Preparing Your Home For Sale


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Are you thinking of selling your home? If you’re one of the many homeowners who choose this time of year to move — whether you’re trading up or down, or relocating — you’re probably starting to prepare your home for the sale.

Before you become overwhelmed by the task, it’s a good idea to sit down and look at your home objectively. An attractive, well-kept home generally has a better chance of selling a little faster. When selling your home, the saying “first impressions are lasting ones” is very true.

Curb Appeal

An inviting exterior ensures that potential buyers will have a great first impression so it’s important to keep your lawn and hedges trimmed and edged, the flower beds cultivated, and your yard free and clear of clutter. 

Missing shingles or damaged eavestroughs should be replaced. If you have aluminum or vinyl siding or trim that’s quite dirty, hire someone to clean it with a power washer.

If you have a garage, make sure the door is clean and in good working order. Make sure the inside of your garage doesn’t look too cluttered or unorganized. Keep patios, walkways and decks clear.

Insider Tips

You can do a lot on the inside of your home as well without spending a great deal of money. Two primary areas to keep in mind are the kitchen and bathroom. These two rooms of your home are generally of prime interest to potential buyers. Make sure they are tidy and clean. Scrub sinks, toilets and bathtubs. This applies to kitchen appliances as well, clean them until they shine.

If you have laminate or hardwood flooring ensure that it shines and is dust free. Make sure tile entrance floors look clean and bright. If you have carpet in your home you may want to rent a steam cleaner, or hire a professional carpet cleaner. If you are a pet owner keep in mind that pet odours become trapped in carpeting and furniture and this can deter prospective buyers.

Give your home a thorough cleaning, get to those easy-to-miss spots that need a good cleaning. Wash down the walls, windows and woodwork. Clean out the cupboards and under the sink, dust the tops of baseboards and wash or dust all window coverings.

Show Your Homes Potential

Keep in mind that rooms that have too much furniture will give the impression that they’re much smaller than their true size. Create a feeling of spaciousness by removing bulky or unused furniture and making the best use of your space.

When you go through spare rooms and cupboards and find items you haven’t used that items in a while, and if you’re not likely to in the next few weeks, pack them away. 

Take clothes that are not in season out of your closets and make sure that potential Buyers can see that there is lots of room for them to put their own clothing. 

You can get a head start on moving by cleaning off bookshelves, mantles and flat surfaces of items that make a room seem busy. A few more things you could consider to clear away are toys, extra bedding and unused sports equipment. 

Pack up what you no longer need and donate it to charity or give it to friends or family members who may have a use for it. Why move those items to your new home? 

Consider renting a storage locker or using a family members basement to store your extra items while your home is up for sale.

Some Final Thoughts

If you haven’t made substantial improvement or changes over the years, it’s not a good idea to take on major renovation projects simply to sell your home. This can be an expensive and lengthy procedure and there are no guarantees that you’ll be able to recover all of your costs. Instead, try to determine what types of minor cosmetic improvements can be made, like general cleaning and painting. These projects generally don’t require a lot of capital and your home can be greatly improved by them.

Give us a call and we will give you a no obligation consultation to see what types of improvements make the most sense to assist you in getting the best price for your home. We can be reached at 604-240-8302