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Improve Interior

When it comes to the sale of your Kamloops home it's the little things that can go a long way to increasing the price on the market. Most buyers will respond positively to a clean, clutter-free home that's in good condition. The more effort you put into the appearance of your home, the more likely you’ll receive greater activity, multiple offers, and the possibility of generating a higher profit.

Over time, we become accustomed to our homes, often overlooking the eyesores and the list of honey-do’s that were never completed. Clutter accumulates. We think nothing of the low light and the pale and cracked paint.

An unbiased opinion is a wonderful idea. A REALTOR® has the knowledge and experience to know where you can improve your home. At the same time, he or she may be familiar with other homes in your neighbourhood. Often they are familiar with repairs that should be completed and can recommend larger items to complete, such as painting, flooring upgrades, etc. However, there are numerous smaller, inexpensive things you can do yourself to greatly improve the showing of your home:

Prior to the Listing, Have a Garage Sale

The rule is “less is better.” Clean. Organize. Discard. Donate. Pack away all that you can. Clean out closets and storage areas. Donate old clothes and furniture to local charities. What about all those books and magazines that you don't want? Perhaps you can donate them to your local library, hospital, or charity. This will create a sense of greater space—and mean less to pack when you move.

Set the Stage

Take full advantage of the different areas in your home and accentuate them with decor. Set the table with your best china. Create warmth and coziness in the living room, with a crackling fire. Put a pair of wine glasses and a vase of fresh flowers on the coffee table.

Eliminate the Odors

Buyers respond less favorably to smells. Use cleansers of all kinds to make the home smell fresh, from carpet freshener to potpourri. Deodorize your cat’s litter box. Scoop litter daily. Put cedar chips inside closets. Use the sense of smell to your advantage by having fresh-baked cookies or other baked goods on the kitchen table. People have both allergies and concerns when it comes to animals, so be wary of this. If you have a pet, make arrangements to have it elsewhere when a home is being shown.

Create Space

Ensure that all doors, cabinets and drawers open all the way without sticking or bumping into anything. Clean out the entrance hall closet. Move oversized furniture to a storage facility or garage. Entrances to all rooms should have an open flow.

Make the Most of Your Views

Put a screen or a basket of flowers in front of a fireplace if not in use. Clean windows. Remove any clutter around window areas. Make sure there's enough room for visitors to view out through the windows.

Create Counter Space

Don't leave half-eaten food on the countertops. Put away your dishes and other kitchen clutter. Remove all your souvenir magnets from the refrigerator. Store away extra appliances such as blenders.

Aim for Neutral Décor

De-personalize your rebellious teenager's room or other areas by removing items that could be construed as offensive or unsavory. Place family photos throughout your home, especially in living room, bedrooms and family rooms to give a positive sense of familial comfort.

Increase the Wattage

Pay attention to the lighting in the kitchen, living room, laundry room, and bathrooms. Prior to showing, turn on the lights in every room.

After you've completed these small tasks, stand back. Ask a friend to view your home. Is it warm and inviting? Does it look comfortable and spacious? Is the aroma pleasant? When you create a positive, warm environment, it's likely home buyers will feel the same way.

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