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5 Minute Tips: Prep Your Home for Viewing


You have potential buyers coming but you’re already running late for work. What can you do in 5 minutes that will have the most impact?


1. Tidy the foyer / front entrance.

The front entrance is the first impression of your home. Put away your family’s shoes, hats, jackets, mail, etc.


2. Turn on lights and open the curtains.

Brighter homes look larger and more welcoming. Your real estate agent would be happy to turn off the lights and close the curtains after the prospective buyers have left, if you ask them.


3. Give the powder rooms a once-over.

Put the toilet lids down, wipe any hair and toothpaste spills from the sink, and put away toiletries.


4. Remove personal items.

Quickly go through your home and remove personal items such as family photos, bills and jewellery. This will help potential buyers picture themselves making the home their own.


5. Shake off your welcome mat.

Make sure your welcome mat is clean, free of leaves, bugs or other outdoor distractions that have a habit of accumulating.

This quick and easy task list will help you present your home to buyers in the best light, and it will ensure your mind doesn’t wander back to your house throughout the day with worries that you did not leave your home as clean as you could have.


Surprising Ways Buyers Find Homes

Are you in the market for purchasing a home in the Central Coquitlam area? Read about some tips below from the Realtors® at Team Tara Matthews.

Surprising Ways Buyers Find Homes
Do you ever wonder how most people find the homes they eventually buy?
You might imagine them driving by a “For Sale” sign or seeing a home for
sale in the newspaper and then calling to enquire.
Of course, many buyers find out about listed properties that way. But,
according to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are
many other sometimes surprising ways buyers find their next dream home.

Central Coquitlam Home


For example:
•88% of buyers find a home with
the help of a real estate agent.
•90% of buyers search online as part of the home buying process.
(Such as viewing a property’s profile on the agent’s website.)
•69% of buyers searching for a home using Google, use a specific
local term, such as “Whitbysouth homes for sale”.
•29-46% of buyers attend an Open House as part of their home
hunting activities.

 


Overall, the research shows that buyers are using a multitude of ways
combining online and offline methods to find homes.  

What does all this mean to you? If means that if you’re preparing your home
for sale, you need to ensure your marketing plan takes into account all the
ways buyers are finding properties so you can be sure that they will find
yours.

Looking for a REALTOR® in Central Coquitlam who knows how to market your home for
maximum exposure? Call Tara Matthews and Team today.

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