So you are looking to sell your house? Well, you have come to the right place! Allow me to introduce myself. The name’s Jim!

Before we put the sign in the yard though, have you looked at your house recently? I mean really looked at it with fresh eyes. Because once the ‘For Sale’ sign hits the front lawn, you will (hopefully) have all kinds of people checking out your home with an eye on making it theirs. There are a few things that you can do to help them see the charm in your castle and improve the chances of speeding up that sale. Without further ado;

 

FIVE SUGGESTIONS TO HELP CINCH A HOME SALE

 

Declutter:

You might love your collection of salt and pepper shakers that you have collected from all over the world, and display them proudly, but odds are that a potential home buyer will not. If you have pictures and nic nacs covering every square inch of your home, the only thing that people will see is mess. They do not have the emotional attachment that you might carry, therefore will just see the myriad of articles that cover your house as merely clutter. Even worse, they will have a hard time picturing themselves living in the house, which equates to a lost sale for you. Your best bet, if you truly want to sell your home, is to pack up all your chotchkies, trinkets and do-dads, until your are in your ‘new’ home. Then you are free to decorate as you fit once again, without jeopardizing the sale of your home.

 

Clean:

You might think that cleaning your house is an obvious suggestion, but you would be amazed at the number of homes that I walk into that have cobwebs in the stairwells and little doggie footprints on the back door. Do yourself a favour and get down and dirty before the people start crossing your threshold. If you don’t want to do it yourself, hire a professional to give your home a deep cleaning. A clean house might not be the clincher for the sale, but a dirty house will have your potential home buyer wondering what else you couldn’t be bothered to keep up with. Cobwebs are cute on Halloween, but please sweep them down for the Open House! Don’t forget to wipe the baseboards either!

 

Neutralize:

If you have swept your hearth, but are wondering what else might snag a sale, then look around you. What colour is your house? Don’t tell me that magenta is the colour of the year, because I have to tell you that it probably won’t sell your home. You might have a personality that screams cyan, but if the people who are walking in the door hate blue, they might not be able to see beyond your beautiful boudoir that you worked so hard to decorate. Your best bet is to neutralize, in order to appeal to the widest audience possible. If beige will just about kill you, then perhaps some vibrant flowers will bring the colour therapy that you crave until your house sells and you can move on to your next home. While you are at it, you might want to look at your flooring as well. Roll up the multi-coloured rag rugs and replace them with muted carpets, or leave them to their natural settings, if you have beautiful wood floors to show off. You want to showcase the house and its bare bones, for the new owners to create their own masterpiece with.

 

Depersonalize:

You might think that I have covered this already, but you need to clean your home up a little more. Remember that you are trying to convince someone that they want to buy this house in order to make it a home of their own. That means that you should probably take down the family mural wall and pack away the trophy case for now. Your African mask display might be your pride and joy, but it might also make your home memorable only as the ‘African House’, as over-stimulated home buyers retreat back to neutral ground. Display a  simple piece of artwork, place a bouquet of flowers on the table and throw one or two coffee table books or magazines on the credenza. Let people’s imagination do their work for them picturing themselves living in the space the way they want to.

 

Make it Feel Like Home:

And last but not least, now that you have cleaned, neutralized, decluttered and depersonalized, try to make your house feel homey. Yes, I realize that you might have felt it was plenty homey before, but you want your home to be attractive to a wide range of people. Try lighting a fire and place wine glasses on a tray in front of it. Play some mellow jazz on the stereo. You could even try placing a kettle on the back of the stove with pot pourri simmering in it to make your home smell fresh and inviting. And don’t forget to fill your fruit bowl with fresh, delicious looking fruit, as well as some fragrant flowers in a vase. You want your home to be as inviting as possible, so that potential home owners will fall in love and want to move in as soon as possible.

 

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