While traditionally people just let real state agent take care of selling their house in return for a percentage of the revenue. Thanks to the internet, however, you can control the process and make use of online options to sell your house yourself. The problem is, a house is a major investment, and you have to make sure it looks its best before listing it for sale. Here are 7 ideas you can use to make your house more appealing to potential buyers.

#1 Focus on the House’s Curb Appeal 

Your house’s outward appearance is one of the biggest factors determining your house’s price. People are quick to form first impressions, and it is very hard to change their mind afterwards. If you invited a potential buyer to your house and they are met with an unattractive exterior, it’ll create a bad first impression in their mind, and you’ll have a difficult time changing their mind and making the sale. 

#2 Bring in a Cleaning Crew

It’s hard to believe how different your house would look if it’s properly cleaned. While hiring a cleaning crew isn’t an inexpensive option, it’ll help your house appear less worn-out and newer. If you’re one of those people who doesn’t enjoy cleaning, you’d see an ROI (return on investment) if you hire a cleaning crew to whip your house into shape. 

#3 What Parts of Your House You Focus On

The different parts of your house aren’t created equal. Every house has its attractive and unappealing rooms, and the trick of selling high is knowing how to focus on the good parts while downplaying the bad parts. You can do this by focusing on the attractive parts of your house when listing it for sale, and when an interested buyer comes to look at the house, you should spend more time showing him the more charming parts of the house.

#4 What Language You Use When Listing Your House for Sale

Ben Blatt analyzed the listing of tens of thousands of real estate listings on online platforms in his book Nabokov's Favorite Word Is Mauve. What thing he found out was that phrasing had an undeniable effect on how much a real estate sold for. Using positive words to describe aspects of the house instead of using negative words increased the eventual sale’s price by more than 5%! If you want your house to sell for higher, you should carefully think about how you describe your house, and how you can put a positive spin on its different qualities. 

#5 Replace Damaged Furniture

This might sound counter-intuitive, but you should invest in your house before selling it. Home buyers are picky, and damaged furniture is one of the first things they look for. If they see your house having worn-out and damaged furniture, they’ll start thinking it isn’t well maintained. That’s why if you have deteriorated and old-looking furniture, replacing them will be a net profit when you sell your house. 

#6 Re-organize Your Rooms

How you organize your rooms determines a lot of things about the aesthetics of your house: 

How cluttered your crowded are your rooms. You might not otherwise care, but when you’re putting your house up for sale, you must make sure every room is tidy.
The layout determines which furniture and which part of your house is in focus. Smart use of the layout can help you bring out the best in your house.

That’s why you should give some thought to your house’s layout and organization and make necessary changes before you start the process. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time, there is no shortage of home buyers. If you feel a layout doesn’t impress the potential buyers, don’t be afraid of changing things around. You can definitely find the right layout through trial and error.