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Tips To Help Improve The Sale Of Your Home:

Tue, 05 Jun by wallyhawryluk

Improve your curb appeal

We know you should never judge a book by it’s cover, but sadly, people often do – a lot of people will drive around first before deciding on which properties to visit.

The exterior of your home is just as important as the interior, if not more so for that all-important first impression. If the interior is beautiful they may never see it if the exterior is shabby. The pavement in front of your home should be swept clean if necessary, any weeds that are growing should be removed, unsightly bins hidden, and any litter picked up.’

Invest in some doggy day-care

As much as you love Rover, not everyone’s a fan. Potential buyers don’t want to walk in and smell cat litter or walk out with dog hair stuck to their clothes; it gives the impression that your house isn’t clean. Hire a dog sitter or at least exile your furry friends to the garden when showing buyers around.

Come up smelling of roses

Or lilies, daisies, tulips – you get the idea. A bunch of flowers goes a long way!

Freshly brewing coffee? Baking bread? Do they really work? In my opinion, these are just a little bit too obvious – and as such, will come across as you trying too hard. However, it is true that the sense of smell does play a huge part in making a viewer feel they could be at home. So, buy lightly flower-scented candles for an alluring welcome buyers are sure to appreciate. At the very least, ensure all ashtrays are out of the way and Fabreeze is always on hand.

Clutter is killer

Get rid of it – and quick! Buyers want to be able to imagine themselves living in your home, and family photos, swimming certificates and your grandma’s ornaments make it a bit harder. If it’s too painful to get rid of them permanently, why not put them in temporary storage?

Lighten up

Light, bright and airy – three words to take as house-selling gospel. Especially when it comes to kitchens and bathrooms, open plan is in fashion and buyers want as much space as possible. Colour scheme-wise, think whites and creams, or pastel hues.

Bathrooms and kitchens are two of the most important rooms in a property and should be immaculately clean and tidy when showing a property to viewers – again accessorised to emphasise light and space.

Keep it clean people! Research found that dirty kitchens and bathrooms were the biggest turn-offs – so get out that Mr Muscle before every viewing.

Putting the effort in. The thing to remember is your taste is not the same as everyone else’s. Keep colours neutral and decoration to a minimum to make your house appealing to as many buyers as possible.

 

Compliments of Wally Hawryluk

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

Paint Perfect Walls

Thu, 24 May by wallyhawryluk

If you just listed your home or are thinking of listing your home and you’re feeling like you want to make a few changes to your surroundings, try putting a fresh coat of paint on your walls. Here are a few tips to get you started:

  • Move your furnishings to another room if you’re able to. If you can’t, push furniture to the center of the room and cover with tarps. Cover your floors with plastic or drop cloths and tape down.
  • Remove outlet covers, switch plates, lighting ceiling plates and drapery hardware. Place all the small pieces in a container so you don’t lose anything.
  • Wash walls with detergent or TSP (available at hardware stores); let dry.
  • Fill holes and cracks with a drywall compound; let it dry and sand smooth.
  • Wipe walls down with a damp lint-free cloth to remove the dust from sanding.
  • Paint the ceiling first. Tape along the ceiling/wall or crown moulding joint to ensure a straight line. Use a 2 1/2″ angled paint brush and cut-in about 3 inches along the ceiling edge. Use your brush to remove any hard paint lines to make blending in easier. Use a roller to paint the ceiling surface; apply paint in a zig-zag pattern (the shape of an M, W or N), without taking the roller off the ceiling, fill in the empty space of the letter. Continue over entire surface. Apply 2 coats of paint; let paint dry between coats.
  • To paint the walls, paint one at a time. Prepare by taping off ceiling and trim; use your angled brush to cut-in a paint band around your wall edges as you did for the ceiling. Apply 2 coats of paint, or one coat of primer and one coat of paint with the roller, again allowing paint to dry between coats.
  • To paint doors and trim, paint from the top down using an angled brush.

Note: Avoid peeling paint off the walls by removing masking tape while paint is still damp.

That’s it! You can now move your furniture back into the room. You should wait about a week before you hang up any picture just to make sure the paint has had the proper time to cure.

 

Compliments of:  Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

 

Exterior Home Staging for a Quick Sale!

Thu, 03 May by wallyhawryluk

 

Landscaping is very important so take a look around your yard. There is nothing warm and inviting about overgrown yews blocking the view of your pond and creating a closed in feeling. The landing is small with no seating for viewing the property and there are signs of rot. The patio is uneven, full of weeds and has no creative pattern to the stone work. The trees need trimming and one needs to be to be removed completely.

