Category: seller tips (21)

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There’s no online calculator for setting the perfect listing price for your home. It takes experience, market savvy, and even a bit of psychology. A strong listing agent can help you set the right, most competitive price for your home. Here are a few things they might look at:

1. The competition
Your agent will look at the prices of similar homes in your area that either are currently listed or sold during the past few months. They’ll take into account how many days the properties were on the market and how the listing prices for those homes differed from the final sale prices.

2. Market trends
What’s affecting the market in your neighbourhood, and your region? Your agent will consider national factors that shape the real estate market, such as possible rising interest rates, as well as local factors, like whether the average home price in your neighbourhood has been rising or falling. They’ll also think about things such as plans for improving local amenities, like parks and recreational activities. All can increase the value of your home to a buyer.

3. Your neighbours
Although a home the same size and age recently sold for a high price, your own place might not fetch the exact same fortune if, say, junky cars continue to proliferate in your neighbour’s driveway. On the flipside, if the grass is in fact greener on the other side of the fence, your home’s value may be higher due to your neighbours’ curb appeal.

4. The Goldilocks price
Listing your home at a price that’s “just right” from the start is critical to selling it quickly, for the best price. Overpricing your home, and then dropping the price a few times while it sits on the market, could lead to a lower final sales price than if the home was priced appropriately from the beginning. And, of course, setting a price that’s too low leaves money on the table.

Wondering how much your home might be worth in today’s market? Find a local RE/MAX agent who can explain how these and other considerations could factor into a pricing strategy for your home.

~ Blog by RE/MAX

 

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It’s easy to boost buyers’ impression of your home in new, inexpensive ways with each season. Here are a few things you can do in the fall to make it inviting. 

1. Light it up.
Shorter days and longer shadows mean you need to be particularly careful to maximize natural light with open drapes and blinds, and add more light where needed with floor and tabletop lamps. Replace any burned-out bulbs in outdoor lights. And schedule showings earlier in the day, when the light is stronger. Adequate lighting makes a bigger difference than you might think.

2. Rake in the leaves (and the buyers).
Keep up with your yard work to help hike curb appeal. Clean up the leaves and trim back any overgrown or dead plants. Cut back trees and hedges that hide or overshadow windows and porches.

3. De-clutter your yard.
Store all those bikes and bocce sets. A less-cluttered yard appears larger. Leave the grill, though. One that’s shiny and clean can help buyers see the possibilities of living out their hamburger-and-steak fantasies. If you have nice patio furniture, arranging it around a fire pit – even just a portable or tabletop one – creates a warm, social atmosphere.

4. Pumpkins.
They’re cheap. Pumpkins can add a bright, seasonal touch, but be careful not to overdo it. You’re decorating a home, not a department store.

5. Burn, baby, burn.
If your home has a fireplace, now’s the time to let it shine. Of course, you probably don’t want to light a blaze for showings, just in case the fire’s unattended between appointments. But you can make sure it’s clean. Tasteful fall décor, like a simple vase of pinecones can add a nice seasonal touch to the mantle or hearth. If your agent will be hosting an open house, a crackling fire with lots of comfy seating can be a great touch.

6. Two words: pumpkin spice.
Don’t worry, there’s no need to actually bake a pie. Before showings, simply burn scented candles with seasonal aromas, like apple, cinnamon and ginger, to add to your home’s coziness.

If you’re looking for more personalized recommendations for selling your home, find a local RE/MAX agent who can help you show your home at its best!

~ Story by RE/MAX

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Keeping your home looking like a furniture showroom for long stretches isn’t easy. Here are a few tips to keep your house ready for showings while you’re still living in it.

1. Attack the clutter
As you prepare your home for showing, start with a major decluttering. Throw out, recycle or give away things you don’t use. Getting rid of junk will make your home more appealing to prospective buyers and free up space for you to neatly store things when it’s time to tidy up for a showing.

2. Rent storage space
Keeping things neat is easier when you have less things. An off-site storage unit can help (and you can keep it as messy as you like).

3. Start packing
Packing most of your dishes and large baking and cooking items frees up cabinet space that you can use to stash items you use on a regular basis. It also gives you a head start on packing for your move.

4. Rope off a room – or two
If you can, temporarily rope off rooms or areas from the kids, pets or spouses to contain your mess in a smaller space while your house is listed. But remember to make those rooms look nice, too, before the showing!

5. Buy hiding spots
The home sections of discount stores are filled with attractive fabric boxes and fashionable bins that can simultaneously hide junk and match your décor.

6. If all else fails, stash it under the bed
Invest in a couple of under-the-bed bins that you can use to store everything from socks to kids’ toys in when faced with a last-minute showing.

