As the weather changes and we enter into the Fall real estate market in the Greater Vancouver area, attention to detail in staging your property for sale becomes increasingly important. Effective staging gives potential buyers the opportunity to experience the home in a way that makes them feel like they can move right in, and seasonality is a big part of that experience.

 

Follow along for four quick tips to help buyers see your home in its best light in the colder months.

 

Interior

Start Fresh

In any season, a clean, clutter free space provides the perfect backdrop for staging and is the first step in preparing your property for sale at top dollar. Deep clean and declutter surfaces (and get a head start on packing!) by stowing personal photos and collectibles, as well as jewellery and valuables.

Set the Stage

Set up each room as you would like prospective buyers to envision themselves living in it. Make the beds in the bedrooms, adding some texture with throw pillows or blankets to create an air of coziness to juxtapose the chillier conditions outside.  In the kitchen, use a diffuser with a subtle seasonal scent (cinnamon and pumpkin are popular for Fall) and set the dining room table with neutral place settings and a seasonal centrepiece of clipped cotton or sprigs of autumn greens. Give bathrooms the luxury treatment with fresh, fluffy towels, seasonal soaps and warm subtle lighting.

 

 

Exterior

Create an Entrance Experience

Outside, boost curb appeal by cleaning and brightening the entrance to your home – power wash exterior siding and make sure exterior light fixtures are clean and in working order. Add a simple, sisal or rattan welcome mat and create symmetry by flanking the front entrance door with inviting potted winter foliage.  Leave exterior lights on when showings are scheduled to create an inviting atmosphere before buyers enter the home.  

Don’t Forget Outdoor Living Space

In an outdoor living room or covered patio, hang a soft blanket over the back of a chair, add seasonal foliage, an outdoor rug and a heat lamp or outdoor fire bowl. Keep outdoor features adequately lit and ensure that walkways are clean and clear.

 

 

Purchasing a home can be an emotional experience. To give potential buyers that warm welcoming feeling when they enter your home, pay close attention to the small details like lighting, temperature and smell, these things can often be overlooked but go a long way towards creating that emotional connection.

 

Thinking of Selling in the next 3 to 6 months? Contact Michael today for more information on staging and selling your home.

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There are over 100 activities that a listing realtor should do to prepare and market your property once you've signed a listing agreement.

In this first video in my series on Listing Activities, I'll discuss the first three crucial activities that a real estate agent should do when listing your home for sale.

 

If you have any questions about preparing your home for sale, feel free to reach out and connect with me by phone at: 604-910-7777 or by email at: michael@michaeltudorie.com

 

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As the Spring market gets underway in Greater Vancouver, many homeowners may think about listing their homes for sale. As the weather warms up, the Vancouver real estate market typically follows suit. More people are out and about and more buyers are actively looking to purchase their next home.

Spring is typically the time of year when the most market activity happens, so it’s important to ensure your property looks its best when buyers come knocking. Here, we’ll discuss some Spring renovation ideas that will help your property compete with other homes on the market in your area.
 

Home Reno Ideas for Selling a Home in Vancouver

Exterior Renovation Ideas

The exterior of your home will be the first thing potential buyers see when they drive up for an open house or private showing. What is the first impression your property gives these buyers? Does it look tidy and well-maintained? Is the yard well-manicured? Is the paint on the siding and trim in good condition?

Landscaping

Cutting back unruly trees or shrubs, planting flowers in beds, pots, or hanging baskets can all help make your home more appealing on first sight. Flowering plants, shrubs, and trees add pops of colour to your outdoor space, and provide a feeling of warmth and tranquility. Landscaping should be trimmed back so your home’s exterior appeal is not overshadowed by overgrown hedges or vines. Remove dead flowers and stems for a neater appearance.

Outdoor Entertaining Areas

Outdoor spaces can be a huge selling point, so do all you can to make it seem inviting and help potential purchasers imagine entertaining their family and friends there. Add some comfortable patio furniture, a BBQ grill, or a fire pit to help show off the possibilities for the space. Powerwashing patio pavers, concrete, or decking can also help revive worn-looking outdoor areas.
 

