Advice for Selling Your Home – 10 Best Tips
Once you put your home on the market, it is a product and not a home. A product needs to be packaged properly to be sold for the highest price. In the end, we are not selling a home, we are selling lifestyle! If you want to take things to the next level, then ask about our staging programs. Here’s what you can do:
1. Make the most of that first impression
A well-manicured lawn, neatly trimmed shrubs and a clutter-free porch help real estate sellers put their best foot forward and make prospects feel welcome. So does a freshly painted – or at least freshly scrubbed – front door. If it’s autumn, rake the leaves. If it’s winter, shovel the walkways. The fewer obstacles between prospects and the true appeal of the real estate seller’s home, the better.
2. Clean, Polish and Refresh
Here’s your chance to clean up in real estate. Tidy the living room, the bathroom, the kitchen. If your woodwork is scuffed or the paint is fading, consider some minor touch-ups and redecorating. Sellers can benefit from updating the hardware on kitchen cabinets, adding new slipcovers to sofas and keeping a vase of fresh flowers in the entryway. These are some of the simple touches that can go a long way. If you’re worried about time, hire professional cleaners or painters to help get your house ready. Remember, prospects would rather see how great your home really looks than hear how great it could look “with a little work.”
3. Check faucets and bulbs
Dripping water rattles the nerves, discolors sinks, and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing. Burned-out bulbs or faulty wiring leave prospects in the dark. Don’t let those problems detract from what’s right with your home.
4. Make room for space
Remember, potential buyers are looking for more than just comfortable living space. They’re looking for storage space, too. Real estate sellers should make sure attics and basements are clean and free of unnecessary items. Also, remove bulky furniture to make rooms look bigger and less pictures on the walls makes walls look bigger.
5. Consider your closets
The better organized a closet, the larger it appears. Now’s the time to box up those unwanted clothes and donate them to charity.
6. Make your bathroom sparkle
Bathrooms sell homes, so let them shine. Check and repair damaged or unsightly caulking in the tubs and showers. For added allure, sellers should display the best towels, mats and shower curtains. Red is a great selling colour.
7. Create dream bedrooms
Wake up prospects to the cozy comforts of your bedrooms. For a specious look, get rid of excess furniture. Colorful bedspreads and fresh curtains are a must if real estate sellers want buyers to be able to imagine relaxing there.
8. Remove Family Photos
Your home should show like a model home. Try to remove all the family photos so that buyers can picture themselves living there.
9. Lighten up for showings and set the mood
Let the sun shine in! You should pull back curtains and drapes so that prospects can see how bright and cheery the home is. Also, consider putting higher wattage light bulbs in to brighten rooms. Turn on the excitement buy turning on all your lights – both inside and outside – when showing your home. Lights add color and warmth, and make prospects feel welcome. Also consider light music to set the mood.
10. Watch your pets
Dogs and cars are great companions, but not for selling homes. Make sure all cat and dog hair are cleaned up and all pet odours are taken care of. One word – Fabreeze.
Help us Sell your home
We have an easier time selling homes if we can work as a team and cooperate. All showings will be scheduled in advance and you can help by tidying up, turning on lights, turn on the fireplace and put on some light music for mood before you go. Make sure the kitchen and bathrooms are clean (toilet seat down). Put the feature sheets at the entrance so buyers have a reference guide for information. (remember to put away your valuables)