house repairs

Many of us walk in and out of our homes so many times that we stop seeing the minor repairs that may be needed. We tend to miss the details.  

When you’re moving, it’s time to think about getting your house ready for sale. So, grab a pen and paper (or your electronic device) and do an intense “close-up” inspection! You’ll be glad you did!  

Walk through your house and see it through the eyes of a first-time visitor. Pay attention to little details you may long stopped seeing and let nothing escape your eagle eyes.  

Look for chipped paint, loose handles, burnt-out bulbs, cobwebs, mismatched switch plates... you get the idea? Identify everything a potential purchaser might question. These questions can help with your detective work:  

1. Does my house have curb appeal?  

2. Can I see the house number from the street? At night?  

3. Does the doorbell work? What about the outside lights?  

4. Is my front hall welcoming and clear of clutter?  

5. Can I place or remove furniture to make the rooms more appealing?  

6. Are walls painted in neutral and calming colours?  

7. Is there a place for everything? Is everything in its place?  

8. Are floors, windows, counters, and lights sparkling?  

9. Do carpets need cleaning/removing? What about the basement carpets?  

10. Are personal calendars, photos, memos and notes out of sight?  

11. Is there “wiggle” room in closets and cupboards? 

12. Have I removed items I no longer want, use, or need to make more space?   

It’s motivating to know that the time you spend getting your house ready for its “close-up” can result in a higher selling price and a quicker sale!   

Now that your house is ready for new owners, you can move! 

Karen Shinn

Karen Shinn

Downsizing Diva Co-Founder. Toronto East & North York

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