The look of your home is often what sells your home. From a clean exterior to a bright interior first impression can make the big impression. Clutter is often the culprit that takes away from "seeing" your home for what it can be. "Staging" your home can make a big difference if you don't take it too far. You still want it to feel like a home not a sterile environment that potential buyers are afraid to enter.
Here are 8 common mistakes sellers make when preparing their house for sale.
1. Just because you love it does not mean everyone else will. Ensure your property appeals to the broadest buying public, which means neutralize. If the colour palette or decorating style is too far out, people will be put off by the "personality" of the home, and it will be difficult for them to visualize themselves and their own belongings in the house.
2. Closets and pantries are crowded and cluttered. Empty each storage space of excess or seasonal items to make sure the viewers can see the space. Crammed spaces give viewers the perception that there is not enough storage space and that the house is bursting at the seams.
3. The furnishings are too big or there are too many for the space. The corners of the room need to be seen, so remove extra or oversized plants, fans, gym equipment, chairs and tables.
4. "Clean" means different things to different people. It may be common sense to some, but the best way to maintain the value of your single largest investment is to follow a regular cleaning schedule. When your house is on the market, it has to be clean and ready for showing every minute of the day.
5. You love your pet so everyone else will, right? Wrong. Some potential buyers are really averse to animals of any kind, and that means that any evidence of pets will deter them from the property. If you have pets, vacuum daily to keep the hair under control and crate them or remove them from the property while it is being shown.
6. Don't hide damage to flooring, countertops, walls or other permanent fixtures. Reveal, never conceal, problem areas, and be sure to reflect any deficiencies and necessary repairs in the list price.
7. Don't leave dated or worn fixtures for the next owner to replace. The best way to increase equity in your house is to implement periodic upgrades. The simplest and least costly upgrades include light fixtures, taps and faucets, door and cabinet hardware, and drapery and window treatments.
8. Don't rush to put the house on the market before it's presentable. Selling a property requires strategic thinking. First, identify the competition, then make your house look better than others on the market. Care and attention to the details will impress potential buyers and, if the house is "move-in ready," that means less work for them and possibly a better offer for you.
Those are just a few ideas to keep in mind when thinking of putting your home on the market. Having a good realtor to help guide you can make all the difference in selling or listing. If you'd like to know where to start, just give me a call at (250) 305-7034 and we can look at your first step to selling.