4 Simple Ways to make your home irressistible

February 8, 2010 · Filed Under Home Maintenance, Tips for Selling your Home · Comments Off 

There are dozens of ways to make your property more enticing to potential buyers.  For example, you can invest in  getting your home professionally “staged”, which involves making it look a little like a model home.  Or, you can do a major renovation to improve your home‘s look and value.

But what if you don’t have a lot of time and are on a limited budget? What can you do today to make your home irresistible to buyers tomorrow?  Here are some ideas:

1. Paint
It doesn’t cost much to paint key areas of your home, like the foyer, kitchen or master bedroom.  Yet the impression it makes on buyers is significant. In fact, compared to most other types of home improvement projects, painting gives you the highest payback when you sell.

2. Create space
Homes naturally get cluttered over the years.  Even a double car garage can seem claustrophobic if there are a lot of boxes, equipment and other items stored in it.  Go through each room of your home and do a major decluttering.  It will  make your property seem more attractive and, when you sell, make moving easier too!

3. Clean and tidy
Obviously, you’re going to make sure your home is clean for viewings. But you’d be surprised what a homeowner can miss and a buyer notices. Closets, laundry rooms, side yard, basement furnace room and all other nooks and crannies should be as tidy and clean as possible.

4. Roll out the red carpet
Not an actual red carpet! But you do want the entrance way to your front door and into the foyer to make the best impression possible.  After all, those are the areas that a buyer sees first. Make sure walkways are clear and clean. Ensure that when a buyer opens the front door and walks in, the impression he or she gets is that of a great looking place to live.

These four tips don’t take much time or money to implement. Yet, they can all help make your home even more irresistible to buyers than it is today.

Want more tips on preparing your home for sale?  Curious to know the value of your home? Contact Fraser and Stephen Winters today for a FREE home market evaluation.

Real Estate and Christmas Holidays

December 4, 2007 · Filed Under Market Trends, St. John's Real Estate · 1 Comment 

People who look for a home during the holidays tend to be more serious about buying. The serious buyers have fewer houses to choose from during the holidays which in turn means less competition and more money for you. When the new year rolls around in January, the amount of listings will increase. With more properties on the market there will be less demand for your particular home.

Houses show better when decorated for the holidays! Buyers tend to be more emotional during the holidays, so they are more likely to pay your price if it’s something they really want.

Often, buyers have more time to look for a home during the holidays than during a regular work week, especially during winter vacations!

Traditionally, January is the month for corporate transferees to begin new jobs. Since these transferees can’t wait until spring to buy real estate, your house should be listed now for them to view on MLS.

You can have your house for sale on the real estate market and still have the option to restrict showings during the holidays for your special family occasions!

Best of all, you can sell now and arrange a delayed closing or extended occupancy til after the new year!

Call Fraser and Stephen Winters and we’ll provide you with a Free Home Market Evaluation.