Should you get a haircut before you go on a date? Should you renovate before you sell? Because I have a background in home design and renovation, I frequently get the question when my clients are thinking of selling: “What should I do to my home to get the most offers?” I like to compare it to dating. Depending on what you’re willing to do to get that “hot date” with a buyer, renovating and design can make your home more attractive to the largest pool of buyers and can help you get the price you deserve. I think most people would at least put a little effort into their appearance before a date – and your home is no different. Even though the market is hot right now, you always have competition. Your home should look it’s best to attract buyers who are excited to make you a high offer!
Picture yourself newly on the (dating) market. Would you throw on some old jeans and a comfy t-shirt and say “Accept me as I am!” Or would you get your hair styled, buy yourself a new outfit and refuse to accept the first offer that comes along? This is how you should treat your home before you list it. Here are a few ideas from a dating perspective to get your home looking spiffy before you sell.
I like your smile!
The first thing that people find attractive is the brightness of someone’s smile. You can compare this to your home’s curb appeal. The front of your home should be warm and inviting. Like having a nice smile, having a clean safe porch, a welcome mat and some planters will make people feel that if the outside is cared for, then so must the inside. (I’ve had clients walk away and not even go inside the home because of poor exterior maintenance.)
Overdoing the makeup?
Just like a beauty regimen, we should have one for our homes. Regardless of selling, you should always have a maintenance routine so that when it’s time to sell you’re not rushing around putting temporary patches on things. Just like wearing too much makeup, people will know a quick “spackle job” versus a professionally done repair.
Got some “Junk in the Trunk”?
Keeping clutter in your garage or basement might be detrimental to your home being sold. It makes people wonder, “What if they don’t take all their junk with them? How long will all this take to move?”
Having a little extra “junk in your trunk” might be acceptable when it comes to your *ahem* booty – but when it comes to clutter in your home, it’s best to clear some of that extra junk out!
Accentuate the positive, distract from the negative!
Using a stager to set up your homes best features and taking excellent photos of your home will make it sell faster and for top dollar. Even though buyers aren’t buying your furniture and accessories, it’s a proven fact that people like to see clean modern décor and neutral paint colours to help imagine themselves living the beautiful lifestyle that this image evokes.
The 5 senses
Like looking and smelling good for that hot date, what else can you do to attract that handsome buyer? Helping you when you list with me means I will help you prep your home to not just look it’s best but to tingle all the senses of each potential buyer. Your home should look good, smell good, sound good, feel good and even have tasty treats to entice your buyers! I help my clients’ homes look good not just with proper lighting and décor, but with a fresh clean (not artificial) scent or just fresh coffee brewing – a scent most people love. Next, a little soft background music, and I always like leaving a little treat like cookies for the potential buyers to nibble on after a showing. Last but not least, I love the feel of soft towels, fur throws or fluffy rug to give those buyers a sensory memory that they will remember and love.
When you’re ready to list your home, please give me a call. I will help turn your home into a buyer’s delight!
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