Preparing your property for the real estate market is not as obvious as you might think.
It requires objectivity and the ability to see things through the eyes of a potential buyer. Professional set of eyes and hands are critical to your success.
As most of us have an emotional attachment to our home, it might be very difficult to see our home as others will see it and become a property doctor. I even dare to compare it to trying to perform surgery on oneself – it will be painful, risky and the result is not guaranteed!
During the pre-op phase, you need to do walk through of each room and criticize the home from a buyer’s perspective. Is it cluttered? Does it need a fresh coat of paint (neutral colors, like beige, cream or light pastels) or some small repairs (visible cracks and holes in the walls)? How is the lighting? A thorough diagnostic has to be completed in this phase.
At the scrubs phase, the house has to be thoroughly cleaned; scrub tile in the kitchen and bathrooms, replace old caulking around sinks and bathtubs, clean hardwood floors, steam clean carpets and drapes. Some rooms will probably need to be repainted as well.
During the surgery phase, you need to remove excess and oversized furniture, rearrange the remaining furniture to maximize space, remove all toys, papers, pet items and other accumulated belongings scattered around the house, minimize the number of small appliances on counters, remove family photos, any personal collections and medications, remove items from the garage (other than wall mounted or neatly stored items) and store them off site.
Once this is done, it is time to bandage the incision by adding accent cushions, throws, fresh towels, art, vases and other decorative items that create ambiance. The patient has to look healthy, young and beautiful! The buyers need to fall in love with YOUR house.
During the recovery phase, keep things simple… don’t bring in any new items. Open windows to let in fresh air, let in natural light whenever possible; refrain from smoking in the home. Contain pet odours as much as possible.
At this point, the property has been given a clean bill of health and it is time to show it off!
And don’t forget to maintain the home’s health by keeping it clean and de cluttered at all times.
If you don’t think you can ‘operate‘ on yourself, you should consider professional help and call in a home staging company. You will get the best SURGEON there is!