Improve your curb appeal
We know you should never judge a book by it’s cover, but sadly, people often do – a lot of people will drive around first before deciding on which properties to visit.
The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, if not more so for that all-important first impression. If the interior is beautiful they may never see it if the exterior is shabby. The pavement in front of your home should be swept clean if necessary, any weeds that are growing should be removed, unsightly bins hidden, and any litter picked up.’
Invest in some doggy day-care
As much as you love Rover, not everyone’s a fan. Potential buyers don’t want to walk in and smell cat litter or walk out with dog hair stuck to their clothes; it gives the impression that your house isn’t clean. Hire a dog sitter or at least exile your furry friends to the garden when showing buyers around.
Come up smelling of roses
Or lilies, daisies, tulips – you get the idea. A bunch of flowers goes a long way!
Freshly brewing coffee? Baking bread? Do they really work? In my opinion, these are just a little bit too obvious – and as such, will come across as you trying too hard. However, it is true that the sense of smell does play a huge part in making a viewer feel they could be at home. So, buy lightly flower-scented candles for an alluring welcome buyers are sure to appreciate. At the very least, ensure all ashtrays are out of the way and Fabreeze is always on hand.
Clutter is killer
Get rid of it – and quick! Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, and family photos, swimming certificates and your grandma’s ornaments make it a bit harder. If it’s too painful to get rid of them permanently, why not put them in temporary storage?
Light, bright and airy – three words to take as house-selling gospel. Especially when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms, open plan is in fashion and buyers want as much space as possible. Colour scheme-wise, think whites and creams, or pastel hues.
Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most important rooms in a property and should be immaculately clean and tidy when showing a property to viewers – again accessorised to emphasise light and space.
Keep it clean people! Research found that dirty kitchens and bathrooms were the biggest turn-offs – so get out that Mr Muscle before every viewing.
Putting the effort in. The thing to remember is your taste is not the same as everyone else’s. Keep colours neutral and decoration to a minimum to make your house appealing to as many buyers as possible.
Compliments of Wally Hawryluk
Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | firstname.lastname@example.org |