Let the buyers visual some amazing outdoor living with a nice set of table and chairs. Put a couple of Adirondack chairs in the yard to create extra outdoor areas to entertain. You can get plastic Adirondack chairs for $20 and create the “look”.

Reseed any bare spots in the lawn and fertilizer a month before going on the market. Deadhead all annuals and perennials. Cut any dead branches on the trees and shrubs and it should go without saying to WEED your gardens.

Add annuals for seasonal color. Remove compost piles. If you have any rotted fencing I suggest repairing it, replace it or remove it. Be sure to clean the fence as well.

Are your roof and gutters clean from dirt, moss, and leaves? Do you have an old roof that needs repair? Are your fascia boards clean and in good shape free of any dirt, damage or wood rot? Take notice of anything that would say this home has not been taken care of.

If you roof is old and stained be prepared to get called out on it during a home inspection. There is nothing like a new roof to “frame” the picture of your perfect home! Clean your front entrance from any leaves or debris. Make sure snow is removed so no one slips.

Take care of broken or misplaced downspouts and if there is any pooling of water near the foundation of the house consider adding soil and grading it so the water rolls way from your home. Check your basement for areas that water gets in and if needed, install a curtain drain to redirect the water from the home.

Plug up any open areas that rodents or critters can get into. Check crawl spaces under porches, decks, and attics for bird nests, rodents, carpenter bees, terminates and hire a professional exterminator to check your home before putting it on the market.

You can pay now to fix your home up or pay later by price reductions and inspection requests. So do your best to care for your home. Listen to your agents advice and don’t sabotage the sale of your home by overpricing it.

 

Compliments of Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

Gorgeous Green Lawns

Thu, 26 Apr by wallyhawryluk

Leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing is a great way to encourage healthy lawn growth. The clippings provide the soil with beneficial nutrients to help the grass continue to grow. Other things you can do to maintain a healthy lawn include leaving the grass longer (about 7 cm) to help manage weed growth. Cut down on dead spots by seeding extra grass in those areas or consider replacing grass with stepping stones, mulch or gravel. When watering, be sure not to over water as you can actually damage the soil and grass with too much water. Use a measuring cup or recycled plastic container to measure how much water is actually going into the soil; aim for about 2.5 cm.

 

Compliments of Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

HOW TO KNOW IF YOU SHOULD SELL OR STAY

Tue, 17 Apr by wallyhawryluk

While some homeowners are happy to stay in their home for years – even decades – there are others who are constantly on the lookout for the next place to hang their hat. But even if you’re the kind of person who loves change there are a few things you should consider before listing.

Stay if… your dream home is still financially out of reach. Perhaps you think of your current house as more of a transition home, but if you can’t afford to move up, it’s definitely better to stay put. For now, that is. Make a plan for how much you need to save, how you’re going to save and when you want to save it by. Having a plan will help you feel as if every day brings your goal of a new home a little bit closer.

Sell if… you’ve always thought of your current home as more of a rest stop than a final destination. any house can easily be made a home, no matter the size or location, but if you’ve always had your eyes set on a bigger home, a different neighborhood or a different city entirely, then you ultimately should follow your heart. There’s no feeling like being handed the keys to the home of your dreams.

Stay if… a few modest remodels will turn your for now home into your forever home. Perhaps your home decor feels dated. Or your kitchen cabinets are the wrong colour. Maybe your backyard has never been properly landscaped or basement never finished. If you’re happy with your neighborhood, the size of your home and its bones, then consider staying and chipping away at all the little projects to transform it from okay to wow.

Sell if… your close family is starting to feel a little too close. Sure, a cozy home is a wonderful thing, but if you have or are planning on having children, know that they do come with their own need for space and also – a whole lot of stuff. It all comes down to how much space you think you all need to live comfortably. If your current home already feels small when your children are young, consider that they’re only going to get bigger – and your house is only going to feel smaller. Sometimes, the only remedy for space issues is more square footage.

THINKING OF BUYING OR SELLING CALL WALLY HAWRYLUK (780) 962-8580 FOR ALL YOUR REAL ESTATE NEEDS…

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

 

Multi-task Space

Tue, 10 Apr by wallyhawryluk

A trend that emerged a few years ago and is still going strong today is a room used in conjunction with the most used entrance of your home. It controls the clutter of everyday life and is known as a mudroom.

A mudroom is a hub for activity and should be set up as such. Provide shelving, coat hooks, cubby holes and shoe storage for each family member to keep it organized. Build each person’s space according to their age and height so it can easily be used.

