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Preparing Your Home for Sale

There are things that you can do to make your home sell faster and/or get a better price for your home. I will help you through every step and be beside you through the entire process to ensure you get the absolute top dollar for your property.

Steps to Selling

1. Consider your curb appeal

Yes, for better or worse, buyers do tend to judge a book by its cover. You want to make sure potential buyers’ first impression of your home is a good one—and inspires them to stop by the open house or schedule a tour—so they can see more. By investing some effort in relatively easy fixes, like planting colorful flowers and repainting your front door, the outside of your house can beckon prospective buyers to come on in. If you’re not sure how to improve your home’s curb appeal, ask your real estate agent for advice on how others in your area have improved the exterior before selling their houses.

2. Declutter living areas

Less is definitely more when it comes to getting your house ready to show. Do a clean sweep of counters, windowsills, tables, and all other visible areas, and then tackle behind closed doors: closets, drawers, and cupboards—since virtually nothing is off-limits for curious buyers. If the house is overflowing with stuff, buyers might worry that the house won’t have ample space for their own belongings. They won’t sign up to pay a mortgage if they think they’ll also have to rent a storage space. Take your excess stuff and donate it or pack it up to be stored off-site. Not only will clearing clutter help your house look more appealing to buyers, it will also help you once you’ve accepted an offer and it’s time to move into a new home. Moving out will be easier if some of your stuff is already packed.

3. Depersonalize your space

Looking at properties is a big part of the process. Note what you do and do not like, let your realtor know so they can help find your best options. You want the buyers to visualize themselves and their family living in the property. Removing personal items, family photos, bold artwork and unnecessary furniture will make the home more appealing to the general public. The goal is to create a blank canvas on which buyers can project their own visions of living there and loving it.

4. Repaint walls to neutral tones

You might love that orange accent wall, but research has shown that buyers prefer a blank canvas. Light neutral colours appeal to buyers because it is easier to imagine their personal items on that backdrop. Lighting is also important, as bold or darker tones can make a space look darker or smaller than it really is.

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5. Touch up any scuff marks

Even if you’re not doing a full-on repainting project, pay special attention to scrubbing and then touching up baseboards, walls, and doors to make the house sparkle and look cared-for. Selling almost any home can be tricky, but selling a home with lots of little problems and small repair needs can be downright difficult. When buyers walk into an open house, or go on a home tour, they want to fall in love with the house, not add a bunch of small repairs to their to-do list.

6. Fix any loose handles

It’s a small thing, sure, but you’d be surprised by the negative effect a loose handle or missing lightbulb can have on a buyer. Closet doors that don’t open properly or cupboards that don’t hang straight catch the attention in a negative way. You want potential buyers to focus on the wonderful things you enjoy about your home, not be distracted by small things. Small things lead to questions of “What else am I not seeing?” For a buyer, submitting an offer, and later committing to a mortgage, is a big deal. When you’re selling your home, you don’t want to give any buyers doubt that your house will make a great home.

8. Odors

If you have pets, creative hobbies (like oil painting or model building), or sports equipment, there can be odors you aren’t aware of that could negatively impact potential buyers. Being aware of this and doing what you can to reduce them (cleaning litter boxes, getting carpets cleaned to remove pet odors, storing items offsite during the showing period) can help with that. Using household air fresheners can help, but they fade quickly and can be overwhelming themselves. With scent, less is always better.

9. Keep it Show ready

You’ll be getting professional photos taken of your house when it looks its best. Naturally, you’ll want your house to look like it does in those pictures when buyers see it. You never know when a buyer is going to want to schedule a last-minute tour. Remember to take special care with the bathroom and kitchen. If there are things that usually are kept on counters, keep a bin handy to put them in and tuck into a cupboard before showings.

10. Consider staging

Home stagers can evaluate the current condition and belongings in your house and determine what elements might raise the bar. They might recommend you buy or rent some items, or they might just reorganize your knickknacks and bookshelves in a way that better appeals to buyers. They bring an outside perspective without bias.

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Selling your home or property is an involved process with dozens of tiny details required to be just right so that you can get the most during a sale. Getting the right guidance and help throughout is essential to maximizing your value, Dean Robertson has the experience and team to make it happen for you. 

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