When selling your home, you want it to look its best so that it will sell quickly, for the best price. You may think you can stage your home yourself, or choose to leave a home vacant of furniture. But did you know that professionally staged homes sell 67 per cent faster than vacant homes? Hiring a home stager is an important part of the listing process that you shouldn’t ignore. Why?
Staged homes typically sell more quickly for higher prices. They also receive more foot traffic. Staged homes are viewed by buyers and appraisers as well-maintained and are often appraised at higher values. They are also move-in ready, which is much more appealing to buyers.
Once your house is listed on MLS, it becomes a product. A home stager will take that product and showcase it in its best light. A stager will help with furniture, paint, removing smells, adding artwork, as well as removing personal photographs, to highlight your home’s best features. A staged home will also show well in photos and properties that show well in photos will be viewed in person first.
While decorating incorporates your personal style and taste, staging appeals to the masses and removes that personal taste from the home. Décor is neutral and will appeal to the most people possible. By preparing your house to appeal to the highest number of people, you should get a quicker sale.
A home stager is also objective. You need a third party expert who knows how to stage your home properly. A stager is an expert who knows how to make your house flow to prepare it for sale. Though it does cost money, home staging is an investment that pays off. The price is usually much less than first price reduction.
Tammy Woods of REMAX Real Estate Centre Inc, Brokerage has been helping people realize their real estate dreams since 2003. Tammy's Team has uses a professional home stager, Karen Thompson, Stage Appeal for her listings to help her clients sell their homes quickly and easily. Visit www.orangevilleproperties.comfor more information on why Tammy is “The Wise Choice” for all your real estate needs.
When you’re looking to buy or sell a home, choosing a realtor is one of the most important decisions you’ll make. Whether you’re moving to a new, unfamiliar area, or looking for the best home for you and your family, a local realtor can make all the difference.
Why should you use a local realtor? Or even to be more specific, and Orangeville Realtor. A local realtor is not only an expert in selling homes, but also has invaluable knowledge about the local area. A local realtor will be able to help you choose the best home for you based on your lifestyle and needs. They have that community knowledge and can provide guidance for example, on which areas are good for families, seniors and which areas have more rentals, so they can match you with the perfect home. They can advise on which schools are good, which is very important when choosing a community to settle in.
When selling your home, a local agent will be much more flexible for showings than an out-of-town agent due to the time involved in travelling to a showing. A local agent is already in town, which makes it much easier to book those all-important showing appointments.
With an increasing number of people moving from the city to the smaller town of Orangeville and looking for Orangeville real estate, it’s important to have a realtor who knows Orangeville inside and out and will be able to show what Orangeville has to offer, which an out-of-town agent wouldn’t be familiar with.
Since 2003, Tammy Woods of Royal LePage RCR Realty has been helping people realize their real estate dreams. A long-time Orangeville resident, Tammy knows the area well and will be able to help you find the perfect home to suit your needs. She will be with you every step of the way. Her personal, professional service and real estate expertise, makes the process as simple and stress-free as possible. Visit www.orangevilleproperties.comfor more information on why Tammy is “The Wise Choice” for all your real estate needs.
Annoying neighbours can do more than make you want to move:
They can also prevent you from selling your home.
So you are thinking of selling, but are worried that your neighbour might prevent it. From my esperience as a Realtor for the last 9 years, you have good reason to worry. Many buyers will look at the neighbourhood and neighbours of the home that they are considering buying. Ive heard many times from buyers and Realtors that they chose not to buy a specific home because of what the neighbouring properties look like.
It would be lovely if everyone got along and the problem required nothing more than a friendly conversation with the demons next door, but we don't live in a perfect world. Although, that would be my first suggestion.
Talk to your neighbours Perhaps if your neighbour has an issue with you too, they may be more than happy to help you get MOVED!. This give them a chance to welcome a NEW neighbour. Offer them an incentive, a gift, or cash reward if they maintain their homes exterior appearance until your home is sold. Maybe offer to help clean up their flower beds, shovel their driveway, mow their grass. Maybe hire someone to do this until your home sells.
