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Alright, its Open House day! You've followed the 4 previous steps, and now its time for just a few more tips to make the Open House a HUGE success.........

 

1. Make the home generic. If you have a lot of family photos, consider swapping them out with organic/genetic photos. Psychologically, if a family see's all your valuable memories on the wall, they may not want to "take you out of that home".  You want visitors to view the home as theirs, and not someone else's.

 

2. Set the table for dinner. Even if its onlly going to be a pizza, put out your best set of dinnerware. It will add a touch of class, and people will associate that to the entire property.

 

3. New doormat. Buyers will know almost instantly whether they will be interested in your home. First impressions are everything. A nice new doormat will show pride of ownership, and be a subtle image enhancing the first impression.

 

4. Go for coffee and let the Realtor show the home. It can be very uncomfortable for buyers to walk througha home with the seller following right behind. Trust in your Realtor, that he/she has the knowledge and expertise to answer all questions about the property.

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You've followed the previous 3 steps to perfection, so now its time for the icing on the cake.....making buyers drool over your property and time for you to get the most money you can in the shortest amount of time....These last minute details WILL make the difference.

 

Step 4 - FINISHING TOUCHES

 

1. Set out a vase full of fresh cut flowers. They will add a little color to your home, and will provide a pleasant scent for your potential buyers.

 

2. Let there be light!!! Open all your drapes, curtains, and/or window coverings and turn on every light in the home. You do not want buyers walking into a cave. The light will make each space feel roomier as well.

 

3. Temperature. We know some of you like the heat cranked right up to be nice and toasty/cozy, and the rest of you keep the temperature at nearly freezing to save on heating costs, but for today, have a nice comfortable temperature that will keep the buyers in the home longer. Set it to room temperature, regardless of the temperature outside.

 

4. Serving light snacks and beverages can be a slight cost, however, if it will keep the potential buyer in the home a bit longer to look a little bit more.....worth every penny. 

 

5. Safeguard your stuff. You will have complete strangers in your home. Not the safest thing, so have a safety plan just in case something terrible happens (having a friend check in every 30 minutes whether by phone or actually coming over). Additionally, you will want to hide/lock up any valuables. If you've followed these 4 steps, you will probably have a lot of people coming through the house and you can't be everywhere all at once. 

 

6. Try to give the buyers space. It can be very uncomfortable for a buyer to have an honest look at a property when you the seller are there at every turn, telling the buyer how "fantastic" that new light fixture is. 

 

Thanks again for stopping by. Next week I'll add just a few more tips for Open House day. As always, if you have any questions or comments, please don't hesitate to contact me.

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On the heels of working with a young first home buyer Joey, i'd like to thank Brian and Sharon for the referral. Very much appreciated Laughing  So this leads me to writing this blog........advise for first time home buyers.

 

1. FInd the right agent - Once you are pre-approved for financing, find a local agent that has expertise in your local area. Do your homework, and don't just pick anybody. If an agent has been referred, google them to find out more information. This is a major decision, and you want someone that is experienced, has a great reputation, and who will help you through one of the bigget decisions of your life. I'm not biased, but Darcy Joubert might be a good choice for you.....

 

2. Narrow the search - At first you will not really know what you're looking for. You might think you do, but you probably don't. Have a look at a variety of homes within your price range initially, then narrow down the search. Once you've narrowed the search to new, older/mature, condo etc, then it's only a matter of time before you find the right home for you.

 

3. Don't expect perfection - There is no perfect home!!!!!! No matter what your price point, you will never find a perfect home. Keep that in mind. So once you realize that, you will learn what you can live with, and what you can live without (must haves/like to haves)......

 

4. Think long term investment - Whether you realize it or not, you are making a financial investment. So, you must consider the house you choose as an investment. Think long term.........for example, will the house sell easliy in 5 years when I need/want to sell? Does it have only one bedroom on the main floor (might eliminate some buyers with young children). Is the house fully finished/ Is there any room to improve the property? Those are just a couple things to consider. It is a huge investment, and you need to protect that investment. 

 

Well that's it for now, thanks for stopping by, and we'll see you again next time. 

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Hone in on the details


Here i need you to review the major rooms/areas of the home that buyers will pay particular interest to. THese areas include 1. curb appeal, 2. kitchen, 3. bathrooms (in particular the ensuite), 4. master bedroom, 5. backyard, and lastly the furnace/utility room.

 

1. Curb appeal - Love at first sight! Make sure that the exterior is clean, including front door (maybe fresh coat of paint), trim is painted nicely, and there aren't any dirty finger prints all over the front door. The lawn should be nicely manicured, and flower beds have been weeded.

 

2. Kitchen - This is where the house is sold/left for the next potential buyer. You can't really change the floor plan and cabinetry in the kitchen (short of total renovation), but you can control how it appears. We want nothing left on the counter tops. Clutter will be the demise of your kitchen. If the buyer suspects there is not enough counter space....next house. Counter tops should be as bare as possible. Wipe out the insides of your cainets. Yes, buyers will look inside and if the dust bunnies hop out.....not good. Kitchen appliances. Gotta love stainless steel.....except the finger prints, dog nose prints, and last nights left overs stuck to the door handle. Make those appliances SHINE! In the dining room, you may even want to set out a very charming dinner set, and add a splash of color for a awarm feeling.

