4 Ways Home Sellers Can Make a Great First Impression When Selling
They say you never get a second chance to make a first impression…and this is especially true if you're selling your home. Russell Robson, the leading real estate agent in the Greater Toronto Area, believes that small improvements to a home can greatly increase the value.
This doesn't mean spending thousands on renovations and repairs; it means doing small DIY projects to spruce up the interior and exterior of the home in the months leading up to moving day. It's also a courtesy to the next owner of your home since no one wants to tackle a long list of home repairs after they've moved in.
Here's a list of just a few of the steps you can take to improve the appearance of your home and raise its value:
Spruce up the Exterior
Keeping your lawn trimmed and clearing any weeds are just two of the simple ways you can improve the exterior of your home. If there are any oil stains or if there’s any debris on your driveway, be sure to clean them immediately. Clean out your garage and do any small paint touch-ups to the exterior of your home.
We also recommend cleaning off your porch and, if you have a doorbell, make sure it is in working order. If any screens need to be repaired, add that to your "to do" list, as well as fixing any door handles or noticeable nicks on the door.
You want the interior of your home to look as uncluttered as possible, so we recommend moving any excess furniture into storage until you move and, most importantly, cleaning any unnecessary clutter from your halls and closets. Make sure your kitchen countertops and stove are clear of items. You should also remove empty boxes and containers or store them until you need them for moving. Finally, put away any personal items or photos; this will help potential buyers to imagine the home as their own.
Perform Proper Maintenance
This step is going to require a little more effort on your part—or, if you’re handy, you’ll need to bring in the professionals. Make sure that the home’s plumbing is in good working order: the toilet isn’t running, any leaks are fixed, all drains are clear, etc. Check the seals around tubs and basins and repair them if need be. Clean your furnace and replace the filters. Repair any cracked plaster. Your windows should be cleaned and repaired if necessary. Go through your home and replace any burnt-out light bulbs and oil any squeaky door hinges. And speaking of squeaks, take care of any floor boards that are protesting when you step on them.
Clean From Top to Bottom
The bathroom is one of the most important rooms in your home, so make sure it’s sparkling clean. The kitchen is another area to focus on. Clean all the major appliances. Be sure to clean around the heating vents as well in all rooms. If you have a washer and dryer in your home, make sure they are immaculate as well. Give your carpets a professional cleaning and, if you have pets, make sure that any stains and odours are gone. A good steam cleaning is recommended.