Get Your Home Ready To Sell

In preparing your house to sell, ask yourself over and over if your house looks
like someone else's dream house. Houses in move-in condition tend to be
inviting to buyers; houses that are like new typically sell the fastest and procure
the best price.

With that in mind, here are a few things to consider when getting ready to sell:

Remember the 60-second rule: that's all the time you have to create a good
first impression! Mow the lawn, rake leaves, trim trees and shrubs that keep
light out of the house and remove dead plants. Pick up tools, garbage cans,
hoses, toys, and building materials and store them neatly in a storage area.
Replace broken or missing roof shingles and straighten and clean the gutters
and downspouts. Clean all windows and mend torn screens. Painting your
house helps improve curb appeal more than any other fix-up! If you decide
against painting the entire house, consider painting the front door, window
frames and shutters. Seal or resurface the driveway and repair broken steps
and walkways. Paint or replace your mailbox and post. Dress up the front yard
with some simple landscaping.

Clean, Clean, Clean
Step back for a moment and look at your home as if you were seeing it for the
first time. Every room should be spotlessly clean, dusted and uncluttered.
Steam clean the carpets and wax the floors. Wash the walls, windows and
light fixtures. Tighten loose stair railings and clean all woodwork. In the event
that you feel a project of this magnitude is better left to a professional, ask your
real estate agent to recommend a cleaning service.

Use bright light bulbs in the foyer and throughout the house. Fill the house with
a pleasant aroma, such as berries in the summer or cinnamon in the winter.

Living Room
Replace the carpet if it's worn. It costs money, but you may find that you will
more than recoup that cost when the home sells. Patch cracks and nail holes
in the walls, and repaint walls in neutral colors, such as white or ivory. Nail
down creaking boards and stair treads. Lubricate any sticking or squeaking
doors. Open all curtains, and replace them if they are getting old. Add lamps
and lighting if the house is dark. Set out fresh flowers.

Rearrange or remove furniture to make your rooms look more spacious. Too
much furniture and too many knick-knacks make rooms look cluttered and
small. One or two decorative items per surface are plenty, so pack the rest

Kitchen and Baths
These rooms should sparkle! Clear off counters, and clean all appliances and
fixtures. Scrub the floors and walls. Re-caulk tubs and showers. Clean these
rooms thoroughly, and be sure they smell fresh.

Take those things to Goodwill that you'll have to discard anyway when you
move. Organize shelves and straighten shoes. Be sure that sliding doors
operate smoothly and knobs on drawers are secure.

Utility Room
Dust and wash the washer, dryer and water heater.

Light and Bright
Do everything you can to brighten the interior. Replace wallpaper with white or
off-white paint, and repaint shabby or dark walls. Open the blinds, and replace
broken windows and window seals. Always maintain a comfortable
temperature inside the house, even if you are away for an extended period of
Paul Desrochers

Keller Williams
Integrity Realty
2148 Carling Ave,
Units 5 & 6
Ottawa, ON