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8 Tasks to get Your House Ready

It will take a week to 10 days to do and here are the steps: The list of DE’s and RE’s.


Pack up all your family photos and artifacts. A buyer needs to picture themselves living in the home and your personal items can be distraction.


Potential buyers are looking for a blank canvas and a home with lots of knick-knacks, furniture, pictures, children’s toys can make a property seem smaller and is visually distracting. It’s time to get tough – if you do not need it or have not used it in over a year then donate it, toss it or put it in storage.


Bedroom, Closets and Kitchen Cabinets: Don’t panic at the thought of a buyer opening up the cabinet or closet doors, because they will. Instead, send the message that you are well organized and you probably take care of everything else in the home in the same way. Alphabetize spice jars, neatly stack dishes, turn coffee cup handles facing the same way, etc. Hang like clothing items together, shirts buttoned and facing the same way, shoes lined up, etc.


If you want to take any favorite fixtures with you (i.e. a light fixture, a specific appliance, etc) – remove it before you list the home. If a buyer does not see it, they won’t expect that it comes with the house. However, trying to omit fixtures from the sale can cause some unwanted tension and can put the deal at risk.


Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Free up walkways and allow buyers to easily move around a room instead of feeling like they are threading their way through an obstacle course. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Keep just enough furniture to showcase each room’s purpose with lots of area to move around.


Fix leaky faucets, patch holes in the walls, replace cracked floor or counter tiles. Fix doors that don’t close properly or kitchen or bathroom drawers that jam. Consider painting walls neutral colours, especially if you have become accustomed to purple or bright green walls. You don’t want buyers to describe the house by the color of the walls! Replace burnt out light bulbs, worn bed linens, etc. Hire an inspector to inspect your home before you show, you can find a list of our tested professional inspectors in our Resources tab.


Wash windows inside and out. Rent a pressure washer and do the sidewalks and exterior if grungy. Clean out cobwebs. Recaulk showers, tubs and sinks, bleach dingy grout. Polish chrome faucets and mirrors. Clean out the refrigerator and throw out bottles and jars that are nearly empty. Vacuum several times a week. Polish floors, dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures. Hang up fresh towels. Clean and air out any musty smelling areas – odours are a turn off. Or, you can hire one of our tried and tested professional cleaners, their information can be found in our Resources tab.


If a buyer doesn’t like the look of the exterior of your home, chances are she will never come inside. Keep the sidewalks cleared and the lawns mowed and tidy and bushes trimmed. Paint faded window trim and clean the front door. Get all those greasy finger marks off the door hardware. Polish up the house number.

There! You’re finished!