Rosemary Papp

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The New Year is within sight. If your New Year's resolution is to make a housing move in 2017, now's the time to start working on it!

Current homeowners need to know that because of a lack of housing inventory in many areas, their home may sell faster and perhaps for more money than they expect. But as all real estate is local, you'll want to get the latest updates on sales activity in your immediate area to get the best understanding of what to expect for your own real estate activities.

"National sales and price trends continue to be heavily influenced by a handful of places in Ontario and British Columbia and mask significant variations in local housing market trends and conditions across Canada," notes Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) President Cliff Iverson.

CREA Chief Economist Gregory Klump gave an example from this summer's real estate activity in western Canada: "Home sales continued to trend lower while price gains further accelerated in the Lower Mainland of British Columbia." He added, "This suggests that sales are being reined in by a lack of inventory and a further deterioration in affordability." Successful real estate transactions require the steady guidance of an experienced real estate sales professional. Please call today so we can review your current housing situation in relation to your plans for 2017.

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Here are 7 features that date your home and tips on how to improve them: 

Wacky Bathroom Colours 

It's unlikely that you will find pink toilets making a come back anytime soon. They instantly give your home an outdated vibe. You're better off leaving the colorful bathroom at your Grandma's house. If your bathroom is sporting too many colours, consider replacing what you can in crisp white. Paint the walls a warm neutral tone and add soft white towels, as well as a solid subdued shower curtain. Designer Benjamin Noriega-Ortiz suggests, “ For a clean, modern look, paint all surfaces with white epoxy paint to make everything one colour. “That way,” he says, “you can make the room's story be about textures. Do the accessories all in white as well.” 

Wood Paneling 

No matter how lovely the home, a room covered in wood paneling takes the buyer on a time-warp back to the 70's. Not only does wood paneling date the home, it also makes the room look smaller, which can give potential buyers a negative impression from the start. Andrew Leahay of Design Media shares some removal advice, “Removing wood paneling is not a particularly difficult job in and of itself. Removing the paneling and not damaging it, or removing the paneling and replacing it with drywall, can be a more difficult task. Having a good sense of what is behind your paneled walls will dictate the amount of work involved in the project.” If tearing the wood paneling off the wall is not an option, a fresh coat of paint will help give your home a more modern appeal. Elizabeth Weintraub, a Home Buying/Selling Expert suggests, “ Even if your wood paneling is not real wood but composite, you can paint it. Dated paneling must go. Older wood paneling such as walnut, mahogany, cedar and pine, it's all gone out of style. Paint it a neutral and soft color after priming it.” 

Ugly Carpet 

Walking into a home with nasty old carpet is a huge turn-off for potential buyers. Nothing is quite as distracting as an ugly pattern, scary shag, or mystery stained rug. If the carpet has to stay, you should have it professionally deep cleaned. Hardwood flooring certainly offers a cleaner more updated look, and according to HGTV, it is the top desired request among renters and buyers when searching for a new home. Buyers also tend to prefer hardwood as it cuts down on the allergy inducing problems associated with old carpet. With that in mind, it might be worth the extra expense to ensure a faster, more rewarding sale. 

Gold-plated fixtures 

Brassy, flashy, gold-plated fixtures had their hay day and now they tend to give an outdated first impression. If you are unable to stretch your budget too far, consider spray painting your fixtures. When done right, you will have a high-end looking durable solution without having to replace each piece. This will save you money and amp up the appeal of your home to potential buyers instantly. Ashley a creative and self proclaimed DIY enthusiast will show you how with these easy steps:

Home Improvements—Painting Old Chandeliers and Light Fixtures. 

Hideous Walls 

Sponge painting, fancy wallpaper, and hand painted murals might hold special meaning for you and your family, but they are more likely to scare potential buyers away. Busy walls are not only distracting, but they can close a room in making it appear smaller and darker. Beth Jaworski shares her Realtor insight by suggesting, “Buyers just do not like wallpaper. It's so personalized. If you go into a wallpaper store, there are thousands of patterns. Why is that? It's because people are very particular.” Neutralize your walls, by pulling down that busy wallpaper or painting over any flashy colours with a soft subdued tone. 


