Preparing Your Home for Sale

First impressions matter when buyers look

You can help get the results you want by staging your home. Staging is not about redecorating your entire home, it is about rearranging what you do have and making a few improvements to appeal more to buyers. If you don’t want to do this yourself we would be happy to recommend a staging professional to you. Hiring a professional stager oftens pays for itself as due to a quicker sale and higher selling price.

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 and clear the sidewalks.

Make the House Shine

A home in immaculate condition sells more quickly–and for more. 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 odours.

De-Personalize

You want buyers to imagine themselves living in your home. Pack up those family heirlooms and personal photographs.

De-Clutter

Less is more in creating home appeal. Keep counters free of personal items, pare furnishings down to the bare essentials and pack up those cute knick-knacks.

Make Minor Repairs

Don’t let maintenance shortcomings affect the sale. Patch any holes in the walls. Consider painting them in a neutral colour. 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 are 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 it’s friendliest when buyers go through it. Open the drapes and let the sunshine in, have fresh flowers on display, set a comfortable temperature, make sure it smells fresh.

Lighten up at Night

Turn on the excitement by turning on all the lights, both inside and outside when showing your home in the evening. Light adds colour, warmth and makes prospects feel welcome.