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Making Your Kitchen More Attractive to Buyers

April 23, 2019
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by aowd
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Making Your Kitchen More Attractive to Buyers

What’s one of the most important rooms in your home? When it comes to selling your property quickly, and for the best price, the answer is clearly the kitchen. In fact, one of the most common explanations buyers often give for not making an offer is, “I liked the house, but I wasn’t too keen on the kitchen.”

That doesn’t mean you must do a major renovation. However, you should do what you can to make the kitchen as attractive as possible to buyers.

Here are some ideas:

First, clear the countertops. Put away the toaster and other items. You want to make the entire countertop area seem as spacious as possible.

If the cabinetry is old, you can spruce it up by installing new knobs, handles, and other hardware. A fresh coat of paint on the walls and ceiling can also make the kitchen look like it has had a major renovation – but will only cost a few hundred dollars. According to an article on the website HGTV.com. “The fastest, most inexpensive kitchen updates include painting and new cabinet hardware.”

Replacing the countertops is a more expensive renovation, but may be worthwhile if the current counters are old and worn.

Finally, when preparing your kitchen for a viewing, make sure it’s clean and tidy. The garbage and recycling bins should be empty. Buyers will open cabinets, so make sure items on shelves are neatly organized with the front labels facing forward.

There are many other ways to make the most important rooms in your home look great to potential buyers. Call your local Guelph Realtors today for more ideas.

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Your Home at a Glance

April 8, 2019
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by aowd
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Your Home at a Glance

Have you ever driven up to a restaurant and been disappointed by your first impression? Perhaps the windows looked dark and gloomy, the façade was worn and unattractive or for some other reason, it just didn’t look like a tempting place to eat.

It could still be a fantastic restaurant – a real gem. But, your first impression has soured your anticipation. If you still walk through the front door, it will likely be with much lower expectations.

This scenario often plays out in the real estate market as well.

Buyers drive up to a home for sale and quickly form an impression based on what they see “from the curb”. That’s why you’ll hear real estate experts talk about the importance of “curb appeal”. It’s one of the most important selling points of a property.

If you plan to put your home on the market, you want your home to look as attractive as possible from the street. Fortunately, there are many simple things you can do to improve curb appeal.

For example, you can trim shrubs and hedges, plant flowers, clean the walkway and driveway, paint the front door and garage door, and clean the exteriors of the windows. All these projects are relatively easy and inexpensive. Yet, each can have a dramatic impact on a buyer’s first impression.

Don’t be like the great restaurant that’s hidden behind an unkept façade. Make sure your curb appeal reflects the overall value of your property.

Looking for more advice on selling your home quickly and for the best price? Call your trusted Guelph realtors today.

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A Bird’s Eye View of Selling Your Home

March 29, 2019
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by aowd
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A Bird’s Eye View of Selling Your Home

If you haven’t sold a home before, the process can seem complex and even intimidating. It really isn’t. In fact, the steps to selling your property – quickly and for the best price – are straightforward, although not necessarily easy.

Here’s a bird’s-eye view of the steps to expect:

  • Determine what your property will likely sell for on today’s market. This is referred to as the Current Market Value.
  • Decide on a list price. Doing this properly is crucial. If you set the price too high, you’ll discourage buyers from seeing your home. On the other hand, if the price is too low, you may be leaving thousands of dollars on the table.
  • Prepare your home for sale. This involves cleaning, de-cluttering, fixing and staging so that your property wows potential buyers.
  • Market and promote the property to the marketplace. This needs to be done effectively to maximize the number of qualified buyers who find out about and become interested in your listing.
  • Show your property to buyers interested in seeing it.
  • Negotiate offers effectively so that you sell your property for the best price and conditions.
  • Make a deal and begin the transaction paperwork!

Of course, you don’t have to do it all alone! As your Guelph real estate sales associate, I will do most of the heavy-lifting for you. I’ll be by your side throughout the process, helping ensure your home sale is trouble-free and successful.

 

Ann O’Garr
519 820 9183
Helping People on the Move!!

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Guelph Realtors – Doorways to Better Living Spaces

March 21, 2019
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by aowd
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When people renovate or remodel a room, they almost always overlook the door. However, changing the style of an interior door, or adding a new one, can dramatically change the look of a living space – often for the better.

Although the most common type of door is the traditional solid 6-panel door, there are many other choices available. Want to add light and a greater sense of space to a room? Consider a door with glass panels. Do you have an interior door that gets in the way when opened? Change it to a bi-fold door, which cuts the distance of the swing in half.

There are also specialty doors that are designed to block noise, and sliding doors that tuck neatly into the wall when opened.

Interior doors are typically much less expensive than their exterior counterparts. So, making the decision to upgrade or add a door to a room is an affordable design option.

Visit a door showroom and explore the possibilities.

For more real estate tips (for both buyers and sellers) contact trusted Guelph Realtors, Ann O’Garr and Wolfgang Dobrowolski.

