Preparing Your House For Sale

If you are planning to put your house on the market it goes without saying that you want your home to sell fast and for top dollar. Set the stage for success with these tips for styling and upgrading your home to increase the value of your property and make a great first impression!

Changing Your Perspective

When selling real estate, it is important to disassociate yourself from your home. Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours. Don’t look backwards – look forward to the future. Your goal is to turn your home into an irresistible and marketable house.

The Importance of Curb Appeal

Exterior maintenance of your home and great curb appeal go a long way to helping a potential buyer truly fall in love with your home from the street, so a well maintained home and regular maintenance throughout the selling process are crucial.

You only have one opportunity to make a great first impression. That impression begins from the moment the potential buyer pulls up in their car. Make it count!


De-cluttering creates a light, airy and spacious feeling throughout your home giving that all important great first impression and allowing buyers to see the full potential of your house. Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway to move on to your dream home.


Taking yourself out of the picture by de-personalizing your home allows potential buyers to imagine themselves in your space.

Make Minor Repairs

Buyers have high expectations for their new home and today’s savvy buyers will notice minor repair issues. If left unaddressed, buyers may question the care that has gone into the rest of your home. Attention to detail in making your home as maintenance free as possible will not only expedite the sale of your home by attracting more qualified buyers looking for a “move in ready home” but will increase the perceived value, allowing you to sell your house for top dollar.

Make It Sparkle!

Edit Your Current Decor

This is a perfect time to edit your current décor by removing and replacing outdated furnishings. Your new furnishings will not only add great value to the sale of your existing home but will be a wonderful addition to your new dream home.

Another cost effective method is to rent furnishings for a limited time with no permanent financial commitment. Consult with a professional staging company for advice on rental furnishings.

Shop Model Homes for Inspiration

Model homes are perfectly showcased to provide the broadest appeal to the widest range of buyers. Model homes are polished and elegant, yet simple and without a specific personality — this is the look you want to replicate in your home.

Light, Bright Houses Sell

Lighting is a key design element that dramatically affects how a buyer feels about a home so it is very important to maximize lighting wherever you can. Take down the drapes, clean the windows, change the lampshades, increase the wattage of your light bulbs and add additional lighting to eliminate dark corners throughout your home. It will make your house bright, cheery, welcoming and inviting.

Choose Sophisticated Neutral Colours

Paint is one of the least expensive design elements that has the most dramatic impact. Rich neutrals like creams, greys, taupes and mochas create a sophisticated backdrop that makes everything look more pulled together and will increase your homes overall saleability.

Create A Gender-Neutral Master Bedroom

Appeal to everyone with a clean, tailored bedroom, free of personal items and clutter. You can’t go wrong with clean, crisp linens, tasteful artwork and a blanket folded at the foot of the bed.

Stage Your Closets

Potential buyers will look inside your closets. Closet space can be a make or break selling point to buyers, so show yours off to their full advantage. Aim to have 20% - 30% open space in each closet to give the impression of spaciousness.

Clean Up Toys

Buyers are imagining a fresh start. Show them that in this house, it is possible to have a beautifully organized kids’ room.

Use Extra Rooms Wisely

Think about this from the buyer’s point of view. What would they like to see here? An office? A guest room? Another kid’s room? Using space wisely will have a big payback.

Keeping Your House “Show Ready”

Once your house is on the market, it must be “show ready” at all times. Your buyer may walk through the door at any time. You must be ready with your home in top shape.

Preparing Your Home for Showing

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