When it comes to staging your Waterloo Region home for sale it’s usually a lot easier to catch the big changes and repairs that need to be made than to see the small details. But buyers notice it all, and even one squeaky door can signal issues to them. Here are a few last-minute, easy tweaks that make a big difference.
Dirty blinds are an eyesore, and you can easily clean them with a damp cloth. Broken blinds are easy to replace, and make a huge visual difference. Even knotted-up strings, missing wands, and crooked hardware can turn off potential buyers. They see the replacements necessary as the result of poor maintenance. Prevent that reaction by running to your local hardware store and grabbing some replacement blinds.
Silence squeaky doors and drawers
Potential buyers will cringe at the sound of a squeaky door or drawer that you’ve totally tuned out. The problem can, however, be easily fixed. All you need is a can of silicone spray from your local hardware store, and then to spray down all door hinges and drawer tracks.
Expand the space
Moving furniture to the edges of a room is an easy way to make open areas look and feel larger. Hide extra furniture such as ottomans and side tables that crowd areas, and move furniture to the outsides of the walls and rugs. Open blinds and windows to bring in more natural light and visual space. Replace family photographs and artwork with mirrors to reflect light, as well.
Make sure all lightbulbs work
Sometimes closet lightbulbs, hallway sconces, and other little-used light fixtures get overlooked and have dead lightbulbs for months at a time. You may have to drag out the ladder for tall fixtures, but buyers check every switch, and the difference in lighting will be noticeable. A dead lightbulb is most likely the cause, but potential buyers may think worse electrical problems are at hand.
Freshen the air
An odor-eliminating spray (an unscented spray that eliminates odors) spritzed around the house can keep odors at bay. Candles or any scented spray can set off allergies and only mask odors instead of eliminating them.
Pretend your house is a hotel
Make the beds, fluff the pillows on beds and couches, and fold blankets and towels neatly. Clear surfaces and floors of clutter, and put out some fresh flowers. Neatly arrange all bathroom products, empty the trash, and maybe even put out a fresh hand soap for a spa-like touch.
Check the front door
Many of us use our front doors regularly but are so busy and in such a rush that we barely notice exactly what is surrounding them. Make sure the surrounding area is swept and the doorbell works. A new, plain doormat or shiny door knocker can make a nice first impression for buyers. Clean the mailbox, too — it’s often caked in grime and spiderwebs.