Before selling your home, there are a few things that you should do to ensure that it appeals to potential buyers. You can ask your real estate agent or an interior designer for tips and tricks on how to spruce things up, or things that should be repaired. Here are the 8 most common things that sellers do before they put their house on the market.

  1. Create a welcoming exterior. This is after all the first thing that potential buyers will see when they come to view your home, so it’s crucial to make a good first impression. Repaint the door if necessary, and clear out any clutter that does hold a decorative purpose. Mow the lawn, trim the hedges, add colourful seasonal flowers to boost the attractiveness of your front yards, while removing anything unsightly.

  2. Have a professional come in for a deep clean. This step can also be done on your own without any external help, but having a professional come in and clean from top to bottom may be beneficial. On your part, you can repaint some rooms like the kitchen and bathroom to a more trendy colour, or simply give it a refresh if it has not been done in a while. These two rooms are more often than not the most scrutinized, so pay close attention to any potential problems like mold.

  3. Pack away some items. It’s often difficult for potential buyers to envision themselves living in the home if photographs of the family and children’s toys are scattered everywhere. Keep the essential furniture items to open up your home and create space, while still giving the buyer an idea of what they could do with the space. Not to mention, it also gives you a head start on packing.

  4. Tastefully repaint. Homes have a hard time getting sold when bold and eccentric colours are used on the walls. While you can get away with neutral colours such as light grey and beige, you may want to consider repainting the bright yellow wall to something neutral to appeal to more people. White walls can just get a fresh coat to brighten any dullness.

  5. Small home repairs. Not every home renovation has to be grand, but replacing small things such as curtain rods, door handles, and faucets are relatively inexpensive to replace and will go a long way. Potential buyers will notice these small changes and feel like they’re moving into a newly built home, rather than a pre-lived in one.

  6. Update the lighting. Outdated lighting can really affect the new and fresh look that you’ve worked hard to create. Gaudy chandeliers and out of place light fixtures need to be changed out with more suitable replacements, such as soft, ambient lighting for large rooms, and accent lights to bring attention to certain areas of a room.

  7. Decorate the tables. A vase of flowers or decorative table cloth can really enhance the feeling of a home without taking away the imagination of the potential buyer. Pull out your best china for the dining area, while keeping things more low-key in the kitchen area.

  8. Update the backyard. Like with the front of your house, spruce up the backyard by mowing the lawn and adding seasonal flowers. Do some weeding if necessary, and make sure all pet droppings are promptly picked up so it feels clean and inviting to the potential buyers.

There may be more things to consider doing before putting your house on the market as every situation is different, but use this as a general outline and your house will stand a better chance at being sold vs. those who leave their home in its original state. For tips on what you can do for your home, contact Walter Ekins who will be able to give you a helpful nudge in the right direction.