Best Tips to Selling your Home (Photo Series): #7 Floors that Shine

For the last of our Simple Upgrades series of Tips to Sell Your Home we’ll push to the upper end of the spectrum. Hardwood, Ceramic, and Porceline are three of the most valuable words in real estate marketing. These words raise the average price and lower the time to sell homes dramatically…but be warned about over improving your home. While carpet is passé, there are some faux hardwood treatments that are both low cost and fairly simple to install.

This is a consult with a stager and REALTOR® moment of selling your home. It will help, but depending on the price range your home will sell in you’ll need to customize the end result.

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Best Tips to Selling your Home (Photo Series) #5 Chandeliers

After paint…you read paint right…the next cost effective upgrade to add value and WOW to your home is a Chandelier, or two, or three. Last place my wife selected…yup had a chandelier. The first place we lived…yup chandelier. You can see the trend here.

A nice, affordable (yes they can be affordable) chandelier can really class up an eating area, grand stairwell or reading nook. Make the space as bright as possible by replace all your light bulbs with the highest recommended wattage, natural light bulbs.

The next step up is directional spot lighting, often on fixtures or tracks to highlight features of the home (remember the arts going with you) such as fireplaces, nooks and decorative mouldings.

Photo 1 via Katie Hargrave “How many Chandeliers can be in one flat?”
https://www.flickr.com/photos/khargrav/4478699893/

Photo 2 via Katina Rogers “Chandeliers”
http://www.flickr.com/photos/katinalynn/3428521695/

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Best Tips to Selling your Home (Photo Series): #3 Lose (not loose) the pets & children

Not everyone is a dog person, not everyone is a cat person, not everyone loves children. Be sure to eliminate odours and evidence of your cherished little ones as their toys, and leavings can distract from the houses overall appeal…and be sure to REMOVE THEM FOR SHOWINGS.
Cats, Dogs and Kids are sales killers, they completely distract from the house.
Time and time again we’ve take clients through homes who loved or hated the pets and all they could talk about for the rest of the tour was the pets…they didn’t even see the house.
Have a friend, relative, neighbour or hire a walker to remove your pets for showings and if you have little ones limit showing times to when you can reasonably remove them from the home. Hit the park, go to the library or tim’s.

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