If you’re planning to put your home on the market, here’s what you can get started on now to get your home ready prior to our pre-staging consultation.
1 | DECLUTTER
This is an obvious job that is very necessary. By tackling this before your consultation, we can make a quicker assessment of your furniture and other usable pieces to determine its best placement for fulfilling each room’s function. The longer you’ve lived in your house, the more things you’ve likely accumulated. And removing the clutter will probably be the most difficult and daunting task because of all the memories associated with your things. If this sounds like your situation, it would be best that you get an early handle on this.
2 | OVERDUE REPAIRS
That gouge in the wall from the door knob, the broken light switch, the burnt out vanity light, the trim separating from the wall, the leaky faucet—common things we’ve seen, especially in older homes. It’s time to make all those repairs you’ve been putting off.
3 | EDIT
You may be thinking this exercise could fall under declutter, and therefore it would seem rather redundant. But the beneficial purpose of this task is to highlight to buyers the possible amount of space and storage your home offers. Overcrowded closets and cupboards or too much furniture suggests that space is limited. What better time is there to get rid of things of no use or need to you than just before a move? Edit your things by tossing it or giving to charity. If you have a lot that you must keep, than we would suggest that items you don’t require immediate access to be prepacked and stored, preferably offsite.
4 | CLEAN
Evidently you would want your home clean before opening it to the market. Make sure the areas that commonly get overlooked are also clean, like inside your appliances (i.e. fridge, stove, and microwave), the exhaust vents in your bathroom, the baseboards and trim, the ceiling light fixtures, the filter in the furnace, the windows, etc., etc., etc. It’s easier to see the beauty of a home when every square inch of it is clean. But if people see dirt, not only is it a turn off, it will be very distracting and difficult for some to see past the dust, mould, mildew and grime, no matter how beautiful the home is.