It’s time to sell your home. You’ve done all the research you can, you’ve hired a real estate agent, and you’ve made the choice that selling your home is the best idea for you, your financial situation and for your life. So, what do you have to do to make sure your home is in prime condition for the sale?
First, it doesn’t matter the reason — maybe you’re downsizing into a one-bedroom apartment or you’ve found a great rent to own deal nearby in a favorite neighborhood, or maybe you’re moving to a great new Toronto home — you still need to get prepared.
Reports from the Huffington Post found that homes listed in spring sell an average of 18 days faster, and often even for higher prices. So, let’s be sure you take full advantage of this opportunity!
Here are a few keys to doing so:
Get in The Mind of Your Buyer
Buyers do NOT want to conduct a ton of maintenance as soon as they move into the house … well, at least most people aren’t. You should do it for them. Clean the house, repaint the areas that need a fresh coat, clean the vent filters, make sure the gutters are maintained and cleaned.
Make your place move-in ready and you’ll attract a ton of attention from buyers from a lot of different locations. Show them how your home can transition from winter to spring; show them how beautiful it can be.
Curb Appeal Is King
Curb appeal is important. Whether you live in the U.S. or Canada, you have to remember to spruce up that curb appeal. What does the buyer see when he or she arrives at your house? Does it look inviting, clean and ready to be lived in? Or has your curb appeal really fallen off?
Start with landscaping. It’s critical that your yard is in pristine condition when the buyers walk onto the property for the first time. Buyers often form first opinions that last a lifetime immediately upon walking onto your property, so make your first impression count. Create a welcoming environment and get those buyers in the door.
Paint Your Front Door
Some say that painting your front door is the single most important thing you can do when trying to sell your house. It’s a seller’s market, but even if you’re in the driver’s seat as the seller you need to give your home a fresh look. Head to the hardware store, get the paint, grab the rollers and get started. Choose a color that stands out. Studies have shown that doors painted in a shade of blue oftentimes sold for more than $5,000 more than comparable properties! Don’t lose out on fast cash — start painting today!
A Little Boost From Plants and Flowers
Blooming plants, new floral arrangements, a crisp and clean garden — touches of flower and greenery can go a long way in making your home look like it’s in pristine condition. You should try to go the extra mile when it comes to your flower and plant arrangements, if you can afford it. Creating a more attractive exterior and garden goes a long way. Studies show that most prospective homebuyers check out your house and know whether it’s “the one” well before they step in. So, don’t slack on the flowers and greenery outside — it could be the reason someone makes an offer.