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Prepare Your Home For The Market in Metro Vancouver Six Essential Steps

1. Make cosmetic improvements. An attractive, clean and tidy appearance will enhance your home's appeal.
  • Keep the lawn mowed & walks cleared
  • Wash the windows squeaky clean
  • Open the shades and curtains to create a bright, inviting atmosphere
  • De clutter the house, especially the kitchen and bathrooms
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2. Pay attention to details. Fixing the minor items can go a long way toward improving that important first impression:
  • Repair leaky faucets
  • Tighten loose door knobs
  • Replace damaged screens
  • Replace broken panes of glass – cloudy sealed-pane units can often be replaced inexpensively, and will drastically improve the appearance of a window or patio door.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs & broken light fixtures
  • Secure loose railings
  • Patch small holes in walls and ceilings and repaint
  • Repair or replace faded or peeling wallpaper
  • Repair and coat the driveway
3. Make maintenance improvements. The maintenance improvements listed below are relatively easy and inexpensive to make, yet can substantially improve a home's appearance (value), efficiency and comfort.
  • Trim trees and shrubs
  • Apply new caulking and weatherstripping as needed around windows and doors
  • Clean gutters of debris and leaves, repair or replace cracked or broken gutters, downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage
  • Replace bathroom caulk or grout where necessary
  • Ventilate & dehumidify closed basements and crawl spaces
  • Grade soil around the house to prevent ponding of water next to the foundation
  • Replace dirty filters in the heating and ventilating systems
  • Have the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems professionally serviced
  • Have chimneys professionally cleaned & inspected
4. Take safety precautions. Protect your home and its occupants from danger. Good ideas that create a great impression:
  • Install quality smoke detectors
  • Install quality carbon-monoxide detector
  • Ensure adequate outdoor lighting shows off house too
  • 'GFCI' outlets outdoors and in wet locations such a bath & laundry areas
  • Keep the stairwells tidy and free of debris and obstructions including around the electrical panel and furnace
  • Keep flammables and combustibles away from the furnace and other utility areas
  • If you have direct entry from the garage to the interior of the home, consider installing a hydraulic or other form of auto-closure device on the door
  • Check the tension on garage doors
5. Check the major systems. A primary concern for home buyer's is the condition of the basic structure and major mechanical systems. Most buyers have great fear of the cost to repair these critical areas:
  • Roof structure and covering
  • Foundation, basement, and/or crawl space
  • Central heating and air conditioning systems
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system
6. Prepare for the buyer's inspection. Find the various house records that can be used to answer questions from the purchaser and their inspector:
  • Appliance receipts, service records and warranties
  • Age of major components such as the roof, furnace, air-conditioner, etc.
  • Major component warranties
  • Heating, water and electric bills from at least the past 12 months

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