The Secret To Getting Your Home Ready To Sell…

Well first and foremost, the right mindset is needed.  You have to ‘detach’ your emotions from your much-loved home to realize what attracts Buyer’s to the “Perfect” home.

 
Think of your home as a hotel room.  Hotel owners/managers know what it takes to entice travelers.  When you walk into a hotel room, what is the first thought that comes to mind?
 
That the room looks like no one has stayed in it before…
 
AHA!  And there it is! The Secret!
 
Yes, it is impersonal, BUT, it is also warm and inviting at the same time.  This is the mindset that Seller’s need to have to make sure their home will stand out against the competition.
 
So with this valuable piece of information learned, the rest is easy!
 
All you need to do now is to follow this handy checklist!
  
* Get rid of clutter! Recycle newspapers and magazines. Pack away most of your small decorative items and take down family photos, people have a hard time imagining ‘their’ family if they see yours on display. Store out-of-season clothing to make closets seem roomier.
 
* Wash your windows and screens to let more light into the interior.
 
* Keep everything extra clean.Washfingerprints from light switch plates. Mop floors. Wash Baseboards and all Trim.  Clean the stove and refrigerator (inside and out!). Wash all Light Fixtures and bulbs.  A clean house makes a better first impression and convinces buyers that the home has been well cared for.
 
* Clean carpeting and drapes to eliminate cooking odours, smoke, and pet odours. Open the windows (weather/season depending) and air out the home. 
 
* Put higher wattage bulbs in light fixtures to make rooms seem brighter,  especially basements and other dark  rooms. Replace any burnt-out bulbs.
 
* Touch up trim paint on doors, window frames, etc. (interior & exterior)
 
* Polish mirrors and plumbing fixtures.
 
* Clear off kitchen and bathroom counters to make them seem larger.
 
* Make minor repairs that can create a bad impression. Small problems such as sticky doors, torn screens, cracked caulking, or a dripping faucet may seem trivial, but they’ll give buyers the impression that the house isn’t well maintained.
 
* Staging ~ A very important part of getting your home ready to sell.  If you need help in this regard, please contact Monica over at Style Expressions.
 
* Tidy your yard. Cut the grass, rake the leaves, trim the bushes, and edge the walks. Put a pot or two of bright flowers near the entryway.
 
* Patch holes in your driveway and reapply sealant, if applicable.
 
* Clean out the eaves, you never know what the weather will be like when viewers come to call so don’t let a plugged eavestrough turn into Niagara Falls for a buyer.
 
* Polish your front doorknob, mailbox and house numbers and sweep cobwebs from the soffit areas.
 
* Don’t forget the garage! Every man’s potential domain needs to be seen in it’s best possible light too!
 
If you have any other questions about getting your home ready for sale,
do not hesitate to give me a call at (905) 681-7900 or email me at info@deborahlsykes.com
 

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