If this doesn't work, there are other ways to handle nightmare neighbours.
Check the Municipal Bylaws If your neighbour is 50 meters away and hidden behind trees then the fact that their lawn is continuously unkempt with junk strewn all over can be ignored. But when your neighbour's property is within easy viewing of your front door it becomes a larger issue. Problems with rotten or disturbing smells, excessive amounts of animals, constant noises, parties and garbage lying around might be addressed in the Municipal Bylaws of your area. Contact Municipal Bylaw Enforcement for assistance in the matter, especially if you have already tried talking to the lovely people and been ignored.
Common Courtesy Shared driveways require the regular maintenance of both parties. Unfortunately, not everyone is courteous enough to follow through with the maintenance, such as shovelling, and weeding of shared areas. Short of filing a lawsuit, there's not a whole lot you can do to force the misery next door to shovel their half of the driveway. I would recommend that you very quietly assume all shovelling responsibilities, weeding etc., while your house is on the market. The last thing you want is for a potential buyer to realize what a problem you have next to you. And hopefully when you sell, the new home owner will get a long with the neighbour.
Trees Ah, yes, trees on the property line can be a lovely, natural privacy fence. They can also be a nuisance that makes you want to rip your hair out. The simple rule of thumb is that once it crosses the property line onto your land, you can do what you want with it. While the trunk may not actually encroach on the line, you can address limbs and roots that are causing problems for you or your mower. Roots can be dug up and cut out while limbs can be snipped off at the property line. Care should be taken, however, that you do not seriously harm or kill the tree, or the nasty neighbour could wind up suing you. I'd also caution you that the tree should not wind up being unattractive on your side of it, or you could hurt your chances of selling.
Fences Fences can cause a great deal of strife between neighbours. It may be true that you are erecting the fence because you're tired of dealing with their dogs or children, but you must take care about where the fence is placed. The first step is to have the property line identified. Existing surveys can be used, or you can pay to have a professional survey done. This may seem like a large expense and hassle, but it can save you further financial burdens and headaches down the road. The property line can typically be used as the fence line.
Most buyers like it when they buy a property that is already fenced. It saves them from having to do it themselves. Most buyers now adays, do not want to have to do much when they move in, and if they have to do any updating or modifying, then they want a better deal. Better to do it yourself.
It's tempting to ask your neighbour to help pay for the fence, especially if you believe it will benefit both of you. However, if you approach them about sharing the cost and they refuse you should not force the issue. If you are the one who wants the fence, you will probably be the one who pays for the fence.
I as a Real estate representative, am well-versed when it comes to handling nasty neighbours. I want to help you sell your home, and can offer valuable advice for addressing most problems. Hiring me as your Realtor, I could speak to the troubled neighbour and come up with a plan that everyone would be happy with.
I know that dealing with a nasty neighbour is unpleasant and uncomfortable, but remember, the long-term reward will be selling your home and buying a new home. Preferably it will be a home with better neighbours!
Are you thinking about trading in the hustle and bustle of the big city for the country? Country life has many advantages, but there are some important considerations. What do you need to think about when buying a home in the country?
Country homes usually don’t have the backing of a large utility company and aren’t typically heated by natural gas; homes are usually heated by oil, propane, or electric heat. There isn’t a municipal water or sewer system, so you will usually have your own septic system and well.
Country homes usually come with more land. The extra room and fresh air can be a welcome retreat from city congestion, as there is more privacy and space and you won’t have neighbours beside you. But with the extra land comes more property maintenance. If you are thinking about purchasing a country home, you’ll need to consider if you really have the time to maintain the property. Keep in mind that you will also have to drive everywhere, such as for shopping. There’s also more wild life in the country, so you’ll need to consider your tolerance for this.
