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Home Preparation Check List For Selling

Listing your property for sale can be exciting and emotional, but letting the professionals work with you, will help give you the advice to prepare your home to look attractive for the market selling price as you want.

Think like a buyer! Prospects naturally want the best for themselves. They arrive at your front door wanting to find the right home. Once you have done your preparation work, every room in your home will lead them to end their search. Get everything done before your first showing.

 

 Out Side Curb Appeal

  • Mow lawn /edge /sweep and leaves

  • Paving weed /clean /repair

  • Prune/ shape trees to compliment your home

  • Add an inch or two of bark mulch around your shrubs and trees.

  • Plant seasonal flowers along the walks and in the planting areas.

  • Remove loose rubbish /DE clutter

  • Garage DE clutter / tidy

  • Gate repair/paint

  • Fence repair/paint

  • Letterbox replaces or paint

  • Driveway washes to remove stains

  • Gutters clean remove leaves/ repair/ paint

  • Roof reseal/repair

  • Eaves wash cobwebs /paint

  • Front door clean/paint

  • Add a welcome floor mat at door entry

  • Windows replaced damage fly screens

  • Pot plants prune weed it’s a feature

  • Garage DE clutter /repaint

Remove Everything That You Can Temporarily Live Without

  • Put everything you can into temporary storage, donate it to charity, sell it, give it away, or burn it.

  • Removing everything from your home before putting it on the market.

  • It makes your home look bigger.

  • Allows a prospect to more easily imagine their own items in your home.

  • Allows you to remove personal fixtures, such as grandma’s chandeliers, now, so that you won’t have to bargain with them later.

  • Neutralizes the look of your home.

  • Lowers the cost of packing and shipping items.

  • Prepares your home for cleaning, painting, etc.

Tip: Videotape anything put into storage in case you need to support an insurance claim or tax deduction later.

Kitchen Style Guide

For many households, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home and the hub of family and social gatherings Kitchen should be clean, warm /colourful and inviting

  • Benches clean/de-clutter

  • Cupboards declutter inside/ organize /cleaned

  • Oven degreaser/ clean hotplates and clean door

  • Have all the appliances working

  • Fridge removes door decorations and clean

  • Taps repair leaks

  • Floor clean/ Sanitize / air refreshment

  • Remove any food odour

  • Decorate add a bowl of fruit or flower arrangements

Tips: Make The Room A Welcoming Space

Most of the people consider their rooms a sanctuary - a great place to retreat after a long day at work or play. To cater to this need, a staged bedroom needs to convey this calmness. If you are staging a master bedroom, then try and achieve calm luxury. For guest rooms, gracious hospitality & calmness are good characteristics to have. For children’s bedrooms, try to imagine a quiet place to read a bedtime story. For bedding, we prefer to use colours you would find in fine hotel linens - white or off white. Choose sheets, pillowcases and bedspreads in these neutral shades.

Buy new linens if possible. They will look crisp and clean if you keep them just for showings. If you have a down duvet on your bed, consider folding it at the foot of the bed, or storing it under the bed in a box for showings. The bed is where you can add punches of colour to provide interest and contrast to the room. Throw pillows are much less expensive than buying shams and come in a rainbow of colours. Here is where you can add your navy, persimmon, or sunshine yellow.

Punches of colour enhance the look & space without being taste specific. (We try out & coordinate these punches of colour on the bed with the window coverings whenever possible. It helps continuity and keeps the space from becoming too busy - remember, it's supposed to be a restful retreat.)

  • It’s time to de-clutter! Rid your bedroom of stuffed toys can clutter spaces, gathered dust.

  • Add a simple vase of fresh flowers- tulips, irises, lilies, and rose works well it gives life to a room.

  • Cupboards DE clutter inside/ organize /cleaned.

  • Bedside table DE clutter adds lamps.

  • Floor tidy/ clean/pick up clothes, clean windows, fly screens, vacuum and steam clean carpets or polish floors.

  • Every staged room should have wall art of any kind. Art can add more colour and texture to a room that you are having trouble finding the right accessories for, and it can be used as another device to keep the eye moving around the room. Choosing art for a staged room need not be hard. You may have the perfect framed piece in your home right now. Landscapes, abstract art. You will want to choose art that "makes a statement", rather than just something that fills the space.

  • If you've been staged more than one bedroom following our detailed instructions, it might be a good time to just step back and take a brief break. Walk down the hallway that connects your bedrooms and look inside, like a prospective home buyer would. Do the bedrooms look and feel spacious? Are they inviting - do you want to walk right in? Do they flow nicely from one into the next? If the answer to these questions is "YES!", then you are done staging the bedrooms.

Getting The Bathroom Ready For Staging

Many home buyers feel slightly uncomfortable looking at bathrooms while touring homes for purchase. Buyers will spend more time in the kitchen, living room and bedrooms than they will in a bathroom. We suspect that they don't want to think about what usually goes on in the bathroom.

So, they poke their heads in the door -- often without stepping foot in the room, for instance, if they don't actually step into the bathroom, they are not really in the bathroom - glance left to right & leave. It takes just a few seconds. So, that's what you've got to do to impress a buyer – in just 3 seconds. Sellers can spend hours staging a bathroom for that three-second reaction.

This is a space where you spend a great deal of time at the beginning and ending of each day. Get out the bleach and start scrubbing. If you prefer not to use bleach, find an organic substitute, but bleach works best. Your goal is to clean the bathroom from top to bottom. It should sparkle and radiate cleanliness. Get rid of mold. Almost every bathroom contains some form of mold, especially in corners.

  • Accessories Remove Tooth Paste

  • Remove Shower Shampoo/Brushes

  • Taps Repair Leaks

  • Clean The Mirrors, Bathroom, Lights, Tiles

  • Add Fresh Plump Towels

  • Add A Plant/ Vase Of Fresh Flowers

  • Sanitize / Air Refreshment

  • Fix All The Broken Tiles, Toilets & Basins

Look At Every Detail With A Visitor's Eye

  • Use only perfect personal accents, especially in the bathroom, it is important that anything left out for visitors to see is pristine.

  • If you have a gorgeous fluffy white bathrobe, hanging it on a decorative hook on the door can be an attractive accent — but if your robe is more of the nubby blue floral variety, you might want to hide it away.

  • Look at every detail with a visitor's eye — bars of soap should be fresh and clean, towels spotless, the garbage always emptied (you get the idea).

  • Neutralize. Bright paint colours and floral print wallpaper is distracting. We suggest using an antique white, cream or tan paint colour. A bathroom should feel inviting & spa, especially when staging master bathrooms.

  • Use hotel white bathroom dressings. The blue rug, blue towels & blue shower curtain do not work when it comes to staging – too matchy.

  • Use a white shower rod and hang a white shower curtain with simple rings – NOT the plastic snap kind – pretty ones. Display plush white bath towels on towel racks neatly.

  • Add colour back with simple decor. A pretty flower décor on the sink, a basket with magazines, wall hangings and a white bath rug should do the trick. These simple staging tips will create a beautifully staged bathroom in no time!

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