1. Prepare your Lake Of Bays cottage / home for sale
Break out the mop and the paintbrush. It’s time to give your Lake Of Bays cottage / home a mini-makeover. Here are all the little things you can do to attract the big offers.
See your Lake Of Bays cottage / home through a buyer’s eyes
Now’s the time to address your Lake Of Bays cottage / home’s little imperfections: the hole in the screen door, the chipped paint on the baseboards, and the mess in the basement. Print out a copy of our Is Your Lake Of Bays cottage / home Ready? A Checklist and take a thorough tour of your Lake Of Bays cottage / home.
Get rid of clutter
Your house will feel a lot bigger and more inviting when you clear out those closets, remove bulky, unused furniture and rearrange the remaining pieces to make the best use of space. If you haven’t used something in the past year, toss it, donate it to charity or sell it.
Cleaning is the single most cost effective way to make your Lake Of Bays cottage / home more attractive to buyers. Floors, windows, walls, doors, baseboards – everything! Give extra care and attention to the bathrooms and kitchen. And once it’s all clean, keep it clean! You never know when your ideal buyer will visit.
Repair as much as you can, within reason
Some repairs are absolutely vital, like a leaky roof or basement and unsafe electrical problems. Otherwise, fix all the little things like leaky faucets, doors that squeak, and small cracks in the ceiling.
Depersonalize your Lake Of Bays cottage / home
You want buyers to walk through your house and feel like it’s their Lake Of Bays cottage / home, not yours! Things like a cluttered wall of family portraits or your trophy collection are guaranteed to prevent buyers from emotionally placing themselves in your Lake Of Bays cottage / home. Remove everything that’s too much about you.
Never underestimate the power of paint
Strong colours on the walls or wild wallpaper make it hard for buyers to imagine their furniture in your house. Consider repainting your Lake Of Bays cottage / home in bright, neutral colours that will enhance a room’s size and look more inviting. Next to cleaning your Lake Of Bays cottage / home, paint is the most cost-effective way to increase your Lake Of Bays cottage / home’s appeal.
Add some beautifying touches
You don’t need to spend a fortune to make a big difference. Replace tattered old curtains with some fresh draperies. Mirrors on the wall help rooms feel more spacious. New houseplants add undeniable appeal. And on the outside of your Lake Of Bays cottage / home trim the trees, weed the garden and consider planting a few new flowers to make a great first impression.
Don’t get so carried away with prepping your Lake Of Bays cottage / home that you forget why you’re doing this – to get more money! You need to consider two things before making any improvements.
Will this make my Lake Of Bays cottage / home more desirable to buyers? Will this increase the value of my Lake Of Bays cottage / home more than it costs me to do it?
Andrew Bulloch can add useful tips and advice when it comes to prepping Lake Of Bays cottage / homes.
2. Let your Andrew Bulloch market your Lake Of Bays cottage / home
It’s time for Andrew Bulloch to do his thing with a few old-fashioned, and some new-fashioned, marketing tools.
The “For Sale” Sign Despite our leaps in technology, the “For Sale” sign continues to be an extremely effective way to advertise. Anybody responding to your sign is a solid lead because they’ve seen your Lake Of Bays cottage / home with their own eyes.
Andrew Bulloch will use any or all of the following:
Classified ads in the newspaper (often with a photo), ads in real estate publications, property listings on cable television and good old-fashioned mail. Neighbourhood mailers can be incredibly effective.
The Internet – Andrew Bulloch uses the power of the net to market your cottage / home to the world at large. Andrew has many sites to reach your target audience and to showcase your cottage / home without actually physcially visiting it.
Andrew Bulloch has been part of Muskoka’s community his whole life, this network of people is one of the best ways to market your home by word of mouth.
Andrew Bulloch can also call other REALTORS®, who can call other REALTORS®, who can call other REALTORS®. Ultimately, your Lake Of Bays cottage / home itself becomes a selling tool
Start with an open house, Andrew Bulloch running an Open House is an efficient way to attract REALTORS® to see your Lake Of Bays cottage / home with their own eyes. If your Lake Of Bays cottage / home is perfect for one of their buyers, you can be sure they’ll rush right out and tell them!
Andrew Bulloch can organize everything and get the buzz started. Next, an “Open House” for everybody
Many buyers want to get a feel for your neighbourhood. That’s why Open Houses to the public are so important.
They usually last a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday, and there are a few simple but important rules to follow. Make sure your Lake Of Bays cottage / home looks its finest Your best buyer may just walk in off the street! Lock away valuables Most folks are decent, courteous and honest, but it’s wise to stash away jewelry, cameras and other small valuables. You can ask your Andrew Bulloch to request a name and phone number from every visitor for added security.
Attend to any hazards
Is there an electrical cord somebody could trip on? Is there a chair that will collapse if somebody actually sits in it? Fix it, or lose it. Avoid cooking foods with strong aroma Almost nobody’s dream Lake Of Bays cottage / home smells like smoked herring!
The best way you can help:
Don’t be there
You want people to feel relaxed and daydream that your Lake Of Bays cottage / home is their Lake Of Bays cottage / home. This just isn’t possible with you there. Go see a movie, or take your pets on a field trip. A “lock box” makes it easier to show your Lake Of Bays cottage / home
A “lock box” is a small, secure box that’s affixed to your front doorknob. It’s a mini safe with a key to your house inside. REALTORS® are given a combination to the lock box, so they can show your Lake Of Bays cottage / home to interested buyers.
Be patient with visits. Hopefully they will lead to a great offer, soon.
To be continued…