THE VIEW FROM OAK PARK
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I have been receiving great feedback on the first 2 episodes of my Real Estate 411 series, so I am especially excited to bring Episode #3 to the airwaves – as it is one of my favourites. In the first 2 episodes we covered Choosing a Real Estate Agent in 2 parts. Now we move on to “Preparing Your to List Your Home” in Episode #3. It is a dynamic episode exploring Home Improvements for Resale and Staging – all the things an Agent and Seller must consider doing before the home goes on the market, and what the potential Buyer will be looking for.
Terry Kuivinen, an Interior Decorator & Professional Stager (and owner of Windgrove Designs) believes as a home seller, you must first take the mindset that it is no longer your home – it is a marketable property. She reminds us that first impressions are key. Coming up to your driveway, the walkway and into the front hall…a buyer will make an impression in the first 30 seconds. Make sure your front door is painted, the area is well landscaped and the yard is clean. When the potential buyers walk in, the house needs to look beautiful, smell clean and have something of interest to hook the buyer.
Rafal Tarasiewicz (RT Carpentry & Renovations) suggests 4 main areas of consideration with respect to home improvements for resale: the kitchen backsplash, light fixtures, new coat of paint and (sometimes) hardwood floors. Terry echoes the paint – it can make a dramatic difference. And for a good bang for your buck, replace taps or cabinet fixtures. Steve Botelho, a Client and veteran of many personal home renos for resale, emphasizes that the easiest thing to up the price would be to paint everything!! He also advocates hardwood floors and granite countertops. Rafal comments that hardwood is one of his most common jobs. It’s in style, makes the house look fresh and modern, and lets buyers know that the house has been kept up to date. Both Terry and Rafal (and yours truly!!) believe that kitchens and bathrooms are what sell homes.. Small improvements that make a big difference include painting cabinets, adding molding, changing out light fixtures and replacing countertops. But beware of over-investing – over improvement will not pay off on resale!
Sometimes I stage homes myself, other times I employ a professional stager, depending on the level of need. (My personal staging storage unit does give me lots of options!!) Some of the keys we cover in Episode #3 – Declutter!! Remove personal photos/trophies etc. Add light to show openness and airiness. Make the Master Bedroom fresh, modern and welcoming. And most of all, listen to your Real Estate Agent about who your market is and stage accordingly!! In the end, remember it is your Real Estate Agent’s job to advise on your home’s needs for home improvements and staging so that it will show well and get you the best price. Put your confidence in us!
Thanks to all who came by the house for Hallowe’en!! Watch my Blog next week for a full recap (with photos!) of the festivities!!
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