You never get a second chance to make a first impression, and when selling your home first impressions can make or break your sale. Good news, making the best impression on home buyers is not hard (piece of cake, really), so let’s get started on our top 7 ways to get your home ‘sale ready’:
- Curb Appeal!
- Mow the lawn, prune bushes, dead head flowers, mulch, edge walk-ways, drive ways & garden beds, pull all the weeds you can find, and remove any toys, lawn furniture or garden implements that are visible.
- Make a Grand Entrance!
- Clean your front door, make sure the door bell works, update door handles if necessary, make sure outdoor lighting works, sweep, power wash & add some colourful potted plants near the front door way to add warmth and colour.
- Get Behind Your Electrical!
- Walk through your home and turn on every light switch. Do all lights work? Replace any lightbulbs that are burnt out, and repair any electrical that is not working.
- Get the Grime Out!
- Clean, clean, clean, clean & then clean some more. Every room needs to sparkle. Scrub all bathrooms top to bottom, all kitchen appliances inside & out, floors, walls, windows, closets need to be organized, clean, clean, clean, clean!
- Go Clutter Free!
- Buyers need to see themselves living in your home, so store all collections, small kitchen appliances (blenders, toasters, etc), Knick knacks, tooth brushes and bathroom acessories – essentially anything and everything that can be stored, should be stored….Neatly & in organized fashion.
- Follow Your Nose!
- Your house should smell good. Whether it’s pets, your cooking, cigarettes, dust & mildew, or just life, your home needs to smell good….It needs to NOT smell like you and your family. Invest in some good, neutral air freshener scents and make sure to use them prior to any showings.
- Move From Past to Present!
- If your home has not seen an update in the last 10 years, it’s likely time to invest in some. Thoughtful updates do not need to be expensive. New hardware (handles) on kitchen & bathroom cupboards, painting existing kitchen and bathroom cupboards, painting walls, updating light fixtures, caulking seams though out your home and new window coverings are all inexpensive ways to add a touch of modern to any home. For those with larger budgets who ae looking to make a huge impact before selling, concentrate on the kitchen, bathroom, and floors for best return.
At the end of the day, when you are selling your home you need to remember that all buyers want to picture themselves living in the homes they are viewing. This means you need to remove yourself from the eye (and nose) of buyer.