Depending on how long you’ve been in your home, and what your motivation is for listing your Edmonton home for sale, there’s no questions that getting ready to sell your Edmonton home can bring forward a mix of emotions. We understand that not every home is ready for a quick sale and we also know what eager Edmonton house hunters are looking for when they see something they want to write an offer on. We have compiled a tried, true and tested list of items that can help you to prepare your Edmonton home for a quicker sale.
Clean up the yard, mow the lawn, prune any shrubs, trees or overgrown bushes, pull the weeds and if you're looking for bonus points then add some seasonal flowers to welcome potential buyers.
Pressure wash the exterior of the home to remove any cobwebs or seasonal dirt, clean the windows and make sure your home sparkles outside. Extra bonus points for a fresh, new welcome mat.
Leaky roof? Fix it. Leaky faucets or running toilets? Fix those too. Don’t let buyers assume that you have neglected the home. Necessary repairs open the door to low ball offers and frustration on the sellers side. Take care of it before you list it.
This means declutter and start parking. If you can afford it, rent a storage bin and start moving boxes of personal items and seasonal items you aren’t using into the bin. The house should feel light, uncluttered and depersonalized when you’re showing it to potential buyers.
Messy, crowded closets and drawers can be the kiss of death for a potential buyer. If you’re closets, drawers and cupboards are overflowing with clutter and bursting at the seams then chances are buyers will feel like there isn’t enough viable storage. Get rid of it and organize it what you can. Add another shelf, find some nice storage boxes and get organized!
Make it shine from top to bottom! Take a weekend and go room by room not only decluttering but washing baseboard, dusting light fixtures, walls and repairing any cracks, dents or tired looking paint. Restore and refresh every hard surface a clean home in good repair will sell much faster!
Have pets? They can offend many senses but none more powerful than the sense of smell. Hide the cat litter box, clean any carpets or fabric furniture that could have pet odor lurking about. A quick spritz of some lavender room spray, or a blend of essential oils in a room diffuser will ensure that your home smells inviting to potential buyers.
After you’ve decluttered and clean you may want to set the stage for an even quicker sale. Hiring a professional to stage your home with up to date furnishings will help to neutralize your home even further. They can help you envision your home how a potential buyer would like to see it and will help the offers come in quickly.