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6 Secrets to impressing home buyers

Sarah Kelsey is a lifestyle writer, editor and spokesperson based in Toronto. She was the editor of AOL/The Huffington Post Canada’s StyleList, Style and Living sites. Today, she's a freelancer writing for some of North America’s top pub...

Impress to sell

Are you trying to sell your home? There are a few surefire things you can be doing now to catch the attention of prospective buyers.

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1Lighten it up

A bright home appears to be more welcoming than one that's dark and sullen. Do everything you can to add some light to your space such as taking down drapes or changing their fabric, the little things you do will let more light stream into every room. Other tips include using light colored lampshades, cleaning windows, and ditching fluorescent bulbs.

2Satisfy their sense of smell

No one wants to buy a space that smells like a gym bag. To make your home smell nice and fresh for prospective buyers, add a few scented items to every room: potpourri, flowers, air fresheners. You can even go the extra mile to do your dirty laundry (yes, the smell of it can filter into any room), or bake a pie or a loaf of bread before buyers pop by.

3Declutter

Every prospective buyer will look at a home and picture their items in it, from art to larger pieces of furniture like couches and televisions. They won't be able to do that if your space is full of knick-knacks and clutter, which is why it's important to clear your shelves and walls of as many little objects as you can before you start showing your space (just don't go overboard; you still want your space to look lived in).

4Pricing is incredibly important

Buyers have the upper hand in this real estate market and overpricing your home is one of the worst things you can do. Talk to a real estate agent or market analyst to get a good idea of what your home may be worth. Compare it to similar properties in your area. From there, price it slightly lower to encourage bids (who knows, you may even end up with multiple offers on your space).

5Create curb appeal

First impressions count. Make sure your home stands out by clearing your front yard of weeds or dead leaves. Spruce up the window trim or repaint it with a brighter color. Fix loose patio stones or seal cracks in your driveway. As soon as prospective buyers pull up to your spruced up and homey looking space, they'll be more inclined (and excited!) to look inside.

6Be ready to show your space

Prospective buyers can contact their real estate agents to see any space at a moment's notice so, when trying to sell your home, it's best to be prepared for last minute pop-ins. Keep your space neat and tidy and dust bunny free; wash the dishes; make sure your laundry is done or in the laundry bin; and, put pets in a separate area so buyers aren't alarmed when they walk through the door. Doing all of these things, although time consuming, will ensure your home gets sold.

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