TIME TO SEE YOUR HOME THROUGH A BUYER'S EYES
Over the years, you've grown quite comfortable with your home's little imperfections, the hole in the screen door, the chipped paint on the baseboards, the mess in the basement. Grab a clipboard, and take a tour of your home.
GET RID OF THE CLUTTER
Your house will feel alot bigger and more inviting when you get rid of all the non-essential stuff lying around your house. Clear out those closets, remove bulky, unused furniture and rearrange the remaing pieces to make the best use of space. Fight your inner-pack rat at every turn. If you haven't used something in the past year, toss it, donate it to charity or sell it in a yard sale.
Cleaning is the single most cost effective way to make your home more attractive to buyers. Floors, windows, walls, dorrs, baseboards...everything! Give extra care and attention to the two most important rooms in a buyer's mind: bathrooms and kitchens. Once it's clean, keep it clean! You never know what time or what day your ideal buyer will visit.
REPAIR AS MUCH AS YOU CAN, WITHIN REASON
During your 'home tour' identify anything that's broken, half-finished or simply doesn't work. Fix all the little things like leaky faucets, doors that squeak or that don't close properly and small cracks in the ceiling.
Some repairs are absolutely vital, like a leaky roof or basement. Nothing kills a sale faster than signs of water damage. If there's an unsafe electrical problem you must fix this too, for the good of the sale and the buyer's safety (not to mention your own).
DEPERSONALIZE YOUR HOME
Remember, you want buyers to walk through your house and feel like it's their home, not yours! People just don't have good visual imagination. They won't see past your cluttered wall of family portraits, your collection of curling trophies or your 'eccentric' home decor. These things are guaranteed to prevent buyers from emotionally placing themselves in your home. Remove everything that's too much about you, and ask your REALTOR for help deciding.
NEVER UNDERESTIMATE THE POWER OF PAINT
Strong colours on the walls or wild wallpaper make it hard for buyers to imagine their furniture in your house. Consider repainting your home in bright, neutral colours that will enhance a room's size and look more inviting. Next to cleaning your home, paint is the most cost-effective way to increase your home's appeal, and attract offers.
These are just some of the ways you can get your home ready to sell.
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*Information courtesy of howrealtorshelp.ca