Preparing Your Home to Sell

Kim PhillipsReal Estate, Tips

When you’ve decided to sell your home, each second that passes seems to bring another item to add to your already lengthy to-do list. On top of quick changes between being a home buyer and home seller, you spend hours sorting through article after article explaining how you can quickly sell your home for top dollar, in an unrealistic time period

We understand that finding time to prepare your house for sale can sometimes feel like mission impossible. On top of having a RE/MAX agent specializing in Langley, BC there to help you through every step of the way, we’ve provided you with a list of the top five things to consider, to help ensure the transition from “For Sale” to “Sold” is a smooth one.


As a home owner, you are constantly being reminded about the seasonal maintenance items you need to tackle to ensure your home runs like a well-oiled machine. While it’s easy to let things like cleaning the gutters, painting the window frames, and power washing the siding fall to the wayside, checking them off your to-do list will pay off in the long run.

Choose Neutral Colours

Adding a fresh coat of a muted, neutral paint will not only appeal to buyers, but will freshen up your homes interior and can provide a large return on your investment – up to 112%!


The thing about de-cluttering when selling is that you can only put it off for so long. It’s either now when it will appeal most to buyers, or later when you are dealing with the added stress of your move.

Rent a Storage Unit

De-personalizing your home before selling will allow potential buyers to picture themselves in the space. Go through each room, and determine what should stay, and what would be better suited in a storage unit until you can re-introduce it into your new home.

Consider staging

Nothing invigorates a house like some new furnishings or a perfectly chosen mirror. The key is getting your home staged by a professional.

Home stagers will evaluate the current condition and belongings in your house and determine what elements might raise the bar. They might recommend you buy or rent some items, or they might just reorganize your knickknacks and bookshelves in a whole new (that is, better) way.

Stagers know the real estate market, and what sells, so it’s important to take their advice and not take offense when they make big changes. Their job is to help drum up interest from potential buyers, which is always good news to the seller.

Know your Neighbourhood

Knowing what sells in your neighbourhood will give you a good indication of the type of improvements to consider when preparing your home for sale. Ask your RE/MAX Agent to help you look through comparable listings in your neighbourhood, and create a list of projects you can tackle within a realistic budget and time frame.

Now that you know the things to consider, all that’s left is to start doing them! Each of these five items seem like large, overwhelming tasks but we promise they will pay off in the long run when there is a sold sign proudly displayed on your front lawn.