FIRST IMPRESSIONS MATTER
- Would you buy your home the way it currently looks? I know you have a personal attachment and memories about your house but the potential buyer does not see these. They only see a potential home for themselves.
- What would make them want to buy your home rather than another home? Show off the home's strengths.
- Clean your home.
- De-clutter. Clutter creates anxiety and doubt in the mind of the buyer.
- Cut your lawn, weed your garden, remove the "stuff" that is lying around your yard, repaint or wash your front door.
- Put away as many of your personal pictures as you can. Many buyers cannot look past your things to imagine themselves living in your home or cottage.
- Completely empty the bathroom(s) of all personal items. Simple but effective. No one wants to see your toothbrush. No one.
- Eliminate smells. Even scented candles or air fresheners can be offensive to those with sensitive allergies. One sneeze and a potential buyer is gone. Use unscented cleaners and open up the windows to air out the home instead of using artificial scents.
- Consider having your home professionally staged.
LET THERE BE LIGHT!
- Turn on all lights. Don't let potential buyers look for light switches. Buyers may be looking at many homes and only have a short time to view your home. Make your home stand out. Precious time is wasted looking for switches.
- Open blinds and shades. Let as much light in as possible.
- A buyer walking into a bright, cheery home is left with a better impression.
DO THE SMALL REPAIRS
- Bathrooms and kitchens sell houses. Keep them clean and free from clutter.
- Clean your bathroom and kitchen before showings. Inevitably buyers will need to use your washroom, even though REALTORS® discourage that.
- Leave out clean hand towels.
- Re-caulk around the tub if necessary.
- Take food and extra appliances off the kitchen counters.
- Make sure doors close properly, easily and don't squeak.
- Replace any windows that have lost seals if possible as a Home Inspector will point these out, resulting in a potential price reduction.
- Anything broken or damaged that can easily be repaired should be fixed. Ask your REALTOR® for more details.
CLEAN UP ALL CLOSETS, UTILITY ROOMS, BUNKIES AND BOATHOUSES
- Make your storage areas look spacious so that the buyer is left with the impression that their belongings will fit into their house or cottage.
CONSIDER HAVING A HOME INSPECTION DONE
- Having a Home Inspection done for selling purposes can alert you to potential problems that may arise and allow you to remedy them before they impact an Offer.
- Often these are manageable items that a seller can undertake.
- A Home Inspection also tells a buyer that you are serious about selling your home.