Old countertops can be a deterring factor for potential buyers. Retro tiles, dirty grout, and cracked laminate just make a house look old. Don't be overwhelmed though, if replacing your countertops is not within the budget, there are still things you can do to help update the look of your home. There are many different approaches you can take when updating your counters, but it depends greatly on how much you want to invest and what look you are trying to achieve. Rose Kennedy of HGTV, offers these tips for painting over your laminate countertops

Popcorn Ceiling 

Not only because of asbestos, but popcorn ceilings in general remind us of days gone by. Potential buyers prefer a ceiling that does not resemble cottage cheese. According to, “Removing a popcorn ceiling is a messy, time-consuming job—and in most cases, it's not necessary because you can easily cover up that unsightly texture with ceiling panels of planks. They install directly over your existing popcorn ceiling in a few easy steps that you can do yourself using common household tools. In as little as a weekend, you can hide that ugly ceiling and enjoy a decorative ceiling style that will completely change the look of your room.” However, you should consider having your ceiling tested for asbestos, as this could be the motivation you need to have it permanently removed. 

It might be overwhelming to think of trying to fix all of the retro quirks in your home at once, but by starting with just a few of these, you'll save yourself the disappointment of having your home passed over due to it's awkward retro quirks. 

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The following 6 tips will help you prepare your home for a quick and successful sale: 

Clean Countertops 

Walking into a home with bare countertops provides an instantly well-kept first impression. The minimalist counter also highlights extra space in the kitchen that could otherwise be lost under too much clutter. Cambria Bold, the design and lifestyle editor from The Kitchen says it best, “Messy countertops—heck, even countertops that have pretty things, but just too many of them—can make a kitchen feel untidy and claustrophobic, whereas mostly clear countertops are invigorating and inspiring. They also invite you to cook, instead of feeling like your kitchen is unready for you.”  

Make-Over the Refrigerator 

Quirky magnets, colorful art, and postcards might remind you of special memories, but when it comes to selling your house, less is best. Avoid turning the front of your refrigerator into a gallery wall. This not only takes away from the functionality of the kitchen, but it can be extremely distracting to potential buyers who are trying to envision their life in your home. After you've successfully cleared the front, make sure you give the inside a thorough cleaning. Go through your fridge and toss expired, leaking, or odour causing foods. Try to keep your shelves clear and organized, in order to display the storage capabilities of your main kitchen appliance. 

Keep it Kitchen 

For most families, the kitchen is typically one the busiest gathering places of the home, which is why organization is key. It's easy for a kitchen countertop to become the dump zone for miscellaneous household items, but if it isn't kitchen related, it must go. Keep a bin on the end of your counter as a catchall for the random things that end up cluttering your space. Then at the end of each day, go through the bin and re-home all the wayward items. This will cut down on the time you have to spend tidying up before each showing. Rather than spend precious time corralling all the bits and pieces, the catchall also makes it easier to store out of sight in a hurry for those last minute showings. 

Stage the Pantry 

Your pantry might usually look more on the haphazard side of things, but when preparing your home for sale, great staging can cinch the deal. Use your pantry to play up the functionality and storage capacity of your kitchen. Laura Gaskill of Houzz shares, “Pare back the contents of your pantry until you have some open space on each shelf. Organize what's left into a set of matching food storage containers or open baskets. This may mean removing a bunch of food—just remember that a staged kitchen is not necessarily a practical kitchen! As with items from your cupboards, keep extra pantry goods in a box out of sight during showings if you must.” 

Eliminate Odours 

No one wants to cook up something in a kitchen that already smells questionable. Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink and purge the refrigerator of old food on a regular basis. Kathleen Squires of Real Simple advises, “ Place a box of baking soda in the freezer and another in the refrigerator to absorb and neutralize smells; replace them every three months. Alternatives: a mound of charcoal; coffee beans in a bowl; or a cotton ball soaked in vanilla extract and kept in the refrigerator until dry.” You can also keep nasty odours at bay, by using odour blocking garbage can liners, and play up that 'freshly baked' smell by using a candle warmer in a welcoming kitchen scent. 

Reduce Excess 

Potential Buyers want to explore the space in your kitchen, as they imagine what their life might look like within those walls. Go through your cupboards, drawers, and pantry with the objective to only leave items that are frequently used and essential. Professional Organizer Debbie Lillard suggests, “The kitchen is a very practical place, and most people I meet have more stuff than storage. So only keep what you use on a regular basis. If there is something you use only a few times a year (ice bucket, punch bowl, warming tray, etc.) those items can be stored away in a basement or closet.” Streamlining will not only cut down on clutter before showings, it will enhance the important features, so that your kitchen can truly shine.

