Selling a home in Canmore offers a unique selling environment for property owners, from +30 in the summer months to -30 in the winter months, homes feel the full force of mother nature every month of the year. A large population of buyers in Canmore are looking for second homes, which typically means showing traffic increases on the weekends, adding the stress of cleaning for showings to what should be your time to relax after a busy week at work. With this in mind, here are some tips to make listing and showing your home easier.
Prior to listing your home for sale, go through the home and take out any clutter. A great place to start is the kitchen counter, and then work your way to the mud room, kids bedrooms and basement. Clearing the house of clutter allows buyers to focus on the important factors of your home without distraction.
Before you list your home, you should go through and do a full “Spring Clean” of your home – even if it’s the dead of winter. Removing floor stains, calcium build-up in shower heads and glass shower doors, and putting the oven through a self-clean cycle are all good places to start. Remember that you will need to keep the home clean through the home selling process and having the whole family involved in the Spring Clean will hopefully generate their buy-in when it comes time to clean for showing. From my own experiences with my kids, I know how easy it seems to be for them to build up toothpaste deposits in their bathroom sink and mirror (I’m still not sure how they manage that) or hide their clothes (and anything else for that matter) under the bed.
1. Floor Mats
The ever changing weather patterns in Canmore means we can see snow every month of the year. While it’s not as common as it used to be, it’s always good to be prepared as a Seller. Using floor mats so as buyers and their children can place their outdoor shoes ensure your nice clean entrance way stays cleaner longer and buyers are not leaving their shoes with melting snow on the flooring.
Nowadays it seems people are planning less and less and shaping their day on feel and emotion. It’s not uncommon for us as REALTORS® to receive phone calls in the morning from clients that would like to see properties that afternoon. While we do our best to let buyers know we need a little more notice than a couple of hours, and we will always contact you to see if the time-frame works for you, it’s a good idea, especially on weekends, to have the home ready for showings at all times. A large number of properties in Canmore are tenant occupied and if you are listing an investment property for sale, please communicate with your tenants about the upcoming listing and sale of the property prior to the home being listed for sale. We find tenants are often much more co-operative when they are included in the process and their time valued by both, the owner and the REALTOR®. Tenants will require 24 hours notice prior to any showings.
3. An Inviting Home
An inviting home always gives a strong first impression. One of the easiest ways for a seller to build a strong impression is to have all the lights on in the home as the potential buyers enter the home. Brightening up the home by having the lights on will invite the buyers into the home and make them instantly comfortable, giving them time to immediately seek out the features they are looking for. In the winter months, having the fireplace on in the living room is also an instant impression builder.
4. Shovel Your Snow
Hopefully everyone is aware of how important it is to shovel the snow from your driveway and sidewalk. Not only does it provide a safer environment in the winter time for buyers to see your home, it also cuts down on the amount of snow tracked into your home. If the home you are selling is a second home, please hire someone to shovel the snow after larger snowfalls. This will help sell your home more quickly.
Canmore is a dog town. There were more dogs than children in Canmore on the last census and dogs, as with any pets, sometimes make a mess and leave a pet odour around the home. We are a very pet friendly town and to make your home as inviting as possible to potential buyers, please consider these suggestions when listing and showing your home:
1. Do everything you can to ensure your pet is not home for showings;
2. Any dog run or grass area used by your pet is free of your pet’s ‘business’;
3. Dog toys and dog beds are tucked away (under the bed is a good idea);
4. Hide dog food bowls and water dishes;
5. The home is free of excess pet hair;
6. Arrange for the removal of any pet stains from carpets and floors prior to listing;
7. Avoid using heavy air fresheners to cover pet odours – have the problem areas cleaned to fix the problem… Do not mask it.
Thank you so much for all the hard work you put into selling our Canmore Home. We loved the professional photographs taken of our place and how we already had a potential viewing before we even officially listed!! We especially loved all the feedback you gave to us after each viewing. When we had an offer and were out of town, you facilitated the negotiating process to make it as easy as possible. And THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU for going above and beyond by working with our Calgary Realtor to help make the purchase of our new home easier. We have already recommended you to one of our Canmore neighbours and would not hesitate in recommending you to anyone selling a home in Canmore.
— Anjanet and Lukas, Canmore | Calgary