Every seller wants his or her home to sell at top dollar. And 99% of the time it is not about “good luck” – it’s about careful planning and knowing how to spruce up your home that will send potential buyers scurrying for their cheque books.
Here are some ideas on how turn your property into an irresistible and marketable home.
1. Disassociate yourself with your home
Give your agent the opportunity to do their job, and potential buyers the space they need to be drawn to your property. Sellers that linger during an open inspection, or start telling stories about their property, will turn most buyers off.
Pack away personal photos and family heirlooms. Buyers want to be able to imagine their own life in your home.
De-clutter systematically, completing one room at a time.
4. Clean out and organise storage spaces
Buyers love to see what kind of storage space they will have. Imagine if they open a closet and everything falls out! If they open an organised closet, it makes buyers feel your home is easy to live in, and that you have taken good care of it.
5. Rent a storage unit
Almost every home looks better with less furniture. Consider storing items that block walkways or aren’t necessary to keep in the house while you’re trying to sell.
6. Remove or replace favourite items
If the chandelier in the dining room is a family heirloom, take it down. If buyers never see it, they won’t want it to be included with the house.
7. Make minor repairs
Fix things such as cracked tiles, leaky faucets, burnt out light bulbs and doors that won’t close properly.
8. Make the house sparkle
Buyers will not be impressed if they see lots of dust or dirt. Make sure your home sparkles, or hire a professional cleaner if you need some help.
9. Check your street appeal
If a buyer doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get them to look inside. Mow the lawn, trim back plants, clean up, and plant flowers to enhance your home’s street appeal.
It always helps to put yourself in the shoes of the buyer, and by making a few little improvements to your home, you are giving it the best chance to sell at the best price.