You have already finished your home improvement projects and now the “For Sale” sign is up. You have high expectations that your hard work will pay off with a profitable proposal. However, you have not yet accomplished the most important part of the home selling process, making your beach house attractive to potential buyers. Here are a few tips you can use to draw in potential buyers.
1. Emotionally Detach from the House
First, you must detach yourself emotionally from the house and everything within it. According to Re/Max River & Sea, this is one of the most important steps to take when selling a beach house. Remove personal items on common display areas including refrigerator doors, foyer tables, and fireplace mantels.
2. Create the “Goldilocks Effect”
Make sure the property’s noise, temperature, and lighting levels are desirable regardless of what day or time of the year it is. Make sure the windows and doors are open to allow the sound of the waves and breeze from the beach into the house. This will also allow potential buyers to have beautiful views of the beach and ocean. Open the shades, drapes, and blinds to allow lovely ambient noises from birds and rustling trees. You can also play some relaxing music at a low volume.
3. Make sure the house looks clean
Hygiene is very important when showing a beach house. Clean up common surfaces that people are likely to touch including table surfaces and stair railings.
4. It should smell clean too
Apart from having an outstanding visual appeal, the house should also have a good scent because nothing sparks negative comments more than bad odors. The breeze from the beach should make your work easier. Simply open the windows to allow fresh air from the sea into the house. Many buyers may find relaxing scents like brewing coffee or baking bread refreshing. However, avoid heavily scented candles and sprays because some of the potential buyers may be allergic. Take out items such as pet toys, foods, blankets, and litter boxes because they might have odors that you may not notice, but visitors may easily notice.
5. Remove sight-line impairments
Do away with unnecessary items that draw attention away from the most important and beautiful elements of the house. Consider rolling up rags, especially if they divide a room clumsily or hide stunning features like attractive tile work or beautiful hard wood floors. Bathrooms, especially small ones appear bigger without rugs. However, you can use rugs in big master spa baths.
When selling a beach house, make sure its strongest selling points including location and architectural elements are easily noticed.
About the Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. The information in this article is credited to Re/Max River & Sea.