Tips For Preparing Your Home For Sale

August 14, 2018 | Homeowners

Your property is likely your largest investment, and you want the best price when you sell.  Buyers notice details.  Here’s a checklist to best prepare your property for market and ensure you excite the buyers and make the “must see” list…

Exterior

  • The exterior of the house is a buyer’s first impression. You want the showing to start on a positive note.
  • Roof- One of the first things a buyer will look at. A bad roof is hard to hide and raises a red flag.
  • Windows, doors, eaves, fences & railings- are they chipped or faded, needing painting or cleaning?
  • Windows- a professional cleaning will make the house sparkle.
  • Lawn & Garden- keep the lawn freshly mowed and garden trimmed. Some fresh fresh mulch goes a long way.
  • Driveway- Does it need repaving?
  • Front planter- a colourful front planter makes for great curb appeal.
  • New house number- modernize your look with a new one.

Interior

  • Up the Wattage- every room needs to be as bright as possible, replace any burnt out or low wattage bulbs.
  • Paint- patch & paint any cracks. A fresh coat of paint is always worth the investment.
  • Cleaning- having a thorough deep cleaning is a necessity in our opinion. And we mean a deep cleaning, not just dusting and vacuuming.
  • Carpets- Freshen with a professional cleaning.
  • Remove dark curtains & carpets.
  • White bedding & fluffed pillows.
  • De-clutter-
    • Counters cleared, especially kitchen & bathrooms.
    • Minimal family photos & personal knick knacks.
    • Organize closets, should be maximum 75% full.
    • Rent a storage locker if there is too much stuff.
    • Rooms should not be over-furnished, you want rooms to look spacious and inviting.

We hope you found this helpful.  We know it’s a lot of work, but in our experience it definitely pays off.  With so many buyers looking online these days, you want the photos to stand out to get them in the door, and for them to fall in love when they walk through. Everything adds to your property feeling like their new home.

We pride ourselves on our friendly, approachable style, so reach out anytime with questions.

Linda & Connie

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