1. CURB APPEAL!
Grab their attention from the curb! Often buyers will drive by a listed home and decide whether they should attend an open house or have their agent book a viewing, so make it count. Power-wash the porch and walkways, weed and mow the lawn, seal the driveway if
need be, add potted plants and tend gardens. A fresh coat
of paint on doors and window frames can go a long way when making a first impression!
Potential buyers need to see your home, not your things. This means removing the clutter! Excessive personal items such as family photos, collectables, personal awards, certificates and any religious items should be packed away before the showings begin.Taking yourself out of the decor allows the buyer to envision themselves living in the space.
3. FINISH THE REPAIRS!
All the little ‘projects’ that you have learned to live with and may no longer notice need to be completed. This list ranges from chipped paint, torn screens, cracked plaster, missing vent covers and outlets, rusty
shower rods and burnt-out bulbs. These little details stand
out to potential home buyers who are looking for imperfections.
A fresh coat of paint can go a long way! You may love bright and bold colours on your walls, but we recommend a neutral colour palette for the broadest appeal. A neutral home will appear brighter and larger, as well as it is less likely to offend someone.
5. LIGHTING!Open draperies and blinds for sufficient natural light throughout your home. Consider replacing dated fixtures and outlets, and add table and floor lamps where needed. Lighting is the most effective way to set a mood.
6. CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN!
Vacuum, dust and mop. Appliances and windows should sparkle! Wipe baseboards, ledges, ceiling fans and light fixtures. A clean home shows much better than a lived in one. We stronly suggest hiring a cleaning service before the professional pictures and the open house takes place.
7. PRETEND YOU ARE A GUEST!
Once the cleaners, the helpers, and the photographers have gone. We suggest pretending like you are guests in your own home. By making cleanliness a priority everyday, you won’t be caught off guard when an agent wants to show your home. This will make everyone less stressed and/or anxious.
8. LINENS & RUGS!
For pictures and open houses we strongly suggest that any visible linens be new, crisp, and fresh. This includes tea towels, bedding and bathroom towels. Also, remove or replace worn area rugs and doors mats. A new area rug can greatly improve the overall look of a room
as well as cover blemished floors.
Investing in some new artwork is a great way to breath some fresh air into a room. It can also be the final touch to tie a room together.
10. SMELLS LIKE A SALE!
It’s no secret, overpowering smells can be offensive and turn off a potential buyer. Open windows and air-out your home if possible. Refrain from cooking foods with strong and lasting odours, shampoo carpets, wash draperies and pet bedding, keep the litter box clean and if possible, move pet items to the garage for showings. Don’t try to mask odors with flowery sprays, as it usually doesn’t work. Giving your home a good clean from top to bottom should help neutralize odours.