How To Make Your Home Stand Out to Buyers

Making your home stand out to buyers is an artform. It all comes down to one key factor: selling your home is not an opportunity to show off your personal belongings or home. It's about showcasing the core property and creating an environment where buyers can envision themselves making their own home-sweet-home. Making your home stand out to buyers not only helps draw more attention away from competition, but will ensure you get a top-dollar offer. Help your home put its best foot forward by doing the following:

1). Stage Your Home: There are two types of home stagers: ones that will come in and do the home staging for you, and ones that will come evaluate your property to provide you with their recommendations on how best to present it. Either option is fine. While the former is more expensive, the latter is more labour intensive for you. Either way, make sure your home is staged. As much as you love your home set up the way it is, with all it's personal touches, it's not about you anymore. Staging helps buyers envision themselves in the space.

2). Make Small (Or Big) Repairs: Your real estate professional will evaluate your home and let you know what items are lowering the asking price. For example, if your kitchen has dated appliances or the paint on the walls is in bad shape, these things prevent you from asking top dollar because buyers will need to make investments right away. Sometimes it can be worth making these changes yourself so you can ask for more money; and certainly small changes, like a fresh coat of paint or a fixed door knob, are easy ways to improve how the home shows.

3). Raise Your Curb Appeal: The first thing buyers see when coming to view your property is the front door. What can you do to elevate the first impression your home makes? Consider some nice shrubbery or flowers, a fresh coat of paint on the deck, a nice seasonal wreath on the door, etc.. Think of it this way: would you want to buy a property where the first thing you saw when you pulled in was boarded up windows and an overgrown lawn?

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