9 Tips for Effectively Staging Your Ottawa Home for Sale

15 09 2014

Ottawa home sellingAs the weather grows colder, home sellers on the Ottawa real estate market can expect buyer activity to slow down a bit.

This is a common occurrence each year. After all, school is back in session and buyers with families aren’t likely to want to upset that schedule. Plus, the warmer weather during the summer months just lends itself better to more activity and house shopping.

Still, just because we’re entering the fall months doesn’t mean that your chances of selling your home are completely dried up.

Today, I’m going to share with you 9 home staging tips that I believe will help you attract interested and qualified home buyers and help you seal the deal on your property.

How to Attract Interested and Qualified Home Buyers in Ottawa

Here are some ways you can effectively stage your home for sale:

Boost curb appeal. Power wash your home’s siding and walkways, replace your house numbers with some that are easy to read, mow your lawn, wash the front windows and consider repainting the porch floor. All of this will leave a great first impression for buyers.

Make your home sparkling clean. This means sweeping the floors, scrubbing the baseboards and vacuuming the carpets. This may be an arduous task but trust us – it’s worth it.

Declutter your home. Get rid of any excess furniture or junk to make your home feel larger and more appealing. Consider getting a temporary storage unit or – even better –donating your items to a charity.

Walk the line between Clean and Lived In. You want your home to be clean but you don’t want it to be so immaculate that it feels more like a museum than a home. After all, you’re trying to encourage the buyers to envision living there themselves. So consider adding a few elements back to your home once you’ve delcuttered, such as a vase of fresh-cut flowers or fresh produce on the counter. Just don’t overdo it!

Set the scene in your dining room. Help the home buyer envision living there by setting the table and creating a little vignette for them. It’s a great way to create ambiance and make your home more alluring.

Arrange your furniture like a professional stager. Generally speaking, symmetrical arrangements work well in living rooms. Make sure to pull the furniture off the walls and use pairs to make it seem like a great place to sit and enjoy deep conversation with loved ones. Remember, it’s all about making the buyer feel comfortable living there.

Stick with neutral colors. Yes, lime green and bright red may seem fun to you but the idea behind home staging is to appeal to the masses. So pick rich midtone neutrals like mocha or greige. You’ll be glad you did.

Make a gender-neutral master bedroom. You never know what the family status will be for the prospective home buyer who visits your home. Maybe he’s a young bachelor or it’s a married couple with four kids. Thus, make sure the master bedroom is as gender-neutral as possible in order to appeal to all home buyer types.

Avoid Pet Odors. Yes, we understand that you love Fido but that doesn’t mean everyone will love him – or his smell. So make sure to be extra vigilent when it comes to preparing a home for sale where a dog has previously lived. Vacuum and wash all surfaces, steam clean the rugs, and hide away the pet toys and doggie bones. Don’t worry, it’s only temporary!

Let’s Get Your Ottawa Home Listed Today!

Now that you have some expert home staging tips under your belt, you are ready to list your property on the market!

Contact us today to learn some more valuble advice that will further enable you to get the price you want for your Ottawa home.

Until next time,

Geoff





4 Important Steps You Should Take Before Listing Your Ottawa Home

15 07 2014

Ottawa home sellingHave you recently decided to list your home on the real estate market in Ottawa? Then before you do anything else, you need to take a few moments to read my blog.

Today, I’m going to tell you about the crucial steps that you should take before you list your property on the market.  Trust me, by taking these steps up front, you’ll ultimately save yourself time and money.

What Should I Do Before Listings My Home on the Ottawa Real Estate Market?

First,  consider your motivation for selling.  In other words, do you have a solid reason for wanting to list your home on the market or is it more of a whimsical fantasy.  If it’s the latter, think long and hard before you take that next step toward listing your property.  After all, navigating the real estate market isn’t always going to be easy and having a valid reason for selling your home in the first place will keep you grounded during those times.

Prepare for the purchase of your next home.  Generally speaking, you should sell first and buy second.  Still, it doesn’t hurt to be a little prepared for where you’re going next.  So take the time to make a list of those neighborhoods where you may want to live and then visit them.  Maybe even consider checking out a few open houses or comparing what homes have recently sold for in the neighborhood.  This will give you a better idea of what to expect as a home buyer when it comes time to purchase your next home.

Interview real estate agents.  While you may be tempted to navigate the real estate market alone, I can assure you that it’s much more effective to work with an agent who really knows the market.   You want to work with someone who has experience selling in yoru price range as well as your specific neighborhood.  And you want to be able to see that they have a proven track record for getting their home sellers to closing.

