Prepare Your Home To Show Its Value

There are many easy and inexpensive tips we're going to look at that will help you sell your home for the most amount of money and in the least amount of time. Your homes appearance is critical, it would be unwise to ignore it. The look and feel of your home will generate greater emotional response than any other factor. Prospective buyers are going to react to what they see, hear, feel and smell. All these senses will influence their decision about buying your home. Understand that there is a difference between a home’s living condition and its showing condition. It takes an objective eye and experience to know what buyers are looking for when your home is for sale.

Its outside appearance becomes extremely important. Pay special attention to the front entrance. Here, purchasers will get their first up close experience with your home. You may want to repaint your front door or replace the doormat. Make sure the doorbell and any exterior lights are all in working order. Replacing the mailbox may also present a tidier feeling. 

Inside the home there are a number of factors to consider. A feeling of spaciousness becomes critical. Since painting interior rooms is relatively inexpensive, you may want to consider neutralizing your home by repainting it with light neutral colors. This will help purchasers imagine how their own furnishings or design ideas will apply inside your house. Clearing out closets will emphasize ample storage. You may want to rent a small storage space to store excess furniture. Replace all burnt out bulbs and replace any exposed extension cords, as this may imply inadequate electrical outlets.

Items such as dripping faucets, cracked windows and squeaky doors should be fixed. If these are neglected, it may lead a potential purchaser to believe there are other more expensive problems. Pay special attention to the kitchen and bathrooms as they will be closely scrutinized, they should be clean and spotless. Clean the linoleum or hardwood floors. If the carpets are noticeably dirty and spotted, have them shampooed. Some of these imperfections, although minor, can be deal killers. You never know what will turn a buyer off. 

Remember you are not just competing against resale homes, but brand-new ones as well. When showing your home, make sure to keep the blinds open and turn on all the lights, even during the day. This will ensure a bright and airy feeling. Be sure to set the temperature to a comfortable level and allow for proper ventilation. If you have pets, make sure to have them out of the way and take care to eliminate any lingering odors. This is good advice for smokers as well. Don't leave any clues. 

Although you may still be living in the house, avoid having too many people around when it's being shown, this will make your home feel smaller and could also make a purchaser feel uncomfortable when viewing your home. All the best in the selling of your home.

If you are considering buying and/or selling a home, please contact me for a free no-obligation real estate consultation. Call my office at 780-462-5002, or  At the same time, we’ll give you some tips on how to easily and inexpensively increase the price you sell your home for. 


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