You've probably heard the term before. It's the attractiveness of the exterior of a property, as viewed from the street. Essentially, it is how appealing your home looks on its own and compared to the other houses on the street. Having curb appeal matters when selling your home: It can increase the market value and makes your home more competitive against other houses for sale. It is what potential buyers will see first, and the first impression is really important, you want to make the most out of it. The good new is that you don't have to spend a fortune to ensure that the outside of your home looks as nice as the inside. Here is how to boost the curb appeal of your home.
Pick-up: Remove all debris from the lawn, driveway and borders. Sweep your steps and porches. Dust your pergola to remove old spider webs. Clean your and downspout and gutters. Dog owners... you know what to do!
Wash: Use a pressure washer to clean first and debris off paths, driveway and the siding. Be careful not to damage any surface. If you don't own a pressure washer, you could probably borrow one from a friend or rent one at the store. Clean all windows, doors and light fixtures.
Touch-up: Patch or reseal minor cracks on the driveway. Repaint if you want an even better look! If you have wooden windows, remove any peeling paint and repaint them. Give your front door, shutters and garage door a little coat of paint if needed. Make sure there is no damage to the fence and if necessary, add a fresh coat of paint or stain on it. Same for your decks and porches.
Refresh: If you have gardens, remove weeds and fork soil around plants. If you are not a green thumb, add potted plants such as annuals. Give your lawn a little treatment to remove all yellow or mud spot.
Repair: Replace or fix any broken windows. If the siding is damaged, you can probably replace the damaged part to avoid water from going in. Make sure that all lights works.
The little extras
Because all the little details matters.
* Install a new doorknob, knocker and doorbell.
* Paint your front door.
* Add a doormat and seasonal decorations/potted plants.
* Add some flowerbeds in front and beside the house.
* Upgrade your mail box or add a front door mail box.
* Update your your light fixture and add landscape lighting.
* Install new house numbers.
* Paint your foundation and concrete stairways.
* Install DIY Shutters.
* Add a pathway to your front door or around flower beds.
No matter what, at the end of the day, a better looking house will get more interest than a house needing work. You want potential buyers to have a first and only impression of your home to be a positive one! OH! And if you are not planning on selling at all, you should definitely use those tips anyway. Yearly maintenance is the way to go to prevent costly overhauls down the road!
Here are few Before & After I found online to show the impact of little changes. Crazy hmm!?
You are thinking of selling and already, the questions get tangled in your head. Well, you should know that having questions is totally normal. The good thing is that most of the questions you are asking yourself have probably been asked several times before and guess what? We kept track of them for you! While meeting with clients, some questions comes more often than others. Here is the Top 6 of frequently asked questions that sellers asked us.
1. Have you Sold my type of home or in this price range before?
We have many Buyers that sell their home to either buy bigger, more expensive one, or downsize and we have sold houses in many different areas. We believe that we have the knowledge and capacity to sell any type of home, in any price range. Plus, we love a challenge.
2. Who else is involved in the process?
Not only do we have a great working relationship with other REALTORS®, we bring to you our extensive list of contacts from Lawyers, Inspectors, Finance Specialists and the many Trades. While we are in the field, there is a whole team of people at our office taking calls, filtering leads and making sure every deal gets done to perfection.
3. How long will it take to sell my house?
We have to list a house for a minimum of 3 months. Depending on the price and location of your home, we will be able to show you an average number of Days On Market (DOM) by making a Comparative Market Analysis. There are also many ways to increase your chances of selling fast that are not related to decreasing the listing price. How you ask? Curb appeals. Curb appeals play a big role when it comes to putting your house on the market.
4. Can we negotiate commission?
The Commission pays for our Office, License, Education, MLS® fees, but mostly, it pays for the marketing of your home! The Commission you pay allows us to provide you with the best service, and to market and sell your home in the most efficient and effective way possible.This is the biggest transaction of your life, you want to take full advantage of it!
5. Should I buy with my Listing Agent?
Definitely. In Real Estate, time is of the essence. When it comes to buying and selling at the same time, you want to avoid any problems and get it done smoothly. While dealing with one REALTOR® for both transaction, you minimize your stress and save time — The domino effect is handled most efficiently. Cherry on top? It costs you nothing to buy with an Agent.
