You would think things like this would be a no-brainer, but time and time again realtors walk in to homes with potential buyers in tow, and the home they are viewing is a literal disaster. A fixer-upper is one thing, but every home should be presentable when it hits the market. Secondly, shoddy advertisements kill home sales faster than a stock market crash. Here are a few tips for selling your home right.
Clean your house! Simple. If a viewing gets booked, clean, clean, and clean again. Get rid of the clutter and laundry piles, make sure the floors are spotless and there are no dishes in the sink. The goal of home viewings is to display your home as a clean slate, like a model home (in which no one lives). You want potential buyers to be able to picture themselves living there, which is significantly harder to do if there is laundry on the floor, smelly dishes in the kitchen, a full garbage bin and children’s toys strewn all over. You are the one who wanted to sell your home, and if you don’t put the effort into to snagging that sale, it isn’t going to happen.
This is primarily directed at those who post their own adverts, as realtors tend to have this down to a science. Two lines of information does not qualify as an advertisement. When you post to online sites, like Kijiji, you have unlimited space to really sell potential buyers on seeing your home in person. Providing a generous descriptive right up about the home and even the neighbourhood is a must. On top of that, you have to have pictures! Buyers don’t want to waste their time booking viewings of homes that are a total mystery. The most important pictures you should include are 1. The façade of the home 2. The backyard, patio or balcony space. 3. The master bedroom. 4. The Kitchen, and finally, 6. The main bathroom. Add as many pictures as you like, but include these few at the very least.