It’s hard to believe that we are already at the end of January! It seems like just yesterday that we were ringing in 2010! At this time of year on military bases across Canada and at overseas posts the buzz begins; who is posted, who is promoted, who is retiring and who is staying put? Although the posting plot is not finalized and most of the messages won’t be out until spring, most of those that are anticipating a move are starting to hear the news but waiting for the message in black and white.
This can be a stressful time for military members, as so much of the process will not begin until that message finally comes in. There are many ways, however, that the transferee can prepare his or her current residence for sale to optimize how it will show to potential buyers and how quickly it will sell. There are many little things that can be done to spruce up your house without spending a fortune such as:
1) Clean everything or hire a professional cleaner
2) Cut the clutter, put things away and keep counter space free
3) Keep only the essentials in cupboards and closets to make them appear more spacious
4) Put a fresh coat of paint in a neutral colour to freshen up the home
5) Steam clean carpets
6) Clean, paint or stain your front door for a good first impression
7) Until the spring keep your driveway and walkways clear of snow and de-iced
8) Clean up and dispose of pet mess
9) After the thaw, fertilize, plant flowers and keep the lawn neatly trimmed
Major renovations prior to selling are usually unlikely to recuperate within the selling price. Minor repairs that are well done, however, are quite worthwhile and may expedite the sale once your property is listed. Even prior to receiving your posting instruction and listing your house, you can call your REALTOR® for suggestions on what repairs, cleaning and maintenance can be done to your particular home in order to have it show better once the sign goes on the lawn; we are here to serve you, and make your move as smooth as possible.
Happy home prepping!