10 Tips On Preparing Your Home For Sale and Where to Start?

Tuesday Apr 21st, 2020

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First impressions are lasting impressions and you only get one chance to make a lasting impression.

That first impression makes an impact on a number of levels, especially at an emotional level.
It’s not just the way your house looks to potential buyers, it's also how it feels and smells to them, 
how their friends and family will react, and most importantly how they imagine it would be to live 
there.

Simple improvements throughout your house, can grab the attention of potential buyers and provide 
them the emotinal security that your house is right for them.

Plan Ahead:
Start with planning how to prepare your property. Walk your home and consider thing like:

  • What will they like or dislike? 
  • What needs fixing, painting, cleaning?  
  • What can you improve? 

It's important to keep in mind that those seemingly insignificant problems you’ve learned to live with can 
actually discourage potential buyers.Making improvements and preparation to your home does not 
need to be costly. Minor inexpensive repairs and improvements can have tremendous appeal in 
attracting serious buyers. 


Clean Everything:
A spotless home inside and out gives potential buyers the feeling that your home is well taken care of.
Consider doing the following:

  • Clean windows and window sills
  • Scrub walls and floors, tile and ceilings
  • Clean cupboards and drawers
  • Thoroughly clean kitchen and bathrooms
  • Wash scuff marks from doors and entryways
  • Clean light fixtures 
  • Clean the fireplace
  • Tidy up and organize the laundry room
  • put away your clothes.

Reduce Clutter
Buyers are turned off by rooms that look and feel cluttered. Assist buyers by allowing them see
themselves and their possessions in your home. Reducing clutter within your home will make rooms feel
larger, lighter and airy.

As you're cleaning, pack away your personal items, such as pictures, valuables, and collectibles, and 
store or get rid of surplus books, magazines extra furniture, rugs, blankets, storing your tools, rolling 
up your garden hose, etc. 

Cleaning and clearing out the clutter can really pay off in the end. The additional benefit of packing
away and reducing your clutter is it gets you started packing non essential things early in the process.

Closets:
They’re an important consideration to many buyers. By storing clothing you won’t use soon or donating 
clothing you'll never use, you’ll make closets look spacious and appealing

Paint:
A new coat of paint cleans up your living space and makes it look bright and new. To make rooms look 
larger, choose light, neutral colors that appeal to the most people. The same goes for the outside if
you have peeling or blistering areas of your house that needs attention. Give it a fresh coat of stain or 
paint to brighten things up.

Carpet:
Check the condition of your carpet and if its worn, consider replacing it. At the very least, have your carpet 
cleaned.

Repairs and Renovations
There is no need for any major renovations seeing as you're selling and will unlikely recoup those costs. 
However it is best to make minor repairs to such things as: 

  • leaky faucets 
  • slow drains 
  • torn screens
  • gutters
  • loose doorknobs
  • broken windows 

Consider hiring a handy man to assist with these minor repairs and painting. Ensure that repairs are not 
shoddy looking and amateurish, that will turn potential buyers off. 

Leaks and Moisture:
Water stains on ceilings or in the basement alert buyers to potential problems. Don’t try to cosmetically cover
up stains caused by leaks. If you’ve fixed the water problem, repair the damage and you may possibly have to 
disclose in writing to the buyer what repairs were made. Speak to a qualified Realtor or Lawyer for guidance 
on this matter. 

Front & Back Yards:

Grab people’s attention by enhancing your yard and landscaping. If your house looks inviting and well-
maintained from the street, people will imagine that it’s attractive on the inside, too.

  • Prune bushes and hedges; trim trees
  • Mow the lawns, fertilize it, and keep it edged and trimmed
  • Clean up and dispose of pet mess
  • Weed your gardens, add fertilizer and mulch, plant some colorful flowers.

In winter, keep your driveway and sidewalks shoveled, de-iced, and well-lit.

Curb Appeal:

You may have heard the words curb appeal before. This is the first impression your home makes on 
potential buyers. Curb appeal starts exactly right there at the curb when potential buyers arrive at
your home. As they pull up to your home, ask yourself: Does it look inviting and well maintained?

Remember as we mentioned earlier, you're appealing to a buyers emotions that this has the potential 
of being their next home. and they would like to offer to purchase it.

As potential buyers approach the front door their eyes are scanning looking around so  ensure 
the entrance to your home is attractive and eye catching. Sweep the front entrance way, especially 
during the autumn season, and shoveled and de-iced during the winter months

And definitely remember to put out the Welcome mat!

 
One of the suggestions I make to my clients is to tour some model homes. That will provide you an
idea of how to make your home look and stand out. This way your houme becomes more appealing and stands 
out from the competition. By preparing your home correctly, you’ll potentially have multiple buyers willing
to place an attractive offer and you'll save time selling it.

There is a lot of work to put in when you do decide to sell your home. Feel free to give us a call for a no obligation
hassle free consult. We'll come out, walk through your home and discuss with you a strategy to assist you in
preparing it for sale. 

 


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