Scott Barker

RE/MAX Real Estate

RE/MAX Real Estate (Kamloops)


Tips To Get You The Most Money In The Shortest Time!


Keeping your house ready for friends and family coming over can be a headeache, let alone keeping your house "show ready" for potential buyers for long periods of time.  If you're like me and have kids, or are busy with your work, then you know that this can make things even more challenging.  Lucky for you, I've got a few tricks that will reduce the time your property is on the market and the amount of time that you need to keep your home staged to perfection. While it can be inconvenient at times, keeping your home ready for showings can be crucial when it comes to selling for your home for its highest value.

1.   Making your place stand out inside and out
When your home first hits the market, that listing is on every buyer's radar in that price range, so you need to make your house better than all the competition.  The window to make an impression as a new listing is usually the first 2 weeks. If your home is not "show ready" and looking its best during that time frame you may miss the boat on some great offers and your listing could go stagnant.  This includes making your curb appeal as good as possible.  Take care of your yard and add flowers and touches of colour if the season permits it.

2.   Fixing the little things can go a long way
When it comes time to negotiate with a potential buyer, they are going to want to pick apart your beautiful home to try and get themselves the best deal. First impressions are absolutely critical, so if you can give your place a little TLC before you put it on the market by fixing the little things that won't cost you a lot, it will help you in getting the price you're hoping for. 

3. Remove personal touches / Take the home out of your house

Buying a home is a very emotional process for people and it is important that they can see themselves living in your home. Even before they walk in your door, prospective buyers will try to imagine themselves living in your home. You want to make your home as attractive as possible, but without having your personal or family pictures everywhere.  Every home has its own look and feel to it, and you want the buyers to envision themselves as the owners.   

4.  Be organized  

By getting rid of the clutter and clearing out some of the items from your closets, you'll give them impression that there is plenty of storage space in your home.  Having full closets and storage areas give them impression that your home is tight on space.

5.  Make the most of lighting

A dark house is always a turn off to buyers.  Make sure that all your light fixtures are in good working order and have the highest allowed wattage to give off the most light.  Ensure that they are also well positioned in locations that optimize the amount of light in the room.  By cleaning your windows and opening drapes or blinds to let in as much natural light as possible you'll be making your home more bright and cheery.

6.  Put away the pets

If you're a pet person, that's great!  The only problem is that not all buyers are.  Pet odors and other odors can be a big turn off for buyers.  If a potential buyer walks in the door of your home and is hit with a smell that they don't like, it can wreck the rest of the viewing.  Make sure that your home is a low-odor zone as much as possible during the time that it's listed.

7.   Clear out during showings

When buyers come to view your home, try and find somewhere else to be if possible.  As much as you take pride in your home and want to show it off, it may detract from a buyer's comfort level and stop them from feeling "at home."  The Real Estate Professional showing your home knows how to point out key features that will help in selling your home.


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