When potential buyers come to view your home, it needs to be looking its absolute best. Anything less and you’ll be attracting disappointing offers that don’t reflect the true value of your home. So what can you do beyond mowing the lawn, vacuuming and washing the dishes? Plenty!
Here are 8 tips for showing off the full potential of your home:
- Less is more. Get rid of clutter, whether it’s removing old, bulky furniture or the boxes of junk under the stairs. Throw it all out or move it into storage. You want buyers to see that there’s plenty of space to work with and bumping into a 20-year-old worn out recliner squeezed into the living room won’t achieve this.
- Paint is your friend. There’s nothing that brightens up a room quite like a fresh coat of paint. Invest in a couple of cans, some brushes and rollers, and your home will be looking great in no time.
- Don’t forget the outside. The all-important “curb appeal”. The outside of your home really is where buyers form their first impressions, so you need to have your yard and the exterior of your home looking perfect. A bit of landscaping, a manicured lawn and a fresh coat of paint can go a long way.
- Brighten up. A dark house doesn’t sell. Turn on all the lights, replace any dead bulbs, open the blinds and curtains. Do whatever it takes so that every room in your home looks bright and inviting.
- And freshen up. Do you have pets? Or do some rooms have windows that you never open? Now’s the time to let that fresh air in! Open every window and door the day before a viewing and avoid cooking strong-smelling food. You can never go wrong with baking some fresh cookies, though.
- It’s not about you. Put away the family pictures and your kid’s preschool artwork. Buyers want to visualize what it would look like if they lived in your home, and grandma staring back at them from an old picture frame won’t help. Stick with stylish but neutral artwork that won’t distract.
- Clean like never before. Now is the time to unleash your inner clean freak. Wipe every surface, Dust under every bit of furniture. Wash the windows, wipe the cupboards, and definitely shine the doorknobs. Buyers want to see that you really look after your home. Show them that you do.
- Add something extra. Fresh flowers, a new set of bath towels, or a replacement for that old welcome mat outside the front door. These are some of the little extras you can invest in to make your home look more attractive and welcoming.
Are you ready to sell your home? I’d love to chat about home staging or any other aspect of the selling process. You can reach me at 604-531-1111. Let’s talk!