Ready To Sell Your Home? RE/MAX Can Help!
RE/MAX agents have the expertise and resources you need to help you sell your home quickly and successfully. We can help you see your home like a prospective buyer would, both inside and out, from a fresh angle. Here are some simple steps to reduce clutter that really make a difference in how well your property shows to potential buyers:
Give a new perspective
When prospective buyers walk through your home, they imagine it as if it were their own. Help them envision their dream space by presenting a clean, clutter-free environment by bringing a RE/MAX agent or professional home stager to help point out overlooked problem areas of clutter. When you live in a space, you get used to that space. You don’t see what others see, so trust the advice of professionals.
Remove personal items
Put away family photos, souvenirs, and collectables. These items are special to you, but the prospective buyer wants to envision their own personal items in your space. Help them out by making it as easy as possible for them to visualize.
Clean and de-clutter surfaces
Clear off counters, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, and store away small appliances and miscellaneous personal items. Scrub down the surfaces and make sure everything shines.
Create ease of movement
Remove extra furniture to create open areas which promote easy foot traffic through your home.
Show off storage space
Clear out closets, basements, and garages as prospective buyers are always on the lookout for ample storage space. Selling is a great time to box up and donate rarely worn clothes and little used toys and personal items for donation to charity.
A Quick-Fix TLC Checklist
Potential buyers will be looking for visual clues that your home is well cared for. How much work a house seems to need will impact the offers you receive, so it’s worthwhile to ensure that everything is in good working order. Here are some easy fixes that add a lot of perceived value:
Ensure all plumbing fixtures are clean and in good working order. Give leaky faucets new washers and clean any visible stains on porcelain fixtures. Replace old, worn shower curtains and bath mats.
Doors and windows
Spray WD-40 on all hinges so everything operates smoothly. Have your windows cleaned inside and out. Potential buyers will also be estimating their energy costs, so fix drafts by re-caulking windows and replace exterior doors if necessary.
Walls and floors
A fresh coat of paint instantly transforms a space, helping it to look neat, clean, and modern. Always fix obvious wall imperfections like cracks and nail holes, before painting. Steam clean your carpets, professionally if possible, and repair any chipped or loose floor tiles or laminate.
Be mindful of the odors left behind by pets and smokers and consider using an environmentally-friendly room fragrance to neutralize any unpleasant scents. Replace any burnt out light bulbs make sure there is enough visibility in dark hallways, basements, and garages.
First impressions are everything, and it’s very true that you don’t get a second chance to make one! Many people drive by a listing and make a decision simply based on your home’s curb appeal, or lack thereof. Maintaining a neat and attractive home exterior shows buyers that you take pride in your property. Here are a few easy solutions:
Consider planting a few bushes and some bright flowers to create an eye-catching display. Ensure that your lawn is well- manicured: mowed, watered, and free of discoloured patches.
Look critically at your front entrance to see if the door or railing need a fresh coat of paint. Polish the door handle and invest in a new welcome mat if your old one is worn out.
If it’s spring or summer, plant colourful flowerbeds to flank your entrance. If it’s autumn, rake your fallen leaves. During winter, make sure to clear any snow or ice from your walkway. Whatever the season, look closely to determine if any repairs are needed.
Many buyers will want to see your home after the sun goes down. Remember to ensure that all outdoor lights are turned on in order to give your home its best glow.