You only get one opportunity to make a good impression, so you want to make it count. Below are some key steps to ensuring a positive showing of your property, courtesy of the Grande Prairie Real Estate Board.
How your property appears from the outside is important. To make a good first impression on a buyer, a clean driveway and a freshly mowed lawn will work wonders. Do an inspection of the exterior of your property, paying special attention to the condition of your windows, shutters, screens and gutters. One of the first things that a buyer will notice is the need for painting. If your property looks like it needs painting many buyer will form an unfavourable impression. Elsewhere, little things count. Make sure the front door is spotless, including the door knobs, and that the windows gleam.
Once inside your property, one of the key factors that influence its appeal to a buyer is cleanliness. Most important is the front hallway, the kitchen, and the bathrooms. Do a room-by-room cleaning, and don’t forget any out of sight areas because that is often where a discriminating buyer will look first. The state of the carpets can also be a determining factor. At the very least, have your carpets cleaned. If they are worn it is wise to replace them or remove them if there is hardwood underneath.
Less is More
Clutter makes a poor impression. In closets, kitchen countertops and other storage areas like basements, remove anything not needed for daily housekeeping. To make each room in your property look larger, get rid of or donate unnecessary furniture. Walk through your property and think “less is more”.
Make sure everything is in good working order. Dripping faucets, squeaky steps and loose doorknobs can easily create a bad impression and reduce the value of your property. A few hours spent on repairs, whether by you or a tradesman, can pay big dividends when an offer is made.
Little Things Count
It’s easy to improve the appearance of any room. You may want to replace worn rugs or small pillows. Put up new towels in the bathroom or brighten up a room with a vase of flowers.
Get all the members of your household to pull together when it comes to getting – and keeping – your property ready to view. By getting everyone into the habit of spending a few minutes tidying up every morning for an afternoon showing, you improve your chances considerably.