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5 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Sale this Spring

Efforts to prepare your home for sale can maximize the selling price while minimizing the number of required showings and time on the market.  Taking the time to properly prep your house for sale is well worth your time. Here are some ways to prepare your home for sale in the spring.

Declutter and Purge

If you’ve ever viewed a lottery home or a real estate show home, they have something in common – they’re usually sparsely furnished.  Surfaces in the kitchen and bathrooms aren’t littered with products, they’re always tidy. The fridge isn’t coated with magnets and pictures, and bookshelves aren’t lined with souvenirs and memorabilia.  Look around your home and consider removing excess and non-essential items from countertops. Next, peek inside closets and other storage areas. Are they jam-packed? If so, consider purging items there too.  A tidy closet tells a prospective buyer there’s plenty of room for their belongings, where a closet jam-packed might infer storage is limited.

Purge excess items by doing a thorough home walk-through. Organize old, broken, unused, or unloved items into three categories — for donation, for sale, or for the landfill.

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Danny Chow and Salina Kai

Remove Personal Items

In many cases, prospective home buyers prefer to view properties as a blank slate.  It’s essential that a prospective buyer can imagine their life in your home. To make this possible, removing personal effects is crucial.  Remove family pictures, awards and trophies, and any other memorabilia that speak to your hobbies and lifestyle.  The general rule is, anything that gives a prospective buyer a glimpse of who lives in the home should be removed.

Focus on First Impressions

Following winter the exterior of many homes might look tired and might not be in the best shape.  Take a look at the exterior of your property, are the windows dirty?  Does any siding need paint or cleaning? Is the lawn well maintained?

First exterior impressions set the stage for a buyer’s expectations of the interior of the home.  A home appearing well-kept upon first arriving signals to the buyer that the homeowner has made an effort to maintain the home and that it’ll be in good condition.  Even though condo owners may not have a yard to maintain, taking special note of the entry area can be equally important. Wiping the entry door and decluttering the entryway, for example, may help establish a positive first impression.

Clean

This might seem obvious, but homes that are tidy or decluttered aren’t necessarily clean.  In some cases, it might be worth hiring cleaners to do a thorough house clean before listing your home for sale. Surfaces should be dusted. Stainless steel appliances should be buffed. Mirrors, toilets, and sinks should be cleaned.  Carpets should be vacuumed, and wood floors should be free of stains and smears. If you feel you don’t have the time to do a deep clean, hiring a professional cleaner may be worth your time and money.

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Calvin Kan

Consider Hiring a Stager

Staging is often thought to be a service which provides furniture where there is none, but stagers provide other valuable services too.  Professional stagers can transform a space to make it appear larger, or make suggestions on reorganizing existing furniture and accessories to enhance the overall flow of the home.  In essence, a professional stager will enhance the home’s best features while minimizing potentially awkward spots.

The Bottom Line

Taking the time to prepare a home before officially listing it for sale will help to increase the selling price and reduce the time on the market.  And, as many home buyers search for properties online, extra preparation ensures that listing photos will depict a tidy, decluttered, clean, and a  well-maintained property.  Placing your home on the market is a process that requires both effort and commitment, but in the end, your attention to detail goes a long way in successfully selling your home.

Looking for assistance in preparing your home for sale this spring? Our Rennie Advisors specialize in every neighbourhood across the Lower Mainland. View our advisors here or contact us at info@rennie.com.

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