When showing your home, it pays to work with a professional. Find a great agent here!

Remax Blog - Building a Fence

A fenced in yard can help keep your pets in and strangers out. If you’re considering investing in a fence, start here.

1. Do your research
Your City/Community municipality or neighbourhood organization may have specific regulations about fence height, materials, colours and even the actual distance between fence slats. Make sure you know the rules before getting started. Also check with your local utility company to find out about where your gas lines are before you begin (dig).

2. Consult the professionals
Fencing your property may impact your home’s appeal differently depending on your neighborhood, your home and your property. Talk to a real estate agent or an appraiser who knows your local market to help choose materials and where best to place your fence.

3. Chat with your neighbours
Remember, they have to look at your fence too. Consider letting the neighbours whose property borders yours know that you’re thinking about building a fence. Also, avoid future disputes by making sure you’re all in agreement about property lines before putting in the first post.

4. Match your house
Choose a fence that goes with the architectural style of your house. For example, you probably don’t want to build a burly stockade fence around your quaint Victorian, or a rustic post and rail fence around your spiffy modern home.

5. Understand upkeep
If you’re considering a wooden fence, be aware of maintenance required for the type of wood you choose. Some types require more frequent sealing and staining to help keep them looking good longer.

6. Consider living fences
Strategically planted shrubs and trees, like fast-growing cypress and pine, can grow into beautiful fences that offer privacy and double as attractive landscaping. Another advantage? That added landscaping could possibly increase the value of your home.

Dreaming of a home with a white picket fence? Start your journey by talking to an experienced agent. You can find one here.

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The kitchen is the busiest and most used spot in your house! We have gathered some helpful tips to help you maximize your kitchen space and make the most of this space.

#1 – Hide counter seating
If you have kitchen island seating, consider stools that tuck completely in or close to the cabinets. You can also choose to have them in a similar colour to the is the island cabinetry to blend them with the rest of the kitchen. This simple step can save you a lot of walking around the room.

#2 – Maximize Floor Space
Save floor space or dining table with your kitchen island. You can go with a countertop height or stick with regular height. If you don’t have an island, consider adding a bar table in your kitchen and double up to create both an island plus and eating area.

#3 – Go Handle-less
To maximize every small inch of a small kitchen space (if applicable), consider foregoing handles on your cabinetry and going with modern handle-less kitchen designs to gain an extra 1-1/2″ of free space in front of the cabinetry.

#4 – Tie It All Together
Tie your own concept kitchen in with the rest of your space by using the same colour and finish everywhere in the room. For example, TV/media units, shelves, frames for mirrors/shelves and tabletops etc.

#5 – Compact Refrigerator
To facilitate healthier eating, consider a compact refrigerator and freezer so that you only store essential food items.

Story by Remax Canada.

Photo feature from 845 – 307th Street home in Marysville, BC .

Remax - 8 Staging Tips for Small Outdoor Spaces

An attractive outdoor space, even if it’s just big enough to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or evening cocktail, can be a major selling point for potential buyers. Here are a few suggestions for maximizing your outdoor living space.

1. Floor it.
If you have a small outdoor area, it won’t break the bank to invest in higher quality tiles or stones. Snap-in deck tiles are another option for adding a touch of class.

2. Envision clarity.
When it comes to tables, go for glass-topped: It will help create the illusion of a larger space.

4. Watch your back.
Chairs and benches with more open backs don’t interrupt sight lines as much. They’ll keep your space feeling open, and looking larger.

5. Focus.
Creating a focal point in a small space adds visual interest. A simple piece of garden art, a small flowering tree or a tiny water feature in a corner can add style and distract buyers from focusing on square footage.

6. Scale down.
The world’s largest outdoor chaise lounge may be a napper’s dream, but it won’t do much to help your patio or deck. Choose outdoor furniture scaled to set off your space, not smother it. You can even find fire pits in smaller sizes.

7. Get vertical.
Wall gardens help add green without sacrificing space. Wall art made from succulent plants is another low-maintenance option for adding foliage, and drawing attention to the edges of your space, which helps visually enlarge it.

8. Don’t hide the grill.
A clean barbecue can help buyers imagine their own outdoor meals. Unless you have a grill or smoker large enough to hold the entire pig, or if your grill is in disrepair, keep it out.

Ready to show off your newly decorated deck or patio? Start by finding a RE/MAX Caldwell agent here!

REMAX Blog - 7 Ideas for Using Feng Shui to Create a Harmonious Home


The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui uses design principles to create harmonious spaces that encourage health, wealth and happiness. According to the practice, colours encourage energy to flow freely throughout a structure, and each colour is thought of as an expression of one of the five “Feng Shui” elements: fire, earth, metal water and wood.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when designing your home using general feng shui color principles.

