The time has come when you’re ready to open your house to potential buyers. It’s an exciting prospect—especially if you’ve already found your new home and want to sell your current one as quickly as possible.
But before you get into it, there are various aspects to consider. As a seller, your goal is to maximize your space’s appeal in every possible way. Here is some advice based on our years of experience:
Spruce it up. Put yourself in the shoes of a buyer and allow yourself to take a good look at your home from a different perspective. Is the paint chipped? Are your doors swinging off the hinges? Is there rust on the garage door? Making a good first impression is crucial when you’re trying to sell. Believe it or not, a few minor renovations—even something as trivial as dirty grout in between your floor tiles—can make all the difference.
Stage your home . It’s all in the details. The last thing you want to do is make your home look dull and outmoded. Borrow a modern rug, fill your vases with flowers, and get rid of that old paint colour—neutral is always the way to go. It’s easy to get turned off at bright-coloured walls. You want to exude a fresh, contemporary feel; so if you have any bulky furniture, remove it. A spacious home is more appealing than a cluttered one.
Let in natural light. This is often a deal-breaker. Nowadays, it’s all about open-concept and natural lighting. So if you’ve got it, flaunt it. The sunnier your space, the more positive the overall vibe.
Have your pet roaming around. As cute as they may be, the reality is that some people don’t like animals. It’s an unnecessary cause for irritation, so it’s best to avoid it altogether. Not to mention, all the wandering in-and-out may risk your pet taking off.
Forget about the outside. A well-kept exterior is just as important. Check the conditions of your front door, asphalt, lawn, etc. Is your mailbox broken? Is your doorbell functioning? These are all factors that indicate whether your home has been taken care of. If your front steps are damaged, who’s to say other aspects of the home aren’t in need of restoration?
Prevent access to any room or closet. Storage space in closets, cabinets, and rooms is very important. Buyers want to know whether their belongings will fit well within the available space—so make sure all rooms and storage areas are neat and ready for inspection.