Is Your Home In “Move In” Condition?

 

 

When buyers view your home, they ask themselves whether they like it. Assuming that the answer is "yes", they try to determine how much work would be required before they could move in.

It’s not uncommon for a buyer to be interested in a property but be turned off by the perceived amount of work required. In fact, this can sometimes discourage a buyer from even making an offer.

That’s why ensuring your home is in as “move in” condition as

possible is so advantageous. It will help sell your home faster and,

often, for a better price.

 

So what does “move in” condition mean? It means that there are no

repairs or maintenance issues that need to be addressed immediately.

Buyers can be discouraged by seemingly minor issues, such as a l

oose closet shelf or a lightly dripping shower head. So it’s important to

get those little repairs done before showing your home.

 

Buyers will also likely want to know the age of your furnace, water

heater and other appliances, in order to anticipate when they will

need to be repaired or replaced. If you have transferrable warranties

for any of these items, be sure to let buyers know.

 

A fresh coat of paint is one of the best investments you can make in

preparing your home for sale. More than any other repair or

renovation, a coat of paint can make just about any room look

almost new and move-in ready.

 

Buyers are sometimes worried about having to purchase new

window coverings. If your window coverings will stay with the home,

make that clear to buyers too.

 

Generally, the more you can do to make your home seem ready to

move in, the better.

 

Want more tips on selling your home quickly and for the best price?

Call today!

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How To Sell Your Home Super Fast

 


If you put your home on the market, chances are you want it to sell quickly. However, there are certain circumstances in which sellers don’t just want their home to sell quickly, they actually need it to sell super fast. This may be due to a sudden relocation, the purchase of a new home with a tight closing date, or any number of other reasons.

Obviously, this can be a stressful situation. However, there are some practical things you can do to help your home sell super fast:


  • Find out the current market value of your property. This will guide you in your decision on the listing price.
  • Be reasonable about the listing price. You can sell quickly and still get a good price for your home. But, realistically, you won’t be able to hold out in the hopes of getting an “above market value” offer.
  • Be as flexible and accommodating as possible when it comes to scheduling viewings and open houses. If you’re going to restrict buyers to seeing your home on Saturdays from 3 to 5, then you’re going to reduce your chances of a quick sale.
  • Clean and declutter your home. This is the fastest way to dramatically improve how it shows.
  • Tend to the outside of your property. Cut the grass. Trim the hedges. Fix the creaking back gate. Do everything you can to increase your property’s curb appeal.
  • Apply fresh paint wherever possible. Painting is the quickest and least expensive “renovation” you can do. It can significantly improve the look of any area of your home.
  • Spread the news that your home is on the market and that you’re looking for a quick sale. Tell your friends, neighbours and co-workers.
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Easy-to Miss Home Security Tips for Your Vacation

 

If you’re relaxing on a Caribbean beach, or enjoying a bus tour through historic Paris, the last thing you want to worry about is your home. Most people know the basics of keeping a home secure while away. Here are some additional tips that are easy to miss:

 

Tell your kids not to boast about your fabulous vacation plans, especially on social media. The fewer who know that the house will be empty, the better.

 

Ask a neighbour to pick up any mail and flyers dropped at your doorstep. But don’t rely on that alone. Also call the newspaper and post office to temporarily halt delivery.

 

You can buy timers to automatically turn lights on and off. However, most will stop working if the power goes out and restart with the incorrect time when the power comes back on. That’s why you should keep at least a couple of lights turned on continuously, and not connected to timers.

 

 

If you’re leaving in the evening, or before dawn, don’t forget to open the blinds. Closed blinds during the day are a dead giveaway that the owners are away.

 

 

Finally, experts recommend creating a home security checklist, so you don’t forget anything. That will give you peace-of-mind.


If you have any questions on buying or selling your home please do not hesitate to call!
 

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