Preparing for Showings {Winnipeg Real Estate Tips}

(June 12, 2012 , posted in Tips on Tuesday)

With buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money can give your home an edge over other listings in the area. Here are a few Goodfellow & Goodfellow tips on how you can prepare your home for a showing.

Curb Appeal
  • Mow the lawn and remove any litter
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Repair gutters and eavestroughs
  • Remove ice, snow, or leaves from driveways and walks
  • Do some touch-ups on exterior paint

General Maintenance
While you may have gotten used to those squeaky door handles, or dripping faucets, it is probably best to tackle those little fixes before your home is shown. Also, don't forget to:
  • Replace burned out lightbulbs
  • Touch-up chipped paint and drywall dents
  • Clean and repair windows and screens.

First Impressions
  • Test out your doorbell to make sure it works
  • Shine up the door handles
  • Clean up the front entrance
Creating an Atmosphere
  • Brighten up your home by turning on all the lights and opening the blinds
  • Turn up the tunes! Quiet, neutral music playing in the background can set a nice tone for showing your home.
  • Stay away- while you may want to see who is coming to check out your home it is always best to not be home during a showing (that goes for any furry family members as well)

Creating Space
  • Clear the clutter from halls, stairways, closets, counters and cupboards
  • Too much furniture? Try storing any excess pieces that may be taking up too much room
Clean, clean, clean!
  • Shampoo carpets and floors
  • Wipe down the washer, dryer, tubs and sinks. 
  • Scrub the walls and doors and floors
  • Don't forget about tidying up the Garage!

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