5 things you can do this weekend to get your home ready for sale
5 Things You Can Do This Weekend to Get Your Home Ready for Sale
1. Check and Adjust Lighting
Go through your home, make sure all your light bulbs are working and bright. Replace bulbs that are burnt out and consider using LED lights instead. They burn brighter, use less electricity and last longer.
Another way to brighten up your home is to clean all your windows. During the winter in Ottawa, that means the outside is probably off limits, but even a good inside clean will help.
If you have any curtains are a dark and absorb light, consider replacing them with some sheers for the duration of your showings. The brighter the home, the faster it will sell!
2. Pick a room and paint it
You’ve heard the advice over and over, a fresh coat of paint in a neutral colour will help you sell faster. There’s good reason for this! A fresh coat of paint renews the look of your home and makes it look more appealing. When you paint in a neutral, light colour, you make it easier for a perspective buyer to envision themselves living in your home.
It doesn’t have to be an expensive project! If you want to paint a room of about 10’ x 12’, you’ll need about 2 gallons of paint. At Canadian Tire in Ottawa, you can get 1 gallon of eggshell paint with built in primer for $22.99. So for around $50.00 in paint and whatever painting supplies you need, you can give a room in your home a whole new look!
Not sure how much you’ll need? Measure your room and go to a hardware store, or show up prepared after using the CIL Paint Calculator.
3. Take a Few Neighbourhood Pictures
You don’t want to spend the whole weekend cramped up in your house, do you? Why not take a few minutes and walk to the park with your pooch. While you are there, take a picture or two. Send a few pictures of your favourite places in your neighbourhood that your real estate professional can use as selling points on your location. We’re sure you are quite handy with that smart phone! Just make sure you aren’t getting people’s faces close enough to be recognized.
4. Clean Out Those Closets
No matter how long you’ve lived in your current house, unless you are a minimalist by nature, you’ve accumulated stuff. Loads and loads of stuff! It may be tempting to stuff your things out of sight for visiting buyers, but we advise against it. Go through those storage spaces, pack up what you want to keep but don’t need right now and throw out all the stuff you either forgot about or don’t need anymore. We’re not saying toss those treasured keepsakes, but for every one of those, there are twenty things that could be donated, recycled or tossed. You may even want to consider renting a storage space while your home is on the market to keep it clean and organized.
5. Make the List
Oh, the dreaded list of repairs that you need to do before listing. All the little wall nicks and single, cracked tiles that will take a few hours to fix, write those down. The big things, you should hire a professional to do. You don’t want to make it worse right before listing! Sit down with your coffee and walk through the house with a critical eye, then you can start to plan how and when these ‘eccentricities’ will be fixed.
We’re not suggesting that you do all these things in one weekend, especially if there are social engagements to be attended. However, if you take some time to spruce up your home in these ways, you are very likely to see your house sell more quickly and for more money.
If you have any questions about the process of listing your home, we invite you to contact us! We’d be happy to help!