The key to selling your home is seeing it as a prospective buyer would. We suggest looking at home – both inside and out – with a fresh, unbiased perspective that will help you start getting your ducks in a row long before you open your home to showings. Here are our simple steps for setting the stage to show your property off to its best advantage:
Help a prospective buyer imagine your home as their own by presenting a clean, clutter-free space. Here’s how:
Bring in a friend, a realtor or a home stager to help pinpoint areas of clutter. They’ll see what it’s easy for you to overlook because you’re familiar with your space. Trust their advice.
Prospective buyers will be looking for visual clues that your home is well cared for. How much work a house seems to require will impact their offers so now’s the time to ensure that everything is working as it should. Here’s a handy checklist to get you started:
Ensure all plumbing fixtures are clean and in good working order. Outfit leaky faucets with new washers and clean any visible stains on porcelain fixtures. Replace old, worn shower curtains and bath mats.
Spray WD40 on all hinges so everything operates smoothly. Have windows cleaned inside and out. A potential buyer will be estimating their energy costs so fix drafts by re-caulking windows and replaces exterior doors if necessary.
A fresh coat of paint in an easy way to instantly transform a space, helping make it look neat, clean and up-to-date. Always fix obvious wall imperfections such as cracks and nail holes before painting. Steam clean carpets and runners and repair any chipped or loose floor tiles.
Be mindful of odours left behind by pets and smokers. An environmentally friendly room fragrance can neutralize unpleasant scents. Be sure to replace light bulbs and add light fixtures in dark hallways, basements, garages and closets.
You really never do get a second chance to make a first impression. Often people will drive by your home and make a decision based solely on your home’s curb appeal. So make sure your home looks its best by creating a well-manicured entry and tidying up your home’s exterior to show prospective buyers that you take pride in your home. Here are a few tips for maximizing your curb appeal:
Ensure that your lawn is well manicured: mowed, watered and free of brown spots or weeds. If needed plant a few bushes and colourful mature flowers to catch people’s eye.
Give your front entrance a good once over. Does the door or porch railing really need a fresh coat of pain? Polish the door handle and invest in a new welcome mat.
If it’s spring or summer plant colourful containers to flank your entrance. In the autumn be sure to rake up your leaves. During the winter keep your driveway clear of snow and ice (not too difficult in Vancouver!) and whatever the season, look closely to determine is any repairs are needed. Replace all loose cement or rotting wood.
Many serious buyers will drive by your home once the sun’s gone down. Ensure all your outdoor light bulbs are turned on in order to show your home to it’s best advantage.