By: Adele Youssef
When getting your home ready to sell, you need to look at your house in a new way. Think of your
house as a product about to go on the market, It needs to show well – which means clutter-free and well kept. Today’s homebuyers lead busy lives and may not be interested in taking on major repairs or improvements upon moving in.
A serious buyer may want to have a professional home inspector check your house; the option is open to you as well. If you can afford it, an inspection in advance of putting your home on the market is a good way of finding and taking care of serious deficiencies before an inspector hired by a potential buyer discovers them. CMHC helps with a practical, easy-to-follow guide for homeowners which will help you identify common house problems and how to deal with them. Check Your House’s Curb Appeal How does your house look from the street? That is where they will form that all-important first impression.
Stand at the curb in front of your house and note what you see. Will Your Roof Pass Inspection? Unless roof repair is a simple matter of applying new caulking, you will probably need the services of a professional. Indoors You want your buyer to see a neat, clean, well-lit interior. Get clutter out of sight; ensure that carpets are clean and floors are scrubbed and polished; and that walls and trim show fresh paint (preferably neutral or light colors). When it’s Showtime! You have inspected your house and taken care of problems.
Now you are ready for showings. You will need a plan of action that assigns duties to each family member so the place can quickly be whipped into shape. This will give you the opportunity to take corrective action to ensure your house looks fresh, clean and well maintained when the “For Sale” sign goes up. Call me for the complete guide and tips on how to prepare to sell your house.
Adele Youssef, ASA Sales Representative Manor - Windsor Realty Ltd. Brokerage