Winter can be a great time in the country, but can also be tough, because bills are more expensive and you don’t have other houses and buildings to protect you from the elements as in the city.
If you’re thinking about relocating to the country, Tammy Woods can help. A lifelong resident of Orangeville, Tammy Woods of Royal LePage RCR Realty, has been helping people realize their real estate dreams since 2003. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, Tammy’s personal, professional service and real estate expertise, will make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. She will be with you every step of the way. Visit www.orangevilleproperties.comfor more information on how Tammy is “The Wise Choice!” for your country real estate needs.
If you’re looking for a great community to call home, why not consider Orangeville and Dufferin County? A beautiful area with spectacular scenery, nature trails, Island Lake and a large farmer’s market, it has that small town charm, while being accessible to larger cities like Toronto. Orangeville is a great commuter town—at only an hour to Toronto, Barrie, Kitchener, or Guelph and only 20 minutes to Brampton—living in Orangeville gives you a lot of options when it comes to your work and home life. You can work in a bigger city and come home to the inviting, peaceful community of Orangeville.
Orangeville also has the famous Art Walk of Tree Sculptures, showcasing about 60 carvings that have breathed new life into old trees. Take the Credit Valley tour train to enjoy the beautiful scenery year-round.
Orangeville also features great shopping and restaurants, with all the box stores and great restaurants, such as Montana’s, Kelsey’s and Boston Pizza, not to mention, the White Truffle, One99, Greystones and the Bluebird Café all on Broadway – the Centre of downtown! It also features big name grocery stores such as Sobeys, Zehrs, Metro & No Frills. It is the perfect place to raise a family, with great schools, two high schools, two libraries and two recreation centres. Humber College is also building a new campus in Orangeville which is under development.
A lifelong resident of Orangeville, Tammy Woods of Royal LePage RCR Realty loves this community and has been helping people realize their real estate dreams since 2003. Whether you are looking to buy or sell a home, Tammy’s personal, professional service and real estate expertise, will make the process as simple and stress-free as possible. She will be with you every step of the way. Visit www.orangevilleproperties.comfor more information on how Tammy is “The Wise Choice!” for all your real estate needs.
When buying or selling a home, you’ll need to decide whether to use a REALTOR® or sell the property yourself. Selling the property yourself means you won’t pay real estate commissions to your own REALTOR® representing you, which can mean extra money in your pocket. However, the advantages of using a REALTOR® outweigh the benefits of listing your home yourself.
Buying or selling a home is the biggest transaction you will probably ever make and a REALTOR® has the education, skills and experience to understand the ins and outs of the real estate business.
Also, every real estate transaction must go through a lawyer. If there are any issues, such as with the home inspection, the lawyer won’t be able to solve the problem the same way a REALTOR® could. Extra lawyer time also means increased legal fees. A REALTOR® only gets paid a set commission when the house sells, with no extra fees or charges.
Selling your home yourself also means you will have to do all of the work yourself: showings, placing ads, virtual tours and paying for all of those marketing costs that are included in a REALTOR®’s commission. It can also mean that your home will be on the market longer. You will have to do all the showings yourself and the buyer will be at the mercy of the seller’s time schedule and therefore may forgo the showing entirely because it doesn’t fit their schedule. A REALTOR® has a lock box, which makes it convenient to show your home anytime and can result in a quicker sale. Buyers also tend to feel awkward when going through a home when a seller is there, which can detract from selling your home quickly, so imagine how a buyer would feel if you as the Seller is actually showing the home! A REALTOR® understands the offer process and knows how to present an offer objectively and professionally, which can lead to a successful sale.
Since 2003, Tammy Woods of Royal LePage RCR Realty has been helping people realize their real estate dreams. Tammy will be with you every step of the way. Her personal, professional service and real estate expertise, makes the process as simple and stress-free as possible. Visit www.orangevilleproperties.comfor more information on why Tammy is The “Wise Choice!” for all your real estate needs.