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Preparing your home for sale

Preparing your home for sale

Spring is upon us which also means many of you are thinking of selling your home. If that’s the case, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get busy. 

Here are six tips to prepare your home for sale:

1. Declutter your home.  Over the years we tend to collect things we don’t always need, want or use.  If you’ve lived in your home for a long time then chances are that you haven’t thoroughly cleansed your home since the last time you moved. Clearing out your home with automatically make your home look cleaner and larger; it will also help you prepare for moving. 

2. Depersonalize your home. While you’re going through your home, it’s also a good idea to pack away anything personal such as family photos and other items that might hinder the buyers from envisioning themselves in the home.  This is also a good time to put away any valuables such a jewellery and heirlooms for safe keeping.

3. Deep clean the entire house. Once the house has been decluttered and depersonalized it’s time to do a deep cleaning.  Start by dusting the entire house from top to bottom, on top of kitchen cabinets, door trim and floor trim.  Next you should wipe down all kitchen and bathroom cabinets inside and out, baseboards, trim and window sills. Wash your windows inside and out. Having your carpets cleaned is an inexpensive way to upgrade your home quickly as it not only cleans the carpets and brings them back to life but it also eliminates any odors that might be trapped in your carpet. Repair any issues with the house. 

4. Paint the interior walls and trim. To freshen, brighten and neutralize the look of your home the easiest thing you can do is paint.  If you have abstract or dark colours it’s best to replace them with neutral and bright colours.  You can’t go wrong with white as is the most popular wall colour at the moment, it’s neutral and it brightens up the home.

5. Replace light bulbs. Lighting is key when selling your home. (No one wants to live in a dark home.) The easiest and most inexpensive way to achieve this is to ensure you’re using the brightest bulbs possible for the fixture and ensure that all burnt out bulbs are replaced.

6. Consider curb appeal. Many buyers will drive by your home before they consider booking a showing so it’s crucial to ensure the front of your home looks its best.  You only have one chance to make a first impression so it’s best to start at the beginning. Wash down the siding and gutters, tidy up your garden, plant colourful flowers, prune your trees, power wash your driveway, paint your front door.

Linsey Hulls is a realtor that works out of the RE/MAX City Realty Office and lives in Halfmoon Bay.  She wrote the column for Tony this week as he was out of town.  

Tony Browton is an award-winning Realtor who lives and works on BC’s Sunshine Coast. 

His weekly blog can be found here

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