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How to Make Your Home Stand Out on the Market
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 04:10:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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When you're ready to list your home, it's important that the property stands out to ensure that you find the right buyers. Home sellers often want to sell the property as soon as possible to prevent the home from losing value. If you want the house to stand out on the market, there are a few important tips to follow.

 

Stage the Home

Staging the home is necessary to help buyers envision themselves living in the property instead of feeling like they're taking a tour of someone else's home. Use neutral furniture and decor to create a contemporary setting that isn't overly bold or dramatic. Repaint red or dark walls with beige or off-white color shades. Remove personal items that include family photos or children's artwork on the fridge. All clutter will also need to be hidden to prevent it from detracting from the features of the interior and exterior setting. Consider renting a storage unit to place extra belongings instead of stuffing everything inside of cupboards or closets where buyers may inspect. All animals or pets should also be removed from the property.stnad out on market

 

Take Quality Photos

The photos that you use to advertise your home will determine how many people want to take a look at the property. Hire a professional to take quality photos during the daytime when there's plenty of natural light present to create an uplifting setting. The photographer can take pictures of the best features of the property after the home has been staged. The professional should also be capable of editing the images to ensure that they look attractive.

 

Increase the Curb Appeal

It can often be difficult to sell your home if the inside setting is updated, but the curb appeal of the property looks dire and neglected. Boost the curb appeal by increasing the quality of the landscaping and using potted plants on the porch. Consider painting the front door to make it pop and stand out on the home. You can also add a water feature like a pond or a fountain in the yard for extra appeal or a few chairs on the porch.

 

Updating the mailbox and address numbers will also make the home appear newer and maintained well. Having a beautiful front yard and exterior setting will allow buyers to notice the property when driving by and seeing a sign in the yard that the home is for sale.

 

Make it Personal

Your goal should be to make your guests feel at home when they tour the property. Consider leaving fresh cookies out on the kitchen countertop or hanging clean white towels in the bathrooms. Adding air fresheners or lighting a few candles will create a pleasant setting that allows them to feel comfortable in the environment.

 

Avoid being present on the property when buyers tour the property, which can make for an awkward encounter. Let your real estate agent represent you and show off the different features while you're away to help potential buyers feel at ease as they take a look around.

 

Make Use of Each Space

Empty rooms can be a turnoff to buyers because they may not know what to do with the space if they purchase the home. Make use of each space in the home by staging an area that can be used as a home office or a home theatre for the family. Getting creative can allow potential buyers to see that the house will serve many different purposes.


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How To Increase The Appeal Of Your Home When Selling
Posted on Sat, 15 Apr 2017, 01:40:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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When selling a home in Canada, there is almost always something you can do to increase the appeal that your house will have to potential buyers. Some of these things can be easy, quick to do, and cost little to nothing. Other options will require a great deal of time, a set of complex skills, and a good chunk of money. Do not be ashamed if you cannot complete some of the more financially costly options because virtually no house on the market is absolutely perfect unless you personally designed it.How To Increase The Appeal Of Your Home When Selling

If you’re interested in increasing the appeal of your home, then keep reading.

 

Do A Quick Scan Around

The very first things that you should be fixing are the things that have always bothered you and your family members living in the home. If you know that the light sockets need new covers, then replace them with quality covers. If you noticed that the trim in the bathroom is starting to break, crumble, or fall apart, then do your best to replace the trim in the bathroom. If you notice that the carpet has a stain, try to clean it with a carpet cleaner. Any imperfection that you notice will be noticed by at least a portion of the potential buyers that come to look at your home while it is listed.

 

Do A Little Research

If you are not sure of what potential buyers seem to be attracted to, then simply do a quick search on the internet. Many buyers are requesting homes with little to no repair work that must be done and houses that have brand new stainless steel appliances. Many other buyers also like homes with landscaping in the yard and an entry way that is in good condition. These things are likely going to change over time, so remain vigilant in your searches while you are selling your home.

 

Hire Some To Stage Your Home

Sometimes all a house will need is a good interior design artist. These professionals have been hired for years and make a living off of rearranging furniture and staging houses for sales, moves, and personal uses. If you can afford to hire someone to come in and stage your house, consider doing so. Some of these individuals will even be kind enough to give you free advice if you cannot afford to pay for their services.

