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6 tips to get your home ready to sell

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Selling a home is a lot of work, and can even be overwhelming at times. However, one of the biggest challenges when getting your home ready to sell is the preparation it takes to get the property ready for buyers. Not only do you have to pack up everything you own and move it to storage somewhere, but you have to clean your home from top to bottom and keep your house looking pristine every single day! Knowing exactly what to do to get your home ready to sell can make this experience easier. 

Don’t worry, we’ve compiled the top six tips to get your home ready to sell. So, sit back, take a deep breath, and get ready to prep your home.

1. Less is more

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When it comes to prepping your home to sell, decluttering is one of the keys to success. Buyers want to imagine themselves living in your home their way. It’s important to have the house looking as neutral as possible to allow them to place their furniture and style into each room.

Just remember, you’re selling your home — not everything in it! If you have trouble finding a place for all of your embellishments, consider renting a storage locker for a few months. This will keep your treasures out of harm’s way and also, out of the yard sale pile.

2. Deep clean from the gutters to the drainpipes

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Another big part of the presentation of your home during a sale is ensuring it’s clean — Monica Gellar, from Friends, clean. Although difficult if the home is still being lived in, remember it’s only temporary. If you’re not exactly a neat freak and you struggle with cleaning in your day to day life, consider hiring professional help.

A maid or cleaning service can be pricey, but the process of cleaning your home from top to bottom may take more time than you think. Still not interested in paying? Call up your family and friends to help you scrub and shine in exchange for a favour.

3. Help the buyer put themselves in their future home

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Once you’ve decluttered and deep cleaned the property, it’s time to take steps to depersonalize your home. While it may seem sad to take down your family photos and favourite knickknacks, the goal of preparing your house to sell is to make it as buyer friendly as possible — and that means neutral!

When you’re staging your home, think of properties you have purchased or what made you want to buy this home back in the day. Sometimes hiring a professional stager is a good trick to keep things unbiased when deciding if your barcalounger is as modern as you think.

4. Consider the home decor

As you depersonalize your home, remember that decorative pieces aren’t necessarily important to get rid of. Having simple decor can add the right amount of flair to your home. If you weren’t one to decorate in the first place, a good option is adding some flowers or plants. Both of these choices can spruce up any room and add a bit of much-needed life to your home. Although, this doesn’t mean it’s a good time to show off your venus flytrap collection.

Try some simple, low maintenance plants like succulents or peace lilies to add some greenery around the home. Another option is to purchase artificial plants — especially if you’re forgetful or would like something low maintenance.

5. Time to do those home improvements

Minor imperfections in a home can be a huge turn-off for potential buyers. A leaky faucet or hole in the wall can be a deal breaker for a lot of people. While you may have grown accustomed to dealing with these things yourself, they will surely stand out to people viewing your home for the first time.

If you’re even the slightest bit handy, there are a lot of little projects you can DIY. Holes in the walls can be patched up, light bulbs can be replaced and if the paint on your walls is looking a little tired, freshening it up with another coat is always an option.

6. Rather than toss it, donate!

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As a part of the decluttering process, consider donating gently used items and furniture to friends and family or a local charity. Often, it can be much easier to donate items than it is to lug them down to the junkyard and pay a hefty fee. Not only are there donation bins in most communities, but some charities will also come to your home to pick up unused and unwanted items. However, it’s important to keep in mind that charities are not waste disposals. Your garbage belongs in just that — the garbage. Donating and reducing your home goods can also make it easier when it comes time to pack for a move

Don’t be discouraged by the amount of work it takes to get a home ready to sell. If you were to sell a $3,000 car, you’d probably vacuum and take it through the car wash to make it look nice. The same careful treatment should be given when selling your $300,000 home. If you’re feeling overwhelmed, just remember that this will likely be the biggest sale of your life!

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Alyssa Davies

Alyssa is an award-winning personal finance blogger and founder of She writes about being a mom, overcoming personal debts, and how to get away with affording your ridiculously expensive latte habit. A new homeowner, Alyssa brings her real-life knowledge of the Canadian real estate market and smart money matters to this growing brand.