Selling your home is an exciting and bustling time. It’s a lot like fishing. You bait the hook and wait for buyers to come and bite. We get the home ready, our REALTOR® lists our home and then we wait! The piece of this process that many don’t touch on is how to maintain our show-ready home. Here are some ways to keep the a show home ready for any visits.
Before you paint, fix up, or repair anything, the first thing you should do so your home is show-ready is the simplify. What do you absolutely need to survive for the next month? Once your essentials needs are determined, begin to pack away all of the unimportant items. This decluttered will help you keep your home is showing shape. Remember, buyers do not want to see how you live but want to imagine themselves living in what for now is your home.
Developing new lifestyle habits will keep you on top of the little chores that have a tendency to pile up. Start the day by making the beds, putting all dirty laundry in hampers, taking out the garbage and touching up the kitchen and bathrooms. When an interested buyer comes to call, it will serve you well to complete several small tasks ahead of time. The more that you do as you go about your day, the less you will have to scramble at the last second.
A place for small things
Go to your local discount store and purchase canvas bin or a wicker basket for rooms in the home that tend to get clutters such as play rooms, family rooms and children’s bedrooms. These will be invaluable as your “last second” spaces to toss any disorganised clutter into when a buyer is visiting. Toys, accessories, mail, or the like will have a spot to quickly hide-away. Keep it coordinated with the room’s decor so it appears that it’s always been there.
For many of us, especially those who work from home or have small children, meal times always prove to mess up a lovely staged kitchen. Don’t be afraid of disposable cutlery and dishware during the showing process. This will cut down on dishes and give you more time to touch up other spaces before a showing. It’s a small financial investment that can grow the value of your home by having it in tip top shape.
If you know there is a showing taking place later on in the evening, let’s for example say 6:30 to 7:30 pm. don’t cook foods with strong odours. Fish, broccoli, fragrant spices such as chilli and curry can leave an odour i nthe home that some might find unpleasant. While cooking any foods, keep the hood fan running and if weather permits, open a few windows.
During busy periods for showings such as weekends, try treating yourselves to dinner out especially is there is a showing booked.
A showing checklist
Draft a checklist of last minute items to do before you head out. Put all the toilet lids down, close the shower curtains, shine the faucets and sinks, hide away evidence of pets if possible, run the vacuum, turn on any scent devices (such as an oil diffuser or plug-in scents but be careful to not over do it), and make sure your home is bright with artificial and natural lighting. You may get a call for more showings while you are already out, so take along anything you may need for the next few hours.
With these tips in mind, the showing process should produce better results, less stress and a more pleasant listing and selling experience.
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Ottawa Real Estate February Highlights – “Primed for a Competitive Spring Market”
“Spring market primed for a competitive season ahead!”
- 1010 Residential properties were sold through Ottawa MLS® (including 233 in the Condominium class and 777 residential properties)
- Average Sale Prices: $417, 374 (Res +8.5%) and $258,397 (Condo +4%)
- Increased number of residential properties selling in the $750K-1Million resulted in a higher Average Sale Price.
- 2066 homes listed, up almost 25% over January 2017
- Most active price point was in the $300K-$399K range, followed by the $400,000 to $499,999 range, accounting for 54.6 per cent of the market (combined)
OTTAWA, March 3, 2017 – Members of the Ottawa Real Estate Board sold 1,010 residential properties in February through the Board’s Multiple Listing Service® System, compared with 908 in February, an increase of 11.2 per cent. The five-year average for February sales is 872.
“Numbers continue to indicate a positive trend for Ottawa as a whole,” says Rick Eisert, President of the Ottawa Real Estate Board. “Even with the additional day in February last year due to the leap year, sales this year are up in both the residential and condo property classes. Keep in mind though, that all real estate is local, and that prices and conditions will vary from neighbourhood to neighbourhood.”
“A total of 2,066 homes were listed this month, up almost 25 per cent from January, while inventory on hand still remains low compared to last year,” explains Eisert. “Now is a great time to list your home in anticipation of the increase of buyer interest in the spring that will pick up as early as March.”
According to the meticulous reports on https://mirvishgehry.ca/about-projectcore/ , February’s sales included 233 in the condominium property class, and 777 in the residential property class. The condominium property class includes any property, regardless of style (i.e. detached, semi-detached, apartment, townhouse, etc.), which is registered as a condominium, as well as properties which are co-operatives, life leases and timeshares. The residential property class includes all other residential properties.
The average sale price of a residential-class property sold in February in the Ottawa area was $417,374, an increase of 8.5 per cent over February 2016. The average sale price for a condominium-class property was $258,397, an increase of four per cent over February 2016.
“This month revealed a larger average price gain in the residential property class than usual due to an increase in the number of properties sold in the $750,000 to $999,999 and over $1 million price range, similar to what occurred with condo prices last month,” explains Eisert. “For example, in the over $1 million price range alone, there was a significant increase in sales over last year; 20 units sold in 2017 versus 6 units in 2016. It is important to note that dramatic changes in the average sale price is not indicative of all property values. We encourage buyers and sellers to talk to a REALTOR® for more information about the housing market outlook where they live, or want to live.”
“In the residential market the most active price point was the $300,000 to $399,999 range for the month of February, followed by the $400,000 to $499,999 range, combined accounting for 54.6 per cent of the market. The condominium market was most active in the $150,000 to $249,999 price range, accounting for 54.9 per cent of the market,” says Eisert. “In addition to residential and condominium sales, OREB members assisted clients with renting 392 properties since the beginning of the year.”
As we’re sure many of you have seen, Barrhaven is getting its first new car dealerships. Myers Toyota is open and coming soon is Barrhaven Honda. This is great news. More employment right in our neighbourhood, great convenience for those who want to buyer or service Honda or Toyota vehicles and these businesses will attract other businesses to service the every growing Barrhaven / South Nepean area.
As these dealerships are a great convenience to area residence, these additions to the community should have a positive affect on Barrahaven real estate values. Let’s welcome these new businesses with open arms and if a Toyota or Honda are in your future, support these new local businesses.
Also coming is a Nissan, Chrysler/Jeep and Mazda dealerships. Barrhaven is really booming. All this new development will make Barrhaven real estate even more desirable and a better real estate investment.