 

Ask Your Sales Representative What They Think

Sales Representatives have a lot of experience selling homes. They have met with sellers, consulted with potential buyers, and have done research on what tactics work to sell homes the most efficiently with the least amount of effort. Simply ask your sales representative to take a quick tour of your house and take notes as they feel necessary. Once they have completed their tour, then have them talk to you about what they have found. If you hear anything that you have not already considered, make a note of it and see what you can do to address it.

 

Advice To Keep In Mind

You will never be able to meet every need for your potential buyer no matter how hard you work to fix up your house. The right buyer for your home will always be considering things like painting the walls a different color, landscaping differently in the yard, and replacing appliances, roofs, sinks, and doors. The best that you can do is to try and make sure that your home is liveable and that everything you can fix has been fixed to the best of your ability.


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5 Tips to Help Improve the Exterior of Your Home
Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 10:40:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is very important. Potential buyers may skip over your home based on the outside, without taking the time to view the inside. Therefore, you will need to keep the exterior of your home well-maintained. Remember that you only get one time to make a first impression with buyers.

 5 Tips to Help Improve the Exterior of Your Home

Pretend to be the Buyer

Before you begin improving the exterior of your home, you will need to determine what needs to be fixed or changed. Examine the outside of your home by walking around the property and taking notes and pictures. You can write down what changes need to be made, and compare your notes to the photos that you have taken. Look at what needs to be repaired, cleaned, or replaced altogether. You should also drive by the home in a car, during the day and at night. Look for anything that seems off, such as a ball stuck on the roof or a crack in one of the windows.

 

The Cleaner, the Better

If the outside of the home has chipped paint, cobwebs, and stains, buyers will likely keep driving by the home, instead of stopping to come in. This is true regardless if your home is in a great Canadian neighborhood, near all of the best amenities. Cleaning the home and adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest changes to make. When you don’t, buyers will wonder what big issues you have failed to take care of on the inside of the home, such as plumbing, electrical wiring, and more. If there are cracks in the steps or sidewalk, see how much it costs to have those issues resolved. A cheaper way to clean the outside of the home is with a pressure-washer. It will generally work on the sidewalks and driveway, as well as decks.

 

Add Some Color

Painting the home is a good way to make your property look more colorful and refreshing. You can also spruce up the home’s exterior by planting some colorful plants. Add a few plants to the porch, or plant some flower beds in the front of your home. Stay away from artificial flowers; this is a turn-off for most buyers, especially millennials. You can make the home seem brighter by opening the curtains and blinds. Homes that look brighter and more welcoming sell faster than homes that have a dull exterior.

 

The Numbering

If you have old, dingy numbers on your door, buyers may take this as a sign of a poorly maintained home. The numbers on your home need to be shiny, clean, and easy to read. Replace any dingy numbers on the home with clean numbers that complement the style of your property. For instance, if you have completed upgrades and renovations to the property that coincide with the current trends, the numbers on the outside of the home should be more modern.

 

Take a Look at the Roof

You can look up toward the sky to see if any repairs are necessary. Check for dirty or missing shingles. If the roof looks dingy or streaked, change the shingles before placing your home on the market. Sometimes all it takes is a good cleaning to give the roof that appeal it needs to attract buyers. It is important that you give your roof that extra glance. Keep in mind that a buyer will thoroughly check out your home, which includes a roof inspection.

Making a great impression with buyers could bring you closer to selling your home, for a great price. If you use these tips, you could wow buyers from the curb, and get them into the house for a proper viewing!


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6 Tips For Renovating Your Basement To Perfection
Monday, 31 October 2016, 12:00:00 AM
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Whether you just bought a new house or are looking to sell your home you may be in need of a basement renovation. Here are 6 tips for renovating your basement to perfection. Renovating your basement may be hard work but is more than worth It once it's complete.

 

6 Tips For Renovating Your Basement To Perfection1. Make Sure There Are Exits

The most important tip of renovating your basement is to make sure that there are exit windows to get out of the basement in case of an emergency. It is required for any bedrooms you build in the basement to have escape windows in them in the event that there is an emergency. If you do not have an exit window in what you want to be a bedroom in the basement it will not count as a bedroom so it won't be counted in the overall value of your home as a bedroom. However, if you do put a bedroom in your basement and it has an escape window it counts as a bedroom and can make your home value go up when it's time to sell.

