How To Prep Your Home For a Quick Sale In Toronto

| September 10, 2014

prep your home for a quick saleIf you are considering putting your property on the market, prep your home for a quick sale so you get top dollar. Homes move fast here in Toronto so you have to be ready to get your house up on the market quickly once you decide to sell.

Many homeowners are not aware that there are simple things that can boost the value of their property. An experienced real estate agent can often spot what you do not notice, but here are some basics to prep your home for a quick sale:

Prepare Your Entryway

Make sure that your porch is clean, inviting and well-lit. Add a few potted flowers, a welcome mat, change the mailbox if it needs it and consider a new door or a fresh coat of paint too. Make sure there is space for visitors to get in and take off their shoes. Also, that they have an unobstructed into the home from the doorway.

Keep It Clean

This cannot be stressed enough. If cleaning is not your thing, it pays you to get a cleaner in regularly while the property is on the market. No one wants to buy someone else’s dirt. This is especially important if you have pets or you smoke. Rugs and window coverings need to be cleaned.

Be sure to clear the clutter off tables, countertops and closets so your home feels more spacious. You want a de-personalized home without knickknacks or photos so that potential buyers can imagine their own things in the home. Your house must be sparkling clean at all times!

Have your windows cleaned inside and out too, you want your property light and bright. Make sure you organize your garage and sheds too. Too much stuff in one place makes a home look too small or it does not have enough storage.

Fix It Up

If you have a door that squeaks, a drawer that sticks or a tap that drips, fix it before you list your home. Potential buyers will see this as a reflection of how the home has been maintained. They may think that there are other problems lurking in your home that they have not yet seen.

Paint It

One of the easiest things that you can do and see a huge return on your money is to paint your home. The average cost for an interior facelift if you do it yourself is around $700. Choose a light, neutral colour throughout to make the space look larger.

Power Wash

Clean the sidewalks, driveways, decks and the exterior of the home. Don’t forget to clean your patio furniture too. Trim the lawn, trees and plants and remove anything unhealthy. Invest in some colourful plants and may sure your home is appealing when you look at it from the curb.

Inspect It

This is becoming more common each day. By paying for an inspection yourself through a certified company you are showing potential buyers you have nothing to hide. The cost for a home inspection is usually under $500 and a pre-inspected home is a great selling feature. It is one less thing for buyers to worry about.

Service Your Furnace

Have the ducts cleaned and the filter replaced, if you have air conditioning, schedule a maintenance call. Buyers look for the dates on heating and cooling devices as a sign of whether your home is cared for, or not.

As you can see, there are many things that you can do to prep your home for a quick sale without breaking the bank. These things are crucial if you want to get the kind of money you should from your property. A licensed real estate agent can start you out in the process and put you in contact with a home stager who is a professional. They can tell you what you can do to make your home look its’ best if all of this is too much for you. Staged homes are proven to sell quicker and for more money.

Have questions about how to prep your home for a quick sale? Contact us today and let us introduce you to our team of real estate partners who understand what it takes to get top dollar in today’s housing market.

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