Powerwashing Pavers to Improve Curb Appeal of Your Vancouver Home

Exterior Paint

Another spot to take a look at is your home’s exterior paint. Peeling or faded paint makes a house look dated and uncared for. In the mind of a buyer, this often translates into concerns about other aspects of the home which may be neglected. Signs of disrepair or lack of maintenance on the exterior of a property may indicate that the interior will need work also.
 

Peeling Exterior Paint


Interior Renovation Ideas

Freshen Up Walls with New Paint

One of the least expensive updates you can do also can have the biggest impact on your home’s interior appearance – a fresh coat of paint on the walls. If it’s been a while since you moved into your home, colour trends may have changed and walls may have collected scuffs or gouges. Filling small holes from hanging artwork or decorative items and repairing any gouges at wall corners can go a long way in making your home look well maintained. Choosing a new colour palette can also help rooms seem larger and brighter. A feature wall in a different colour from the rest of the space can help bring additional colour to a room without being too bold overwhelming.
 

Feature Wall Paint

Replace Worn or Outdated Flooring

Worn, dirty, or stained carpeting can be a big turn-off for buyers. If your home has carpeted areas, make sure it’s been cleaned and any stains removed. If cleaning doesn’t make it look presentable, it may be time to replace it – either with new carpet or a different type of flooring. Buyers love lower-maintenance flooring options like hardwood, laminate, or tile, particularly in high traffic areas like hallways or living areas.

Update Light Fixtures

Another change you can make in your home that will make it feel more updated and fresh is to change out the lighting fixtures in some rooms. New lighting in living room, kitchen, and dining areas can make the space feel more modern and inviting, and bring in additional light. A simple change of a bathroom fixture can boost appeal and give the space a cleaner, brighter look.

Replace Dated Bath and Kitchen Fixtures

If you prefer not to undertake a full kitchen or bath renovation, simply changing the sink and shower faucets to a newer design and finish can be an effective way to breathe new life into those areas of your home. Changing out countertops and backsplashes is another way to improve the aesthetic appeal of your property.

It’s not always necessary to take on major renovation to your home to make it more attractive to buyers. In many cases, small changes and updates to your property will improve its appeal and help you attract  more showings and better offers.
 

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When you’re preparing your Vancouver home for sale, it’s common to need to fix up a few things around the property before it goes on the market. After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly.

 

What things should you fix before listing your property for sale? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list of repairs as you get ready to sell.

 

1. Anything that squeaks or creaks

Is there something in your home that makes a noise it shouldn’t be making, such as a rattling closet door or a creaking floor board? While you may be so used to it that you no longer notice the sound, prospective buyers will. These small issues can make a big impression on buyers as they view your property, so be sure to get them taken care of before your home is made available for showings or open houses.

 

Squeaky Door Hinges

 

2. Anything that’s unsightly

You don’t have to worry about making your home look absolutely show-home perfect. However, things that are unsightly will likely get buyers’ attention. You want them to focus on the terrific features of your property such as the abundance of natural light, or the terrific view of the local landscape, not scuffs on the wall or dings in doors and trim.

 

Wall Dings Should Be Repaired Before Listing Your Home

 

Take a walk through your property, including the yard and other outdoor space. Put yourself in the mindset of the buyer. Is there anything that stands out to you that doesn't look appealing? If so, tidy it up, fix it up, or replace it.

 

3. Anything that’s broken 

When life gets busy, it can be common to ignore small things that need to be repaired or replaced. If there’s anything in your home that needs repair, such as an outside tap that’s not working, or a sliding door that won't stay on its track, call a contractor or fix it yourself.

Leaky Faucet

 

Small efforts pay off in a big way

Taking care of these small issues before putting your home on the market can add up to big returns when it comes time to receiving offers from potential buyers. The more appealing you make your home to its prospective new owner, the more likely you'll be to sell quickly and for the most money possible.

 

Have more questions about preparing your home for sale?

Give me a call today at 604-910-7777. I'm always happy to chat and answer any questions you may have.

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How Do I Know How to Price My Home?

Setting the right list price for a home is a mystery for many sellers. How do you begin to determine what buyers are likely to pay for your property? After all, no two homes are exactly alike.

 

Setting the right price is crucial. You need to avoid the two price “tipping points” that, if crossed, can cause you a lot of problems.

 

How Low is Too Low?

