So you are now prepared to sell your home. You might want to follow this checklist to ensure your property is showing off to the best of its ability.
CleanA clean home and yard signal to the buyer that you care about your home and property and it has been well maintained.
De-clutterHave a garage sale, donate or throw away things that are no longer of use. The less stuff in a home the more spacious and open it will feel. Put away your family photos, let the buyers imagine themselves in this space not your family.
LightsLet the light into the home. Open curtains, and replace light bulbs with nice bright ones. Well lit rooms show a lot nicer than dark gloomy rooms.
Fresh AirLet fresh air in whenever possible.
Fix broken itemsFix anything that is broken, don’t give the buyer a reason to think other items may have been neglected as well. If it can’t be fixed replace the item. This includes everything from plumbing, electrical, tv antennas, door knobs, switches etc. Consider a pre-listing inspection.
Send pets awayIf possible do not have pets in the house during showings, if they can’t be removed be sure to secure them, the potential buyer may be afraid of pets or even allergic to them
Everyone outDuring showings it is best if everyone leave the home and give the Buyer’s and their agent the opportunity to look freely throughout the home. This way if the Buyer raises a concern their agent can address it at the time. If you are home they are more luckily to keep their comments to themselves.
PaintPainting a room a nice neutral colour is a good inexpensive way to freshen up any room.
SilenceKeep the tv and radio off during showings, let the buyers focus on your home not the program on the tv or radio.
Deb Moysiuk, ABR, ASA, Broker
RE/MAX Chatham-Kent Realty Inc., Brokerage
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