 

3. Master ensuite - Clean, counter tops barren, maybe a coupe bath towels folded and laid out (resembling a fine hotel).  Pluming fixtures should be spotless. 

 

4. Master bedroom - Clean, clothes put neatly away. The bed should be made and if you have accent pillows/blankets, use them in a fashionable way. Your room may have "your odor" and you dont even know it. Recommend airing out the bedroom (keep window slightly open).

 

5. Backyard - This is where the buyer will picture the kids playing, enjoying summer evenings, weekend coffee or family bar-b-ques. If you have a dog PLEASE CLEAN UP THE FECES. There is no more of a turn off!!!! Like the front yard, manicure with fresh cut grass, weeded, repair broken fence (paint if it is a very tired fence). Clear out all the kids toys.

 

6. Utility room - make sure it is clean, wipe down tanks, change furnace filter. Make sure it looks presentable. Calcium build up in your humidier? Clean it!

 

Thanks for stopping by this week. Next week is step four to staging your next open house. Until then, have a great week and get started on staging for your next open house!

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Please visit our Open House at 59 Ridgeview CLOSE in Fort Saskatchewan.
Open House on Saturday, May 7, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM .
Hi there! I'm a new house on the block and looking for a family to call me HOME. I have a lot of great features to offer you. Definitely a lot of space! My 1492sf includes a fantastic open concept floor plan that allows the family to stay connected. Another quality that I'm appreciative of (and I know you will be too), is that my builder used a lot of quality products and finishes to make me really shine and stand out from others. Not to brag, but my engineered hardwood floors, granite counter-tops, stone fireplace, and tray ceiling are pretty awesome! I have three bedrooms to provide cozy quarters for mom, dad and a couple little ones (or guests). My master bedroom is pretty slick with a walk-through closet leading into the 3 piece ensuite. And second floor laundry! Outside you can enjoy the sun on my new south facing pressure treated deck. And not only am I a great catch, but I'm located on a no-through street next to parks. We might have met online, but I think you'll love me in person too!
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Please visit our Open House at 57 Ridgeview CLOSE in Fort Saskatchewan.
Open House on Saturday, May 7, 2016 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM .
Welcome to your new home in South Fort Ridge! This 1492sf 2 storey duplex has all the high end finishes of estate living, at an affordable price. Walk in, and notice the stone feature fireplace and tray ceiling pattern in the living room, gleaming engineered hardwood and ceramic tile floors, and granite counter-tops throughout the home. The main floor is well laid out with living room, full size dining area, kitchen (with HUGE granite island and beautiful cabinetry), and 2 piece main bath. Upstairs the great floor plan design continues with 3 good size bedrooms, a large bonus room, and 4 piece guest bathroom. The master bedroom is a good size, with walk-through closet, leading into the 3 piece en-suite! Welcome in summer on the south facing pressure treated deck. Quality at an affordable price. The home is located on a no through road, with a park across the street. Easy access to highway 21, and close to amenities.
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With the absolute tragic events unfolding as a result of the wildfires in and around Fort McMurray, and lets not forget the community around Slave Lake as well, the people of Alberta and surrounding areas are forging together the human spirit. I am proud to be a member of the Fort Saskatchewan community where friends and families are opening their homes, resdients driving supplies to abandoned people on highway 63, opening supply centres (Fort Legion), pet facilities opening their doors to allow safe havens for pets, hotels providing safe accommodations .....and the list goes on and on.  Whether it be by donation, act of kindness or volunteer service, the residents of Fort Saskatchwan are embodying the the human spirit, and proving why this is the greatest place to live! Our hearts go out to each of those affected by the wildfires......

 

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Step 2: Tackle big picture projects

 

1. Clean - This is pretty self explanatory. But just like when you sell a vehicle and shine and polish that vehicle, you should do the same for your home.  Pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms. A sparkling clean home will get a higher offer in a shorter amount of time.

 

2. De-clutter and depersonalize - This goes hand and hand with cleaning. For example, closets, counter tops, and most areas should be free of clutter.  Clutter will make the home feel as though there is not enough space. Depersonalizing is also important. Purchasing a home can often be an emotional decision. If buyers see collections of pictures and memories strewn about the home, they may subconsciously not want to pull your family from the home. 

 

3. Fix whats broken - To a certain extent. Make sure all light fixtures are working, doors are all opening and closing properly, plumbing fixtures are not leaking etc.

 

4. Painting - If your walls have visual collections of the kids finest hockey moments, touch up any knicks and wall damage. Do the repair and touch up with paint. If your home still has the original paint colour from 1970, a fresh coat of paint will brighten the home, be relatively inexpensive and could garner an offer sooner than later.

 

As usual, if you have any comments or questions, don't hesitate to contact me. See you again next Tuesday for step 3.

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