4 Things to do when preparing your home to be listed for sale

Preparing Your Home

Listing your home for sale is not an easy task. While it may seem that all you have to do is slap a for sale sign on your property, there is much more that goes into preparing a property to be listed on the open market. You will need to hire a realtor who can give you professional advice as to how to stage your home, update areas, and give you advice on the homes that are comparable to yours that are selling in your zip code. This article will provide more detail that will help you prepare your home to be listed for sale.

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  • Paint

    A fresh coat of paint on your walls will go a long way. A fresh coat of paint makes the space look brighter and hides some imperfections in the walls such as scuff marks or tiny wear and tear marks that are prone to happen in a home that has been lived in. When selecting the paint for your walls, be sure to choose a neutral colour and one that will appeal to home buyers. Beige, ivory, grey, and the like are popular colours currently so try to select one of those. A fresh coat of paint will look great and won’t break the bank.

  • Curb appeal

    Upon arrival, the first thing a potential buyer will see is your front yard, mailbox, walkway, and front door area. You will want to make sure that this area is pristine and that it is welcoming. Weed your flower beds, plant some new flowers, mow your lawn, sweet the front porch, and put a pot of flowers on the front porch. Your home should appear welcoming and give the potential buyer a good feeling when they pull up to your home. You want the potential buyer to be able to envision themselves living there and their first impression of your home is from the curb. Make sure that it is appealing to the eye.

  • Clean your home thoroughly

    It goes without saying that you will want to give your home a good clean. This means clean the floors, baseboards, and stair bannisters. If you have pets or your home smells musty because you no longer live in it, consider having the air ducts and vents cleaned professionally so that fresh air is filtering throughout the home. Residential duct cleaning experts are relatively inexpensive and can help remove dirt and grime that could be adding a musty smell to your home. A potential homebuyer will be turned off by an odd smell so this will want to be taken care of promptly.

  • De-clutter and put away toys

    If you live with children or you have an in home daycare facility, it is important to pick up and put away toys and other belongings. Make sure that the toys are put away in an organized fashion and that they are not just in a heap on the floor. Keep your home free of clutter and make sure that everything has a place.

 

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