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If you are considering a home renovation project, it might not be realistic to take on your entire home, but even just a few upgrades can lead to a much higher selling price for your property. In a competitive market, standing out from the other homes in your neighbourhood is paramount. Below are three important projects to focus on before selling your home that are guaranteed to add that added dose of special sauce buyers are looking for.


To many, the kitchen is the most important part of the home – this idea is echoed in an old saying: people talk business in the living room, but friends hang out in the kitchen. The kitchen is where families spend time together preparing meals and talking about the day. It is where friends laugh over a glass of wine and platters of cheese and crackers. It is the nucleus of every house, and it is what a majority of buyers admit is one of their make or break items when comparing multiple listings.

Buyers like to see clean and new appliances. If your budget allows, consider getting stainless steel appliances, ideally in a fingerprint-free finish. If there is no money freed up for this kind of an upgrade, a good, thorough washing can do wonders, and don’t forget to tidy the magnets and photos on your refrigerator while you’re at it.  

Next, consider replacing worn or outdated countertops. Granite or butcher block are always in demand, but any high-quality, durable countertop in a neutral tone would be a great addition to your kitchen.

Be sure to take into consideration what is appropriate for your property’s listing price when starting to update your kitchen or any area of your home, for that matter. For example, putting marble floors and granite counter tops in a lower priced property would be a bad investment as the chances of recouping that money in equity down the road might not be as great as you had envisioned.

It's wise to consult with your REALTOR® before diving into home improvement projects so you can get a comparative market analysis. This will give you an idea of what your home will sell for, allowing you to budget appropriately for your renovation projects.

Many homebuyers are intimidated about taking on large renovation projects, preferring instead to get into a home that is “move in ready.” This is especially true of first time homebuyers, as they may not have the initial budget to put up a down payment and then dive headfirst into upgrading or renovating their new home. By presenting potential buyers with a kitchen that is updated and clean, you make it that much easier for them to fall in love with your house and sign on the dotted line.

Tip: Burn a softly scented candle in the kitchen to diffuse any lingering cooking odours if your REALTOR® calls with a last minute showing.


Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is an easy and cost effective project that will give buyers a great first impression. Many people choose to do this project themselves to save money - even hiring professionals to do the job for you can be a great value if they can get the work done quickly and with great quality.

Colour selection is key to a successful paint job; your kids might love the neon green paint in their rooms, but strong colours can definitely turn buyers off. Paint the doors and moldings a slightly lighter colour then the walls. "It's a subtle shift in colour but it really brings your eye to the detail." Says Sheri Thompson, director of colour marketing and design for Sherwin-Williams.  

Years of wear and tear can leave your walls with scratches and scuff marks. So even if painting isn’t in the cards for you, taking the time to wash your walls will brighten up your existing paint in no time.

Tip: Pay special attention to the interior lighting of your home. Darkly painted rooms can feel depressing and uncomfortable, but a carefully placed lamp can make all the difference.


Adding proper lighting is a simple and effective way to make your home feel more warm and inviting. Interior designer Melanie Freundlich offers up some excellent tips for using interior lighting in your home:

  • A beautifully lit living room is accomplished through variety: variety in height, locations, and even bulb colour.
  • Use light to feature something you love, like a favourite painting, a statue, or a wall with a decorative finish.
  • The cheapest, quickest solution for upgrading your home lighting: swapping out your switch plates to a fun metal finish or even a bold colour to compliment your wall paint.


Doing all of these fantastic interior home improvement projects is wasted time if potential buyers never make it past your front door. When potential buyers drive up to your property they should see a clean and neat exterior at the very least, and – if possible – it is wise to invest in landscape features even if that just means a beautiful birdbath or window boxes filled with freshly planted flowers. It should also go without saying that your lawn should be mowed and any fallen leaves are removed. Also be sure to pick up trash or debris that can easily collect near fence lines or under trees. As an added touch, add a bright exterior light so that potential buyers can see clearly if they drive by your home after dark.

Tony Rigby, a well-known financial planner puts it this way: “Buyers are often sold on a home before they take a step inside, so it pays to make your property appealing from the outside.”

Tip: Have your home professionally pressure washed or rent your own machine if you are feeling ambitious.

These three simple home projects will definitely make your property stand out without costing you an arm and a leg in the process.



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If you're thinking about moving house you're certainly not alone – we're in the thick of one of the busiest moving months of the year!

