Selling A Home

As a home owner, your goal is to sell your home at the best price possible in the shortest amount of time. Highlighting the great features of your home is very important if you want to sell close to or above your list price and as quickly as possible. Home staging is the process of preparing your home for sale. This can be done by the home owner (if you are up for it!) or by a professional. You should highlight your home's best features in ways that appeal to your prospective home buyers. Staged homes are clean, uncluttered and well cared for, and typically sell faster and for more money.


MAKE A GREAT FIRST IMPRESSION

Most buyers form an opinion about your home within seconds of seeing it for the first time. They will probably spend less than 15 minutes viewing your house, and they are going to see many other houses with similar features. Remember, you have one chance so make your home the one the buyers remember by giving them a great first impression.

THE EXTERIOR

    A great number of home buyers decide whether or not to look inside a house based on its curb appeal. The best way to get started is by viewing your property from the buyer's point of view. Stand in front of your home, then ask yourself what you like and what you don't. What features stand out? How you can improve, or enhance your exterior view point to make it more appealing?

    Make sure the sidewalk and front walkway are free of debris. If necessary, give it a clean sweep and remove weeds that may be growing between cracks.

    There are times that adding elements to your landscaping can help curb appeal, but there are also times when removing something is more effective. Keep the grass mowed and the weeds pulled. Trim trees and bushes. Add flowers for a pop of colour.

    Does your house look dull and dingy? Give it a face-lift with a good old-fashioned paint job or power wash. Repair loose roof shingles and clean the windows (both inside and out). Add shutters and install window boxes with bright flowers to the front of the house. Replace a weather-beaten mailbox, and add visual interest by positioning rocks and potted plants around it.

    Continue the allure with a friendly front door. Restore its luster with a few coats of varnish or spiff it up with a rich, new accent color. Make sure your doorbell works. Repair torn screens. Clean outdoor light fixtures.

    Don't forget the backyard! Buyers doing a drive by will try their best to see your backyard. If it's visible from another street or from someone's driveway, it should be a part of your curb appeal efforts. So make sure to apply the same effort by keeping the grass mowed, the weeds pulled and the trees and bushes trimmed. Treat your backyard like a living space in your house. Minimize furniture to the essentials and hide all the kids' toys.

THE INTERIOR

    Make your foyer welcoming by featuring a natural flower arrangement and continue with smaller arrangements throughout the house. This will not only add visual pleasure but also add a nature aroma that is pleasure and welcoming. What you need to avoid is strong pet, cooking and tobacco odours.

    Clean up all rooms, furnishings, floors, walls and ceilings. If you can afford it, hire a cleaning service. They can get the job done for you in no time. Remove knickknacks from tables, countertops and bookshelves. Remove any unnecessary furniture to make rooms seem more spacious. If the paint is dull or unappealing, a fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Choose neutral shades of white, off-white, beige or light pastels. Give your home an open, airy feel by opening the curtains and pulling up the blinds. Turn on as many lights as possible. Check your closets (buyers will most likely take a peep inside). Keep them organized and uncluttered. Pack away anything that isn't used regularly (like seasonal decorations, clothing, sports equipment, etc).

    Kitchens are usually the main focus for a buyer. These should be absolutely spotless. Remove small appliances from counter tops. Clean the oven and refrigerator inside and out. Remove pictures and magnets from the refrigerator door.

    Bathrooms are just as important. Wash the bathroom rug, and hang fresh towels. Remove stains from bathroom fixtures, repair dripping faucets and polish mirrors.

THE BASEMENT AND THE GARAGE

    The basement and the garage add storage space to any home. Clean and tidy both areas and make sure that anything stored here is nicely organized.

    Ask me for additional tips on getting your home ready to sell. Also, let me show the house. I know the business and will present your property to its best advantage. Remember: potential buyers usually feel more comfortable when the seller is not present.