Tips for selling your house

You only get one chance to make a 'First Impression'. Make yours a good one by doing the following before putting your home on the market:

White Glove Test Clean

That includes dusting, vacuuming, washing floors, steam cleaning your carpets, clean your draperies and/or blinds, vacuum and steam clean if necessary your upholstery. Clean your appliances such as your stove, fridge, dishwasher, washer and dryer. Clear out and organize your cupboards and closets. Clean your windows both inside and out.

Sniff Test

Try to remove any odours from smoking, bathroom mold/mildew, garbage, musty basement, strong cooking smells, or litter boxes.

De-Clutter and De-personalize

Remove any unnecessary furniture and knick knacks. Pack away your family photographs, certificates, trophies etc. The goal is for the potential Buyer to envision their 'stuff' in your home.

Repair not Renovate

Take a walk through your home and make a list of all the small repairs that need to be addressed such as a leaky tap, squeaky door or a burnt out light bulb. Leaving these minor items undone will result in the Buyer wondering what other things have not been maintained. Also, a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive and relatively simple way to update a room.

Yard work

In the warmer months, make sure that your gardens and grass are well manicured and trimmed. Plant potted annuals to add splashes of colour and interest. Clean your decks, patios and outdoor furniture. If you have a pool or spa, make sure that the water is crystal clean. In the winter months, ensure that your driveway and walkways are clear of snow and leave a mat inside for wet boots.

Lights on

Make sure that every single light fixture has a working bulb in it with the maximum allowed wattage.

Consider having a Pre-Sale Home Inspection. This will allow you to have any potential problems identified and rectified if you choose.