How to prepare your home for sale

Are you thinking of selling your home? Before your REALTOR® begins showing your home, you will want to make sure it’s in tip-top condition. An attractive, well-kept home generally has a better chance of selling a little faster.Minor exterior and interior improvements

Start with the outside
  • An inviting exterior ensures that potential buyers will inspect the interior
  • Keep lawns and gardens well maintained
  • Ensure garage and porch areas are free of clutter and refuse
  • Repair loose siding or pavement
  • Replace any damaged roof shingles, eaves troughs or cracked windows
  • Wash windows, gutters, mailbox and doors
  • Secure loose shutters or awnings
The inside story
You can do a lot to improve the inside of your home without spending a great deal of money. Two primary areas to keep in mind are the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Ensure kitchen and bathrooms are sparkling clean
  • Repair dripping faucets and showerheads
  • Steam clean or replace carpets if necessary
  • Thoroughly clean every room in the house, removing all clutter
  • Repaint dingy walls or kitchen cabinets with a neutral colour
  • Replace worn or outdated countertops and cracked light-switch plates
  • Remove any items (like chandeliers) that won't be included in the sale of the home
 Pre-showing checklist
  • As a courtesy to buyers, leave the house while the Realtor is conducting a showing
  • Keep pets out of the way – preferably out of your house during the showing
  • Ensure that every room is tidy, well aired and adequately lit
  • Don't keep money, jewelry and small valuables in plain sight during a showing
  • Open drapes to maximize natural light
  • Keep all stairways and hallways clear
  • Use finishing touches like fresh flowers and candles
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