Using data from the Canada Post Change of Address service, we can get a general idea of why people tend to move, how far they move and the timing of their move:

Reasons for moving: 22 percent of Canadians are moving because of work-related reasons while 20 percent are upgrading their home. Another 17 percent move for family reasons.

Where do people move? While the vast majority of Canadian families move within the same province, the trends show that 13 percent move to another province and four percent move outside the country. Among all movers, Atlantic Canadians are most likely (58 percent) to stay within the same city.

When do people move? Summer is generally the preferred time to move, with twice as many households moving in July as compared to January. Regionally, Westerners are most likely to move throughout the year while in Quebec, moves quadruple in July.

If you're just in the initial stages of planning to buy or sell a home, please call today for the latest real estate updates and moving tips!

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When selling your home, you need to carefully prepare it for the market in order to get the highest possible selling price. Staging your home with some simple but effective methods will help you accomplish this. Home staging can also help your home stand out from the competition and prevent your home from sitting on the market for a long time.

Buyers want to see homes that are open, air, free of clutter, and not too bogged down with the current owner's style and personality. It may be a bit difficult to put away your treasured mementos, photos, and personal items, but it is one of the best things you can do to make your home appeal to more buyers. If you put yourself in the buyer's shoes for a moment, you will realize that it could be difficult for them to imagine living there when your home is still decorated with photos of your family. You want buyers to be able to walk in an immediately envision their own family enjoying the home, and they will be more likely to make that connection without your personal photos on the wall. In addition, religious items should be removed as these can sometimes distract buyers from the home itself. In the home staging field this process is known as depersonalizing and it is a crucial step in making your home appeal to a wide range of buyers.

Personal grooming items should also be put away because you want buyers to be looking at the spacious bathroom counter top without being distracted by your toothbrushes and hair dryer. This may seem overly nit-picky, but these little things really do add up in a buyer's mind.

In order to help give your home the open, airy feel that buyers desire, there are several things you can do. Remove any excess furniture to open up the floor plan and create a sense of more space. Put away unnecessary items that tend to accumulate on kitchen counters. Leave only the basics like your microwave and coffee maker, and add a bowl of fruit or a vase of flowers.  Keep in mind that buyers will often peek into closets and cabinets so make sure these are well organized so that they appear as spacious as possible.

It helps to remember that putting your home on the market is really the first step in the moving process. It makes sense to go through your home with a critical eye and start packing up items that are not essential on a daily basis. This will naturally declutter and create more space.

Keep window coverings opened up so that you can show off the natural light. Buyers love homes with great light.

Try to keep up with tidying every room in the house. Make the beds as neatly as you possibly can, put away toys, straighten pillows, and always make sure the kitchen and bathrooms are spotless.

These simple home staging steps will put you ahead of the game when you're getting ready to sell your home.

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Establishing an asking price is a seller's most critical decision. These pricing dos and don'ts can mean the difference between a speedy sale and a listing that lingers.

Don't believe everything you hear – or read. Every market's different, so ignore what the headlines, that know-it-all neighbor, or the armchair agent at work have to say about home pricing or what your home is worth. It's highly unlikely to be relevant to your particular property and location.

Do investigate your local real estate market from a buyer's perspective. How much are properties similar to yours (in age, size, condition and amenities) listed for? What could buyers get for the price you're thinking of asking? Checking out the competition can be quite the eye-opening exercise for sellers.

Don't make it personal. When it's time to sell, it's time to start thinking of your property as a product, not your home. Its sentimental value to you has no business factoring into your asking price, nor do your financial needs or what you originally paid for your property.

Do work with a professional real estate salesperson, and ask to see a Comparative Market Analysis. A CMA is a tool real estate reps use to help establish a competitive asking price for your property based on comparable-sales statistics they're able to gather by accessing the MLS®.

Don't overprice. Even armed with a CMA, many homeowners insist on overpricing. Overpriced listings generate less interest in those critical first two weeks, spending more time on the market, and often becoming stigmatized. This can end up being more costly to sellers than simply pricing competitively from the get-go.

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Selling your home is an extensive process and can be over in a weekend or drag on for several months.  Understanding the process can help you set realistic expectations and give you enough time to get everything in order.  Regardless of the current real estate market, it is important to have your home looking its best so that potential buyers can imagine themselves calling your place home.

