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  • Most important thing when selling?

    What are the most important things (aesthetics-wise) when selling a house, in your opinion? What needs to look perfect and what do you do?

  • #2
    Beyond structural issues which an inspection will reveal, I think it's just neat and tidy. People really have a hard time seeing beyond other people's clutter so pack up about half of your stuff if you're a collector of 'things'. YOu're going to pack it up eventually anyway so get a head start. Also, pristine clean is important. Bleach the tile grout and small things like that which we often put off ...no one wants to see someone else's stuff like that.

    I'm not one that thinks you have to repaint rooms so they are neutral or white either. Most people will want to do their own thing and the trick is to show them possibilities.

    Also, invest in very nice scent ...something low key that you can spray when you're leaving the house for a showing. Nothing overwhelming, but nonetheless, something that masks things you don't even notice.

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    • #3
      Thanks for the tips, vicki! I'm putting my house on the market soon and need all the tips I can get. I've painted things as neutral as possible without spending too much and cleared most things out.

      I'll be making sure my pets and all the stuff are staying elsewhere when I have people looking.

      Do people still suggest putting coffee on to make a "homely" smell or is that just tacky these days?

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      • #4
        I have been told that just having baked chocolate chip cookies before a showing is one of the most effective smells for potential buyers. Fragrant and nice, but homey too. Also, if you have a wood burning fireplace, leave one lit ...people love the warmth of it, the smell and the look. Again, it's homey. The other thing that works is the smell of fresh laundry.

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        • #5
          Good tips about smells - I can absolutely believe that.

          As a buyer it's easy to be put off by too much decor - after the amount of TV programmes that have been on, urging sellers to make their homes look neutral, I still see a lot of properties for sale that are trying to win awards for the worse taste in home decoration - some is completely over the top, and it's sometimes hard as a buyer to imagine it all stripped out to see something nice underneath.

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          • #6
            If you are the person showing people around, don't be afraid to show how much you love the house and how homey it is.

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            • #7
              To Brian's point, I tend to agree. While I think it's great to show decorating possibilities with a house, it gets tricky if someone has horrible taste! I get a kick out of The House Doctor. I actually loathe the woman but most of her ideas are pretty good, and there are some simply awful interiors she ends up dealing with!

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              • #8
                I just spoke to a friend of mine who had a viewing and she put a nice bunch of fresh flowers in the house to make the room look nice. The person who came to look around was severely allergic to flowers so be careful.

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                • #9
                  Lol! I guess you can't win them all. Some people are probably allergic to chocolate cookies, too.

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                  • #10
                    Allergic to chocolate cookies? Can't imagine that!

                    My problem is, I don't want my house to look TOO "staged", like I've laid it out like that. Am I just being silly?

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                    • #11
                      I am selling my house

                      Originally posted by ninikins
                      What are the most important things (aesthetics-wise) when selling a house, in your opinion? What needs to look perfect and what do you do?
                      the description of the property and the price

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                      • #12
                        It is a magnificent six bedrooms house, well maintained garden, pool and rock feature and a very big entertainment area od 104sq.m. Price tag N$3, 245m converted USD500 000

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                        • #13
                          I am selling my house

                          It is a magnificent six bedrooms double storey house, well maintained garden, big pool and a very big entertainment area of 104sq.m .

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                          • #14
                            I wouldn't worry about it looking too staged because the lookers know the house is on the market. I also think most potential buyers appreciate a house which is 'presented' to them rather than looking like the seller just jumped in the car and took off in a hurry leaving the lookers to the appointment. I think they are more impressed by attempts at presentation rather than baskets of laundry in a hallway lol.

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                            • #15
                              True, I suppose. I hope to hit a happy medium...I want people to feel relaxed in the house but want to seem professional also.

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