Pamela Vasiliu
Sales Representative

RE/MAX Professionals Inc.
Independently owned and operated.

Date: Monday May the 28th, 2018 



Prepping Your home for A Fall Sale

November 2, 2015 - Updated: November 2, 2015

The recent GTA resale housing market have been a focal point in recent news headlines, and with good reason.

Investors from many parts of the globe are drawn to our city. Statistics reflect this fact: August, for example, saw 7,998 homes changing hands.

If you and your family have made the decision to downsize into a condo, and you’re ready to put your house on the market, listing your property in the fall has several distinct advantages. Among them is the limited competition your property will face in the autumn market. Once ther crisp cold temeratures start to plummet, Buyers are drawn to cosy indoors spaces.

Curb appeal is one of the most important factors, it is what Buyers see first and thus setting the tone for the property. Making your home stand out with spectacular fall landscaping is a simple undertaking. Colurful fall flowers, ornamental grasses, winter cabbage and kale are inexpensive purchases that will make property "pop" and create a great first impression. don't forget to pay close attentin to a neatly groomed appearance outside.  Trimming, pruning, weeding and raking leaves will help keep the property clean and neat.

Many Realtors might suggesst and pre list home inspection prior to listing the property. A pre list inspection is a great way to ilimate surprises after offer acceptance, and identify small inexpensive fixes and allow you to address any larger concerns before presenting the property to buyers. This oftern allows for a faster efficient slale, as well as obtaining the best selling price for your property. Having functional elements such as the windows, fireplace and furnace cleaned and in working order and schedule professional. Son't forget to replace your furnace filter!

De-cluttering and de-personalizing your home is a home selling standard, but before you do so, take a ruthless approach to dealing with discarded items that typically find a home in the garage. Once you’re knee deep in packing boxes, you’ll need the extra garage space to pile them. In fact, when it comes to all storage areas — the garage, closets, drawers and cabinets — it’s essential that they’re as tidy as possible so that you don’t risk buyers questioning whether you have enough home organization space.

While you’re packing make an effort to compile documents that will help your realtor market your home, such as a survey, property tax and utility bills, appliance manuals and warranties, and a list of paint colours used throughout the house. Frequent showings mean you’ll soon be spending less time at home so get a jump on chores normally reserved for fall such as cleaning gutters, caulking around windows and doors, and touching up exterior paint.

Painting will probably be needed inside your home as well because the way you live in a house and how you take it to market are completely different. If you have a bright red feature wall, now is a good time to transition to a neutral palette and, at a minimum, be sure to repaint all white trim around the house. This simple and affordable fix-up offers the best return on investment.

Even if your walls don’t need a colour overhaul, you’ll find that they need patching and touch-up painting after your personal effects come down. This can be a time-consuming process so the sooner you get started, the better.

Once the packing and fix-ups are complete, ensure your home remains spotlessly clean and smelling great at all times.

Last year saw 92,783 home sales throughout the GTA at an average price of $566,631, and this year’s market is on track to surpass these results. Once you become part of the action remember that it’s important to detach from your current surroundings, focus on the future, and trust that your realtor will work in your best interest while bringing an objective approach to the process.


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