Ben D'Ovidio - Sutton Centre Realty  604-499-1996  bendovidio@gmail.com

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It's common sense to make your home as attractive as possible when you're planning to sell but what's attractive to you and (hopefully) the hordes of home buyers about to make their way through your door may be two – or several hundred different things. So how do you find a balance that will please (just about) everyone? Here are our top tips for presenting your Vancouver home for sale.

 

Clutter Clearance

 

  • This may seem so obvious that it's patronizing but most of us live busy lives and day-to-day living is not always possible in an impeccably clean house! Before viewings begin invest in some plastic storage boxes (they may come in useful during the move) and tidy away clutter. Store it under beds, in garages or loft spaces. If there are items you might need, keep them handy, but out of sight!

 

  • Personal and family photo's make a place feel like home – your home. Replace these with less personal images to allow viewers to feel that the place is homely, but could be their home. Too many personal images and other decor have been found to make it hard for people to envisage the house as anybody but yours!

 

Presentation Details

 

  • Once you've tidied check for areas of paintwork that need touching up. If potential buyers see that they won't have to redecorate when they move in they'll most likely be more interested in buying! You can completely re-paint if you like or simply refresh tired or scuffed areas.

 

  • If you are selling a single family home with garden frontage be sure to give the exterior a tidy too. Weed drives, cut lawns, tidy flower beds or pots. Any peeling paint or exterior damage should be restored. First impressions count when it comes to buying a home and you don't want potential buyers to have given up before they walk through the door.

 

Light and Airy Homes

 

  • Bright, light homes decorated in neutral colors are not to everybody's taste but they make the best backdrop for imagining potential. The interior of your home should feel as bright as possible. If you already have light, bright wall colors and coverings this should be fine, if not, consider a more extensive paint-job. Fresh, muted yellows and blues work well and if you have dark curtains or blinds consider swapping them for lighter, brighter tones.

 

  • When the viewings begin try to let as much natural light into your home. Open curtains and blinds and leave doors open where they let in extra light. This adds not only light but a sense of space to the property. If you're home is blessed with good, natural light, don't forget to point it out as you show people round. If you have smaller rooms, with less light, place mirrors opposite windows to create a sense of more space and to reflect more light into the room!

 

  • Forget baking bread, freshly ground coffee or other strong smells. Although these are supposed to make your home more attractive they can distract people from the matter in hand! Use light, fresh scents such as lemon or pine, or simply place fresh flowers around your home, to add a pleasant welcoming fragrance and to ensure viewers don't suddenly realize they're hungry and need to rush off to eat!