Sutton Group Envelope Real Estate Brokerage Inc.
Ty Lacroix 181 Commissioners Road W London, ON N6J 1X9
Phone: 519-435-1600

Home Seller 101


  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 regarding 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.

  tips on selling a house in London Ontario

What Would  Improving the Chance That Your House Will Sell Properly & In the Time Frame You Want  Mean To You & Your Family?

 I realize that selling a house for hundreds of thousands of dollars is not something you do every day and that your home for most of you is your most significant asset.        

  Over the years I have helped hundreds of homeowners sell their properties and most, if not all, had feared, some had poor perceptions or even false information, and all had concerns about pricing, how long will it take, what will it cost and choosing the right firm and representative to help.

                                     Truth in Real Estate

   Choosing to choose is a mantra that successful people have used for years which translates into the fact that all the results we get are from our choices! Choices define our character.

 If things go right or wrong you:

  • Chose the listing price of your home (or you agreed to what your salesperson said the price should be, but it still was your choice)

  • Chose the real estate person to represent you

  • Chose how you wished to be treated, responded to

  • Chose the condition of your home when it is on the market, the tidiness, cleanness and upkeep


                                  Ask More Questions When Selling Your Home

  A professional listing Realtor will not let you gamble with the most substantial investment of your life, will not give you false hope or convince you to take what could be a costly risk on your part.

  A true professional will explain the pros and cons of the options available, and if you choose that professional, your house will sell for market price or higher, for a reasonable fee for their efforts and you can move in a time frame that fits your schedule.

 Choose wisely!

  Below are some helpful tips, money saving ideas and home seller strategies to help you sell your home quicker, for more money and stress-free! You are under no obligation; you will not be spammed, no rah-rah stuff, no b.s., no phone calls, texts, no number 1 stuff.

   As Detective Friday said "Just the facts, ma'am!"



Want To Properly Get The Best Results When Selling?
Here Are Ways You, a Home Seller, Can Go About Selling Your Home & Get The Net Results You Deserve! Before getting ready to put your property on the market, there are a number of things to think about, to prepare for, and to organize. There are seven steps you can take and implement to ensure you are making the right choices. These steps are not complicated, maybe that is why some think these steps are simple! You will get results after reading this! Experience is like fashion, it changes and what worked ten years ago, five years ago or last year may not work today to attract buyers to your home!
How to Select Home Improvements That Pay Dividends
Generally speaking, there are two ways to go about home improvements. You’re either going to splurge on your home because it’s your castle and you simply want a beautiful place to live, OR, you’re going to take a more logical, pragmatic approach designed to increase your home’s value. Problem is, you’ll never achieve both. In fact, many homeowners expose themselves to the very problems they’re trying to avoid in the process of home fix-ups.
How I get More Buyers To See Your Home
I subscribe to a web service that connects real estate professionals with one another and with the most important real estate advertisers on the web. This service allows me to advertise your listing on my website, and on many other local real estate websites, and 25+ of the busiest online real estate marketplaces, including Point2 Homes, Kijiji and Trovit, Home Finder, Google Homes etc. Thanks to this listing service, and to my numerous contacts, you will see that I belong to a powerful online network that can make a substantial difference in the exposure your property receives.
101 Ways to make a Difference in Your Sale Price
Learn how to make improvements to your home, but only where it will make the biggest difference to the sales price! It all starts with creating curb appeal, The entry way sets the stage, Tips for every room in the house, Making the most of your kitchen & dining room, Can the buyers see themselves living in the living room?, Make the bathroom sparkle, Look at these big beautiful bedrooms, Create a clutter free & functional home office Making the most of the basement/laundry spaces When you download this FREE report, as a bonus you will receive one of the most popular and the award winning : "4-Steps to Stage Your Home for a Quicker Sale"
50 Inexpensive Ways To Get a Better Return on Fix-Ups
First impressions make a significant impact on a buyer's decision-making process! Once your home goes on the market, it becomes a product. These easy & simple tips allows 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. Most of these you can do for under $50.00 or less and the worst that can happen to you is that you will get $2.00 back for every $1.00 you spend!
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Information is King!

 Basing decisions on facts instead of perceptions or false beliefs is very wise. Take time now to understand the people, the process & the realities of real estate. 

The Role of a Buyer's Lawyer
The role of the purchaser’s lawyer is to protect the purchaser throughout the transaction, and to make sure that the buyer obtains clear title to the property. Traditionally, the purchaser’s lawyer also represents the interests of the mortgage lender in preparing and registering the mortgage documents in accordance with their mortgage commitment.
What Do All These Real Estate Words Mean Anyway?
When you are in the process of buying or selling a home in London and South West Ontario, or have been through the process, it can be daunting enough without words or phrases being bantered about and you say “What?” Well, no more, this exhaustive list will now make the playing field level, your knowledge & better understanding of real estate will ensure that your real estate transaction will be less stressful and in most cases, more rewarding!
Who Else is Going To Be Involved When I Sell my Home?
Purchasing a home or selling a home requires more than just the buyer and seller. You'll also require the services of a variety of home-related professionals and here are the key players in your transaction and the roles they play:
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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.


Great Way To Ensure Your Home Sells Quicker


      A Great Way To Ensure Your Home Sells in London Ontario

  Getting a home ready to sell on MLS, though fraught with anxiety, 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 chequebooks. 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 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 incredible 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. 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 colours, primarily 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. Odours 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 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? 


10.          Check Curb Appeal.

If a buyer doesn'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 read your house number.


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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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  Please complete and submit the following Online Home Value Opinion form. The more information is given, the more accurate the evaluation. All information you provide is secure and will be kept strictly confidential.

To provide a more detailed and more accurate opinion, one of our evaluators would be more than happy to meet with you in person at your home.

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 Please allow at least 24 hours for our real estate research team to do their research; they have 13 avenues at their disposal to arrive at an opinion.

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