Presentation and first impressions are extremely important, especially when you are selling your home. Have you ever passed by a home and thought to yourself, "I would never step foot into that home! Look at how unattractive that front lawn looks!" Don't let that be the home you put up for sale! Spruce up your home before you put it on the market. Showcasing your home at its best has shown to be effective on the final selling price of a home. Buyers will perceive your home the way it is presented. Here are a five top tips to help get a quick sale:
Consider curb appeal
Keep your lawn cut, leaves raked and snow shovelled. Trim any bushes, plants or vines where necessary. Sweep your porch and walkway and make sure your garbage and recycling are tucked away from the front of your home.
Clear and clean your counter tops, sinks, toilet and bathtubs. Dust shelves and vacuum or mop your floors. Empty out your garbage cans that are in sight.
Get rid of clutter
Buyers want to be able to see open space so they can envision their own belongings in the home. Take at least 50 percent of your belongings out of your space and put them in storage. The best way to do this is to go into each room, look at each item and determine if it is necessary to keep it or not. Does the item add to the room or make it yours. Remove personal things like awards and pictures. Try and mimic the amount of items you would find in a hotel room. De-cluttering is one of the most effective home staging tips so do not ignore it!
Keep it bright!
A bright home looks inviting and warm. Open all your curtains and blinds in each room. You can add stand-up or table lamps for more lighting.
Have the best photos online
Buyers are most likely checking the Internet first for properties. Ensure that you have amazing photos of your home online to attract buyers to consider visiting your home. The "first look" they have of your home is important, so make it impressive!