How to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

If you’re thinking of listing your home but overwhelmed about where to start, let me help break it down into manageable steps. We’ll start with first impressions – the outside. If your property is lacking curb appeal, it may be tough to get potential buyers inside.

Walk outside to the front of your house and think of ways to demonstrate to a prospective buyer some interest in your property.

Paint goes a long way. Consider touching up mailboxes, light posts, shutters, etc. This inexpensive transformation can make a huge difference. Even adding some new paint to a door or painting the siding as opposed to replacing it can go a long way.

Next, how is your garden looking? Is it neatly kept or is it overgrown and in need of TLC? Consider sprucing it up by adding some planters or new wood chips as inexpensive and less labour-intensive options. If snow is on the ground, it’s a good idea to ensure all dead flowers and shrubs are cut back to achieve the ultimate clean look.

Moving inside, start by looking up. Do you have light bulbs that need to be replaced or have light fixtures in need of updating? Lighting can shine a light on how the home looks.

Next, make yourself a schedule and plan to tackle a room a day. I’m talking entry, living room, bathrooms, bedrooms, kitchen, dining room, basement and even closets and storage areas. Declutter, depersonalize, clean (including walls, doors, floors and carpet) and stage. Touch up and repaint if needed. Repair those things you’ve been avoiding.

If you’re interested in learning more, give me a shout! I offer free home evaluations and can help prioritize your “To Do” list to get your home market ready.

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