Prepare Your Home For Sale
Please follow these simple suggestions to help us achieve your future goals, by selling your home quickly and for the best possible price. Remember, we DO NOT get a second chance to make a good first impression.
Presentation of your property is a critical factor in achieving the highest possible price. This is similar to detailing a car before you sell it. The emotional appeal required to stir the spirit of the buyers is unlikely to be generated by a poorly presented property. And a neglected building sends out ‘warning signals’ to prospective buyers.
- Keep your lawn trimmed and edged – remove cuttings and clutter from the yard.
- Weed and tidy gardens and flowerbeds – plant some flowers for colour and brightness.
- Trim hedges.
- Clean walkways of dirt and leaves.
- Repair fences and paint if necessary.
- Clean garage of all unneeded articles, wash doors and windows, high-pressure clean driveway.
- Wash all windows around the house- repair damaged screens and windows.
- Remove objects from walkways such as children’s toys and any plants that may obstruct.
- Make sure the Real Estate sign is visible and upright.
- Clean walls, floors and windows.
- Remove clutter from halls & stairs to give a wider appearance.
- Remove all unneeded articles from storage spaces & cupboards to show how large your storage spaces are.
- Repair plumbing such as leaking taps, toilets.
- Replace blown or broken light bulbs – add higher wattage bulbs for brightness in areas of low light.
- Repair sticking and squeaking doors, oil hinges and generally tighten all hardware such as kitchen cupboard doors, door knobs.
- Replace loose and cracked floor tiles where necessary.
- In general, place in storage any items you do not need it makes the house appear larger, fix any minor defects especially marked walls (repaint if needed) and ensure your carpet has been cleaned and all the stains have been removed.
First impressions are lasting – A bright, fresh and clean home invites inspection
Kitchen & Bathrooms
Stove, refrigerator, sink and floors should be spotless. Leave all workspace clear and remove dirty dishes from the sink. Wash all cupboard exteriors.
- Neat, spotless and fresh.
- Fix minor things such as caulking around the bathtub and vanity.
- Place out new soap bars and fresh towels
- Polish mirrors
- Mould is a big turn off
When Showing Your Home
- Avoid having too many people present during Inspections. The prospective purchaser will feel like an intruder and will hurry through the home. Please try and “disappear” during showings.
- Please do not follow the prospective purchaser and the Agent. They know the Buyer’s requirements and can better emphasize the features of your home when alone. They will call you if needed.
- Love me, love my Pets – Does not apply when selling houses. Keep your pets out of the way and preferably out of the home. Hide the kitty litter
- Silence is golden – If home during the Inspection be courteous and honest if asked a question, but do not force conversation with the prospective purchaser. They are there to inspect your house – not pay a social call.
- Be it ever so humble – Never apologize for the appearance of your home. After all, it is lived in. Let your Real Estate Agent answer any objections that may be raised.
Other Points to Consider
- Open doors in the daytime and close them at night. Please Turn on all lights or let us turn them on for the entire showing.
- Strong odours can ruin a sale. Make sure your home is as fresh as possible.
- Not discussing price, terms, possessions or other factors with prospective purchasers is best. Refer them to your Agent.
- He or she is better equipped to bring the negotiation to a quick and favourable conclusion.
Knowing The Best Deal
Real estate agents have an obligation to present all offers. Exceptions may occur when, for example, the seller instructs their agent not to submit offers under a certain dollar value.
Some sellers may consider accepting a lower price if the offer is unconditional or has minimal conditions, rather than take the risk on a higher priced offer with more conditions that may not proceed to settlement.