Guest Post by: Zoocasa

Spring is a busy time for the housing market. In fact it’s the busiest time for Toronto real estate. Although for the last few years Toronto has been a sellers’ market, after Ontario announced its Fair Housing Plan last year and the bank regulators tightened mortgage lending criteria, 2018 is shaping up to be a buyer’s market – meaning sellers are going to have to work harder to get top price for their property.

That’s why home staging is more essential now than ever. Sellers will do well to present their properties as attractive and neutral as possible to entice the maximum amount of prospective buyers. Professionally staged homes tend to sell quicker, and at a higher price than unstaged home. The Consumers’ Guide to Real Estate Staging reports that staged homes sold in 23 days, on average. In comparison, unstaged homes sat on the market for an average of 143 days. The CBC estimates that staging a home can add between six and 15 per cent to the asking price, a huge value in the already-expensive GTA housing market. So your efforts in spring cleaning are almost certain to be rewarded!

Here’s how to freshen up your home to prepare it to sell in the spring:

  1. Exterior washing

The outside of your home is the first impression buyers have. Make it a good one! Hire a professional to wash off all the accumulated dirt and grime from the long winter. While you’re at it, clean the windows until they’re sparkling.

  1. Landscaping

Take advantage of selling in the spring and add flowers, shrubs and plants. But first, take care of the basics: mow the grass, cut the weeds, remove any dead branches and scrub out any water fountains. Then you can add nice touches, like container plants around the doors of your home and fresh mulch over garden beds. If you don’t have a green thumb, hire a professional. A nice, put-together garden assures buyers that the home is well-loved, maintained and cared for, something that they assume will translate into the interior as well.

  1. Entryway

A fresh coat of paint on the door, new house numbers, mailbox and door knockers are relatively inexpensive ways to add to the exterior entryway of the home and give an overall fresh look to the home from the curb. While you’re at it get a new, clean doormat.

  1. Remove winter items

Hide your winter boots, salt stained mats, shovels and hockey equipment.

  1. Declutter

You’re planning to move soon anyway so this is the absolute perfect time to declutter. Decluttering now will make your future move go smoother and make it far easier to stage the interior of the home. You should go through the entire home, room by room, closet by closet and toss or donate anything you don’t want to take with you. Be ruthless. Give yourself a full month for this task because it’s not an easy one.

A full home refresh, cleaning and decluttering can sometimes be so impactful that home owners who are selling their Toronto condos or houses sometimes end up wanting to stay!, a leading real estate resource that combines online search tools and a full-service brokerage to empower Canadians to buy or sell their homes faster, easier and more successfully. Home buyers can browse Toronto condos, townhouses and houses for sale.

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