PREPARING YOUR HOME FOR SALE
In preparing your home for sale, our designer will help to advise on the best strategy to appeal to the most buyers possible. We offer complimentary staging to all of our clients and will handle the big stuff but here are some things you can get started on and some things to keep in mind during the showing process.
Create Great Curb Appeal
- Make the first impression count. Clean up, paint front windows and doors, keep the lawn mowed and the bushes trimmed, plant or pot colourful flowers, clear the sidewalks.
- Make the House Shine
- A home in immaculate condition sells more quickly – and for more money.
- Wash windows inside and out, make sure kitchen and bath features gleam, shampoo or replace carpeting, clean and dust throughout, take care of any pet odors.
You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Pack up those family heirlooms and personal photographs.
Less is more in creating home appeal. Keep counters free of personal items, pare furnishings down to the bare essentials, pack up those cute knickknacks.
Make Minor Repairs
Don’t let maintenance shortcomings affect the sale. Patch any holes in the walls. Consider painting them in a neutral color. Replace cracked floor or counter tiles, fix leaky faucets and doors that don’t close properly, replace burned-out light bulbs.
Remove Favourite Items
If buyers don’t see something, they won’t want it to be part of the deal. Remove fixtures or window coverings now if you’re going to take them with you.
Rearrange Closets and Cabinets
Tidy, organized closets make a positive statement about your home. Keep medicines and other personal items out of sight, pack away much of your clothing, neatly arrange shoes and shelf items.
Show Your Home in the Best Light
Your home needs to be at its friendliest when buyers go through it. Open the drapes and let the sunshine in, have fresh flowers on display and set your home to a comfortable temperature.
Lighten up at Night
Turn on the excitement by turning on all your lights, both inside and outside, when showing your home in the evening. Lights add colour, warmth, and make prospects feel welcome.
Be Absent During Showings
Try to leave your home during showings to give potential buyers comfort when they are viewing your home.
Watch Your Pets
Dogs and cats are great companions, but when you’re showing your home, pets have a talent for getting underfoot. So do everyone a favour, keep them outside, or at least out of the way.
Homeowners learn to live with all kinds of self-set booby traps: roller skates on the stairs, extension cords, slippery throw rugs and low hanging overhead lights. Make your residence as non perilous as possible for uninitiated visitors.
Defer to Experience
When prospects want to talk price, terms or other real estate matters, let them speak to us as your trusted advisors.
You never know when we or another Realtor may need to show your home on a moment’s notice. So make your beds and tidy up each morning, just in case.
Avoid Crowded Scenes
Potential buyers often feel like intruders when they enter a home filled with people. Rather than giving your house the attention it deserves, they’re likely to hurry through. Keep the company present to a minimum and if possible leave your home during showings.