Do the math.  Selling your home can be a financially rewarding step in the right direction, but it is important that you understand the numbers before you even begin the process.  Speak to a REALTOR® about the market value of homes in your area, and have a good understanding of how your home compares.  Features like a larger property, additional parking space, an upgraded kitchen or an extra bedroom will add value to a home in comparison with other properties.  The current market condition, as well as interest rates and the number of other properties for sale in your area will all play a role in the sale price that you get for your home.  Understand that pricing your home over market value could mean that your house will take longer to sell.  What other figures should you know about?  Ask your mortgage lender for a current statement so you are aware of how much is owing on your mortgage.  Be aware of any fees associated with breaking the mortgage, paying the REALTORS® involved in the transaction, and legal fees.

Make a to-do list of simple home improvements.  There is no need to completely overhaul your home, but you will have to tackle those small projects that you have been avoiding.  Simple tasks like replacing a broken screen, tightening a loose faucet, and repainting scuff marks on the walls will prevent your home from looking neglected.  Buyers may not notice one or two small things, but if there are many deficiencies, they may be concerned for the over-all condition of the house.  If live in an older home, it is also a good idea to order your own home inspection so that you can address any major issues prior to going on the market.

Clean up and remove clutter.  A top-to-bottom cleaning is required to make sure that your home is looking its best.  This includes all outdoor areas, the garage, and closet spaces.  Give yourself a few days depending how much work you have ahead of you, and don't be afraid to ask for help.  A clean and organized home will help potential buyers see your home's best features without being distracted by clutter.  Rent a storage container if you need some extra space to store away seasonal items, extra furniture and personal belongings.  Donate unwanted items or have a yard sale if weather permits.  Pack away personal items like family photos.  Once your home is looking its best, have someone else do a walk though and provide you with constructive feedback.

List your home and make way for potential buyers.  Have a plan in place for when you need to leave home for scheduled showings.  If you have pets, make sure to have their carriers handy so that it is easy to bring them with you on the way out the door.  Do your best to keep the house clean and presentable at a moment's notice.  Although the preparation can be stressful and time consuming, you will be grateful for all of your hard work once you have a signed offer in hand.  Showcasing your home at its best will help you to earn top dollar and move on to purchase your next home.

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By J&W Inspired Home

It’s January 2014! Are you planning a move this year? It’s never too early to get your home organized for a quick and high priced sale…WE CAN HELP!

Here are the top 10 tips for preparing your home and staging it for sale…

1 - DE CLUTTER. This is very important! If a potential buyer walks into your home and can’t see it’s beauty or uniqueness because it’s hidden in a sea of clutter…you may not get an offer.

2 - DE PERSONALIZE. The buyer needs to easily be able to see ‘themselves’ in your home. If they are distracted by family photos of you and your family, they may forget the reason they are there in the first place.

3 - SPACE. Your home needs to feel like it has enough space for the new owners to put all of their things.

4 - FIX BROKEN THINGS. You want your home to be as close to move in ready as possible. Fix those broken mirrored sliding doors and closets before your first open house.

5 - HAVE A PURPOSE FOR EACH ROOM. Find the focal point of each room and arrange your furniture to show the room at it’s best. Don’t have furniture in front of French doors or fireplaces because those are the architectural designs of the home and need to be featured.

6 - ADD COLOUR. I have seen homes sit on the market for a whole year even though they were de cluttered, de personalized and had some furniture in each room. The problem was, they had no WOW factor and no colour in their accessories. This makes the home feel very cold.

7 - PAINT. Bold paint colours may be nice when you are living in a home but for selling they may turn off people who are more conservative. Painting is one of the most affordable and best return on investment that you can do before selling your home. Choose a neutral colour that the majority of people will like. A Decorator or Home Stager can help you choose the colour if you need some help.

8 - ADD FURNITURE. Empty and unfurnished rooms lack perspective. They either appear too large or too small. I have seen vacant homes sit on the market for one year with no sale. One week after we stage them, SOLD!

9 - CURB APPEAL. A buyer will often make their decisions within 10 seconds of entering a home for sale! Yet their first impression of your home happens before they even enter. It has to be a good one!

10 - CLEAN and FRESH. Your home should be spotless! Clean it well before each showing. It should be much easier to keep it clean if you have already de cluttered it and put all excess furniture into storage. 

If you do these 10 things successfully, you will have the best results when selling your home.

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The condition of your home is so important in how well it does when you put it up for sale. If you leave your home the way it is, the way you live in it daily, other people will probably not be able to see it’s potential. It might be obvious to you, but viewers need to be able to see it for themselves. This article outlines 4 ways that you can spruce up your home inside and out to generate the interest you want from buyers.

