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Looking to Sell? Here are our TOP 5 TIPS to get your home ready to SELL

By Tamara Lloyd

Moving and selling can be stressful at the best of times and we have put together our Top 5Tips to help.

TIP 1. Clean and declutter

Make your move easier by beginning the packing, decluttering and cleaning process now with these ideas:

  • Clear out all clutter and remove items you don’t regularly use
  • Donate items that haven’t been used in the past 12 months
  • Throw away things that are broken or damaged
  • Consider a temporary storage facility for bulky pieces of furniture, holiday decor, out of season clothing and any other items you don’t need
  • Wash the windows, dust the blinds and wash curtains if necessary
TIP 2. Finish projects and repairs
Now’s the time to complete any home improvement projects you have underway and make all necessary repairs to your home. You’ll most likely find a buyer more quickly and the sale process will be much smoother if everything that needs to be done is already completed when you initiate the sale process.If you have additional home improvement projects planned, make sure they can be finished in a short amount of time with minimum cost
TIP 3. Stage

Place furniture to maximize the feelings of space and light in your home, with an eye to how rooms flow into each other. 

TIP 4. Examine your home thoroughly

This will help you avoid any unpleasant surprises during the sale process and give you time to fix them in advance should you find any of the following:

  •     Inspect your walls and floors for water damage
  •     Check for plumbing leaks
  •     Make sure your windows don’t have broken seals
  •     Check for any signs of insects or rodents
TIP 5. Walkthrough your property from a buyer’s perspective or even better get someone else to do it!
When you see your home every day it’s easy to be able to look past what is an obvious issue for someone coming into your home with fresh “buyers” eyes.  We highly recommend getting an agent, home stager or an honest friend to come through and give you constructive feedback and ideas.  Remove any items that make rooms appear smaller but take care not to make your home look empty. Will potential buyers be impressed by what they see? It’s important to be objective when conducting a walk around. Remember, you are trying to appeal to the broadest range of tastes – not your own!
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