How to Prepare Your Home for a Quick Sale

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How to Prepare Your Home for a Quick Sale

People browsing real estate listings in Toronto or in any other major city for that matter,always want to see the property in person before they make a decision to buy. A property for sale might look great online but can be quite a disappointment when you check it. This is the reason why you need to invest time and money to make your home more attractive before you put it in the market.

The good news is that you don’t need to go to the trouble and expense of a major upgrade. Here are some quick and easy ways that can lead to a much faster sale—at a higher price as well:

De-clutter

If there’s one piece of advice you need to take to heart, it’s the need to de-clutter your home before the buyers come visiting. Clutter is the mortal enemy of home sales, as they’re generally the most common turnoff for potential buyers. They start imagining themselves living in such a messy place and it’s not appealing.

The clutter also makes a bad impression of you as the owner. In the back of their minds, they’re thinking that if you can’t be relied on to keep your home neat, you may also be negligent in proper home maintenance. They may think that your house has hidden problems as well.

Clean Up

Your house should be in pristine condition, and you should take a day to rub off the entire scuff marks and fingerprints from the surfaces of your home. Obviously you should vacuum the place, and you have to dust thoroughly. If you have pets, address the smell that you may have gotten used to. Potential buyers won’t appreciate the smell of dog and cat litter like you do.

Take Away Your Personal Items

This means storing away the kids’ artwork on the fridge doors as well as all your family photos on the walls and shelves. This may make your house look stark, but that’s actually the point. Serious homebuyers tend to try imagining themselves living in your home. That’s easier for them if they don’t see reminders that other people are still living in your house. They want to see potential homes as theirs and theirs alone.

Upgrade Your Lighting Fixtures

Out-dated lighting fixtures can make the whole house look old and obsolete. Besides, if it’s too dark they may feel that it’s a gloomy place, or perhaps you want the dark to hide the dirt.

So replace these old lighting fixtures with more modern alternatives. It makes the house look fresher, plus the brightness makes the whole place seem bigger and more open.

Do Some Minor Repairs

If you have minor repair issues in your home address them before you try to show off your home to buyers. These issues can have major repercussion among buyers. They’re not only unsightly, but it’s a sing of additional work that your buyers will need to do after buying the house.

So replace your torn window screens and broken handles in doors and cabinets. If you have a chipped tile, replace it. These small problems look bigger from a buyer’s POV.

Wash the Outside Too

Your buyer starts making an impression of your home when they first see it, so it needs to look good from the outside. Use a pressure washer to clean the exterior of your home. Wash your windows and clear your gutters too. Make sure you don’t have junk scattered about in your lawn.

These are simple fixes that don’t take a lot of time, effort, and money. Yet they can help your home sell faster, with higher prices to boot.

Author: Will Robins