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Preparing Your Home to Sell

With the new year upon us many of you are preparing your hime to sell. we are rapidly entering into the busiest time of the year for real estate: springtime. Spring is typically the time of the year when buyers look for homes to purchase, and sellers like to put their properties on the market. This pattern holds for Victoria as it does for Canada, in general.

Many homeowners are unaware of the effort that it takes to sell a home. Or, more precisely, many homeowners don’t realize that selling a home right (fast and for top-dollar) requires some effort. If you want to sell your home quickly and make as much money as possible from that sale, here are three tips you should follow.

Declutter And Stage, If You Can

Homes filled with clutter, dust, dirt, and other debris have a harder time selling. Buyers like to see cleanliness for two primary reasons. First, buyers assume a clean home has had better upkeep. Second, buyers find it easier to picture themselves in a clean house than a dirty one. Who wants to spend top dollar to live in a place with clutter?

If you are looking at selling in the spring, start the process of cleaning your home. You don’t need to do an extensive deep clean. Rather, sweeping the floor and tidying your kitchen would be a good start. If you have children, start putting the toys away. Remove cobwebs and other unsightly things from your home.

If you can afford it, please consider having your home staged professionally. Research has shown that staged homes sell 88% faster and for 20% higher than nonstaged ones.

For the average property in Victoria, the staging costs are well worth it. Check out Upstage Design as on of the best I recommend. www.upstagedesign.ca

Perform Easy Repairs

Buyers will hone in on things that need repair, especially if they are apparent. A dripping faucet, for example, will be noticed by buyers during an open house. Holes in the wall and paint defects will also catch a buyer’s discerning eye.

Many of these repairs involve parts of your home that you are used to, but a buyer is not. Pretend you want to buy your house. Take a leisurely tour through your own home, looking for issues. Fix any problem that catches your eye before you put it on the market!

Improve Your Outside Landscaping

Curb appeal matters. If buyers come up to your home and see unsightly bushes or tall grass, they’ll turn off your property instantly. You don’t need to repaint the exterior of your whole house or redo your driveway. Instead, focus on your landscaping and make sure that you take the time during the winter to clean it up. Rake leaves, trim the bushes, and go out and cut the grass. These are steps you can take now to boost your curb appeal in preparation to sell.

Preparing Your Home To Sell Needn’t Be Hard

Many people tend to be of one extreme or the other. They either go all-in and renovate everything, or they do nothing before putting their home on the market. Neither extreme will necessarily get you the best results. By decluttering, improving your curb appeal, and fixing easy repairs, you’ll be able to get your home mostly ready to sell.

Of course, when you are ready to sell your Victoria home, contact me. I will be happy to work with you to ensure your property fetches top dollar in today’s market.

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