If you are listing your home in the near future, here is a list of 10 common tips buyers tend to overlook, but are very important. Buyers often offer less than what the seller thinks their home is worth when these common steps are not followed.

  1. Finishing repairs and maintenance: Buyers are always looking for the best deal. Making sure that all necessary repairs and maintenance are done will help sellers eliminate the buyer’s negative checklist.
  2. Depersonalizing: Buyers need to envision themselves living in the home they are in. To achieve this vision, sellers should remove all distractions by packing away all personal photos and collectables. This process will help buyers envision a home as their own and not someone else’s.
  3. Removing odours: Just like in all aspects of life, we have only one chance to make a great first impression. The same goes for a home. If buyers walk into a home and smell smoke, pets or strong cooking odors, they may be turned off. Always make sure to deal with pesky odours ahead of time.
  4. Disconnecting emotionally: Once sellers have made the decision to sell, it is best to think of themselves as a business person rather than a homeowner. By looking at the transaction from the purely financial perspective, sellers will distance themselves from the emotional aspects of selling a property in which they have undoubtedly created many memories.
  5. Spot cleaning vs. “Q­tip” clean: A home’s first impression is a lasting one. Make sure to clean the whole house.
  1. Showing a room’s proper function: Buyers can have a hard time visualizing how furniture can fit into a room, so make sure it is laid out in a way that shows off the room’s potential.
  2. Having enough light: Poorly lit rooms and dark corners can make a room feel smaller, so opt for warm, inviting lighting.
  3. Investing money in updates: Today’s buyers are willing to spend the extra money to get an updated and well maintained home that is in move­in ready condition. Investing in a home will increase equity and help sell the home faster and for more money.
  4. Listening to professional advice: When it comes to selling a home, it’s in the seller’s best interest to take the advice of the experts.
  5. Listing after staging or renovations: Most buyers who are interested in a home will view it within the first two weeks after listing. Therefore, making sure a home is ‘model home’ ready will increase the chances of selling a home quickly.