Get Your Home Ready to Sell in 30 Days or Less – Part 2 

Get your home ready to sell

Things to do to sell your home – Part 2

If you plan to sell your home this spring you may already be feeling the spectrum of emotions that come with a big move; excitement for the new, uncertainty for proper timing, and likely even overwhelm with the task of getting your home ready to sell.

Not to worry, our friends, we are bringing you a week to week, step-by-step plan of what you can do to get your home ready to sell in 30 days or less. In week one, we discussed cleaning your basement, decluttering, making a list of repairs, pre-packing any items you won’t need during the sale and cleaning out your closets. If you missed the article, you can find it on our blog at Today we’re bringing you week two. 

Repairs. This week is a continuation in your small repair projects. Last week you made your repair list and got things started, whereas this week the hope is to bring some of these mini projects to completion. This area needs your attention right away as sometimes surprises and delays show up unexpectedly. 

Front entry. Most buyers will have an emotional reaction to your home within ten seconds of entering it. What they experience in your front entry is critical, therefore you want your entrance to be clean and inviting. You probably won’t wear half your shoes and coats while your house is for sale so be diligent to store these away in boxes. Stand at your front entry to see all the areas a buyer will see upon entering your home. Will they also see the living room, stairway, formal dining area or kitchen? Every angle from this view is will form their first impression. Make these the most appealing they can be. 

Dream clean kitchen. The kitchen is one of the most attractive areas to buyers. You want to wipe, tidy and declutter inside all of your cabinets and ‘junk’ drawer(s). Remove any extra dishes, appliances, pots, pans etc. that cause your cabinets to look full. You want to create an open, abundant, clean space for buyers to see. Remove extra appliances on the counter so that the space is as clear as possible. If however, you have a colorful, decorative appliance we suggest leaving that out. A splash of colour adds to your décor and can be very appealing to buyers. Clean inside major appliances like the fridge, stove, oven, microwave and dishwasher.

Get rid of all the things that make your home yours. You want your home to appeal to as many buyers as possible. This happens most easily when buyers can picture their belongings in your house. Limit family photos, collections and ‘knick-knacks’ from walls, fireplaces and hard surfaces. It’s helpful to walk through every room in your home pretending to be a potential buyer. Does what you see draw you in to see the owner’s personal life, or does it draw them into the home’s space and comfort?

Walls, doors and baseboards. If your walls and doors are scuffed from bags and purses, or lovingly rubbed with dirty, sticky handprints, pick up a few magic erasers to wipe them clean. Give your baseboards a good wipe as well. We often miss how dirty these areas are until we intentionally seek out what another person may see. 
Paint touch-ups and re-painting. A fresh coat of paint is a relatively affordable way to freshen up your home. Sometimes a large area is needed, while other times only a single room or wall is necessary. You may be even just need a few touch ups with small holes or scratches. If your baseboards haven’t been touched up for a few years, this will may an essential area to show your care and attention to detail. If you need paint, we always recommend our friends at Leduc Wall Fashions. Their service is the best you’ll find! 

Stay tuned as next week, we’ll be bringing you part three to getting your home ready to sell in 30 days or less. If you’re considering buying or selling a home and don’t already have a great Realtor you’ve committed to, give us a call. It is always our greatest honour to serve you!

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