Archives for Home Staging

Realtor shaking hands with her client

 

Usually we hear “buyer beware”, but real estate author Michael Corbett advises sellers to beware and gives 8 reasons why in this trulia.com post.  Always work with professional help, including a real estate agent.  Their expertise, experience, neighbourhood knowledge and resources will help you plot a course through the selling process.

 

Overpricing is a temptation to be avoided since most buyers are savvy and have the advice of an agent.  Ensure that you use high quality photos because 90% of buyers shop for home online. Complete repairs like leaky faucets before listing your home to avoid negotiations over what the repairs will cost potential buyers.

 

Spend time cleaning and removing clutter since untidiness makes your home seem smaller.  Stage your backyard as if it were another room and maintain the landscape so it appeals to your viewers, especially in summer and fall when we enjoy outdoor activities.  Disclose all information including issues that may jeopardize a sale to avoid liability after the sale.

 

Finally, remember this is a business deal and emotions can get in the way.  A low ball offer is an opportunity to negotiate, not a reason to be insulted.  To read more click here.

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Buy or rent on Blackboard

 

If you want to sell your property quickly, at near the asking price, it is important to know why people are buying.  In this post, Realtor.com chief economist, Jonathan Smoke, suggests we pay attention to the five main triggers for home buyers: they have grown tired of their home and want a change, interest rates are exceptionally low, housing prices are favourable in many markets, they need or want more living space and they have the money to spend. To read more click here.

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Family Painting Project

 

Most sellers realize that preparing the interior of their homes for viewing is essential.  In this article, Bob Villa explains it is just as important to stage the exterior of your house as it is to prepare the inside rooms when you are selling.  For example, a clean, well-maintained yard will signal that you have taken care of the property during your time as owner.

 

Power washing the garage door, driveway and fences will add to that impression.  If you are upgrading the paint, determine whether accent painting (shutters, columns, etc.) or a whole-house job is required.  And, use traditional colours (classic white, creamy off-white, warm taupe, blue-gray, or pale yellow) that appeal to the greatest number of potential buyers.

 

A lush, colourful garden, potted plants, manicured shrubs and window boxes will help you make a memorable first impression.  Improving the entrance can be as simple as adding a distinctive mailbox or sophisticated numbers. but you might also consider new doors or fixtures. To read more click here.

The post Boost Your Curb Appeal with 4 Doable DIY Projects appeared first on Team Realty.

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Think you need to wait until Spring to sell your home? You may want to think again if you’re ready to sell now.  

Home Miniature, Pen and Contract on TableIn this HGTV.com post, Gavin Chen challenges conventional wisdom that the best time to sell is spring and the best time to buy is fall.  Statistically, spring has the most competing sellers in the market, so you might have to stage your home to get an advantage. Chen suggests it is important to highlight the sellable features of your home in any season.  Although there are fewer buyers in the December – January period (holidays, travel), the warmth of a showpiece fireplace will make a favourable impression during winter viewings, in summer, creating inviting outdoor spaces is a great way to help your house stand out.  The article suggests avoiding early summer listings because people are relishing the seasonal change, but in recent years the  Ottawa Real Estate market in June and July have proven to be strong and stable…click here to read the full story from HGTV 

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