Preparing your home for sale in Calgary is no small feat; it requires a lot of time and energy. Every seller wants their home to sell fast and for top dollar, but it takes more than a seller’s market for that to happen. Between depersonalizing, decluttering, focusing on your curb appeal and spending time staging your house, you can rest assured you have done some of the most necessary steps when it comes to preparing your home for sale in Calgary.
Detach yourself from the home.
Presenting buyers with an impersonal, clean environment where they can imagine living with their family and their belongings is invaluable when you are preparing your home for sale in Calgary. Take your family photos off the mantle, and remove any personal heirlooms and other objects or clutter distracting for a buyer. Depersonalizing your home makes it easier for buyers to visualize how the house might look filled with their own items. It’s important that buyers can walk into a home and envision their life in it, and it’s challenging to do this when your house is filled with things that only make sense to you and yours.
Tidy, organize and get minimal.
In most cases, closets and cabinets are considered storage. Buyers will be curious about what your home offers regarding storage, so it’s good practice to clear out closets and organize them accordingly. If you open your kitchen cupboards and find that your dishes look squished, take some dishware out and organize the cupboard so everything inside looks easily accessible and tidy. For any items in your home that you don’t see a purpose for anymore, it’s time to get rid of it. Make a trip to your local donation center, or put anything valuable on Facebook Marketplace. Get minimal when you are preparing your home for sale in Calgary – it will save you time during your move!
How is your curb appeal?
The outside of your home is a good indicator of the inside, so you should focus on curb appeal. Make the exterior more appealing and welcoming by adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door if needed, or even just taking a magic eraser and giving it a good wipe. Depending on the season, shovel and salt your walks or mow the lawn. The first 5 seconds matter, so make sure when a buyer drives up to your house for a showing that what they see on the outside is a well-kept yard.
Here are a few curb-appeal things to consider when preparing your home for sale in Calgary:
- How does my roof look? Are the shingles intact?
- Does my lawn need to be mowed?
- Do my walks need to be shovelled?
- Are my light fixtures outdated?
- Should I re-paint my front door?
- Are there overgrown plants or shrubs that take away from the attractiveness of my home?
Stage your home.
The idea that an empty room will look bigger than it would with furniture is simply not true. With that said, too much furniture and clutter can make a room look smaller. For example, if you are preparing to stage a living room, your basics are a couch, coffee table, and a lamp; these are the necessities of a room to visit with loved ones and relax. Tasteful additions to a living room would be a rug for texture, a lamp for extra lighting, a plant for colour, and a photo on the wall to fill space. Buyers need to see the essentials of a room and the space to add more, should they wish. Less is more is the way to go; you don’t need to clear out a room, but you also don’t need to fill it. There is a sweet spot with just the necessities and refined details.
Realty Unleashed can help you prepare your home for sale in Calgary!
Realty Unleashed is an independent real estate brokerage serving clients in Edmonton and Calgary. Your listing services include free home staging, free listing cleaning, free yard maintenance, free eco-station and donation centre runs, and more because we value acts of service. If you are considering listing your house in Calgary and are in the market for a REALTOR®, please reach out to us below; our team would love to help you sell your home!