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Marla Janzen a Trusted SASKATOON REAL ESTATE Expert shares a Trusted Tip on How to prepare your house for sale

Marla Janzen is an award winning SASKATOON REALTOR she takes action to sell her client's homes and find them the perfect new place to live while negotiating the best terms and price possible. She loves what she does and takes great pride in providing excellence in customer service to all of her clients.

Marla Janzen shares her first Trusted tip on Ways to get your house ready for sale.

How To Prepare Your House For Sale 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.

Difficulty: Average

Time Required: Seven to 10 Days

Here's How:

1. 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.

2. De-Personalize.

Pack 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."

3. De-Clutter!

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.

4. Rearrange Bedroom Closets and Kitchen Cabinets.

Buyers 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:

• Neatly stack dishes.

• Turn coffee cup handles facing the same way.

• Hang shirts together, buttoned and facing the same direction.

• Line up shoes.

• Remove all clutter from end tables, bedside cabinets etc..

5. Rent a Storage Unit.

Almost 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?" . Your moving anyway so take this as an opportunity to get packing!

6. 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.

7. Make Minor Repairs.

• Replace 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! 8. Make the House Sparkle!

• 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.

• Do not try to mask odors with scents and room sprays…lots of people can be sensitive to smells and this will turn potential buyers off.

• Do not fry fish, cook spicy/ ethnic foods while trying to sell.

9. Scrutinize.

• 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.

10. Check Curb Appeal.

If 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

• In wintertime make sure all your sidewalks/ walkways are clear.

• 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.

There are companies and organization out there that can do a lot of this for you …if your time doesn’t allow…call me and I can assist you in getting started. Remember you never get a 2nd chance to make a first impression.

Find Marla Online at http://www.century21.ca/marla.janzen she is a Century 21 Fusion Reltor based at 703 Circle Drive, Saskatoon..or checkout her listing in REAL ESTATE SASKATOON here on www.trustedsaskatoon.com , Marla Janzen is your REAL ESTATE EXPERT right here in Saskatoon.

 

 

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Trusted Saskatoon is more than a SASKATOON DIRECTORY...it is a growing resource library of Tips ..some provided by our Trusted Partners who really are THE LOCAL EXPERTS in their industries in Saskatoon...and some consumer and business tips provided by us here at Trusted Saskatoon !

Lets face it ...if you can deal with the experts that share their knowledge freely...why would you go anywhere else? Trusted Saskatoon is here to work for you the consumer ...we want to save you TIME, STRESS and MONEY....we do the research and find businesses so YOU don't have to .

Here are the first four of our Trusted Tips for consumers.....

TIP 1: Finding a Good Contractor

TIP 2: Don't Trust Auto Repair ?

TIP 3: It's GOOD to complain!

TIP 4: Big Box vs Local

 

 

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Superior Auto Body a Saskatoon AUTO BODY EXPERT, offers a Tip: What to do when you have an accident, on the Saskatoon Directory

Superior Auto Body has been in business since 1961, and SGI accredited since 1982... There are many reasons they have so many loyal longstanding clients from all over the city, but mostly it is the small, personal touches that they offer to people who have been unfortunate enough to require their services. They offer newer model courtesy cars and vans for their clients..and to help out they will actually pick up your vehicle and take it to your SGI appointment for you and deliver the courtesy car to you at home... Superior take pride in their workmanship... as they always say, "When we get through it's just like new".

Here Monty shares a Trusted Tp on what to do when you have an accident!

1. Exchange information with the other driver involved in the collision.

Get the other driver's:

•name

•customer number

•licence plate number

A Collision Report form (pdf, 55 kb) can help you remember what information to collect. Print a copy and keep it in your glove box.

If applicable, get the names and addresses of any witnesses. Witnesses can be crucial in determining who's at fault or responsible for the collision.

When to report your collision to the police

You must report the collision to the police if any of the following circumstances apply:  

•the collision results in injury or death. If there are injuries, you must also report the collision to 1 of our injury claims offices.

•it's a hit and run

•a driver is impaired

•any of the vehicles involved have to be towed from the scene

•the collision involves a vehicle that does not have a valid licence plate or is an out-of-province vehicle If none of the above apply, you only need to report the collision to SGI.

2. File your claim.

To file your claim, you can:

•use SGI online auto claim registration service, Auto eClaim

•call SGI Dial-A-Claim service during normal office hours at the claims centre closest to your home Have the following ready when reporting your claim:

•your driver's licence

•your vehicle registration

•if applicable, your auto extension insurance policy number

SGI will then set up an appointment to have your vehicle appraised and the damage assessed.

3. Meet with an SGI appraiser.

On the day of your appointment, drive your vehicle to the claims centre. The appraiser will assess the damage to your vehicle and the cost of repairs. If your vehicle isn't safe to drive, they'll arrange to have it towed to 1 of our claims centres.

4. Have your vehicle repaired.

Once the appraisal is done, you'll get a printout outlining the cost of repairs if your vehicle is repairable. After your adjuster confirms your insurance coverage is in order, you can have your vehicle repaired at the auto body shop of your choice.See SGI Vehicle insurance coverage section for details.

5. Authorize payment.

 Once your vehicle has been repaired, the body shop will ask you to sign a Certification of Repairs form. This form signifies that you're satisfied with the repairs and authorizes SGI to pay the body shop.

Find Superior Autobody Online at http://www.superiorautobodysk.com/  or go to their listing in AUTO BODY here, or Go visit them at Ave Q South ... they are on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence ..they are your Saskatoon Auto Body experts!

