11 Summer Selling Tips!

Choose the type of home that meets your lifestyle – Do you like being close to downtown, or would you prefer living outside the city? Do you like or dislike the prospect of maintaining a lawn and garden? Where would you like your children to attend school? These are lifestyle decisions that play a large role in the new home buying process

Think curb appeal- What is the home saying on the outside? It’s a fact that potential buyers often make up their minds in the first few minutes. How the home presents itself from the road can make or break the sale.

Outdoor furniture – If you have a veranda or deck, consider adding some outdoor furniture – a couple of willow chairs and a complimentary side table evoke pleasurable images of evening relaxation or Sunday morning coffee and paper.

Front entry – Spend quality time cleaning and maintaining the front entry. You may want to scrape down the doorframe, add a new bead of silicone around the door, and oil the hinges. For added ambience, go for a fresh coat of paint on the front door and a beautiful pot of flowers on the front steps. Also, ensure easy entry by making sure the key will slide into the keyhole smoothly and the door will unlock with ease.

Make repairs an essential priority – When making your list, remember to look up. Are your gutters sagging in some places? Could the Realtor receive an unwelcome shower while doing the all-important walk around the home?”

Thorough Cleaning – A deep cleaning to make every surface, nook and cranny sparkle and shine is required. A fresh coat of paint throughout the home is a very good investment. Fresh flowers, green plants and pretty accessories all pack a punch without breaking the bank account.

Storage Space – Buyers are impressed by ample storage space. That means that if you’re like most people, about 50% of items the items you have in your closets, cabinets and drawers should be boxed and stored away. Consider renting a storage locker or borrow space in a friend’s garage or basement. Knickknacks and furniture should also be edited to make rooms appear open and inviting.

Furniture Placement – Place your furniture to compliment the architectural features of your rooms such as the fireplace or large picture window. Each room should have only one purpose; your kitchen should not double for your home office. Nor should your downstairs family room be equipped with dusty fitness equipment.

Storage – Clean out your closets and basement and de-clutter your shelves. This all important factor doesn’t cost a thing but your time. A future buyer needs to see how much storage space their is in the house and it is not possible when the closets are overflowing.

Curb Appeal – A perspective buyers first look at a house is from the street, make the first impression a good one. Clean up the yard, clean the windows and any dirt that is visible on the house. Add some potted flowers and a welcome mat. These are very simple items to add which gives the buyer the best “first impression.” Make a focal point out of the front door it will give the buyer a hint of what is inside. Give it a coat of fresh paint or a polish, replace the hinges, handle and bell if they need it and make sure it doesn’t squeak!

Kitchen – Unless you have a kitchen that is falling apart there is no need to renovate it. If the cabinets are in good shape- give your kitchen a good clean, maybe change the door hardware, you could even paint the cabinets if the color is out of date. Take down the fridge magnets, de-clutter the counter surfaces and fix any minor repairs. If you renovate your kitchen for the purpose of selling, there is a risk that the future buyers may not like the choice of the new kitchen and you may not get your return investment.