Preparing for visits… more than just cleaning!

November 22nd, 2017

A buyer makes the decision to buy a home within 5 seconds of entering the property!

Projecting a perfect image of your home during an open house visit is much easier than you might think. There are a few simple ways to get amazing results!

Painting is an inexpensive upgrade that can have a dramatic impact on your home. Colour and light are usually the first things people see when they enter a room. Painting with light colours gives the impression that a room is larger and brighter. Selected colours can accentuate furniture, blankets or accessories. Usually, this can be done with complementary colours (yellow-purple, blue-orange, and red-green) used in small quantities or in very light tones. Pale yellow walls, for example, can be accented by blue-purple cushions on a chair.

Flowers add a personal touch to make a room more attractive. An investment of $30 for a few bouquets will make your home more attractive and cheerful to potential buyers. If you lack vases, you can always try a rustic look. For example, you can use a clear Mason pot (without labels) with a large ribbon around the pot. Use a large bouquet in the living room and small delicate arrangements in the bedrooms.

Take an objective look at your furniture and decide if it looks too crowded. Why pay to move furniture you may not like? More importantly, why do you keep these pieces of furniture in your home during an open house? If you have an old chair or items that don’t match most of your furniture, it may be time to act!

Consider renting works of art. If you have a large empty wall, an attractive paint can completely change the atmosphere of the room! Art galleries rent works of art for 4% of their retail value, per month, for a rental period of at least two months. You will find works of art from $400 to $4000, so don’t forget to count the number of zeros on the label!

These few small changes can’t turn your home into an image you would find in the pages of famous magazines, but they can still have a significant impact on potential buyers!