Tips to make your home more sellable

I am currently selling some property and am again learning about what others may see when viewing


I am currently selling some property and am again learning about what others may see when viewing, even with my experienced eye it is easy to overlook some obvious flaws and it is interesting to look at my property through the eyes of buyers.

My realtor has given me some interesting feedback on why properties may remain on the market longer than others. If you are considering selling your home these may be some helpful hints for you to employ.

Sight and scent are the first things to attract new buyers. Be careful of pet smells and don’t go overboard with air fresheners. Both of these things can turn off a potential sale. Make sure the home is well lit and airy, fresh air and light are intoxicating to people and will give them the sense of home. The old tip of baking bread or having something savory in the oven is priceless and it really works.

Take a look at the ‘neighbourhood’, the parts that surround your home should be clean and uncluttered.

If you have the guts, you may want to ask your neighbour to clean up their yard in anticipation of your listing. Often sales can be thwarted by a messy neighbour. Check the back lane of your home and make sure it looks tidy as well. People will drive around the neighbourhood long before they decide to look inside a home.

Clean your home! Many homes I visit show wear and tear which is to be expected.

I am horrified by some real estate photos I see with clutter on bathroom counters and many personal effects strewn about. Personal items need to be tucked away and your house should be spotless. Windows should be cleaned to allow the light in and even your own furniture should be cleaned and polished.

Even though they aren’t buying your personal possessions, they show as part of the home and are subconsciously integrated into the buying process.

Show it off. Set your table in its Sunday best and have the candles lit in all the right places. People buy on emotion and you can invoke a feeling of care and comfort by staging your home to look its best.

Professional stagers are available to help you dress up your house if you are unsure about how to show off your homes best assets, if your home shows signs of clutter and chaos the prospective buyers will feel that when they enter and it will negatively impact their emotional buying decision.

Many people cannot visualize and are making decisions based on what they actually see. If you have a burnt out light bulb in a high foyer they immediately imagine how much effort it will be to climb up a ladder and replace the bulb. If that bulb is not burnt out the attention will be on the beautiful light fixture instead. It is as simple as that one detail, a dripping faucet will send a purchasers mind racing ahead to calling a plumber and that can be added stress on a buyer, right there you may have lost the magic they could have seen in your home.

Selling your home is a bit of a magic show and while you don’t necessarily need to make drastic and costly changes to sell it, these tips will hopefully assist you.

Kim Meckler is an interior designer in Red Deer with Carpet Colour Centre.


Just Posted

Alberta’s chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw reported five additional deaths Wednesday due to COVID-19. (File photo by Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta)
Red Deer at 169 active cases of COVID-19

Province set to move into Stage 2 of reopening Thursday

How to tell if a call from ‘CRA’ is legitimate or a scam

Expert says it’s important to verify you really are dealing with the CRA before you give out any info

Grade 12 students at Wetaskiwin Composite High School took place in the annual water fight off school property on June 11, 2021. Shaela Dansereau/ Pipestone Flyer.
Graduating students in Wetaskiwin throw water fight after being told it could result in suspension

Students were told their participation could result in them being barred from graduation ceremonies.

The arrest south of Winnipeg occurred before Bernier was to arrive at a protest in the city. (Twitter/Maxime Bernier)
Maxime Bernier arrested following anti-rules rallies in Manitoba: RCMP

He’s been charged with exceeding public gathering limits and violating Manitoba’s requirement to self-isolate

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives for the G7 Summit, at the airport in Newquay, United Kingdom, Thursday, June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Details on Canada’s vaccine sharing plan coming Sunday, up to 100 million doses

Canada’s high commissioner to the UK says details will come after the G7 summit

Conservative MP Tom Kmiec waves to the crowd during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 8, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Newborn daughter’s death inspires MP’s bill on bereavement leave for parents

Conservative MP Tom Kmiec says a day or two off not enough for some grieving parents

Victoria’s 2020 Canada Day celebration will not happen this year. (Black Press Media file photo)
Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations backs cancelling Canada Day celebration

Statement made after Victoria cancels Canada Day event as a statement of reconciliation

United Nurses of Alberta is slamming Health Minister Tyler Shandro for suggesting staff vacations are causing emergency room problems. (Black Press Media files)
Physicians were suffering burnout and then the pandemic made it worse, UBC study finds

Burnout prevalent among 68 per cent of doctors – likely a reflection of issue globally, says researcher

Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson responds to a question during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020 in Ottawa. The federal government is bringing in a new coal policy saying new or expanded thermal coal mines create unacceptable environmental impacts.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
‘Unacceptable environmental effects:’ New federal policy restricts thermal coal

Policy puts another roadblock in front of Coalspur Mines and its Alberta Vista mine expansion

Kawasaki City Institute for Public Health Director General Nobuhiko Okabe speaks during a press conference after a roundtable on COVID-19 countermeasures at Tokyo 2020 Games in Tokyo, Friday, June 11, 2021. A group of experts participated in a third roundtable on COVID-19 countermeasures proposed for audience-related infection control. (Franck Robichon/Pool Photo via AP)
Tokyo Olympics still undecided on fans — or no fans at all

Fans from abroad already banned from what is shaping up to be a largely made-for-television event

Most Read