Buyers respond to homes that are spacious, well maintained, and stylish. Your challenge is to see your property through a 'Buyers Eyes'. Use these handy 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.
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. 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.
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 drapes, raise the blinds and turn up the lights. Show off your assets!
Freshen the Air
Clean carpets and upholstery to eliminate lingering odours. Avoid cooking strong smelling foods (ie. bacon, fish, curry) before a showing. Of course, no smoking indoors.
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.