Are you like most buyers? If you are, you think that we're a greedy lot that has conspired to drive prices sky high. That we rig bidding wars & have unethical ways of getting people to pay top dollar for inferior properties. That we just stick a sign on the lawn and count our money....What really happens couldn't be further from the truth!
...at least for what I do to prepare homes for sale in Toronto. So I created this series to show you that it's not cute insta reels that get the job done, it's experience, knowledge, skills & some sweat equity!
What I really do to get my clients the top price for their house in Toronto is spend a lot of time analyzing the market and helping sellers prepare a house or condo for sale. Whether it's a House in Toronto, a House in Pickering or a Scarborough Condo, here’s a glimpse behind the scenes to show you some of the work that goes into putting a Toronto Home for Sale:
- Consultation with sellers – CMA
- Home preparation: Quotes, supervising trades, coordinating trades like painters, handyman,
- Landscape touch up
- De-cluttering – helping with donations to various organizations
- Previewing like properties to evaluate the competition
- Staging consultation, planning & final staging
First, I wanted to share my top 3 craziest things I've done in this business!!
1. I boarded a clients son for a couple of months (he was starting last year of high school in a new school & the house closing to get in the area was not until end of October)
2. We moved fish. Not just any kind of fish, special African fish. The fishes' owners were not allowed on the property, and luckily my husband and stepson knew how to help, having raised this type of fish. They also had the equipment to make the job faster - as it had to be supervised by the authorities (I can't make this stuff up!)
3. I was yelled at by a YaYa - In the days of presenting offers in person, my clients offer was lower than this Greek Grandma liked. I guess she got insulted. The listing agent, who was in the room was so embarrased!
Now, my behind the scenes stories!
Here are a couple of short video clips followed by some before and after photos
1. The homeowners were on a limited budget for updates, and had furniture stored by a family member in the house. I co-ordinated movers to remove items to a storage facility, booked the storage facility, cleaned, the homeowner decluttered further then we staged the house with their own furniture, converting the basement from a storage room to a functional play area.
2. Again, these homeowners had been using the basement as a storage room. We decluttered, helped them shred important documents, helped donate unwanted items to various charities, then coordinated trades to: add new carpet, replace light fixtures & paint the dated panelling
3. This before and after shows you how the power of paint can transform a front entrance - and this is before it's 'staged' with some decor!