Get Your House Ready to Sell


By Debi Carser, Designer

Staging, before, blurry, living room1. Depersonalize. A potential homebuyer needs to picture herself in your rooms, and quirky decorating or pictures of the kids hurts the illusion. Remove all family photos, trophies, degrees etc.

2. Declutter.  Your moving anyways.  Get rid off all that stuff you have been intending to get around to it. People have a hard time visualizing their selves living in a space that is cluttered with someone else’s stuff.  This applies to basements, attics & garages as well.

3. Neutralize your walls.  Do the colour of your walls date your house?  Does your house look like a checkerboard with each room a different colour?  Paint your walls a calm serene contemporary colour throughout.Great after, Dunham, living room (2)

4. Make sure everything in the house is in top condition. No torn screens, cracked plaster or burnt out pot lights. Are your carpets clean and free of stains? You may have gotten used to seeing them, so tour your house with a critical eye (or ask us to), and repair anything that needs it.

5. Light Fixtures.  Are your light fixtures contemporary and keeping with the times or are they dated?  What about your dining room chandelier?  A great return on your investment is light fixtures.  It is a low-cost, high-return  investment. People think you have to spend a fortune on lighting, but you can go to any big box store and get beautiful lights very reasonably.

6. Be aware of scale in the house when it comes to furnishings. You might have a giant sofa that you love, but if it makes the room look small, it has to go. Too much furniture in a room, or furniture too big for the room, makes the room appear too small and crowded.

7. A clean kitchen.  Kitchens should be clear and clutter-free.046 No fridge magnets or kids pictures on the fridge.  The counter should have a coffee maker and toaster out at most.  Get rid of any additional moveable cupboards that you have added into the kitchen.  It just shouts that there is not enough cupboard space. Replace dated or worn kitchen cabinet hardware with high-design new ones. Consider brushed steel, which look great with stainless steel appliances, or another trendy look today is oil rubbed bronze.

8. A spotless house.  Hire a professional cleaning company to get at all the little nooks and crannies, to have your house spotless.  It will be worth the money and save you the time and aggravation.

9. A great smell makes a house memorable. Baking cookies has become a cliche, but you should have every room in your home is smelling fresh.  The smell of smoke or pet odors is a turn off for most potential buyers.  You may have got used to your little friends smell, but people coming into your home have not.  Buy room deodorizers to put in each room in the house.  Make sure they are all the same smell to keep the smell consistent.  Use a nice floral or citrus scent.

10. Put pet toys, supplies and dishes in a place away from the main areas.  They should not be the first thing potential buyers see or smell when they walk into a room.



How’s Your Curb Appeal ?

By Debi Carser, Designer

1. Potential home owners do what they call a “drive by.”  It’s exactly as it sounds. 034 They drive by the house to see if they like the external look of the house.  If they like it, they will make an appointment to see it.  If they don’t, they keep on driving.  It’s that simple.  The house may be stunning inside, but some people don’t want just a stunning house inside, most people want the outside to match the inside.  Take a look at the front of your house objectively.

2. The exterior of your home should look as polished as the interior. Walk across the street to get a real good look at it.  What does it look like?  Are the bushes and tress overgrown?  Do the bushes block the windows and thus the natural skylight coming into the house?  Is the paint fresh and contemporary looking?  Bushes need to be neatly trimmed.  Flowerbeds  need to be weeded and looking fresh.  Does the doorbell work? What about the backyard?  Are kids toys discretely put away?  Is the play structure, if any, in good working condition and looking tidy? Are the garbage and recycling bins piled nicely and discreetly hidden away?  Is the deck fresh looking or in need of a stain?  Paying attention to the details to the outside of your home will increase the value of your home.

3. Clean or paint the front door.  Clean or replace the mailbox if its rusty.

4. Hose off the exterior of your home.  Especially around entrances. Use siding cleanser.

5. Wash the windows. Clean windows show off your house.

6. Hide your garbage cans & recycling bins.  But wash them out first before you  put them away.  It should not be in a place where it’s the first thing potential buyers see when they drive up.

7. Stack the woodpile neatly.

8. Your garden should be neat & tidy.  Mow the lawn. Trim the trees and shrubs. Weed the gardens. Add colorful plants or foliage to fill in bare spots.  Edge the gardens and walkways.  If you’re not a gardener, ask a friend to help.

9. Sweep the walkways and driveway.

10. Replace doormats that are worn and torn.

11. Shine brass hardware on the doors.

12. Shine or paint light fixtures. Replace any light fixtures that are rusty and beyond repair. Light fixtures are an inexpensive way to add value to your home.

13. Polish stained wood doors and trim.

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