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Thursday, February 4, 2010

5 ways to set the stage for a successful sale

5 ways to set the stage for a successful sale

Lifestyle Five ways to set the stage for a successful sale

5 ways to set the stage
for a successful sale

You never have a second chance to make a first impression. To get the best price for your home, there are a number of simple, inexpensive strategies for setting the stage and making prospective buyers feel right at home.

Shed some light

Good light is key for buyers. Clean your windows, take down old, dark drapes, increase the wattage of your light bulbs for maximum effect, and turn on the lights for viewings.

Quick fixes

Forget about extensive, expensive and time-consuming overhauls or renos. Quick fixes like a paint job using neutral colours, touching up hardwood floors, and replacing light switches and cabinet fixtures are well worth a trip to your local hardware store.

Depersonalize and declutter

Remove photos and other objects that are very personal from your home. Emphasizing a room’s unique features, such as wainscoting or crown molding, rather than your furnishings and other belongings, will help buyers picture themselves living there. Your knickknacks may bring back memories of family vacations, but tiny souvenirs and scattered memorabilia only make a room look messy to outsiders. Consider renting a storage locker and pack up the tchotchkes, mementoes, and superfluous kitchen appliances.

Create curb appeal

When a potential buyer pulls into your driveway, you want the exterior of your home to beckon them inside. Keep your sidewalks clear, mow your lawn, trim the bushes, and apply a fresh coat of paint to shutters and porch steps.

Space, the final frontier

Storage is a top priority for many prospective buyers. Look at ways to improve the storage space in your home, such as adding shelving to closets and storage rooms. To showcase the space you have, an excellent rule of thumb is to remove half the stuff out of your closets and then neatly organize what’s left in there. Renting storage space for extraneous furniture will be well worth it when you get your sale.

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