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Preparing Your Calgary Home for Sale

Posted by Calgary Homes Real Estate Partners Team on Sunday, August 16th, 2020 at 12:44pm

When it’s time to sell your Calgary home, there are a lot of choices you have to make. Most will revolve around taking steps that will achieve three fundamental goals. 

  1. Selling your home for the highest price possible

  2. Selling your home as quickly as possible

  3. Managing the process as painlessly as possible

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And while there are many ways you can achieve this real estate sale trifecta, one of the easiest and yet most important things you can do to sell quickly, painlessly and for the right price is to ensure that your home is staged and prepared correctly.. 

First impressions count for a lot, so when a client walks through your home for the first time, you want to make sure you make a great first impression. Take a look at some of the following pointers when preparing your Calgary home for sale.

Calgary Home Preparation

A Fresh Coat

Sure, you love that accent wall you painted years ago. It really makes the kitchen pop. And those curtains in the living room? You received those as a special gift, and you wouldn’t part with them for the world. 

However, it’s important to note that just because you love your home’s decor does not guarantee that the next owner will. In fact, a sale is always made easier when the prospective new owner is able to easily imagine themselves living there. The easiest way to help them do that is to create a neutral, bright space that acts as a blank canvas. 

And what does a blank canvas look like? That’s right! It’s white! A quick coat of paint is a relatively low-cost way of brightening up your home, raising the property’s perceived value, and making your house more appealing to a wider range of potential buyers. 

And the paint doesn’t just have to be on the inside - sometimes a fresh coat of exterior paint can do wonders.

A Little Landscaping Goes a Long Way

In the section above we discussed first impressions inside the house, but what about outside? After all, the first impression usually begins before a prospective buyer enters the home, as they walk up the front steps.

You can do yourself a favor by doing a few of the little things, including moving the grass, pruning the bushes, or even adding flowers or planter boxes. There are plenty of other quick and easy exterior tips ideas that can also pay dividends, including:

  • Pressure washing the side of the house

  • Cleaning the gutters

  • Cleaning the windows

  • Repairing any broken roof shingles or broken window panes

  • Painting the front door

  • Purchasing a new welcome mat

And these are just a few ideas. There are plenty of other ways to improve your home’s curb appeal. We encourage you to get creative!

Look Good, Smell Great

Calgary Home Selling

Nothing can throw off a sale like a peculiar odour. 

Because many people have pets, use specific detergents and perfumes, habitually cook with similar ingredients, or smoke, each house can develop its own distinctive smell. While these are not always unpleasant, having a house without overpowering or overly specific smells is usually the best choice.

So remove that litter box, spray some air freshener in your home, bake some cookies, buy some fresh flowers - whatever you can do to make the home more inviting for those home showings will pay dividends down the stretch.

Declutter 

You may have already moved out into your new home while your old one is still on the market. However, if you’re still living in the house while it is being shown to potential buyers, one of the best things you can do is declutter your living space.

This is all about creating an inviting environment in which visitors can imagine themselves living. By cleaning out closets, minimizing the footprint of your furniture, taking down overly personal knick knacks or art, and generally cleaning the place up, you’ll be making it easier to sell your house. 

This can include removing bulky furniture from tight hallways, tidying up paperwork, clearing kitchen countertops of appliances you leave out for convenience, etc. If necessary, renting a storage unit temporarily to house all of the excess stuff is a great low-cost investment that will pay off in the end.

Take Advice From the Experts

Preparing your Calgary Home For Sale 

When selling a home, the main priority is to get the best price for it. However, selling for a handsome profit can be a tricky process, and it’s not always easy to know what steps to take.

The tips mentioned above only scratch the surface of what is possible. There are plenty of other tips and tricks you can apply when preparing your Calgary home for sale, including updating the lighting, doing some light electrical work, and many other ideas.

For more advice, reach out to the experts and learn how you best prepare your home for sale. Our real estate professionals can give you advice on home staging, explain the overall state of the housing market or even provide a free home evaluation

Getting an accurate idea of what your home is worth is as simple as filling out a form. With just a few clicks, your information will be sent off to an experienced real estate professional that will call you back and can guide you through the process in whatever areas you need. 

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