Tips for Selling

 Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

  • Say to yourself, 'This is now my product for someone to buy'. Treat it as such.

  • Make the mental decision to 'let go' of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this home will no longer be yours.

  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and taking a briefcase full of money.

  • Don't look backwards, look towards your new life.

De-Personalise.

Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there. You don't want to make any buyer ask, 'I wonder who lives in this home?'. You want buyers to say, 'I can see myself living here.'

De-Clutter!

We all collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this; if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.

  • If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?

  • Tidy all the bookcases.

  • Pack up those knick-knacks.

  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.

  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a cupboard when not in use.

  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

Rearrange Bedroom Cupboards and Kitchen Cabinets.

Buyers will open cupboards and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if they see everything neat and organised. It says you take good care of the rest of the home as well. 

  • Neatly stack dishes.

  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.

  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.

  • Line up shoes.

  • Linen closet neat and organised.

Rent a Storage Unit.

Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Consider removing pieces of furniture that clutter rooms. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of space to move around.

Remove/Replace Favorite Items.

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If people never see it, they won't want it. Once you tell a buyer they can't have an item, they will covet it, and it could blow your chance on the sale. Pack those items and replace them.

Make Minor Repairs.

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.

  • Patch holes in walls.

  • Fix leaky taps.

  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.

  • Consider painting your walls neutral colours.

  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.

Make the home Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out.

  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.

  • Clean out cobwebs.

  • Have carpets professionally cleaned.
  • Re-surface tubs, showers and sinks.

  • Polish chrome taps and mirrors.

  • Clean out the refrigerator.

  • Vacuum and mop daily during the sales process.

  • Wax wooden floors.

  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.

  • Bleach grout.

  • Replace worn rugs.

  • Hang up fresh towels.

  • Clean and air out any damp areas. 

Scrutinize.

  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the home welcome you?

  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your home will look to a buyer.

  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.

  • Make sure window coverings hang level.

  • Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?

  • Make it welcoming.

Check Kurb Appeal.

If a buyer won't get out of their car because they don't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get them inside.

  • Keep the paths cleared.

  • Mow the lawn.

  • Paint faded window trim.

  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion.

  • Trim your bushes.

  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your home number.