The First Impression is the Only Impression
The first impression is the most important, the buyers should ‘feel right’ about the house with a feeling of warmth, welcomeness and safety. Get some inexpensive new shrubs, brightly coloured flowers to make the entrance look more appealing. Maybe put a small bench or a bowl of cookies in the entryway to make it more friendly.
Setting the Right Price
While this may sound bizarre, but shearing away 15-20% of the price could actually help you get a lot of buyers. The price will bid up by multiple offers to what it is actually worth even in a bad market. Many sellers don’t want to risk this, but it is tried and tested and one of the best strategies for selling your house quick.
Allure with the Kitchen
The most important part of the house and the first part every buyer looks at is the kitchen. You could actually remodel your kitchen and still get 85% of your money’s worth back. If the kitchen looks out-of-date, buyers may cut $10,000 off the asking price. Hence, consider going for fast, inexpensive updates like a neutral paint, new cabinet hardware or some fancy stain-less steel appliance.
Half-empty your closets
One can never have enough of storage and every buyer out there is looking for ample storage. Half-emptying your cabinets and neatly arranging them will make it seem like there is more than enough space to the buyers.
Light up the House
Do everything to make your house bright and cheery. Pull up the curtains, clean the windows, trim the bushes, and increase the wattage of your bulbs. Good lighting and especially natural light is something that every buyer looks out for.
Get the Right Agent
Hire a broker who is well-informed. They should be up to date about any news in the home market in your area and constantly monitor the Multiple Listing Service (MLS). A tech-savvy broker would have more tools to get your house sold, so look out for that.
Don’t over upgrade
While some quick fixes are necessary, huge makeovers are not. It is not a good idea to go through a big improvement project on the house right before you are planning to sell it, as you won’t be able to get that much money back. Just a few updates like a new a coat of paints, cleaning the curtains, replacing door handles, fixing leaky faucets and cleaning the grout can get you top dollar without shelling out much money.
Always be ready to show
You never know when a buyer can come by, so always keep your house show ready. The house should be in a tip-top state, so don’t leave the dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the washrooms cleaned and the house dusted. One great tip is to hire a home-stager. They can help you arrange your furniture in a way that best shows the floor plan and helps in maximising space. Also, if you have pets, make sure there is no litter or pet hair around. You could have them sent to a pet hotel for the open house as some people may not be too fond of dogs or cats.
Ray Smiley has been the number 1 real estate agent Orleans office for 5 years and has been the recipient of Remax Platinum Award for Sales Recognition multiple times and serves in the Ottawa, Orleans, Cumberland, Nepean, Kanata, Barrhaven, Gloucester, Riverside South, Stittsville and the surrounding area for buying and selling homes.