Preparing for The Sale

Preparing for The Sale

How to Prepare Your Home so that it Sells Fast
It is definitely well worth the effort of cleaning and repairing your home in order to be sure of making a faster sale at your desired asking price.
This is because first impressions are very important – you want potential buyers to be attracted to your property right from the start.
We strongly recommend that you seriously consider doing the following before you put your Ottawa home on the market:
Paint your house – this is one of the most important factors in increasing its sales appeal
Clean up your yard – by putting away children’s toys, garden tools, debris, garbage and other unslightly objects out of sight.
Mow both your front and back lawn and trim back edges neatly.
Close your garage doors.
Plant colorful flowers at the front of your house or put pots of flowers strategically along walkways and by the front and back entrance doors.

Front Door
Take a good look at your front door since the potential buyer may have a few moments to look at it in detail before being allowed to walk inside! This is why we suggest that you:
Paint your front door with at least one good, neat coat so that it looks bright and appealing.
Make sure it opens and closes easily and without squeaking or squealing.
Make sure screen doors are clean and without holes.
Put a new front door mat out front (this will keep your interiors cleaner too when all those potential buyers come to look!

Another area that buyers always want to take a good, close look at is your basement. This is often where damp, mould, leaks and bad wiring can most easily be seen. This is why we suggest you should:
Thoroughly clean your basement and throw or give away any unwanted items that you don’t plan to take when your move.
Tidy away everything – stacking your belongings in neat piles against the wall if necessary.
Double check that your light bulbs are all working so that your basement feels bright and airy.
Vaccum, sweep and/or mop floor.
Try to get rid of any musty smells with air fresheners and by opening windows to let the air blow through.

Your kitchen is one of the most used rooms in your house so it is very important that it appears attractive, bright and welcoming. Little details make all the difference – for example, you could:
Place a vase of flowers or a potted flowering plant on your kitchen table.
Wash and iron your curtains or even, if they are faded and stained, replace them with new ones.
Put all your appliances away out of site and polish your countertops.
Place sweet smelling kitchen fragrances strategically around – such as cinnamon, vanilla, lemon, etc).

This is another room that should always look and smell clean, fragrant, light and bright.
Besides cleaning it thoroughly, it also helps a lot if you:
Hang a new shower curtain
Replace old bath mats and rugs
Polish all faucets and other shower and tub fixtures.
Open your windows to let in fresh air.
Put out fresh clean towels.
Eliminate stains from your toilets, showers and bathtubs.
Spray or leave solid air freshener to perfume the air.
Put out attractive and colorful hand soaps.

Living room
Sweep and clean out your fireplace and fill it with logs.
Polish all wooden furniture and wooden window sills, doors, etc.
Arrange to store all big pieces of furniture so that your rooms appear more spacious and are not crowded or cluttered.
Ray Smiley and Homes for Sale in Ottawa has lots of other simple ideas that can make all the difference to whether your property sells fast or not.

Looking to Sell Your Ottawa Home?
We know you would like to sell your property

  • at the highest possible price
  • quickly
  • and with the least possible hassle.

Ray Smiley and Homes For Sale In Ottawa can help to make all these wishes come true.
We can guide you on fixing the price of your property so that it appeals to a wide range of buyers.
We have the inside track on when, where and how to market your home to generate the most possible interest.
We can introduce your property to the widest possible circle of real estate agents and to the largest possible groups of potentially interested qualified buyers.

We can keep away those buyers who are out to make a quick buck or who are looking for sellers who will subsidise their mortgage.
We can keep you informed of the movement of the market place so that you are always fully aware of such market dynamics as buyer competition, levels of inventory in your area.
We can provide you with current information on prices and financing of competing properties.
We will keep tabs on sales of similar properties in competing areas.
We can aid you in sifting through and evaluating buyers’ offers and offer our objective opinion about whether to accept or wait a little longer for a better offer.
We will be available at all times during the selling process to address any or your concerns or questions.
Throughout the entire transaction, Ray Smiley at Homes For Sale In Ottawa will be there to help you every step of the way.


Why Sell Your Home with a Real Estate Agent
Ray will keep focused on all the little details to make selling your home a straight forward and easy process for you. These include:

  • Advising you on staging your home for sale so that it is presented in the best possible light.
  • Pointing out frankly and honestly which areas of your home would benefit from cleaning an d repairing before you start to show it.
  • Showing your home to interested potential buyers.
  • Hosting exclusive showings to real estate agents to get your property included on multiple listing services.
  • Negotiating with potential buyers on your behalf.
  • Liaising with property inspectors, home assessors, lawyers and others involved in the transaction.
  • Tying up all the loose ends so that the closing goes smoothly and according to plan.

When is a good time to put our Ottawa home up for sale?
Before you decide to put your home on to Ottawa’s real estate market you probably want to do a little research and this is where Ray Smiley at Homes for Sale in Ottawa can help you too.
To get an idea of what your property could sell for if you put it on the market today, please take a few moments to fill out the form below.
We will send you back information about the current market value of your home and the suggested listing price we would advise.
We will also be more than happy to speak with you by phone, online, or in person if you would like to find out more about us, find out details about recent properties sold by us or to generally discuss your Ottawa home sale in further detail.
To find out more, you can contact Ray Smiley on:

Direct line: 613 818 1819

Office phone: 613 837 0000

Fax: 613 837 0005


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