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5 Minute Tips: Prep Your Home for Viewing

You have potential buyers coming but you’re already running late for work. What can you do in 5 minutes that will have the most impact?

1. Tidy the foyer / front entrance.

The front entrance is the first impression of your home. Put away your family’s shoes, hats, jackets, mail, etc.

2. Turn on lights and open the curtains.

Brighter homes look larger and more welcoming. Your real estate agent would be happy to turn off the lights and close the curtains after the prospective buyers have left, if you ask them.

3. Give the powder rooms a once-over.

Put the toilet lids down, wipe any hair and toothpaste spills from the sink, and put away toiletries.

4. Remove personal items.

Quickly go through your home and remove personal items such as family photos, bills and jewellery. This will help potential buyers picture themselves making the home their own.

5. Shake off your welcome mat.

Make sure your welcome mat is clean, free of leaves, bugs or other outdoor distractions that have a habit of accumulating.

This quick and easy task list will help you present your home to buyers in the best light, and it will ensure your mind doesn’t wander back to your house throughout the day with worries that you did not leave your home as clean as you could have.


Summer Maintenance Tips

Here are some helpful summer maintenance tips to keep your home in great shape. These tips are important when keeping a future sale in mind. A well maintained home keeps your future costs down and minimizes problems with potential home buyers.


Examine and repair caulking of the windows, stucco, and trim (to prevent water, dust, dirt and insects from entering your home)
Examine paint on siding, trim, and doors (paint is essential for protection and appearance)
Clean and remove debris from gutters if present
Examine roof for loose, cracked, or missing shingles/tiles and repair as necessary
Trim trees and shrubs away from home, including roof


Examine and repair caulking at the windows for weatherization and insect control
Close the chimney damper to improve air conditioning efficiency
Clean and wax or oil cabinets to protect the finish
Examine and repair/replace (if needed) weather stripping on exterior doors and windows to reduce energy costs
Examine and repair bath tile grouting, if needed, to prevent moisture damage
Lubricate and adjust locks, hinges and latches
Examine window locks for proper operation and repair as needed
Adjust registers (balance flow) for cooling
Lubricate garage door roller shafts (not tracks) and tighten bolts
Examine cabinets, drawers, and hinges for proper alignment - tighten and adjust as necessary
Clean dryer vent duct and damper to remove any lint or obstructions
Have your a/c or heat pump, and/or evaporative cooler cleaned and serviced by a qualified technician
Replace heat pump or a/c filters



**Courtesy of 604Inspectors


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