- Put yourself into the buyers shoes.
Making a list of your home’s positives features
and deciding how to enhance them is a good start.
- Clean up the outside.
The front entry is
the first impression of your home. Keep the grass
cut, windows clean and attractive landscaping
is extremely helpful. In winter, maintain the
walkways. A fresh coat of paint on the door
and clean doormat can help create an inviting
“first impression”. Think curb appeal.
- Touch up the interior.
Fresh coats of paint
and repairing minor infractions, make a world
of difference. Anything obviously broken gives
potential buyer a reason to give a lower offer.
Watch where the eye goes, if it is drawn to a
chipped corner, cracked wall or fixture, FIX IT!
- Declutter! This is an absolute MUST.
Buyers want to be able to envision themselves
and their belongings in the home. Removing
personal items as well as decluttering all rooms
(including closets and basement) makes a huge
impact. It also make the rooms feel larger and more accommodating
Your home must be clean before
selling – that includes walls, carpets, bathrooms,
everywhere. It gives the impression that the
house has been well cared for.
Neutral paint and décor creates
a home for any lifestyle. This helps buyers see
themselves living in that space.
- Special touches.
Fresh flowers and inviting
aroma makes potential buyers feel welcome.
Find out what similar homes
in your neighbourhood are selling for. Also,
estimate your cost to sell your home (advertising,
agent, and other fees, home decor, flowers
and repairs, painting, window clean service,
- Find a good agent.
Talk to friends and family
to find out their experiences with real estate
agents. Try to get references. You can also sell
your home privately but make sure you know the
policies and procedures before going this route.
- Finally, be patient!