Getting ready to sell your home takes a lot of effort. In my experience, sellers have done lots of work long before they call me to their home.
Here's what pays off the most when you are readying your home for show:


1.Make the House Sparkle!

Nothing is more simple and straight forward than a little elbow grease and polish.  Focus on the following areas:

•Wash windows inside and out.
•Scrub tubs, showers and sinks. Recaulk if necessary.
•Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
•Clean out the refrigerator.
•Vacuum and deep clean high traffic areas or any staining.
•Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, light fixtures and return air grates.
•Bleach dingy grout. 
•Hang up fresh, white towels and shower curtains. 
•Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Try to minimize strong odors.

Blue cleaning spray bottle on kitchen table Stock Photo - 4221228

2.De-Personalize.

Pack away personal photographs and family heirlooms. If you are a huge Bruins fan, hang up a Leafs banner to appeal to the local market (just joking with the hockey fans!) Seriously though, buyers often can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

3. De-Clutter...But I like to say "Pre-Pack"!

People amass an amazing quantity of "stuff". Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it in the next few months.


•Consider donating items that are not being used to local charities.
•Remove and pack away the majority of books from bookcases.
•Pack up the small size knick-knacks.
•Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
•Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
 

Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

4.Clear out Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
 
You may be surprised, but buyers always look in closets and cupboards. Imagine the message that is sent if closets fall out on to them! Buyers who see nearly empty closets and tidy shelves imagine lots of storage. They also assume that the sellers probably takes good care of the rest of the house as well. With that in mind, go the extra mile:
 
•Organize your spice jars and canisters.
•Neatly stack dishes.
•Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
•Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction and line up shoes.
•Re-stack sheets and towels in the linen cupboard.

all you need to clean house - close-ups of cleaning supplies Stock Photo - 9015973

5.Move things to the Garage.

Store packed boxes and extra furniture in the garage. No buyer expects the garage to be empty, so don't worry about the appearance of that space. Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. And remember to leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around.

It's always important to remember that buyers don't want things they don't see, so if you want to keep a particular light fixture or curtain, remove them before putting the property on the market.  This will limit any problems arising from excluding items from deals.

Give me a call to discuss other sales and marketinig strategies that will help to get your home sold for a great price!