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Preparing Your Home To Sell

When preparing your home to sell, it is imperative that you put yourself in the buyer's shoes. Look at your home through the buyer's eyes. You've grown accustomed to the way your home looks but they're seeing it for the first time and you only have one chance to make a good first impression.

Curb Appeal

When a buyer pulls up to your home it must invite them inside. Make sure the lawn is neatly mowed and edged. Trim trees and shrubs and weed the flower beds. Keep driveways and walkways free of snow and grass clippings. Touch up any chipped or peeling paint. Repair any damaged windows, screens or doors. Replace any burned out bulbs in exterior lighting. Pick up all toys and clean up clutter in the yard.

Welcome Home

As the potential buyer walks through the front door, does it whisper "Welcome Home." Make sure the front door is in tip top condition and free of any obstacles. When they step inside, be sure they're greeted with a fresh and pleasant aroma.


Once that potential buyer has crossed the threshhold, it's critical that you have decluttered and properly staged your home. Here is a checklist to help you out:

First Impression Checklist for Showings

So if you're planning to move this year, now is the time to begin preparing your home for sale.

March 26, 2008 in Selling Toronto Real Estate | Permalink


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Great points. Removing all the clutter is my favorite.. Florida sellers seems to enjoy lots of clutter and emotional pieces throughout the house, but buyers want to see that square-footage and put their own creativity on the future home. Good points. Nice article.

Posted by: thesarasotadeed.com | Mar 26, 2008 7:23:03 PM

When I am looking for the new home, the first thing I have to feel is an atmosphere. I have to feel home and I have to imagine that place like place where my family will spend nice time. And it is quite hard to make it just with some cleaning and repairing procedures. Sure it can help, and it is essential, but it might not convince the buyer at all.

Posted by: Toronto realtor | Mar 26, 2008 11:48:50 AM

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