It can be difficult to sell a home these days. There are so many homes on the market, so you need to be sure yours stands out above the rest. Here are some things you can do to improve and prepare your home to ensure it sells as quickly as possible and for as much as possible, according to Vlad Rigenco, a leading Real Estate Agent in the Greater Toronto Area.
Remove Personal Items
One of the most important things you should do is take down highly personal items such as photographs and family heirlooms. Potential purchasers want to envision themselves living in your home as they view it, and by seeing family photos or other sentimental items, that may make it difficult for them to do that. It is also recommended that you remove any items in your home which are extremely unique or eye-catching. Understated is best when you are preparing your home for sale, says Vlad Rigenco. You want your home to have a consistent ‘look’ which will be the most appealing to your potential buyers.
Clean Your House Beforehand
You should also ensure your home is clean, clutter free and organized — even behind closet and cupboard doors. Buyers will often look in closets and cupboards to get a sense of the storage space, and the better organized these areas are, the more it signals that you are someone who takes great care of your home. Preparing to sell your home is the perfect time to get rid of items you no longer need or use, and it saves you from having to move unnecessary items to your new home, as well. Remove items from shelves and store your ‘knick knacks’ for now. You want only the very bare minimum on display when you’re selling your home. A clean, decluttered and organized home is the best way to entice potential purchasers to buy.
To best prepare your home for sale, you’ll need to ensure it is squeaky clean. Hiring someone to do a very deep clean of your home is a great idea. Clean areas that are infrequently cleaned such as the interior and exterior windows, siding, the interior of your appliances, bleach dingy grout, and make your kitchen sparkle, states Vlad Rigenco. You should also clear sidewalks, mow the lawn, landscape your gardens, and re-paint faded trim and decking to make the house more visually appealing when people first arrive. First impressions are can make or break potentially sales.
Make Small Repairs
Making small repairs is another great idea. It’s important to note that your real estate professional is best able to tell you which items need to be fixed and/or replaced prior to selling, explains Vlad Rigenco. The goal with all repairs during the moving process are to increase the value of your house. You don’t want to spend your time and money improving areas which will not yield the results you’re looking for. Sometimes the repairs with the highest impact are very quick and simple and will take little to no time or money at all to complete. Your realtor will know best. As a rule of thumb, however, consider painting the home neutral colours, fixing leaking sinks and faucets, replacing burnt out bulbs and improving the overall light each room receives.
Vlad Rigenco believes that these tips can make a big difference when it comes to selling your home, and most of them take very little effort to complete.