A FEW TIPS FOR HELPING GET YOUR HOME READY FOR SALE
- Get a home inspection done before you list your house for sale. The home inspector may identify that a furnace needs cleaning, the roof needs shingles replaced, a water tank is about to go, or the landscape grading needs to be adjusted for drainage. The worst thing that can happen with an offer is for a home inspection not to pass. A $5,000 fix could end up costing $50,000 in negotiations.
- Go to Michaels, Walmart or Superstore and pick up large and medium-sized solid colored plastic containers. An organized stack of labelled plastic containers along a wall of your garage shows much better than a tattered box with a Christmas tree in it, a pile of shoes at your back door, and all of those free jackets your husband keeps bringing home from golf tournaments, etc.
- Organize Kitchen Pantry – transfer cereal, flour, pasta, rice, sugar, etc. to tupperware or similar plastic containers and label. Pick up baskets from Winners, Canadian Tire, or Walmart for everything else – Kraft Dinner, spices, mixes.
- Closets – change out all wire hangers to plastic or wood, sort light colors to dark colors, and take a magazine as a guide to folding all of your T-shirts and sweaters perfectly. You should be able to put one finger between each hangar or your closet is too full.
- Kitchen & Bathroom Countertops – clear off completely. Add back a plant or fresh flowers, a bowl of fresh fruit, a cookbook stand, or a utensil pot. Look through home magazines to see how de-cluttered the countertops area. You are competing with professionally decorated homes and your home must look like a show home.
- Clean like you have never cleaned before. Beautiful homes sparkle with cleanliness. Get rid of all plug in deodorizers and scented candles. A very clean home will have no smell. There must be absolutely no garbage in the home – recycle bins empty. Areas that get forgotten – cloudy gas fireplace glass, inside kitchen and bathroom drawers, exterior decks, wood blinds, light switches, door handles...
- Linen Closets/Bathrooms – All towels and sheets should be folded perfectly.
- Put away all personal items such a family photos on the nightstand. Whoever is looking at your home must be able to visualize the home as potentially ‘their’ home and personal items take away from that visualization.
- Get your touch up paint done before you list! Cracking window sills, marked walls and banged up baseboards make for an unkept looking home. Most buyers would like to move in without having to ‘renovate’. One of the main reasons for buyers moving is to avoid renovating their own home.
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Listing information last updated on May 25th, 2017 at 4:30pm CDT.