A checklist for ensuring your home is sale ready

Posted by Gurpreet Ghatehora on Thursday, March 26th, 2015 at 9:31am.

Many people just slap a for sale sign on the front lawn and hope that potential buyers will see the hidden potential your home has to offer. More often than not, however, a lot of needed cosmetic work can overwhelm a buyer and scare them off. Why not do what you can to reduce that workload for a buyer and help ensure your home sells more quickly.

Flooring

At the very least make sure it is clean. Rent a steam cleaner for carpeting or scrub it by hand if its tile, wood or laminate. If it’s in the budget, replace any flooring that is plain unsightly. If a carpet is worn right out or stained beyond repair, or some tiles are cracked, consider fixing them in advance of putting the home up for sale.

Walls

Again, clean them! Make sure there are no dirty hand and fingerprints around light switches or on doors. Repair any holes, and always invest in a fresh coat of paint. It will make a big difference.

Lighting

Repair or replace any light fixtures that don’t work and ensure you have working bulbs throughout the house. If you have very dated fixtures, purchasing new ones is a quick and simple way to upgrade the whole feel of the home, without spending a ton of cash.

Pets

If there are pets in the home, make sure it doesn’t smell like it. Clean litterboxes, and wash any pet bedding that may give off an odour. It’s easy to become nose-blind to your own pets, but buyers certainly won’t be.

Storage areas

Organize! Make sure you get rid of whatever may be junk that is just taking up space, and then organize all your storage areas, including closets. You want buyers to see the space they will be getting, and everything that can be done with it. Consider putting in closet organizers, shelving or separating everything into neat plastic bins.

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