10 Things To Do Before Listing Your Home For Sale

Dated: March 18 2022

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1. Consider Curb Appeal

It's important that your home makes a good first impression. When potential buyers drive up to your home, you want them to think, "Wow! I could live here!" To make sure buyers want to see the inside of your home, make sure the outside is well-kept, tidy and inviting. It's important to touch up or repaint trim, keep the grass cut, edge along sidewalks and paths, maintain flowers and shrubs and keep the yard tidy. You never know when curious buyers will drive by.

2. De-Clutter Living Areas

Potential buyers may not be able to see past any clutter. Think of it this way – you’re clearing out and will have less things to move. Make decisions now and your house will sell faster and your move will be easier. It's no secret that getting started is the hardest part of decluttering. Take one room, or even part of one room, at a time and dive in. Recycle or shred paper. Donate books, toys, clothing and duplicate household items.

3. De-Personalize The Space

If you have a lot of family photos on the wall or several pieces of your child's artwork on the refrigerator door, you should take them down and store them out of sight. This will help buyers see the home as a clean slate they could make their own. It might be sad to take those personal items down but it will help you sell your home in the meantime.

4. Repaint in Neutral Tones

You might love that orange accent wall, but if it’s your potential buyer’s least favorite color, that could be a turnoff. If you decide to do some interior painting, which we highly recommend, stick to neutral colors. You've heard it before, but it's the truth. Neutrals don't distract and they allow potential buyers to imagine their things in your home as if it is a blank canvas.

5. Small Repairs and Fixes

Now is the time to fix all those nagging items you’ve just lived with. 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. Look for loose handles, stained ceilings, missing or broken tiles. Tighten, repair, repaint or replace as needed. Outside look for cracked patio tiles, loose deck boards or railings, flaking trim paint that needs attention. Make a list and tackle what you can on your own and call and handyman for the rest.

6. Add Some Plants!

If the weather allows, plant flowers in pots, window boxes or right in the ground to add color and pump up the curb appeal. Pay close attention to the plants, keeping them watered and trimmed. Inside the house, fresh flowers in vases add color, life and the feeling that you, as the home seller, are putting your best foot forward. When staging your house, remember that green is good: Plants create a bright and more welcoming environment. Add green life to rooms with easy care potted plants. You won’t believe how fresh it makes your home feel.

7. Clean, Clean, Clean

If you already keep a clean house, simply keep up the good work, checking to make sure you don't overlook little-used closets and other nooks and crannies that aren't part of your weekly routine. This needs to be a deep cleaning. For the rest of us, it's time to get serious. Start at the top (the attic or second-story rooms) and work your way down. Clean ceiling light fixtures first, scrub walls and woodwork and finish with floors. As you work your way from top to bottom, don't leave one area until it is completely clean and then move on. Finally, don't underestimate the power of clean windows. Also consider cleaning or washing cushion covers, duvet covers and pillow cases to ensure furnishings look tidy and well-kept.

8. Self-Stage Your Furniture

Your furniture is arranged the way it best suits you and your family. When you're staging your home to sell, you'll need to use your furniture as marketing tools to help create inviting vignettes. Avoid having furniture lined up along the walls. Pull the sofa away from the wall and pull chairs close to create a conversation area. Also, you may need to remove some furniture so it's easy for people to walk around in the rooms. If you've toured model homes and had the feeling you could move right in and live there, that's what you're going for.

9. Stock Up on Light Bulbs

Go ahead and stock up on light bulbs. When showing your house to potential buyers, all light fixtures and lamps will need to be turned on. For this reason, it’s important that all lights in your home have bright working light bulbs. Consider bulbs that cast white light which most closely resemble daylight. Be sure all bulbs match and are working for showings.  

10. Call Susan!

An experienced and caring real estate agent can provide invaluable advice in prepping your home for sale and help to keep you sane throughout the process of listings, selling & moving. If you’re considering putting your home on the market in the coming year, give Susan a call at 250-870-1560 to see how she can help!

Contact Susan Dolan at 250-870-1560 or at susan@susandolan.ca

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Susan Dolan

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