Harsh  Kaushik

Harsh Kaushik

REALTOR®

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21 ways to sell your home quickly

In today's market, I have noticed that many Realtors list property but without any preparation. 

I strongly believe in providing value to the seller, and the seller will pay you more commission. Just don't list any property without any preparation. A few touch‐ups go a long way towards making a favourable impression on potential buyers and perhaps clinching a deal. These will impress not only the seller but also a neighbour who may be presently thinking of selling his house. 

Do walk through your own house like it is the first time you came, and now you will realize what's you are doing wrong. Being a Realtor, I advise my clients that they "Make a note on what you, as a buyer, would notice, and then go ahead and repair or replace those items. Some of my top recommendations include decluttering, hide family photos, clean your closets, remove excess or oversized furniture, and clean again. 

These tips are among the top 21 ways to prepare your home for a sale: 

1. Clean, clean, clean!

Dust on top of the fireplace and fan blades, polish your appliances and faucets and give the windows a thorough washing. Consider hiring a cleaning service for a couple of weeks. 

2. Pay attention to smells!

Never cook Garlic, bacon or fish on the day of a showing. You do not want your home smelling like a restaurant! Although it tastes great, the smell is too strong and lingers on for a very long time. 

3. Clear out the clutter!

You want buyers to focus on the great space in your house, not how messy it looks. Deport those shoes from the entry, that stack of mail from the kitchen table, and anything else that diminishes your home's attractive features.  

 4. Repaint the walls with neutral colours!

As much as you love your red dining room, it could potentially turn off many buyers. So paint your rooms in neutral tones that allow buyers to focus on the spaces, not the wall colours.

5. Keep the decor simple!

Help the buyers imagine living in your home, get rid of any art or other decor that might turn off people. A landscape painting is fine. You might want to slipcover that zebra print leather couch as well.

6. Get rid of personal items!

Buyers should visualize living in your home, so remove anything personal, like family photos or kids' artwork on the fridge. Depersonalize the property. 

7. Let there be light!

Let in all the natural light - open up all those windows and add floor or table lamps to dark areas. A bright, cheery room looks big and more inviting. Change all lights bulb to high watt.  

8. Bring nature inside!

Potted plants in a vase can help bring positive energy into a space, fill in those empty corners, and draw attention to features to be noticed by the buyers. Additionally, please make sure the plants are healthy.

9. Get rid of that bulky furniture!

Your furniture should fit the room; get rid of extra or oversized items that make your space look smaller. Large furniture makes the room look smaller.  

10. Organize your closets!

Invest in boxes, dividers etc., that will help make your stuff look organized and remove extra items. Storage space is one of the main selling points, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will conceive you don't have enough of it. 

11. Tackle that honey‐do list!

Set a weekend to tighten those loose doorknobs, that leaky faucet and paint over the marks of when you first moved in your sofa. Fix all those little things you've meant to do but never got around. Buyers always notice them and get detracted from the value of your home. 

12. Do a faux "renovation"!

Minor tweaks make a big difference in the overall feel of a room. Is your kitchen a little outdated? Replace the fixtures, faucets, and hinges. Is the family room furniture in shape? Throw some slipcovers to cover it.

13. Give each room a purpose!

Pick a use (office, guest, crafts room) and stage the space to showcase that purpose. That spare room won't help sell your home unless you show buyers how they can use it.

14. Turn the bathroom into a spa!

Create a feel of a relaxing, luxurious bath. Stack some pretty washcloths tied with ribbon, add scented candles, faux plants, bathmats and towels in neutral and light tones such as light green, blue and white. Also, make sure that no one takes a shower before the showing.  

15. Close the toilet!

When it comes to showing and photographing your home, this little trick can make a surprising difference. Make sure no one uses the toilet just before the showing! 

16. Turn your living room into a conversation place!

Help buyers picture themselves with family and friends by grouping furniture into arrangements that spark conversations.  

17. Keep the tour flow going!

Do a test walk-through as though you're seeing a home for the first time and tweak things that interrupt the "tour flow." You do NOT want people bumping into your furniture when touring the house; it disrupts their focus, and your home feels cramped. 

18. Make something yummy!

Realtors should put out some fresh cookies at open houses to treat buyers; the smell of cookies or bread helps people connect with the kitchen. Fake it with a scented candle. Also, Tim Horton's coffee and donuts can works. 

19. Make it look "lived in" with portraiture!

Help the buyers see themselves in your home by adding deliberate portraits that showcase your home. An inviting armchair with a cup of coffee and an excellent book can turn that empty corner into a reading nook. Lovely soaps in a decorative tray can make your half‐bath more appealing.  

20. Highlight focal points!

Draw buyer's eye towards special features with bright colours or accents like plants. A pop of red pillows can draw their attention to that lovely window seat. A fern on the mantle can show off the fireplace. 

21. Boost the curb appeal!

Don't spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not even to enter your home due to the curb appeal, so make your home's exterior in excellent condition. Trim your shrubs, weed your flowers, fix any patches that require paint and keep the walkway clear. Adding a row of potted flower plants along the walkway to your front door can make a huge difference.

Bonus tip: I recommend that you at least spruce up the front entrance. Buyers spend much of their time viewing houses from the outside and decide in the first 30 seconds. That first impression does go a long way.

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