1. Wake up a space with yellow
Yellow energizes spaces and is great for brightening rooms and adding a welcoming feeling. Yellows can be an excellent choice for kitchens, living rooms, hallways and offices.

2. Hues that work for you
If it’s a calm sanctuary for a restful night’s sleep, feng shui rules suggest water-element colors of calming blues to create tranquility. If you’d like your bedroom to be more passionate than peaceful, fire element colors like red can help crank up the heat.

3. A blank canvas for the kitchen
In feng shui, white is one of the preferred shades for a kitchen because it encourages purity and freshness. Plus, it creates the perfect palette for the rich colors of food.

4. Better than a lullaby
Shades of green in a child’s room help make calm, serene spaces for sleeping. Plus, wood-element shades of green also encourage growth and learning.

5. Mind your reds
While red is the Chinese color of luck and happiness, too much of the fiery color can throw things off balance, bringing aggression and overstimulation.

6. Shades for success
Wood-element colors like greens and browns promote creativity, and water elements like blues and blacks promote wealth. Combining shades of each can change the energy of your home workspace.

7. Look outside your walls
According to feng shui principles, adding accent pieces and furniture in elemental shades also can help change the energy of a space. You don’t need to go big (or commit) with an entire wall.

Colour can help bring balance to your home, but it works best when you’re living in a place that suits your needs. Looking for harmony in a new zip code? Start by talking to an experienced agent. Find one here.

6 Symbolic Housewarming Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know? Housewarming parties started in medieval times when they were held to, literally, warm the house as the new homeowners moved in. Neighbours would come with firewood and light up the hearth not only for warmth, but to chase off any bad spirits that might have been lurking about.

In modern times, it’s more customary to bring a gift (no experience with the supernatural required). Here are some ideas with a medieval spin.

1. Bread

The gift of a loaf of bread is traditionally given with the wish that the home would never know hunger. These days, you might want to check with your hosts’ gluten sensitivities before kneading away. An electronic bread maker could be an updated option.

2. Salt

Salt is given with the wish that life in the home always has flavour. While a bag of salt suits the bill, you can class it up by giving a fun set of salt and pepper shakers.

3. Roosters

Roosters used to be given to serve as a feathered home security system. Depending on zoning laws, and whether or not the hosts are morning people, consider rooster themed dishtowels or crockery instead.

4. Wine

A gift of wine conveys wishes of joy and prosperity. Wine-related gifts, like stoppers, glasses and decanters can do the same.

5. Candles

These are given with the hope that the people in the home always live in light and happiness.

6. Wood

Wooden gifts symbolize a wish of stability for the home and the people who live there. Salad bowls and cutting boards are useful options that can also be works of art.

And what not to give?

Knives. Tradition holds that the gift of a knife may cut a friendship.

Is it your turn to make a move? Explore the possibilities with an experienced agent. Find on here.

Story shared by Re/Max.

Remax Blog - Flower Curb Appeal

 


Used strategically, flowers can be a powerful tool for increasing your home’s curb appeal. There’s a method to leveraging all those petals to help your property bloom. Follow these helpful tips.

1. Buy a colour wheel
Spend a few bucks at your local paint or art supply store on a colour wheel to help you understand how different colours relate to one another. Choose flowers with colours close to one another on the wheel for a more harmonious scheme, or colours on opposite sides of the wheel for a complementary colour theme. To really mix things up, choose three colours that are equidistant from each other on the wheel.

2. Use colour to “enlarge” your yard or garden bed
A monochromatic colour scheme can help create a feeling of spaciousness because the eye is not interrupted by other colours. To mix things up, add lighter and darker versions of the same colour flowers.

3. Highlight favourite features
Have a fabulous front door? Draw eyes to it by planting brightly coloured or white flowers around it. Flowers can be an effective way to accent the architectural features you – and prospective buyers – love.

4. Use white
White can be the most attention-grabbing colour in landscaping. White flowers and foliage serve as terrific focal points, make other colours look richer and create a sense of depth in a garden.

5. Don’t forget green
There are so many vivid shades of green to use when highlighting your home. Combining different shades and a variety of foliage textures can add depth and excitement.

6. Anticipate changing seasons
Remember to plan for how the colours of the plants you choose will change with the seasons. Add in some year-round perennials so your yard is still vibrant when flowers wilt in cooler seasons.

Tired of having your green thumb limited to container gardens on your patio? Find out what kind of yard you can afford by talking to a Realtor who knows your neighborhood. Find an agent!

Story by RE/MAX.