 

2. Get Rid Of Any Moisture

The second most important tips for renovating your basement is to make sure there is no moisture or water getting into your basement as this can cause damage such as moldy or soggy insulation and even wrecked floors. If there is no moisture then you are good to go but if there is you need to figure out how to stop it from coming it before renovating the basement.


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Livable Ceiling Height

Some basements do not have high enough ceilings for them to be used as a living space. If this is the case in your basement you may have to figure out a way to make the ceilings higher so that you can renovate your basement to where it is able to be a living space. One option to fixing this problem is to dig the floor down in order to have more height in the basement.

 

4.Don’t Cover Anything Up

When it comes time to put the ceilings into your basement make sure that there is no wires or duct work that you may need to get at in the future. Chances are if there is something that connects to the upstairs your going to have get at it at one point or another. An option for being able to get at any wires or duct work would be by putting in a drop ceiling. Drop ceilings are tiles that can be moved if they need to be.


5. Basement Style

Once you figure out if there are any ceiling or water damage problems and get them fixed you have to decide if you want your basement to be renovated as a separate living space from the rest of your house or if you want it to match and flow with the rest of your house. Some ways that it could be similar is by using the same floors, wall colors, and even fixtures that are used in the rest of your home.


6. Building a Utility Room 

The utilities in your basement are not meant to be moved or renovated at all. So when renovating your basement you have to work around the utilities such as the hot water heater and the furnace. You can do this by putting a wall up between the utilities and living space and have a door to get to where the utilities are. By doing this you won't have to even see the utilities well you are in the living quarters part of the basement.


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Some Things You Will Want To Accomplish Before Putting Your House Up For Sale
Posted on Sat, 30 Apr 2016, 11:50:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  My services
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Before you make a call to a real estate agent, you might want to make sure that you are taking the time to review the following suggestions. This way, you will not only have an easier time selling the house, but you might just be able to get more money for it. You could use a little extra money, right? 


Get Things Nice And Tidy 
The last thing you want to do is to have people walking through your home while it is a complete mess. However, being clean does not always mean that you are avoiding looking like it is not a mess. Clutter can look very messy and you certainly do not want potential buyers to be distracted by the clutter when they should be looking at your home and imagining how they could fit everything of theirs into the home.

This might mean that you will have to box or bag up a lot of your stuff. And that is okay. You can put some things into a storage unit. Then, you can stage yourfresh home to look as universally inviting as possible. 

Freshen Up With Paint
You do not want potential buyers to come through your home, only to spot dull, dirty, and stained walls. Therefore, you might want to go around your house and add a quick fresh coat of paint to all of the walls. You might also want to consider painting the exterior of your home so that the curb appeal is raised a little. Of course, unless you have tall enough ladders to accomplish that, you might need to consider hiring a professional for the job. 

Give Your Home A Few Updates 
It is important to make sure that you are upgrading as much as you possibly can without having to worry about breaking the bank. Small upgrades, such as replacing the old faucets and doorknobs can really go a long way. Believe it or not, many potential buyers will notice these upgrades it will make a great impression on them. If you want additional advice on the things that you should consider upgrading, you may want to schedule an appointment with a real estate agent. 

He or she will be able to point out some of the simple changes that you can make in order to give your home the best look and feel to it before you attempt to put it up for sale. Just make sure that you are doing everything that you can in order to follow the advice that you are given because that advice should be considered golden. 

Get The Carpets Deep Cleaned 
It is important to make sure that if you have any carpets in your home that they receive a good deep cleaning before a real estate agent brings anyone through there. While there are some carpet cleaners that you can use on your own, you might have a better chance of getting the best results by hiring a professional carpet cleaning company. Sure, it will cost a little bit of money, but the deep cleaning will give your old carpet new life. 

With those few things in mind, you should have a much better idea of the things that you should do before you ever think about officially putting the home on the market. The more you prepare for the selling of your home, the more likely you will be able to get a good amount of money for your home and for everything that you have put into it over the years. You should easily find that it is worth all of the time and effort that you put into getting the home ready to be sold. 

 


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