How to Prepare Your Home Before Putting It On the Market

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As any Victoria local knows, real estate is notoriously competitive here! If you’re looking to list your home, the Victoria seller’s market may work in your favour, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have nothing to gain by preparing your property before it hits the market. Skipping out on preparatory measures can mean the difference between a good deal and a great one and can potentially save you the hassle of a drawn-out selling process. 

Why? Think of it this way — prospective home buyers are looking for their dream home, not a mere relic of yours. That means they’ll arrive at every viewing with unique preferences that fit their vision of the ideal property. If you rush to market without adequate time for cleaning, enhancements, or staging, you could be missing out on opportunities to really wow potential buyers with a “blank slate” house in which they can imagine themselves making a home. 

So, here’s how to get your house ready for the market to showcase its full potential!

Cleaning & repairs

First things first, let’s tackle the basics — a deep clean of the entire home is likely in order, which may require quick dusting and touchups between viewings or open houses. If there are any cleaning duties beyond your typical routine, like dusting ceiling fans or cleaning windows, now may be a good time to revisit those tasks to get your space looking its best. 

If you’ve been meaning to call a handyperson for some repairs but haven’t gotten to it, you’ll want to get on that before listing. Even the slightest inconvenience can be off-putting for potential buyers seeking a genuinely move-in-ready property. 

Exterior enhancements

When you think about it, the exterior of your home holds a lot of power when it comes to sales because it’s the first thing a possible buyer sees when they arrive for a viewing. But unfortunately, we tend to focus so much on perfecting the interior that we forget about the importance of outdoor maintenance and landscaping when selling a home. 

With that in mind, consider evaluating your outdoor space as if you were seeing it for the first time and look for any areas that could use some improvement. Does your door need a good scrub? Is the paint chipping on your fence? Could the garden use some weeding? Small touches go a long way here, so don’t be afraid to spruce things up with a new welcome mat or fresh potted plants. 

Declutter & depersonalize

We’ve said it before, but it bears repeating — potential buyers don’t want a sneak peek into your life; they want a clean slate where they can visualize their own! That means you’ll want to remove overly personal items like photos, sports memorabilia, and other knickknacks that give your house that “yours” feeling. 

It can be helpful to take a minimalist approach when preparing your house for the market because you can show off the features of a home, its storage spaces, and its design when there are fewer objects taking up eye space. Additionally, you might consider revisiting your wall paint colours to adopt a more neutral, if needed, as bold and bright colours are a bit harder to cover and may deter some buyers. 

Scent checks

This is a weird one, but sometimes if we’ve been living in a house for a while, we may have become accustomed to certain unappealing odours to prospective buyers. For example, maybe there’s a musty smell in the basement you never noticed that could be quickly resolved by running a dehumidifier overnight. You can ask an unbiased friend, family member, or even your REALTOR® for feedback on this one and then hastily neutralize unpleasant smells. 

Finishing touches

Once you’ve addressed any potential problems, you can have some fun with small embellishments here and there to perk up the interiors after removing all the personalizations. This is where staging comes in! Hiring an expert can help you incorporate on-trend decor and organize your home to keep it looking its best. Some common ways to enhance the look of your interior include touching up your trim, turning your bathroom into a mini-spa with lush towels and colourful soaps, and emphasizing the natural light in your space. 

Selling your home can feel like a daunting process, but it will feel much more manageable if you follow these steps. Ideally, you’ll have a REALTOR® on your team to help facilitate this process with the expertise to guide you in the right direction at every turn.  

Need a hand preparing your home for the market? Hire a Garman Group REALTOR® with the experience and industry knowledge you can trust to get the best offer your property deserves.