Things to remember when showing your home to potential buyers

So you have decided to list your home. Congratulations! Many sellers believe that once their house is listed with an agent their job is done, aside of course,  from tidying up when there is an open house or showing. That is not always the case. Some houses show beautifully and are sold within hours, others may take a few weeks to a few months. How can you ensure that your home is set apart from the pack? Here are some easy steps…

1. Make a great first impression. The exterior of your home is the first thing a potential buyer lays eyes on. Make sure that your gardens are weed free and not over grown. Your lawn is mowed and that the siding, stucco or brick of your home shows minimal wear and tear.

2. Think about a buyers safety. You know the ins and outs of your home, a buyer doesn’t. So while you know to avoid the extension cord that runs between rooms a buyer does not and if they trip and fall they will not buy your home.

3. Make sure your faucets don’t leak and that your sinks are clear of rust stains and hard water marks. There are many products on the market that can take care of that in a matter of minutes.

4. Try not to be home during an open house or showing. If you are there a buyer doesn’t feel free to take a good and thorough look through the home.  If they can’t feel at ease in the house they will not buy the house.

5. Invest in minor upgrades. A few gallons of paint can lead to major appeal. Change out faucets that look old and grungy.  Invest in new light fixtures that can stay with the home. A few minor details can add up to thousands of extra dollars in your pocket.

6. Don’t hide all your junk in the closets! Buyers want to know that the home has plenty of storage space and that your closets are big enough to handle all of their stuff. Clutter turns off buyers.

7. Put your stuff away! A clean and tidy home tells a buyer that you care about your home.

8. Last but not least. Make sure you remove your pets from the home during an open house or showing. While you love your animals some buyers may not, or they may have allergies. If someone is  afraid of dogs and you have Bruiser the doberman  waiting at the front door you can bet that you just lost a sale because that buyer isn’t setting one foot into your house.

I hope these tips help any one looking to sell their home. They aren’t difficult to do and can result in a speedy and most importantly profitable sale of your home.

A new beginning

Everyone loves a fresh start right? It’s a chance to leave the past behind and move forward in the right direction. You aim for bigger and better things. Nothing can stop you because you are living the dream! Yeah that’s not me.  I am not a huge fan of starting anew. I take comfort in knowing what is going to happen everyday and staying in routine. Oh monotony how I love you!  Recently I stepped out of my comfort zone and left my job as an educational assistant with the local school board to become a real estate agent.  Scary? Oh yes, for a variety of reasons. The first being that there will be no more reliable pay cheques every two weeks. I really looked forward to those. The second is that I have to talk to people. Like people I have never met.  I bet you are thinking “so you got into a sales position and are now just realizing you have to talk to strangers?” Yes that is exactly what is happening.  For those that have met me you know that I am pretty shy so this is a big step for me! So as scary as it has been I have to say that I LOVE it! I am having so much fun learning the ins and outs of the business,  helping people find their dream homes and yes meeting new people and developing new relationships. Turns out monotony isn’t my thing after all. This is a brand new adventure that will allow me to spend more time with my kids, be my own boss and most important to my husband…I will have more time to bake his favourite goodies. So you see taking a leap is good for all!