Preparing Your Home For Sale

It is crucial to for sellers to create a positive first impression to buyers as this will, in most cases help buyers determine if your home is the right home for them. When preparing your home for sale, it is always a good idea improve the interior and exterior of your home before listing for sale.

With a little effort you will greatly increase the perceived value of your home and attract the interest of many buyers to your door.

Here are a number of steps that you take to help you improve the appearance of your home and ensure that buyers have a great first impression of your home:

Home Exterior

  • Doorbell must be working
  • Door locks and door hardware must work
  • Place a boot tray inside the front door
  • Keep hedges and shrubs tidy and lawns mowed
  • Plant colorful flowers in planters if necesessary
  • Remove weed as needed
  • Clear driveway
  • Clear porch and foyer
  • Clean our garage
  • Remove litter
  • Keep eaves troughs, down spouts and soffits in good condition
  • Replace cracked or broken window panes
  • Repair any broken screens
  • Walking paths to the house must me shoveled and salted
  • Do paint touch ups where required


Home Interior

  • Cracked and chipped plaster must be repaired and paint touched-up
  • Repair leaky taps and toilets
  • Doors must close properly
  • Replace burnt-out light bulbs
  • Oil squeaky doors
  • Ensure seals around tubs and basins are in good order
  • Clean furnace and filters
  • Tighten door knobs and latches
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint or touch up where required
  • Repair squeaking floors

Create a Spacious and Inviting Setting

  • De-clutter halls, rooms, bathrooms, basements, home offices and others.
  • Store excess/unused furniture
  • Clear kitchen counter
  • Clear closets of unnecessary clothing, shoes and items
  • Remove empty/unused boxes and containers
  • Put away personalized items such as photographs to allow buyers to envision your home as theirs

A Spotless Clean Home

  • Empty garbage containers throughout the house
  • Maintain countertops neat and clean
  • Clean floors, halls and stairs
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms
  • Clean all appliances (inside & out)
  • Keep mirrors, fixtures and taps cleaned and polished
  • Clean windows and window frames
  • Clean around vents
  • Clean/vacuum carpets, drapes and window covers
  • Eliminate pet odors and stains. Keep litters clean

Create a Buying Mood

  • Ensure your home always smells fresh and clean
  • Open drapes during daylight hours
  • Turn on all the lights
  • Light up the fireplace (in cooler weather)
  • Turn on the air conditioner/heater
  • Display fresh flowers in various rooms

Safety Tips

  • Lock or remove jewelry and valuable items during the time our home is for sale
  • Store in a safe place valuable property such as art and delicate decorative pieces or keep out of reach or locked away
  • Where possible, take your pets with you during showings or keep them in their crates

Don’t forget the small details…

  • Consider placing guest towels in kitchens and baths
  • Mats and rugs should be in good condition. If they are not absolutely necessary in place such as an entry way or hall, it is best to remove them to let your beautiful marble and floors be seen.
  • Ensure that beds are always made
  • Tuck away kids and pet toys

The Power of Staging

When it comes to selling your home, it is sometimes a good idea to let a professional stager help you with the necessary recommendations to ensure that your home shines and sets apart from the competition. In some instances, some homes do not require home staging, but when they do, it can make a whole difference. Staging must never be confused with decorating or renovating. These are all very different concepts that when applied adequately will let your home speak to buyers and offer them the best of first impressions!

It is important that you understand that from the moment that you commit to placing your home for sale on the market, you are committing yourself to marketing your home to the target the right buyers by way of transforming your home and let them create a vision of how the can potentially live in that same house. Whether your property is inhabited or vacant, transforming your home for others to fall in love with it requires that you emotionally detach yourself from the property and be ready to expose it to hundreds. So be ready to transform, market and sell our home! A professional home stager will work with you and help you rearrange and relocate all your belongings in an organized and objective manner to help you accomplish your goals.

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