The role proper lighting plays in making your home more appealing to buyers:

Light Your Way to a Faster Sale 
Remember the last time you visited an upscale furniture showroom? The 
furniture and fixtures on display probably looked great. The colours and 
textures jumped out at you. It was a feast for the eyes! 
There is a good reason for this: lighting. 
Of course, the quality of the products has a lot to do with how appealing 
they look when on display. But smart retailers know that proper lighting is 
key to making those products look their best. In fact, some retailers even 
hire lighting consultants! 
What does this have to do with selling your home quickly, and for the best 
Obviously, when showing your property to potential buyers, you want your 
home to look its very best. Proper lighting can be a big help. 
When preparing your home for sale, review the lighting in each room and 
make sure the space is sufficiently well lit. You want the lighting to be strong 
enough to prevent dark or shadowy areas, yet not so strong that it's 
uncomfortable for the eyes. 
As a rule of thumb, the total wattage of lights in a room should equal the 
room's square footage times 1.5. So, if a room is 120 square feet and has 
three light sources (ceiling light and two lamps) then the bulbs in each 
should be 60 watts. 
Pay particular attention to traditionally dark areas, such as the garage, 
basement, and closets. Make sure those areas are well lit. 
If you have a viewing scheduled during the day, take advantage of natural 
light through windows. Open the curtains! 
Finally, one of the most important areas is the foyer. Always make sure the 
entrance has sufficient lighting. You don't want buyers to think they've 
entered the home of classic TV's The Adam's Family! 
Want more ideas for preparing your home for sale? Call today. 
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When preparing your home for sale, you need to fix things up, declutter, perhaps slap a fresh coat of paint on a few walls. That’s all part of getting your property ready for buyers.

But there’s another type of preparation that you also need to do. And, the sooner you do it, the less stressful your move will be.

You need to get all your paperwork together.

Here’s what to gather:

  • Property documents such as deeds, easements, surveys, liens, etc.
  • Mortgage documents, plus any other loans (i.e., line of credit) that use the property as collateral.
  • Maintenance and service agreements that may continue with the new owners.
  • Warranties and guarantees that are transferrable to the new owners.
  • Recent utility bills, such as water, electricity, etc.
  • Rentals (i.e., water heater rental.)
  • Home security agreements and codes.
  • Contracts for any work done on an ongoing basis. For example,
         lawn maintenance.

Getting these records together early will ensure you’re not scrambling at the last minute to find them. Some of these documents, such as warranties, also make for attractive selling features.


When considering whether or not to sell their home, many people think about market conditions. They consider whether it’s a buyer’s or seller’s market. They look at trends. They try to time the sale to get the best price for
their property.

While market conditions certainly can play a role in deciding whether you should sell now rather than later, many other factors can influence that decision too.

For example, you might have outgrown your home and need more space. Perhaps you need an extra bedroom or a larger kitchen. If you wait until market conditions are perfect, you may languish for months — or even years — in a home that’s too small for you.

The same can be said for downsizing.

Another “non-market” reason you might want to sell your home sooner rather than later is the neighbourhood. Is there another community more suited to your lifestyle that you want to get into? If it’s a particularly desirable area, you don’t want to wait too long to make a move. If you do, you might lose some good opportunities.

There’s also the emotional side of the decision to consider. You might simply want to move for no other reason than you need a change. That’s as good a reason as any to put up the For Sale sign and find your next dream home.

Other non-market reasons for selling include:

  • Wanting a shorter commute to work.
  • Desiring a different style of neighbourhood. (Rural rather than urban.)
  • A change in family situation.
  • Living closer to relatives and friends.
  • Wanting a particular property feature, such as a backyard with
    mature trees.

The point is, don’t just consider market conditions when deciding to sell. Look at all the reasons and then move forward with confidence. After all, you can sell and buy in any market.


What is it about your property that stands out? What will buyers like most about it? What are your home’s most enticing features?
Answering those questions will help you determine which features to emphasize when selling your home. After all, you want buyers to notice and appreciate your property’s best characteristics.
But here’s the challenge...
It can be difficult to determine which features of your home are particularly desirable to buyers. You live there! So, there might be a fantastic characteristic of your property that you’ve gotten used to. You might not even realize its value.
One way to gain perspective is to ask friends, “What is it about our property that you like most? What stands out to you?” Ask them to be candid. Often, they’ll reveal characteristics about your home that may surprise you. You’ll definitely gain insights that will help you when listing.
Another technique is to compare your property to others in the neighbourhood. Buyers often target neighbourhoods, so realizing how your home stands out can be helpful when marketing it. For example, your property might have a larger backyard than most others on the street, or it might have a lot of recent upgrades.
Another way to discover your home’s most attractive features is to talk to me. I can tell you what buyers will like most about your property.