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Decorating Your Langley House Before Selling It

May 26, 2008
Here are some important things to do when decorating your house before selling it.

Going inside your house:

Wash the windows inside and out. The windows make a difference to the light and the overall psychological appeal of your potential buyers. Clean windows can enhance this effect and would give a better visual appeal and ambiance as light is reflected from it.

Initial impressions are very influential and very crucial. This impression can make or break the deal. Your entranceway has to be spotless and free of any form of mess. It is imperative that your whole condominium should make a strong selling statement. The good impression that is made by an attractive entrance transmits over very well even when other parts of the condo are not as notable. On the contrary, it is much harder to alter a buyer's impression when the beginning of the showing makes a bad first impression.

Lead the buyer and give them the best possible experience around your house. A good experience can leave a good lasting impression. It is important to make your guest comfortable. Be honest and transparent. Answer all questions and inquiries thoroughly. It is also wise to inform the buyer about the amenities that are available in the house. Create a calm and easy relationship with your prospective buyer.

The main door:

* Purchase a nice new welcome doormat.

* Have the steps cleaned, swept and polished. Use a pressure washer to get rid of any tough built up grime and stains. A polisher can also help you get a good shine on your steps.

* Eliminate any smudges or undesirable marks on the front door.

* Make sure that the front door knob and lock functions smoothly. Spray a little WD-40 if it gets stuck. Replace the lock if it does not lock or operate properly.

* Take away any decorative address or name plates.

Interior decorating guidelines:

* Stay away from making strong personal decorating statements except if you are a professional interior decorator.

* Keep in mind that it is about what the buyer likes and not about what you like. Remember also that your home is only worth what a buyer perceives it to be. A good impression is really crucial.

* Make it simple for the buyer to see how a room can be utilized, don't make him guess. Most buyers do not have the luxury of imagining or figuring things out. Nor are they innovators. If you do not demonstrate to them how the room can be utilized, then it is most likely that they will not see its inherent potential.

* Take away highly personal items. A few family pictures are acceptable. Always bear in mind that you are trying to help out potential buyers see their family in this home.

* Clear any unnecessary furniture pieces that are making corridors or rooms feel tight or messy.

* Paint is probably the best thing that you can spend your money on, as long as the final result looks bright and professional. Neutral colors are normally a safe choice.

* Repaint the color of the room if it tends to remind people of another era (especially if that era involved disco balls and large gold medallions). Paint a room in a lighter shade if it appears to be dark.

* Unless you are employing the assistance of a professional interior decorator, do not make any bold color statements. Light neutral colors tend to make space look larger. It will also help make the room feel brighter, and it can possibly help you sell your home faster.

* Check for any water marks or stains on the ceiling. Things such as loose shingles or leaky roofs may damage the ceiling. Little concerns like this can have a big impact on buyers. The prospect of ongoing water damage can be detrimental to the buyer's final decision.
About the Author
Andrew Szalontai is a Langley realtor and expert who has spent years buying and selling houses and real estate in Langley and Surrey. Please visit Andrew's website at http://www.mylangleyrealestate.com for more advice and tips on selling your Langley property.
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