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Tips for Decluttering Your Home for Sale
Posted on Fri, 15 Jul 2016, 10:55:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  My services
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If you're planning on selling your home in the next 6 months, you'll often be thinking of ways to fix the home like repairing cracks in the walls. This should be the same time you're considering a declutter as well. You don't want to take all the items that accumulate in the home with you to a new space. This is the perfect time to purge your home of unwanted items. It's also great for staging the home for selling. Buyers don't want to see all your clutter littering the space when they're trying to envision themselves there.

30 in 30 Challenge

To make the decluttering process more fun, you can challenge yourself to clear out one bag of clutter each day. It's a simple way to tackle an overwhelming chore. When you whittle away at the clutter over a month's period, you're less likely to give up on the decluttering process.

Stay Motivated

clean-roomIt can be difficult to stay motivated through a decluttering session. You'll have to visualize the end result, which is more money in your pocket after your home sells. This will help you keep the goal in mind as you spend boring hours declutter the space.

Three Containers

A great way to tackle a space like a bedroom closet is to have three containers or bags nearby for the organization part. One of the bags should be for trash or recycling. The second bag or container should be for items you want to keep. The third should be for donations. You have to be ruthless when clearing out the space. Each item has to land in a specific container. Donate items you don't wear or haven't worn in the past 3 months.

Gather Like Items Together

When you walk into a cluttered room, it can be tough to pick a place to start first. You can work from the top of the room down or left to right as you enter the space. Clear one area where you can pile like items together. If you have three places where you keep sweaters, it helps to gather them into one pile. It makes it easier to sort and throw away items when you can see them in one place.

Investigate the Groups

Once items are grouped together, whether it's books, pens, jeans or knick-knacks, you'll be able to decide what needs to be donated, what can be trashed and what you can't really live without. You'll also be able to see that you've actually accumulated more than you thought.

Avoid Renewed Clutter

It can be tough to fight clutter when you're disorganized. If you have no space for holding like items, they'll tend to begin to clutter again. With no designated space for mail, it will accumulate wherever you toss it. That could be the kitchen table, counters or on the dresser. Find a place for everything. Mail can be held in one container, and once that container is filled, it's time to deal with it by sorting and trashing.

Open, Empty Spaces

Many people feel like they're surrounded by their favorite things when everything is on display. In fact, when everything is on display, nothing is special. Don't be afraid to leave empty spaces on your shelves, counters and tables. Three great pieces are better than displaying twelve items that look chaotic. Buyers want to see clean, bright spaces when they look at your home. Clutter is dark, dingy and dusty, which will turn away buyers quickly.

Decluttering the home is essential for the process of selling it. You could also rent a storage unit while selling your home if you simply can't part with much of your collectibles and belongings.


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4 Ways to Boost Curb Appeal When Looking to Sell Your Home
Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 10:00:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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Making the decision to sell your home is one that shouldn’t be taken lightly. There is a lot of hard work and time that goes into making sure you get what you want out of your home and the process goes as smoothly as possible. The last thing you want is to end up getting far less for your home than you deserve, especially if there was something you could have done to change that. To make sure you don’t end up losing out when you go to sell your home, consider doing these four simple things to help boost your curb appeal.


Paint the outside of your home
Imagine if you were to pull up to a home for sale and the paint on the outside of the home appeared faded, cracked and chipped. Would that make you want to see the inside? For many buyers, they form an impression of a home the minute they pull into the driveway. You want them to have a positive impression about the home and be open about seeing the rest of the property. Start off by painting the exterior of your home. Give it a clean look in a neutral color like a tan, dooryellow or white. This way it doesn’t turn away potential buyers.

Get a new door
Your door is the entryway to your home. You want it to appear as nice and well-kept as possible. The best way to do this is by either giving your door a fresh coat of paint or simply replacing it with a new one. You want to make sure the door is sturdy and aesthetically appealing. Also, make sure the door works with the rest of the home. You don’t want the door and the exterior of the home to clash.

Clean up the yard
No one wants to look at a home that has weeds growing everywhere around the yard. Hire someone to come in and do a thorough landscaping job for you if need be. This includes things like trimming the trees, planting new flowers, trimming the shrubs and so on. The key is making sure everything around the home is clean and well-kept. Get rid of any weeds or dead shrubs. Clean and tidy is the key to any good landscaping project. If you don’t have any shrubs or trees around your home, now might be the time to plant some. Professional landscaping companies can go through and draw you up a plan that highlights their ideas about what will look the best around your property.

Redo the driveway
Your driveway should be free from cracks and chipped cement. If possible, go through and have it resealed. If the driveway is too far gone, you want to tear it up and put a new one down. It makes sense that the driveway is going to sustain some degree of wear over the years, but you don’t want to leave it looking that way. Having a clean, fresh driveway will go a long way in what people think about your property. 

By going through the tips above, you can instantly transform the outside of your home and add to its curb appeal. People form an impression of the inside of your home before they ever step inside of the doorway. Do everything you can to make sure that impression is as positive as possible. This will help boost appeal and increase the overall selling price, not to mention get more people interested in your home in the first place. It doesn’t take much to transform the look of your home, but it will go a long way in the real estate market.

 


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How to Clean All Areas of Your Home Before an Open House
Posted on Tue, 16 Feb 2016, 10:30:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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The open house is one of the most important steps you go through when selling a house. It gives buyers the chance to walk through each room, see the outside, get to know your city and get a general feel for your home. Long before those buyers visit your home, you need to make sure that it looks great and smells good too. While your real estate agent can give you tips on getting your home ready and staging each room, you'll also want to use some tips on cleaning your house.