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Prep Time: 5 Ways to Prepare Your Condo to Sell

February 14, 2019
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by aowd
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Whether you are simply upgrading your family home, you are a flipper, or you are finally letting go of a rental property, selling a condo takes work – and a lot of it. Especially if you want the condo snatched up quickly and at asking price.

Lucky for you, we have just the tips to help you.

By following the tips we’ve listed below and properly preparing your condo for sale, you should have a quick, easy, and stress-free sale.

Choosing the Best Time to Sell

Summer is the season of fun in the sun, autumn brings us pumpkin spice everything, winter has Christmas (winner, winner), and spring is… the king of real estate?

You heard it – spring is, usually, the busiest time of year for the world of real estate. This may sound silly, but there are actually a number of logical reasons why spring may be the best time to sell your condo.

Of course, the real estate market is still active at all times of the year, so if spring doesn’t work for you, don’t panic! List your house at the time that works best for you.

Time to Get Packing

As much as it might hurt to hear, potential buyers don’t want to see your things throughout the house. They don’t want to see your children’s artwork all over the fridge, your extensive shoe closet, or your collection of antique clocks – no matter how much these things mean to you.

Buyer’s want to be able to envision themselves, their things, and their families in this space – they want to see the potential it has to become their home.

Have most of your personal items – aside from things you need for daily living – packed away before showing the home.

To Stage or Not to Stage?

Staging”, in real estate, refers to having a professional set the rooms of your home with stylish furniture and accessories in order to give the home the highest level of aesthetic appeal to potential buyers.

Staging doesn’t cover the home’s flaws, if it has any, but instead enhances the best parts of the home.

It has been proven through studies that staging does, in fact, contribute to houses selling faster, but not necessarily at higher prices.

The cost of staging ranges widely, based on factors such as the size of the house and the price and quality of the pieces being used.

Gather the Necessary Paperwork

Selling real estate is a legal transaction, and that can only mean one thing: there’s going to be a lot of paperwork involved.

Gathering as much of the necessary paperwork beforehand as you can be your saving grace throughout the process. It won’t just save you time, but will also help save your sanity.

Bonus Tip: Refresh Your Memory

The condo itself isn’t the only thing that needs to be properly prepared in order for your listing to be successful – you need to be prepared as well.

Potential buyers are going to have questions about the condo – and you need to be able to answer them.

Refresh your memory on the condos amenities, association/HOA fees, how the insurance policies work, etc.

Sell That Condo!

Now that we’ve shared all of our best tips on how to prepare your condo, you’re ready to hit the market!

Get that listing up, have an open house or two, and just watch the offers flood in! You’ll be on your way to a successful sale – and a new home – in no time!

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Should You Move or Renovate

February 13, 2019
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by aowd
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Determining whether you should buy a new home or fix up your current one isn’t easy. In fact, the decision can be steeped in so much drama, they make reality TV shows about it!

So, if you’re wondering whether to move or improve, here are three things to consider:

1. Will a renovation truly fix what you don’t like about your property?

If you’re tired of a small kitchen, for example, given the layout of your house, it might not be possible to make it any bigger. On the other hand, if you’re craving a spacious rec room with a cozy fireplace, then a renovation could make that happen.

Of course, there are some things you may want that aren’t specific to your house, such as an easier commute or nearby park. Those are features you may only be able to get by moving.

2. How much will a renovation cost? How does that compare to the cost of moving to a new home?

It’s important to get accurate estimates of both the cost to renovate, and the cost of a new home, so you can make an informed decision.

Renovations often have a habit of costing more than you originally anticipated. Remember, the final result should be a home you want to stay in for quite some time.

3. Beware of compromising versus settling.

Whichever decision you make – to renovate or to sell – you can expect to have to make at least some compromises. That’s normal.

For example, consider the impact of adding an extension to your house. It would be a major renovation. Is it the ideal way to get the extra room you want? Do the benefits of renovating outweigh the benefits of finding a new larger home that already includes the space you need?

It can be a tough decision. If you’re in the midst of making it, call today to get the facts you need to make the best choice when it comes to your Guelph Real Estate.

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Light Your Way to a Faster Sale

January 25, 2019
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by aowd
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Remember the last time you visited an upscale furniture showroom? The furniture and fixtures on display probably looked great. The colours and textures jumped out at you. It was a feast for the eyes!

There is a good reason why: Lighting.

Of course, the quality of the products has a lot to do with how appealing they look when on display. But smart retailers know that proper lighting is key to making those products look their best. In fact, some retailers even hire lighting consultants!

What does this have to do with selling your home quickly, and for the best price?

Obviously, when showing your property to potential buyers, you want your home to look it’s very best. Proper lighting can be a big help.

When preparing your home for sale, review the lighting in each room and make sure the space is sufficiently well lit. You want the lighting to be strong enough to prevent dark or shadowy areas, yet not so strong that it’s uncomfortable for the eyes.

