Barrie Homes for Sale

7 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale

Selling your home can be a very emotional and stressful time. You just don't know how long it will take to find the right buyer at the right price. However, there are some things you can and should do to limit the amount of time your home spends on the market. Here's a checklist of everything that needs to be done to prepare your home before you put it on the market:

  • Start by enlisting the help of a real estate expert. A realtor knows what buyers in your market are looking for, so they can customize recommendations according to your area.
  • First impressions are important. Having good curb appeal is essential when it comes to selling your home, so you need to spend some time looking at your home from the outside. What do potential buyers see when they drive by from the street? It could be something as simple as trimming back those unruly hedges. Your realtor will help you maximize your curb appeal for the least amount of money.
  • Look for cracks in the sidewalks and the exterior of the home, especially the foundation. Any kind of cracks are unsightly, and when those cracks are in the foundation of the home, it could indicate a major problem. Before putting your home on the market, be sure to fix cracks in the sidewalk and have any cracks in the exterior of your home evaluated and repaired—even if the inspector says they are just superficial. Would you believe a seller who claims that the cracks in the foundation are just superficial? It's much better to simply get rid of those cracks. The same goes for chimneys as well.
  • Keep the sidewalks and driveways shoveled during the winter and keep the lawn trimmed during the summer. You want to make it easy for people to get into your home, and if the walks aren't shoveled, you could be making a very poor first impression, especially if someone falls on the ice. A lawn that is well-manicured during the warmer months is also a sign that the home has been well-cared for, which is definitely something you want potential buyers to see.
  • Get rid of the clutter. Potential buyers want to be able to see their own things inside the home, and they can't do that if you have stuff everywhere. Pack up all of the family photos and clear the kitchen counters—even of small appliances. Clear as many of the closets as possible. The less "stuff" you have in the house, the roomier it feels to prospective buyers.
  • Swap out the paint colors for something more neutral. Sure, while you were living in the home, you loved the pink carpeting and walls, but most prospective buyers probably won't. The best way to appeal to the largest number of people is to paint all of the walls with neutral colors. Be sure to repair any cracks or holes in the plaster at this time as well.
  • Details are important. Refreshing a kitchen can be as simple as replacing the hardware, although in extreme cases, a major remodel may be in order to increase the value of the home. Also repair dripping showerheads or faucets and keep an eye out for any signs of dampness, cracks, or leaks, especially in the basement and attic.

Let the experts at Your Choice Realty help you prepare your home for sale. They'll make sure that you have everything in order so that your home sells as quickly as possible for the highest price in your neighbourhood.