1. Landscape

The first in-person impression potential buyers will have of your house is the outside. You want to tidy up both the back and the front yards. Pull weeds, mow the lawn, and trim the hedges. If you can afford to plant some new and colourful flowers that would really brighten the yard. If your mailbox is looking dull, paint it or shine it up. The little things can make the biggest difference. Don’t forget to sweep the steps and walkway. If you have children who play outside, tidy up their toys. They don’t have to all be put away, but don’t let the yard look like an outdoor playroom.

 2. Get rid of clutter

Don’t distract potential buyers with your clutter. If your house looks messy, they won’t be able to see themselves living there. This is the perfect time to get rid of your clutter and junk since you’ll be moving anyway. Put everything in their places. Put books neatly on the bookshelves, DVDs and CDs in their storage areas. Get rid of all paper clutter either by filing them away or recycling them if they’re not needed. Avoid having piles of laundry sitting on the living room floor or dining room table when viewers are coming. Clear off the kitchen counters, except for basic items. You may keep lots of items on the counters because it’s convenient, but to potential buyers it might look like there isn’t enough storage space. Do the same with bathrooms.

 3. Spruce up the inside

In addition to decluttering your home, there are a few other things you can do to make your house inviting to viewers. If you have any rooms with bright or colours that are not neutral, you’d be well-advised to repaint them a neutral colour. While it would be easy enough for the new owner to do the painting, but many potential buyers will come into a home and be put off by strange colour choices. Clean the windows inside and out and given all appliances a good cleaning. Things that you no longer notice, like chipped paint in the hall, are things that people coming into your home for the first time will likely notice.

 4. Make it homey

Make your house feel warm and comforting to all who enter. Homey to you might mean lots of family photos all over the place, but people viewing your home are not your family. They want to be able to imagine their own family in the space. Put away most, but not all, of your photos. Things that you can add to make your house feel more homey are things such as flowers and candles. These are common items that most people enjoy. Scents also play a part in making a house feel homey. If you can, bake cookies that will come out of the over right before house viewers arrive. The smell of freshly baked cookies is one of the most comforting and reminds us all of home.

The time that you take to spruce up your home and make it look as fresh as possible will improve your chances of making a sale quicker than if you don’t do the extra work.

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Selling your home is a big deal. When potential buyers come by to see your home they are going to see is the outside of your home before anything else. You want to make the best first impression you can and that starts with what’s on the outside.

1. Add flowers to the flower boxes

If you have flower boxes, it’s a good idea to fill them with flowers. They will add a pop of colour to the outside of your home. Leaving flower boxes empty makes them look abandoned. Fill the flower box with flowers of the same colour. The uniform colour will make a good impression.

2. Paint the fence and porch

The fence and the porch are two parts of the outside of your home that can make a good or bad impression depending on their condition. It’s not enough just to have a porch or fence. You want them to be in good condition. If neither have been painted in a while, now is the perfect time. Think of the fence and the porch as a frame for your house. You want the frame to look as good as what’s inside.

3. Trim shrubs and trees

Unruly trees and shrubs can make the yard look like a lot of work that you don’t want to deal with. Don’t give potential buyers that impression by leaving shrubs, bushes, and trees looking uncared for. Spending the time to trim them and make them look good will be well worth the effort.

4. Declutter

If you’ve got children or hobbies that you do in the front or backyard, it’s important that you declutter these areas. No one wants to see all your children’s toys, cars you work on in your spare time, or collection of angelic water fountains strewn around. Pick up the odds and ends. The swing set can stay, assuming it’s something your kids still use and it doesn’t look awful. If it hasn’t been used in years, now is the perfect time to dispose of it. You might enjoy your collection of lawn ornaments, but it’s a good idea to leave just one or two out when trying to sell your home.

5. Bring new life to little things

It’s easy to forget the little things when you are rushing around trying to get your home prepared for potential buyers. The little things might seem unimportant, but when people are looking for a home to purchase they see everything, including things you no longer notice. You probably don’t notice your faded and weathered mailbox anymore, but a potential buyer might. Repaint it or shine it up. Clean up the outside light fixtures, keep the porch and walkways swept, and clean the outside of the windows. If you can paint the front door, that would make your house look fresh without having to paint the entire house. If you have flower pots that have been neglected, clean them up.

Cleaning up the outside of your home is just as important as anything that you do on the inside. Get potential buyers excited by cleaning up the outside of your property and making it look it’s best.

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