1) First Impression is the Only Impression – you never get a second chance at a first impression. The buyer has already judged your home before they walk through the door.
2) Always Be Ready to Show – your home needs to be “Show ready” at all times because you never know when a buyer will walk through the door.
3) Kitchen Comes First – Studies show that you’ll get back 85% of your money on kitchen remodels. The fastest most inexpensive updates are painting and new cabinet hardware.
4) Take the Home out of your House – Try to de-personalize it as much as possible. The more personal stuff in your house, the less potential buyers can imagine themselves living there.
5) Don’t Over-Upgrade – Quick fixes before selling always pay off, but huge upgrades usually don’t. Updates that usually pay off are new coat of paint, clean drapes, replace door handles and cabinet hardware, fix leaky faucets and clean grout.
6) Conceal the Animals – Buyers don’t want to smell a cat litter box or see pet hair everywhere. Try to get all the animals out for the day when showing.
7) Hire the Right Agent – I’ve lived in Calgary, Dewinton and Okotoks for over 20 years, so I know the areas and market successfully using all social media outlets.
8) Light it Up – Let the light shine in. If you have bushes or trees covering your window, trim them back. Pull back all drapes and turn on lights when showing.
9) Half-Empty Closets – Every buyer is looking for storage, so be sure to keep all closets and cabinets clean and tidy.
10) Price it Right – It’s best to price it right in the beginning then to have to do a price reduction later on.