Pay particular attention to traditionally dark areas, such as the garage and closets. Make sure those areas are bright too.

If you have a viewing scheduled during the day, take advantage of natural light through windows. Open the curtains!

Finally, one of the most important areas is the foyer. Always make sure the entrance has sufficient lighting.

Want more Guelph Realtor tips for preparing your home for sale? Call today.

 

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4 Ways to Make the Home Hunting Process Easier

January 11, 2019
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by aowd
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4 Ways to Make the Home Hunting Process Easier – Straight from a Guelph Realtor

Shopping for a new home can be intimidating. With so many things to do and think about, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Here are some good tips for making the home hunting process a lot easier and much less stressful.

1. Get your mortgage arranged in advance.
You don’t want to find the ideal home on the market, only to face problems arranging a suitable mortgage. You might end up losing the opportunity. So, make mortgage arrangements in advance by getting “pre-approved”. With that pre-approval, you can shop for a new home with confidence.

2. Clearly define the kind of home you want, and the neighbourhood you want to live in.
You can’t view every home that’s on the market. If you try, you’ll burn yourself out! So, write down a clear description of the kind of home you want. How many bedrooms? Big kitchen? Pool?

Don’t forget to include the neighbourhood. Upscale? Close to downtown? Lots of trees and parks? Urban and close to shopping and theatres?

With this information, we can quickly create a shortlist of properties that meet your criteria.

3. Take good notes.
After viewing a few homes, you may easily start to forget the details. Was it the first property that had the large elm tree in the backyard or was that the fourth property you saw? If you take good notes, you’ll be better able to make decisions later on about which homes to shortlist.

4. Take care of yourself, and your family.
Eat right. Pace yourself. Don’t try to view too many homes in one evening or on one Saturday afternoon.

Want more ideas for finding the perfect home? Call your trusted Guelph Realtor today!

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Affordable Staging Ideas

January 3, 2019
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by aowd
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Affordable Staging Ideas

Remember the last time you walked through a furniture showroom? You probably noticed that the sofa, chairs, tables and other furnishings were arranged – or staged – to make them look more appealing. You might have seen an attractive lamp on a sofa end table, or an appetizing bowl of fruit on a dining room buffet.

When preparing your home for sale, you should do much the same thing. Stage each room to make it look its best. Studies prove this will help sell your home faster and for a better price.

In fact, there are professional stagers who provide consulting and installation for home staging. As your real estate agent, I can also provide you with practical ideas to get your home prepared for sale.

Here are some simple, affordable staging tips:

  • Make each room look as spacious as possible. This may mean putting some items, and even some furniture, into storage.
  • Remove unnecessary items from countertops, tables, and shelves.
  • Keep decorative objects on shelves, tables, and even sofas, in odd number groupings. According to Barb Schwartz, the originator of staging, this combination works best. So, put three pillows on a sofa, not two or four.
  • Make an older-looking piece of furniture look quaint and stylish by adding a throw cover.
  • Add life and good looks to just about any living space by adding flowers or a flowering plant.
  • Have the table set with your best china. It makes the buyer want to move in and sit down for dinner!
  • Consider replacing the sink, faucets, and toilet to make an older bathroom look much better. It’s relatively quick and inexpensive.

Professional stagers look at your home through the eyes of the buyer. Do the same and you’ll be able to see what changes need to be made.

For more tips and tricks for selling your home, contact your trusted Guelph Realtors today! We are always here to help with your Guelph real estate needs and are more than happy to answer any questions you may have!

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Characteristics of a Desirable Street

November 29, 2018
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by aowd
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Sometimes you know a desirable street when you see one. For example, it’s obvious that a home on a cul-de-sac is enticing mainly because there isn’t any through traffic.

What are the other characteristics of a desirable street that may not be as obvious? Here are just a few:

Sidewalks. A sidewalk in front of your home is not only handy, it also adds to the property’s curb appeal. In addition, if you have kids, a sidewalk makes it easier – and safer – for them to play and visit neighbourhood friends.

Mature trees. Trees lining the street add depth and beauty. Most homeowners value front yard trees and would miss them if they were gone.

Safety. Unfortunately, some streets are more prone to crime and other issues requiring police intervention than others. Clearly, homeowners appreciate a street that’s known for being safe and located in a neighbourhood with a low crime rate.

Pride-of-ownership. When considering buying a home, take a walk along the street. Do homeowners take good care of their properties? If so, that sign of pride-of-ownership indicates it’s a great place to own a home.

Location. Where the street is located is just as important as its characteristics. Are things you want, such as parks, schools, shopping, etc. nearby? Is the street in a desirable area overall?

Noise. This is a characteristic that can be invisible to the home buyer. If the street is in a flight path, or near a busy highway used by rush-hour commuters, you want to know!

A great street can dramatically add to the enjoyment of a home. As your real estate agent, I can answer your questions about the characteristics of streets you’re considering and the surrounding area.

 

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