Once you’ve made the decision to sell your house, the real work begins. Your house is most likely your largest asset, so you want to invest in the sale and do it properly. We’ve put together a list of things to think about and ask about as you navigate this process:
1.Staging and Storage Personal Items: It’s become more normal for a real estate agent to offer free staging in order to get your listing – especially in the Greater Toronto Area where it’s hard to get a listing! But, what is staging? Usually, there are two parts, emptying the home of persona effects so that a potential buyer can “envision” themselves in the space, and then bringing in some neutral décor items like large mirrors (makes the place brighter), glass tables (makes the place seem bigger) and big pillows (everyone loves a big pillow). If you can get someone else to stage for you, especially for free, we’ve heard it is worth it. But, what do you do with your personal things while you sell? Self-storage! And the best part is that with our month-to-month contracts, you maintain flexibility on when you move your belongings (usually people move out of self storage when they buy a new house).
2.For a House, the Outside Matters: When a buyer drives up to your house, they are already making a judgement – does it look well-kept? Does it look clean? Are there big projects to do? You’re wise to clean up your front and back yard, and that means the kids’ play pool, the old BBQ that works well, but doesn’t look very polished and any outdoor furniture that you need when you have people over, but that clutters the porch otherwise. A lot of people have told us that pressure washing has made a big difference, and that’s a simple rental at your local hardware store or equipment rental store.
3.Keep it Clean and Smelling Fresh: When you’re selling your house, it needs to shimmer. Your son’s hockey equipment, your husband’s toolbox, your daughter’s kayak, none of that belongs in your house! One other thing you should keep in mind is smell – if you were thinking about making a particularly pungent dish, you should wait. What smells good to you for dinner, probably doesn’t smell great to a buyer at breakfast time.
4.Teach your Old Dog New Tricks: If you have animals and they are not properly house broken, you should give it one more try before you list your place. In the alternative, you might want to consider sending your animals for a vacation while you sell.
5.Buyers Look at the Whole House: You probably aren’t in your basement and attic every day, which is why they become areas where you leave things to be organized, but a buyer walks the whole house. Before you list, you must organize! It’s hard, we know, and we all have areas of “stuff”, that’s part of living a normal and active life, but the buyer isn’t purchasing your “stuff”, they’re purchasing your house.
The selling process can be tough, but if you leave yourself enough time and think about what needs to be done before you list, you will maximize your investment. A great way to get organized is with self-storage and here at Storage Solutions in Milton, we can help you find the right sized unit and give you tips. All of our units are also drive-up and have 24/7 access, so you have maximum flexibility, and shorter distances to move things.
Come by our yard at 9200 Twiss Rd, Milton, Ontario, call us at 905-854-1008 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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