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19 May 2015
RLP State

Your front door will be either inviting and warm or cold and unwelcoming. Colour connects with our emotions. When selling your home think about painting your front door a happy colour.

Yellow-Gold (amber), red (blue based), sage, apple or a green tone, depending on the other colours of your home, will attract the eye and create happy feelings.

Buyers won't notice the colour psychology you take advantage of but they will love the result. Colours affect us in many ways and by using the principles of colour, you can make your home stand out from the competition!

Where is that smell coming from?

Your kitchen can be home to many yummy smelling feasts, but when those aromas are overpowered and mixed with other meals of the day the problem may just be coming from a reeking appliance with a mash-up of smells and then who wants to be in your home? If you’re battling offensive odors from these common places here are some tips to help get rid of those nasty smells…especially before a home showing or open house.

Garbage Disposal

Pour a cup of boiling water through the disposal, which will clean off the blades. Then grind up citrus peels like lemon or orange rind.

Refrigerator

Soak a cotton ball in vanilla extract, and then put it in a little bowl on the lowest open shelf. Remove in a few days when dry.

Garbage Can

Try using bleach (or lemon juice if you are not a fan of bleach) when cleaning in out…then add a bounce sheet to the bottom before you insert your bag.

Dishwasher

A half full dishwasher can stink up a kitchen in no time, so run the light rinse, with no soap. The steam will remove most of the food. If odors persist, get in the empty machine with a sponge and nailbrush, and clean out all the filters and parts on the bottom something is likely to be stuck or you might have to start rinsing your dishes before loading up the dishwasher.

Stove

When cooking turn on the range hood and clean the hood filter regularly.

If you just cooked a delicious dinner but the kitchen is smelly or you know beforehand it will stink up fast, place a bowl of vinegar on your counter. The vinegar absorbs smells!!

Selling your home with KIDS!

The key word is “kids” yes; alone life is full of surprises so why should selling your home with kids be any different?

One of the more difficult things about your home listed on the market is having it ready for showings! This wouldn’t be that big of a deal if it was just you and your spouse, but kids have a lot of stuff and your potential buyer doesn’t want to see all that kid stuff.

Here are some tips on how to make this an easier process while keeping your sanity…for the most part!

Schedule showing time frames:

Give yourself a good amount of time to clean the house before a showing. Put away the clutter and get the kids out. If someone is a serious home-buyer they work within your time frames. On some occasions you have a buyer that has to see it right away and hopefully they understand that your home is a lifestyle for a family and in this situation use the trunk of your car.

Have a place to store your kids stuff:

Use the extra space in your garage or basement to pack boxes, invest in totes to easily stack the extra clutter that is used in your home.

Take the time to organize and go through your stuff and get rid of the un-used/wanted things. Start packing! Use a closet for the stuff you use on a daily basis so before a showing you have a “go-to” spot that you can easily access after the showing is over.

Where to go??!

Your Sales Representative has just called you for a showing…you finished cleaning… now where do you go? Showings are usually pretty short maximum 30 mins. The hardest part was the cleaning when you have kids especially if you are cleaning around them…some place suggestions are library, parks, grocery store, family/friends house, go on a walk or take a nice drive! Give the potential buyer space without the stress of the home owner around – they need time to feel it’s the perfect home for them.

Keep a snack pack ready with treats and drinks because the most common hour’s people want to look at your house are lunchtime, dinner time and of course nap time. If your kids aren’t fed and rested at their normal times, they turn from adorable little angels into well…you know!

Depending on the age of your child/ren get them to help, older kid’s can help keep the place tidy…explain to them what is going on. Keep them in the loop so there is less stress when it comes to cleaning! Good Luck!

Using your senses to sell your home!

Most homebuyers know that sensation the moment you walk into a house and just know it's the home for you and/or your family. What they may not know is the feeling of "home at first sight" sometimes needs a helping hand.

Home staging is all about creating that emotional connection. To be successful at it, you have to appeal to all five of the buyer's senses.

Smell

Smell can evoke an emotional response that doesn't even register in our conscious thoughts. Even the slightest hint of mustiness can conjure impressions of mold and mildew, so make sure each room of your home smells as fresh and clean as possible.

