Start your pre-pack as soon as
possible. You need to decide what you are going to keep, give away, sell or throw away/recycle. Many clients will rent storage lockers or have pods delivered so they can start to clear out what is
not going to make the house look good.
You would think this one is common sense but
let me assure you, I wish it was so! A clean home translates into ‘They must have really cared for their home.” Use environmentally friendly cleaners where you can, for hard cleaning areas tsp is a
good product. Bathrooms and kitchens must be sparkling clean at the very least.
We know you love your family photos and your
personal treasures and for living they are perfect. For selling pack them up carefully so you can showcase them in your new home. For selling you want buyers to focus on the best features of your
home and not your personal things or collections.
5. A neutral colour scheme is
the way to go for selling.
Choose only 3 colours or less to paint your
house for selling. If you have an open floor plan then paint the main floor all the same colour. Bedrooms look good in light sage greens or warm blues like the new aqua.
6. Highlight your home’s best
Place your furniture in each room so that you
have very obvious focal points that show off the home’s best selling features. For example, if you have a beautiful fireplace then place the furniture in a parallel grouping so that the eye is drawn
to the fireplace.
7. Decide on the function in
If you were using your guest bedroom as your
den for living, for selling turn it back into a bedroom with bedroom furniture in it. If you do not have the right furniture for each room consider renting it. There are more and more rental
furnishing companies opening up every day. If you don’t want to rent then borrow.
8. Lighting your home to its
Spend money on new light fixtures in brushed
nickel or stainless steel. Brass is out so don’t fight it. There are many low-cost lighting stores to select from so no excuses for having dated light fixtures.
9. Window treatments that sell
The most popular on the market are the 2” faux
woods in a white tone to go with your trim. Decorative side panels will do the trick if you need to add warmth and colour.
10. Flooring needs special
attention and is a good investment for updating the look of your home
Tile or linoleum is great for entranceways, bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms; a good quality laminate or hardwood is perfect for living rooms and family rooms; bedrooms are attractive
in a neutral carpet.
By planning and budgeting you can get yourself
to the “OPEN HOUSE READY” stage.
Remember that over 79% of prospective buyers
have already checked you out through the MLS listings. Will they like what they see?