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Becoming a homeowner is one of the most exciting times in a person’s life. You cannot wait to dive in and start reworking the rooms to match your personal sense of style and aesthetics. One of the most common and immediate things a buyer will want to do is remodel the kitchen.

 

The kitchen is the heart of the home. It is where people gather for parties, where you enjoy your morning paper and coffee, and where your kids do homework. Remodeling can be both fun and overwhelming at the same time. Here are some tips and tricks for remodeling the kitchen in your new home to keep you on track.

 

Choose a Focus

The first thing you should do is decide what your focal point will be. Will you install a decorative backsplash with fancy glass tile? Will you put in a themed island? How about focusing on a counter that runs under your windows?

 

This focal point will be the eye-catching space around which the rest of the kitchen will revolve and will get you started on a theme.

 

Mind the Pathways

Keep those pathways wide. You should maintain roughly three feet of walkways all around for ease of navigation. This is important for multiple people using the space, and for accessibility concerns.

 

Even if you do not have a disability, designing for accessibility will increase the value of your home if you decide to sell at a later date. If your kitchen is small you may want to avoid using a large furnishing in the middle in favor of space to move.

 

The Island

Islands are popular additions to kitchens. When you design your island remember to keep it to a theme. What will the primary use be? If it will be for work and communications, you should not install storage space for pots and pans, but a charging station for gadgets may be just what you need.

 

Keeping your theme in mind for your island will help you to keep a unified design and avoid excess clutter.

 

Storage and Counters

Make sure that you have enough storage space and counter space for your needs. If you do a lot of gourmet cooking you will want plenty of space for food preparation, and lots of areas to store pots, pans, spices and dry goods.

 

In addition, keep storage in common-sense places. Conserve your movement—do not put pots and pans on the other side of the kitchen from the range. Keep spices in easy reach of your food prep area. Put the stove and refrigerator close to each other.

 

These are just a few ideas to keep in mind as you begin considering your kitchen remodel. If you are looking for a Leduc Remax agent to help buy your new home, give us a call today. We are happy to help!

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selling home

Selling your home is an enormous undertaking. Keeping track of everything can be quite difficult, and inevitably some important tasks will fall by the wayside. Some of these mistakes can be more costly than others.

 

To keep focused and have the best possible experience selling your Remax Leduc home, avoid these potentially hazardous pitfalls.

 

Ignoring Defects

 Scaring away a buyer does not take much. Seeing a major problem with the house such as a collapsing rear deck or mildew stains in the laundry room will be taken as a giant red flag. Maintaining the buyer's interest at this point will be incredibly difficult, and he or she will probably use the opportunity for some shrewd negotiation.

 

Expecting them to not notice can be even worse. Often, a savvy buyer will bring in a home inspector who will quickly identify anything you tried to whitewash or sweep under the carpet.

 

Rather than having to explain, “Oh, that will be taken care of in a couple of weeks,” to every single person who views your home, get all major repairs and problems out of the way before listing. If you want to be extra careful, you can ask for your own home inspection to preemptively eliminate any lurking issues.

 

 Pricing too High

 

An old sales tactic is to give yourself a cushion on top of your home's value and let the buyer negotiate you down to your original expectation. That way, the buyer feels the satisfaction of having saved some money while you get to enjoy the intended sale price.

 

Unfortunately, this tactic does not work out as many people hope it will. Many buyers will skip looking at an unrealistically priced house. They will use factors like the average neighborhood home value or comparable property listings to come to the conclusion that your price is just too high.

 

Instead, many realtors actually suggest setting the price enticingly low. With this tactic you can generate more interest and subsequent offers. More people will tour your home and even if they decide it is not their cup of tea, they can pass the information on to someone else and talk up the value. Ideally, you will receive several offers and may find yourself in a bidding war.

 

 Not Hiring an Agent

 

Trying to go at it alone can be one of the biggest possible mistakes when selling your home. An agent can avoid major setbacks that come with the learning experience of selling a home. Often, a buyer's first impression will also be his or her last; a bad experience can send them running for the hills.

 

Instead, an experienced listing agent will have knowledge of the local market as well as general selling strategies. An agent's proven expertise can mean the difference between a house sitting on the market for months on end and an expedient sale.

 

To learn more about what we can do for you to get you the best possible price for your home, visit our selling services page and see what we have to offer.

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