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Jean Richer

Home Staging in the Age of Informed Buyers.

If you are thinking of selling your Ottawa home, there are a number of things you can do to improve the “showability” of your home.  But first, let’s look at your home through the eyes of the buyer.


Cover the basics first before you get caught up in the big-ticket items, make sure you’ve taken care of the easy, obvious things.  The house should be clean and uncluttered, and you should put some thought into landscaping but not pour too much money into it.  You want your buyer to be able to visualize themselves in the home, which requires the home to be clean and inviting, also removing as many personal items such as pictures etc.


Making the Kitchen, The Best it Can Be.  Show off the kitchen’s countertop space by removing as many items as possible, even if they seem like kitchen essentials. The more space  the client can see the more they’ll be able to visualize themselves in  the kitchen. Instead of kitchen accouterments, strategically place a colorful bouquet of flowers that makes the kitchen clean and inviting.


Keep repeating this to yourself — clean and inviting


Furniture Arrangement and Organization.  As you organize the furniture being aware of important elements like the fireplace and windows will help with the proper placement of items. Avoid clutter and don’t assume that pushing furniture against the wall to create the most living room space is necessarily the way to go. Plan your furniture arrangement and keep it clean.  As your space comes together, consider lighting and music or scented candles that add warmth to the senses.


Contact Jean@JeanRicher.com about selling your home in Ottawa and surrounding area.

Selling Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make!

#1 — Pricing Your Property Too High.

Every seller obviously wants to get the most money for his or her Home. Ironically, the best way to do this is NOT to list your home at an excessively high price! A high listing price will cause some prospective buyers to lose interest before even seeing your property. Also, it may lead other buyers to expect more than what you have to offer. As a result, overpriced properties tend to take an unusually long time to sell, and they end up being sold at a lower price.


#2 — Mistaking Re-finance Appraisals for the Market Value.

Unfortunately, a re-finance appraisal may have been stated at an untruthfully high price. Often, lenders estimate the value of your property to be higher than it actually is in order to encourage re-financing. The market value of your home could actually be lower.


#3 — Forgetting to “Showcase Your Home”.

In spite of how frequently this mistake is addressed and how simple it is to avoid, its prevalence is still widespread. When attempting to sell your home to prospective buyers, do not forget to make your home look as pleasant as possible. Make necessary repairs. Clean. Make sure everything functions and looks presentable. A poorly kept home in need of repairs will surely lower the selling price of your property and will even turn away some buyers.


#4 – Putting too Many Restrictions on “Showing” Times.

A prospective buyer is home shopping on his schedule, which may conflict with your schedule. Remember that if you wish to sell quickly, home buyers must be able to view your property. This may mean that your schedule will be disrupted.


#5 — Not Knowing Your Rights & Responsibilities.

It is extremely important that you are well-informed of the details in your real estate contract. Real estate contracts are legally binding documents, and they can often be complex and confusing. Not being aware of the terms in your contract could cost you thousands. Know what you are responsible for and what is included in the sale of your property before signing the contract.


Consider this before taking that road alone to selling you home … Why sell your home alone?  A team behind you makes a big difference! Call or text me at 613.614.3025 if you would like to know about our selling plan for your home.