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.