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Presentation is everything when you sell your home.  Use these expert tips to reduce the stress.

1.  Detach your emotions:

When selling your home, create a space that as many people as possible can envision as their potential home.  A good start is to pack away many of your personal items, including photos, souvenirs and other mementos.

2.  Clean and reorganize: 

Clean your home from top to bottom and make sure all appliances are spotless.  Reorganize the closets and pack as many personal items as possible because storage is a major selling point.

3.  Furnish empty rooms:

Staging every room with the right furniture will help buyers visualize living in the space.

4.  Brighten and lighten:

Light-filled rooms are always appealing.  Open blinds and make sure windows are sparkling clean.  A fresh coat of neutral coloured paint will also brighten up the space.

5.  Spark your buyer's imagination:

Set the dinner table for company, light the fireplace on a cold day, and add some fresh flowers to your decor.  Creating the proper atmosphere can do wonders.

6.  Fix minor repairs:

Buyers prefer to see a home in move-in condition, even small things such as a dripping faucet can detract from the value of your home.

7.  Don't be too unique:

Keep your decor simple and modern with neutral colours.  Unusual accessories and strong wall colours will turn off some buyers.

8.  Keep your neighbourhood in mind when renovating:

Actual returns on renovations depend not only on the renovation itself but also on how your home compares to your neighbours'.

9.  Improve security:

Household security is a sought after feature.  Simple measure such as adding window locks and motion sensor lights outside can boost the desirability of your property.

10.  Call Brenda for more help when selling your house in Victoria, BC!