttering, especially now in the COVID-19 era. A dirty, cluttered home is simply not appealing to buyers, but a tidy, spotless one is. Make it look and smell clean. If you want to make your Boston house stand out, you may need to hire professional cleaners to do a deep clean. And then, be sure to keep your home clean. Many sellers fail to do this, so you’ll be ahead of the game.
2. Fix the Small Things
Another way to make your house stand out in Boston is to fix/repair/upgrade all the little things. They may not seem like much to you – in fact, you may not even notice them anymore – but buyers will definitely notice them. Details matter.
That broken doorknob in the bathroom, the cracked tile in the kitchen, the stuck closet door, the baseboard trim that you never repaired, and the dead spots in the lawn – buyers will zero in on these relatively insignificant items and ask about them.
You have been meaning to get to all of them, but you just haven’t.
Well, now is the time.
The more polish you can put on your home through little repairs, the more appealing it will be. One of the best things you can do is walk around each room in your home looking at all the imperfections. Or, invite a friend over to do just that – have them try to be a homebuyer for a moment and think through their eyes. The more things you can cross off the list, the better.
Besides making your house stand out, these minor repairs and upgrades will yield the best return on investment at time of sale. Consult us for tips on fixes that will give you the most bang for your buck. Find out more by calling (617) 657-9811.
3. Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal
If you really want to make your house stand out in Boston, make sure it looks amazing to buyers when they first pull up. You have only one critical chance to create a great first impression, and curb appeal does that.
Buyers see the outside of your home first, so you have to make sure the lawn and house exterior are in tip-top shape. Paint the door and railing. Add some plants and flowers. Improving curb appeal also yields a good return on time and money invested because it can increase your home’s value. When it comes to real estate, people do judge a book by the cover.
4. Depersonalize and Neutralize
Another great way to make your Boston home stand out is by making it look less like your home. Go with a neutral palette. Your goal should be to create a blank canvas effect so that buyers can envision your house as their next home. You want them to be able to visualize the house filled with their family’s possessions and to imagine themselves living there.
The first step is to depersonalize. Remove all objects and adornments that stamp the home with your personality – family photos, weird colors, figurine collections, and so on.
You don’t want your house to be completely stark, but it should be blank enough for your visitors to imagine filling it with their personality. In that spirit, colors and furniture should be neutral, along the lines of brownish, beige, grey, with no extravagant elements that steal the show and get stuck in people’s minds. Feel free to add a few punches of color – artwork, pillows, throw blankets, vases – but nothing that feels permanent.
5. Listen to Your Agent
Finally, and perhaps most important, you need to listen to your agent if you want to make your house stand out in Boston in order to beat out the competition. At NextHome Titletown Real Estate, we have a great local sales track record and will know exactly what it takes to make your home stand out – in your area with its unique requirements. Find out today how our agents can help you accomplish this goal. Just give us a call at (617) 657-9811 or send us a message!
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