Preparing your home for sale

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 faster.

Minor exterior and interior improvements can add value to your home and need not require a large renovation bill. Think back to what first attracted you to your home; now determine how best to highlight and improve your home’s best features.

Here are a few ideas to help you perk-up your home’s appearance. Consult with your REALTOR® to see what types of improvements make the most sense.

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An inviting exterior encourages potential buyers will look inside:
• Tidy decks, balconies – clean floor, remove dead plants and
clutter, wash furniture
• Ensure garage and porch areas are free of clutter and refuse
• Keep lawns and gardens well maintained
• Repair loose siding or pavement
• Replace any damaged roof shingles, eaves troughs or cracked
• Wash windows, gutters, mailbox and doors
• Secure loose shutters or awnings
• Repair any cracks or leaks in flashings
• Inspect caulking and trim; check doors and windows for smooth movement, and lubricate with silicone spray. Wash window
screens and check for tears
• Clean or replace furnace filter. Replacing it with an electrostatically charged filter is a good way to improve indoor air quality,
vacuum exterior of furnace and boiler

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, including
ventilator and stove exhaust fans
• Repair dripping facets and showerheads
• Steam clean or replace carpets if necessary
• Thoroughly clean every room in the house, removing all clutter
including personal items like family photos and ornamental
collections – less stuff makes rooms look larger and fewer
mementos allows potential buyers to imagine their belongings in the space
• Repaint dingy walls or kitchen cabinets with a neutral colour
• Check walls for bulges, damp patches or peeling paint; these may indicate moisture trapped in the walls. 
• Replace worn or outdated countertops and cracked light-switch plates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

• If you’re selling a strata unit, prepare your minutes for easy distribution
• 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, jewellery and small valuables in plain sight during a showing
• Open curtains/blinds to maximize natural light
• Keep all stairways and hallways clear
• Use finishing touches like fresh flowers and candles

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