Selling your home is a little bit more complicated than simply putting it on the market and hoping someone bites. To ensure that your home presents in the best way possible, you may need to make a few changes to the interior and exterior decor. Here are six expert tips to prepare your home for sale and make an impactful first impression to buyers:
First things first, go through the home and declutter! You will need to do this for moving anyway, so you might as well get a head start on the job. The easiest way to begin is by going room to room and dividing items into three categories: those to be thrown away, those to be donated or sold, and those to be kept and stored.
Consider using professional cleaners to get your home sparkling clean and looking in tip-top condition. Professional cleaners will do an incredibly thorough job, such as cleaning baseboards, ceiling fans, blinds, and behind appliances. Depending on the current state of your home, you require some more heavy duty services such as carpet-cleaning or commercial steam cleaning services for your kitchen.
Hire a handyman
Are there a number of odd jobs around the house that you’ve been meaning to get to but have just never found the time? With everything on your plate right not, it might be wise to enlist the services of a handyman to quickly and professionally attend to any obvious eyesores.
Freshen up walls
Everyone knows that bright and garishly-coloured walls are a big no-no when trying to sell a home. Potential buyers like to see a blank canvas, so they can envision themselves living there. It’s a tedious job, but by painting and freshening up your walls, you are giving your home the best possible shot at selling quickly.
Stage the interior
You want your home to look lived-in and loved without appearing messy and cluttered. Pare down furnishings in certain rooms where there are too many, and add items to rooms that seem too bare. A well-placed plant or painting can work wonders! Need help? Invite a friend of family member over who will be able to give you objective opinions. Having lived in your home for so many years, you need someone to take a look at things with fresh eyes.
Stage the exterior
The exterior is just as important as the interior, perhaps even more so as this is the first thing potential buyers will see upon arrival. Curb appeal is extremely important when you are trying to sell as house. Does your yard require a cleanup or perhaps even some landscaping work? Make this a priority before you start showing your home. Consider taking a stroll or a drive through your neighbourhood to see how your home compares to others. Would it stand out to a potential buyer?
We hope you have found this advice useful! For more information on preparing your home for sale, reach out to the team at Royal LePage Performance Realty. You can also contact us today for a free home evaluation, or browse through our hundreds of real estate listings in Ottawa and Eastern Ontario.