Top tips for listing this spring
Spring Showers may bring May flowers, but they also bring an influx of new listings to the market. Thinking of listing this spring? I've gathered some of my top tips from local experts to maximize your sale price when the time comes.
1. Getting a pre-inspection
Whether you’re selling or simply looking to maintain your purchase, Ed Pottie of Greener Inspections recommends doing a pre-inspection before you list so you can be aware of any issues that may pop up before a potential buyer does their own inspection.
When I asked Ed what some common things that are found during pre-inspections, he told us:
2. Invest in photograph
The influx of out-of-province buyers has changed the way Realtors list and show homes and tech tools have evolved to handle these changes. Tim Robichaud of Harbourtown Photography recommends incorporating Matterport video and drone photography into your listing marketing to assist in marketing to buyers who won’t be able to view your home in person.
Matterport 3D Video home tours help potential buyers understand the layout of the home, better grasp the room sizes and even allow for buyers to take measurements. For buyers who are doing FaceTime/Zoom showings with their agents, this gives them a firm grasp on the size of the rooms and the layout of the home during the showing and offers the ability to revisit the layout after the showing has been completed.
Drone photography offers potential buyers an understanding of your property and neighbourhood. When dealing with sprawling oceanfront properties or country lots, it's impossible to get a true sense of a property from the ground. Nothing gives you a truer picture of a property than a birds-eye view.
3. Stage your home for sale
In this hot seller’s market, home staging is one service that sometimes gets overlooked. Staging is about making your home visually appealing and welcoming to prospective buyers and in many homes, only minor tweaks or temporary adjustments are needed to make your home more presentable. Maureen Kennedy of Stage Right Design, for her top tips about preparing your home for sale:
4. Improve your curb appeal
The first thing buyers see when they pull up to your home is your yard. This gives the buyer their first impression of whether the home has been taken care of, or not. Rob Corey, owner of The Gardener Halifax, works with homeowners to do a full clean-up service to prepare your home for listing, and this is what he recommends to DIY your yard before listing:
If you’re ready to get started and want to book a home seller’s consultation, hit reply to book a quick chat about your home.
Hidden EAster 'eggs' in nova scotia
One of my favourite parts of being a real estate agent is sharing my passion for this city and all things local with Haligonians or soon-to-be Haligonians. For this special Easter edition of the newsletter, I hunted up a few hidden 'eggs' for you to find and enjoy this Easter season.
Rosa Rugosa Seaside Market
If a short drive along the lighthouse route is in your weekend plans, make sure to stop by Rosa Rugosa Seaside Market in Hubbards. This year-round farmers' market has a little something for everyone, featuring a restaurant, general store and vintage shop. They offer a wide variety of local products sourced from all over Nova Scotia, including edible market goods, antiques, vintage clothing, flower bouquets, plants, and a full-service restaurant offering lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch.
If you're following me on Instagram, you know I love hunting for new coffee shops to try all over the city and Narrow Espresso Cafe may be Halifax’s narrowest coffee shop. Tucked in between two buildings on the corner of Fenwick and Queen Street, Narrow Espresso is a great place to pick up a coffee before exploring the South End.
Narrow Espresso serves drinks made with premium quality, organic, fair trade & locally roasted coffee beans, which are delivered fresh weekly. In addition to their traditional coffee menu, they also offer a rotating menu of seasonal drinks, tea and smoothies, plus a variety of local baked goods and treats. Make it your destination to meet up with friends before going for a weekend walk through Point Pleasant Park or checking out what's new at the Seaport Market.
Ori Foods Co.
Something brand new is coming to North End Dartmouth. Today we're welcoming Ori Foods Co. to the corner of Wyse Road and Russell Street in North End Dartmouth and I can't wait to check it out. This new resto-bakery is offering a selection of pastries, lunch fare, wine, beer, and coffee featuring quality local ingredients. You can expect to see favourites like key lime pie, cream puffs and creme brulee cookies on the menu.
Ori will be located near the Dartmouth commons, making it the perfect place to grab a treat before walking down Park Avenue to see if the Cherry Blossoms have bloomed (the surest sign that winter is actually over in Nova Scotia!)
Easter Egg Hunt Wine Tour
Looking to make plans with friends for the Easter weekend? The annual Easter Egg Hunt Wine Tour is back, after being temporarily paused in 2020 and 2021. Go North Tours is currently offering this unique Easter Egg Hunt-Wine tour experience for private groups of 8. You’ll stop at three wineries: Grand Pre, Planters Ridge and 1365 Church Street, for guided tours and tastings, and compete in easter egg hunts to win prizes. Transportation to and from HRM is included in the price. Click here for more info and to book your spot.
Real Estate Advisor based in Halifax, Nova Scotia. I help people buy and sell homes with Engel & Völkers.