Do the necessary repairs
Before showing the house to buyers, thoroughly inspect all the water, gas and electricity installations in every room and make repairs as necessary. Change the troubleshooting light bulbs and leaky water taps. If necessary, add a touch of paint or change the broken bricks or tiles. It all depends on the budget you have, but just think how much you can increase the value of your home this way.
A hanging cable, a visible power outlet, a splintered glass, a leaky water tap, a small hole in a wall or a shower head in poor condition are indications that the house is not in a good condition. The potential buyers may think that there is more serious internal damage in the property, which can only put them off, especially those who do not want to do any repair works and want to move into the house immediately. In fact, if the property does have a small defect, the customer will want to make a lower offer. It is preferable to do these small jobs in advance and not have to resort to a lower offer.
Post pictures of the property on your website
If you advertise your home on a web page, do not forget to post pictures of it. In fact, the more pictures you post, the better. Otherwise, the buyer will believe that you have something to hide. The photographs have to be good quality and clearly show the rooms. The first picture is often the exterior part of the property. This picture is important when you are selling a villa, but if the property is a flat located inside a building, it is best to show its interior and rooms. Sometimes, the most advisable thing is to highlight the living room.
Take care of the aesthetic appeal of the property
The property's exterior will be the first thing that viewers will see and it only takes about 90 seconds to make the best first impression. That is why it is so important for your property to have curb appeal as the exterior is the first part you will be showing to buyers. If you are selling a villa, you must also take care of the appearance of the garden and the lawn.
It is important to de-personalise the property
Personal items must be removed from the property: family photos, children's drawings, trophies, invoices, etc. These items tend to distract viewers as well as cause discomfort. For example, a photograph of a family portrait can be uncomfortable for a couple who cannot have children.
Reorganise the space
A simple change in where you place your furniture can completely transform a room and give it a more spacious and pleasant look. Try to remove furniture that's too bulky or with superfluous decorative patterns so you can give the impression that a room has much more space.
Try to create harmony within your home
To increase the interest of the prospective buyer try to create a pleasant atmosphere. Take care of the decoration, light some candles, repaint the walls, etc. Neutral colours make the space look visually larger and more elegant and, in addition, most people like it. Decorative features must not correspond to any particular fashion or any particular style trend. You must choose simple and timeless furnishings for your home. Opt for simple decoration that's not too minimalist.
Be nice to the potential buyers
It is important that you are present when potential buyers come to view your home. In addition to the cleanliness and good appearance of the house, take care of your own appearance. You can dress casually, but it is important that you present yourself well. Make sure you answer all the potential buyer's questions and keep smiling.
Another effective way to encourage potential buyers is to make the house smell nice. For example, bake something just before they come to view your home, such as cookies, a chocolate cake or even make coffee). A pleasant smell is a small detail that leaves an image of a lived-in home in the mind of the prospective buyer.
One final advice: you should not reject the first offer you get thinking that there will be a better one later as sometimes, the first offer can also be the best.