There are certain tasks everyone needs to do in preparing your home for sale. Not only does your house need to feel clean and tidy, but the buyer needs to have the emotional connection to the property. It needs to feel like a home. Making your home feel welcoming and lived in makes all the difference to triggering an emotional connection for the buyer and getting a better price at auction.

Here are some tips for preparing your house to feel like a home:

1. Keep Some Personal Items

While you need to make sure the home is de-cluttered and fresh, keeping around things like a selection of family photos, jewellery display cases, and plants in your bathroom can all make your home feel lived in, rather than a like display home. Personalise your space, keep memorabilia around, and let the buyer know that this is a place you loved, where memories have been made.

2. Bring the Outside In

Plants can give the interior of a home an excellent vibe that screams “CARE.” Having a variety of indoor plants – from hanging pots to the leafy green on the floor in baskets – all add to the feeling of love and care in your property. If you don’t have the time to maintain them, have some fresh flowers in vases and replace them every week to keep the home looking vibrant and alive!

3. Let the Light Shine In!

One of the most important things is for an open home is to open all your blinds and shutters and let the natural light flow in to your home. This not only makes the property feel bigger than it might be, but it also gives off a fresh and clean feeling that just tidying will not. Also make sure that if an inspection falls on a hot or cold day, that your home feels warm and inviting, or cool and breezy.

4. Bake!

One of the oldest tricks in the book! Everyone knows the best feeling to come home to, is the smell of a freshly baked cake in the oven. It works for a potential buyer. If you have the resources and the time, bake on the morning of the inspection. That way, you can not only display the cake in your kitchen (for added homeliness), but also the people coming through get to have that experience of a the smells of a cake in the oven…which is guaranteed to get their emotional connections triggered!

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