Preparing your Home for Sale

Emotional appeal sells homes. Creating emotional appeal to sell your home quickly and profitably is partially up to you.

Making a Difference

Consider, for a moment, two comparable properties on the market at the same time. Both homes have the same number of rooms and the same square footage. Their floor plans are similar and they are even in the same neighborhood. Why did one house sell faster and at a better price than the other? It’s unlikely that fate or luck had a hand in the sale. The house that sold quickly and at a better price had emotional appeal.

Marketing research has shown that the same primal needs motivate all buyers to seek out homes that give a sense of privacy, brightness and spaciousness. For example, if a buyer senses there is privacy, he feels protected; he owns property that is safe. If a home is bright, the buyer responds by feeling it is warm and
comfortable. By applying interior design principals that make use of color, texture and proportion, you can create the illusion that your home provides these desirable qualities. In doing so, you enhance the emotional appeal of your home.

There are a number of simple improvements you can make which will vastly enhance the emotional appeal of your home. Some of these improvements can be done quickly and inexpensively. Others require a bit more time or money. Taking control of the sale of your home by paying attention to these details will yield results in the form of a quick sale at the best price.

Investing in Home Appeal

When you place your home on the market it becomes a product. Similar to a product on the shelf at your local grocery store, it has features and benefits, pluses and minuses, and competition. To compete in your marketplace you must be priced right and look better than the other products on the “shelf.” Your home is no different. It is one of many homes for sale and you must present it in the best possible light. This process is known as “Staging,” creating home appeal.

The Real Estate industry now uses professional Staging companies who are trained to look at a house through the Buyer’s eyes. Staging companies, and I, know that the time and money invested in creating home appeal now, will bring back more money in return. We will be happy to provide information for you to contact local Staging companies.

Read a checklist of items to prepare your home for sale HERE