Since the same recommendations come up on a regular basis, I thought I would make a blog post about them - to help people who are thinking about selling their home.
1. Clean Windows
A really easy way to help make your home look more valuable is to clean your windows. If I were to go see a home that has been recently put on the market, I would expect the house to look its best. When windows aren’t even clean, it makes me wonder how much effort the homeowners have put into taking care of the rest of the home if they can’t simply clean the windows. Windows are a pricey investment to replace. Make yours look like a million dollars. I know that it’s very do-able because I remember my Dad and I cleaning the windows every summer at home when I was younger. While we cleaned the windows he taught me a very valuable lesson, as long as you clean the glass, screens and maintain the inner workings of the window, they will hold their value that much longer and they will look brand new for that much longer. The moral of the story is, the effort you put into looking after something, the longer it will last and the longer it will hold its value. I also want to point out that, if you don't have the time to clean windows or if you aren't able to, you can always hire someone to do it for you.
2. Make sure beds are clean and well put together. This goes without saying. When you enter a bedroom and the bed isn’t made then the entire room is put into chaos. Pillows are tossed around… this whole thing can easily make the room feel smaller. It is so important to show your home with a well-made bed because in a bedroom, the bed is the focal point of the room.
3. Dealing with visual clutter
Visual clutter can be as simple as having too many products on the vanity in a bathroom, or too many books on a bookshelf. Less is more group items together on a surface whether it is a bedside table or bookshelf. Make groupings of 3 or 5 – always-odd number of items grouped together never even. It is also a good idea to vary the heights of the items that are grouped. This creates interest and depth of the grouping.
4. A Clean Home is so Much Nicer to View than a Dirty Home
Before every viewing, make sure that the floors are vacuumed, no pet hair lying around, no dust bunnies, make sure the bathrooms are clean! This is a major room in the home – you want it to look it’s best!! Make sure the towels are hanging neatly on the towel bar, make sure they are the same colour, make sure the vanity counter is clean, no toothpaste or any other gummies on the surface, make sure the mirror is clean, no spit marks, and also (the biggest thing) to make sure it is clean is the toilet. This is a major thing! Also make sure the floor around the toilet is clean. Like I noted before, if certain areas of the home don’t appear to be taken care of then the potential clients will start to wonder how much money they will need to put in the home to update and replace things.
5. Maintaining your Yard
When pulling up to your home, the first thing that people will notice is the yard and lawn. One way to make your property really pop is to cut the grass, trimming around trees, up the driveway, weed the flowerbeds, trim any perennials that have grown a little wild over the years and rake up any clumps of grass (if the grass was long) because these grass clippings will inevitably turn brown and won’t add anything to the value of the yard.
The bottom line…
If you were staying at a hotel, you wouldn’t expect the bed to unmade and messy, you wouldn’t expect the bathroom to be dirty; you wouldn’t expect to see someone else’s dirty clothes strewn about the room. All you expect when entering the room is it to be clean, without a funny smell and the bed all made up. Staging and showing your home is all about making the best first impression.