The first tipping point is a price that’s low enough for buyers to begin thinking something is wrong. They wonder, “Why is your price so low? What are you not telling us about your property?”

 

 

"Do not wait to strike while the iron is hot; make it hot by striking!" Poetically said by William Yeats

 

But that’s not even the worst problem with this tipping point. If you do get offers at that low price, you’ll have a bigger issue – leaving thousands of dollars on the table.

 

How High is Too High?

The other tipping point is setting your price so high it discourages buyers from giving your listing a second look. When your price is that high, you’ll get few enquiries and even fewer people coming to see your property.

 

Of course, you can lower your price later, if necessary. But experience shows that reduced prices make potential buyers skeptical. Most sellers who price high in the hopes of getting a windfall actually end up selling for much less than they would have if they had priced their properties correctly in the first place.

 

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So what’s the right price to list your property? The answer is somewhere in-between those two tipping points.

 

Contact me today at 604-910-7777 for help determining the right price for your property. 

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Spring market is upon us, so very few things can now stop you from listing your property for sale. Yet, there are some issues you should think about, if you do not want your home to stay listed forever. Read below to discover which the common Kitsilano home sellers’ mistakes are and what to do to avoid them. Mind the following traps and you will surely have tens of potential home buyers who are eager to move in as soon as possible:

  1. 1.       Quoting an Unacceptable Price

Inaccurate evaluation is probably the biggest pitfall for most home sellers. Both overpricing and underpricing are huge mistakes that can make you either lose money or wait for years until somebody who has decided to relocate in your neighbourhood buys exactly your home. Do your homework and try to understand the prices of the properties alike on the Vancouver real estate market. This will help you determine a price which is reasonable for both parties.

  1. 2.       Skipping Important Disclosures               

Being afraid to disclose all the deficiencies of your home is the second mistake that can cost you a considerable amount of money. In case the buyers find some imperfections after they have moved into the property and suspect that you have known about them, you will probably have serious problems. Basement water leaks, hidden mould and mildew, nasty bugs, etc. will be detected sooner or later and if the new owner can prove you misled them, you can expect a lawsuit. It is better to be sincere about the issues of your property and thus show potential buyers they can trust you. People are more likely to purchase from honest and reliable sellers. Plus, you will be able to negotiate with the potential buyers who will eventually move in and pay for the necessary builders work.

  1. 3.       Uploading Mediocre Photos

However sophisticated your cell phone camera is, please do not attach amateur photos of your property. Most buyers’ first step is to search the internet for suitable homes and this is why listings with unprofessional pictures usually get neglected. First impression is really important, so why don’t you invest in hiring a photographer who will catch the most beautiful sights of your home? Home buying is something very few people will make a compromise with so do not think that your property will be very appealing, in spite of the dull pictures you uploaded. Presenting your property in the best possible light is a crucial element that should make people want to move in right away and settle there. 

  1. 4.       Listing a Dirty and Cluttered Property

Clutter and filth can really ruin the appearance of your property and will undoubtedly turn most potential buyers off. Spend some time on cleaning and decluttering and you will see the difference. Your home will start looking more spacious and luxurious and there will be a great chance for you to quote a bit higher price than the one you initially planned for. All those stuff you got rid off will prove very beneficial to the future deal.

 

  1. 5.       Trying to Sell On Your Own

Last, but not least - managing the selling process on your own is also not recommendable. It is much more likely for your property to be quickly sold if you hire an experienced real estate agent to represent you. Statistics shows that sellers who choose to do the task by themselves have their properties on the market for much longer and often close the deal at a lower price, compared to those who have turned to experts.

 

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Selling your home must be done with careful consideration and planning. This is not just a simple deal you can conclude in a matter of minutes, but rather an important task you must pay due attention to. This is especially the case when selling your home occurs at the same time of moving into a new one. You will need extra money to equip the new place and turn it into the dwelling you desire.

 

That is why finding ways to boost the value of your home is so important. Long gone are the times when you could just put up an house for sale, hire a cleaning service and expect a buyer to fall in love with the place. When people are buying a new home, they are looking for quality and features that please them. So in order to make the best deal out of your home, you have to look into certain projects and see to it that you implement them. Every piece of advice that a real estate consultant ( Michael Tudorie)  gives is aimed at making your home better in the eyes of the prospective buyer so that you can make more money:

 

-          Curb appeal - starting from the outside of your home, you should look into ways of making your home more attractive. After all, first impressions are important and so are tasks like patio cleaning and maintenance. If you have a garden, know that it can add great value, but only if it is well looked after. This means making sure that there is not any clutter and that the place is clean.

