Here are a few tips and ideas to help prepare you home for prospective buyers:

  • First Impressions Count –  You will rarely get a second chance to show your home, that’s why the first impression is so important. Walking into a home with an un-mowed lawn or cluttered porch or entryway can influence a potential buyer. Strong odors from pets, cooking, or cigarette smoke can also make a difference.  Keep your entrance way clear of clutter and spotlessly clean, light delicately scented flowers, and try having fresh flowers to help brighten up your home.
  • Curb Appeal-  The exterior appearance of your home may influence whether or not a buyer walks in the front door. Make any necessary repairs to gutters and doors and paint if needed. Keep the lawn trimmed and flower beds weeded. Be sure the driveway is clear of clutter and snow in the winter. Plant seasonal flowers to add warmth and color. Wash windows and ledge. If you have a garage make sure it is neat and clutter free.
  • Keep it Clean- A clean home sells!! Make sure every room in your house is neat, clean, dusted and uncluttered. Steam clean carpets if needed and wax floors. Wash walls, heating vents, appliance (inside and out) and all windows. Pay close attention to kitchens and bathrooms!
  • De-clutter – Buyers want a home with lots of space, including storage space. Organized storage areas and closets look bigger. Think about having a yard sale or boxing up old furniture, clothing, and knick- knacks and donating them to charity. Organize shelves and cupboards and put away or purge your home of unnecessary items. Keep kitchen and bathroom countertops free of small appliances and personal effects.
  • De-personalize – Buyers like to be able to envision your home as their own. Put away any collectibles, knick-knacks, or personal items. This will help to remove clutter and create extra space.
  • Make minor Renovations – Adding a fresh coat of paint and laying new flooring can brighten up your home. Try neutral colors that can be appealing to most everyone. Check all cabinets and doors to make sure they don’t stick. And fix any minor safety issues. Also repair any leaking faucets or plumbing. Small renovations can add value to your home.
  • Create Space – Everyone wants a home that is spacious, in order to do this you need to de-clutter and re-organize. Remove any excess furniture to make the room feel more open and replace or remove pieces that seem to big for the room. Consider storing unnecessary items until you move into your new home. Mirrors placed strategically around your home can also add the illusion of space.
  • Lighten up – Make you home look warm and inviting by opening blinds and pulling back curtains during the day. (Make sure your windows are sparkling clean). In the evening turn on all your lights both inside and out. Light adds color and warmth and they won’t have to go looking for switches in strange locations.
  • Don’t forget the bathroom –  Your bathroom could make or break your sale. Make sure it is sparkling clean, that all fixtures work and that it is completely free of clutter and personal items. Use or purchase new towels, mats and shower curtains in neutral colors.
  • Modern choices – Attempt to make your home décor modern and tasteful. Use neutral tones on the walls and floors and add touches of color with throw pillows and other accents. Try removing outdated furniture, wall covering, and window treatments. Avoid too many personal touches.
  • The Backyard – The backyard is as important as the front, and more so if the buyers enjoy the outdoors or have children. Keep the lawn mowed, trees and shrubs pruned, and flower beds weeded. Clean up children’s toys and other tools. Create outdoor entertaining spaces (even in the winter) by sweeping decks and cleaning and setting up patio furniture. Remember buyers may look inside your shed and garage so keep them tidy as well!
  • Remember pets – Your pets may be part of your family but remember buyers may not see them in the same light. Try to take your pets with you when your home is being shown, or put them outside if possible. Pet owners need to take special care to make sure their house is spotless and odour-free. Be sure and empty and hide kitty litter, lint brush your furniture, and vacuum thoroughly, and put away your pets’ toys and dishes during showing. Also be sure to remember to clean up any doggie messes in the backyard or dog run!