5 Great Staging Tips to Make Your Ottawa Home Appear Larger

15 05 2015

staged homeIf you’ve recently decided to list your home on the Ottawa real estate market, then you’ve come to the right housing market website!

Today, I’m going to tell you about how you can expertly stage your home to make it look bigger to potential home buyers.

And that’s not all. There are several more benefits to staging your home as well. For instance, staged homes also appear cleaner and more inviting and also usually get more money than unstaged homes.

So take to heart these suggestions! They could end up helping you turn a nice profit on your property in Ottawa.

Expert Staging Tips for Your Ottawa Home

Emphasize views. Generally speaking, buyers initial impression of a property can rest in their impression of the very first room they see. So make sure that you make the most out of their first impression by making sure that they can see the great outdoors from various rooms in the house. This will give your home a more inviting feel and will also let plenty of light in.

Declutter your home. We can’t say it enough: If you want your home to give the best impression possible, then you need to declutter your home. By doing so, you help the buyer appreciate your home for what it really is instead of getting sidetracked by all the clutter.

Neutralize the space. In other words, while you might have very particular tastes, you want to make sure that your home appeals to the masses. So generally speaking, go for neutral colors and nothing too outlandish as far as interior design items. This may turn off buyers so you will want to avoid them.

Make your home easy to navigate. Improve traffic flow throughout your home by making sure there’s a clear pathway within rooms as well as from one room to the next. This may entail removing oversize furniture that probably wasn’t appropriate in your home to begin with.

Highlight Impressive features. Whether it’s a gourmet kitchen or floor-to-ceiling windows, you want to make sure that your best features are put on display for buyers. So make sure all of the lights are on and that you set up vignettes where appropriate to help buyers visualize enjoying those features themselves. You might even consider leaving comment cards by the features, explaining what makes them so great.

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As you can see, a lot of these tips should cost little or nothing to you. And yet, they can make a world of difference when you’re trying to sell your home.

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4 Tips to Sell Your Ottawa Home Fast

15 04 2015

Home Selling 7If you’re a home seller, you’re probably hearing this everywhere you go: Now is a great time to have your home listed on the Ottawa real estate market.

After all, the weather is warming up and more and more home buyers are flocking to the Ottawa housing market looking for their next dream home.

But there’s a difference between simply listing your home on the market and proactively taking steps to ensure it sells quickly and for the right price!

Today, I’m going to share with you four tips for making sure your home sells fast.

Do These Things to Help Your Ottawa Home Sell Faster

Don’t neglect the curb appeal. You’ve been hearing it from your mom since you were little: First impressions matter. The same holds true for real estate listings. So make sure that buyers are impressed by your home before they ever step foot in it. Make sure you replace chipping paint, trim back overgrown bushes and mow the lawn. Every detail counts. Then, when you think you’re done, have you and a friend go stand at the curb and look at your home. Try to look at it through the eyes of a buyer. Take further action as needed to make sure your home is being presented in the best possible light possible.

Make all necessary repairs. Don’t wait until the inspection report comes back to do the things that are obviously in need of repairs. If you notice them, chances are your buyers are noticing them too. And some of them might be deterred from considering your home further because of such issues. So fix the leaky faucet, recaulk the windows and address the chipped paint on the baseboard. They’re small details but they add up.

Stage your home. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Staged homes sell for a higher price and in a shorter amount of time than non-staged homes. By staging a home, you’re making it feel larger, cleaner, warmer and more inviting. So stage your home by giving it a thorough cleaning, decluttering where you can and setting up vignettes to help your home buyers envision living there. And believe me, you want them to linger as they daydream about living there. The longer they stay in your home, the more convinced they’ll become that this is the home for them!

Get the word out. This is crucial. You can have an incredible home listed on the market and if you don’t adequately market it, no one will ever find out about it. So put out a For Sale sign, list your home on multiple real estate websites and even advertise the home on social media. Every little bit counts. And don’t forget: If you do list your home online, make sure you include multiple pictures. Buyers like to be able to do a virtual walk through of homes before they ever schedule a showing. So make sure you include plenty of pictures and make sure those pictures are presenting your home in the best light possible!

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We hope you found the above information valuable as a prospective home seller. For more useful tips that will help ensure you a successful outcome on the local housing market, make sure to contact us, Geoff & Bobbie McGowan.

We would love the opportunity to assist you in any way we can!

Until next time,

Geoff & Bobbie

Tips for Selling Your Home for Top Dollar in Ottawa

16 03 2015

Home SellingThe busiest time of the real estate calendar year is about to get started. Are you ready?

For home buyers and home sellers alike, springtime is a busy time. More sellers are listing their homes and more buyers are searching the market for their dream home.

Today, we’re going to provide some valuable tips on how you as a home seller in Ottawa can get top dollar for your property during this very important time of year.

