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How a Buyer Sees Your Home

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As a homeowner getting ready to sell your house, it’s important to consider how a buyer sees your home. Being able to look at your house objectively, through the eyes of a buyer, will give you a greater chance of selling it quickly and profitably. Here are some tips on how to see your home the way a buyer does.

How to View Your Home As a Buyer

Detach Yourself As the Owner of the House

When viewing your house as a buyer, try to detach yourself as the owner since it’s difficult to look at your own home the way a buyer would. As the homeowner, you have grown accustomed to the way things look and function. This can cause you to overlook any faults that could prevent you from selling your house for the most money. You should no longer view your house as a home but rather a commodity you want to sell for top dollar.

Exterior of a white home.

Take Pictures of Your Home As If You Are the Buyer

An easy way to view your house objectively is by shooting a roll of pictures. Begin by walking your property inside and out. Take a picture of the first glimpse the buyer will see. Then stand across the street and take several photos of the front of your house. Next, walk through the house taking the same route the buyer would follow. Take a picture of the first glimpse of each room. 

A master bedroom with rug, bedroom bench, and nightstands.

As you leave each room, take a picture to see where the buyer’s eyes lead. Lastly, you’ll want to walk around the entire home and snap pictures of everything a buyer will look at. This includes the yard, pool area, garage, and windows.

Patio area with patio furniture, grill, and a pool.

How to Package Your Home for Future Buyers

Create As Many Visual Moments As You Can

Creating as many visual moments as possible will help position your house as your potential buyer’s next home. Buyers respond immediately to visual moments. They are inviting elements that will help engage a buyer’s mind. For instance, they will notice the paint condition of your front door or if there are flowers by the entryway.

Close up of stacked books, a globe, and a vase of orange flowers.

Visual moments help buyers envision themselves living in the home. It’s about creating the right ambiance. Visual moments give buyers emotional connections to the home, which increases the chances of them putting in an offer.

Because visual moments are so powerful, one or two is not enough. It’s better to create anywhere between 25 and 35. The more pleasurable impressions you create, the longer buyers will want to stay in your home. The longer buyers stay in your home, the more indelible their connection to the home.

A nice table setting with three decorative vases as a centerpiece.
Close up of a living room sofa and coffee table with decorative display: vases, flowers, and a candle.

Another way you can create visual moments is by creating vignettes. They always help make a house feel more like a home. A vignette is a small grouping of decor, usually on a surface (like a coffee table or dresser) that “tells a story.” Different items you can use to create a vignette include books, flowers, and sculptures.

Closeup of a nightstand display including stacked books, flowers, and a decorative sphere sculpture.

Don’t Forget About Curb Appeal

Exterior of a two-story, nice curb appeal, and lake in background.

Curb appeal is critical in positioning your home in the best light. It has a tremendous impact on the buyer’s first impression of your home. It can determine whether or not a future buyer even wants to come inside. Pleasant curb appeal will get future buyers excited about entering your home as soon as they arrive. Curb appeal is important because it reflects the maintenance of the home. It also helps your home stand out from the competition.

Exterior of a house with great landscaping.

One major factor of excellent curb appeal is keeping your landscaping on point. A well-maintained lawn and colorful landscaping will help your home become unforgettable. Trees and bushes around your home should highlight your home rather than hide it. Another way to enhance your curb appeal is by having an immaculate exterior. Consider pressure washing your home and/or finishing it off with a freshly painted exterior. For more tips on curb appeal, pay attention to these do’s and don’ts.

Schedule a Home Staging Consultation

Paying attention to how a buyer sees your home gives you the first lead in the selling process. When you position and package your home based on how a buyer will see it, it will increase the perceived value of your home. You’ll be able to position your home in a way that fits your buyer’s specific needs and desires. Ready to put these tips into action and quickly make top dollar on your home? Let the experts at MHM Professional Staging help. Schedule a home staging consultation.

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