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So here’s the scoop – living in your home is personal.  Selling your home is a business.

Summed up – prepare your home for sale. This doesn’t mean remove your family photos.  People know people live in your house.  In fact, if a home looks impersonal it doesn’t feel as good as one that has obvious proof that real people live there now.

What the business of selling your home does mean is to understand what your market is looking for. Update colours and flooring if you want a quick sale.  Investigate cost and you can pretty much count on regaining that in price.  You might get the same price for your house that you thought you would, but this will reduce the chance of low-ball offers and will make others think the house is going to sell before they get a chance to buy it – because it’s already been updated.

Colours – these will follow trends and are easy to ascertain which ones work.  It really doesn’t matter if they are your favourites -  just follow the trends and you won’t go wrong.  Builders put a lot of money into professional counsel.  You can capitalize on this same advice by visiting Open Houses of new homes.

Floors – the same can be said for flooring, but another good thing to keep in mind is why different types of flooring is preferable. I hear clients comment all the time on liking laminate flooring over carpeting for allergy avoidance.  Laminate is also more environmentally friendly.  Cork and bamboo are also very popular today.  Cork can be harvested from trees without killing the tree and bamboo replaces itself faster than any other trees.

So, when you’re ready to sell, keep the business aspect of doing so in mind.  Don’t try to sell people on your style of decorating. Decorate to what trends are dictating they want.

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