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When putting your home on the market, playing the comparison game with other nearby listed properties before calling a realtor is inevitable. And this is a wise move, because the neighbours’ experiences may be similar to your own. However, if they’ve had challenges sealing the deal in a timely manner, you can avoid the same fate by taking a few extra measures that will set your house apart. Below are some pointers that will help sell your house faster than your neighbours’.

Freshen up the interior

You wouldn’t sell a car with filthy mats and mismatched body panels right? Well you might, but the vehicle probably won’t fetch as pretty a penny as a comparable example in better condition. The same philosophy applies here. If the paint on the walls is looking dated, applying a fresh coat of a neutral-coloured paint is probably a good idea. Dirty carpet? Consider getting them professionally cleaned or replaced. This small cost will be quickly offset by better offers.

Pay attention to staging

It may seem like unnecessary extra work, but you want to portray the interior in a certain light so potential buyers are able to imagine themselves living in the home. Hide distracting clutter as much as possible including the stack of old magazines on the coffee table, knick-knacks strewn across the counter, loud artwork hung on the walls, etc. At the same time, you also don’t want the space to look cold and sterile. Strategically place a few visually pleasing items such as fresh flowers in a vase and look at renting a few pieces from a staging company that will make all the difference. For example a glass coffee table or dining table will give the illusion of more space.

Landscaping

The lawn and garden is likely the thing people visiting your open house will initially see, and you know what they say about first impressions. That’s why it’s important to pay particular attention to the area. Especially in the warmer months, keep the grass mowed, any shrubbery groomed and pluck out unsightly weeds and dead vegetation. The effort required will of course depend on the size of the yard, and larger ones may warrant outsourcing. Plan to have any exterior photos or videos taken right after landscaping.

Say cheese

Have you ever shopped online and skipped a product or service because the sample photos were blurry or didn’t tell the full story? Don’t make this mistake pairing dark, low-resolution or otherwise unattractive pictures with the listing. Make sure the agent you’re working with provides high quality images to help illustrate your home in the best way possible — bonus points for adding interesting video to accompany the photography.

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