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Buying a Home

10 tips for Calgary Real Estate First Time Home Buyers

Worst mistakes first-time home buyers make

Basic Advice on Purchasing your First Home

Homes With Secondary Suites (Basement Suites)

6 Tips for Home Buyers

What should a Real Estate Lawyer do for you?

Review Real Estate Listing to Understand the Marketplace

Define your own Calgary MLS Search to Review Listing

Requesting Real Estate Sold Prices

Do You Need A Home Inspection?

Home Inspections 20 Points to Consider

Suggested Home Maintenance Schedule

CONDO Specific Education

Condominium Living is it for me

Living in a condo: One persons perspective

The Downtown Condo Lifestyle

Buying a Condominium – General Consideration

Buying a Condo from a Developer

Buying a Previously-Owned Condominium

Living In Your Condominium

Condominium (Condo) Corporation Explained

Condo Corporation Explained – Board of Directors

Condominium Fees and Reserve Fund Explained

Condo Reserve Fund Study and Plan Explained

Condo Living: One persons perspective

The Downtown Condo Lifestyle


Selling a Home or Condo

How Do Renovations Effect Property Values

Homes With Secondary Suites (Basement Suites)

What is My Property Value and What is a CMA?

What Should a Real Estate Lawyer do for you?

Review Real Estate Listing to Understand the Marketplace

Requesting Real Estate Sold Prices

Define your own Calgary MLS Search to Review Listing

Comparative Market Analysis (CMA) Explained

Preparing Your Property to Sell  (Scroll down)

Preparing for a Home Inspection

Suggested Home Maintenance Schedule

Other Important Web Links

Luxury Home in Calgary and Surounding area

Luxury Condos in Calgary Downtown

Investment Real Estate in Calgary

Duplexes in Calgary

Inner-city Homes in Calgary

Real Estate Tips

Preparing your Property to Sell

Prepping and staging a house. Every seller wants her home to sell fast and bring top dollar. Does that sound good to you? Well, it’s not luck that makes that happen. It’s careful planning and knowing how to professionally spruce up your home that will send home buyers scurrying for their checkbooks. Here is how to prep a house and turn it into an irresistible and marketable home.

Here’s How:

Disassociate Yourself With Your Home.

  • Say to yourself, “This is not my home; it is a house — a product to be sold much like a box of cereal on the grocery store shelf.
  • Make the mental decision to “let go” of your emotions and focus on the fact that soon this house will no longer be yours.
  • Picture yourself handing over the keys and envelopes containing appliance warranties to the new owners!
  • Say goodbye to every room.
  • Don’t look backwards — look toward the future.


Stick Family real estate coursesPack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms. Buyers can’t see past personal artifacts, and you don’t want them to be distracted. You want buyers to imagine their own photos on the walls, and they can’t do that if yours are there! You don’t want to make any buyer ask, “I wonder what kind of people live in this home?” You want buyers to say, “I can see myself living here.”

People collect an amazing quantity of junk. Consider this: if you haven’t used it in over a year, you probably don’t need it.

  • If you don’t need it, why not donate it or throw it away?
  • Remove all books from bookcases.
  • Pack up those knickknacks.
  • Clean off everything on kitchen counters.
  • Put essential items used daily in a small box that can be stored in a closet when not in use.
  • Think of this process as a head-start on the packing you will eventually need to do anyway.

Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets. 
Closet real estate coursesBuyers love to snoop and will open closet and cabinet doors. Think of the message it sends if items fall out! Now imagine what a buyer believes about you if she sees everything organized. It says you probably take good care of the rest of the house as well. This means:

  • Alphabetize spice jars.
  • Neatly stack dishes.
  • Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.
  • Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.
  • Line up shoes.

Rent a Storage Unit. 
Storage Unit  - real estate coursesAlmost every home shows better with less furniture. Remove pieces of furniture that block or hamper paths and walkways and put them in storage. Since your bookcases are now empty, store them. Remove extra leaves from your dining room table to make the room appear larger. Leave just enough furniture in each room to showcase the room’s purpose and plenty of room to move around. You don’t want buyers scratching their heads and saying, “What is this room used for?”

Remove/Replace Favorite Items.
If you want to take window coverings, built-in appliances or fixtures with you, remove them now. If the chandelier in the dining room once belonged to your great grandmother, take it down. If a buyer never sees it, she won’t want it. Once you tell a buyer she can’t have an item, she will covet it, and it could blow your deal. Pack those items and replace them, if necessary.

Make Minor Repairs.

  • House Repairs Real Estate Tips and Education | Real Estate Courses | FreeReplace cracked floor or counter tiles.
  • Patch holes in walls.
  • Fix leaky faucets.
  • Fix doors that don’t close properly and kitchen drawers that jam.
  • Consider painting your walls neutral colors, especially if you have grown accustomed to purple or pink walls.
    (Don’t give buyers any reason to remember your home as “the house with the orange bathroom.”)
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs.
  • If you’ve considered replacing a worn bedspread, do so now!

Make the House Sparkle!

Cleaning the house Real Estate Tips and Education | Real Estate Courses | Free

  • Wash windows inside and out.
  • Rent a pressure washer and spray down sidewalks and exterior.
  • Clean out cobwebs.
  • Re-caulk tubs, showers and sinks.
  • Polish chrome faucets and mirrors.
  • Clean out the refrigerator.
  • Vacuum daily.
  • Wax floors.
  • Dust furniture, ceiling fan blades and light fixtures.
  • Bleach dingy grout.
  • Replace worn rugs.
  • Hang up fresh towels.
  • Bathroom towels look great fastened with ribbon and bows.
  • Clean and air out any musty smelling areas. Odors are a no-no.


  • Go outside and open your front door. Stand there. Do you want to go inside? Does the house welcome you?
  • Linger in the doorway of every single room and imagine how your house will look to a buyer.
  • Examine carefully how furniture is arranged and move pieces around until it makes sense.
  • Make sure window coverings hang level.
  • Tune in to the room’s statement and its emotional pull. Does it have impact and pizzazz?
  • Does it look like nobody lives in this house? You’re almost finished.

Check Curb Appeal.
Bad Curb Appeal Real Estate Tips and Education | Real Estate CoursesIf a buyer won’t get out of her agent’s car because she doesn’t like the exterior of your home, you’ll never get her inside.

  • Keep the sidewalks cleared.
  • Mow the lawn.
  • Paint faded window trim.
  • Plant yellow flowers or group flower pots together. Yellow evokes a buying emotion. Marigolds are inexpensive.
  • Trim your bushes.
  • Make sure visitors can clearly read your house number.

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