What To Do To Get A Great Price for Your Ottawa Home

Two months or more before you list your home, find a qualified real estate agent. In fact, this is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll make as a home seller. After all, if you pick the right REALTOR, they will diligently market your home to the right and qualified buyers and will also work hard to ensure you get the best price possible. To find the right REALTOR for you, make sure to ask them about their past experience – not just in selling homes, but in selling homes in your price range and in selling homes in your neighborhood. Also request some information such as their list-to-sales ratio, which will give you an idea of their success rate in the past.

Six weeks before you list, address any major repairs or upgrades that are needed. Make sure to pay particular attention to the kitchen and the bathrooms as these are often the rooms that become the deciding factors for buyers. You might even consider purchasing a new set of appliances, such as an updated dishwasher or refrigerator. This will likely help you fetch a higher price for your home.

One month out, declutter your home. And make sure to depersonalize it as well. By doing so, you’re going to help make your home feel larger, more inviting and cozier. What’s more, by depersonalizing your home by removing excessive amounts of family portraits and other odds and ends, you’re helping the home buyer really envision what it would be like for them to live there.

Two weeks out, have your home photographed. And don’t believe the argument that taking photos with a smart phone will look just as good as taking photos with an advanced digital camera. You want to spring for the latter types of pictures because they will help your home appear larger and more inviting to buyers who are looking at pictures online. By the way, don’t forget to photograph the exterior and the yard as well!

One week before you list, give your home a thorough cleaning. For instance, you might consider steam cleaning the carpets, hiring a maid service to address your kitchen and bathroom areas and organizing your closets. Leave no stone unturned – buyers are sure to check it all out! And there’s nothing that will turn off a buyer faster than a dirty home.

Finally, list your home online. Generally speaking, real estate websites see the most activity right before the weekend. So if you can do it, make sure to list your home on a Thursday or Friday as you’re likely to attract the most home buyer attention. And make sure that when you do list your home online that pictures are included as this will help draw buyers in even more.

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We hope you found today’s blog insightful as a home seller. For even more information on how you can ensure yourself a successful outcome on the local housing market, make sure to contact us. We would be glad to help!

Until next time,


Three Closing Day Questions Answered for Your Ottawa Home

15 02 2015

Home Buying 2Congratulations on recently deciding to list your home on the Ottawa housing market. As you may have noticed from my recent blogs, it really is a great time to be a home seller as you stand to get a great price for your property.

But I’m sure you still have some questions you want answered before you attend the final closing.

Thus, I’ve compiled a list of three commonly asked closing day questions. Hopefully they will be of help to you!

What People Ask About Closing Day When They’re Selling Their Home

What identification will I need? The Law Society of Upper Canada requires that lawyers retain photocopies of two pieces of identification from each client in the file. One piece of identification must be photo ID. In lieu of a driver’s license or a passport, you can also use an Ontario Photo Card.

What Do I do if I’m not going to be in Ottawa for the closing date? There are a variety of reasons you might be out of town on that day, including vacation or the relocation to another city. But if the lawyers and agents have all of the information required for the transaction (such as property details, the buyer and seller information and mortgage instructions where applicable) then they will most likely send the documentation to a solicitor or notary in the city where you are so you can sign the documents in front of them. Of course, there’s the possibility you won’t be at a place where you can sign them in front of a solicitor or notary. In that case, the lawyers can set up a power of attorney for purchasing or selling a certain property.

What do I do with my keys on the closing date? The new purchaser will get the keys to the home between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on the closing date, depending on a number of factors. These include mortgage funding, courier delivery of keys and/or registration on the online system.

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We will be happy to assist you by answering any questions you might have as well as providing you with some valuable home selling resources.

Until next time,


Do These 6 Things Before You List Your Ottawa Home in the New Year

15 01 2015

Ottawa Home Selling 6The beginning of a New Year is a great time to think about listing your home on the local housing market here in Ottawa.

After all, recent market indications suggest that home sellers have an excellent opportunity to get the price they want for their property in Ottawa.

But before you do decide to enter the local housing market as an Ottawa home seller, you should consider doing a few things first.

What Every Home Seller Should Do Before Listing Their Home

Begin to Detach yourself form your home. This is not only important with protecting yourself emotionally from the difficulty of leaving a home but it will also help you sell your home quicker. That’s because when home buyers walk through your home, they want to be able to envision themselves living there, not you. So consider removing extra-personal trinkets throughout your home, such as cleaning up a wall of family photos.

De-Clutter. By doing so, you’ll help make your home feel bigger and more inviting. Consider removing all books from bookcases, donating any items you haven’t used in the last year and packing up extra knick-knacks. You’ll be glad you did!

Organize your bedroom closets and kitchen cabinets. You might not think buyers will look in these places but they will. And it will leave quite a positive impression if, when they look in these places, it is clean and organized. Consider alphabetizing your jars or neatly stacking your dishes.

