Ask an Expert: Realtor – How Do I Prep My Place to Sell It?

At Avi Urban, we work with some awesome experts who help our homeowners figure out the ins and outs of buying their place. One of these experts is Realtor Linda Lee, who is also one of our sales associates working in our Homes by Avi single family division.

We hung out with Linda and got the insider info on selling your place. We know that selling your place to buy a new home can be overwhelming, so check out Linda’s tips on how you prep your place.

1.       Start Outside

The condition of the home’s exterior is the most important thing when it comes to buyer appeal. Curb appeal is important. Ensure the following are in good condition or repaired if necessary.

  • House numbers should be easy to read
  • Eaves troughs and down spouts in good repair
  • Garage is clean and tidy
  • Trim and windows should all be looking great (touch up trims if necessary and wash windows)
  • Fix and paint fences if necessary

2.       Figure out your landscaping

This also adds to the curb appeal and shows the future homeowners how little they’ll have to do  – so make it move-in ready.

  • Mow, edge and weed the lawn frequently until the home is sold
  • Pick up litter
  • Overgrown shrubbery should be cut back to show as much of the exterior as possible
  • Invest in some inexpensive seasonal flowers or ground cover (like mulch or gravel) to add a personal touch

3. Make it light and bright

Ensuring every inch of your house is lit and bright helps the space make it appear more spacious.

  • Make sure all of the lightbulbs are functioning the highest wattage allowable and currently functioning
  • White or light pastels are the easiest to work with and they make rooms look larger
  • Avoid repainting unless current colours are loud or offbeat

4. Clean, clean, clean

Ensure that your home is cleaned from top to bottom. It lets the future homeowners know that they’ll be able to move in without having to do any additional work, plus it makes the home look better overall.

  • Deep clean all floors, including carpet
  • Inside of the cupboards and closets should be neat and tidy.
  • Remove excess items to storage facility. Empty closets and cupboards appear roomier and larger.
  • Countertops should be polished and always left with as little as possible on them.
  • Appliances should be cleaned inside and out.

Investing a few hours in prepping your place for it’s big sale will ensure you receive better offers, sell sooner and get into your new home fast.

Questions for Linda? Just comment below or check out our Facebook page.