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The condition of your home is so important in how well it does when you put it up for sale. If you leave your home the way it is, the way you live in it daily, other people will probably not be able to see it’s potential. It might be obvious to you, but viewers need to be able to see it for themselves. This article outlines 4 ways that you can spruce up your home inside and out to generate the interest you want from buyers.

1. Landscape

The first in-person impression potential buyers will have of your house is the outside. You want to tidy up both the back and the front yards. Pull weeds, mow the lawn, and trim the hedges. If you can afford to plant some new and colourful flowers that would really brighten the yard. If your mailbox is looking dull, paint it or shine it up. The little things can make the biggest difference. Don’t forget to sweep the steps and walkway. If you have children who play outside, tidy up their toys. They don’t have to all be put away, but don’t let the yard look like an outdoor playroom.

 2. Get rid of clutter

Don’t distract potential buyers with your clutter. If your house looks messy, they won’t be able to see themselves living there. This is the perfect time to get rid of your clutter and junk since you’ll be moving anyway. Put everything in their places. Put books neatly on the bookshelves, DVDs and CDs in their storage areas. Get rid of all paper clutter either by filing them away or recycling them if they’re not needed. Avoid having piles of laundry sitting on the living room floor or dining room table when viewers are coming. Clear off the kitchen counters, except for basic items. You may keep lots of items on the counters because it’s convenient, but to potential buyers it might look like there isn’t enough storage space. Do the same with bathrooms.

 3. Spruce up the inside

In addition to decluttering your home, there are a few other things you can do to make your house inviting to viewers. If you have any rooms with bright or colours that are not neutral, you’d be well-advised to repaint them a neutral colour. While it would be easy enough for the new owner to do the painting, but many potential buyers will come into a home and be put off by strange colour choices. Clean the windows inside and out and given all appliances a good cleaning. Things that you no longer notice, like chipped paint in the hall, are things that people coming into your home for the first time will likely notice.

 4. Make it homey

Make your house feel warm and comforting to all who enter. Homey to you might mean lots of family photos all over the place, but people viewing your home are not your family. They want to be able to imagine their own family in the space. Put away most, but not all, of your photos. Things that you can add to make your house feel more homey are things such as flowers and candles. These are common items that most people enjoy. Scents also play a part in making a house feel homey. If you can, bake cookies that will come out of the over right before house viewers arrive. The smell of freshly baked cookies is one of the most comforting and reminds us all of home.

The time that you take to spruce up your home and make it look as fresh as possible will improve your chances of making a sale quicker than if you don’t do the extra work.

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