Does your home compel or repel?

Posted by Emma McKenzie on Apr 11, 2017 4:31:36 AM

There’s a lot of talk about what adds value and attracts buyers when it comes to getting a good price for your property. But just as important are the key things about the property that will put most buyers off.

In a survey by gocompare, buyers have revealed their top 20 turn-offs when looking  to purchase a property. For some North Shore homes (depending on property type, age and location) some of these will be inevitable or out of your control. However the research is a helpful point of reference for areas you can focus on to sell your home faster and for a decent price.


Stains & damp patches
This is a particular area of concern for potential homebuyers. A musty smell, black mold, stained ceilings or crumbling plasterwork are all warning signs which, depending on the cause, can be expensive to fix. Remove any mildew  from surfaces and consider giving the dehumidifier a good workout. Attend to any dampness issues deemed major, before you put your house on the market.


Smells & odours
Make sure your home is free of all pet, stale food or cigarette odours. If you can’t smell something, ask your Realtor to advise if they can.


Small, boxy rooms
There’s obviously not a lot you can do about this without some serious investment, but there’s no question that cramped spaces deter people. Have a think about how you can change the layout of your furniture to exaggerate and emphasize space.

Cluttered rooms
This is a recurring theme in any list of how to get your property sale ready. A tidy uncluttered home will not only  make the house appear well looked after, it will also help potential buyers visualize their own furniture and belongings in the property.

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An overgrown or neglected garden
Who knows what could be lurking in the depths of an overgrown garden? Potential buyers probably don’t want to find out. Cutting the grass, weeding the flowerbeds, trimming the hedges and removing any litter will make a big difference when it comes to attracting buyers.

It’s tough, everybody is comfortable with different temperatures. Aim for dry and comfortable.

An old, inefficient boiler /central heating system
Buyers want to be confident that the heating system won’t let them down during the colder months and that they can save as much as possible with an energy efficient model.

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A small/outdated kitchen
Research reveals that the keen cooks among us prefer a modern kitchen, with reliable appliances to fill them with confidence.

Your Realtor
Just as your Realtor can make your sale, they can also break it if they are hard to reach, or difficult to deal with. Make sure they’re representing you and your property with respect and professionalism.

If you can tick off some of these items before putting your home on the market, you are on your way to selling success.




Topics: Selling, Canada, Add Value To Your Property, Open House

Tips2.jpg Have a dedicated office space

Office-Home.jpgIt is very important to designate one room (or even a large closet) as your office. This space should have enough room for your desk and a cabinet, it should be quiet, comfortable, and if possible separate from the rest of the house. If you live in a small place try to dedicate a quiet area where you can have your desk. Whatever your office looks like, make sure the only thing that happens in that space is work.

♦ Treat your work day as a work day

The first few hours of the work day can have a significant effect on your level of productivity. This means getting up early, showered, and dressed like you’re going to the office. It doesn’t have to be a suit and tie or a pencil skirt – that’s one of the benefits of working from home, after all – but getting cleaned up and dressed makes it easier to stay “work-minded” all day.

Take Breaks

Take-break.jpgTaking breaks can be a great boost to your productivity. Take fifteen minutes each morning and afternoon, and be sure to take a lunch break. It helps you to be efficient and productive as well as keeping your day structure. A great Mac app called Breaktime can help you schedule your breaks.



Make your home office efficient but also pleasing

Tidy-Office.jpgYou’re going to spend a lot of time in your office, make it an enjoyable place to be. When it comes to paperwork, you want to keep your business and personal things separate. It is easy to keep your personal documents such as, birth certificates, mortgages records, bank statements, etc, in the same room as their business files. Be careful not to get the two mixed up or misplace client information. Maintain your desk free of clutter.

 Adopt a system you trust

It’s easy to get distracted at home. One way to help you understand your productivity level is to start tracking the time you spend at the task at hand. Create a work-sheet where you can enter the task, task description and time spent on that specific item. Creating a system will make your work-day more efficient and productive.