Preparing Your Home

Well before you list your home for sale, you need to think about how it will show to potential buyers. First impressions really do matter and can be the difference between a buyer choosing your home or a similar house that’s on the market. There are several things you can do that will increase the value of the home. Some of the easiest things won’t cost you a thing but will be well worth the effort. Here are some suggestions:

First Impressions: Start with the outside of your home and make sure it’s inviting and in good repair. Keep your lawn cut, gardens weeded, leaves raked and snow shovelled. Curb appeal is important! You wouldn’t believe what a new coat of paint on your front door can do.

Declutter: Inside your home, start with de-cluttering from top to bottom. Buyers get turned off by closets, drawers and pantries that are jam-packed. Countertops should be cleared and knick-knacks put away. Buyers need to visualize themselves living in your home and that’s difficult to do with someone else’s personal items clearly visible. Make it easy for them!

Repairs: Take care of any repairs. Things like nail pops, small cracks in walls, ripped screens, leaky faucets, etc, need to be fixed. Touch up paint, replace light bulbs and oil squeaky doors. Buyers will be looking at all the small details.

Clean: Inside and out, your home needs to be spotless. Make sure that windows are cleaned, faucets polished, baseboards dusted and everything sparkles.

Revitalize: You don’t need expensive renovations to increase the value of your home. Start with small, inexpensive projects that yield a big return. Changing faucets or hardware on your cupboard doors can freshen up a kitchen. A coat of paint can make a huge difference. Focus on making the environment neutral and inviting.

Staging: Home staging is not decorating. It is the process of preparing a home for sale with the goal of getting the most money in the shortest amount of time possible. It involves defining rooms, making sure furniture is the proper scale and arrangement for a room and creating a home that the buyers can visualize themselves living in.

Showings: Your home should be pristine for showings and open houses. Turn on the lights and make sure the air conditioner/heat is at a comfortable level. Empty trashcans and do a spot clean of each room. Try to be out of the home when it is being shown. If you have pets, take them with you if possible or make sure they are contained. Valuables should be secured and locked away.

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