Low cost ways to improve your home’s interior

When it comes to the sale of your Parkland County, Spruce Grove, Stony Plain or Edmonton area home, it is the little things that can go a long way to increasing the price you will receive. Most buyers respond positively to a clean, clutter-free home that is in good condition. The more effort you put into the appearance of your home, the more likely you’ll receive greater activity, multiple offers and possibly a higher profit. 

Over time, we become accustomed to our homes, often overlooking the eyesores and the list of honey-do’s that were never completed. Clutter accumulates. We think nothing of the low light and the pale and cracked paint.

An unbiased opinion is a wonderful idea. A REALTOR® has the knowledge and experience to know where you can improve your home. At the same time, he or she is familiar with other homes in your neighborhood and the repairs that should be completed. Your REALTOR® can recommend larger items to complete, such as painting, flooring upgrades. However, there are numerous smaller, inexpensive things you can do to greatly improve the showing of your home. With a little elbow grease, and a little creativity, it is easy to keep your home in prime showing condition.

Prior to the listing, have a garage sale.

The rule is “less is better.” Clean. Organize. Discard. Donate. Pack all that you can. Clean out closets and storage areas. Donate old clothes and furniture to local charities. This will create a sense of greater space -- and mean less to move. What about all those books and magazines that you do not want? Perhaps you can donate them to a local library, hospital or charity.  [Read my blog articles:  "Home Staging Starts With De-cluttering" and "Getting Rid of Stuff"]

Set the stage.

Take full advantage of the areas in your home. Set the table with your best china. Create warmth and coziness in the living room, with a crackling fire. Put a pair of wine glasses and a vase of flowers on the coffee table in front of the fire.  [See my blog article "Be Your Own Home Stager"]

Eliminate the odors.

Buyers respond less favorably to smells. Use cleansers of all kinds to make the home smell fresh, from carpet freshener to potpourri. Deodorize your cat’s litter box. Scoop litter daily. Put cedar chips inside the closets. Use the sense of smell to your advantage by having fresh-baked cookies or other baked goods on the kitchen table. People have both allergies and concerns when it comes to animals. If you have a pet, make arrangements to have it elsewhere when your home is being shown.

Create space.

Ensure that all doors, cabinets and drawers open all the way without sticking or bumping into anything. Clean out the entrance hall closet. Move oversized furniture to a storage facility or garage. Entrances to all rooms should have an open flow.

Make the most of your views.

Put a screen or a basket of flowers in front of a fireplace if not in use. Make sure there is enough room for visitors to view out the windows. Remove any clutter around window areas. Clean windows

Create counter space.

Store away extra appliances. Put away dish racks, soap dishes and other clutter. Remove magnets from refrigerator.

Aim for neutral décor.

De-personalize your teenager's room, the family room or other areas by removing wild posters or items that could be construed as offensive.

Increase the wattage.

Pay attention to the laundry room, kitchen and bathrooms. Prior to showing, turn on the lights in every room.

Family photos.

Place family photos throughout your home especially in living room, bedrooms and family rooms.

After you have completed these inexpensive tasks, stand back. Ask a friend to view your home. Is it warm and inviting? Does it look comfortable and spacious? Is the aroma pleasant? When you create a positive, warm environment it is likely your buyer will feel the same way.

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