selling your home

Selling your home can be a lengthy and emotional process. If you're buying a new home at the same time, you can easily feel overwhelmed. Trying to do two things at once is never easy. Here are some tips to help you keep things in balance.

Where to start?

An attractive, well-maintained home sells quicker and for a higher price. When you prepare your home for sale, take a critical look at the exterior and interior of your property.

“The way you live in your home is not the way you sell your home. If you are renovating primarily to increase the value of your home for a sale, you need to ensure that it is done in a style that is pleasing to most buyers,” said Timothy Badgley, interior designer and owner of Acanthus Interiors in Port Hope, Ontario. “Not all renovations are created equal. Style and décor are especially important with large renovations, as these features will be costly to change for a buyer and they can be a major factor in buying decisions.”

Interior Preparation

Every room should look as spacious, bright, and warm as possible.
Wash walls, ceilings, and trim. Consider painting with light, neutral colours. Repair cracks.
Tighten loose knobs, towel racks, switch plates, and outlet covers.
Fix tight doors and windows, squeaky floorboards, and loose stair banisters.
Clean and repair caulking around tubs and sinks. Fix leaky faucets; remove water stains.
Clean and organize the basement and attic. (This is a good opportunity to throw out all the bits and pieces you don't want to move.)
Organize closets. Get rid of the clutter. Limit the number of items stored overhead or on the floor.
Clean out kitchen cabinets, and remove clutter from countertops.
Clean drapes, blinds, and curtains. Shampoo carpets, and wax floors.
Now's a good time to spray for bugs.
Arrange furniture to make rooms appear as spacious as possible.
Remove any items you're taking with you, such as chandeliers and mirrors.

Curb Appeal

First impressions really do count. If the impact of your curb appeal is strong, people will want to see what is inside.
Cut the lawn.
Cut and trim the shrubs.
Remove dead tree limbs and other yard debris.
Brighten up the garden with fresh shrubs and flowers.
Get rid of the clutter. Put away toys and gardening equipment.
Touch up peeling paint on doors, siding, and trim.
Repair and paint the fence.
Fix damaged roof shingles and flashing.
Clean windows, replace broken panes, and fix torn screens.
Clean gutters and downspouts.
Wash the driveway and sidewalk. Patch cracks or holes.
Clean up the garage and shed.
Have the gas grill ready for use.
Make sure outside lights and doorbells work.

Staging Your Home

The act of grooming and decorating a home to properly showcase its features and make it more attractive to potential buyers is referred to by industry experts as house staging. Its simple techniques can be employed by anyone to make a dramatic impact in their home, and can make all the difference when it comes to selling a home quickly and for top value.

While creating an illusion of space is an important part of house staging, too much empty space can work against you. When asked how they would prefer the property under consideration to be, the majority of buyers (56%) said that they would rather view an empty property, while 23 per cent of buyers said that they would rather view a furnished property. However, Badgley says that not staging empty spaces with appropriate furniture is a mistake.

“People don’t buy houses, they buy homes,” said Badgley. “People often mistakenly think that viewing empty properties will give them an accurate sense of the space available, but, in fact, it’s hard to really understand the size of a room without furniture and other objects as reference points.”

Badgley added: “An empty room also allows buyers to focus on negative details instead of getting a sense of the overall space and the flow of each room to the next.”

Also, in oddly shaped spaces, it can be very hard for buyers to visualize furniture arrangements. The need to stage empty spaces becomes especially important in smaller properties where it can be hard to gauge how well furniture will fit.

“With the growth in condominium projects, we see a real trend emerging in staging empty condominium properties,” said Usher. “The newer units tend to have much smaller spaces and buyers often have a hard time visualizing how their furniture will fit. Staging really helps buyers envision themselves in the space.”