Preparing Your Home for Selling

Preparing Your Home for Selling

According to Forbes magazine, if you’re ready to sell your home the first thing you should do is “Put your buyer’s hat on and walk through your home like it’s the first time.” Take notes on what you (as the buyer) observe, and then adjust the issues accordingly. Never list your home without advance preparation so you can make a favourable impression on potential buyers and be more likely to sell for a good price.

Follow these tips before the photography session and before showings so your home will be well prepared for a sale.

  1. Clean
    Obviously an important step is to clean and tidy your home, however it’s best to go above and beyond with your cleaning such as dusting fan blades, fireplace mantles and baseboards, as well as polishing appliances, faucets and finishings. Remember to give your windows a good washing too. If you don’t live at the property or if you’re too busy to stay on top of the cleaning, consider hiring a cleaning service.
  2. Scents
    Make sure your home smells clean and fresh, and make sure not to cook things like bacon the day of a showing. Strong cooking smells can linger and you don’t want your home to smell like fast food!
  3. De-clutter
    The focus should be on how nice the living space is, not on your belongings, so clear out any clutter or anything that looks messy. Put items into cupboards and closets – the less clutter you have on countertops, tables and dressers, the better it will look in photographs and showings. While you’re at it, clear out any bulky furniture that is too large for the space. While you may enjoy the extra seating, it can make a room look smaller than it really is.
  4. Simplicity is Best
    Keep your decor, paint colours and accents simple and neutral. For example a landscape painting is fine, but a zebra print rug may look better in storage.
  5. Put Personal Items Away
    People want to be able to envision themselves living in the space, so family photographs, kid’s artwork on the fridge and overly personal items should be put away for photo sessions and showings.
  6. Light
    Open up blinds and curtains to let in natural light, and turn on lights and lamps. Turning on all lamps and regular lights including under cabinet lighting makes for nice ambience, especially in photo shoots. Bright, airy rooms look bigger and more inviting.
  7. Flowers and Fruit
    Potted plants that are in good condition add a nice fresh look to the space, as does a bouquet of fresh flowers in a vase or a colourful bowl of fresh fruit on the kitchen table or countertop.
  8. Fix it Up
    Small tweaks can make a big difference when potential buyers are walking through a space. Details like burnt out light bulbs, scuffs on the walls, loose doorknobs and leaky faucets will be noticed by buyers so take the time to replace bulbs, touch up paint, and tighten faucets and doorknobs. If your furniture such as a sofa is a little beaten up, put a stylish throw or slip cover over it.
  9. Spa Bathrooms
    You can create a luxurious looking bathroom for under $40 by stacking or rolling pretty washcloths and tying them with ribbon. Add some scented candles, plants, flowers and matching towels and bathmats. And don’t forget to always close the toilet lid!
  10. Exterior
    Boost curb appeal by mowing the lawn, raking leaves, weeding flower beds and trimming shrubs. Keep your walkways clear, roll up hoses, touch up paint and add a stylish wreath to your front door. Keep vehicles in the garage and off of the driveway, and close the garage door. Move any recreational vehicles off the property to showcase any extra parking.

If you’re on a tight budget, just make sure to spruce up the front entrance. First impressions go a long way so tidy, clean, de-clutter and decorate the front door and entrance foyer. By putting in the extra effort to prepare your home for photographs and showings, you’ll increase your chances of impressing potential buyers and make a memorable impact to stand out from the crowd.