If you have purchased a new-construction condominium in Toronto or the Greater Toronto Area, congratulations! You have made a wise decision and investment in your lifestyle future. Many of you are likely the owners of lowrise homes that you plan to sell, and buying pre-construction means you have time to make the most of that real estate transaction. Your first consideration should be to make your house as attractive as possible to potential purchasers. Certainly a good real estate agent can guide you in the sale. In the meantime, here are a few tips to help you wrap your mind around getting the most for your lovely home.
Fix obvious defects. Even small things can turn off those who tour your house with buying in mind. Are there loose baseboards? Cupboard doors that hang crookedly? Doors that do not close properly? Nail holes in the walls? A bit of effort now can make a big difference in the price you actually get for your home.
Keep it clean. If people touring your home notice dirt in the corners and stained carpeting, they will wonder how well you have taken care of the rest of the house. Make an effort to clean your home every day, or hire someone to come in and do it for you. This includes cleaning windows until they sparkle.
De-clutter. The more “stuff” you have sitting around within view, the more your home looks smaller to viewers. They need to see that there is plenty of space for their belongings, so empty shelves and surfaces are the goal. Plus, you will likely have to purge items anyway to make the most of space in your new suite. It’s win-win!
Set the table. Take some time to create a lovely, welcoming ambience with settings that include matching dishes, and add some fresh flowers in a pretty centerpiece.
Spiff up your interiors. How about new knobs on your kitchen cupboards or new throw cushions on the sofa? Touch up paint where needed.
Consider hiring a stager. Having an outside person come in and stage your home can make you a lot more money in the long run than you pay out. These professionals understand exactly how to entice potential buyers by making the home as inviting and appealing as possible. If you are décor-challenged, turn to the professionals for help!
Pay attention to the exterior. Curb appeal can make the difference between someone getting out of the car to tour your home…or not. Tidy your lawn and gardens. Mow, trim, weed and do whatever else you can to beautify your surroundings. Repair any obvious problems such as loose patio stones, shutters and the like. In the winter, shovel sidewalks and the driveway. Think about some little touches such as installing new house numbers or a fresh new door mat.
The point is to make your home look welcoming and move-in ready. Once you sell, you can get prepared for a lifestyle of convenience and ease in your new condo, which will be move-in ready to the ultimate degree!