When getting your home ready to sell, you need to look at your house in a new way.  Think of your house as a product about to go on the market where it is probably competing with brand new housing.  It needs to show well which means clutter free and well kept. It is especially important today, as there are more homes listed for sale right across Greater Vancouver and the Fraser Valley.

While curb appeal is important, it is inside the home where the "buy" decision is often made.  A prospective buyer will usually enter through your front door; so, that is where you should begin your interior inspection.  You want your buyer to see a neat, clean, well lit interior.  Get clutter out of sight; ensure the carpets are clean and floors are scrubbed and polished; and that walls and trim show fresh paint (preferably neutral or light colors).

Take a sniff.  Are there any unpleasant odors in your home?  If so, track them down and eliminate them.  Ensure all your lights work and are free of cobwebs.  You want your home to look spacious, bright and fresh.

If you have considerable family memorabilia, consider thinning it out.  Your objective is to help potential buyers feel as if they could live in your home.  The mental leap becomes more difficult for them if your house resembles a shrine for your family.

Many realtors and decorators say the most important areas of your home to upgrade and modernize are the kitchen and bathrooms.  Buyers also want to see new or recently installed floor coverings throughout.

In the kitchen, clean all appliances, including your oven.  Clean or replace your greasy stove hood filter.  Clean your cabinets inside and out, as well as your countertops and backsplashes.  Repair dripping faucets.  Also remove anything stored on top of the fridge and remove all artwork and magnets.

Remove all items from the countertop and anything stored under the sink.  It is wise to put flowers or a bowl of fruit on the counter for visual appeal.

The bathroom must be super clean.  Scrub sinks, tubs and toilets and remove any rust stains and mildew from showers and bathtubs.  Fix any dripping faucets and vacuum out the fan grill. Put in a decorative air deodorizer, and clean mirrors, light switch plates and cupboard handles.  Adding a couple of new towels and perhaps a new shower curtain can also add appeal.


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