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Selling Tips

12 Ways To Prepare Your Home For Selling

Ready to sell your home?

Don’t just list it without any advance preparation. A few minor touch-ups can go a long way towards making a favourable impression on potential buyers — and perhaps clinching a deal.

Put your buyer’s hat on and walk thru your home like it is the first time.

Make notes on what you, as a buyer would notice, and then repair or replace those items.

Some top recommendations include getting rid of clutter, hiding family photos, cleaning out closets, removing excess or oversized furniture, and cleaning.

These tips are among the 15 top ways to prepare your home for a sale. Let’s look at the others:

  1. Clean, clean, clean
    Dust on top of the fireplace mantle and fan blades, polish your appliances and faucets, and give the windows a thorough washing. If you’ve already moved out or if you’re too busy to stay on top of things, consider hiring a cleaning service to stop by every couple of weeks.
  2. Clear out the clutter
    You want buyers to focus on how awesome your space is, not how messy it looks. Banish the piles of shoes from the entry, that stack of mail from the kitchen table and anything else that detracts from your home’s gorgeous features.
  3. Repaint the walls neutral colours
    As much as you love your dramatic red dining room, it could turn off a good portion of your buyers. So repaint your rooms in neutral tones like tans and whites that allow buyers to focus on the spaces themselves, not the colour of the walls.
  4. Get rid of personal items
    Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in your home, so remove anything overly personal, like family photos in the hallway or your kids’ artwork on the fridge.
  5. Let there be light!
    Open up all the windows to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. A bright, cheery room looks bigger and more inviting.
  6. Get rid of bulky furniture
    Your furniture should fit the scale of the room, so get rid of any extra or oversized items that could make your space look smaller than it really is.
  7. Organise your closets
    Storage space is a huge selling point, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it. Invest in some boxes, dividers and other solutions that will help you make your stuff look more organised, and remove extra items you don’t need immediately (you can stow them away until you move).
  8. Tackle that honey-do lists
    All those little things you’ve been meaning to do but never got around to? Buyers will notice them, and they’ll detract from the value of your home. So set aside a weekend to tighten those loose doorknobs, fix that leaky faucet and paint over the scuffs from when you first moved in your sofa.
  9. Give each room a purpose
    That spare room you’ve been using as an office / guest room /dumping ground won’t help sell your home unless you show buyers how they can use it themselves. So pick a use (office, guest room, crafts room) and clearly stage the space to showcase that purpose.
  10. Keep the flow going
    The last thing you want is people bumping into furniture as they tour your home; it disrupts their focus and makes your space look cramped. Do a dry run as though you’re seeing your home for the first time and tweak anything that interrupts the “flow.”
  11. Make something yummy
    Realtors don’t put out fresh cookies at open houses just to treat buyers; a “homey” smell like baking cookies or bread can help people connect with a kitchen. Not a baker? Fake it with a scented candle.
  12. Boost the curb appeal
    Don’t spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent. Trim your shrubs, weed your flower beds, fix any peeling paint and keep the walkway clear. Just adding a row of potted plants along the walkway or a cheerful wreath to your front door can make a big difference.

The final tip is a critical one. If you are on a tight budget, it is recommended that you at least spruce-up the front entrance. That first impression goes a long way.

Story courtesy of Forbes, Lifestyle magazine