  • Weather permitting, open your windows and doors to let in the fresh air. Box and ceiling fans can help you circulate air into rooms with less ventilation.
  • Fresh-cut flowers can brighten any room's atmosphere. Just make sure you choose varieties with subtle scents and low pollen.
  • Replace or remove old rugs and bathmats and clean or air out curtains.
  • Have your carpets and upholstery cleaned just before you put your house on the market and remember to vacuum daily. With any luck, your floors will be seeing a lot of extra foot traffic!
  • As much as you can, keep trash especially kitchen waste in sealed containers outside or in your garage.
  • Don't let dishes pile up in the sink or dishwasher. Rinse after each use and take special care to keep your garbage disposal clear. Run the water for at least 30 seconds after you turn off the disposal and clean with vinegar and water as needed. Toss in some citrus peels for a fresh aroma.
  • Choose cleaners that won't leave a harsh chemical smell in your home. This is a chance to do something nice for yourself, as well as your visitors. Cleaning is a much more pleasant task with a dose of aromatherapy

Touch

Use a variety of cloths and textures in your home. Cover your furniture with new fabric if the original upholstery is starting to look worn. Bed linens should be clean, stain-free and touchable. Run your fingers over some of the surfaces in each room. Dusty? Clean it. Splintering wood? Sand it and refinish.

Sight

While your home is on the market, it needs to be set up in a way that serves your selling goals, not necessarily your lifestyle. That may mean rearranging or redistributing your furniture, putting personal belongings into storage and/or painting and other redecoration.

  • Each room should be shown to its best advantage. Small rooms can appear larger with the proper furniture placement, paint color and lighting. The right window treatment can help compensate for small windows. Take steps to address cracks, stains or other visible signs of disrepair. No matter how minor they may be, you don't want buyers to start thinking the house needs work.
  • If you've been using the dining room as a home office or your guest room as a storage room, consider borrowing or renting furniture that helps re-establish each room's original purpose. Buyers should be able to see how they'd live in each space, not how you've chosen to use it.
  • The less you showcase your personal tastes, the easier it is for buyers to see their own design possibilities in each room. Pack away mementos like family pictures and trophies and de-clutter as much as you can. Consider adding a fresh coat of paint; it will help create that clean slate you're going for and freshen up your walls at the same time

Hearing

Take a moment to listen to your house. No, this isn't a zen exercise. Do you hear dripping faucets, squeaky steps or anything else that needs a quick fix? You can't control things like traffic sounds or noisy neighbors, but you can distract from them by playing soft music throughout the whole house.

Taste

Arguably the most difficult sense to appeal to when selling a home, taste can be addressed by providing refreshments. Visitors might not remember which house had a vase of daisies on the counter, but they'll remember the one that had just-brewed coffee, ice-cold bottled water or a fresh fruit tray.

Just how important is a first impression to you?!

8 tips for first time home buyers!

Looking for a first home is exciting, but it can also be stressful. Here are 8 tips to help you get started:

  1. Know how much you can afford - What is your lifestyle? What is your long term plans? Trips to starting a family it all costs money. Don’t overbuy on your first home. You’ll end up being better off with smaller payments on a starter home. You can always move up later on.
  2. What’s on your wish list? Determine what your needs and wants are. Create a list of features you are willing to compromise on, and ones that you need to have.
  3. Don’t forget about closing costs Closing costs - you might be expected to pay for some or all of the following: • Home inspection fee • Legal fees • Property transfer tax • Appraisal fee • Land transfer tax • Title insurance • Interest adjustment • Property and fire insurance
  4. Get pre-approved for your mortgage - After you’ve figured out how much you can afford for a down payment, decided what you must have in a property, and budgeted for closing costs, the next step is to contact a bank or mortgage broker in order to get pre-approved for a mortgage. Getting pre-approved for your mortgage gives you an edge over other people who might be interested in the same property as you.
  5. Calculate your moving expenses - Moving can be expensive – especially if you hire a moving company if you’re traveling a long distance. Create a moving budget, and remember to consider all of the hidden costs of moving.
  6. Furnishing your new home - Don't end up "house poor" and not able to furnish your home!
  7. Buy with your head, not your heart - Think logically and realistically with the biggest purchase of your life. Letting your emotions overtake common sense might result in paying more for your home either at the point of sale, or over the long run – and you might never recuperate your losses.
  8. Once you find your home, stop looking -  It’s the golden rule for choosing anything from a car to a wedding dress to a life partner – once you’ve found what you are looking for – stop looking! The same goes for a house. Once you’ve gotten the keys to your home, instead of looking for something better than what you have, focus your energy on making the space your own.