Take Care of Clutter
There is a clear difference between clutter and mess. A cluttered home is one that has a lot of various items laying around on the floors, tucked underneath furniture and placed on shelves. A messy house is one that has dishes piled up in the sink, trash sitting around every room and feels like something that should be on Hoarders. Before the day of your open house, always walk through your home and find ways to take care of clutter. You might hold a big yard sale, moveopen items to a storage unit or even add some more storage to your home.

Clean the Floors
Something as basic as a small stain on the carpet caused by your son dropping his juice box might leave buyers looking closely for other stains. You should take the time to clean every type of flooring you have in your home. Clean hardwood with a wood cleaner that won't warp or leave behind a greasy residue, and use tile cleaner on any tiled floors. Your carpets may need more than vacuuming alone. Consider renting a carpet shampooer to remove stains, clean the carpets and remove any odours trapped in the padding or floorboards.

Wash and Seal Walls
You might remember to take out the trash, put away the dishes and clean up the messes your kids left behind, but you may not think twice about your walls. Those walls might have fingerprint stains, crayon or pencil marks from your kids and even grease stains. A simple solution of water and distilled white vinegar is often strong enough to cut through most stains. If you notice that your walls have a greasy scent or any other odours, now might be a good time to seal your walls.

Reduce Odours
As buyers walk through an open house, they can't help noticing any odours in the air and scents coming off your furniture. Those odours come from your pets, family, the cleaning products you use and even the foods you eat. There are a few ways you can get rid of odours, including cleaning your furniture, washing your drapes and window treatments and steam cleaning your floors. Using a room deodorizer or neutralizer can also help. These machines pull odours out of the air and leave behind a light and refreshing smell.

Do a Final Walk Through
The cleaning that you do means nothing if you don't do a final walk through in the hours before that open house. Walk through your home as if you were a buyer just seeing it for the first time. Look for things that might turn off those buyers, including dishes left piled up in the sink, an overflowing trash can or toys scattered all over the house. Use plug in air fresheners to give your home a soft but not overpowering scent, and put away as much as you can. Buyers attending open houses always prefer house that are clean and smell good.


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Renovation Tips For Home Sellers
Posted on Fri, 15 Jan 2016, 02:35:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  My services
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Renovating a home can help attract buyers, add to your home's value, and is sometimes necessary before a sale. However, renovating your home before putting it on the market is much different than renovating your home to live in. Firstly, many of the renovations that you will make as a home seller are geared towards attracting buyers and adding to the value of your home. These renovations will not necessarily be geared towards your taste as an individual, but they will need to appeal to the broadest range of buyers possible. 


Spend Wisely On Changes
The first thing, that you will need to do as a seller, is to decide a budget. This step can be difficult because you do not want to spend too little and have a home that does not stand out on the market. However, you also do not want to spend too much and flush your money down the drain. 

There are some general rules to stick to when renovating a home for the market. The first rule is not to spend more money that you can recover through the sale and never spend more on an area than the potential profit. Basically, if you are going to remodel a bathroom or recover a floor, make sure that the renovation will increase the value of the home by as much or more than the budget set for that job. Don't renovate a bathroom for $10,000 and add to the value of your home by $10,000. If you are going to renovate an area, you need to ensure that it is worth the trouble. 

Updating Kitchens And Bathrooms
For many markets, the kitchen and bathrooms should be the number one remodel priority. However, there are some urban markets, where real estate demand is so high that a remodel is not necessary to garner top-dollar or interest. Not including such areas, the needs of bathroom and kitchen remodels should outweigh the needs of other rooms. 

For many buyers, an updated, modern kitchen and a sleek, stylish bathroom are top draws. However, do not try to completely overhaul these areas. Look for renochanges that can be made that will update the look without a complete overhaul. Consider refacing the cabinets, changing the drawer pulls, and adding new fixtures. 

Adding stainless steel appliances can be an upgrade worth the cost. Many buyers will not even consider a property without stainless steel. Adding new appliance, may be a costly undertaking, but can pay off big in the end by making your home appealing to a wider range of buyers. 

Countertops are another renovation that can be costly. Get bids from area professionals and consider adding granite or quartz. If the price of high-end countertops is too much, consider adding a tile backsplash or similar feature to update the area for less money. 

Refinish And Save Money
One important thing to remember as a seller is that it is best to limit costs where you are able and refurbish rather than replace as much as possible. New floors can add as much as 15% to the value of your home. With this said, it is better to refinish rather than replace the floor if you are able, and keep as much money in your pocket as you can. 

Painting rooms is another way to attract buyers without spending a bundle. The simple rehab of old walls can modernize a home and attract a wider range of buyers. Don't skimp on the paint quality and hire a professional. A great paint job can add infinitely to your buyer appeal. However, a bad job will come off as sloppy and will not give a good impression to buyers. When choosing a color, stick with grays rather than tan or beige. Grays speak to modern buyers. Where as, tan will make your home look outdated. 

Ultimately, sellers should stick to upgrades that add to the home's appearance and not function. The appearance of a home is what buyers fall in love with. Where as, the homes function may only register with buyers on the peripheral. Additionally, there are some upgrade sellers should skip. Experts suggest skipping attic and basement renovations, as well as adding a deck or porch. These are upgrades that will prove costly and that buyers often prefer to do on their own. 

 


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