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Home Sellers Tool Kit


  When it comes  time to put your home up for sale on MLS, how you go about it, with whom and why are very very important decisions which will dictate how much you receive from the sale and how long it will take to sell..

 I hope that the resources  provided on this page and others will help get you started in terms of assessing your real estate situation and planning for a stress-free and successful sale.

 The real estate market in London & South West Ontario has changed and it may be wise to know why and what you can do about it.

  London Ontario Home Seller's Tool Kit


Great Way To Ensure Your House Sells


 

      A Great Way To Ensure Your Home Sells in London Ontario

  Prepping and staging a house is not as hard as you may think and the effort you put in will make a huge difference in how quickly it sells and for how much.

  Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it's not luck that makes that happen. It's careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their cheque books. Here is how to prep a house or a condo and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.

Time Required: Seven to 10 Days

preparing to sell your home

Here's How:

      1.        Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

  • Say to yourself, "This is not my home; it is a house or a condo-- a product to be sold much like a new home builder will do it. It is bricks and mortar!
  • Make the mental decision to "let go" of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
  • Say goodbye to every room.
  • Don't look backwards -- look toward the future.

2.            De-Personalize.
Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can't see past personal artifacts, and you don't want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can't do that if yours are there! You don't want to make any buyer ask, "I wonder what kind of people live in this home?" You 
want buyers to say, "I can see myself living here."

3.            De-Clutter!
People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven't used it in over a year, you probably don't need it.

  • If you don't need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

4.            Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.
Buyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

  • Alphabetize spice jars.
  • Neatly stack dishes.
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.

​                     organizing your condo before it sells

5.            Rent a Storage Unit. 
Almost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room's purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don't want buyers scratching their heads and saying, "What is this room used for?"

6.            Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won't want it. Once you tell a buyer she can't have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

         7.          Make Minor Repairs.

  • Replace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don't close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
  • (Don't give buyers any reason to remember your home as "the house with the orange bathroom.")
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you've considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

​                                    minor repairs to your condo

      8.         Make the House Sparkle!

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.

  9.          Scrutinize.

  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
  • Make sure window coverings hang level.
  • Tune in to the room's statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
  • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You're almost finished.

 

10.          Check Curb Appeal.

If a buyer won't get out of her Realtor’s car because she doesn't like the exterior of your home, you'll never get her inside.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

 

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Truly Improve The Chances Your Home Will Sell For More & Quicker
This 14 page guide is packed with tips and great ideas. They have been accumulated over the years by past home sellers and by my trials and tribulations in selling homes. This is not a splashy ego report telling you how great I am or I sell a zillion homes a year, just practical, day to day, real simple, down to earth ideas that you can use. If you do decide I may be your listing Realtor, great, if not, at least I have helped someone!
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Preparing Your Home For Sale in London Ontario


  First impressions make a significant impact on a buyer's decision-making process! 

  When selling a home in London Ontario, what a difference these ideas will make in how quickly your home sells and for what price. After every home we sell, we consult with our happy sellers and ask what they liked about our process and what they thought these tips made in the price they received. Here are a few of those comments. 

 Once your home goes on the market, it becomes a product. These tips and ideas allow you to highlight the best of your home and de-emphasize its flaws. It's not about decorating, but actually turning your home into a model, to appeal to the broadest range of prospective buyers. The goal is to make people feel like they could live there, and the best way to do this is to "neutralize" the surroundings.

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Try out these helpful home selling tips  from stagers and real estate pros—things you can do for little or no expense—to put a home in prime showing shape and my experience tells me, along with my clients, you can get back $2.00 for every $1.00 you spend!

 How's that for a great investment?                                                        

  • Clear out closets and clutter—give away or pack up toys, linens, and small kitchen appliances to store offsite. Buyers are also forgiving of storage boxes neatly tucked away in a garage or basement.
  • Focus most on the most visible areas—the foyer, kitchen, living room, master bedroom, and family room.
  • De-personalize the home by removing photos, mementos, and dated items.
  • Use plants in colorful pots or inexpensive wicker baskets to fill in empty spaces.
  • Look to home catalogs for little details on beautifying the home. For instance, group books, pictures, and objets d’art appealingly on bookcases.
  • Try angling one or two pieces of furniture slightly and move furniture 4 inches to 6 inches from the wall to create more interesting room spaces.
  • Put away large collections— porcelains, plates, and so on.
  • Remove valuables, prescription medicine, collectibles, and breakables.
  • Trim trees, prune shrubs, and make sure the lawn is mowed and watered regularly.
  • In summer, turn on the sprinklers for five minutes, 30 minutes before the open house. It makes the lawn and driveway sparkle.
  • Refrain from cooking anything that leaves a distinctive odor, such as fish, garlic, or cabbage.
  • Hire a professional service to clean the home, including the carpets and the windows.
  • Set the dining room table with attractive linens, dishes, and stemware.
  • Arrange fresh or silk flowers throughout the home.
  • A mirror in a pretty frame can make a small room feel more open.
  • Use as much natural light as possible. Add extra lamps in dark rooms or corners.
  • Make functional repairs—fix dripping faucets, sticking doors, and broken fences.
  • Bring in another pair of eyes—even if it’s not a professional. That person may see problems you  have missed.

 

                    Get 50 more of these inexpensive tips and ideas to get your home sold!

    


Common House Seller Real Estate Myths


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 MYTH:

 I should select the Realtor that suggests the highest list price.

 TRUTH:

  This is the oldest trick in real estate sales: Tell the seller what they want to hear, compliment the home, and agree to list it at an unrealistically high price just to get the listing. Then, after you have the listing for a few weeks, start telling the seller that they need to reduce the price.

  A good real estate listing person doesn't play any games. Sometimes the brutal truth hurts, but in the real world and in selling your home real world, you should expect the truth.

Really the Realtor

 A strong Realtor provides a well-researched market analysis to determine the true realistic price that your home will bear in today’s marketplace. The decisions of which Realtor to list with and what price to ask are two completely separate decisions.

   Consumer Reports, July 2014 stated…

“Expect the agent to suggest a price range, but don’t let that frame you in. Be aware that some devious agents will, at first, suggest a very handsome price. Then, after they have the listing and the house hasn’t sold, they’ll come back with a pitch to lower the price.”

  Never select a Realtor based on the price they suggest, rather, select your listing Realtor based on their CREDENTIALS and MARKETING PLAN, and then decide on price together!

Common Real Estate Myths That Can Hurt Home Sellers
Being around as long as I have working with home sellers, I hear some doozies, here are just a few!

Pets and Selling Your Home


Be “Pet Smart” When Selling Your House
What about Pets when Selling Your Home?


Some people just don’t appreciate pets, and all the sights, sounds, and smells that go with them. So, to keep potential buyers focused on your house, and not your pet, follow these simple tips:

  • Wash and put away the pet toys and food bowls.
  • Refresh the kitty litter.
  • Check your yard for doggie doo.
  • Use room or carpet deodorizer.
  • Send your pet on vacation during showings.

You love your pet. But it’s your house that you’re trying to sell.

 


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