WHAT EVERY HOMEOWNER SHOULD DO BEFORE SELLING

If you’ve decided that it’s time to sell your house, chances are you’re wanting the process to go quickly and you’re wanting top dollar for your home.  With so many homes on the market, you want your home to stand out from the rest, so here’s a few things you can do help spruce up your home, potentially helping choosy buyers take notice!


1.  Purge and declutter

Go through your home, room by room, and either package up or donate items which you no longer use, or which won’t be needed while your house is on the market. Examples are seasonal clothing, duplicate household items, knick knacks, pictures, etc. Not only will decluttering make your move easier at the other end, but often potential buyers are less likely to envision themselves living in your home if they are surrounded by your personal items. The less personalized your home is, the more likely buyers can imagine themselves living there!

 

2.  Repair and Paint

There’s nothing worse for a buyer than walking through a home and seeing unfinished projects or repairs that needs to be done! Replace the burned out light bulbs that you’ve been ignoring, change out the broken window and fix anything else that will cause concern when someone is walking through.


As much as you may love the paint of your lime green bedroom, neutral colours are best!  Freshen up the rooms in your home with lighter neutral coloured paint and buyers will have an easier time imagining their own furniture and belongings.


3.  Clean

This is probably the most important step in preparing your home for selling.  Buyers most often are looking for a home that is move-in ready, and therefore it has to be clean!  If you haven’t done so lately, it’s time for a deep clean - wipe down light fixtures, remove cobwebs, clean the windows, scrub tubs and showers until they’re sparkling…you get the picture! A good cleaning is probably the best and easiest way to add value to your home.


4.  Add Curb Appeal

Create a good first impression buyers by having a yard that is manicured and tidy.  If a yard has been well maintained, there is a good chance that the house has been cared for the same way.  Clean up dead plants and leaves, repaint weathered doors and trim, replace missing shingles, and buyers will take notice.  You want your home to stand out from the rest, and creating a front yard that is clean and inviting is a must!

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