If you’re selling your home in the current real estate market whether here in Austin Texas or another part of the country, the more you do to make it stand out from other homes on the market, the better. More than selling four walls and roof, you are selling the possibility of a more fulfilling, inspired life. Attention to detail is crucial in creating warmth and coziness, which creates comfort in the buyer. Here are six relatively inexpensive things I do when preparing a client’s home for sale based on the principles of Feng Shui.
1- Place new flower pots with colorful flowers on each side of the front door and flower boxes on the porch (if practical). Buyers are going to form the very important first-impression before they even walk into your home. There’s no way to change a first impression. Ensure that everything they see on the way inside your home looks healthy and pretty.
2 – Create a seating area on the porch with a chair (or two) and a table, an outdoor rug, and colorful seat cushions. For a little extra effort, hang a porch-swing. Creating a sitting area creates instant comfort and allows buyers to imagine relaxing on the porch. It’s important to create areas that lend themselves to a buyer’s imagination.
3- Buy a new, colorful, heavy-weight front door mat. The front door is important and nothing says “I’m not a well-cared for home” more than an old and faded doormat.
4- Install a few upgraded outlet covers in high visibility areas. You’ll add instant charm and character with a sophisticated or whimsical electrical switch outlet. It gives the impression of extra care you’ve taken with your home and it gives your home unique appeal.
5- Place magazines like Architectural Digest, Dwell, and Gourmet on your bed or on an outdoor seating area. Publications associated with home or relaxing are best (travel magazines are great too) in order to create an idea of relaxing and creating a more fulfilling life.
Buyers aren’t just buying a home, they are buying the dream of a creating a happier life.
6- Place an accessory with an uplifting saying on it where buyers can see it. I’ve used river rocks that say “patience” and “trust,” a wood cut-out that says “happiness” and a plaque that says “love is spoken here.” Adding nurturing sentiments can trigger a buyer’s feeling of relaxation and okay-ness. When a buyer feels relaxed and inspired in a house, they are much more likely to buy it.