Let’s face it, you’re busy. You’ve probably let a few things go in your house or condo. Here are a few basic things that you can do to make a great first impression for everyone who comes to see your home.
Landscaping – We’ve all heard that you get only one chance to make a great first impression. The same is true for your home. Make your house memorable with well-kept landscaping, trimmed bushes, lush green grass, and colorful plants and flowers. Pressure wash the driveway and walkways, and keep them swept and clear of debris.
Smells – Nothing is more of a turn-off to buyers than undesirable smells greeting them at the door. These include pet odors, cigarette smoke, musty or moldy smells, and strong food smells. You may benefit from having a cleaning service come through, and from having the carpets cleaned. Air out the home to release stored smells and freshen the air. If smells persist, you can place bowls of white vinegar in each room and/or baking soda, If that still doesn’t work, then try some odour eliminating spray products.
Lighting – There is good reason to have all of the shutters open and every light on when buyers come through the home. People enjoy a cheery, light-filled space. Make sure all of your lights are working and change out any burned out bulbs. It is also helpful to have switches labelled to assist agents when opening up and shutting down the home after a showing.
Disassociate and De-Personalize – Your home, which may have provided many years of joy and memories for you, is now a product to be marketed and sold. Hide or remove your valuables and start packing up your trophies, collections, and family heirlooms. Having someone imagine themselves living in your home is often very powerful so depersonalize it and help them a little.
De-Clutter – This goes hand in hand with depersonalization. Get rid of knickknacks. Clean everything off counters and tables. Put every day items in the drawers or in the closet. Clean lines and open space is more appealing. Less truly is more when it comes to clutter. Now is also the time to clean out your closets, garage and storage spaces. Buyers will open doors to closets and cabinets and they do not want to see spaces filled to maximum capacity. You may want to consider renting a storage unit for your overflow.
Exclusions – These are items in your home that are attached to the walls and ceilings, if you’re going to take it with you then make sure that it’s noted on the MLS listing.
Furniture Arrangement – Walk into your home as if it is the first time you are seeing it. Make sure there are no pieces obstructing a beautiful view, or prohibiting you from walking through the space. Seating arrangements should be inviting and open. Move your furniture so that walking around it has a natural, unobstructed flow. If your home is vacant, consider having it professionally staged. The cost of staging is definitely worth it.
Repairs – Make sure everything works. Fix doors and drawers that do not close properly. Fix toilets that run and faucets that drip. Clean out sliding door tracks so that the buyer can open them smoothly and silently. Repair cracks and holes. Repaint if necessary.
Note that even though I offer free home staging consultations with every listing, it’s always a good idea to address items like those above before a stager or a photographer comes through your home.
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