Helpful Tips for Selling Your Home

Increase the value of your home

Increase the Value of Your Home

When you’re preparing your house for sale, remember the importance of first impressions. The market isn’t the only factor that influences whether you get your asking price. Appearance and overall condition play a major role. Here are some easy things you can do to make your home more appealing to buyers.

Outside:

It is estimated that more than half of all houses are sold before the buyers even get out of their cars. So stand across the street from your house and evaluate its curb appeal.

  Sweep front walkway.

  Remove trash, bikes and toys

  Park extra cars away from the property

  Trim back the shrubs

  Apply fresh, clean paint throughout

  Clean windows and window coverings throughout

  Keep plumbing and all appliances in working order

  Make sure roof and gutters are in good condition

  Mow the lawn more frequently and plant flowers

  Keep pet areas clean

Inside:

  Kitchen and bathroom should shine

  Vacuum; carpets should be clean

  Place fresh flowers in the main rooms

  Put dishes away, unless setting a formal display for decoration

  Make beds and put all clothes away

  Open drapes and turn on lights for a brighter feel

  Straighten closets

  Put toys away

  Turn off television

  Play soft music on the radio/stereo

  Keep pets out of the way and pet areas clean and odor-free

   Secure jewellery, cash, prescription medication and other valuables

  Enhance the spaciousness of each room. Pack away collectables to allow buyer to envision own furnishings in home.

 Important Reminders:

  Potential buyers usually feel more comfortable if the owners are not present

  Leave a number where you can be reached if you are leaving town, even for a weekend

Ready For Market?

Ready for Market?

To get the best return on your home, you need to make your home look its best. Here’s the checklist that will help you do it.

Inside your home

  Floor coverings (carpeting, tile, linoleum, hardwood, etc.)

  Dirt or Stains?

  Excessive wear or damage?

  Area rugs clean and stain-free?

Walls and ceilings

  Dirt, fingerprints or other stains?

  Nail or thumb-crack holes, tape residue?

   Cracks, chips, water damage?

   Need for repainting or new wallpaper?

  Neutral, light colours for roomy environment?

Doors

  Dirt, fingerprints or other stains

  Need new paint?

  Open/close easily without squeaks?

  Latches/handles secure and working properly?

Windows

  Glass sparkling clean/chip- and crack-free?

  Open/close easily?

  Latches/handles/locks secure, working properly?

  Dirt and fingerprints on frames or sills?

   Screens clean and without holes?

  Storm windows in good condition?

 Window coverings

  Dirt or stains?

  Excessive wear or sun damage?

   Open/close easily, hardware working properly?

Lighting

  All bulbs working and proper wattage

  Broken switches, exposed wiring?

  Table and floor lamps working properly?

Pet areas

  Clean, organized, odour-free?

Entryways and hallways

  Clean and free of clutter or obstructions?

  Welcome matts clean and inviting?

Closets and storage areas

  Clean and well organized?

  Clutter and excess junk removed?

  Clothes hung neatly and not jammed together?

  Shoes and boots neatly stored/stacked?

Kitchen

  Every surface sparkling clean?

  Countertops organized, all but daily use appliances?

  Refrigerator spotless inside and out

  Organized? Spoiled food discarded?

  Frost removed? Light bulbs working? (Buyers look!)

  Oven/stovetop clean? Burner trays cleaned?

  Sinks clean; faucets working properly and leak-free?

  Garbage disposal in good working condition?

  Cupboards/pantry spotless, organized?

  Dishwasher clean and stain-free?

Bedrooms, den and study

  Everything thoroughly vacuumed/dusted?

  Excess furniture removed for roomier atmosphere?

  Remaining furniture clean and in good repair?

  Wood and other surfaces clean and polished?

  Bookshelves neat, organized and clutter-free?

  Children’s games/toys stored neatly?

  Fragile items removed and stored?

  Smaller valuables removed/locked away?

  Window coverings open for views and sunlight?

  Mirrors clean and in good repair?

  Ashtrays cleaned and kept out of sight?

  Fireplace clean, logs/kindling stacked neatly?

Bathrooms/powder room

  Every surface sparkling clean?

  Countertops organized, free of clutter? Fresh soap?

  Sinks spotlessly clean, faucets working properly?

  Tub and shower surfaces clean?

  Towels stain-free and hanging neatly?

  Shower curtain clean and in good repair?

  Toilet extra-clean and working properly?

  Closets organized and clutter-free?

  Medicine cabinet clean, “personal items” removed?

Basement, furnace room, garage, attic storeroom

  Clean and well-organized?

  Clutter and excess “junk” removed?

  Remaining items stored/stacked neatly?

  Everything thoroughly vacuumed/dusted?

Outside your home

Structures

  Exterior surfaces clean, in good condition?

  Front-door exterior clean, inviting?

  Eavestroughs and downspouts clean, in good repair?

  Gates open/close properly, hardware working?

  Fences/decks in good repair, in good condition?

  Sidewalks and walkways in good repair?

  Driveway clean, in good repair?

Yard and environment

  Driveways, sidewalks clear of snow, ice?

  Lawns mowed/edged regularly?

  Large bare spots repaired?

  Leaves removed from lawns and flower beds?

  Trees pruned, hedges trimmed?

  Flower beds weeded and tidy; dead plants replaced?

  “Junk” and scrap removed?

  Lawn furniture clean, organized, good repair?

  Bicycles, children’s toys stored neatly, out of way?

  Firewood organized and neatly stacked? 

  Dog runs secure, yard free of “doggy deposits”

Why Use a Realtor?

Why Use a Realtor?

You could land the best price with the least hassle using the help of a REALTOR®.

Chances are, if you’ve lived in your home for more than a few years, you can likely turn a tidy profit. That’s great news. But sealing the deal requires more than just a handshake.

You’ll have to consider if now’s a good time to sell? What’s the best way to get the word out? How do you get top dollar for your property? These are just some of the questions that a REALTOR® can help answer.

Selling A Home in Powell River?

SELLING A HOME OR REAL ESTATE IN POWELL RIVER

When selling your home there are no guarantees that a buyer will simply walk through the front door and purchase it. In many cases I may have to bring your home to the buyer. Effective marketing will help ensure that your property receives maximum exposure to attract a ready, willing and able buyer.

The appearance of your home, a buyer’s first impressions, and other considerations can also affect the sale of your home. Have you considered the home prices in your neighbourhood and the value of your property? I will prepare a comprehensive comparative market analysis for your review and will show you research that will help you make an informed decision when pricing your home.

I use a comprehensive strategy of traditional and online marketing that has a proven track record of delivering great results. I would like the chance to earn your business and show you the type of service that has built my reputation.