If you want your home to move quickly and return the best purchase price, there are many things that you can do to help make this happen. Ottawa realtors recommend making your home stand out with this home preparation checklist:
Ask for Outside Eyes
When you’ve lived in your home for an extended period of time, it can be difficult to see your home from the perspective of a buyer. Enlist outside help (whether a friend, neighbour, realtor, or home staging expert) to tour your house through the eyes of a potential buyer. They’ll point out things you may not notice. Take their advice and prepare the home to impress potential buyers during a showing.
Since you’re preparing to move in any case, now is a great time to declutter and make rooms, closets, and storage spaces appear cleaner and clutter-free. Not only will this help the “feel” of your house, but it will also make rooms and spaces appear larger. You can quickly learn what items are essential and what’s just taking up space in your home, and this will have the added bonus of keeping your new home clutter-free as well.
Cleaning is a cost-effective way to improve the look of your home. If you’re not one for deep cleaning, enlist the help of professional cleaners. Ottawa realtors recommend giving extra care to things that you may skip on regular cleaning days – we’re talking baseboards, walls, and doors. Bathrooms and kitchens, in particular, should be spotless. The last thing you want to do is turn an excited buyer away because of grease spatter on kitchen tiles or dust on blinds.
There are many small repairs you can do which won’t take much time or money, but which will improve the appearance of your home. Make sure all light bulbs are functioning, fix that leaky faucet, and tighten that wobbly banister. If there are big repair issues (especially with the roof, foundation, or electrical issues), consult a professional for an estimate. You may be able to get a good return on investment, especially if you address the problem early.
Depersonalize and Beautify
When a potential buyer walks into your house, you want to them to feel like this could easily be their future home. You want them to happily picture living in the home. You can better help them visualize the space by removing especially personal items and knickknacks, like your wind chime collection. Beautify the home by adding a fresh coat of paint and mowing the lawn.
Ottawa realtors recommend these easy steps to prepare your home to sell. Improving the look of your home and amazing potential buyers as they walk in the door is that easy!