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How to Prepare Your Home for Viewing

Vancouver Mortgage BrokerPlanning to sell your Vancouver home?

If you answered yes then these tips should help sell your home more quickly.

First, you want to get a pad and pen and start a checklist of what needs to be done beforehand. Break your home into areas and rooms. Put yourself in the shoes of the buyer and ask yourself what your first impression would be if you were touring your house for the first time.

Selling a home quickly is all in the details.

Fix the Exterior and Put out the Welcome Mat

The first thing anyone is going to see when they step out of the car to view your home is the front yard. Curb appeal creates a first impression and puts the buyer in a mindset even before they step inside your home.

You want to make sure the grass is mowed and raked, and the flower and shrub beds are weeded. Sweep or use the hose on the both the driveway and walkway. Trim away all the dead foliage and add a little colour with some flowers to give the place a more homey appeal.

Get the details right and get the buyer thinking that the people who own this house care about their home’s maintenance.

What Are They Going to Smell and See?

Ask yourself what scent are they going to take in with the first breath when a prospective buyer steps inside. You want clean and not musty or cooking odours. Before you have your first buyer inside, you want to clean so that the house is spic and span clean. You want your home to smell fresh.

If your walls are showing a bit of wear and tear, then think about doing some prep work and a paint job. It might be well worth your while to replace a few faucets if they’re showing their age.

Focus especially on the washrooms and the kitchen as they are 2 key areas that a prospective homebuyer looks at when they’re viewing a home.

Get Rid of the Clutter

A cluttered home looks cramped and detracts from a room’s perspective of having space.  Pack up your bric-a-brac and memorabilia and pack them away. You want to think “show home.” Have a professional shampoo the rug or do it yourself if you’re on a budget.

Tidy up those closets. If they look too cramped them maybe pack away some of your winter and fall clothes.

And, don’t forget to tidy up the garage, basement, and laundry room as well. Make every room look neat and organized.

If you’re not going to be around when the home is being shown then you should also give thought to putting your valuables in a safe location and not accessible to viewers.

When you leave, make sure the place is well aired and put out fresh line, clean dish towels and bath towels.

Get the details just right because they make all the difference in how quick or how slowly you the home will sell. Your realtor will also have a lot of great advice about prepping your home so take note because if you want to sell quickly, it’s always the little things that stand out.

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