Information for Sellers
Five Reasons to Sell your home with a REALTOR®
- Sell with a custom marketing plan.
- Get your home listed and talked about everywhere, not just in the local paper and on your street.
- Attract buyers via the Internet.
- Have all the paperwork taken care of for you.
- Negotiate with the help of a real estate professional.
I've borrow the following tips from Dee to help you if you're just beginning to throw around the idea of listing your home or moving. When selling your home, first impressions are everything? Give your house the equivalent of a firm handshake and that can be delivered with a front door that reaches out to anyone passing your home with that all important "For Sale" sign. It costs less $50 to paint a front door and the return is that you get potential buyers in the door! So... nothing neutral, your front door isn't making a statement about you, but about your house. Select a strong accent colour and make the entrance accessible, warm and welcoming... then wait for the offers to come rolling in!
*Make a list at each stage. Try and stick to it, start small and move forward. You'll feel energized with each item you cross off of your list.
*Don't look at the house as a whole or you'll be overwhelmed. If you're like me, you've got a job, a social life, a family etc... Setting aside just 30 minutes a day can make the world of difference. Tackle that medicine cabinet, or linen closet. Then stop, relax and read a book or watch the TV. If you're feeling motivated and want to do more, go ahead but stop for the day when you feel even the slightest bit tired or negative. Keep this task positive. As you become freed of the clutter, your creative juices should start flowing.
*Start packing and remember, once again, you can start small. You're moving anyway so why not get a head start on things? As you box things up, identify the boxes clearly, "Summer clothes - Master bedroom". Again, give yourself a break. If you haven't yet listed, a box or two a day, is fine. You'll have the satisfaction of seeing the boxes line up neatly in the basement knowing you are going to be SO prepared come moving day!
*Clean is the order of the day when it comes to preparing your home for sale. Even if you have limited funds, a little vinegar and elbow grease goes a long way into putting that shine on your little diamond!
*As the space in your home becomes clearer, start to consider what your priorities are in showing your home to it's best advantage. Is your front foyer understated and simply needs lick of paint on just an accent wall to give it a really welcoming feel? Remember: first impressions... Gone are the days when we repainted the entire house beige to make it neutral. As long as the paint is clean, (and not black or hot pink) focus on making the rooms feel warm and welcoming with an easy flow of movement. You may LOVE the massive easy chair that you read in every night but if you have to turn sideways to get past it on your way to the kitchen, now is the time to either re-arrange the furniture in the living room or take that chair to the garage until it finds it's new place in your new home.
*Little touches go a long way. An otherwise plain, unoccupied window in a back stairway can be dressed up easily and inexpensively with a simple vase and dried flowers. You may be the only one who normally passes this window but when your house is being shown to prospective buyers why not deliver a little 'pop' of colour?
look forward to meeting and exceeding all your real estate expectations and assisting you with any design questions or staging assistance to help you get your home SOLD! I will represent you with professionalism and attention to detail while finding the perfect home or selling your current home. With my 26 years in the real estate business, we have a large network of connections and a wide variety of technological resources at our fingertips to help you with all your real estate needs. Give me a call or drop me a line and lets get started! I look forward to hearing from you and can't wait to meet, have a coffee or tea and begin with your real estate dreams...
So, some great ideas there to get you started. I would love the opportunity to talk with you and earn your business and become your realtor of choice.