Buyers respond to houses that are spacious, well maintained, and stylish.
Your challenge is to see your property through a “Buyers Eyes”. Use these tips to
help you get started:
- Enhance Curb Appeal
Power wash driveways, walks, patios, balconies, walls & windows. Rake
yards, trim hedges, weed flowerbeds, sweep porches. Make sure your
front entry is distinct and welcoming. Consider a new colour for the front
door and adding pots of colourful flowers.
- Edit Furniture
Be ruthless. Store all unnecessary furniture. Rearrange the remaining
furniture to improve sight lines, open traffic flows, and make rooms appear more
spacious and inviting.
- Conquer Clutter
Generally, you can remove half the contents from your bookcases, shelves and closets.
Clear kitchen and bath counters, leaving only a few high-style accents. A good rule of
thumb: Every box of clutter you remove adds $500 to your bottom line.
Now is a good time to pack up family photos, certificates, trophies, and collectibles.
These personal items will inhibit buyers from imagining your house as theirs.
- Repair and Update
Make sure all doors, drawers, switches and faucets work. Repair any damaged walls
and floors. If a Buyer sees visible problems, they will imagine there are even more
problems that are hidden. Consider updates in kitchen and bathrooms, as improvements
in these rooms yield the highest return.
- Consider Colour
Generally, you want to neutralize dark, vivid wall colours in favour of light, sophisticated
shades that Buyers prefer. Fresh paint can be the easiest and most dramatic
improvement you can make.
- Clean and Brighten
Give your house a thorough cleaning, including windows. Check all lights have
maximum wattage light bulbs. Open the drapes, raise the blinds and turn up the lights.
Show off your assets!
- Freshen the Air
Clean carpets and upholstery to eliminate lingering odors. Avoid cooking strong
smelling foods (ie. Bacon, fish, curry) before a showing. Of course, no smoking
- Create the Wow Factor
Buyers are excited by a house that represents the lifestyle they aspire to. Be
Creative! Set your table in the style of a trendy restaurant. Transform your bath
into a spa like retreat with candles and luxury towels. Beautify your bedroom with
elements of hotel chic.