Showing Preparations

First Impressions: Remember, when a buyer comes to look at your home, the first thing they will see is your home’s entrance! Make it look fresh and clean. Be sure your lawn and landscaping is well manicured and trim looking. Be sure the yard is free of refuse and leaves. If it has snowed, be certain the ice and snow is removed from walks and steps.

Safety First: Ensure stairways and hallways are clear and clean since this will avoid potential injuries around your home, as well as avoiding distraction to the potential buyers.

Fresh Appeal: Faded paint and worn woodwork will reduce the appeal of your home. Why try to tell a buyer how your home could look when you can show them with a reasonable amount of effort? A quicker sale at a higher price will result with some minor redecoration. Invest in wallpaper or fresh paint in the kitchen or bathroom. It will pay off in the end.

Fix The Leaks: Since leaky faucets discolour sinks and tubs it may suggests to the buyer that the plumbing may be faulty or worn out. It may only require a new O ring or washer to fix the problem.

Little Things Could Mean the Difference: Take a few minutes to check your doors and handles to ensure they are secure and free from sticking. Same with your windows and cabinet drawers. Try and repair any minor flaws since they do detract from your home’s value.

Storage Areas: Present your attic, basement, utility space and crawl spaces by ensuring all unnecessary articles are removed. A coat of light coloured paint can do wonders if your basement appears dark and dreary.
Closets: Having them neat and well organized will show that your home has ample closet space.

Bathrooms Sell A Home: Make those rooms shine with pride. Replace any damaged or discoloured caulking in the bathtubs and showers, and be sure that the towels and area rugs are neat and bright.

Bright and Fresh Bedrooms: Make those rooms bright and cheerful. Remove any excess furniture and be sure and use attractive and colourful bedspreads. Open the curtains and even the windows for some fresh air.

Let the Sun Shine: Open the curtains all the way, so the buyer can see how bright and cheerful your home can be.

Warm and Appealing: Your home’s lighting can be a “welcome sign” to that prospective buyer! Turn on all your outside and inside lights when showing your home at night. Keep your home warm prior to showings in colder temperatures. These tips will give potential buyers a warm inviting feeling.

It is common for people to display items that mean a lot to them, but this could be considered as clutter to some, there it is recommended to keep surfaces clean and clear of your favourite items especially valuables. In addition, evaluate any family photos you may have displayed in regards to “privacy” concerns.