Spring into action

The Montreal Real Estate Spring Market has once again Sprung into action!

So far January, February and March have been crazy months for real estate sales in Montreal. Sales have been relentless and some real estate sellers were presented with multiple offers. We have witnessed properties being sold in the Montreal area, above asking price. But it’s not over yet! If you haven’t listed your property yet and you are thinking of selling, do not wait! The time is now! Mortgage rates are low and buyers are out en masse!

Setting the Stage for Selling

With the busy spring housing market upon us, many home sellers are considering making home improvements in advance of listing,  to help entice potential buyers.  However, instead of relying on the usual tricks, many are taking a new approach  by trying home staging.

“Staging” is a term that has been used in  the design industry for some time, and is now very common in the real-estate market.  Essentially, it means setting the stage for boosting the response to your home from interested buyers, by  making changes up-front.

For some, this may feel unnatural.  We assume that our “home” is being assessed,
rather than the “house” in which we have made our home.  However, potential buyers are primarily interested  in purchasing the place they can best picture themselves in.  Staging helps them do just that.

Managing belongings is a problem for both  the buyer and seller.  Extras can be seen
as clutter, giving the false impression that there is not sufficient storage or  living space.  Buyers prefer a home that can handle their own belongings.

Creating the illusion of space and neutralizing your house are two important aspects of house staging.  Eliminating clutter is an easy way to  accomplish both.  For example, 90 per  cent of us show homes displaying small appliances such as microwaves, toasters
and radios on our kitchen counters.  We  should be cautious against this, even if your appliances are high-end.  “By clearing counters of removable items,  potential homebuyers can envision the space exactly how they like.”

Another effective technique is removing, rearranging and resizing furniture.
Think of it this way: You may love that extra armchair, but if the door  behind it won’t open, you’re blocking a selling feature.  Extra furniture can easily inhibit light and
hide lovely architectural details.

Before putting your house on the market, consider making slight improvements by removing clutter, rearranging furniture and getting rid of unnecessary objects. A real estate broker can also help guide you.

Once your house is ready to be listed, professional photography can transform the look of your home. That’s another post…. coming soon!

Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this article.  However, the  information provided is general in nature and those with specific questions  should seek professional advice that meets their  particular requirements.

 Monique Assouline is a  Montreal Real Estate Broker with Londono Realty Group.  She can be reached at 514-219-5897 or moniqueassouline@londonogroup.com

Visit her properties at: www.moniqueassouline.com



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