Preparing your home

Tips on preparing your home for sale

Drive up appeal

Trim trees and shrubs, clean out flower beds and in the summer months invest in a few flats of seasonal flowers. During the winter months ensure the driveway and front walkway are clear of snow and ice. Other ways to increase your drive up appeal are to paint the front door, make sure the doorbell is working properly, wash the mailbox, keep the porch swept an attractive mat for people to wipe their feet.

Absolute Basics

Start by airing out the home. Most people are turned off by even the smallest odour. Odours must be eliminated, especially those caused by dogs, cats, cooking, or cigarette smoking.

Wash all windows in the home, inside and out. If it has been over a year since the carpets have been cleaned, now would be a good time to have them cleaned. Bare floors should also be waxed or polished.

Put bright light bulbs in every socket made for a bulb. Buyers like bright and cheery.

Clean out closets, cabinets and drawers. Closets should look like they have enough room to hold additional items. Get everything off the floor and don’t have the shelves piled to the ceiling, if possible.

Make sure rooms are not overcrowded with furniture. Select pieces that look best and store the rest.

Keep the kitchen sparkling clean. Make sure all appliances are clean at all times. Straighten cupboards that appear cluttered and keep floors gleaming. Bathtubs, showers, and sinks should be freshly caulked. The grout should be clean and in good condition. There should be no leaks in the faucet or traps. Keep all bathroom fixtures sparkling clean.

There are certain things that you could do to add flair to your home such as changing dated paint, wallpaper, or light fixtures.

Showing your home

When you leave the house for the day, leave it as if you know it is going to be shown:

  • Keep good scents in the house such as potpourri, or simmering pots or candles.
  • Make sure all the lights are on and window treatments are open.
  • Turn off television, but leave the radio playing soft, quiet music.
  • Leave your premises. Buyers are intimidated when sellers are present and tend to hurry through the house.