Home selling tips

Once you’ve decided to sell your home, Chris Brown will offer you professional advice as to whether or not it’s worthwhile for you to make repairs or improvements. The following home selling tips will help prepare your home for sale and can play a very significant role in its’ profitable and timely sale. By applying these tips, you’ll help maximize the money you put into your pocket and minimize the amount of time it takes to sell your home. Prospective buyers will be comparing your home to the next one - so it’s imperative that you take the time to make yours stand out from the rest!

  • Make curb appeal count - visually welcome prospective buyers to your home - cut grass, trim shrubs, weed gardens, add some colourful flowers in Summer, rake leaves in Autumn, and ensure the driveway and walkways are shoveled in Winter.
  • Make necessary repairs - ensure all doors, drawers and windows operate smoothly (oil squeaky hinges, repair sticking ones) - repair/replace broken glass or windows with no seal - repair bathtub seals - ensure that there are no leaks or drips from the plumbing fixtures - in short, ensure there is nothing that will detract from the functionality of your home (if it’s broken or not working - fix it!).
  • Make it sparkle - thoroughly clean your home top to bottom - wash floors and windows, bathrooms, kitchens, appliances (both inside and out) - vacuum carpets, clean badly stained carpets (or possibly even remove or replace) - clean grout and tiles, polish mirrors and fixtures - touch-up paint nicks & scratches - repair cracked plaster - remove scuff marks - clean furnace and a/c filters - consider repainting (if needed) - it’s amazing how much value a fresh coat of paint can add to your home for very little cost.
  • Make it neat and tidy - get rid of any unused items that may be cluttering your home - organize your closets, kitchen cupboards, basement storage and garage area - an organized household will look more spacious and inviting.
  • Make it bright - open blinds and curtains - let the sun shine in during the day - ensure all lights are functional - replace burnt out bulbs - if doing any repainting, consider bright and neutral tones - leave lights on for evening showings.
  • Make it pet-free (if possible) - keep your pets outside or at least out of the way - you don’t want to offend someone who may be afraid of dogs or allergic to your cats.
  • Make it safe - fix any loose railings or steps - remove loose throw rugs and pick up children’s toys that someone may trip on - make sure your driveway and walkways are clear and obstacle-free.
  • Make it inviting - go out during the showings (if possible) - prospective buyers will prefer to view your home at their leisure and often feel like intruders, and more “rushed” if the vendor is at home - if you must be at home, keep a very low profile and be sure to defer any specific questions pertaining to the sale of your home to your realtor.