5 Simple Steps to take before Listing- Increasing your home's Salability
Quite often the smallest details influence potential buyers when viewing your home. It is important to make sure that certain “quirks” of your home are taken care of prior to listing and hosting an Open House. By correcting minor details of your home your home becomes more marketable and increases its Salability.
Through time paint colour tends to fade and does not look as sharp as it once did or colours can become "dated" and out of style. Having your home re-painted with a fresh coat of paint geared towards a neutral colour scheme will make accessories in your home and features of your home more apparent and complimented. Avoid the use of dark or bright colours unless used as an “accent”. When used as an accent these colours are viewed from a decorative stand point and are less offensive to buyers. However an entire room done in “HOT LIP STICK PINK” may not be ideal for Mr. Buyer’s potential office!
People have different scent filters and sometimes certain scents that appeal to one person do not appeal to another. Avoid having strong smelling candles, potpourri, and other scent releasing agents in your home while your home is being listed or during an Open House. The scent of your home adds to the overall ambience therefore opt for natural clean scented fragrance, bake cookies prior to a showing or open house, or open windows. Natural and clean scents make your home appeal to a wider range of buyers. If there are pets in the home, try to eliminate or minimalise pet odour. Avoid cooking with heavy spices or cooking anything where the scent tends to “linger” a week or two prior to having your home listed. AND ABSOLUTELY DO NOT SMOKE INDOORS - Even smokers hate a house that smells like and ashtray!
Almost every home has clutter…. Whether it be throughout the house or a room that no one dare enter. Clutter is inevitable. Especially homes that have young children often toys are misplaced, hidden or not put away. Although this is perfectly normal it is a HUGE turn off for people coming in and looking at your home. The saying “less is more” applies to this scenario as potential buyers want to be able to envision their own lives in your home. Make sure house hold items are neat and organized. If you know you are moving start putting not needed items in storage. Have items on closet floors moved onto shelving units and neatly organize book shelves etc…
A buyer walking into your home is not only noticing the homes features but also the décor, colour scheme, design and so forth… They are computing these factors into their mind trying to envision their current décor, colour scheme and furniture and how it could fit into your home and also potential new furniture and décor purchases they may need to make. De-personalizing your home allows buyers to do this. There is a thin line while depersonalizing your home because you do not want to remove every single quirk, character trait or family photo turning your home into an untouchable museum. But you do want to minimilize these things. Lots of home owners have a “theme” in certain rooms, sometimes these themes are done very tastefully and appeal to a general audience other times they don’t. If your real estate professional suggests the removal of some of these items it is best to listen.
Although saying “dirt” may seem obvious it extends far beyond what you see on the surface. Any visible dirt is an immediate turn-off for buyers. However once a buyer notices one thing they start to look in less obvious places for dirt to see if your home is “surface clean” or “deep cleaned”. It may be worth investing in a cleaning service before putting your home up for sale to ensure that every square inch of your home has been taken care of. Often dirt can accumulate on areas which are often overlooked; baseboards, ceiling corners, tile grouting, inside cabinets, certain areas in bathrooms. Pay special attention to areas in your house which tend to have a sheen to them; knobs, appliances, stainless steel, finger prints on windows and tables. A simple way to correct some of these things- windex and paper towel! If certain areas in your home are carpeted and some of the carpeting have stains on them and removal of the carpets is not possible, have the carpets deep cleaned. Often stains in carpet are less of a worry to a potential buyer than surface and visible dirt.
These are just 5 simple steps that you can take to increase your homes salability and to increase potential buyers! At The Fresh Approach Real Estate Team with Keller Williams Realty Solutions we work with you to determine what in your home may need slight tweaking in order to appeal to more buyers. We proudly are a full service real estate team offering staging tips, design tips, hiring cleaning services if neccessary and anything else that needs to be done to maximize the value and sale potential of your home! If you have any questions about your home's value or questions about the listing process please contact one of our team members today to help you!
The Fresh Approach Real Estate Team,
Allana Thompson, Christy D’Oliveira, Kyrsten Feere