The Details Make the Difference.
Looking to sell in the least amount of time, for the highest price?? I hear you, and that's why I'm here for you!
When you’re ready to sell, you can help generate higher offers for your home, and more money in your pocket, by following this advice using the easy tips in our exclusive Fit to Sell program. I have found it's a great resource for my sellers to stay organized and on top of all the little things that shouldn't be overlooked.I'd be happy to meet with you at any point in your process to discuss where to spend dollars for your best return, timing on the market, pricing strategy, marketing strategy, and closing. No obligations, no hassle. My purpose is to make sure you get REAL and HONEST advice using my 10 years of experience.
THE TO-DO LIST - YOUR ONE CHANCE AT A FIRST IMPRESSION
Letting Go Of Clutter
When prospective buyers walk through your home, they tend to imagine it as if it were their own. You can help them envision their dream space by presenting a clean, clutter-free environment. If you have a smartphone there are a number of apps that will help in organizing and motivating you to get things done! Org Junkie is one that Amber uses all the time.
Bring a friend, a neighbour, or home stager to help point out overlooked problem areas of clutter. When you live in a space, you get used to a space. You don’t see what others see. Trust their advice and make a to-do list. Don't ever be offended .. we're here to help!
Remove Personal Items
Put away family photos, souvenirs, knick-knacks and personal items. These items are special to you, but the prospective buyer wants to envision their own personal items in your space. So, help them out and remove any reminders that it's someone else's home.
Clean, Clear Surfaces
Clear off counters, especially in kitchens and bathrooms, storing away small appliances and miscellaneous personal items. Scrub down the surfaces and perhaps even put out a bouquet of flowers.
Create Ease of Movement
Remove and store extra furniture to create open areas that promote easy foot traffic through your home. A home stager suggests 2- 3 feet of walkable space between most areas in the home.
Show Off Storage Space
Clear out closets, basements and garages as prospective buyers are always on the lookout for ample storage space. Now is a good time to box up unworn clothes, toys and personal items for storage or charity. Amber has many suggestions of great places that need donations, just ask!
Quick Fixes And TLC
Potential buyers will be looking for visual clues that your home is well cared for. How much work a house seems to require will impact the offering prices you receive, so it’s worthwhile to ensure that everything is in good working order.
Here's A Quick Checklist...
Ensure all plumbing fixtures are clean and in good working order. Outfit leaky faucets with new washers and clean any visible stains on porcelain fixtures. Replace old, worn shower curtains and bath mats.
Doors and Windows
Spray WD40 on all hinges so everything operates smoothly. Have windows cleaned inside and out. Potential buyers will 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 up-to-date. Always fix obvious wall imperfections like cracks and nail holes, before painting. Steam clean carpets and runners, and repair any chipped or loose floor tiles.
Be mindful of the odours left behind by pets and smokers and consider using an environmentally friendly room fragrance to neutralize unpleasant scents. Replace light bulbs and add light fixtures in dark hallways, including basements, garages and closets.
Curb Appeal – Drive By Success!
First impressions can be everything. Many people simply drive by a listing and make a decision based on your home’s curb appeal. So, don’t forget the importance of creating a well-manicured entryway – to entice potential buyers. Maintaining a neat and attractive exterior to your home will show buyers that you take pride on your property.
Here Are A Few More Tips...
Consider planting a few bushes and colourful mature flowers to create an eye catching display. Ensure that your lawn is well manicured: mowed, watered and void of brown spots.
Look critically at your front entrance: does the door or the porch railing cry out for a fresh coat of paint? Polish the door handle and invest in a new welcome mat.
If it’s spring or summer, plant colourful containers to flank your entrance. If it’s autumn, rake leaves. During winter, clear the snow and ice from your walkway. Whatever the season, look closely to determine if any repairs are needed. All loose cement or rotting wood should be replaced.
Many serious buyers will want to drive by your home after the sun goes down. Remember to ensure that all outdoor light bulbs are turned on in order to show your home in its best light.