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Staging, Preparing Your Home For Sale

It's always a good idea to spruce up the exterior and interior of your home before listing it for sale. But that doesn't mean you have to undertake major and/or expensive project.

Small Improvements Equal Large Returns

Just a little effort will greatly increase the perceived value of your home. You needn't spend a lot of money to put your best foot forward. But some of these items will actually increase the value of your property, while others simply reassure the buyer they are buying a well cared for home!

Here are some simple steps you can take to increase the perceived value of your home and make a great first impression:

staging toronto home exteriorExterior Appearance
• Keep lawns cut
• Trim hedges and shrubs
• Weed and edge gardens
• Clear driveway and clean up oil spills
• Clean out garage
• Power wash
• Touch up paint
• Plant colorful, inexpensive flowers in pots if necessary

At the Front Door
• Clean porch and foyer
• Ensure door bell works
• Repair any broken screens
• Fresh paint or varnish front door
• Repair door locks and key access

staging toronto house entranceSet a Mood
• Make sure your home smells fresh and clean
• Turn on lights
• Turn on air conditioner/heater
• Open the drapes
• Light the fireplace

Create Space
• Clear halls and stairs of clutter
• Store surplus furniture
• Clear kitchen counter and stove top
• Clear closets of unnecessary clothing and stuff
• Remove empty boxes and containers
• Put away personal photos so buyers can envision the house as theirs keep rooms clear

Maintenance
• Repair leaking taps and toilets
• Clean furnace and filters
• Tighten door knobs and latches
• Repair cracked plaster
• Apply fresh coat of pain or touch up where necessary
• Clean and repair windows
• Repair seals around tubs and basins
• Replace defective light bulbs
• Oil squeaking doors
• Repair squeaking floor boards

Squeaky Clean
• Clean and freshen bathrooms
• Clean fridge and stove (in and out)
• Clean around heating vents
• Clean washer and dryer
• Clean carpets, drapes and window blinds
• Eliminate pet odors and stains

For more information on selling your home do not hesitate to call or simply complete the form below. Also, please take advantage of a Free Home Evaluation.