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Prepping your home for market

1024 683 Nisha Muire
Selling your Toronto home is not all that complicated – real estate is in such hot demand that any home will sell, and will sell high. However, if you want top dollar for your place, then there are things you can do to help boost your bottom line. Regardless of whether you are able to fully renovate your home to today’s style standards, the following tips will let your home stand apart from the competition and will help it sell for the most possible.
 
1. Clean up and declutter
No buyer wants to walk into a home full of mementos, curios, pictures and big, bulky furniture. They also don’t want to see a mess. They want to get a sense of how big the home really is and they want to be able to imagine themselves living in it. So, put big furniture into storage to let your rooms breathe. Take family pictures down from the walls, pack off mementos and curios. Leave surfaces uncluttered and clean. In the kitchen, put small appliances away and let everything be spotlessly clean.
 
2. Patch and paint
Once you have decluttered, it’s time to spot the places that need minor repairs and to fix them. If a wall needs to be plastered and painted – do it! If a stair is loose and needs to be fixed – do it! If a window needs caulking – do it! Now is the time to make your home look cared for and well-maintained. Unless you have done these things on a regular basis, it is imperative that you take care of these repair jobs before putting your home on the market.
 
3. Landscaping
The exterior of your home will often make or break your sale. The curb appeal of your property is a very important factor that should never be ignored. Be sure to trim any overgrown hedges, cut your lawn and seed it if it is looking too wee-filled. Patch up your driveway and reseal it if it is older. Wash your windows and doors, clean your gutters, rake up the leaves and change any broken or loose patio stones. If you don’t have any landscaping in your front yard, then you might want to invest in some potted plants to put outside your front door to spruce things up. And, don’t forget about your backyard! The same care should be given to your yard so that it look neat, clean and inviting. If you have an old deck, make sure that it is painted/stained well and swap out old planks for new ones.
 
You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your home ready for the market. You will have to invest a little bit, but simple things can and do go a long way.

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