April 18, 2012

First Impression Can Make Or Break A Sale

Attract potential buyers with a welcoming entrance, then wow them with modern colours and clutter-free rooms

If you have decided to sell your home, the last thing you want is for it to sit on the market for a long time. Taking some home improvement steps before listing can make your house more attractive to potential buyers and put you in a better position to sell quickly. So what do you need to do?



If you want to see a ‘sold’ sign on your home, you may have a few home-improvement projects to consider first.

Spiff up the entrance way
Every interested buyer will enter through your front door. Have you looked at your entrance way with a critical eye? Consider replacing old or sagging screens. If your front door is dirty or scratched, clean it up or add a fresh coat of paint. Sweep away dirt and grime and set out a new entrance mat. Oil any squeaky hinges. If you have plants or shrubbery leading up to your home, make sure that they are trimmed. A manicured landscape will portray the positive experience of living there.

Create an outdoor oasis on your deck

Today’s buyer isn’t just interested in the inside of a home. Taking your deck or patio from drab to fab may only require adding a couple of stylistic extras. Start by adding beautiful deck and fence post caps to create a polished, upscale look. Next, consider adding decorative fascia corners that adorn deck skirting and cover unsightly corner joints.

Add outdoor extras

Additions that are both beautiful and useful get noticed by potential buyers. Railings can add style to your deck, porch, patio or stairs, plus they add a safety element to your home. LED lighting not only makes a home stand out at dusk but it also provides just the right amount of light to enjoy it at any time of day.

Add modern colours to interior walls

Cracked paint or dated wall colours are sure to turn off buyers. For a small price, you can purchase plaster and several cans of paint to refresh dated looking rooms for a clean, modern feel. Visit your local paint or hardware store for help with colour selection. It’s best to avoid anything too bold, so even if you love fire truck red, pick a shade a little more demure so you attract the most potential buyers.

Reduce clutter for minimalist rooms

Make sure that you eliminate all clutter, clean up drawers and closets, stow away extra items like pillows and blankets, and reduce the amount of personal photography you display. If potential buyers have a good first impression they are going to want to submit a bid fast.

Postmedia Wire Service



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