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5 Ways to Make Your House for Sale More Appealing to Buyers



Home staging is a big part of preparing your house for sale, and a great way to boost its appeal and attract more buyers. A well-staged home is likely to sell faster than the other houses on the market since it gives the buyers an opportunity to see the house’s potential and envision themselves living there. Let’s take a look at some of the ways you can make your house more appealing and sell more quickly, attracting top dollar on auction day. 

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Remove the clutter to create a sense of spaciousness

How much space your house offers is one of the primary concerns of potential home buyers, especially those with families. Although you can’t change the square footage of your home, you can maximize your house’s potential and make it seem larger. As clutter can get in the way of buyers’ perception of space, try to minimize the use of ornaments. Don’t go over the top with accessories – instead, choose pieces wisely and sparingly, keeping only those decor elements that help create a balanced and cozy interior. Loud colors and busy patterns can detract the attention away from your home’s potential, so be sure to keep your furniture and decor simple and subtle. Remove any furnishings that are too bulky and be sure to float your furniture to create smooth traffic flow.

Clean your house thoroughly

After you got rid of all the unnecessary things that were cluttering up your living space, it’s time to tackle the cleaning. Although not as exciting as decorating, deep cleaning your house will give it a polished, well-maintained look, creating an impression of a well-cared-for property. Untidy surfaces, entryways cluttered with shoes and cobwebs in the corners of the living room won’t impress any buyer – rather, they will drive them away as soon as they see them, so make sure that both the interior and the exterior of your home are in pristine condition. Clean the grouts, polish the floors, and wash your windows until they all gleam with perfection. Although it does take some elbow grease to get it done, cleaning your home is a great way to make your home more appealing without spending any money. 

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Decorate with simplicity in mind

After cleaning, the next thing on the list is accessorizing. When choosing decor elements for your home, be sure to keep things simple – a neutral color palette and a couple of potted plants here and there goes a long way in creating a home that is balanced and cohesive. Be sure to remove all your family photos and swap them for effective artwork, keeping it minimal and tasteful. To avoid that clinical look, introduce cheerful decor that will add a pop of color to your interior. Bring a dose of luxury into your living room with a couple of coastal-themed Hamptons cushions, add fluffy towels to your bathroom for a touch of warmth, and put a vase of fresh flowers on your kitchen table to give your house that homely feel and create a cozy and welcoming aura in your home.  

Swap your dated lighting fixtures for something modern

Another easy way to impress your buyers and make your home look warm and inviting is to upgrade your lighting fixtures. Swapping your old, dated lights for something fresh and new will change the feeling of your home and make it look more chic and up-to-date. A well-lit home contains three layers of lighting: task, ambient, and accent lighting. Be sure to use both artificial and natural light – open your blinds and pull your curtains and let the sunlight fill the space, creating a pleasant atmosphere in your living space. By switching your lighting fixtures, you can easily transform your house and make it look more appealing to potential buyers. The best part is, you don’t even have to spend that much money on this small, yet effective upgrade.


Use effective landscaping to boost your home’s curb appeal

Landscaping is a powerful tool that can be very useful when you’re preparing your home for sale. Since home staging is all about making a great first impression and the fact that the exterior of your house can either make it or break it, a certain amount of attention should be devoted to making the outside of your home more appealing. It goes without saying that your lawn should be mowed, the leaves and debris should be cleaned up, and the shrubs ought to be trimmed to give an impression of a well-maintained outdoor space. Plant seasonal flowers to make your landscape pop, clean up any water features you have, and tend to dirty surfaces by power-washing them. Doing so will help boost your home’s curb appeal and leave a memorable impression on the potential buyers. 

Other than helping sell your home more quickly, decorating your home strategically can also boost its price. Use the tips above to decorate your home in a way that will appeal to most buyers, ensuring both quick and profitable sale.


Derek Lotts is a Sydney based writer and researcher, a regular contributor at Smooth Decorator blog. He writes about décor, gardening, recycling, ecology and business. He thinks all of these topics fall under the self-improvement category. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment.

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