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What To Do Before Listing

Selling your home is an extremely emotional experience. Everyone in the family is deeply involved. Your family home holds many treasured memories.

The big, oak tree in the backyard that held the kids tire swing. The door jam marking the childrens height measurements. Memories of your sweet pets and best friends. All the fabulous birthday parties and Christmas celebrations. The site of the infamous tree fort incident--

I have compiled a few key ideas to help make the process a little less painful.

Find a Real Estate Agent

You will need to do all you can to ensure you find a reputable and experienced real estate agent to handle the sales transaction in a professional way. Making the wrong choice when selecting an agent to handle such a large sale and/or purchase can have disastrous results.

Do research online. Look for reviews, awards and other information on their website. Check out their social media platforms. A strong online presence with a proliferation of online marketing is very important to the success you will experience as their client.

Every agent has their own unique set of skills and experience. Some of your decision will obviously be based on compatible personality traits. Interview several potential agents if necessary. Be sure they have knowledge and experience selling in your community and specific market.

The right agent will help you establish the best listing price which is the first step to a successful sale. Your realtor should be your go to person for everything from staging tips to the names of reputable mortgage brokers and lawyers.

Depersonalize Your Home

You want to create a warm, welcoming home while removing personal items like family photos, awards, toys, toiletries etc. Purchasers will often judge a house by how it makes them “feel.” It is crucial to depersonalize your family home so that any potential buyers can visualize themselves and their family living in the home.


Your qualified real estate agent can identify key features in your home that can be improved upon. Home staging can maximize the selling potential of your home and bring you top dollar.

Impartial expertise is imperative when you want to sell your home faster and come away with the maximum profit. Staging properly can keep your home from looking dated with a few easy and affordable additions. New bed linens, setting the dining room with formal place settings, fresh flowers on the kitchen table and a fresh bowl of fruit on the kitchen island, can make a lovely impression on potential buyers. Upgrade lighting to show your home in the “best light.”

Be sure to stage the exterior of your home and yard too. The garden tools, bikes and toys cluttering the yard will have to go!

Visualize how the virtual tour and other photos will look with your decor. You will need high quality, high resolution photos for online advertising. Your realtor will be able to provide a professional photographer.

Declutter and Deep Clean

First impressions are everything! It starts as soon as the buyers pull up to your home! Create curb appeal with a manicured lawn and garden.

Don't let foul smells, dusty surfaces and dirty floors make a bad first impression on potential buyers. De-cluttering and deep cleaning are the least expensive and most important thing you can do. Your home needs to be pristine throughout the process of selling. Hire professional cleaners if necessary.

Clear the floors of closets and store any excess clothing and shoes to create the look of spaciousness. Clean out overstuffed cupboards and drawers. Adequate storage space will be crucial to selling your house.

Have a garage sale (start by cleaning the garage). Rent a storage unit for everything you will not need on a day-to-day basis. Donate unwanted items to local charities who pick up from your home with no cost to you.

Hire a Professional Painter

You can greatly improve the value and selling power of your home by hiring a professional painter. Many think this is an easy fix that they can do for themselves. On the contrary, you definitely need a professional who can do an immaculate job. Have the front door painted if needed, window and door frames, crown mouldings, base boards and walls. Refresh your home with a light, neutral paint colour to brighten up your whole home. Consult with a professional painter/decorator to give you current colour ideas. It is well worth the cost of having the painting done by a professional. It will richly reward you when you are able to sell your home for top dollar.


Replace outdated, decorative light fixtures. Install new bulbs with the appropriate lighting for specific areas of your home. Ambient, low-key lighting will work best in a master bedroom or living room. Use accent lighting to highlight focal points in a room, such as the artwork above a mantle, puck lighting in closets or halogen strips under kitchen cupboards. Draw the buyers’ attention to how clean and bright your home is. Open all drapes and blinds.

Maintenance and Repair

All maintenance and repair jobs should be completed prior to showing your home. Little things can mean a lot and can make a difference of thousands of dollars in the buyers offer. Make a list; the buyers will. Fix the ugly bathroom calking, the leaky faucet, sticky locks, old hardware, running toilets, cracks in walls, broken appliances, squeaky doors, broken cupboards, stains on the kitchen counter, and loose doorknobs.

Be thorough and objective when observing your environment through the eyes of a potential buyer. They will evaluate how “comfortable” and “at home” they feel as they are viewing the home.Try to appeal to all kinds of people and cultures.

Listing your home for sale could turn out to be the largest financial transaction of your life. Be sure you have the best possible advice and do all the necessary preparation to make the process run smoothly. Wishing you great success!

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