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Dee Hnatko 604.831.3215

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Dee Hnatko - Tri-City Real Estate
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RE/MAX Sabre Realty Group
#102 - 2748 Lougheed Highway
Port Coquitlam, BC
V3B 6P2 CA

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Preparing Your Home For Sale

Exterior Touch Ups

Your home's exterior is the first thing a potential buyer sees when visiting your home. The following tips will help you increase your home's curbside appeal and create a strong first impression to potential home buyers:
  • Replace missing slats, stakes and posts.
  • Repair broken hinges and paint or stain the fence if necessary.
  • Mow, trim and fertilize the lawn.
  • Weed flower beds and replace dead plants and trees.
Driveway, Garage, Carport
  • Clean up grease or oil spots on concrete surfaces.
  • Make sure the garage door opens freely and the automatic door opener is working.
  • Provide an unobstructed view of your home from the street by not parking cars, boats or other vehicles in the driveway.
Front Entry
  • Polish door handles and door knockers.
  • Replace worn or broken items, such as an unsightly mailbox or rusty doorbell.
  • Be sure porch lights are working and add welcoming features such as a new door mat and flowering plants.
Siding and Trim
  • Consider painting the highlight features of your home, such as trim work, shutters, gutters, down spouts and railings.
  • If necessary, add a fresh coat of exterior paint to the exterior siding.
  • Remove debris such as tree branches and leaves.
  • Straighten the TV antenna.
  • Make any necessary repairs to worn shingles or cracked surfaces.
Patio, Deck
  • Flowering plants and outdoor furniture add appeal.
  • Remove any unnecessary items such as gardening equipment.
  • Tidy any visible items, such as an outdoor grill or barbecue.



Interior Touch Up's

Experience shows that creating a house warming feeling inside your home increases its desirability. View your home with a critical eye. Clean, complete minor repairs, and add finishing touches.

Doors and Windows

  • Consider adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door.
  • Polish brass fixtures and be sure door locks work properly.
  • Oil hinges to both doors and windows.
  • Keep stairways tidy and secure handrail.
  • Repair or replace bent or damaged screens and window glass.
  • Cut back outdoor plants that restrict natural light.
  • Keep windows clean and tidy with draperies firmly affixed and in proper working order.
Floors and Carpets
  • Repair or replace missing or damaged tile, hardwood, vinyl and baseboards.
  • Steam-clean or shampoo carpets.
  • Secure loose carpeting and replace damaged areas.
  • Be conscious of odors caused by dampness, high-traffic areas or pets.
Closets and Storage Areas
  • Ample storage space increases the desirability of the home.
  • Keep closets tidy.
  • Discard any unnecessary items and consider storing those you do not use frequently.
Bedrooms and Living Areas
  • Keep living areas clean and inviting.
  • Arrange furniture to allow a spacious atmosphere.
  • Make beds, arrange couch cushions, dust shelves, vacuum carpets and touch-up walls with paint or spackling as necessary.
  • Wallpaper should be clean and adhere smoothly to the walls.
  • Finishing touches such as flowers or candles add to the home's house warming appeal.
Kitchens and Bathrooms
  • Clear counters, drawers and cabinets of unnecessary items.
  • Clean soap dishes, mirrors, faucets and appliances (inside and out).
  • Store cleaning supplies and hang freshly washed towels.
  • Be conscious of odors caused by dampness, hampers, garbage and various foods.

Counters and Cabinets

  • Store infrequently used counter-top items to allow a spacious look in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Keep drawers and cabinets tidy and organized.
Garage or Workshop
  • Items should be neatly stored in shelving or wall units.
  • Allow appropriate space for the home buyer to visualize their vehicle or workbench.
  • Consider moving excess or over-sized items to mini-storage.


Showing Your Home

With buyers, first impressions count. A small investment in time and money will give your home an edge over other listings in the area when the time comes to show it to a prospective buyer.

  1. Prepare Your Home For Showing
    • General Maintenance
    • Oil squeaky doors
    • Tighten doorknobs
    • Replace burned-out lights
    • Clean and repair windows
    • Touch up chipped paint
    • Repair cracked plaster
    • Repair leaking taps and toilets Spic and Span
    • Shampoo carpets
    • Clean washer, dryer, and tubs
    • Clean furnace
    • Clean fridge and stove
    • Clean and freshen bathrooms

  2. The Buying Atmosphere
    • Be absent during showings
    • Turn on all lights
    • Light fireplace
    • Open drapes in the day time
    • Play quiet background music
    • Keep pets outdoors

  3. Curb Appeal
    • Cut lawns
    • Trim shrubs
    • Weed and edge gardens
    • Pick up any litter
    • Clear walk and driveway of leaves
    • Repair gutters and eaves
    • Touch up exterior paint

  4. The Spacious Look
    • Clear stairs and halls
    • Store excess furniture
    • Clear counters and stove
    • Make closets neat and tidy

  5. The First Impression
    • Clean and tidy entrance
    • Ensure doorbell functions
    • Polish door hardware

  6. Show Your Home Well
    • Keep room draperies and shades open to let in light, and make rooms appear larger.
    • Tag items not included in sale (i.e., water conditioner).
    • Have your home well-lighted during showing.
    • At night, turn on porch light and outdoor lighting in back if you have it.
    • Neatness makes a room look bigger. Avoid clutter.
    • Avoid having dirty dishes in the sink or on counters.
    • Keep any toys in the children's rooms.
    • Bikes, wagons, and skateboards should not be out front, but made as inconspicuous as possible.
    • Keep stereo or TV turned way down.
    • Keep pets outdoors when your house is being shown.
    • Remove and replace items not included in the sale of your house (i.e., Chandelier).
    • be a seller you have to look at your home like a buyer


and then don't forget to GET PACKING!!!!