Are You Fit To Sell? – Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home says a lot about how well your home is maintained both inside and out. When a buyer drives by your home or views photos on line this will create a lasting impression, so show them that your property is well cared for. When buyers see an attractive exterior they will be eager to stop and excited to view the interior as well. Curb appeal is the sizzle that helps to sell the steak.

Preparing your home for sale can be a daunting task. A check list can help focus your efforts in the most productive manner. Please review the list below and be as objective and realistic about the current condition of your home.

Things to consider:

[] What major repairs are needed?

[] What minor repairs are needed?

[] Make a list of what needs to be done

[] Sweep walkways, driveways, patios and decks

[] Maintain front, back and side yards

[] Add flower arrangements on your front porch, in front of your garage and on your decks and patios

[] Is your lawn lush and green?

[] What shape are your flower beds in?

[] Are there any visual distractions?

[] Are the kids toys stored neatly away?

[] What condition is your drive way in?

Committing twenty minutes to honestly review and answer each of the points above will help you increase the curb appeal of your home. Should you wish to discuss any of the points above I am always available at 905-330-1241 or by email at rdavison@trebnet.com . Best of luck!

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Are You Fit To Sell? – Upgrades & Repairs


New Years resolutions often involve getting the measuring tape out, taking a hard look at ourselves and setting some new goals. It is a great idea for yourself and an even better idea for your home. Even if you are not considering selling in 2010 there are a couple of key questions that can help you create a plan to get your home in tip-top shape.

ReMax has comprised a program called “Are You Fit to Sell?” to aid you in your plans to get your home in its best possible condition. I have included the “Updates & Repairs” list to give you an idea of the kind of assistance we might provide:

Take an objective look at your house to determine what updates and repairs are necessary. Based on your timeline and budget you will be able to determine what needs to be completed to improve the overall presentation of your home. Buyers today are looking to purchase a home that does not require work. They are also willing to pay more for a house that has been well looked after, so show them that your home is in turn-key condition.

Things To Think About?

[ ] What is your timeline and budget?

[ ] What updates have you been putting off?

[ ] What repairs are needed?

[ ] Repair or replace even the smallest items.

[ ] What conditions are your windows in?

[ ] What condition are your permanent light fixtures in?

[ ] What conditions are your doors and trim in?

[ ] Do you have any holes or cracks in your walls?

I will provide more of these lists on the 905 West Word for your use. Should you have a question about any of the material please feel free to call me at 905-330-1241 or email me at rdavison@trebnet.com .

PODS: An Innovative Moving Solution.

From time to time on this Blog, I like to highlight some valuable services that I have personally experienced and consider quite useful. As my licensed assistant, Natalie Chapman, is an Accredited Staging Professional (ASP), we often provide staging advice to our clients. A common challenge in preparing a home for market is the need to pare down the owner’s belongings. One of the fantastic tools that my team likes to use are PODS, or Portable On Demand Storage for many of my clients.

PODS will drop off the correct sized POD — 7’, 12’ or 16’ — to the initial site of your move and then wait for you to tell them when it is convenient to have it picked up. You pack the POD, although packing services are available, and then put your own lock on it. A simple phone call will arrange pick up of the packed POD. You can have it delivered to the new location immediately or store the POD until it is convenient to take delivery of the POD and its contents. Should you be selling your current home with a layover period before possession of your new home, this service is for you. Access to your POD can be arranged while in storage with 24 hour notice. This truly unique answer to the problem of clutter in homes is fantastically flexible and cost effective.

While Staging is much more than simply de-cluttering, it is an important part of the process. PODS can make storage and de-cluttering a simple process. You can obtain a quote from their website www.pods.com or call 1-866-229-4120. All of my clients are eligible for a discount on PODS which I am more than happy to pass along. Good luck and Happy De-Cluttering!