Five Tips For Selling

Five inexpensive tips for selling your home

Are you getting ready to sell your home? Do you want to move your property fast – and for the highest selling price possible – with these easy, affordable, inexpensive staging tricks. These deal-sealing changes will make your home attractive to the largest pool of potential buyers, and the best part is, you can start at any stage in the game. Who knows – you can decide to “Love It.. or Leave It”.

Tip #1 – Paint Dollar for dollar, a fresh coat of paint gives you more bang for your decorating buck than anything else. Even if your current palette is relatively new, any scuffs or wear marks will channel an unkempt vibe. And an unusual colour choice – even if the height of fashion – may limit your home’s appeal. So break out that roller and slap on a couple coats of crowd-pleasing warm white or sand paint.

Tip #2  Improve the lighting Replace any dated light fixtures ASAP. How can you tell if it has to go? If it’s over 15 years old and looks it – yet isn’t a vintage (50-75 years old) or antique piece (older) – it should probably go. “Retro” is not something most homebuyers are looking for. You don’t need to break the bank, just head to your local box store.

Tip #3 De-clutter all the rooms and living space Take the collectibles off the mantel, put the mismatched armchair into storage (or better yet, donate it) and pare your closets down to what you’re actually wearing this season, packing away the rest. Ideally, all this extra stuff would head to charity, the garbage dump, or into storage. The more you store onsite, the more cluttered and small your home appears.

Tip #4 Give older bathrooms a facelift A nice bath helps sell a house but, don’t invest in a total renovation. Renos are costly, and you won’t recoup your costs unless you find your exact décor doppelganger. Bring an out-of-date bath up to speed with a fresh coat of paint or ceramic tile and new lighting. Buy neutral shower curtains, a simple new bath mat and/or a vanity set.

Tip #5 Get rid of the curtains Dated window treatments need to come down (if it’s over 10 years old, get rid of it). If privacy isn’t an issue, just leave the windows bare to maximize natural light and make the room’s dimensions seem more generous. Otherwise, buy basic-issue cotton or linen drapes. Always tie drapes back during viewings and open houses.