Get Your Home Ready to Sell in 30 Days or Less – Part 4

Welcome to part 4 of getting your home ready to sell in 30 days or less. If you missed parts 1-3 we’ve been outlining a step-by-step plan of action so that your home is sale-ready in 30 days or less. To catch up on our former articles, check out our blog at


This week is all about the final touches. Though our list is fairly significant, many of these items will be less time consuming than previous areas we’ve addressed.


Make an extra set of keys. A lock box will be required for Realtors and their prospective buyers to view your home.  Having an extra key for the lock box saves you from the possibility of being locked out of your home. We’ve had past clients leave the man door in the garage unlocked and use their garage door opener to access their home. This can work sometimes, however, often Realtors are so good at ensuring everything is locked up tight, they lock even the doors that weren’t originally locked.


Make plans for pets. We appreciate that pets are a part of the family and make excellent companions day to day. If your pet is home during showings you risk them being a distraction from potential buyers truly seeing your home. If you put them in a crate or in the garage, they may bark excessively as it is their fiduciary duty to protect their territory. Make a plan to get your pet(s) out of the house. Try doggie daycare, grandparents, neighbours, friends, or take them for plenty of walks.


Clean the windows. You may not have considered cleaning your windows, however after seasons of rain, snow and everything in between they’re likely dirtier than you realize. Check out special pricing for window cleaning on Groupon (which may be backed up for service dates) or check out referrals and reviews through Social Media pages and Yelp.


Steam clean carpets. Unless your carpets are brand new, you’ll want to have them steam cleaned. No better time to get your couches done at the same time. A good cleaning will help pull out odours and stains while freshening up your entire home.


Fresh touches. At this point, you’re ready to add some final fresh touches like new towels in the kitchen and bathrooms, fresh flowers for the dining room table, a fruit bowl on the counter, throw pillows for your couches and beds, fresh duvets, a few pieces of art work to help pull all of your décor together, or a nice throw rug.


The final clean. You’re just about there!!!! The final clean is where we hit up the areas we haven’t got to yet like baseboards, walls, light fixtures etc. You’ll also want to do a final clean with tubs, showers, tiles, floors, vacuuming, dusting etc.


The final ‘look over’. You’ve worked hard this month, very hard! We’re proud of you! Take an opportunity to step back and admire your hard work. How does everything look? Do you see anything that could distract or turn away a buyer? If so, do any final adjustments as necessary.


Photographer. It’s time for a professional photographer to work his or her magic. Photos will be required at least the day before your house is on the market. Having all of this prep work complete allows your photographer to capture your home in its very best state.


As you’ve followed our step-by-step 4-part series, we are confident your home is now sale-ready. Whether you’re just getting started to prepare your home to sell or are at the point of hiring a Realtor, and want an integrity driven team committed to serving you with excellence give us a call. It is always our greatest honour to serve you!


The Jason Rustand Team with RE/MAX Real Estate serves with the highest level of integrity and excellence every time.  For more info on this topic or others related to real estate contact LIKE our Jason Rustand Team Facebook page, call us at 780.980.2828, email or visit

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