Find a Lender.  Why would I need a lender if I’m selling my home, you may ask.  It turns out, there are many reasons why. First, you want to have a lender who can tell you how much you need to pay off your current home. You also should take this opportunity to purchase a beneficiary statement.  Next, request a Good Faith Estimate and compare rates and fees.  Finally, ask for referrals to mortage brokers from agents. You’re going to need these contacts when you decide to purchase your next home.

Let’s Get Started on Listing Your Home in Ottawa Today

I hope you found the above information insightful as a prospective home seller. Now if you’re ready, contact us, Geoff and Bobbie McGowan, today to move forward with listing your property on the market.

We would be more than happy to assist you by answering any questions you may have and providing you with some valuable home selling resources. 

Until next time,

Geoff





Top 5 Home Selling Mistakes to Avoid on the Ottawa Real Estate Market

15 06 2014

Ottawa home sellingAre you currently thinking about listing your Ottawa home on the local housing market?

If so, then be sure to take a few moments to read today’s Ottawa blog.

I’m going to tell you about some of the top home selling mistakes that home owners make and why you should make sure you avoid them.

If you do avoid them, you’ll increase your chances of enjoying a successful home selling experience.

Avoid These Ottawa Home Selling Mistakes

Here are some common mistakes that home sellers make and why you should avoid them:

Asking for Too Much Money. Even if you paid off your house, it doesn’t mean that your property is worth as much as you think it’s worth! And if you do end up setting your list price too high, you could turn off interested home buyers. Work with your real estate agent to determine the right list price.

Skipping a Marketing Plan. Don’t assume that a For Sale sign in your yard is going to do the trick. A marketing plan is critical to not only reaching buyers, but reaching the RIGHT buyers. So don’t skimp on getting together such a plan.

Listing Your Home as For Sale By Owner. You may think you’re saving yourself money in REALTOR® commission but in reality, the benefits don’t outweigh the costs. A trained real estate profession can devote all the time necessary to get your home sold. If you try to sell your home part time and with no background experience, you may end up having a negative experience on the market.

Not Fixing Broken Amenities Around Your House. Sometimes home owners fall into the trap of thinking, “Well, I’m moving out soon anyway, what’s the point of fixing the home up?” The purpose of this is to attract home buyers to your home and secure purchase offers from them. If they walk into your home and see several home repair needs, they might not notice all of the quality amenities that your home has to offer. So make sure to do a walk-through of your property beforehand, searching for items that need fixed or replaced.

Leaving Remnants of You and Your Family Everywhere. For instance, perhaps you have a wall covered in family portraits. This is not something you want to leave up if you’re showing your home to prospective buyers. After al, the idea is to help them see themselves living in your home. If you have family portraits everywhere they turn, it’s going to be a lot harder for them to envision it being their home one day.

Helping You Sell Ottawa Real Estate for Sale

Are you a current home owner who is interested in listing your Ottawa home on the market? If so, please take a moment to contact us, Geoff and Bobbie McGowan, today.

We would be happy to assist you by answering any questions you may have as well as helping you determine the true value of your home.

Until next time,

Geogg





Pass Your Ottawa Home Inspection, Part 2

15 03 2014

Ottawa home inspectionCongratulations! Someone has just made a purchase offer on your Ottawa home for sale and you’re one step closer to the final closing!

But first, you’ll need to pass the final home inspection. For some home owners, this can be a daunting stage of the home selling process. After all, if the buyer finds something egregiously wrong with your home, it could end up breaking the deal for you!

Luckily, I’m here to help you seamlessly navigate the home inspection process. Today, in my second part in a series, I’m going to provide you with my top tips on how to pass your home inspection.

What To Do Before and During Your Ottawa Home Inspection

 Before the home inspection, make sure you remove any clutter throughout the home. Not only will this help your home leave the best impression possible, but it also won’t deter the home inspector from accessing such important systems as your heating and cooling system and mechanical systems. The last thing you want to do is irritate the home inspector because he’s having to riffle through your things to do his job.

Before the home inspection, empty out all of your appliances. The home inspector is gong to want to check them, so make sure you’re not leaving clothes in the washing machine, dishes in the dishwasher or food on the stove. It’s making the inspector’s job easier, which will leave him in a better mood when he’s delivering the final report on your home.

Before the inspection, make a clear path to the attic. You may even consider setting up a ladder to the attic. This will help the inspector finish up quicker and will make his life easier.

During the inspection, make sure you and your loved ones (even the furry ones) are not around. No home inspector wants to navigate around the current home owners while they’re trying to do their job. So make sure to leave about an hour before the inspection in the event that they show up early.

During the home inspection, leave the doors unlocked. For instance, make sure any gates or doors to the garage or crawl space are unlocked to allow for ease of access for the home inspector.

