|« Finding Employment in Small Rural Communities||Hybla »|
Today, over 90% of home buyers start their search for their dream home online. The MLS (c) website www.realtor.ca is the #1 place to have your property seen!
Newspaper listings and advertisements, albeit still numerous, are considered outdated. The internet is now the way to go when selling or buying a home.
When you want to get the best price, you have got to stay in line with market conditions. There are a lot of ways to add value that you might want to consider, for instance:
- Have a home inspection by a professional. Most buyers will ask to have a home inspection and sometimes deals fall apart when the inspector finds issues, even small ones. A Seller can always have an inspection and then, conduct repairs that are required... or at least, be prepared and disclose any problems.
- Boost your curb appeal. Remember, you have only one opportunity to make a first impression. Make sure your home looks cared for, if not inviting. Touch up the exterior trim & doors, stain or paint the fence, trim bushes and clean up sheds and garages. Plant some colourful flowers and make sure there are no dead patches in the grass. Don’t forget to think about the lighting.
- Freshen up. Don’t get into expensive renovation; simply wash walls, ceilings, mouldings and trim. If it needs a coat of paint, choose a neutral colour. Update knobs on older cupboards and closets. Invest in some contemporary light fixtures.
- Check out your local “ReStore” , there are 74 outlets in Canada, operated by Habitat for Humanity. These retail stores sell new and gently used home furnishings, building supplies, windows, doors, paint, tools, hardware, lumber, fixtures, appliances and more! The profits from the ReStore are used to fund the local Habitat affiliate. Visit habitat.ca/restore to find a handy location.