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How to make your home more valuable and sell faster

Posted by Mandeep Bhathal ot 12:52 AM

Preparing your home for viewers, or “staging” as it’s called, is important. It will not only ensure your property is sold faster, but can potentially add thousands of pounds to its value

Declutter

· Get rid of all the excess stuff. Put it in storage or give it to a friend

·  People need to be able to see what the property would look like if they were living there. People often find this difficult, so make it easy for them to see all the fantastic living space you’re offering them

·  People are often buying into a lifestyle as much as a property. Show them the attractive side of your lifestyle

·  Consider removing any bulky furniture that makes the room feel small and replacing it with smaller furniture

A Fresh Coat of Paint

· Giving walls a fresh coat of paint, neutral paint will make your home seem lighter and bigger

·  It will enable the viewers to more easily imagine how they would adapt the rooms to their needs

·  It will be easier for the buyers to move in and use the rooms immediately than if the walls were still bright purple or lime green

· Create a good first impression – give the front door a new coat of brightly coloured paint

Fix and Clean

· Make any minor repairs necessary – holes in walls, broken door knobs, cracked tiles, torn or threadbare carpets. Many buyers want to move in without making changes, so allow for this

·  Clean everything until it sparkles. Get rid of lime scale, clean and repair tile grout, wax wooden floors, get rid of all odours, hang up fresh towels. This will make the place more appealing and allow viewers to imagine living there

·  Tidy up the garden: cut bushes back, clean the patio and furniture of lichen and dirt, and cut the grass. While this doesn’t add much value to your home it makes it more likely to sell as people visualise themselves using the garden.

Kitchen

· The kitchen is the most valuable room in a house. It is worth the most per square foot and can make the difference when buyers are unsure

· Consider refacing your kitchen cabinetry. This is much cheaper than installing new cabinetry and often as effective

·  Upgrading kitchen counter tops is expensive, but can add serious value

·  Consider upgrading the plumbing fixtures and white goods, but keep in mind that while that could make your property sell faster, you will be unlikely to recoup their full value

Light and Airy

. Wall mirrors make a room look much bigger and lighter. Consider putting some up, especially in smaller rooms or hallways

· Clean windows inside and out, and replace any broken light bulbs. Making the place feel light and airy makes rooms feel bigger and the property more attractive

·  Ensure that you have lamps on in any dark corners

·  Putting a soft lamp in the bathroom can create a warm glow

· Clean the fireplace if there is one.

Make it look Pretty

· Make sure the windows are properly dressed with blinds or curtains as naked windows make a place feel impersonal and run down. Buy some cheap ones (eg from Ikea) if necessary

·  Plants and flowers bring colour, life and light to a room and also smell wonderful. So does that fruit bowl on your kitchen counter

·  Bad smells are the single biggest turn off for prospective buyers. Don’t just cover them up, fix the source of the smell. Clear drains, wash bins, open windows, air the kitchen from old cooking smells, get rid of furniture that is embedded with cigarette smoke, and wash any grimy bed sheets

·  If you are a smoker, place bowls of vinegar around the house and leave out for three days. Though the vinegar will smell when you open the windows it will disappear quickly taking a most of the stale cigarette smell out with it

Showing the Property

With these small changes finally your home is ready for the sale. Give me a call @647-998-8719 to list your home.

 


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