As a home owner it is always after a snow storm I ask myself why I would be here in the winter! Why do I live in a home with rooms I visit occasionally! I also always seem to find that in the winter months that there appears to be so much more junk in my home. Where does it all come from! Winter blues? Maybe! However, as part of the baby boom generation I spend a lot of time with clients of my generation and most at some point ask themselves the same questions . Sitting on homes that are usually your largest tax free asset may not make sense.
Ottawa’s housing market has been on a terrific run, helped by low interest rates, low supply of good homes l have pushed up home values. This may be a good time as any for the downsizing baby boomers to look to add to their nest egg by cashing out on the real estate market. Financial advisers say the decision to sell the family home isn’t one that can be rushed and requires careful planning before you list your home for sale
As experienced real estate agents we can certainly do that . In some cases planning can take months , others mere weeks but hiring an agent who is skilled at helping you through the process of getting a home ready is hugely important not only in obtaining the price you desire but in the minimizing the stress sometimes around getting a home ready for sale. We focus in on the important items and provide guidance.
So here we go! a series of 5 articles about getting your house ready.
5.Tone it down:
Our personal tastes in décor vary greatly however when photos are taken of a home and you have strong colors on the walls what you see is the colors and not the house or room. Highly recommended is choosing to repaint rooms that are richly or boldly colored (especially main rooms) to a more stylish neutral tone and that is not necessarily white.
Earthy tones and rich mid tone neutrals create a backdrop that makes the rooms look large and inviting without being stark. Even a deep earthy tone can be lovely as long as there is little else in the room to clash with the colour and a good piece of art work to set off the room.
6. Outdoor spaces:
Whether you have a yard or a small balcony you want to create an atmosphere that invites a buyer to enjoy the spaces. Decks should be cleaned and stained, Flower pots placed as accents on patios and decks, grass cut and gardens weeded (you don’t want it to look like it is high maintenance ). Play up small spaces with a café table and chairs ( even a place setting) so a buyer sees that it is a lovely place to have a coffee or a glass of wine”
Many times a garden extends the indoor space – if you are selling in the summer have the door open so it is easy to walk right out into the terrace or garden.
An easy fix to privacy issues or to disguise items that are not as visually appealing the use of potted cedars , grasses or trees works wonderfully with out spending a fortune.
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4.Cleaning: This is something that is so important. Most people do not think it is that much fun to do and I found found they are correct in this. Even though we think our homes are clean using a cleaning company just before you go to market or the photo shoot is worthwhile. Photos and video’s take close-ups of such things as taps and flooring so everything should sparkle. Even if a kitchen or bathroom is dated, if it is clean it makes a huge difference in the eyes of a buyer.
3.Open those closets and cupboards: Buyers will look in your closets and pull out built in drawers. Closet space is a big selling point for buyers so show your closets off to full advantage aim to have around a quarter of the space open for the impression of spaciousness. Not every one has huge closets or California closets but even a small closet can be made to look spacious and useful.
Part 5 of a 5 part series about getting your home ready for sale
‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”
“Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’
The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.
First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.
9. The Basement: Purge, Purge, Purge.1. Get rid of anything you no longer want or use.2. Organize the remaining in one area so that the basement walls and floors are visible. Try to have shelving units to organize the items ( they do not have to be fancy – Ikeas /Rona /Home Depot have lots of good items that are very affordable .3. Make sure that around the electrical, plumbing stack and furnace is easily accessible and visual. 4. Broom clean /vacuum the floor and also highly recommended is to paint the concrete if the area is not finished. 5. Make sure the stairs are solid and easy to access- handrail a must. 6. Get rid of those spider webs from the ceilings and walls of unfinished parts and clean the top of the furnace and hot water tank. If you have a finished basement remember that if you are /marketing it as a living space then make sure it shows like the rest of the house. The basement is usually the last place a buyer goes and it leaves a lasting impression. Make it a good one.
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10. Lighting: 1. Take advantage of your windows by having them cleaned and keep the drapes or blinds open. 2. Outdated and broken light fixtures can easily and cheaply be replaced and remaining ones should be dusted and cleaned- including exterior lights. 3. Add lamps and supplementary lighting to dark areas or rooms. 4.Make sure the basement is well lit as well . 5. For showings have the blinds and drapes open as well as having the lighting on. 6. Kitchen , bathrooms , basement and main hallways should be lit, it makes a big difference. 7. Table lamps on for the darker spaces. In the summer of course the lights can make the house warm so air out the house and have the air conditioning on to keep it fresh .
You are looking to sell a valuable asset and the time spent on getting your home ”Fit to Sell” is worth it.
Stay tuned for “where’s my stuff “and the Life Box to survive selling your home .