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Selling Your House? Here’s How to Prepare!

Thinking about selling your house? There are so many things to consider before making that change! Given the market right now, I know what you may be thinking: why prepare when houses of all states and sizes are selling in no time? Well, this market will balance out eventually, and these tips will be useful in the future!

Let It Flow!

From the entrance to the back door; top floor to basement (if you have one), your house should have a nice transitional flow!

Tip 1: Ditch the bright colourful walls!

Neutral shades are the way to go when selling your house. Accent walls are common, and usually nice if it fits the style of your home. If your house is a Tuscan style home, for example, with grey stone, then a blue accent wall may carry some appeal. 

The problem with vibrant coloured walls is that it takes away from the room itself. The attention is drawn to the wall, not the space. Light neutral colours illuminate the room and bounce light, which makes the room look larger.

Pro tip: Strategically placing mirrors in small rooms and hallways also make the space appear larger!

Tip 2: Declutter!

That armchair that doesn’t match the sofa and the bulky armoire in the corner of the dining room need to go. Mismatched furniture breaks the flow. Good places to find neutral coloured furniture are second hand apps or stores. You don’t have to break the bank to pull your living space together. 

Items that you don’t hold daily and family photos can start to be packed away. When potential buyers are roaming through your house, they don’t need to see a jam packed closet full of coats and shoes. Choose the shoes and jackets that you and your family wear often, and pack the others away.

Pro tip: If you have children or pets, come up with a plan and a place to store their toys and other items for when you have a showing. No one wants to be walking through a listing that has toys scattered everywhere. Potential buyers may also associate pets with fur and odours, so it’s best to clear your pets’ items.

Tip 3: Rearrange!

Now that you have your rooms neat and tidy, you can move some furniture around. When a buyer walks through the house, they will imagine the space with their own furniture in it. Try and make the room as spacious as possible!

“Homes that are staged sell 25% faster than unstaged homes!” – Coldwell Banker, 2019

If you want to read more about how to stage your house, click here!

Fix Up the Small Things

Selling your house can be filled with tedious tasks, but it’s necessary. 

This is the time to fix that door that never closed properly, or that kitchen cabinet that fell off the hinge.

There’s a good chance that people will include conditions when putting in an offer on a house. Often the condition of inspection is listed. In case this happens, it’s a good idea to get an inspector of your own to check out your house. This can help you by pointing out what things you can repair to ensure a sale!

Have a Plan

It is important to come up with a plan ahead of time, so you know what to do when there’s a showing. If you have children and/or pets, you’ll need to figure out where to bring them and what to do during the showing!

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