Tips And Tricks
Tips And Tricks

Tips And Tricks
For Sellers

Buyers decide in the first 8 seconds of seeing a home if they’re interested in buying it. Get out of your car, walk in their shoes and see what they see within the first 8 seconds.
- BARBARA CORCORAN

It is so important to make a great first impression once a buyer enters the home for the first time. When a potential buyer walks into a dirty home, they assume that the current owners did not take care of the property.

Most buyers will want a move-in ready property that feels like new. A long list of chores and repairs right when they move in will not be appealing and can be daunting to a potential buyer.

If needed, we will hire professional cleaners and stagers to showcase your home in the best possible way.

Use the checklist below to prepare your home for the market:

Create a Game Plan

  • Walk through your home, room by room as if you are a buyer and take notes on what needs to be done
  • Consider having a building and pest inspector come and see if anything needs to be repaired
  • Have a garage sale and throw out anything you do not need anymore (this will make packing up to move easier, too!)

Repairs to Consider

  • Repaint and clean walls. Using light, neutral shades have been shown to be more appealing to potential buyers. In the kitchen paint skirting boards, kitchen cabinets, trim, moulding
  • Landscape. Add some colour with flowers and shrubs. Keep the lawn mowed and remove weeds
  • Upgrade lighting. Swap out old light bulbs with new brighter bulbs
  • Add more lamps and accent lighting to brighten up darker rooms.
  • Replace old appliances. When buyers know they don’t need to replace appliances for years, they have a much easier time saying “yes to the address”
  • Consider renewing floor finishes and replacing old carpets. Flooring is one of the first things a potential buyer will see and can make or break it for them. Cleaning or renewing your floors can result in a great return.

Clean, Clean, Clean

  • Thoroughly clean the entire home, or hire a professional cleaning company to do this
  • Steam clean carpets, if stained consider replacing carpet
  • Repair all cracks and holes in walls
  • Paint all interior walls a neutral colour
  • Remove any excess furniture
  • Organise closets and remove any clothes not in season to show off the space in closets
  • De-clutter: stow away any small appliances, knick knacks, personal items, etc. Remember, less is more!
  • Remove valuable items from home like cash or jewellery

Kitchen & Bathrooms

  • Mop and polish floors
  • Clean appliances and fixtures
  • Clean and organise pantry, throw out any old items and show off the storage space
  • Replace old caulking
  • Remove all stains from sinks, toilets, showers/tubs
  • Keep all toilet seat lids closed
  • Stow away your personal soaps, hygiene products, medications, etc

Finishing Touches

  • Switch out any lights that need to be replaced
  • Throw in some fresh flowers or plants
  • Remove personal photographs and items
  • Don’t forget to tidy up your closets and storage areas – buyers will be looking there too
  • Stow away any pet or kids items
  • Light a candle
  • Wipe down all surfaces and declutter

Curb Appeal

  • Paint the home’s exterior, trim, doors, and shutters
  • Pressure clean
  • Consider sprucing up the front door with a fresh coat of paint, welcome mat and plants
  • Inspect the roof
  • Sweep the entryways
  • Keep lawn mowed and maintained
  • Clean up pet droppings
  • Clean the gutters and downpipes
  • Open windows, let fresh air in and light a scented candle
  • Turn all of the lights, open the blinds