 

Saskatoon Mortgage Broker expert TRUSTED TIP on Saskatoon Directory :Ways to Save Money on your Mortgage?

Ways to Save Money and Interest Costs on Your Mortgage

The main benefit to paying off your mortgage faster is reducing the overall amount of interest that you pay on your mortgage. What is one way you can do this? By using payment privileges provided by the mortgage lender. Depending on the type of mortgage you have, either open or closed, these are your options: With OPEN mortgages you can make extra payments of any amount as well as fully payout your mortgage at any time, without penalty. However, you usually pay a higher interest rate for this type of mortgage and privilege. CLOSED mortgages are the more common choice and also offer privileges for paying down the mortgage faster with the ultimate benefit of reducing the interest you pay over the life of your mortgage. These programs differ from lender to lender. At the end of the day, you would not choose a lender based solely on this. Payment Privileges usually offer a Few Different Options:

• Annual or periodic lump sum payments: Payments from 5%-25% of the original principal mortgage amount are allowed each year without penalty

• Increase your payment: You may also increase your current payment by 10% or even 100% each year.

• Double your payments: Some lenders also offer the option of doubling any and all payments.

• Accelerated payments (not monthly): Choice of weekly, bi-weekly, or semi-monthly payment.

The more often you make payments, usually the faster the mortgage is paid off. You usually end up making a few extra payments towards the mortgage each year because of the payment option you choose.

An example of how taking advantage of even one of these privileges can save you thousands is easily illustrated with the Accelerated Payment Privilege:

On a $280,000 mortgage that is amortized for 30 years at 3.5%, the regular monthly payment would be $1253.38.

The accelerated bi-weekly payment would be $626.69.

This would allow you to pay your mortgage off in 26 years instead of 30 just by changing your payments to accelerated bi-weekly (every 2 weeks)!

If you were to make a lump sum payment of 2% each year on that same mortgage with accelerated bi-weekly payments, you would pay off the mortgage in 16 years & 11 months and save $53,432 in interest expense...all for an investment of only $5600 each year, and you would be mortgage free 13.1 years earlier!

What is another great way you can save money on your mortgage?

Currently, there are some fixed mortgage interest rates at all time lows in Canadian history! So now is a great time to check with your mortgage broker to see if it is worth it to switch from your existing mortgage rate to a new lower rate. There are usually penalties involved to payout your existing mortgage early as well as possible appraisal and legal fees. But even with all those fees it could be well worth it and save you possible thousands of dollars in interest costs on your mortgage!

Find TRusted Mortgage Brokers here in the SASKATOON MORTGAGE Category on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence.

 

Tip provided by Tamara Mezzo- who was a Previous Trusted Saskatoon Mortage Broker

 

 

 

 

 

Palliser EQ3 a Saskatoon Furniture expert, share a Trusted Tip on LEATHER on the Saskatoon Directory of Excellence

Palliser Rooms EQ3 is an independent furniture store that has been operating in Saskatoon for nine years. The store specializes in offering a generous selection of contemporary furnishings (predominantly Canadian brands) and a personalized service that is forward-thinking and client-focused. Customer reviews describe Palliser Rooms as a "great shopping experience," "with exceptional sales staff," "best displays and best furniture in town," and the kicker: "great delivery service." The comments reflect the company's commitment to providing excellent customer service and speak to their impeccable taste and attention to detail. A Tip from Palliser Rooms / EQ3 -

Why Choose Leather?

Leather is a natural product possessing beauty, strength and versatility. It is an excellent lifestyle choice, is easy to clean and provides lasting value. Leather hides can be processed using a variety of methods and finishing techniques resulting in a product that can be used on all upholstery styles from relaxed, contemporary, classic and everything in between. How to Choose Leather? When making a leather choice, it is important to understand some basic terminology. Top grain leather comes from the outermost upper layer of the cowhide. The best top grain hides have been sorted into those with limited scratches, insect bites or other damage and can be minimally processed. This allows them to be used in a more natural form resulting in a softer hand and more natural character. Corrected leather is a common term which means that the surface of the hide was processed to provide a uniform look and finish. The end product won’t feel as soft but is exceptionally durable and affordable.

The consultants at Palliser Rooms have spent many years as professionals in the furniture industry and are dedicated to ongoing training and research in order to provide customers with accurate information and helpful advice. They understand that making a good buying decision begins with an understanding of the product and requires proper planning . Their experience has equipped them with the ability to ask the right questions in order to ensure their clients are comfortable with their buying decision.

We'd also like to share our Featured Product – Home Theatre Seating

Palliser Rooms / EQ3 Home Theatre furniture will take entertaining in your home to a new level. We have many great new options for home theatre seating in 2012! All of our styles can be customized in your choice of a great selection of leathers and fabrics. To get the ultimate in comfort, you can add power reclining mechanisms to your home theatre seating. Power reclining allows you to set the reclining position of the furniture to the perfect spot with just the touch of a button. You can also go for a very dramatic touch with several of our models that feature LED light options along the bottom of the seating and around the cup holders and controls for visibility during the movie! Several of our new models also feature cup holders that can be covered with sliding arms as well as removable laptop trays and tablet reading supports.

Find Pallier online at www.pallisereq3.com  or go to their listing in FURNITURE here, or go and visit their massive showroomon Faithfull Ave, saskatoon... they are on THE Saskatoon directory of excellence ..they are your Saskatoon Furniture experts!

 

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