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10 Home Staging Tips for your entrance to say “Welcome” to prospective buyers. You’ve heard the expression, “You only have one chance to make a good first impression” that goes for the prospective buyers coming to view your home. While the Realtor is getting the key out of the lock box and opening the door, the buyers have plenty of time to have a good look around.

1. Seasonally appropriate wreath on the front door if you have an old or plain door. If you have a decorative door, leave it plain, you want to bring attention to it.

2. Front door should be painted and in good repair and working order. Updated coordinating door hardware, polished and free of rust. House numbers which are in good condition, match and are easy to read and visible from the road.

3. Update and clean light fixtures, install the highest bulb wattage allowable so the entry is visible from the street. It’s a good idea to leave the lights on in the evening for appointments as well as for prospective buyers driving in your neighbourhood. Timers on lighting both inside and outside are a good idea.

4. Updated coordinating mail box, free of rust, dirt, scratches and paint chips. Door bell should be clean, paint free, in good repair and operational.

5. Planter of seasonally appropriate flowers or greenery. One or two planters are sufficient, don’t over do it. Avoid obstructing the walkway and stairway with plants or accessories. Keep safety in mind. Live plants are more attractive than the plastic flowers from the dollar store.

6. Shrubs and bushes should be trimmed back keeping the walkway, stairway, porch and doorway clear. Shrubs and bushes should also be trimmed around windows, to show off the house and to let in as much natural light into the house as possible.

7. Think of your landscaping as decorating. Do the colours co-ordinate, are things in balance, harmony, proportion, is there a focal point? Declutter and depersonalize the outside as well. A few well placed
outside accessories are visually more appealing to buyers that a collection of Snow White’s Dwarfs.

8. During the Christmas season, a tasteful display of Christmas lights make you house festive and inviting. During the summer months, Christmas lights could leave a reflection on your maintenance habits.

9. Updated with a stylish neutral door mat appropriate for the entry. If the mat is decorative, the decoration or wording should face the person entering.

10. Area should be clean and tidy, free of mail, newspapers, toys, shoes, recycling boxes and garbage containers. Should reflect “Pride of Ownership”

If you are thinking about buying or selling, it would be my pleasure to assist you with your Mississauga Real Estate needs, including: Clarkson, Cooksville, Erindale, Erin Mills, Lakeview, Lorne Park, Malton, Mississauga Valley, Meadowvale, Port Credit, Sheridan Homelands, Streetsville and Applewood as well as in the rest of Peel Region.

Please feel free to contact me any time.

Lydia Pollard, Sales Representative
Keller Williams Real Estate Associates, Brokerage
Direct: 905-272-4764
Office: 905-812-8123




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Homeowners Help Realtors Sell Your House – #1. Leave the Lights On

There are many ways which homeowners can help Realtors.
One way is to leave the lights on inside and outside when appropriate.

When a Realtor is showing your house to a qualified potential buyer
it is because either the Realtor or the buyer have chosen your house
to view from all the other comparable houses for sale on the Multiple
Listing Service.

The Realtor does not know your house, but wants to show it to its
best potential. Motivated buyers view houses at all hours of the day
and evening, during nice weather, as well as during inclement weather.

You can help by leaving your exterior lights on especially during the
evening hours so the Realtor can easily get the lockbox open. The buyer
will get a good look at the front of the house and curb appeal upon arrival.
Leaving the backyard lights on will catch the attention of the buyers and
make sure they look in your backyard and easily see its features. Installing
timers or motion detectors on exterior lights and timers on a few interior lights
would be an alternative.

As I mentioned the Realtor does not know your house, most light switches
are easy to find, but some are not. A well lit room is always more inviting.
If you have special lighting, for example pot lights that are a selling feature,
we want to make sure the buyer sees them. We especially want the buyers
to be aware of all your upgrades and selling features.

Leaving the lights on inside and outside when appropriate benefits
everyone in the end.

Lydia Pollard, Sales Representative
Keller Williams Real Estate Associates, Brokerage
Direct: 905-272-4764
Office: 905-812-8123

www.LydiaSellsHomes.com and www.OwnersPride.ca

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