House prep advice from an Interior Design Photographer | Calgary Real Estate Photographer. After photographing many homes in Calgary, I have compiled a list of home prep tips to help home owners & realtors sell the home.
By making your home appealing, it will increase the flow of buyers, therefore increasing the price of your home. It really doesn’t take much to get this done either.
In preparing your Calgary home for sale, you have to imagine yourself as the buyer. Ask the question, if you were to buy the home yourself, what would make it appealing to you, and how would you like it to be staged?
Here are 8 Easy steps to prep your home for sale.
1. Curb appeal: Make sure the sidewalks and walkways are cleared, mow the lawn and rake the leaves. Plant flowers, check the trimmings on the windows, for a minor fee you can have them repainted. If your house is in need of exterior paint, at least make sure the front door is in good condition. The front door is the first part of your home the buyers will notice.
2. Declutter your home: Most people don’t notice these things in their own home, because they are used to them. My advice is walk around from room to room and check for any items you are no longer using. Start the clean up by getting rid of or donating anything that isn’t worth hauling to your new home. You want prospective buyers to see your house and not your belongings. The goal is to make your house look spacious and inviting. You only get one chance to make a good first impression.
3. Hire a professional if you don't have time to clean: Buyers usually gauge your home by its cleanliness: Check the house for any distinct smells (pets, smoking, spice), clean and deodorize. Dust and wipe all counters and floors. If you don’t have the time to clean, hire a professional. It’s a smart investment.
4. Clean appearance is the key: Make your bathrooms feel spa-like as it adds to the vision of a clean and well maintained home. Take a look online to see how hotels or home magazines stage their bathrooms when it comes to towels and accessories. You can definitely pick up few tips! Re-caulk showers, tubs and sinks and polish faucets and mirrors.
5. Organize: When it comes to the kitchen, a cluttered kitchen looks like there is no space for storage. Leave only a few items on the countertop. Make sure there are no dirty dishes in the sink. Clean the fridge and stove, and ensure all cabinets and drawers open with ease.
6. Replace & repair: Replace worn out rugs or carpets throughout the home if possible. Take a look at the areas in the house which may need a fresh coat of paint and paint them. Fresh paint suggests a well maintained house and helps to get rid of offensive scents that might be lingering.
7. Pack up those personal photographs and collectables: It is important for home buyers to imagine themselves living in the house instead of being curious about your life. Be sure to put away any valuables to prevent any temptations.
8. Maintenance is an easy fix and can definitely make a huge difference: You don’t want buyers to think there are too many repairs to be done and walk away, especially if cheap and easy repairs can be done. People remember the good, but the bad will linger longer, so give the potential buyers nothing but a positive to remember.
A clean and well prepped home gives us a your photographers the opportunity to portray your house in the best possible light.
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