Buyers only get one look at a property, and they don’t want to use their imagination. They assume the house they see is as good as it’s going to get. If you want your home to sell, step out of your comfort zone and think like a buyer. Here are three ways to help you turn your house into the home of someone else’s dreams. I’ve broken down each category into low-cost, “Basic” tips and tricks, and an “All-Out” blow-the-budget transformation. How far you take it is up to you.
- Clean: (free!) No one likes a dirty house, and what “lived in” is to you might be someone else’s “messy”. When in doubt, clean. It’s the least expensive way to improve your home’s initial appeal, and it’s a good way to get a jump-start on your move.
- Basic: The first thing you need to do is de-clutter. If your moving company offers storage, this is the time to use it. Extra furniture, oddball art, pots and pans that don’t fit in the kitchen - it all needs to go. Don’t go overboard - your house should still look like a home. It just needs to be airy enough for a buyer to put his or her mental imprint on it. Your hackey sack collection from college won’t help. Next up is a good, solid scrubbing. Spend a weekend washing the floors, baseboards, and bathrooms. Be sure to get the tops of the cabinets and corners behind furniture. Clean every piece of glass in the building. Too many people ruin a pristine home with spotty mirrors and doors. Don’t forget the outside of the house. Hose down your exterior walls and driveway, trim the lawn and hedges, and remove trash cans and clutter from sight. If your neighbours are less-than-tidy, you might want to offer them some free help, as well. And while you’re cleaning the garage, wash your cars, too. They make an impression.
- All-Out: If you have money to spend, install space-saving storage solutions in the garage, kitchen, and bathroom to reduce clutter. Consider paying a service to do the deep cleaning you’re bound to miss. Rent a pressure washer for the driveway or (if it’s a real mess and you’re feeling generous), repave. You could also touch up those walls with a fresh coat of paint, inside and out!
Michelle Hourd - REALTOR® - Century 21 Fusion