When searching for a luxury home, buyers will likely see several houses throughout their search before finding the “right” one. After a while, many of the homes may start to look the same. While houses sell quickly in Toronto, especially Downtown luxury condos, your home—whether it’s a townhome, single family or luxury home—will receive much higher bids than the original asking price if you present it in the best way possible light.

Get your house ready for the real estate market in three crucial steps, courtesy of Susan Macarz:

#1:  Depersonalize & Declutter Your Space

Depersonalizing your home helps other people imagine their own family living there. While you might love having pictures of your kids over the fireplace or along the hallway, buyers find this distracting. We suggest removing the personal details, such as photographs and kids’ drawings. The next important step is getting rid of clutter to give the appearance of more space. You may be proud of your DVD catalogue or impressive collection of shoes, but all buyers will see is disorder. The fewer personal belongings a buyer can see, the better.

#2:  Update Your Space

Now that your home is more neutral, it’s time to focus on essential updates. A fresh coat of paint, new light fixtures, and well-lit artwork give your home an added touch of luxury. Hiring a professional stager to bring out your home’s best features with modern furniture, lighting, and colour combinations is highly recommended. More significant updates such as a new roof may not add to your home’s aesthetic appeal; however, it will certainly add value to your property.

#3:  Focus on Your Home’s Curb Appeal

People’s first impressions stay with them. You want your potential buyer to fall in love at first site with your home from the moment they pull up to your house. That’s what curb appeal is all about. Many buyers are looking for houses in neighbourhoods that offer plenty of outdoor space, like the Bridle Path or Forest Hill, so they’ll be expecting to see manicured lawns, lavish gardens, and professional rockeries. Here are some ways to make a positive first impression:

  • Ensure your grass is green, trimmed, and weed-free
  • Clean up patio stones and replace missing or broken ones
  • Power wash your driveway and keep bicycles out of sight
  • Hire professional window cleaners who can reach those hard-to-reach windows
  • Replace dead or dying flowers with vibrant, showy ones
  • Put equipment, toys, pool supplies, and garbage cans neatly in the backyard or the garden shed

Sell Your Home with Susan

Viewers want to see a space with plenty of potential and few issues. As a former interior designer, Susan understands the importance of showing your home at its best. Sell your home fast! Sell with Susan!