|The expression "you only have one chance to make a first
impression" applies in spades to the sale of real estate;
scientific studies prove that buyers usually make up their minds
within the first 15 seconds. Critical to the "quick" sale of your
home then, will be the dressing up of the property (sometimes
referred to as "staging") before the first potential buyer arrives.
Together we will examine the lot, the exterior and interior of your
In addition to the overall state of the neighborhood, your house
will be judged first on the way you have maintained the lot and the
exterior of the building.
- exterior maintenance includes siding, windows, doors and
eaves. Make sure nothing is broken, damaged, clogged or in need
- during the summer months keep the lawn mowed, flower gardens
weeded, bushes trimmed (especially around the main entry into
- remove any clutter - buyers want to see the yard at its full
- during winter make sure the driveway and pathways are clear
of snow and ice
This is the most important part of the house - the front
door/entry is the VIP of first impressions to your home. Make sure
this area is free of all clutter: the door should be able to open
fully without impediment; this is the area where you should place
your most impressive piece of art work, a beautiful vase filled with
yellow flowers to welcome prospective buyers or a zippy rug that
adds pizzazz to the entry.
Clutter is perhaps the most negative aspect confronting a
potential Buyer. Not only does it present a negative image, it
prevents the buyer from seeing the true potential of the space
available. In order to focus on the de-cluttering aspect ask
yourself three key questions: Do I need it? Do I love it? Do I use
it? If the answer to any two of these questions is "no" then likely
it is time to lose it or store it.
- Clean out the closets and cupboards especially in the
bathrooms and under the kitchen sink.
- If your main reception rooms are overflowing with furniture
remove and store some of it.
- Pack up and store as many knick-knacks and dishes as you
- Leave only the stuff that you use on a daily basis.
Following these simple points will make your house appear larger
and allow prospective buyers to see the placement of their own
Clean and Spruce Up
- Clean the bathrooms (especially the mirrors) and any
appliances that are going to remain with the house. A house that
has been well cared for will sell twice as fast as one that has
- Sounds and aromas can be used to create an ambience that
most buyers will find appealing: e.g. soft music, the smell of
baking bread, lemon. potpourri.
- Finally a coat of paint can be a very inexpensive fix for a
house that has been well-lived in. I will be happy to advise you
on the most up-to-date color selections that will appeal across
SMOKERS and PET OWNERS
Today's Buyers are incredibly choosey and also have the market
advantage because there are so many houses on the market
- If you have made up your mind to sell, STOP smoking in the house
until it is sold.
- Start washing the walls, cabinets, windows, appliance, doors,
floors and ceiling.
- Read this for more information
You can also use vanilla, coffee grounds, and potpourri to make
Most of the same procedures listed for removing smoke odour can
be used. However the basement may require more work.
Here is a full article on getting rid of basement odours.
Enhancing Positive Energy Levels
Have you ever noticed that when you enter certain homes they feel
"just right" while others leave you inexplicably uncomfortable? As a
Feng Shui consultant Norah knows that this "feeling" is often related to
unseen environmental factors, how energy flows within the space or
other conditions affecting the balance and harmony of the living
area. In practical terms, we will examine your property and
recommend changes (usually relatively simple and inexpensive) that
will ensure that buyers feel "right" when they arrive: when they
leave they will feel "one" with the property and conclude that it
can provide them with the level of prosperity they are seeking.