April 1, 2022

5 Things to Do Before Listing Your Property for Sale

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So you’ve decided to sell your house, but don’t know how to start? A simple internet search will give you multiple must-dos, and it’s easy to get overwhelmed. The best approach is to prioritize activities that maximize the value of your property. It is also vital to consider all the legal steps you’ll have to take as well. Here are some things you’ll have to do before listing your property for sale.


This includes property documents, utility bills, past repair and renovation details, and operating manuals of home appliances. Have these records handy for quick reference for the buyer and your agent.

As opposed to brand-new constructions, houses that have been lived in are valued better when they have such records intact for legal purposes. They act as proof of the time and effort you’ve already put into maintaining your house.


Get a basic idea about what needs to be repaired and get started with it. No buyer would fancy additional repairs on their check. It would be a good idea to start by deep cleaning all corners of your house and repairing all loose ends. You can also spruce up the walls with a fresh coat of paint. Remodeling may seem daunting, but being smart about it will get you better returns.


While we all love personalizing our houses, this doesn’t necessarily boost its curb value at the time of sale. In fact, it’s best to get rid of additional items and furniture that make your space look crowded and cluttered. Buyers will likely be more impressed if your interiors look open, pleasant, and spacious. Keeping the decor minimalistic is the best way to achieve this.

Choose to go with neutral tones and clean lines for your decor. The lesser stuff hindering the buyer’s view of the space, the better it is for you.


If you have a lawn or a garden, it is essential to pay special attention to it. Having a neat and beautiful entrance automatically improves your house’s curb value. Consider getting professional landscapers to tend to your garden and prepare it for the buyer’s visit.


Getting a pre-sale inspection will help you have a clear understanding of your property’s market value. While you can choose to self-assess, it’s best to seek help from a professional who can provide you with a thorough market inspection and customized advice.

These agents will identify any property flaws or issues and also help you find finance options to prepare for the sale.

Selling your house comes with its own set of expectations and challenges. Sometimes the rules for another seller might not be the same that work for you and vice versa. Be mindful of these details, or hire a real estate agent to do this for you.

Need expert real estate help to get the best value for your property? Contact our experts at John Burdi today. We have years of experience in property sales and can help make the process faster and smoother for you. So call us at (416) 918-1611 or visit our website today.

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