We all know that our home can use a little fluffing at times. Decluttering and making the necessary repairs can make all the difference when it comes to price. 

A little paint can make all the difference, repairing that broken window seal, will or changing out the old carpet will have great return on your investment. This is the often the most time consuming part of listing your home. 

When a home buyer walks through a home, they will notice if your property feels cared for, or neglected. Depending on your price range this could make the difference between getting asking (or above asking) price, or having buyer come back looking for a reduced price due to deficiencies. 

  1. Ask for help! Depending on the length of your Honey-to-do-List, you may need to call in some backup. There’s no shame in asking for friends, or family, to come help! Make a day out of it, but don’t forget to add some value for your helpers. Provide drinks and food, and make a day of it. 
  1. Check the age of the hot water tank, oil tank, and roof. These are the two most common items negotiated. 
  1. Pack everything up that you cannot live without. If you need to get a storage space, it’s worth it for the little time that you will be showing your home. Buyers want to see clean, open, airy spaces, not cluttered, dark, and dirty spaces.

    Pro Tip: if you’re selling your house in a hot market (like HRM right now) you may have a day or two of back to back showings. It may be easier to stay with a friend or family member to keep your house clean and show ready. If so, pack a suitcase of your must-have-daily-items and leave the house vacant to allow for the most flexibility in showing times. 
  2. Freshen up with some paint. A new coat on the utility room floor, or choosing a more neutral crowd-pleasing color, or covering dings and chips have a huge return. And don’t forget the baseboards! You would be surprised how fresh baseboards can make a room. 
  3. Pack up all personal items that could identify you. You don’t want to associate a person with a home. You want the home buyer to picture themselves living there. Take down photos, remove personalized name plates, etc. 
  4. Remove all valuable items such as jewelry. We want to be on the safe-side of things. Place all valuable away and out of the way for people to view your home openly. 
  5. Don’t forget to declutter the shower! Keep personal hygiene products tucked away, including towels, robes or anything else hanging in or around the shower. We want to see the fixtures and their condition, not a used razor or soap. And don’t forget about the used robes or towels on hanging on the back of the bathroom door!
  6. Ask friends or family to tour your house to point out items we may not see as homeowners. Smells, every day repairs, and clutter can sometimes blend into our daily lives. A fresh prospective can help!
  7. Freshen up with some paint. A new coat on the utility room floor, or choosing a more neutral crowd-pleasing color, or covering dings and chips have a huge return. And don’t forget the baseboards! You would be surprised how fresh baseboards can make a room. 
  8. Pack up all personal items that could identify you. You don’t want to associate a person with a home. You want the home buyer to picture themselves living there. Take down photos, remove personalized name plates, etc. 
  9. Remove all valuable items such as jewelry. We want to be on the safe-side of things. Place all valuable away and out of the way for people to view your home openly. 

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