Break out the mop and the paintbrush - it's time to give your home a mini-makeover. Here are all the little things you can do to attract the big offers.
See Your Home Through a Buyer's Eyes
Now's the time to address your home's little imperfections that you have been living with: the hole in the screen door, the chipped paint on the baseboards, and the mess in the basement. Here we have prepared a summarized general list of our suggestions that we encourage selling clients to use when they take a thorough tour of their home before putting that “For Sale” sign out front!
Get Rid of Clutter
Your house will feel a lot bigger and more inviting when you clear out those closets, remove bulky, unused furniture and rearrange the remaining pieces to make the best use of space. If you haven't used something in the past year, toss it, donate it to charity or sell it.
Cleaning is the single most cost-effective way to make your home more attractive to Buyers. Floors, windows, walls, doors, baseboards - everything! Give extra care and attention to the bathrooms and kitchen. And once it's all clean, keep it clean! You never know when the ideal Buyer will want to view your home.
Repair As Much As You Can (within reason)
Some repairs are absolutely vital, like a leaky roof or basement and unsafe electrical problems. Otherwise, fix all the little things like leaky faucets, doors that squeak, and small cracks in the ceiling.
Depersonalize Your Home
You want buyers to walk through your house and feel like it's their home, not yours! Things like a cluttered wall of family portraits or your trophy collection are guaranteed to prevent buyers from emotionally placing themselves in your home. Remove everything that's too much about you.
Remove Anything Polarizing
When clearing out your home, remove any controversial elements which may translate primarily to anything religious or political. Many people have strong emotional reactions to these types of items and you don’t want a Buyer to prejudge your home because of your political or emotional beliefs.
Never Underestimate the Power of Paint
Strong colours on the walls or wild wallpaper make it hard for buyers to imagine their furniture in your house. Consider repainting your home in bright, neutral colours that will enhance a room's size and look more inviting. Next to cleaning your home, paint is the most cost-effective way to increase your home's appeal.
Add Some Beautifying Touches
You don't need to spend a fortune to make a big difference. Replace tattered old curtains with some fresh draperies. Mirrors on the wall help rooms feel more spacious. New houseplants add undeniable appeal. And on the outside of your home trim the trees, weed the garden and consider planting a few new flowers to make a great first impression.
Don't get so carried away with prepping your home that you forget why you're doing this - to get more money! You need to consider two things before making any improvements.
1) Will this make my home more desirable to Buyers? 2) Will this increase the value of my home more than it costs me to do it?