25 Apr

Your home has been on the market for a while now, and you’re not getting any offers or your real estate agent has suggested professional staging, but that’s just not in the budget. What’s a desperate home seller to do?

Home staging is the act of preparing a private residence for sale in the real estate marketplace. The goal of staging is to make a home appealing to the highest number of potential buyers, thereby selling a property more swiftly and for more money. Staging techniques focus on improving a property’s appeal by transforming it into a welcoming, attractive product that anyone might want.

You might want to consider a staging consultation. Many home stagers will provide room-by-room assessments for homeowners, offering tips about paint colors, furniture placement, improving traffic patterns and more. Most consultations last about an hour or two and won’t break the bank at $100 to $250.

Or, you can use these five low-cost, do-it-yourself staging tips to create a space that sells:

No. 1: Cut the clutter

Get boxes and tape, and start packing. Come by and see us at our retail store on 210 Willmott Street Unit 4 in Cobourg, ON.

 Clothes, books, toys, extra pots and pans – pack up everything you don’t absolutely need during the next two or three months. Remember that potential buyers will be opening closets and drawers; if it looks like there’s not room for your things; buyers will assume storage will be tight for them as well.

Organize the clothing in your closet by colour, it creates an organized look and the closet appears larger!

Too much furniture can also make a space look cluttered. Your home will look bigger if it’s not jam-packed. Go through the house room by room and ask yourself what you can live without. Consider short term storage and contact us at 905-373-4668.

No. 2: Let the sunshine in

“I advise homeowners to open all their window coverings,” says every professional home staging consultant! “Don’t just open the blinds — raise them to the top to allow people to see the view and let in light. Home buyers love light, bright rooms.” Maximize the view that you know potential buyers will love.

Of course, that means windows must be cleaned inside and out, and window sills need to be wiped down.

Got a view you’re not so crazy about showcasing? Consider blinds that can be angled to let in light, or hang sheer panels.

No. 3: Clean, then clean some more

A really clean house gives buyers the impression that it has been well-maintained.

Unfortunately, a one-time cleaning won’t do the trick. You’ll need to keep at it until your house sells. Knock down cobwebs, wipe counter tops, scrub grout, mop floors, wash light fixtures and repeat.

If cleaning bathtubs and wiping down baseboards is simply not your area of expertise, consider hiring a weekly cleaning service. Yes, it’s an investment, but if it shortens your selling time, it’s money well spent.

No. 4: Set the scene

Want buyers to fall in love with your house the moment they see it? First impressions matter. Your lawn must be mowed and edged, bushes must be trimmed, and flower beds must be weeded and topped with fresh mulch or bark. Add colourful flowers near the front door, either in flowerbeds or pots.

You’ll make your home even tougher to resist if you borrow or rent a power washer to clean grimy sidewalks, driveways, stairs and decks. Remember: You want everything to look fresh, fresh, fresh.

No. 5: Take new photos

Once you’ve decluttered, cleaned and planted flowers, have your realtor come back and take new photos of your home.

According to a 2011 survey, 88 percent of buyers say their home search relies, at least in part, on online listings. It’s important that the photos used in those listings and printed flyers reflect the improvements you’ve made to your home. Photos that showcase your decluttered, squeaky clean, curb-appeal-laden abode will appeal to a broader range of home buyers.


Finding a Great Mover

16 Apr


Finding a Great Mover

Only hire the best– If you choose to hire professional movers, do your research and hire reputable companies. Poor quality movers really can be worse than none at all.

Referrals– Get referrals from local real estate agents, family and friends who have moved recently. The best referral comes from someone you trust.

Licensing– Only consider movers that are registered and insured through WSIB.

In-home estimates– If you are on a strict budget for moving, ask for an in home estimate of your potential costs.  A professional estimator will narrow down your costing.

Business or ?- Do they have a physical business address, do they sell quality moving supplies and offer short term and long term storage solutions?

Resources- Websites and other online tools assist you in the moving process.  A professional company will ensure this information is available to all their clients.

Community- Is the company established in the community? Do they support events and other projects in the area?

Price– Price isn’t the only factor- Remember the saying “you get what you pay for?”

Avoid “rogue movers”-if you feel uncomfortable, trust your instincts! Never agree to move your possessions with anyone you don’t trust.

Moving is our specialty we strive to ensure each move exceeds your expectations, call us at 905-373-4668 to book your next move or inquire on the various services and supplies we have available to make your move a stress free one!