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Make A Lasting Impression

March 15, 2013 - Updated: March 15, 2013

It's easy to envision the preparations needed to ready your condo for re-sale. Just imagine that royalty is on your doorstep and wave a magic wand over your living space so that it shines and the clutter miraculously disappears. That's the ideal appearance you're aiming for. In reality, prospective buyers will not be touring your home with white gloves on. But, as you would expect yourself, a certain amount of spring cleaning is on the agenda.

Where to begin? The entryway. From the moment prospective buyers walk through the door they develop perceptions within a matter of seconds about the value of your property. To start off on the right foot, it's a must to have the entryway as clutter-free as possible. Try to eliminate anything left lying around by the front door on a day-to-day basis. If you have hooks in place on the wall for miscellaneous items and exposed areas where keys are placed, consider putting these items behind closed doors. If the hooks look out of place sitting empty, you could hang dried flowers or a ceramic welcome sign, or drape a stylish scarf over at least one of the hooks.

Having established a positive visual, the next sense to cater to is the prospective buyer's sense of smell. The smell of home cooking or anything with the scent of cinnamon or vanilla leaves a terrific lasting impression. If you're home during showings, you could arrange to have a pot of cinnamon and vanilla simmering on the stove. Ideally, if you're not home during showings, some pot-pourri to evoke the same response is suitable.

In keeping with the essential tidiness and clutter-free theme, you may want to put into storage miscellaneous furniture pieces or excessive collections of bric-a-brac to create as much space as possible. If you are downsizing anyway then now is the time to discard targeted items.

Imperative areas are the bathrooms and kitchen. Scrub, vacuum, and apply as much elbow grease as it takes to make these rooms sparkle. Spruce up the grout around tubs and sinks. If needed, replace the shower curtain with a fresh one. Fix any leaky faucets, then scrub away any rust marks from the sink basin. Whenever possible, ensure the toilet seat lids are down. Add some pot-pourri or subtle air freshener too.

Be certain to scrutinize the narrow floor area between a stove or refrigerator and bottom cupboards for dust bunnies and odds and sods that may have fallen and been overlooked. Of course, dirty dishes in the sink or anywhere in plain sight is a no-no, as is any kind of clutter on the countertops, centre island, or top of the refrigerator. Decorative containers, fresh cut flowers, or a bowl of fruit are definitely appealing in the kitchen or dining area.

As far as the bedrooms, living rooms, den and office are concerned, simply maintain them for tidiness and cleanliness. Make the beds; pick up clothes from the floor; vacuum and dust as needed. Fix or remove any broken drapery rods. Note that big bamboo baskets are inexpensive and attractive catchalls for books, magazines, and unruly throw cushions.

Lighting is important as potential customers tour your home. If you have an abundance of natural light and a beautiful view as well, showcase this by opening draperies or blinds, especially during a daytime showing. Always turn on lights in every room. In fact, in the main areas of the house (i.e., the living or dining room), swap out your lightbulbs for ones with slightly higher wattage.

Follow these simple steps and you are well on your way to a lasting impression.

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