Selling your Home? Choose the Right Photos

They say a picture speaks a thousand words. That’s certainly true in real estate. Sure, property descriptions are vitally important, but photos are essential. Especially these days, when so many people view listings online, the right photos can mean the difference between a buyer becoming interested in your property or moving on to the next listing.

So, what photos should you take?

Recent studies suggest that the more photos the better. Property listings that feature several photos tend to attract more buyers than those with just a single picture or none at all. So, you’ll want to have plenty taken. Some of the most effective shots include:

  • Photos of each room.
  • Desirable features, such as a gorgeous fireplace.
  • The property facade.
  • The backyard and other appealing outdoor features.
  • Key rooms from multiple perspectives, such as the kitchen, master en suite, and dining room.

Before having these photos taken, be sure to prepare. If you were having a family photo taken by a professional photographer, you’d probably ensure everyone dressed their best. The same holds true when listing pictures are taken. Make sure your home looks its best.

Get as much decluttering and cleaning done as possible before pictures are taken. Also, if there are any repairs needed around the home, especially ones that are likely to show up in a photo, get those taken care of too.

Of course, if you need to list your home quickly, there are ways to shoot photos that still look great, even before your home is 100% prepared.

Listing photography doesn’t take that long, so scheduling won’t be a big concern. 

 

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DIY-Friendly Bathroom Makeovers

Want to make your bathroom look fantastic without having to do a major renovation? There are a lot of projects you can do yourself. In fact, there are some improvements you can get done in less than a day that will transform the look and feel of your bathroom. Check out these ideas:
  • Update the sink. If you have some basic plumbing knowledge, this is a project you should be able to do on your own. A new sink can make the entire vanity look like new.
  • Buy new decor. New shower curtains, towels, window coverings, mats, etc. can transform the look of a bathroom.
  • Install new hardware. Replacing cabinet hardware may not seem like much of a change. However, it can have a surprisingly big impact. Shiny new hardware is like jewelry. It stands out.
  • Replace the vanity mirror. Even if there are no scratches, an older mirror is like an old pair of glasses. It can become foggy. No amount of cleaning will make it any clearer. When ordering a replacement mirror, be sure that your measurements are exact.
  • Paint. There’s no doubt about it. A fresh coat of paint makes any room look better.

These bathroom improvement projects can make a huge impact on the look of your bathroom. And, they can all be done affordably and in just a day or two.

Open House in Sun Ridge, Victoria

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Conquering the Fear of Paying too Much for a Home

 

You’ve heard of “buyer’s regret”. It refers to purchasing a pricey item, like a fancy sweater or a new car, and then regretting it the next day because you think you paid too much.

Fear of buyer’s regret can actually dissuade people from making a purchase, even when the price is right and they really want the product!

In the real estate world, buyers can sometimes hesitate to make an offer on a home for the same reason. They worry about paying too much, so they take a pass on the property. That’s unfortunate because they may miss out on a great home at a good price!

How do you conquer this fear?

The first step is to get your finances in order. Determine how much your current property will likely sell for on today’s market. Also, talk to a lender or mortgage advisor to find out how much of a mortgage you can get. This will give you a fairly good idea of what you can comfortably afford.

Don’t forget to factor in monthly expenses when determining affordability. If you’re looking to move to a larger home, or one that’s in a highly desirable neighbourhood, your mortgage payments may be higher. Other expenses, like utilities, might increase too.

Remember, a new home is as much a lifestyle investment as it is a traditional financial one. You’re making an investment in your – and your family’s – happiness. That might even make it worth spending a bit more. And, once you’ve reviewed your finances and anticipated your expenses, you may discover you can do just that!

So, take all these factors into account and determine a price range within which you can comfortably shop. That will make it easier to make an offer on that perfect property with confidence, and with no fears of regret.

Open House in Sun Ridge, Victoria

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Townhouse For Sale in Sun Ridge, Victoria

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•  1546 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm townhouse FOR SALE  CAD600,000 .
MLS® 886132

Flexible living space with TWO primary bedrooms; one on the main and one upstairs! A small step from the attached one-car garage or through the main door leads you to easy one-level living. The primary bedroom is on the main floor and has a large washroom including walk-in shower; and a full sized laundry room. Cook your breakfast in the well appointed kitchen with soaring skylight and pass the sunny morning away in the bright breakfast nook. The dining room is in the middle of the house and fits a large table and chairs. Beside that is the living room with cozy gas fireplace and sliding glass doors to a private patio for enjoying afternoon sun. Upstairs is a second primary bedroom or guest room/office with 4-piece washroom that can be used for guests. One dog or cat is welcome. This bright and airy townhome is located within walking distance to Westshore Mall, the Galloping Goose trail and Colwood Creek Dog Park.

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Single Story For Sale in Victoria West, Victoria

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•  single story FOR SALE  CAD675,000 .
MLS® 885920

A unique, stand-alone townhome, situated in an intimate 5 unit development located in a serene park-like setting on the Esquimalt/Vic West border. The complex is just steps from tennis courts and within walking distance to downtown Victoria along the West Song Walkway. There is wonderful separation in this 3-story unit, with a spacious master bedroom on the top floor with a large walk-in closet, 4 pc ensuite bathroom and laundry room. The main floor is perfect for entertaining: The kitchen with breakfast nook has a bar opening up to the formal dining room, which has funky wrought iron railings overlooking the living room. Down a few stairs is the spacious living room with wood fireplace and sliders to a deck, great for BBQs. The lower floor has tremendous flexibility with a large bedroom, four piece bathroom and direct entry to the double carport. This unit comes with 2 covered parking spaces.

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Beware of Over-Downsizing or Over-Upsizing

Buying a new pair of shoes is relatively easy. Once you find the style you like, all you need to do is try them on and see if they fit. If they do, you go to the cash register and pay.
 
When it comes to size, buying a new home can be trickier! Whether your intention is to upsize or downsize, figuring out the right size can be especially challenging.
 
Say for example, you’re downsizing from a large two-story home to a smaller bungalow. You don’t want to underestimate the space you need and end up in a place that feels tight. If you’re going the other way and upsizing, you don’t want to end up sinking extra money into a property that’s larger than you really need.
So how do you avoid these scenarios?
 
One of the best ways is to start by considering your current home. Do you use all the rooms in your home regularly? Is there a bedroom that’s rarely occupied? Has the recreation room become simply a storage area? If you’re downsizing, subtracting rooms you scarcely use can give you a better idea of what you need in a new home.
 
Upsizing is a bit more challenging because you have to anticipate what you will need in the future. For example, if you have young children, and your place is feeling cramped, then a home with a recreation room or separate family and living rooms may be a good idea. You may also need a bigger kitchen with a spacious eating area (in addition to a separate dining room.) Think about the extra room you’ll need and how you’ll use that space.

Single Story For Sale in Victoria West, Victoria

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•  1448 sqft , 2 bath , 2 bdrm single story FOR SALE  CAD969,000 .
MLS® 885123

Songhees Point at the glorious scenic Inner Harbour of Victoria. Stroll on the walkway across the bridge downtown with so many choices of restaurants, shopping, markets, mall, cafes and commerce within a few steps. This beautifully updated home offers almost 1500 square feet with ocean views from the living room with gleaming wood floors, modern kitchen with stainless appliances, spacious master suite with ensuite, laundry/storage room an large guest room. The welcoming entry of this suite feels like a home! Delta Ocean Point resort and Victoria International Marina just and Boom + Batten just around the corner. An amazing lifestyle home that’s second to none: Victoria living at its best.

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