If space permits, a mudroom is a great place to incorporate your laundry and recycle centre. Organize these task with a folding station for the laundry and a built-in cabinet space for the recycle.

Having a well organized space not only looks better but it will make your life run smoother.

 

Compliments of;  Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

IMPORTANCE OF CURB APPEAL

Tue, 27 Mar by wallyhawryluk

Curb appeal is so important when selling a property. It means a lot more than just mowing the lawn and parking the vehicles in the garage so buyers can see the entire front when pulling up. You want to create and maintain a look that says you care about your property; not only how it looks, but also how it functions. Broken pieces of concrete on the sidewalk looks bad but also means a potential for drainage issues to a buyer. Fixing the concrete before listing shows that you care about the home whether you live there or not. A lot of things get tossed aside with the thought that the new owners can take care of it. But most buyers aren’t looking for a place that comes with a lot of renovations right off the start. If they see peeling paint, overgrown trees and shrubs, broken fixtures, etc. they may consider what else hasn’t been taken care of in the property. This thought then turns to how much of an investment will they have to make over the years. On the flip side, if they see new paint, polished fixtures, well maintained gardens they’ll likely feel more confident in purchasing the property.

 

Compliments of Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

Finance Discussion

Fri, 16 Mar by wallyhawryluk

Discussing finances with a new spouse can be a difficult conversation, but one that is definitely needed. Establishing good spending and saving habits from the start can put you on a road for a successful financial future. The key to financial success as a pair is communication. Be open with one another and discuss each other’s financial history, views on spending and saving, and gather a list of all assets and debts. Once you know where you both stand, use your differences to your advantage. Finally, create a financial plan and stick to it. List your short term and long term financial goals and work together to keep track of both the expenses and savings. Failing to talk about money can lead to added pressure on couples and can cause discontent.

 

Compliments of: Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | 780-962-8580 | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

 

 

 

SPRING CLEANING

Thu, 08 Mar by wallyhawryluk

With the melting of snow, longer days and the anticipation of warmer weather comes the overwhelming urge to break out the supplies and give your home and yard the once over to welcome spring. Set aside a few days or a couple of consecutive weekends, depending on your work load, and get busy. Tackle one project at a time and enlist the help of family members for the more daunting chores such as steam cleaning the carpets or washing the exterior windows. Here are a few projects you might want to think about: dust walls, ceilings, furnishings and shelves; wax wooden furniture and floors; wash windows inside and outside, including screens and window treatments; defrost the freezer and dust refrigerator coils. Happy cleaning and welcome spring!

 

Compliments of: Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

 

A BEFORE YOU LIST CHECKLIST

Thu, 15 Feb by wallyhawryluk

Selling your home is a big deal. There’s so much to think about-pricing, timing, looking for a new home. And if you’ve lived there a long time or have developed an attachment, there’s also the emotional aspect. The following checklist was designed to help make preparing to list as simple and straightforward as possible.

Have your home inspected. While most potential buyers will conduct their own inspection before purchasing, consider having one done before listing. An inspection will give you a heads up if there are any potential problems and will demonstrate to buyers and their agents that you’ve been proactive.

Start pre-packing. By putting away unnecessary items you’ll get a head start on the packing process as well as de-clutter your home. Buyers want to see clean and spacious interiors. Think of creating a “blank canvas” for them to project their own belongings onto.

Clean or replace the flooring. How clean and maintained your floor is will communicate to buyers the state of the rest of your home since it’s such a noticeable feature. If you have carpet, have it cleaned. If it is stained or worn, replace it. If you have damaged laminate, replace that as well. If you have hardwood that is heavily scratched or dented, have it refinished.

Repaint or touch up walls. Paint is one of the easiest and most effective ways to spruce up your home’s interior. A fresh paint job in a neutral color is calming to the eyes and will help potential buyers feel relaxed in your home.

Make sure your curb appeal is appealing.  Don’t forget about the outside of your house! It’s the first thing buyers see when they drive up and will also feature prominently in ad photos. Sweep the walkways and driveway or shovel if it’s winter. Put out flowers or winter arrangements for a special touch.

Tackle that longstanding to-do list. Nowadays, homeowners want homes that are move-in ready, not fixer-uppers. Studies even show most buyers are willing to pay more for a well-maintained house. This means you should take care of all the little (and big) projects you’ve been putting off.

 

Compliments of: Wally Hawryluk

 

Wally Hawryluk | Re/Max Real Estate | 4 – 16 Nelson Dr. Spruce Grove, AB | hawrylukw@gmail.com |

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