5 Ways to Make Your House Sellable.

Posted by Justin Havre on Thursday, June 5th, 2008 at 2:25pm

 

5 Ways to Make Your House Sellable.

Since it is a buyer’s real estate market in Calgary and with over 15,000 active listings, sellers need to make the 1st impression count and here are 5 simple ways to make your house sellable. Remember when you found your current home? You walked in and got the feeling it was a great fit for you and your family. Now that you’re selling your house, you need to make that same impression on the next potential buyer. Here’s how to do it.

1) Clean and de-clutter
Make sure your kitchen, bathrooms, and floors sparkle. Use old fashioned elbow grease or call in professional cleaners to get the job done. Can you walk into your walk-in closet? Does your car barely fit into your garage? Start packing early and put your seasonal and personal things into storage. Make your rooms and cupboards look spacious.
2) Repair the little things
Put on your home inspector‘s hat and walk through your house. Make a list of the items that need attention and arrange for repairs. Focus on your entry-way, drywall, paint, sticky/squeaky doors, leaky faucets, flooring and countertops.
3) Help buyers see themselves in your house
Remove your family photos and personal mementos. If you’re a
collector, pack up your collection. Buyers have difficulty picturing themselves in your house when your personal items are on display.
4) Let the light in
Bright homes often have a higher resale value. Get your windows cleaned, inside and out. (Consider hiring a professional.) Pull back blinds and draperies to let natural light in. If you still have some dark spots, add floor or table lamps to the area.
5) Groom your yard
You wouldn’t go to a job interview without being well groomed, so make sure your yard is groomed for viewings. Trim your hedges and shrubs. Cut the grass. Pull weeds and cut back any greenery that covers walkways.
 
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Justin Havre is the top producing REALTOR® with RE/MAX First, Canada's very first RE/MAX brokerage. Calgary real estate is his passion; Justin specializes in Southwest & Northwest Calgary homes for sale. He can be reached at 403.217.0003 or contacted through this site.

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