You don’t notice it – but most buyers will!

Imagine you’re viewing a potential new home. You walk in the front door and are instantly impressed. You explore the property room by room and like what you see. 

Then there’s something you notice that’s not quite right. An odour. You realize that it’s likely cat dander and, now that you’ve identified it, you smell it everywhere. Suddenly the home doesn’t seem as attractive as it did just moments earlier. 

The owner of the property is probably so used to the smell that he doesn’t even notice it. Neither does anyone else in the household. 

So, when marketing your home for sale, be scent sensitive. Think about the odours that you may have become used to but others are likely to notice. Even odours you think are pleasant, like the strong scent given off by some house plants, may not be pleasing to everyone. 

An odour can easily distract a buyer from appreciating the good qualities of your property. Pay particular attention to garbage bins (which can smell even when empty), pets, kitty litter (even when fresh and unused), the kitchen (especially after cooking), perfumes, and closets. 

The smell of cigarette smoke is particularly unpleasant to many people. Its odour can linger even on an outside deck or patio. 

Bottom line? Don’t assume buyers won’t notice certain smells. They will. 

Looking for more advice on selling your home quickly and for the best price? Call or email today. 613-853-5807, steve@stevesicard.ca

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Selling your home doesn’t have to be overwhelming

When some people think about selling their home, they imagine all the things they will have to do: paint the kitchen, clean closets, prepare for viewings, find another home, arrange financing, start packing, etc. It can all seem very overwhelming very quickly.

In fact, the long to-do list you imagine you’ll have to deal with may dissuade you from making a move!

It doesn’t have to be that way.

There are many ways to make selling your home and buying another relatively simple and easy.

Sure, there will be some work to do. You may need to prepare your property so that it looks appealing to potential buyers – cleaning, decluttering, doing some repairs, etc. Of course, you will also need to view some properties for sale in order to find your next dream home.

But those activities may not be as time-consuming or difficult as you had imagined. In fact, you and your family might actually enjoy the experience – and see it as an adventure.

The trick is to work with the right REALTOR®, someone who can guide you through the process, show you the shortcuts, and generally make things easier for you.

It’s a little like baking your first cake from scratch. The task seems daunting, unless you have a master baker by your side to guide you step-by-step through the process. Then it’s a lot easier, and even fun!

That’s what a good REALTOR® can do for you. Looking for one? Call today. 613-853-5807

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Preparing for a power outage

Some people can live in their homes for years without ever experiencing a power outage. In fact, even in areas prone to serious storms or snowfalls, power loss doesn’t happen that often. No wonder so many homeowners are caught unprepared when it does.

To make sure you’re not caught unprepared, follow these tips: 

  • Replace batteries in unused flashlights every six months.
  • Keep candles and matches in a handy place. Monitor them closely when lit and always blow them out before going to sleep.
  • For computers and phones, consider purchasing a power backup. (Some models provide up to 8 hours of power for two or three devices.)
  • Know the address of your local fire station and nearest community centre. These are the most common places to find help during a power outage. 

When the power does go out, make sure the stove is turned off. You don’t want an unattended burner or gas leak when the power finally comes back on.

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How to make sure buyers notice the best features of your home

Buyers are more likely to make an offer on your home if they see a lot of things they love about it. So what do buyers love to see?

 One of the main things they like to see is a lot of space. Of course, you can’t change the size of your rooms, but there is a lot you can do to make small spaces in your home seem more spacious.

 Buyers also love to see a clean and uncluttered home. Think of how inviting a hotel room looks at first glance, with everything neat and organized. Of course, your home isn’t a hotel, but the more neat and attractive you can make each room, the better.

 One thing buyers don’t love to see is potential maintenance issues. So as much as possible, get things fixed or updated.

 In fact, the more “finished” and “move in ready” your home looks, the more likely a buyer is to make an offer.

 Don’t forget the surrounding neighbourhood either. A buyer may not take the time to explore the area, so be sure to make a list of the most appealing features. You might want to take a picture of the brand new playground just down the street or print off a local map showing nearby shopping, theatre and other points of interest.

 It’s not about creating a false impression. Rather, it’s about making your home look its best and drawing attention to its most enticing features.

 Want more home selling tips? Call today; 613-853-5807 or write; steve@stevesicard.ca

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Childproofing tips for your home

If you have young children, or expect a visit from friends or relatives with little ones in tow, it pays to ensure your home is free of hazards. The last thing you want is an injury that could have easily been prevented.

Here are some basic childproofing tips.

• Remove everything that is toxic, hot or sharp, from within reach of a child. (For example, the leaves of some types of house plants are toxic.)

• If possible, keep children out of the kitchen while cooking.

• Install plug-in covers in electrical outlets. (These are inexpensive and can be purchased at any hardware store.)

• Block or gate off areas where kids may fall.

• Remove “pulling down” hazards, such as a heavy plant that a child can pull off a table.

• Make sure there are screens on all open windows.

Finally, watch your pets. Even the most gentle dog or cat can act unpredictably around children – especially if they’re not used to them.

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