There are plenty of projects you can do ahead of time that will help prepare your home to be listed on the market. Doing a thorough check of both the inside and outside of your home will assist you in creating a checklist of chores. Make sure these 6 important pre-listing tasks are tackled to guarantee you’ve covered key areas that can help bring a higher offer to the table when you enter the Shuswap real estate market.
First Impressions Are Everything
When potential buyers walk up the driveway to view your property, wow them with a fresh and welcoming front door. A busy household may have a well-used front door that shows signs of day-to-day wear and tear. Paint the existing door or replace it if needed, mend weather stripping, replace the threshold, tighten hardware and paint the trim and frame too.
When’s the last time you painted the walls of your home? A fresh coat of paint can make a world of difference to those walking through if your space is looking a little drab. Do you have a bold coloured accent wall or bedroom that’s pretty particular to your individual taste? Consider painting bright colours a more neutral tone to appeal to a wider audience of potential buyers.
Roofing, Siding and Brickwork
These are some of the big red flags that can pop up during a home inspection and may cause concern for a potential buyer. Get ahead of the inspection by checking your roof, eavestroughs, siding and brickwork for any issues well ahead of time, or you may be negotiating these fixes out of the offer price before the new buyers are willing to firm up the deal.
Make sure all of your plumbing, heating/cooling and electrical is working well. You don’t want any drips coming from loose taps or faucets or a furnace that needs maintaining as this can put a potential buyer on high alert for other problems around the house. Save any maintenance or upgrade invoices from work completed in case potential buyers call on additional information.
For the Love of Landscaping
First impressions matter when a buyer pulls up to your house for a showing, so give a little love to your landscaping. In addition to cutting the lawn and tending to the gardens, clear away any trash or clutter outside of your home – the usual culprits are at the side of your house, your backyard, and your shed. As an added bonus, here are three more ways to kick up your Shuswap curb appeal.
Stating the Obvious
If there are any obvious eyesores in the interior or exterior of your home, invest some effort and money to repair them ahead of time. Walk around the house with a pen and paper noting areas that could use some attention. These touch-ups could go a long way to making the house look move-in ready, a great way to secure a more desirable offer when your house gets put on the Salmon Arm market.
It’s important to balance financial investment with your potential gains. If you’d like more help determining what tasks to have on your pre-listing checklist, get in touch with me today and we’ll iron out the details before listing your home together.
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