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7 tips to make your home more attractive to buyers

By Andrew Bell

Selling a house is never an exact science. However, there is always plenty to do when it comes to making sure your home looks as good as possible to would-be buyers – whether that's just for online listing photos or when you're hosting an open house.

The following changes can be big or small, but they all have the same intended end result: Making your home sell faster, and for a better price. Read on to learn more:

1) Improve the outdoor space – especially in the front yard

You have probably heard plenty about curb appeal, and it's a very real part of impressing a potential buyer, according to Realtor.com. Think of it like your home's first impression – you only have an instant to make a good one. As such, you should do all you can to make sure your lawn is in good shape, the trees and bushes aren't overgrown, and that the home's physical exterior looks great.

2) Advertise via as many channels as you can

Getting the word out is a critical part of making sure you have as many potential bidders as possible for your property. While you might be wary of old-school advertising efforts like putting listings in the newspaper or other print outlets, the fact is that people still scan those publications for good listings, and you should aim to connect with as many people as possible.

3) Keep your driveway is in good shape

When you're welcoming visitors to your home, you need to make sure your driveway is in good shape. Whether you're going to let them actually park on it for an open house is a separate issue, but much like the yard or home itself, it's all part of curb appeal. Lifehack noted that if your driveway is full of cracks and little potholes that you haven't patched in years, now is the time to fix them.

4) Ensure the entranceway makes a good impression

Much like you want to make that great first impression outside, you can't follow that up with a so-so experience in entering the home. As such, you need to make sure your foyer brings some "wow" factor to the open house as well. That can include reducing cleaning it thoroughly, putting in an impressive piece of art and so on.

5) Make bare walls more exciting

Along similar lines, any parts of your home that are a little too heavy on bare walls can make a home seem a lot less home-y, so you would be wise to hang some nondescript art. This will help liven up spaces like hallways or home offices, and generally make your property more attractive.

6) Brighten it up

Generally thinking, people like a warm, welcoming home and a big part of that is good lighting. Family Handyman notes that you should rely on both natural light (where you can) as well as brighter bulbs to really show off all the attractive features of your home – and that's especially true when you're taking pictures for the listing.

7) Repaint some rooms

While you might love the feeling of being in a room with deep red or bright yellow walls, the fact is your house needs to appeal to as many people as possible. Neutral colours like light greys and shades of white are typically preferable.

If you are thinking of selling your home, it's important to have an experienced, professional real estate agent on your side. At Ray White Surfers Paradise, we have closed countless sales for both buyers and sellers, and can help you navigate the process with as much ease and confidence as possible. Get in touch with us today to learn more about what we can do for you.

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