6 Things You Can Do to Make Your Home Sell Faster

Help Your Home To Sell Faster Using These 6 Simple

Steps

When you are selling your home, you want any potential buyers to be able to see themselves living there.  You can hire a home stager, but you can do it yourself with just a little thought and some organization.

Clean, Clean, Clean

Everything should be spotless.  Look at your home with a critical eye and clean everything like your mother-in-law is coming to visit.  Don’t forget the windows, light switches, and under the kitchen sink.

Odours

If you smoke, don’t smoke in the house for a couple of weeks before showings start.  Clean the carpets. Freshen the upholstery, and consider painting to help eliminate the odour.  You may not smell it, but your buyers will!

We love our pets, but they can be less than aromatic companions at times.  Ideally there should be at a pet sitter to avoid distractions during showings.  If that is not possible, be sure they are clean, their beds washed and their litter and yard deposits picked up.

Avoid cooking any food that leaves a lingering odor.  Baking bread, cookies or cakes will leave a pleasant welcoming smell.  If no time to cook, leave a pan of water with spices on low in the oven to simulate baking.

Declutter

Too much clutter makes the room look smaller and as if there is not enough storage space.  Pack away anything you don’t need to use every day.  Chances are you can do without the crock-pot and the bread maker for a short while.  Rent a storage space or impose on a family member to store your things until you move.

If your furniture is big, consider removing some pieces.  Replacing large pieces with smaller chairs can make your living room look much bigger.  Do without the huge ottomans, extra side tables or spare chairs.

Counters of kitchens and bathrooms should be free of appliances and personal items.  Candles, small towels and soaps can give a bathroom a nice spa feel, but be careful not to overdo it.  

Closets and cabinets should hold just the essentials.  Replace the liners in drawers.  Buyers will open the drawers and cabinets, and you will want them to be happy with what they find.

Depersonalize

To help your buyers visualize themselves living in your home, put away the wedding pictures and your collection of Disney figurines that you have collected since you were eight. Replace personal pictures with neutral artwork that would appeal to anyone.

Curb Appeal

First impressions count, so be sure your hedges are trimmed, your landscaping edged and that rusty lawnmower disposed of before buyers arrive.  Fresh pots of flowers at the entryway or on the stairs are a nice touch.

Final Touches

Fresh flowers or a bowl of fruit on the table is a nice touch.  A large bowl of lemons brightens a kitchen.   Bunches of fresh flowers in season in the living room and bathrooms will enhance the decor and homey feel.



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