The pace of home sales is slowing down somewhat, and with more properties being offered for sale, it's more important than ever to properly prepare your home so that it shows it's best and stands out from the competition.
It will also help prepare you for moving, while making your remaining time in your home more comfortable.
You don't need to spend a lot of money. Be resourceful.
- Clean! Tackle one area each day or consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Don't try to hide odours with powerful air fresheners or candles: tackle the source of the odour directly.
- Declutter! This makes your home look bigger and more organized- and it will feel calmer, as well. You don't need to remove everything, though: your goal is to make your home "inviting and livable".
- BUT: Remove personal photographs from walls and tabletops. This helps buyers imagine themselves living there- and safeguards your privacy, too.
- Remove oversized and excess furniture and area rugs. These just date your space and make it seem smaller.
- Keep closets tidy! Prospective buyers will want to evaluate the home’s storage capacity, and clutter creates the illusion of less space.
- Let the sunlight in by opening blinds and curtains.
- Replace burned-out, dim or flickering light bulbs.
- Consider replacing dated light fixtures.
- A fresh coat of paint will help renew the look and feel of any room. Forget "all white"- choose 2 to 3 different neutrals to use throughout the whole house.
- Don’t forget the exterior! Keep up with basic landscaping and maintenance- neat lawn, clean organized exterior, etc.
PACK IT! STORE IT!
Plastic storage bins are great for items that may need to be stored for an unknown period of time.
It may seem overwhelming, but just tackle one space at a time. The end results of your labour will make the process worth it.
If you're thinking of making a move, give me a call/DM- my phone is always on!
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