Does the thought of getting your home ready to sell make your stomach turn? Are you finding it difficult to know where to start? Are you feeling totally overwhelmed by the entire process?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, you’re not alone. In fact, according to The Washington Post, 52% of sellers say they’re overwhelmed by the financial and timely strain of getting a house ready to sell.
While many people are in your shoes, that doesn’t mean it has to be this way. That’s why I’m breaking down the top 4 areas to prioritize when you’re getting ready to sell in order to make the most profit!
1. Ensure the structural integrity of your home is sound
Before you start doing home renovation projects and redecorating, priority number one should be making sure the structural aspects of your home are sufficient to pass a home inspection. This means ensuring your basement, roof, plumbing, and electrical wiring are up to code. Inspectors may also check things such as heating/cooling systems, smoke detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, and the structural foundation of your home, so it’s important to make sure these things are in good working order before putting your home on the market.
By taking care of these aspects before attempting to sell, you’ll save yourself a lot of headache down the road. You’ll also increase your home’s value and prevent delays in closing. It’s all about the end goal!
Is your home up to code? Great! Now let’s move on to the fun stuff...
2. Update and declutter your kitchen
Research shows that the kitchen is one of two main spaces that can make or break your home’s sale (more on the second one later). When it comes to upgrading your kitchen, you may want to consider what features other kitchens in your neighbourhood have. If your neighbours have high-end finishes such as quartz or marble countertops, it may be worth upgrading yours as well. If your backsplash is outdated, consider replacing it with cost-effective and on-trend subway tile.
Here’s something to keep in mind: Just because you’re making improvements doesn’t mean it has to cost you a fortune! Save yourself some money with some awesome DIY projects, such as repainting cabinets and replacing your cabinets’ hardware.
Once you’ve updated/upgraded your kitchen, you can make it even more appealing by decluttering personal items. This will create the illusion of more space. Make sure everything is squeaky clean, including sinks, appliances, countertops, floors, tile and grout.
Finally, you can paint the picture to help buyers envision their lives there – create interest by decorating with cookbooks and create pops of colour with fresh fruit, flowers or greenery!
3. Make your bathrooms more appealing
The second space that can make or break the sale of your home is your bathrooms. Next to the kitchen, bathrooms tend to be the area of your home that are put under the most scrutiny when buyers come through. Unfortunately, bathroom renovations can be costly and time consuming, but that doesn’t mean you’re completely out of luck! The key is to make use of what’s there as much as possible.
Deep cleaning and decluttering can make all the difference, even for a dated bathroom! Scrub the tiles and grout and ensure your fixtures are sparkling clean. Make sure your countertops and bath/shower are decluttered. Pro-tip: don’t forget about your storage! Make sure your medicine cabinet, shelves, and under-sink storage are organized. Good storage options are important to most buyers, so this will really show off your bathroom’s potential.
If you’ve deep cleaned and decluttered and you still feel it needs something extra, you may consider making some small upgrades, such as replacing faucets, lighting, mirrors or storage solutions.
4. Tidy up around the rest of your home to emphasize space
The best thing you can do for every other room/space in your home? Tidy up and organize to create the impact of having more space. Clutter will only hurt the sale of your home, so make sure personal belongings are out of sight and storage spaces are organized. You may even consider staging your home (which I highly recommend) to optimize space and the vision you’re creating for potential buyers. In the meantime, here are a few things you can do in these different spaces.
- Ensure your gardens and lawn are nicely kept
- Organize and clean your outdoor furniture
- Clean or paint your front door
- Make sure your door numbers, mailbox, and outdoor lighting are in good shape (fix or replace if necessary)
- Clean your windows and window screens
- Wash the floors
- Apply fresh paint as needed (bright, neutral tones sell best)
- Clean drapes and carpets
- Ensure your lights are working and replace bulbs if needed
- Clean your fireplace and remove smoke stains
- (If not staging) rearrange your furniture in a way that visually creates more space (and ensure your furniture is clean!)
- Arrange clothes, shoes, and accessories neatly
- ?Make sure doors are functioning properly (no squeaking)
- Make sure your basement is clean, as bright as possible, and dry
- ?Remove clutter and junk and put it in storage
I hope this checklist has helped you organize the tasks you need to complete before putting your home on the market! Still feeling overwhelmed with the selling process? Having a real estate professional by your side can help to ease the stress. I’m here to help you with all of your real estate needs! Give me a call at 416-903-7653 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.