Home Selling Tips

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Put my 25 years of Experience to work for you. With Cutting Edge Techniques, Diverse Marketing Strategies and Personal Service, I will get your home sold faster and for more money than other agents. Here is a list of tips that help make a big difference on the appearance of your home.

Clean up the Outside - Curb appeal is the first impression of your house and is very important

•Are the lawn and shrubs well maintained?
• Make sure all flower beds are weeded.
• Are there cracks in the foundation or walkways?
• Does the driveway need resurfacing?
• Are garbage and debris stored out of sight?
• Make sure all children's toys are stored neatly.
• Paint or wash the exterior of the house (including window casings, shutters, and doors).
• Wash the windows inside and out.
• Check the gutters and chimney.
• Make sure the backyard is organized and clean (i.e. sweep decks, clean deck furniture and replace torn BBQ covers).
• If you have a pool, pull back the pool cover and make sure the water is inviting and the lining algae free.
• Make sure your shed is clean and organized as well.

Touch up the Interior

• Keep it clean: spotlessly clean, dusted, and uncluttered.
• Clean the refrigerator and stove as well as the washer and dryer (inside and out).
• Put a fresh coat of paint in the most used areas of the home. This will clean as well as brighten up the rooms. Make sure to use neutral colours.
• Wash the walls where paint in not appropriate (ie. Wall paper, paneling).
• Wash all the floors and bathroom tiles.
• Shampoo dirty carpets.
• Get rid of clutter. Clean out your closets, garage, basement, and attic. Use self storage if necessary.
• Remove anything that may be viewed as offensive
• Replacing air filters will help keep the dust down.
• Make sure you have no sticky or squeaky doors, cabinets or drawers.
• Make sure to have fresh guest towels in the bathrooms.
• Replace bathroom and kitchen fixtures that are worn or leaking. People will notice a leaking or worn-out faucet. By replacing these items, you will give the room a new look.
• Clean under the sinks. If there are any leaks fix them and clean up the damage using contact paper or paint.

Get rid of any bad smells in your home

• Pay attention to pet or cigarette odors.
• Place scented potpourri around the house.
• On the day of the tour pop a batch of frozen cinnamon rolls or home-made bread into the oven for a great aroma.
• Light delicately scented candles.
• Fresh flowers can also help to brighten up and energize your home.

Lose the clutter

• Have a yard sale or take old furniture, clothes and knick-knacks to the goodwill.
• Organize shelves and closets, put away items and purge your home of unnecessary items.
• Make sure your kitchen and bathroom counters are free of small appliances and personal effects.
• Create the illusion of space to make your home seem more spacious.
• Remove excess furniture or items that are not appropriately sized for the room (i.e. oversized couches can make a room seem smaller than it actually is). Strategically placed mirrors can also create the illusion of more space.
• Make sure you have clearly defined living spaces (i.e. avoid having a living room/office/dining room/ storage locker).

De-personalize your home

• Make your home "anonymous" so that buyers can envision it as their potential home.
• Put away family photos, sports trophies, collectibles, knick-knacks, and souvenirs.
• No pets! Take your pets with you when your house is being shown, or at least keep them outside. Some people are afraid of dogs or allergic to pets.
• Make sure that your house is odour free and spotless.
• Be sure to empty and hide unsightly kitty litter, lint brush your furniture and put away toys, dishes, and scratching posts during showings.

Let the sunlight shine in.

• Make sure to open drapes, curtains, and blinds all the way, so everyone can see how bright and cheerful your home is.
• Turn on all inside lights before a night time showing so everyone can see the glowing warmth of your lighting.

Two's a Couple and Three's a Crowd

• Don't have too many people present during a showing as it makes buyers uncomfortable and may rush them through your house.
• Let the agent emphasize the virtues of your house as they will know the buyers needs and desires.
• Let your realtor negotiate the deal, it's their job and area of expertise.
• If possible vacate house during showing.

Other items - Background noise and Security Concerns

• Turn off radios and TV's. This allows the buyer and realtor to talk freely and not be distracted.
• Put all valuables away
• You may want to put jewelry in a safe or safe deposit box