June 2017 Newsletter

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Sweet summer!  It may be a short season, but it is one to take full advantage of.  Edmonton is a diverse melting pot of excitement and activity, and the calendar is full of activities to fit any budget or agenda.  From music, theatre and food, to thrill rides, art and sports, our city is a busy one, exploding with the energy of residents and tourists.

If you clicked play, you have also seen that the market is busy with listings, but it is combined with numbers showing sales are down.  It does not mean we can’t help you be successful in the sale of your home, but it does mean that you need to be a little more prepared than in the past.  The presentation, and first impression of your home are everything, and a critical factor in the listing process.  You want to stand out from the other homes potential buyers are viewing.  So how can you do this?  Here are a few of our top tips for getting your home ready:  

BOOST CURB APPEAL:

A major first impression is the moment a buyer pulls up to view your home.  If they are turned off by the exterior, they will have a hard time feeling love for the interior.  Power wash siding and windows, ensure lawns are cut, and add color with a few flower baskets.  Repaint or restain any peeling or damaged areas.  You should also ensure that your house number is in good shape and clearly visible.

DECLUTTER AND DEPERSONALIZE:

According to HGTV, the single most important thing you can do is to de-clutter. One of the largest contributors to a cluttered home is too much furniture.  A professional stager will cut this by roughly half, making the rooms seem larger. Remove personal items such as family photos as they make it more difficult for a stranger to envision themselves in your space.

LIGHT UP THE ROOM:

It turns out most homes are actually improperly lit, and lighting is the key element in making a home warm and welcoming.  And easy fix is to up the wattage.  Aim for 100 watts per 50 sqft.  Also aim for light layering by utilizing the 3 types of lighting, Ambient (overall), Task (pendant or reading) and Accent (Table)

PAINT THE TOWN....OR AT LEAST THE ROOM:

Paint is a key element.  Keeping tones neutral not only is more appealing to buyers, a neutral tone actually tones down any furniture that is dated.  To make a small room appear larger, paint it the same color as the adjacent room.  Take care of imperfections, nail holes or faded areas prior to showing your home.  Ensure your walls are clean.  For an added touch, pair the draperies with the wall color.

KITCHEN IS KEY:

A kitchen reno can be one of the most expensive facelifts for your home, but also one of the most beneficial and most rewarding in value.  If you cannot afford to replace dated or worn cabinets, refacing is an excellent option. Another option is to repaint or restain, a great DIY project for keen homeowners who don’t mind some elbow grease.  Even new hardware or lighting can make an incredible difference.  

FIX THE FLOOR:

Most buyers love a beautiful hardwood floor....but not one that is scratched and worn. Others love carpet in the bedrooms....but not the stains and obvious wear.  Replacing flooring, or having the hardwood refinished is an important step.  At the very least, you should have a professional come in to clean carpets.  Strategic placement of an area rug can also add alot to a room.

The list of "to do’s" can become a daunting ordeal, a never ending and exhausting list of tasks.  The sale of a home is rarely stress free, but by performing a few pre-sale techniques, you can greatly enhance not only the chances of selling your home, but the final price.  

This is where our team comes in.  Not only are we happy to provide you with a complimentary home evaluation that will give you comprehensive and informed information regarding your homes value in the current market, we are happy to discuss concerns you have regarding the staging of your home.  It’s how we go the extra mile.  If you are thinking of buying or selling your home, our team has the experience and knowledge you need.  If you know of anyone else thinking of joining the market, we never take your referrals for granted.

Have a fantastic month!

The Brent MacIntosh Real Estate Team

CONGRATS TO THE GRADS OF 2017!!  We wish you a successful road ahead!  And when you are ready to make the leap to your "first place", we can help with that too.

25, 1659 Jahma Rd           $299,900

This 1130 square foot bungalow is located in a 45+ complex in Jackson Heights.  The home features 2+1 bedrooms, 3 full bathrooms, white cabinets, main floor laundry, finished basement, double attached garage and west exposure for the back deck with a  walking trail behind the fence.  The master bedroom will accommodate a king sized suite and has a walk through closet and a 3 piece ensuite.  The basement has a large recreation room, 3rd bedroom, 3rd bathroom and a huge storage room.  The condo fees are $309.59/ month.  Jackson Villas is a well run complex with an amazing location close to parks, amenities, transportation, restaurants and transportation.

379 Lilac Lane                   $474,900

Upgraded 2 storey located in a quiet cul de sac. Entering this home you are greeted by an open entryway, Formal DR, Open Kitchen w/new exotic laminate flooring, ample cabinet and countertop space w/island, WI pantry, Bright Breakfast Nook w/garden door leading to the deck. Modern LR. MF Laundry w/cabinets and new washer/dryer. 2 pce bath. Upstairs features a huge Master Bdrm w/ WI closet & 3 pce ensuite. The 2nd and 3rd bdrms are a great size. Large main Bath w/Jacuzzi tub. Bright, Bonus Room w/vaulted ceilings. Basement has Family Rm, large 4th bdrm w/BI makeup mirror, WI closet and 3 pce bath. Storage area w/shelving. Oversized double attached garage. Private, Fully Fenced, landscaped Yard features 2 storage sheds, garden beds, firepit, newer deck. A/C,central Vac, refurbished cabinets, fresh paint, new lighting, faucets and hardware throughout. Some new flooring. New HE furnace and hot water tank, New roof (2015).This home has a very useable functional floorplan. Terrific Family Home!

19 Kirklees Place             $699,900

This sophisticated bungalow located in a quiet cul-de-sac in Nottingham has everything you are looking for and then some.  This huge home features a total of 7 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, vaulted ceilings, hardwood flooring, huge island with breakfast bar, granite counters, main floor laundry, gas fireplace, fully finished basement with a gigantic recreation room and a heated/ insulated double attached garage.  There are 2 ensuite bathrooms on the main floor including a 5 piece off the master bedroom with 2 sinks and a jetted tub.  There is a view of the lake from the park sized yard that includes a fire pit, 2 storage sheds and a 900 square foot cedar deck.  Other extras include 4 skylights, new hot water tank and new shingles (2016).

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