1. Half Pack
As you’re already “on the move”, why not get a jump on things? This step not only helps you declutter your home (less is always more), but it gives you a great excuse to finally clear out and hone in on what you want to take with you into your new space. When it comes to selling your home, you need to keep rooms minimalistic and tidy -but not empty, so that buyers can clearly see the space and envision themselves in it. Which is why I always recommend to clients to do a half pack of their home before listing it home for sale.
2. Clean, Clean & Clean Some More
Having a clean home goes a long way. Giving your home a deep clean inside and out will go a long way when a potential buyer looks at it. I know it can be difficult keeping your space “show ready” but it really make a huge difference! Some sellers like to book a getaway the first week being listed so that they don’t need to take on extra cleaning duties. Do not forget to give the outside landscaping bit of love as well and de-moss that roof!
Painting is a brilliant way to clean up your space while giving it a crisp “like-new” look.
Remember to use neutral colors. It’s important to realize your personal preferences need to take a back seat until you move into your new home. When selling, focus your efforts on what will help a new buyer visualize their belongings and personal style in your home.
A fresh coat of paint on the exterior could carry significant weight in their first impression. It also has potential to add a lot of curb appeal, so make sure you leave time to paint!
4. Hire Help
Get a handyman to come and fix all those small issues you’ve put off. Things like the front door lock sticking or a leaky kitchen faucet should be fixed before you put the home on the market.
5. Curb Appeal
Try and help your home to stand out from the neighbours. By adding a few plants or giving the driveway a good pressure wash, you’ll turn heads. Keep your front yard looking neat and tidy, then add in a pop of colour or texture using a few unique plants in the garden or even in spectacular pots to draw eyes to the front door.
6. Light It Up!
Shine a light on your homes best features. Make sure you’ve changed out any burnt out lightbulbs and see if there are better ways to configure lighting or make it more efficient. Installing simple lighting along the front path, or sconces on the garage are the small finishes that add comfort outside. There’s nothing worse than a home that sits in the dark, or poorly lit rooms that bring your mood down (especially if the room is already fairly dark). People, like plants, need light to feel energized and proactive, so if you have some darker rooms bring light in!
7. Set The Stage
Is your home vacant? It might be smart to look into some staging options. Buyers can’t always visualize a room without furniture in it. Bringing a couch into the living room, or a table into the dining area really goes a long way. I can happily assist with a “light” level of staging, but if your space is completely empty I can connect you with some great staging teams right here in Victoria.