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I WOULD LIKE MORE INFORMATION ON BUYING OR SELLING A PROPERTY.

Here are Several Practical Tips

Numerous documents are essential to a real estate transaction so to avoid any possible delays, I suggest you gather them together as soon as possible. If you’re missing some documents, the transaction could be delayed or even blocked, so it’s imperative to be prepared. Here is a list of documents that will be required for the transaction. Click here to download the PDF document

HERE’S A GREAT TOOL FOR YOU TO USE NOT TO FORGET ANYTHING WHEN YOU MOVE.

I highly suggest that you print this; it will be very useful in the near future! Remember that some government agencies require that you perform your address change within 90 days prior to the move. In addition, with Canada Post, you have the option to have your mail forwarded to your new address for the next six months. Click here to download the PDF document

SELLING YOUR HOUSE – WHERE TO START?

Remember what attracted you in the first place when you purchased your home? What were her strengths and weaknesses? So now that you want to sell your property, you will need to evaluate it as if you were buying it again. A well-polished home always makes a good first impression on potential buyers. It then becomes more attractive when it stands out from the competition. With simple strategic improvements, you can attract the attention of potential buyers by helping them understand why your home is perfect for them. The goal is to give them the opportunity to imagine themselves living there.

LET’S PLAN

Start planning the improvements you would like to make. Keep a logbook and make a list of what needs to be done. Be objective! Repaint or refurbish the yard? Make every effort to create a wow effect. You should know that overlooked details can often be the cause of discouragement to potential buyers. Here are some ideas that will help you properly stage your home.

THE INSIDE

CLEANLINESS

Buyers expect a spotless house both on the inside than on the outside, so everything must be clean, even your windows and ledges. Scrub the walls, floors, tiles, closets, kitchen and bathroom. Even wash the stains on the doors, do not forget the laundry room.

AVOID DISORDER

People are repelled by the rooms that exude crowded. Remember that potential buyers are buying your home and not your furniture so by having light and airy rooms, you allow them to imagine their belongings in your home. During cleaning, enjoy yourselves by storing your personal items, such as photos, valuables and remove excess books or magazines. You can even think of renting a storage unit to eliminate clutter in your garage or attic. It’s sometimes difficult to get rid of our things, but a good clean-out of clutter can really pay off in the end. Gathering your disorder will also allow you to start packing for your next move. Keep your garage and basement as tidy as the rest of your home. Simple tasks such as organizing your small tools and / or carefully rolling your garden hose suggests that you take good care of your home.

CLOSETS

These are important considerations for many buyers. By storing your unused clothes, you will make your of your closets a spacious location.

PAINT

A new paint coat cleans your living space and gives it a bright, new look. To make the appearance of your rooms greater, choose light, neutral colors that are appreciated by most people, like a nice beige or white.

CARPET

Check for any damages and if they are too worn out, consider replacing them. This is an easy and affordable way to help in the quick sale of your home. Again, neutral colors such as beige are preferable. If you cannot replace it, I suggest that you at least have it cleaned.

REPAIRS AND RENOVATIONS

It’s best to avoid doing major renovations to sell your house since you’re unlikely to recover these costs in your selling price. Only perform minor repairs such as leaky faucets, slow drains, gutters, door handles, and/or broken windows. Make the repairs correctly because buyers do not take you seriously if your repairs are of poor quality or inadequate.

MOISTURE AND LEAKS

Water stains on the ceilings of the basement alert buyers to potential problems. Do not try to cover stains caused by leaks. If you have solved a water problem and repaired the damages, you should
disclose this in writing to the purchaser so that he knows the repairs were done.

THE OUTSIDE

The Street View (curb appeal) the ‘WOW’ factor, the initial image of your home has an impressive impact on potential buyers; this can transform an observer into a buyer. To determine the attractiveness of your property, go walk around your neighborhood and look at other homes, then approach your own property as if you were a potential buyer. How does she look? Does it have the “wow” factor for you? Does the appearance from the street attract buyers? Note what needs be to improve, such as trimming trees, planting shrubs and / or lawn, etc. These small improvements reveal an important message to buyers who shops from the street in search of their dream home; that you take good care of your property and this gives them a taste to want to learn more and visit your property.

PAINT / STAIN

If paint is peeling or you don’t remember the last time you painted your house, then it probably needs your attention. A newly painted or stained exterior will participate in the quick sale of your home. Whether you do it yourself or you decide on hiring someone, you will still increase the value of your property.

THE YARD

Attract the attention of potential buyers by improving your garden and landscaping. If from the street, your home has a welcoming appearance and well preserved look, people will think that it’s necessarily attractive also on the inside.

  • – Keep a healthy, green appearance to your lawn by mowing and fertilization it often
  • – Clean and remove your pets mess
  • – Remove weeds from your garden; add fertilizer, add plants and flowers for color
  • – In winter, keep your driveway and sidewalks clean of snow and ice
  • – Stack your firewood if necessary
THE ENTRANCE

A beautiful entrance attracts the attention of a buyer with a big “Welcome”. To highlight this room, I suggest you add small decorative touches and perhaps a new entrance mat.