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Three Essential Ways to Prepare Your Home for Listing in the Spring

01 April 2019
Forest Hill Yorkville

In the world of real estate, the signs of spring are thrust into front lawns well before the debut of a single daffodil. The seemingly overnight blooming of for sale signage in your neighbourhood is a telltale sign that spring has sprung. The team at Forest Hill Yorkville have been working diligently throughout the winter to develop sharp strategies to prepare our clients for real estate’s busiest and most competitive season. Now that the spring market is here, you might be inspired to make a move of your own. Our Forest Hill Realtors have the experience, expertise and enthusiasm to make your move a smart one!

If you are thinking of selling your trendy Queen Street West loft and moving to a starter home in the hipster hood of Leslieville or downsizing from a luxury home in North Toronto to a chic condo with a lake view, our Forest Hill Yorkville Realtors all agree, there are three essential ways you can begin to prepare your home for listing this spring.

  1. Clear the Clutter and Deep Clean

Pick up your feather duster, whip out that mop, roll up your sleeves and start your spring cleaning. Our Forest Hill Realtors insist that decluttering and deep cleaning are essential to your spring market listing checklist. In fact, the National Association of Realtors’ 2019 Profile of Home Staging reports that 95% of Realtors recommend decluttering to their clients and 89% recommend deep cleaning. Buyers want to see a tidy house in which they can envision themselves living.

Declutter: Clear your shelves and all surfaces, remove knick-knacks and any items crowding your countertops, depersonalize by removing family photos and eccentric art. 

Deep Clean: thoroughly clean every room, wash windows inside and out, clean drapes, carpets, curtains and blinds, wash floors, dust baseboards and clean all appliances.

Keep your home feeling clean by ensuring it smells clean. Your furry friends may be a source of pet odor and that can be a home sale killer. Invest in air fresheners or diffusers. According to the National Association of Realtors, 83% or Realtors also advise to remove all pets during showings.

  1. Hone-in on Home Improvements

Major renovations are not necessary, and you take the risk of not making your money back in your purchase price. Minor DIY projects however can make your home look more polished and appealing to potential buyers. Our Forest Hill Yorkville team suggests that these small projects can deliver big returns:

  • Freshen-up paint
  • Re-grout tile
  • Replace caulking in bathrooms
  • Update faucets and light fixtures
  • Changing old doorknobs
  • Fix any squeaking bedroom or closet doors
  • Make sure all light bulbs are working and are the same colour temperature

If you have any half-finished weekend projects laying around the house, get those done before listing your home. Buyers can get distracted by minor details that can be perceived as deterrents.

  1. 3. Spruce Up Your Curb Appeal

Remove all Christmas ornaments! There should be no signs of winter lingering around your home. Place shovels, bags of salt and winter mats in storage. As the saying goes, luxury is in the details. And Forest Hill Yorkville knows the luxury state of mind. Our Realtors insist that this checklist will help you make the most favorable first impression to potential buyers:

  • Rake the yard
  • Trim bushes
  • Diagonally mow your lawn to make it look bigger
  • Clean your eavestroughs
  • Invest in spring planters and a new front door mat
  • Apply a fresh coat of paint on front doors and garage doors

The National Association of Realtors reports that 67% of Realtors also recommend landscaping your outdoor area. Remember, you only get one chance to make a first impression so invest wisely.

If you are thinking of selling your home this spring, we welcome you to swing by the Forest Hill Yorkville office. Our team of Realtors can guide you through the listing process, provide you with detailed checklists to prepare your home, review home staging options and craft a marketing plan that will give your home the exposure it deserves. Our doors are always open! We are located at 28A Hazelton Avenue. You can also call us toll free at 1-844-228-5588 or email us at yorkville@foresthill.com.