Make Your Home Show Better (and Sell Quicker) with These 10 Easy Steps

11 April 2018
Joshua Chisvin

When putting your home up on the market, showing better and selling quicker should be your two primary objectives. No ifs, ands or buts. Of course, securing top dollar further fits prominently in there, but I’ll cover that another time.

How can you make your home show better and sell quicker? Well, you can start with these easy steps:

FIRST IMPRESSIONS — THEY COUNT!

Since you have loads of potential buyers coming through the door, nothing counts more when selling your home than a wicked first impression. Untidy landscaping, poor outdoor light fixtures, a busted up front door and dirty front entrance — big no-no’s, all of them. Instead, create a positive vibe from the outset.

IF IT’S BROKE, FIX IT

Smart buyers and their sales representatives know to check out the faucets, trims, door hinges, floorboards and stuff like that on their first tour of the home, since it will save them expensive repairs down the line. If any of these items are leaky, cracked or broken, then you’d be well-served to get a handyman over take care of them.

DECLUTTER, DECLUTTER, DECLUTTER

This makes a big difference. Removing unnecessary items from your overcrowded space allowed for a more attractive environment. It’s essential.

DON’T FORGET A FRESH COAT OF PAINT

A refreshing coat of paint gives your home an updated and clean look, be it the front door or the inside walls. I suggest natural colours, like shades of white. Plus, a good perk about these light colour schemes is they usually make a room look larger.

THE BATHROOMS AND KITCHENS ALSO DESERVE YOUR ATTENTION, RIGHT?

You better believe it, since buyers pay attention to both. You don’t even need to tackle a full remodel. You could instead replace a couple featured appliances or mend any cracked tiles. It’ll pay off by adding value to your home.

CLOSET SPACE IS PARAMOUNT

Make your closets look as spacious as possible, whether that means organizing or clearing them out. Repeat after me: buyers want storage!!

LET THE LIGHT IN

Natural and artificial lighting will really promote how good a room looks. Doesn’t matter if you’ve got showings or an open house schedules, ensure the windows are polished, curtains open and lights switched on. As an added bonus, hang a well-placed mirror or two to reflect the brightness.

SCENT MATTERS

If the place reeks like a wet dog, garbage, laundry or worse, it’s not good. Take preemptive and/or measures. Just don’t go overboard with the candles and air fresheners. After all, those can just as easily turn buyers off.

HAVE YOU DEPERSONALIZED YOUR SPACE?

Buyers want to be able project themselves on the homes they consider buying. That means they need to be able to picture themselves living in it. So if you’ve got keepsakes and personal photos around, you’re not helping matters.

STAGING ALWAYS GETS THE JOB DONE

If you don’t have an eye for aesthetics or think your home is missing that ‘wow’ factor, there are professionals out there who can assist. Employ the services of a stager to downplay your home’s weaknesses and showcase its strengths. Again, it’s about making your home more appealing to buyers.

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