Planning on selling this year? Before you do so, take a step back and look at your home, maybe even take a few pictures. Try and see your home with new eyes and see things you might have overlooked. Then, make a list of items that need a bit of love. When you do your first showing, you want your house to really stand out. Here are a few tips on how you can get started.
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Step 1: Clean & Declutter
This step may seem obvious but the importance of this step cannot be overstated. Eliminating clutter from your home can make cleaning so much easier, as well as staging your home and ultimately moving. Take some time and purge your home of unwanted or unnecessary items. After you’re finished de-cluttering, do a deep clean! This is a step that will probably involve the whole family as deep cleaning your home can take some time.
Pay special attention to the kitchens and bathrooms as well as the windows. Now that everything is clutter free and deep cleaned, it’s time to reorganize. Potential home buyers will more then likely open up closets and cabinets so hiding items out of sight is not an option. Plus, when you organize areas like your closets, it will make them appear larger because of how much can fit inside of them.
Step 2: Make Small Repairs
Take care of any small repairs before showing your home for the first time. Sometimes potential buyers will lower their offer depending on small repairs they find which means less money in your pocket. Plus if a buyer sees small repairs that haven’t been tended to, they’re assuming there’s bigger issues that have been neglected as well. Get the most for your home by fixing certain things yourself. Here’s a list to go over and repair:
- Fix any leaking faucets and running toilets
- Replace caulking around tubs, showers and sinks
- Freshen up or repair grout as needed
- Repair walls and repaint them in a neutral colour
- Fix cracked or broken windows
- Replace or repair damaged window screens
- Replace burned out light bulbs
Step 3: Go For Curb Appeal
First impressions are everything so when sprucing up your house to list, don’t overlook the exterior. Think about renting a pressure washer and clean your decks, patios, side walks, driveway and fences. Cut back your hedges and tidy your garden. Repair anything that’s broken like downspouts and gutters. And depending on when you list your home, add a season wreath or flowers to make your home feel more welcoming.