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Buying & Selling, Calgary, Alberta
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010 - Preparing your Home for Sale

Most buyers seek out homes that are well maintained and clean regardless of price. It has been our consistent observation that clean houses sell faster and obtain a better sales price.
Remember that first impressions are lasting impressions.
Here are some steps you can take for your house to look its best for broker previews, open houses, and buyer showings. 

  • Prepare each room
  • If too much furniture is in home, remove to give a more open feeling
  • Declutter
  • Pick up toys and shoes
  • Keep dishes out of sight. Sink, stove, fridge, table and floors should be spotless
  • Be sure the beds are made and all clothes put away. Closets should be neatly arranged and tidy as this gives the impression of more space
  • Bathrooms should sparkle and be kept neat and fresh. No rings around the tubs or spots on the mirrors. Clean all discoloration from ceramic tile
  • Give carpets a quick once-over with the vacuum
  • Make sure all appliances (furnaces, hot water tank, humidifier etc.) are clean and dust free as this gives the impression of a well maintained home. (New filter in furnace is very important)
  • Open the drapes and shades, and turn on lights to make your house look bright and cheerful
  • Turn off television. You might want to have soft music playing in the background
  • Pick up newspapers and sweep or shovel front walkway. Depending on time of year
  • Keep pets out of the way. Make sure all pets are clean and free from odor
  • Secure jewellery, cash, prescription medication and other valuables
  • It is usually best if you can leave while your house is being shown. Potential buyers tend to feel more comfortable if the owners are not present. Trust the Real Estate professional to show your property to its best advantage
  • If you are at home during a showing DO NOT follow the potential buyer and Realtor around the property
  • If people who are not accompanied by an agent ask to see your property, please refer them to me and I will pre-screen them
  • If you are leaving town, please notify me and leave a number where you can be reached. 

As part of our service we will offer additional suggestions of what can be done to help sell your home in a short period of time and the highest obtainable price.

posted in Real Estate News at Tue, 11 May 2010 02:22:50 +0000

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