Barrie Home Inspector

Home Selling Tips by Barrie Home Inspector

When you have made the decision to Sell your Home you should start thinking about how to ensure you will get the best value for your property.  Mos t home owners become very complacent about the condition of their home and the Curb Appeal it will present potential buyers.  Even if you are not handy around the house the cost of hiring a “handy man” will be negligible compared to the added value to your home.

The exterior of your home is very important and having Curb Appeal is paramount to having interested buyers.  If your shingles are curling and require replacing, do it before you list your home for sale.   Potential buyers will just deduct the cost of new shingles if they make an offer.  Try and present your home as well cared for by someone who has Pride in Ownership.  Nothing is worse looking than a Slapped On Coat of Paint on exterior windows which may or may not be an attempt to cover up damage.  A bit of paint and caulking can go a long way to making your home shine.

Preparing the Interior

 

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home

Learning how to let go is difficult.

You’ve lived in this home for years, and it’s become part of you. However, you’ve got to make that break. Here are a few tips:

  • Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
  • Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
  • Say goodbye to every room. Stand in the doorway and talk out loud about your memories.
  • Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.

De-Personalize.

Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?”You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”

De-clutter Your Home

  1. De-Clutter is the number one priority
    People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.

    • If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
    • Remove all books from bookcases.
    • Pack up those knickknacks.
    • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
    • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
    • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.
  1. Rearrange bedroom closets and storage cabinets
    Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

    • Alphabetize spice jars.
    • Neatly stack dishes.
    • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
    • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
    • Line up shoes.
  2. Consider renting a temporary storage unit
    Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”

Remove/Replace Favorite Items.

If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandfather, take it down.

If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

Free Home Inspection Checklist  –  Items you should look at to assess their condition and appearance.

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