Here are five simple ways to increase the value of your home and prepare it to sell NOW:

  1. Make it Bright – Make your home as bright as possible. Lighten up the space by removing drapes or heavy blinds, cleaning windows thoroughly, replacing opaque lampshades and increasing light bulb wattage. If there is something outside (like thick bushes) obstructing light – remove it. The brighter and cheerier the space, the better! If a room still feels too dark, a fresh coat of neutral paint might be helpful.
  2. Focus on the Kitchen – A modern/upgraded kitchen is one of the most important features for buyers. Remodeling your kitchen has many benefits, including the fact that it is a solid financial investment. Depending on the state of your kitchen, something as simple as fresh paint and new cabinet hardware can be enough of an upgrade. Even upgrading just one appliance to a high-end model can give the impression that the rest of the appliances in the home are higher-end as well.
  3. Create a Blank Canvas – Potential buyers need to be able to picture themselves in their future home. The less personal items you have around the house, the easier it will be for them to imagine themselves living in the space. Take at least one third of your personal items and place them in storage, this will help you de-clutter and de-personalize the home. Some items to consider removing may be family photos, collectables and keepsakes.
  4. Be Ready to Show – Be prepared for showings at any time. Your home should be in tip-top shape. This means making sure the dishes are washed, the bathrooms are pristine and there are no dust bunnies lurking in the corners. It may be time consuming, but being on top of these tasks will keep your home presentable and sellable. If you are having an open house, bring your cat or dog to a pet hotel and tuck the kitty litter and food bowls away. Your beloved animals might not warm the hearts of potential buyers as much as they do yours.
  5. First Impressions are Everything –All the time and money you spend making the interior of your home beautiful will be wasted if the outside of your home does not present well. Buyers will have judged your home before walking through the door. You can typically get a large return on the money you put into your home’s curb appeal. Paint the front door and garage, spruce up the exterior with shrubs and colorful flowers and make sure the lawn is well-maintained. Make entryways warm and inviting – keep them clutter-free and include a small bench and possibly some fresh cut-flowers.

Last but not least, one of the most important ways to ensure your home sells quickly (and at the right price) is to have an experienced real estate professional by your side. If you have any questions about how you can prepare your home for selling, give me a call at 416-921-1112 or e-mail me at elli@ellidavis.com – I am always happy to help.