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10 Tips Before Listing Your Edmonton Property

If you’re thinking of listing to sell your Edmonton home and take advantage of our 2018 spring market, then now’s the time to get it in shape. Here are ten tips you can do to maximize its perceived value.

 

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1. Talk to a REALTOR® (us please). Even if you feel that your home is in perfect condition, it’s a good idea to have a professional REALTOR® team look at your property. They may suggest simple changes or repairs that could help you sell your home quicker.

 

2. Crank up the curb appeal. Make sure when potential buyers pull up in front of your house they like what they see. Touch up exterior paint and tidy up your garden, cut your grass, etc. Of course, weather permitting so shovel the snow if (God forbid) we get snow when you are on the market.  First impressions are huge.

 

3. Clean up your act. The cleaner your house, the better it will show so thoroughly clean every room in the house. Get curtains and carpets professionally cleaned. Don't forget to handrails, light switch plates, litter boxes and pickup backyard doggie-doo (even in the snow). Dirty light switches and handrails are nasty and turn off buyers. Yes, we have seen this before. ~yikes~

 

4. Clear out the clutter. Make rooms look bigger by getting rid of the clutter. Put extra furniture and items in a storage locker, garage or neatly in a unfinished basement corner. Box up unneeded clothes and neatly store them.

 

5. Nix the knick-knacks. As buyers walk through your home, they want to picture themselves living there. Remove your personal effects, knickknacks, family photos and collectibles. Sometime, too many collectibles are a negative as they are looking at your stuff and not the house.

 

6. Do a quick fix. Fix a dripping faucet, update handles on kitchen cabinets, replace light switches and touch up scratches on hardwood floors & paint. Who wants to buy a home at a premium price and still need to fix it up?

 

7. Let the sun shine in. Buyers appreciate good light in a home. Clean the windows, remove dark curtains and put in higher wattage light bulbs (don't exceed manufacturer's maximum wattage). I suggest old fashioned incandescent bulbs as they don't need a minute to "warm up" like compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and are much cheaper than LED bulbs.

 

Edmonton home sellers want their home sold image8. Keep it neutral. A fresh coat of neutral paint will make rooms look clean and inviting. You may not have to repaint every room, but certainly ones that are chipped, marked or painted in bright colors. No purple or lime green walls, please!

 

9. Set the stage. Consider hiring a professional stager to turn your home into a true showpiece. Look for a highly experienced & local home stager. Ask us as we know a few top notch stagers.

 

10. Create more storage space. Look at ways to improve the storage space in your home, such as adding shelving to closets and storage rooms. Remove 50% of items in your closets to make them look HUGE. If it's winter, store your summer clothes and if summer, yes you got it, store the winter clothes away.

 

Review our YouTube channel with Fit to Sell videos, review our free sellers reports then contact us or leave a comment for further selling preparation info. We're sure you will be impressed our ultimate results!

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Real Estate Cost of Owning Pets

No matter how much we love our pets, they cost us money and real estate is no exception. Even if you have the best behaved animal, they still make an impact when it comes to selling your home. There are 2 main triggers which can reduce the value of your home.

 

Selling your home with PetsFirst is pet odors. If you have ever owned a cat, you know how often they use that kitty box. But did you know the scent from plastic kitty boxes can linger for years. Using a litter which forms clumps when moistened with urine is great for odor control. As soon as you remove the clump, the odor is usually gone. Adding a layer of odor absorbing additive, such as baking soda will also help. For all you dog lovers, remember when buyers are viewing your home, they also look outside. Clean up the doggie bombs, replace those yellow grass stains, wash all pet bedding and put away the pet toys.

Second concern is all that pet hair. Many buyers have allergies to animals and even though your home smells good, the lingering pieces of hair can cause stuffiness and not attract that "Home Sweet Home" ambiance. It’s estimated that 20% to 30% of young adults will react to an airborne allergen, such as pet dander. It is impossible to completely eliminate all evidence of pets, but by having your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned, it will make an impact. Animal allergies are a common concern, and buyers who have them can be easily turned off if a house has pets.   

Don't forget the basics. .
- Please, please remove pets during showings
- Keep your animals smelling fresh
- Remove all pet owning evidence including pet beds, pet dishes, crates, treats, leashes, etc
- Replace any torn carpets or furniture previously used as scratching posts, chewed baseboards, etc

- Air out your home an hour before showing

 

Our pets are part of our families and we love them, but when it comes to selling your Edmonton home, they will cost us both time and money. Clean, Vacuun, steam clean and vacuun again. Don't try to cover up pet smells with air fresheners or fabreeze - Buyers will notice.

 

More money saving tips on making your Edmonton Home more saleable

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Maximum the Value of your Edmonton Home.

The easiest and cheapest way to improve your home's value whether you're getting ready to sell your home or want to give your home a fresh new look for your own enjoyment. We have several inexpensive tips which will make your home more attractive. If you have major renovations, there are several places in Edmonton to purchase materials, such as Habitat for Humanity Edmonton - ReStore North, for a fraction of the price the big retailers charge.

 



Spruce up your front yard - Creating curb appeal will make your home more appealing to buyers.


Pay attention to bathrooms - Make your bathrooms as inviting as possible. If a buyer happens to use your toilet, they are looking at every detail in your powder room and are contiplating whether or not your home has made thier house buying short list.


Give your walls a fresh coat of paint - Adding a fresh coat of paint, especially on an older home can make the inside of your home feel completely different. Choose your colors carefully.


Pets are not that precious - If you own a pet, this is a must to read.


Match your appliances! PLEASE! When a buyer is looking at your kitchen and there is one mis-matched appliance, they will be thinking all of the appliances will need to be replaced, thus bringing in lower offers.

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