1. Price is right
Find out what your home is worth and then take off approximately 2-4%. You’ll be bombarded by buyers with multiple bids and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. This tactic takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to take the risk, but it’s the best strategy to see a home in today’s market.

2. Half-empty closets
When a buyer enters a home showing, storage is something they’re looking for. You can never have enough storage. A helpful tip is to empty half of your belongings from your closets and then neatly organize what’s left in there. Buyers tend to snoop, so be sure to keep all your closets and cabinets clean and tidy at all times.

3. Light it up
Make sure to maximize lighting in your home. After location, good lighting is one thing every buyer says they want in a home. You can remove drapes, clean the windows inside and out, change lamp shades, increase bulb wattage and make sure trees and bushes are trimmed outside to allow in as much sunlight as possible. Do what you need to do to make your house as bright as possible. This will make it easier to sell.

4. Take a good look at the floors

Give all floors throughout the house a thorough cleaning and steam clean carpets. Consider having hardwood floors refinished if they’re in poor shape, and if not, the strategic placement of area rugs can go a long way.

5. Rearrange your furniture
Symmetrical arrangements usually work best. Pull your furniture away from the walls and use pairs of sofas, chairs and lamps to create inviting conversation areas.

6. Clean up toys
No doubt there will be families with children looking at your home. That doesn’t mean they will want to see toys scattered all over the house. When people are looking at a house to buy, they are picturing a fresh start. Show them that in your home it’s possible to have beautifully organized kids’ rooms.

7. Conceal the critters
Not everyone is an animal lover so make sure all animals are out of the house, including anything pet related like food/water bowls, litter boxes, and bags of pet food. Buyers don’t want to walk into your home and smell kitty litter, or see tufts of hair on the floor. This will give the impression that your house is not clean. If you’re planning an open house, make sure to send the animals to a pet hotel or to stay with a family member or friend.

8. Show how you can use awkward areas
Try to find unique ways to show off space beneath stairs, a nook or alcove in your home. Setting up a small work station or installing built-in shelving will show off these awkward spaces and make it into a great selling point.

9. Don’t over upgrade
Quick fixes around the home always pay off. Don’t spend massive amounts on large makeover projects because you probably won’t get your money back before you put your home up for sale. Do updates that will pay off such as a fresh coat of paint on the walls, steam cleaning your curtains or buying new ones, replacing door handles/cabinet hardware, fix leaky faucets, and clean grout.

10. Take the home out of your house
I can’t stress this point enough! One of the most important things to do when selling your home is to make sure all personalized items are gone. Having personal items sitting out in your home leaves the potential buyers with no imagination for their own ideas. A third of your stuff should be put away into storage. This includes family photos, personal keepsakes and memorabilia. We offer a certified home staging consultation so take the extra help as it will maximize the full potential of your home.

11. Always be ready to show
Your home should be “show-ready” at all times. You never know when someone is going to want to view your home so you have to be available to leave whenever they want to come and see the house. Make sure there’s no dishes in the sink, keep the dishwasher cleaned out, the bathroom is sparkling and vacuum the floors.

12. The first impression is the only impression
No matter how good your home looks on the inside, buyers have already judged your home before they’ve even walked through the front door. You never have a second chance to make a first impression, so it’s important to make people feel warm, welcome and safe as they approach the house. Clear clutter off your lawn and around the house including hoses, lawn ornaments and kids’ toys, and move items such as sporting equipment and gardening tools into the garage or shed. You can also spruce up your homes exterior with inexpensive shrubs and brightly coloured flowers.