Cutting Down the Time it Takes to Prepare your Home For Sale

If you're thinking of listing your property, one thing that might be holding you

back is concern about preparing your home for sale. You may be wondering

how much work there will be. Is it going to take a couple of months? A couple

of weeks? A few days?

That, of course, depends on the state of your property.

However, regardless of how close your home is to “show time” ready, there is

plenty you can do to reduce how long that preparation takes. Consider these


• Sell stuff online. The less cluttered your home seems to buyers, the better it

will show. So, make a list of items you want to sell, and then list them on one

of the many local online market websites. Price items fairly and, chances

are, you'll get rid of everything in a day or two.

• Have a repair day. Go through your home and make a list of everything

that needs to be fixed. Then, schedule repair people to all come on the

same day. Voila! In one day, all needed repairs (or, at least, most of them)

are done.

• Get staging advice. Instead of guessing at what changes you need to make

around your home to make it look its best, get expert staging advice. You’ll

find out exactly what the experts suggest you do, and you'll save a lot of

time and money. (By the way, I can provide you with that advice too.)

• Ask before making big improvements. Are you planning to convert a wood

burning fireplace into a gas unit to help sell your home? Before doing any

big improvements or renovations like that, talk to me. You don’t want to

spend thousands of dollars on an unnecessary project.

• Hire help. You don't have to do everything on your own. Get the help you

need. For example, hire a painter, a cleaner, and/or a junk removal service.

Those will significantly shorten the time it takes to prepare your home for

sale and save you a lot of work. Also, the costs of those professionals may

be off-set by the increase in the sale price of your home.

Bottomline: Preparing your home doesn't need to be overwhelming and time consuming. Please feel free to contact me at 905-978-7653 for more ideas to help get your home ready for sale.

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