1. Room Representations – Each room should have one specific use. Your living room should look like a living room and your bedroom should look like a bedroom. Avoid using rooms as storage spaces for extra furniture, exercise equipment, boxes etc…
2. Traffic patterns – Make sure there is a flow from room to room and that people are not tripping over excess bulky furniture while touring through your home.
3. Depersonalize – Take down personal pictures…this will help to enable the potential buyers to visualize themselves living in the home. It will also help them to feel more comfortable taking their time touring through the home and will not shift their focus to your family pictures instead of paying attention to the property itself.
4. Less is more…de-clutter – If you don’t need an item on a daily basis, remove it from the property. You want to give a potential buyer a feeling of spaciousness. Start packing boxes, labeling them, and preparing to move. Rent a storage locker. It’s unrealistic to live in a display suite, but that is the direction you want to move towards.
5. Don’t start a last minute renovation project for the future buyer. You don’t know who your buyer will be, or what their tastes might be. Focus on painting, cleaning, and elbow grease.
6. Love me…not my pet. All animals should be removed from the property. Some potential buyers will be scared of animals, others may be allergic. It’s also important that they remember the house…not the pets inside the house.
7. Lights, camera, action…make sure all rooms are well lit. If required, buy a few extra table lamps and use bright bulbs.
8. You only get one chance to make a first good impression. Focus on improving curb appeal…power wash, tidy up the yard, sweep the deck, and clean up the garden. Set up some outdoor furniture.
9. Make sure your home is WARM and inviting…turn up the heat!
10. Wash your windows…it is amazing how much of an impact having clean windows can have on the appearance of your home, both on the outside and on the inside.