Sustainable housing and real estate in Kitchener-Waterloo Region

How can I prepare my home for sale?
January 13, 2009, 2:58 am
Filed under: Rebecca Sargent, Selling | Tags: , ,

The best way to ensure your home sells in the quickest amount of time for the highest price is to have the home clean, well-maintained and decluttered. The best time to prepare your home is BEFORE you list it. That way buyers will see it at its best and offer accordingly.

You want to make the space to look as spacious, bright, warm and inviting as possible. Wash the walls, ceilings and trim or consider painting the rooms in light, neutral colours. Repair any cracks, loose knobs, towel racks, switch plates, outlet covers, doors, windows, squeaky floorboards, leaky faucets or loose stair banisters. Clean and repair caulking around tubs and sinks. All light switches should work! Replace any lightbulbs, including any exterior lights.

Remove any unnecessary furniture or clutter from each room. Each room should reflect its purpose. A dining room should look like a dining room. A garage should look like a garage (and not a storage locker!). The buyers need to be able to get through the home easily. All closets should be organized and decluttered. Remove any items you plan to take with you, such as chandeliers. This will help to eliminate any potential confusion down the road.

Curb appeal is important. Cut the lawn, remove snow or ice from walkways. Remove any yard debris, gardening equipment or toys. Trim the shrubs, touch up the paint on doors, siding and trim. Clean the windows and replace any broken panes or torn screens. Clean up the garage and shed.

Certain renovations can help you maximize the value of your home. A small amount of repair and renovation up front can help you get a better offer. The renovations that offer the greatest return are in the bathroom, the kitchen, and the roof. Replacing a furnace or heating system, or interior and exterior painting are also good options. Your Realtor should be able to help you decide which renovations will help to ensure you get the highest return.

Remember, you want the buyer to come into the home and picture themselves living there. They won’t be able to do this if your personal touches are clouding their mind and their vision.

Your house doesn’t have to be perfect, but a small amount of care can make a great deal of difference!


How to prepare yourself for a move.
January 13, 2009, 2:57 am
Filed under: Buying, Rebecca Sargent, Selling, Uncategorized | Tags: ,

So you have decided to move. How do can you begin to prepare yourself to move? Here are some helpful tips!

-Begin collecting boxes. Many grocery stores are a good source of boxes. You can start by packing up items that you seldom use or non-seasonal items. You can use towels or sheets to wrap more delicate items. Get creative! Label the boxes by their eventual location: ie. kitchen, living room, closets, etc. This will make it easier down the line. Be sure to distribute the weight in your boxes. Do not pack an entire box full of books as it will be very difficult to move!

– Make sure you change your address with Canada Post. You can do this online at Make sure you change the billing address for your credit cards, car insurance or any other bills. Send a postcard or email to your family and friends with your new address and phone number.

– Arrange for the start of any utilities or services at your new home, including gas, water, cable, internet, etc. This way they can be up and running right away and you won’t have to wait around. Also arrange for them to be disconnected at your current home.

– Pack a box of everyday items that you will keep on hand with you during the move. You may want to include things such as toliet paper, tolietries, change of clothes, medications, basic tools (screwdriver, hammer, etc), drinks, tape, markers, broom or vacuum etc. A fold up chair in your trunk might also be handy!

– Start early to save your sanity. Begin packing away things you don’t use as often immediately, and slowly declutter your home until the move.

– Don’t move anything you won’t use again- now’s the time to cut back! Consider having a garage sale before you move to get rid of any excess things.

– carry jewelry, important documents or valuables yourself