It’s only February but spring is just around the corner, so if you’re planning on listing your home this coming season, the best time to get started is NOW!

 

Here are some of the tried and true tips to get you started:

 

Declutter, declutter, declutter

One of the most cost effective selling tips that I can offer is to declutter your home so you can maximize the perceived space in the home. Many buyers are unable to look past the clutter and visualize the amount of space available. Throw out or consider donating things that you’ll never use, and clear out all the non-essentials. Buyers will look through closets, open drawers and examine the garage space – organize those areas so buyers can visualize their belongings there.

 

Give your walls a good coat of paint (if needed)

Try to keep your paint colours neutral, remember it’s not about personal preferences but appealing to the masses. You’d be surprised how much of a difference a good paint job can make, often changing the whole look and feel of the home.

 

Deep clean your home

Consider hiring professional cleaners to deep clean your home and get into the nooks and crannies that are often overlooked. Many buyers pay close attention to areas like the kitchen and bathrooms so you’d want to make sure those are spotless. If you’ve got carpet in your home, considering getting them steam cleaned.

 

Make sure your home passes the sniff test

Smell is powerful and can easily drive buyers from your home. Often times, home owners do not notice the smells are even there. Ask someone that doesn’t live in the home to see if they notice any odors (e.g. pet odors, cooking odors, etc.) and address them before you list your home on the market.

 

Find a temporary pet sitter

Not everyone is an animal lover and one of the first things that pop into a buyer’s mind is “what if the pets had a lot of accidents in the home and it seeped through the floors?”, “what if they damaged the home?”. Pet odors can sometimes be unpleasant and unwelcoming especially if there are unforeseen accidents or unusual smells coming from places like the litter box, take your pets somewhere safe and comfortable while your home is being listed.

 

For more tips and tricks, please contact me at info@cynthiahu.ca