Before you sell

If you are considering selling your home, there are some steps that you can take to help you prepare. First and foremost, you will want to enlist the help of a REALTOR®, as a real estate transaction is a convoluted process with many potential financial and legal implications. If you do not already have a REALTOR® in mind, be sure to enlist the help of your friends and family for recommendations. It is also a good idea to interview at least three professionals in order to find a good match for you. To help you prepare for selling, consider the following:

Curb appeal: First impressions are so important for potential buyers, and can literally set the tone for their entire experience when viewing your home. Make sure the exterior of your home is well-maintained. Consider re-painting the garage and doors if necessary. In addition, small updates like adding more modern exterior lighting can make a huge difference. Make sure everything is clean, neat and tidy, including the landscaping. Small bursts of colour in potted plants can add an inviting appeal.

De-clutter: Inside the home, it is essential that you de-clutter every room. Keep counter spaces free from accessories in order to make them appear larger. Cupboards should be organized and tidy as potential buyers will look everywhere (including inside the closets)!

Clean: A clean home not only shows better, but also lets potential buyers know that you care and look after your home. A messy home may leave buyers with the impression that you are negligent, and this may worry them as to how you have maintained the home over the years.

De-personalize: Potential buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living in your home. Unfortunately this means that you will need to de-personalize your home by removing the majority of family photos, keepsakes and even children’s artwork on the fridge.

Colour: Colour can change the look and feel of a home dramatically. Consider painting your home in neutral, warm colours to attract the most potential buyers possible. Traditionally darker, rich colours have the ability to make rooms feel smaller, so it is most often recommended that you stick to lighter, neutral colours.

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Mary O'Brien

Mary O'Brien

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CENTURY 21 Miller Real Estate Ltd., Brokerage*
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