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Selling Your Vancouver Home During the Summer Months

May 20, 2012

Filed under: Burnaby,North Vancouver,Real Estate Market,Richmond,Surrey,Vancouver — Richard Morrison @ 3:11 pm
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You’re definitely selling your house this summer. Maybe you have a new job in another city starting in the Fall. Whatever your situation, if you’re selling your Prime Vancouver home during the summer months, you’re going to want to do all you can both now and then to make sure it sells before summer’s gone. Here are a few things that can make sure that sell happens:


1. Start Doing the FLYLADY’s 27 Fling Boogie Right Now
The FLYLADY is an online guru who fondly helps home executives get their home lives in order, taking baby steps all the way. Right now, you need all the help you can get and her 27 Fling Boogie is a great, fast, and fun way to help you and everyone else in your home start taking baby steps every day to get your home in top selling order before summer comes.


First, grab a big garbage bag and walk around your home and pitch 27 items into it as fast as you can, tie up the top of it, and throw the bag away. Then, get a box and walk through your home again, this time grabbing 27 items to give away. If you find two identical items, keep the best one and throw the other in the box to give away. Do this as fast as you can, and once you’re done, take the box and put it in your car to take to your local donation center. Do NOT leave it in your home where you or someone else will be tempted to pick around in it and pull things out. You’re decluttering here. Put it in the car where it belongs, forget about it, and move on. For more help with your cluttered up and junkie hotspots, just Google the FlyLady for more quirky but effective ways to get your home ready for sellers and for moving alike.


2. Think Light or White and Maybe Even Grab Some Paint
It was so nice and warm and cozy being all closed in with the drapes pulled and the fire roaring this winter, wasn’t it? But now that it’s time to pull those drapes back, maybe open the window, and let the sunlight pour in, oh my goodness… what ARE those apparitions and smoke stains on the walls? Vancouver real estate buyers want to see the light shine, too, but don’t like being distracted by thinking of all the work they’ll have to do after they buy your home.

So start cleaning or maybe even painting now. If everything’s dark and way too cozy, make it white or light. Help buyers envision themselves and their own belongings in your home by getting rid of or cleaning up or painting over anything that disturbs their pretty perfect picture of themselves and their things in your home. Declutter, clean, scrub, and paint light into your home.


3. Visualize Whirled Peas, But Bake Cinnamon Rolls
When the time comes to start showing your home, just simply leave. Don’t be there. And don’t leave stuffy smells behind. No one likes whirled peas but your neighbor’s 10-year-old quirky kid with a love of homonyms and green stuff. The one smell that most Vancouver home buyers love, however, one that for some cozy reason puts them all in a “I-love-this-place-but-don’t-know-why” mood, is the smell of homemade cinnamon rolls. For some reason, it makes your home smell cozy and warm and loving without noxious sprays or deodorizers. So before you leave your home each day, just pop some baking rolls in your oven sprinkled on top with sugar and cinnamon, and let that homey aroma fill your home. You’ll have a nice treat to share with coworkers, while buyers will get a refreshing homey feel when they visit your home.

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