How to WOW – Ten tips

  1. Curb Appeal – Dress it up.  Whether this is a single family home or a condo, the first impressions are always the most important. Make your home look inviting to prospective purchasers from the moment they set eyes on it. If it is a single family home - you want to draw people inside with your neatly trimmed bushes, mulched beds and freshly cut lawns. Freshly painted doors with new numbers and mailboxes are also easy ways to create maximum impact. If you are in a condo or townhome (also applies to single family homes) dress up your foyer by creating a focal point with a mirror or soothing piece of art. If there is room - add a carpet and a glass table with a flower arrangement so when prospective purchasers arrive they are eager to go further inside.
  2. Accentuate the Positive – You know what you like the most about your home. It is probably one of the main reasons you bought it. It might be a view from the living room, a fabulous staircase or that cozy den with the custom built bookshelves. Do something with these special spaces that make purchasers want to linger longer.
  3. Let there be Light – Lighting plays a vital role and is often overlooked when getting a property ready for sale. Lighten up the hallways and darker rooms and you will find these spaces will have a positive impact. So easy to do with overhead fixtures and table or floor lamps.
  4. Ditch the Kitsch – Get rid of those meaningful (to you) memorabilia from your past trips or gifts from loved ones displayed so prominently. You want your buyer to be able to personalize your home. So start packing before you sell (if you want to move them) and put your Kitsch in storage for your next home.
  5. Clean up Your Act – Declutter – declutter – declutter. Get more boxes and pack them up with your clutter to put in storage. This will make your rooms feel more spacious and inviting. Clean – Clean – Clean. Hire a professional cleaning company if you need to and pay special attention to your appliances, inside and outside of cupboards, baseboards and windows. Scour the bathrooms and if necessary use grout cleaner to get the tiles looking spotless.
  6. Paint with Neutral colour palette – Such an easy and cheap way to spruce up your home. Light and Bright should be your motto. Stick with warm neutral colors like tan, taupes and light greys. Lighten up the ceilings with white paint to make them appear higher. $50 and a little elbow grease go a long way.
  7. Upscale your Bedding – Change it up to bright and light with splashes of colors with the accessories like small pillows and table lamps. You will appreciate it and so will your buyers.
  8. Add Some Life – raid your garden or your local florist and strategically place these arrangements in the areas that will have the most impact.
  9. Highlight the best use of Space – Giving a room more than one function is a great way to effectively show the space. Use a small glass table and a chair you can tuck under to create another use for the spare bedroom. Make it feel livable and welcoming.
  10. Get Lost – never be there for showings. It makes everyone uncomfortable and only makes them want to leave quickly. So let your agent do the talking and you do the walking…
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