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Getting Your Property “List-Ready”

After making the decision to sell and completing all the necessary paperwork, the work has just begun. There are several ways you can make your property more appealing to a prospective buyer, and in turn, receive an even more attractive offer. Here are a few helpful tips for preparing your property for sale:

  1. Clean up your yard. Trimming shrubberies, cutting grass, clearing weeds and adding a few brightly colored flowers can greatly increase your property value.
  2. Sweep off and/or apply a fresh coat of paint to your patios, decks, verandahs, porches, and exterior doors.
  3. De-clutter your home by moving unnecessary furniture, cleaning out the garage or clearing out unused items from extra bedrooms and closets.
  4. Make minor repairs to torn screens, broken windows, leaky faucets, faulty lightbulbs and cracks in drywall that can make a bad first impression.  
  5. Clean your windows, blinds, curtains, switch plates, doors and molding.
  6. Consider lighting a few candles and using a few air fresheners to add an inviting aroma when having an open house.  

Property Inspection

With every potential purchase, a buyer is entitle to a thorough inspection of the property. A few of the main inspections that a potential buyer might like to undertake are:

  1. Plumbing inspection
  2. Electrical inspection
  3. Pest inspection
  4. Air conditioning inspection
  5. Structural soundness (roof, foundation, etc.)

Prior to closing, the buyer may wish to conduct another “inspection”, usually referred to as the final walk-thorough. This is where they will confirm that any repairs agreed upon have been completed and that the home is in the same condition as when the offer was written.

Preparing to Move

Vacating your property isn’t an easy task, so we’ve compiled a few points to help you along the way:

  1. Request that utilities are removed from the existing property one day after your actual move date. Ensure that you request your utilities for your new property one day before you actually plan to move in.
  2. Properly dispose of any flammable items that can’t be safely transported to your new location (paint, chemicals, aerosol cans).
  3. Create “donate”, “pitch”, and “sell” piles to help make packing easier.
  4. Remember to notify your post office of your move and provide them with a forwarding address for your mails.
  5. Get each family member to pack a suitcase like they are going on a two-week vacation. Remember all toiletries and comfortable clothes for unpacking.
  6. Remember to schedule a day to return to the old property to make the place tidy for the new owners.

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