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The key to selling your home is effective presentation. Like a person, first impressions and "curb appeal" are critical.  A home should be attractive as soon as visitors drive up and walk to the front door. There are ways to enhance curb appeal: keep your lawns cut, trim the edges, plant flowers and shrubs, and keep the flowerbeds weed free, or in some cases in Winnipeg, shovel snow.'

To make the house itself better looking, wash the windows, paint the eaves troughs and trim, keep the yard litter and leaf-free. If you are out of town while the home is listed, hire a service to maintain the garden and plants (indoor as well as out).

Keep it uncluttered. Inside the home, there are simple things that enhance a buyer's interest. "Job One" is keeping it tidy: this makes the house look more spacious and better maintained. Clean the carpets, and wash the light fixtures, ceilings and walls (especially if you have pets). A fresh paint job will make the house feel new. Store any seasonal items or extra toys to reduce clutter. If you need help with repairs or renovations, your real estate agent can recommend good but affordable professionals for the tasks. Focus on the Bathroom and kitchen. Buyers, will take a close look at the bathroom and the kitchen. These are the two rooms where buyers at home spend most of the time. Fix up the grout or caulking in the bathroom beforehand. Consider painting cupboards and re-tiling floors, counters, and walls in the kitchen. Hang up some good towels. Before the Showing. When someone is scheduled to visit your home, turning on all the lights. Try to keep the home reasonably vacant, so the homebuyer is free to comfortably look around. Bake a loaf of bread or a cake, light candles, or dab vanilla extract on light fixtures to create a pleasant scent in your home. Most buyers only take three minutes to look at a home. If you make a good first impression, and show a neat and well-maintained home, your odds for a sale improve dramatically.

  • Repair leaky taps and toilets
  • Clean furnace and humidifier
  • Tighten door knobs and cupboard latches
  • Repair cracked plaster
  • Touch up chipped paint
  • Clean and repair windows
  • Repair seals around tub and sink
  • Replace burned out light bulbs
  • Oil Squeaking doors
  • Clean and freshen bathrooms
  • Clean fridge and stove
  • Clean furnace exterior
  • Clean washer and dryer and laundry tubs
  • Clean carpets
  • Clean and tidy porch and foyer
  • Does the doorbell work?
  • Is the door hardware in good shape
  • Is the air fresh?
  • Remove pets from premises
  • Front door key to listing agent
  • Key safe on property
  • Alarm code to listing agent
  • Temporarily vacate your home
  • Cut the lawn
  • Trim hedges and shrubs
  • Weed and edge gardens
  • Pick up litter
  • Clean drive & sidewalks
  • Repair soffits and eaves troughs
  • Clean out garage
  • Touch up paint
  • Arrange to be absent during showings
  • Turn on all lights
  • Turn on air conditioning when necessary
  • Light fireplace
  • Open all drapes in daytime
  • Play soft music in background
  • Make home smell nice
  • Remove pets if possible
  • Clean halls and stairs of clutter
  • Store surplus furniture
  • Clear kitchen counters and stove
  • Make closets nice and tidy

Call Lee Wren today !
(YOUR Winnipeg Realtor)