During the home inspection, provide documentation of repairs you’ve made. The home inspector will want this information easily accessible during his tour of your home. So make sure you leave out any receipts and related information in a binder or folder on the counter.

More Home Selling Help for You!

If you would like more tips on how to successfully navigate the Ottawa real estate market as a home seller, make sure to contact us, your Ottawa real estate exerts, today!

I would be happy to help you at every stage of the process to ensure that your home is selling for the best price possible and in as little time as possible!

Have a great day!





How to Stage Your Ottawa Home This Holiday Season

10 12 2013

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Are you thinking about selling your home over the holiday season? If so, then you’re sure to find today’s Re/Max Ottawa real estate blog helpful!

Today, I’m going to tell you about how local home owners can properly stage their Ottawa homes for sale so that they attract plenty of interested and qualified buyers in Ottawa.

Staging Your Ottawa Property

First, when you’re staging your home over the holidays, you want to make sure that you give your home a thorough cleaning. You also want to make sure that you remove any excess clutter as these items can crowd rooms and make your home feel smaller to the home buyer, which is usually not a good thing.

That said, you may also want to seriously consider the size of your Christmas tree if you have one. While big trees are lovely, they also tend to dwarf rooms. Instead, opt for a smaller tree this year in homes that your ultimate Christmas present is that you’re able to sell your home!

Setting the Scene

Next, set the mood by setting out a few selectively placed holiday decorations. Although you don’t want to overdo it, you do want to get the buyer in the holiday spirit so that they start envisioning their own family waking up on Christmas morning in your home. So put a wreath on the door, hang some mistletoe and string some lights.

Don’t forget the other four senses! Hint at the holidays by putting out some cinnamon sticks or playing some soft Christmas music. You may even want to bake some cookies and set them out for the prospective home buyers to enjoy. It’s all about making the home buyer feel at home so that they’ll want to make your Ottawa home their own!

Encourage Feedback

Finally, encourage home buyer feedback by setting out comment cards near the door. This way, even if they don’t end up making an offer on your home, you’ll know what they liked and what they didn’t like about your home. This will make you better prepared for future home showings!

Selling Your Ottawa Home With Us

If you’re thinking about listing your home anytime soon on the Ottawa real estate market, please contact us, your dedicated Ottawa REALTORS®. As experienced Ottawa Re/Max professionals, we would love to help you with all of your home selling needs by offering valuable advice as well as providing you with useful home selling resources.

Until next time,

Bobbie





Manor Park Ottawa Community

24 09 2013

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Manor Park is home to an active community association, which strives to provide a safe and vibrant community for its residents, and to make the neighbourhood a wonderful place in which to live. Within and around Manor Park you’ll find 18 private, public and Catholic school choices, as well as parks, community activities, restaurants, shopping, walking trails and entertainment for everyone!

Manor Park Ottawa Schools and Entertainment

York Street Public School, Immaculata High School and Lisgar Collegiate Institute; as well as six places of worship, various recreational opportunities including the Rockliffe Lawn Tennis Club, the St. Laurent Complex, The Rockliffe Golf Driving Range, and various swimming pools, cycling paths, and more; and with the help of Ottawa’s OC Transpo bus route 7, which travels right through Manor Park, those in the neighbourhood can take advantage of all that the area has to offer.

Relocate to Manor Park Ottawa

In addition to Manor Park’s fantastic schools, parks, churches and recreational sites, the neighbourhood offers families practical resources like banks, restaurants and grocery stores, as well as great outlets for fun in terms of Manor Park’s after-school program for kids, Movie Night in the Park, Christmas caroling and sleigh rides around the Christmas holidays, and so much more. Without a doubt, Manor Park is an Ottawa neighbourhood with so much to offer people of all ages.
So if you’re thinking about investing in Ottawa real estate and you want to call Manor Park home, get in touch withOttawa realtors Geoff and Bobbie McGowan and let them work with you. These great Ottawa real estate agents will provide you with fantastic complimentary relocation packagesmarket evaluations and other great reports, and will ensure that you get top dollar for your home; so why not make the easy choice and call Geoff and Bobbie McGowan today.

 

Until next time,

Bobbie





ReMax Ottawa Final Closing CheckList

6 06 2013

remax ottawa real estateMany Ottawa Real Estate Sellers  believe that most of the work is done once they receive a signed purchase offer from the buyer; however, it is important to note that there are still some vital steps to follow between the time that the buyer makes a purchase offer and the time you walk out of the final closing.

From inspections to appraisals, there are a lot of steps to take in between, for example, when preparing for the final closing, it is extremely helpful if you follow these steps.

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