Like most things in life, when it comes to selling your house, success favours those who prepare. If you’re ready to put your home on the market, there are a number of things you can do to make it more appealing to potential buyers.
Let there be light! Whether it’s natural light pouring in during the day, or artificial light beaming out at night, brighter is better. Enhance your house’s light by cleaning windows and light fixtures, tying back curtains, and turning on lights during evening showings.
Say no to the reno. For the vast majority of homes, there’s no need to renovate before selling. Focus your efforts (and money) on small jobs that will have a big impact, like replacing fixtures, faucets and other hardware. And if a fresh coat of paint is needed, make sure to choose neutral colours – lime green may be your favourite, but it could turn off potential buyers.
Help buyers see themselves in your house. Store family photos and other personal items that shout, “this is my home!” By depersonalizing your house, buyers will have an easier time envisioning their future in it.
Keep your closets organized. This is one that often gets overlooked and can have a negative impact during showings. If your closets are overstuffed and too cluttered, store excess clothing and other items out of sight, or consider a trip to the local thrift store.
Make a great first impression. Potential buyers are judging your house even before they step inside. Boost your curb appeal by planting fresh flowers, keeping the lawn mowed (or driveway shoveled) and adding some nice deck furniture.
The show must go on. You never know when you’ll have a showing, so make sure your house is always ready. If you’re having trouble staying on top of everything, consider hiring a cleaning service.
And most importantly, work with a great realtor – one who knows your local market inside out and can help you price your home attractively.