There are two rules we recommend above anything else.
1. No clutter or odours. Your property must be kept clean and clutter-free. Clear and tidy all surfaces. If the property looks clean and smells fresh, prospective buyers will form a positive opinion of your home.
2. Whether it’s an Open House or a private inspection, it is imperative that you are not there. Buyers find it hard to feel comfortable and picture themselves living in the property if the current owners are present. The prospective buyer is unlikely to voice their true opinion of the property and will often rush through the inspection. Needless to say, it makes selling your home difficult. So go shopping for an hour or visit a friend. Let the agent do their job!
Maintenance The Rule of Thumb is - if something needs repair, fix it!
3. There may be several things in your home that you have simply become accustomed to over time - things that you have been promising yourself to attend to. Well NOW is the time. Buyers will mentally add up their perceived costs of repairing all those minor flaws and end up with an amount that is generally much higher than your actual costs will be. You may believe the repairs are insignificant, however the buyer may question the maintenance and upkeep of the rest of the property. Necessary, noncritical minor repairs and perceived owner neglect will either lower the price or lengthen the time to sell.
4. Check all corners for peeling paint, chipped edges and loose wallpaper and repair accordingly.
5. Repair all major problems. In today’s climate of open disclosure and vigilant home inspections, the ‘Golden Rule’ applies: Treat the buyer as you would treat yourself.