You can help get the results you want by staging your home. Staging is not about redecorating your entire home. It is about rearranging what you do have and making a few improvements to appeal to more buyers.
If you don’t want to do this yourself, ask your agent to recommend a professional stager. It can pay for itself by helping sell your home more quickly and for a better price.
Make the first impression count. Clean up, paint front windows and doors, keep the lawn mowed and the bushes trimmed, plant or pot colourful flowers, clear the sidewalks.
Less is more in creating home appeal. Keep counters free of personal items, pare furnishings down to the bare essentials, pack up those cute knickknacks.
A home in immaculate condition sells more quickly – and for more money. Wash windows inside and out, make sure kitchen and bath features gleam, shampoo or replace carpeting, clean and dust throughout, take care of any pet odours.
You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Pack up those family heirlooms and personal photographs.
Don’t let maintenance shortcomings affect the sale. Patch any holes in the walls. Consider painting them in a neutral colour. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles, fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly, replace burned-out light bulbs.
If Buyers don’t see something, they won’t want it to be part of the deal. Remove fixtures or window coverings now, if you’re going to take them with you (which I do not recommended), be careful not to cheapen the appearance of the room, and always repair any damage.
Dogs and cats are great companions, but when you have a showing on your home, the dogs and cats should be removed from the house until the showing is completed (if possible). A barking dog, or a cat rubbing itself all over a potential Buyers leg, is very distracting and some Buyers just want to leave at that point. Also, people without pets sometimes complain of smelling the dog or complain of a cat allergy etc. Best if the pets are not there.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low handing overhead lights. Make your residence as non perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
You never know when your agent may need to show your home on a moment’s notice. So make your beds and tidy up each morning, just in case.
When prospects want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to an expert – your Real Estate Sales Associate.