Preparing your home for sale

Preparing your home for sale may seem like an intimidating task at first, but with a systematic approach, it can be done efficiently. We only have one chance of making a good first impression, so here is a checklist to help you identify what needs to be done.

Exterior/Curb-Appeal

 Lawns and shrubs trimmed;

 Gardens weeded;

 Driveway, walkways, and deck free of leaves and/or snow;

 Front and garage doors freshly painted or cleaned;

 Door hardware functioning properly;

 House number visible from the street.

Interior

 Boot tray and mat easily accessible;

 Organize and de-personalize the living space;

 Paint where needed, especially trim and hallways;

 Thermostat should be set to ensure comfortable temperature;

 Cracked or broken window panes and seals should be replaced or repaired;

 Fireplaces cleaned;

 Ensure all light bulbs are functioning;

 Clean grout and seals in kitchen and bathrooms;

 Repair any leaky taps and toilets;

 Oil noisy door hinges;

 Any items smaller than your hand should be packed away;

A thorough cleaning of your home should include windows inside and out, appliances inside and out, dusting of trim, crown mouldings, and light fixtures.

Picture Day and Showings

 Fresh flowers and fruit to help create a warm feeling;

 Ensure your home smells fresh by airing out the rooms (weather permitting);

 Ensure your pet is out of the home or contained during showings. Bowls and litter boxes should be cleaned daily;

 Ensure you have removed objects of sentimental or monetary value;

 Toilets should be flushed and seats should be down;

 Fresh hand towels in bathrooms;

 When possible, turn lights on and open window treatments

If you need help preparing your home for sale, don’t hesitate to contact Dominique Milne.