There are many reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly: a sudden job relocation; a change in family situation; or perhaps an opportunity to purchase a new home that you just can’t pass up. Whatever the reason, this strategy will help when you need to sell fast.
 
It’s called the “3Up” strategy.
•Fix it up.
•Clean it up.
•Spruce it up.
 
First, you need to fix it up. That simply means getting things repaired around your property, such as a broken floor tile in the kitchen or a sticking patio door that’s difficult to open and close. Maintenance issues like these distract buyers from the appealing qualities of your home. Fortunately, repairs can usually be done quickly.
 
Second, clean it up. Obviously, when your home is clean and tidy it’s going to look its best. You also want to eliminate as much clutter as possible. You don’t need to make every room look like a magazine cover — but that’s a good attitude to have when prepping your home for a quick sale!
 
Finally, spruce it up. That means making any quick improvements that are going to make your home even more appealing. It might mean replacing the kitchen counters or giving the main rooms a fresh coat of paint. Of course, the number one strategy for getting that SOLD sign on your front yard is to select a great REALTOR®.
 
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I have listed a new property at 3248 ASTORIA CRES in Abbotsford.
Fairfield Estates - 4 bedroom split entry home located in a great neighborhood. The upstairs features 3 bedrooms, 1 full bathroom, oak kitchen, bright living room, and large covered deck off the dining room. The basement has large rec roomwith fireplace, den or office, full washroom and 4th bedroom. Backyard is fully fenced with a concrete patio. Large dry and lighted storage under deck. Walking distance to all levels of school (Clearbrook Elementary, Gordie Howe Middle, and Mouat Secondary), transit, MRC Swim/Skate/Fitness and AgRec. Call for more details.
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I have sold a property at 34 3902 Latimer ST in Abbotsford.
Country View Esates - This is a great family townhouse complex located in East Abbotsford. Very handy access to the Mission Highway and into Abbotsford. Located in an upscale neighbourhood with a park nearby, within walking distance of Robert Bateman and Clayburn Schools and a short bike ride to Historic Clayburn Village. There are 3 bedrooms and 3 bathrooms, den and a huge garage. Outside is easy parking for 2 cars. All ages and pets are welcome here and there are no rentals. This is a winner.
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I have sold a property at 44542 Monte Vista in Sardis.
Wonderful two storey with a basement family home in a fantastic area of Sardis. The main floor of this 2,898 square foot house features an open concept ideal for entertaining with a large great room, spacious kitchen with an island & pantry, 9ft ceilings, den, & south facing deck overlooking a fully fenced yard. Upstairs you will find four bedrooms with a large master bedroom complete with a 4 piece luxurious ensuite with separate tub & shower. The walk-out basement is unfinished and is ideal for a theater room, summer kitchen, suite (roughed in bathroom, large windows, and separate entrance)..... Enjoy this wonderful home located within walking distance to schools, recreation, the rotary trail and much more!
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If you own a car, you know there’s more to the cost-of-ownership than just finance payments and gas. You also need to budget for maintenance andrepairs. If your car is older, those costs are going to be higher. That’s just common sense.
 
The same is true of your home. It’s wise to budget for anticipated repairs and maintenance. Otherwise, you might be caught by surprise when you find that your furnace stops working and needs to be replaced. That can easily be a four-figure expense.
 
Experts recommend that you set aside 1% of the value of your home for repairs and maintenance. For a $500,000 property, for example, that would be $5,000. That is, of course, merely a rule of thumb. If your home is older, you may need to budget more.
 
Another recommended method is to budget $1 a square foot. If you have a 2,500 square foot home, that would be a budget of $2,500. Again, that number would need to be higher for older properties.
 
When budgeting, consider things that are getting old and will likely need to be replaced within the next three years. Examples include roof shingles, furnace, A/C unit, deck, fence, plumbing, and windows. Depending on the size and model, a new A/C unit will cost at least $5,000. Anticipating that expense will help you plan accordingly and avoid the shock of an unpleasant and costly surprise.
 
Keep in mind that budgeting $2,000 for repairs and maintenance doesn’t mean you’ll actually spend that money this year. But, if needed, the budget will be there, and that’s peace-of-mind.
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