Spring is in the air! And so is that deadline you gave yourself for putting your Brantford home
on the market. Tempting as it may be to push it off or put it off, you’ll be so much happier if you prepare in advance. There is a lot to do to get your home in tip top shape for potential buyers. Here are five tips for staging your Brantford home before spring arrives.
# 1 – A Pre-sale inspection.
Yes, there is such a thing. Why not get an inspector in now so you can identify major repairs before you sell? Doing it ahead of time allows you the time you need to fix flaws — major and small.
#2 – Makeover your Bathroom and Kitchen
Though your pride and joy may be your entertainment center in the den, it’s the bathrooms and the kitchens that tell buyer everything they want to know about your home: Is it stuck in the 90's or well-maintained and updated? It doesn’t have to be a huge renovation, but upgrades like new countertops, updated fixtures and hardware, and freshly painted (neutral) walls go a long way.
#3 – Curb appeal
This one should come at no surprise. But since we’re still pretty deep in winter weather right now, planting flowers and bulbs isn’t really in the cards right now. You can, however, purchase a new address sign if yours needs to be updated and price out a paint job. Come spring, be ready to weed, remove debris, and plant flowers. This is one of those small investments that goes a long way when it comes to home selling.
#4 – Declutter!
Winter is the perfect time to channel your inner Marie Kondo. You’re stuck indoors more often than not, surrounded by all of your stuff that you know you need to ditch by the time buyers are poking around. If you’re not familiar with the tidying book phenomenon, here’s the Cliff’s Notes version: Go through your home, room by room, make a pile of all of your stuff in the middle of the floor, and ask yourself, “Does this bring me joy?” If it doesn’t, give it away or throw it away. Easier said than done, we know.
#5 – Do a Smell Inspection
This is one we often don’t think about because we don’t smell the smells we live in. Why? Because we’re used to them! Whether you smoke, own pets, or just cook a lot, your home might have a scent that puts off potential buyers. Because scents don’t go away overnight, now is a great time to start tackling them, room by room. Consider purchasing air filters, doing a deep clean, or even hiring a professional odor removing service (yes, that’s a thing!).