-          Interior paint - moving onto the interior of your home, it is time to look at the walls. What you need to consider is that keeping the tones and paint neutral goes a long way into winning a prospective buyer. One of the worst things you can do is leave wallpaper on the walls. Even if it is perfect shape, chances are that it will do more harm than good in terms of impression and so it is best to just remove it and introduce muted and neutral color - you cannot go wrong with white. Just remember to give your home a thorough domestic cleaning, as that is one project known to cause some mess.

-          Upgrade your kitchen - one of the rooms that are most important to buyers is the kitchen. It is an area of the home that is visited daily and for this reason people want to have good design and modern features there. A complete remodel might be in order, if your kitchen is outdated and designed poorly. People will be willing to pay extra for a kitchen that is equipped with modern appliances and has convenient design. Do consider that everyone is after easy kitchen cleaning and convenience, so make sure you get that going when you renovate this part of your home.

-          Upgrade your bathroom - another room that is of great importance to buyers is the bathroom. You can expect a good return of investment (ROI), if you take out of your resources to make the bathroom truly pleasing. Try to work with the space you have: it is better to have freedom to move around than take up everything with a large tub. Install new tiles, if the old ones are in bad shape and you will have yourself a room of your home that can truly boost its value.

 

Implementing each of these projects in your home goes a long way in making it more appealing to buyers on the Vancouver real estate market. Secure the best deal by implementing some or all of these projects.

 

Contact Michael for a consultation on how to make your home more saleable and for any resources you may need to achieve the highest price on any market.  

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So you have decided to sell your home? That is a bold move, especially if you are to follow up that deal with the acquisition of a new home. There are numerous factors that you have to take into consideration in such situation, if you want the deal to be successful.

 

Hiring a Vancouver realtor to handle the task of selling is one option that you should consider. There are plenty of other tasks that you will find yourself engaged in, such as everything related to home removal for instance. A professional real estate agent can offer much in terms of expert advice and in fact move the whole deal for you so that you don’t divide your attention between this task and the many others you need to address. Here are some of the benefits that come with hiring a real estate agent:

 

 Pricing precision - some people believe that placing a price on a property is as easy as browsing similar offers online and then just copying the price seen there. While it is true that this popular method is somewhat reliable, it is also true that it can cause you to lose money or be unable to sell the property. A professional real estate agent with enough experience will need just a little time to determine the price of your home. The moment they walk through the door, they will know what the place is worth. Experts know the specifics of the market far better than you do and will be able to price your home by taking into account all the small details that you would normally miss in your struggle to organise house removals.

 

Handling paperwork details - a trained expert will be able to deal with the paperwork and documentation surrounding your property sale. Know that there can be quite a lot of pages and fine print that would normally take you forever to fully understand and prepare. You are quite likely to make errors or even omit something important, if you are alone in handling this. The real estate agent will see to it that the sale is done by the book.

Negotiation skills - it doesn’t matter how levelheaded you think you are - this is your home you are selling and you will always be a little emotional over the deal. That is one way to get you in trouble or downright mean the difference between a successful deal and no deal at all. Things can get pretty overwhelming for you, if you are busy with relocation. That is where a professional can lend their expertise and knowledge and process difficult negotiations for you.

Professional connections - a real estate agent will likely be able to enlist the aid of other such needed parties: attorneys, handymen, landscapers, home staging experts and more. It won’t be too surprising for them to even provide help in finding a removal company for you.

 

The listed benefits represent only a small portion of the good that a real estate agent can do you. Any attempts to sell your home will be met with more success when you have a professional aid you in the task as opposed to going through all the work on your own. contact michael@michaeltudorie.com if you choose to make the next step.

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The housing market has reached a hot point with the large increase in property prices and all-time strong demand. However, this may not last forever as the Vancouver real estate market is expected to cool down next year. The decline of prices will inevitably affect the aspiring home sellers. If you are planning to list your property, you may need to hurry up and take advantage of the favourable housing conditions.

