When it comes time to sell, you will likely want to know how to prepare your home for sale. It has been proven time and again that those who set their homes up correctly have better luck with buyers than those who leave it as it is when they live in it day to day. This process is known as staging a house and there are professionals that make good money to do this job.
However You do not have to pay a professional if you know what you are doing or simply follow these steps!
1) Get rid of Clutter:
The very first thing you want to do when staging your house is to get rid of anything that is not a necessity. This includes toys, decorations and even furniture. The more cluttered and disorganized your home looks, the less likely your potential buyers will find it appealing. They want to walk into a place that looks like a showroom. Buyers want to imagine it with their belongings and their style. This does not work if they are tripping over toys and bumping into excess furniture.
2) Paint the House in Neutral Color:
Buyers also want to picture the house in their own colors. It is almost guaranteed that a buyer will change the paint colors to suit their own decorating needs. This may leave you believing that you can leave up that bright red paint because it will get changed anyway. That is not the case. You want to repaint your home with neutral colors if possible. Bright colors detract from the look of the house to the buyer. It makes it appear difficult to repaint. Neutral colors give the room a warm feeling and allow the buyer to imagine it with any color they choose.
3) Make the House Spotless:
You cannot clean too much before showing your house. Cracks, crevices and even closets need to be cleaned. Your buyers will be looking at every corner of your house. This means that those corners should be spotless. Messiness takes away from the beauty of the house. Instead they will be looking at your mess.
4) Organize the Stuff:
Take some time to enhance the features that come with your home. If you have a spectacular bathroom with a Jacuzzi tub then spend some extra time making that space stand out. If your closets are walk-in and very attractive then organize them so that they are twice as appealing. Place special coverings over large picture windows and paint the mantle over the fireplace. Stain the deck out back and add some extra touches to showcase your beautiful landscaping. All of this will pay off in the end.
5) Add some extra Spice:
Go through your home and add some extra decorative touches. Once you have removed everything that is not needed you can add things that make the room stand out. A nice rug might add that spark that the living area needs. Little touches can go a long way to impressing the right buyer.
6) House Showings:
Once you have the house ready for buyers you want to begin scheduling your showings. Make sure that you arrange them during times when you can have everyone else gone. This gives the realtor and the buyer time to explore the home without pressure from the family that is sitting there watching. It also keeps any potential problems away from the buyer.
Learning how to prepare your houses for sale is not difficult. You just want to place yourself in the position of the buyer. What would Buyer like to see? Simple, Clean and Decorative will usually be the answer.
GET A REFUND ON YOUR ENERGY EFFICIENT HOUSE!
If you buy an energy-efficient home or make energy-saving renovations, you may be able to get a savings boost from your mortgage insurer! Canadian mortgage insurers have a program that helps home owners save when they buy energy-efficient homes.
Home owners purchasing a qualifying energy-efficient home are eligible for a 10 per cent mortgage insurance premium refund. If you purchase a qualifying $400,000 home with 5 per cent down, you are eligible for a 10 percent refund of your $11,970 in mortgage insurance premiums. That’s $1,197, a substantial savings!
Existing home owners who make retrofits to improve energy efficiency can also apply for this refund. You’ll be required to complete an NRC, an energy assessment evaluation pre and post retrofit, and you’ll need to improve your home’s energy efficiency by the required amount. Of course, your home’s energy improvements will also reduce your energy costs for years to come!