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Staging Your Home for Sale

Are you thinking about listing your home? Getting ready for listing photographs? Maybe you have a showing and are wondering what will present your home in the best possible way… If this sounds like you then read on for some staging tips that will help sell your home fast.

  1. Keep it simple: When someone walks into your home they want to be able to imagine it as their own. That means you should remove most knickknacks and personal photographs allowing room for the buyer to imagine their own items around the room.
  2. Show off the space: You want every room to appear as big as possible so remove any oversized furniture items that don’t fit the space well.
  3. Make the kitchen appeal to a chef: Clear off the counters, people want to see a big usable space to work with. Leave only a few essentials that can multi task as décor (think nicely set up coffee station or recipe book on stand).
  4. CLEAN: I know this one seems obvious, but nothing can turn off a buyer faster than a dirty/smelly...

Why We Use a Professional Photographer for ALL of our Listings
These photos are of the same property/pool... Pretty unbelievable right??  The key difference is that the first photo is taken by the owner, the second is taken by our Photographer (Tony Puerzer). Using a different angle, better camera, optimal lighting and a professional photographer, you can see the true beauty of the home, which would have been otherwise missed. We bring Tony in (at no additional cost to our clients) to photograph ALL of our listings so we are sure to capture the attention of all potential buyers.

Along with professional photography we also shoot a personalized listing video to showcase the home online, provide color floor plans for clients to get a feel for the layout, leave a listing binder in the home for showings that provide any additional information on the property that a buyer might want to know and color feature sheets that they can take with them to remember all the highlights of your home.

Thinking of listing your home? Call us today to set up your free,...

Kitchen Lighting
Kitchen Tip 101 - Did you know that changing up your light fixtures can change the whole feel to your space! This can be a relatively inexpensive way to freshen up a room. Some well placed pendant lights over an island can create a warmers and more inviting feel to your whole kitchen!

Thinking about selling? Give us a call to arrange a walk through where we can give you more tips to make your home stand out from the rest!

Let's Talk Finances
Thinking about purchasing a new home? Lets talk finances!

Organizing your finances is the critical first step in your home purchase:

Consider the one-time costs associated with a home purchase, including a down payment, legal fees, taxes and moving expenses.

Understand ongoing monthly costs, including mortgage payments, insurance, utilities, property taxes, maintenance and, if applicable, condo fees.

Take into account the equity you may have in your current home and the applicable mortgage options available for your next move.

Pre-qualifying for a mortgage gives you the comfort of knowing how much you can afford and what your monthly payments will be.

A pre-approval from a mortgage lender protects you against interest rate increases for a given period during your home search.

Ask for Help:
We can help provide you with tools and resources to organize your finances. Put our expertise to work for you and learn more about the steps involved in purchasing a home

Choosing the Right Property - Needs & Wants
If you are thinking about buying your first home then you will need to break down what sort of property will work for you.

With an appreciation of what you can afford, determine your needs and wants within your home purchase price range:

Consider your current lifestyle as well as any lifestyle changes you foresee longer term.

Select an urban, suburban or rural location that best serves the needs of your evolving lifestyle.

Choose neighbourhoods in close proximity to the amenities that are most important to you like schools, shopping, entertainment, recreation and transportation.

Consider your commute times to work, school, friends and family.

Determine the size of home you require, such as the minimum number of bedrooms, as well as any other space requirements, like room for a home office.

Understand the home features most important to you, such as additional bathrooms or a large yard.

Decide on a property type that suits your lifestyle, needs and finances whether condo, townhouse, single or mu...
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