Selling your home can seem like an easy process, but if your home’s not living up to its full potential—you’re liable to have it sit on the market for several weeks (or months). It’s important to understand the needs of prospective buyers; making the space seem adaptable to their current situations and lifestyles.
Follow these four tips to help increase the likability of your home, without having to spend a lot of money trying to stage the property.
Sort Through the Clutter
Throughout the years you’ve probably accumulated large amounts of “stuff” that doesn’t have a place, whether that’s paperwork that’s been left beside the couches or shoes sitting in the bottom of a closet. Prospective buyers will see this clutter as a lack of space – so it’s important to sort through your stuff before putting your property on the market.
Freshen Up the Space
If it’s been over three months since your last paint job, consider adding a fresh coat to the walls before having viewings of the property. Make sure the walls are a pastel, neutral colour that appeals to a wider audience than magenta or navy. Make sure to touch up the ceilings and baseboards too – they’re often overlooked in the selling process, but buyers notice almost everything you can’t see.
Make Minor Repairs Throughout the Home
Having small minor holes, cracks or damage can severely impact the asking price of your home, even if it’s only a cosmetic problem. Take the time and walk through your home, pretending you’re a potential buyer. Repair any holes in the wall with plaster before repainting. Likewise, if there’s anything major that needs to be done, consider having it finished before the home goes on the market.
Spruce Up the Gardens
Landscaping is important to the overall appeal in your home, especially if you’re hoping to sell the property quickly. Make sure you take the time to cut the grass, trim the hedges or bushes, pull the weeds and update the flowerbeds. Remember the outside of the home is the first thing prospective buyers are going to see – it’s important that their impression lasts for all the right reasons. If you’re not sure what type of flowers to plant, consider talking to a nursery for the best plants for your space (shade, full sun, partial sun, etc.)