6. What happens if I bring a buyer?
Being the Seller, your due diligence includes advising your Listing Agent of all inquiries or offers from any sources whatsoever during the listing period. If you happen to find a Buyer while under contract, we can discuss about a Dual Agency situation and review the best options. As per the Real Estate Act section 37(2), ''Where Real Estate is sold, exchanged or leased after the expiry of a listing agreement as a result of services performed by the agent before the expiry, the agent is entitled to recover the agent's commission [...]''
You probably have specific questions that are not on that list and we are here to answer them! The best thing to do is to call your Real Estate professional and set up a meeting to go over everything and make sure you start your selling process without any doubts.
The trend is that the market is booming in the Spring and you should wait for that exact time to sell your home. However, Winter is a good time to put your house up for sale and wait is not necessarily in your best interest! Here are 5 reasons why!
1. Serious buyers: Who puts on boots and mittens to visit houses? People who are serious about moving. They are no tire-kickers or nosy neighbours: They are taking the time to find a home that is right for their needs, they are motivated and ready to make the move!
2. Corporate transfers: January and February are the highest months of the year for employees transferring and relocating. These people need a house, AND QUICKLY! Motivation and readiness also means …… money money money!
3. Less competition: Fewer houses on the market makes your house more desirable! With around 30 new listings per day on MLS during the spring market, the competition is numerous and buyers want to see all their options! By listing in winter, your house is therefore more visible to potential buyers and will stand out more than in a saturated market.
4. Marketing: A less saturated market also means that your house will be more prominent when it comes to marketing. With fewer listings, this gives your agents far more time to increasing the marketing efforts! That means, more open house, ads, posts, etc. Oh.. and it is important to know that the online searches increase during the Winter - Shouldn't the potential buyers be able to see your house too?
5. Your house looks great in winter: Certainly, you may have a beautiful garden and a backyard perfect for Summer days, but Winter is the perfect time to showcase the curbs appeal of your home without having to take care of the lawn and landscaping every week! If you have a fireplace, turn that baby on and show people how good it feels to be at home! All you have to do is make sure that your drive way is accessible and shovel your entrance.
So if you're planning to sell, don't wait until Spring. Be ready now and take advantage of the chilly months. If you want to learn more about the pros and cons of listing your home in the Winter, get in touch with your Realtor. It's never too early to start planning for your sale!
To sell or not, that is the question. The average Canadian move 5 to 6 times in their life. We want change and live in a world that does not stop moving! Our family grows, we get older, we change jobs, we need more space, less space. It just never stops and we need something that fits your lifestyle. The real problem is to know if the time is right or not to make a move and this, not only depending on the market. Here are the other factors that you should take in consideration before putting your house for sale.
Where are you going to move?
Thinking of selling is the first step. But if you sell, where are you going to move? It might be an easy move, but if you are looking for a rare find, it might take longer. First step you should do is to sit with your Realtor and make a list of your criteria. Take a look on www.mls.ca to see what is available at the moment. If you think building would be the best option considering what you are looking for, you can start looking for a land and get your Realtor to schedule appointments with builders. Yes, they do that too for you!
How much is it gonna cost?
You might have a good equity in your home: That is a good start! Don't forget that selling and buying includes more costs than a down payment . Before putting it on the market, check if you notice any major repairs to be done to your home. if the roof is leaking, chances are you will need to fix that. Restoring your home should not be taken for granted and it will help your property to sell. If you use a Realtor, chances are you will sell faster at a better price, but make sure to calculate the commission in your budget. Get in touch with your lawyer to know how much is their fees and what other fees, such as the 1% land transfert tax, you will have to pay on closing day. If you are not sure where to start, contact your Realtor to sit and discuss your possibilities.
How is it gonna affect your family?
Not everything is money, moving can have an emotional impact on your family. If you are planning on moving further than your current neighbourhood, you have to think how your life style will be affected. Which school are the kids gonna go to? Where are the closest gyms, grocery, pharmacy and other amenities. How far is it from work? This is an important emotional aspect to consider in all of your thinking.
During that process, you should take advantage of all ressources you can get. Your mortgage lender will make sure you’re ready with a look into your income, credit history, and cash reserves. Your Realtor will make sure you are ready to sell, get the money you need in your pocket and find a new home. Good professionals will help you through this before you make your decision.