Rent a storage unit. This will enable you to get rid of any excess clutter in your home without forcing you to part ways with it just yet. You might also consider putting some of your furniture in these storage units as well.

Remove Your Favorite Items. Believe it or not, a buyer can request that certain items they see in your home be added to the contract. And if you say no, it may kill a deal. But a buyer can’t miss something they never even knew about. So if it’s important to you, remove it from sight so that it’s not on the negotiation table.

Give your home a thorough cleaning. This may seem obvious but some sellers don’t think about just how much cleaning this actually involves. In addition to your regular vacuuming, sweeping and dusting the main rooms, make sure to give other often-overlooked places some attention as well. This includes your closets, the inside of your fridge and even your cabinets.

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7 Things You Should Know When Buying an Ottawa Home

15 12 2014

ottawa home buying 10If your number one Christmas wish this year is to purchase a new home on the Ottawa real estate market, then we are here to help!

Today, I’m going to tell you the top 7 things that you should know when buying a home in Ottawa.

These tips will ultimately safe you time, money and maybe even a little bit of heartache on the local housing market.

7 Tips for Buying an Ottawa Home

Don’t invest in a home if you don’t plan to stay long. The longer you can commit to staying in a home, the greater your chances are of getting a great profit on the property when you sell. After all, there are transaction costs associated with selling a home and so, it helps if your home is worth more when you sell it than when you bought it if you want to at least break even.

Start building your credit now. You’re likely going to need a mortgage when you buy a new home. So make sure your credit history is as good as possible. Also, a few months before you start looking for a home, you should consider getting copies of your credit report and making sure all the facts are correct. If you find an error, make sure you correct it immediately.

Be realistic about the home you can afford. Generally speaking, it’s reasonable to invest in a home that is about 2.5 times your annual salary. But it helps to use a mortgage calculator to narrow down exactly how much you’re comfortable spending each month on a mortgage.

Even if you can’t put 20 percent down, you may still qualify for a loan. There are a number of public and private lenders to choose from who offer low-interest mortgages that usually ask for only a small down payment.

Get professional help. Yes, it’s true that you can access home listings for yourself on the internet these days. But if you work with an experienced and qualified real estate agent, you have a better chance of finding a home that suits your needs for the long term – not to mention getting a home for a great price!

Get pre-approved before you start house hunting. That way, when you find a home you’re interested in purchasing, it will be one less step you have to take. Plus, home sellers like to negotiate with buyers who have been pre-approved because it means they are serious home buyers.

Hire a Home Inspector. Once you find a home you’re interested in, make sure you get the home inspected. This will let you know if there are any issues with the home that you can’t see with the naked eye. This will help you feel more confident about whether it’s a sound buy or not.

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Your Step-By-Step Guide for Selling Your Ottawa Home

15 11 2014

Ottawa Home Selling 3Are you thinking about listing your home anytime soon on the Ottawa real estate market? If so, then you’ve come to the right blog!

Today, I’m going to provide you with a step-by-step guide to selling your home. You’ll be attending the final closing of your Ottawa home before you know it!

Follow These 7 Steps for a Successful Ottawa Home Sale

Get your home ready for the market. This includes giving your home a thorough cleaning, removing any excess clutter from your home that takes away from its beauty and ensuring that your home even has curb appeal.

Find a REALTOR®. But don’t just pick anyone! Make sure that the real estate agent you work with not only has experience with helping home sellers but also helping sellers in your price range and (ideally) in your neighborhood. The more they know about the market the better!

Decide on a list price for your home. Take into accounts such factors as market conditions and interest rates. And be honest with yourself about how much your home is really worth. Too many home sellers overprice their homes and then wonder why it’s still sitting on the market more than 6 months later.

Get maximum exposure out of your home marketing. Don’t just print an advertisement in the newspaper or post something on Craiglist. Make sure that your home marketing is comprehensive and is reaching all available and qualified buyers. Your real estate agent can help create a tailor-made marketing plan for your home!

Negotiate a purchase offer. Okay, so you’ve received an offer from a buyer – now what? Make sure that you carefully consider the offer because it’s harder to back out once you sign on the dotted line. Talk it over with your real estate agent to see if you want to negotiate any areas of the offer.

Sign on the dotted line. Once you’ve signed the contract with your buyer, you’re that much closer to attending the final closing and moving out. Now all that’s left is a few more steps, including passing the home inspection. Your real estate agent can help coach you through that process.

Plan your next move. Before you’ve handed over the keys to the buyer and complete a successful home sale, ask yourself where you want to go next. Do you want to downsize? Move to a different city? Get a bigger home? Talk with your agent about the best option for you and your family.

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We hope you found this information helpful as a home seller. For more valuable tips on expertly navigating the market in Ottawa, please contact us today. We would love the opportunity to assist you!

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