Step 2: Tackle big picture projects
1. Clean - This is pretty self explanatory. But just like when you sell a vehicle and shine and polish that vehicle, you should do the same for your home. Pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. A sparkling clean home will get a higher offer in a shorter amount of time.
2. De-clutter and depersonalize - This goes hand and hand with cleaning. For example, closets, counter tops, and most areas should be free of clutter. Clutter will make the home feel as though there is not enough space. Depersonalizing is also important. Purchasing a home can often be an emotional decision. If buyers see collections of pictures and memories strewn about the home, they may subconsciously not want to pull your family from the home.
3. Fix whats broken - To a certain extent. Make sure all light fixtures are working, doors are all opening and closing properly, plumbing fixtures are not leaking etc.
4. Painting - If your walls have visual collections of the kids finest hockey moments, touch up any knicks and wall damage. Do the repair and touch up with paint. If your home still has the original paint colour from 1970, a fresh coat of paint will brighten the home, be relatively inexpensive and could garner an offer sooner than later.
As usual, if you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to contact me. See you again next Tuesday for step 3.