Don’t make drastic design changes
The best way to freshen up your home for a sale is to depersonalize it and simplify the look and feel. This helps a potential buyer picture themselves living there. Replacing an old toilet or re-staining the kitchen cabinets could help sell your home, but just be sure to keep your personal preferences to yourself. Your Realtor can remain objective and help you prioritize.
Finally make those minor repairs
The leaky faucet that you’ve been putting off fixing could be the symptom of a larger problem. To avoid surprises in the Inspection Report be sure to address things like plumbing leaks, cracks in the wall and poor ventilation as they may delay or even cause a cancellation of the sale.
It’s understandable to think that your house is worth more than all the others in the neighbourhood, especially if you’ve spent money on upgrades. The only way to know for sure is to have your Realtor provide you with a list of all the recent sales of comparable homes in your area. This will help you set a price that is competitive.
Your home’s exterior is what gets potential buyers to the front door. Maintain the yard, shovel the snow, sweep the porch replace a worn welcome mat are all thing that can help. A Curb Appeal Checklist can help ensure your home is inviting.
The perfect time to declutter is before your home goes on the market. Before the For Sale sign goes up you need to decide what to do with all the things you no longer want or need. If, after that, there is still clutter or you have a lot of personal items you want to keep you may need to think about a storage unit. The closets and cupboards need to appear as spacious as possible. When they are packed full it gives the impression of limited storage space.
Clean Like Never Before
Don’t just think of cleaning the high traffic areas and the major surfaces. All the unders, behinds and in-betweens need to be done as well. Look high and low and clean there too.
Know Your Next Step
Don’t let what happens next get lost in the shuffle while selling your place. You need to determine where you’re moving to next before your home goes up for sale. If your home sells quickly are you prepared to move right away? Are you also prepared if your home doesn’t sell so quickly? Your Realtor can help with your relocation needs and timeline.
These are just a few ideas to boost your chance of a quick sale, but don’t forget that it is also important for a seller to maximize their profit.
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