 

The right timing is essential in the housing sector. It is difficult and inconvenient to show houses in the winter. December, January and August are traditionally the slowest months for the real estate market in Kitsilano. On the other hand, February, March, April and September is the best period to list a house. During these months the buyers are more motivated and prepare for the spring and fall markets.

 

 

When selling a home, it all comes down to one thing. You need to convince the buyers that your property is worth every penny of the price. That is why it is essential to show your home in the best possible light. These house staging tips will help you make your place look welcoming and appealing to potential homebuyers. 

  1. 1.      Depersonalize  and De-clutter

Your primary goal is to help buyers picture themselves living in your house. With your family photos and children’s artwork on the fridge this can be hard. Before the open house day, remove any quirky decorations and personal items. This is a great time for cleaning the unnecessary. Get rid of additional furniture and appliances that don’t add up to the decor. Your house will appear more spacious and you will have less to move.

  1. 2.      Update Your Home

Repair all cracks, broken appliances, leaks and burnt out lights. Not all home buyers will appreciate the patterned wallpaper or the bright hues on your wall. If you have experimented with bold colours around your house, you may need to replace them with neutrals.

  1. 3.      Clean, clean, clean!

Skipping domestic cleaning may play a bad joke on you. It is the look of your home that sells. Be sure that your property is immaculate by thoroughly cleaning not only the surfaces, but also inside your cupboards. Get into every nook and cranny and remove the dirt and grime. House cleaning is the cheapest way to improve the appearance of your place.

  1. 4.      Improve Your Set-up

When you are done with the cleaning, you can pay special attention to the set-up of your home. See whether the furniture arrangement is working well in your room or you need to make some improvements. Consider factors like scale and proportion. Anything that looks awkward has to go.

  1. 5.      Style Up Your Decor

Add some finishing touches with gorgeous accessories and details. A bouquet of fresh flowers in the living room and crispy white towels in the bathroom will make your place aesthetically pleasing.

 

if you conisder a professional stagger please contact Michael to hire the best in the business.

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Selling your home for more money should be your ultimate goal when you want to move to a new place. It is an important deal, which you should focus your whole attention and effort on. One of the most important aspects of selling your home is securing great first impression from your prospective buyers.

 

Nothing quite sparks the interest more than a great looking home. First impressions are solely based on looks. Ensuring that your home’s exterior looks great is one way to have your buyer interested before they even take a look inside. A lot can be done to get your patio and outside area look great, regardless if you are into gardening and landscaping. Know that a well-maintained garden will not only capture the interest of prospective buyers, but also give you the upper hand in negotiations and potentially get you a better price.

 

 

Here is what you should consider:

 

-        Start with small welcoming elements - has your mailbox been clanking for ages? Is there a visible street number on it or elsewhere? It is such details that are often overlooked but can truly make a difference when present. Don’t forget that buyers can be picky - they may not show their disapproval of evident flaws, but you can definitely tell when they are impressed. And it is by paying attention to the small details that you will impress them for sure.

-        Attractive garden all year round - it is essential to pay attention to your garden maintenance all year round.

 

Every Vancouver real estate professional will tell you that a well-maintained garden and green area will add great value to your home, as long as you keep up with the demands of the work required to care for it.

-        Clear the clutter - a garden full of clutter, regardless of what it includes, is never a good thing. Homebuyers want to see excellent open space that is just waiting for them to implement any ideas. Having clutter prevents that as it hinders their imagination and makes them think of an unkept home. Avoid it by making sure toys, gardening equipment, garbage cans and yard debris are put in their rightful place immediately after using.

-        Work on your walkway areas - some of the areas of specific interest for prospective buyers are the sidewalk, driveway and pathways that lead to your home. Since those are used daily, it is likely that buyers want them in pristine condition. Vancouver luxury real estate experts suggest that you maintain perfect looking entryways. Jet washing and de-icing go a long way in that regard, as it helps keep them in top condition.

-        Exterior paint - having a paint colour that fits the general aesthetics of the neighborhood is important. Don’t go with anything drastic, as most people prefer to have a neutral look on their homes.

 

Go through each of these steps and tasks to ensure that the exterior of your home looks stunning. That will guarantee people’s interest. if you need help and ideas from other professional please contact Michael to tab into his resources.

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