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Feb. 11, 2020

Get To Know Brandon Grass Kelowna Real Estate Agent

Get To Know Brandon Grass

get to know Brandon Grass

My First Job

I was born in Abbotsford BC and lived there till I was 12 at that time my parents divorced and I relocated to Coquitlam to live with my dad and stepmom where we would form a blended family. I would spend every second weekend with my mom and stepdad in Langley, travelling in hours of traffic which my mom seemed to never complain about.

Attending school was always a struggle for me, and in my early teens, I remember my dad having a frank conversation with me that if I wasn’t going to apply myself at school then I needed to work. (little did I know that conversation would set the tone for changing my entire life) My dad was a senior manager for Safeway and unknown to me spent all his spare time in seeking out the hardest boss he could come across to hopefully get through to me.

I was hired on as a Baker in one of the busiest Safeway stores in the province. This particular location was responsible for fulfilling orders to 3 other Safeway stores that were too small of an operation to have an in house bakery. So We baked the goods, filled the order and shipped them the products hot and fresh daily for the store opening at 8:00 am. Well, that meant I started work at 3:00 am, what 15-year-old teenager would ever imagine waking up to WORK at 3:00 am. I worked there for 4 years alongside this nasty boss whom I slowly won over based on my commitment to always showing up and working my absolute hardest. Alex knew he could count on me to always give 110%. Alex became one of my life’s earliest role models next to my parents in shaping my life and moulding me into the man I am today.  

 

Struggles - Lots Of Jobs - No Real Focus

At 19 I left home and moved out with my girlfriend at that time and we rented a cozy 1 bedroom apartment in Langley on the south side of the railroad tracks. It’s all we could barely afford. We had purchased a set of wooden couches that I assumed and watched tv on her 21” computer monitor.

After leaving the Bakery I spent some time doing residential and commercial electrical work as an apprentice, installing car stereos and alarms in cars, boats and motorhomes and working as a pizza boy at my favourite pizza place in the world Me & Eds Pizza. I worked two and three jobs to help us get ahead so we weren’t living paycheque to paycheque. Always looking for another opportunity I found a posting on Craigslist Jobs that sounded very interesting.

A local restaurant 5 minutes from our home was looking for a night time cleaner. The ad stated work your own hours and make a guaranteed $1500/month in income no matter how quickly you finish. I respond to the ad immediately and set an appointment that night with the company owner. The owner Ken of that cleaning company would turn out to be one of my biggest role models and not only impact my life in so many positive ways but would ultimately change the course of my entire life.

I landed the job and while it was cleaning in the middle of the night I started work at 12am and finished around 2 am I was still able to work my pizza shift from 4:00 pm - 12:00 am and quit the electrical job. I can vividly remember my mother saying you quit a TRADE a red seal trade, for a pizza job and a part-time cleaning job, Have you lost your mind! (Love my mom who has only wanted the best for me and I do see her side looking back, but I assure you as your read on all things work out) 

Mr Clean Has Nothing On Me

With the growth of Ken's cleaning company offered exciting new challenges and opportunities for me. I was now cleaning full time and responsible for cleaning 3 different restaurants per night. From my strong work ethic and hustle to get the job done and ensure there were no complaints,

I was offered a supervisor position. I made a deal with Ken to clean one location per night and I would oversee and do the training on any new cleaning contract he was able to secure. Well little did I know that Ken's business would explode and I had no time to clean myself I was a full-time trainer, manager, quality assurance person who was doing a ton of work for what I thought was a lot of money at the time. 

Then all of a sudden a manager came to me one day and said, why don’t you open up your own business and do things on your own, you seem to be able to keep us very happy. She was also the one to refer me to an online design website that did designs for a very low cost. So I decided to take her advice after a lot of pushing and parading from my mom and got the design done. I came up with a name and a bit of branding and Cleaning Concepts Ltd was formed.

I literally had ZERO business experience, looking back on this time in my life I'm sure outsiders thought I was nuts. The next step for me was to find clients that needed restaurant cleaning services, or that were unhappy with there current cleaning services. 

My mom would explain to me what a cold call was, and how she used cold calling to build her highly successful insurance company in the early 1980s. I can remember being very puzzled as I had never heard the term before, but my mom was proof that this cold calling idea may just work, why? well, my mom now almost 40 years in the insurance business manages one of the largest commercial portfolios in Canada. 

So there I go I remember how awful, gut-wrenching and how faint I felt picking up the Langley Times yellow pages, and listing of my first set of restaurant prospects to cold call. I am sure they were some of the worst cold calls ever made. But somehow I was able to stumble through them. Remember during all of this, I have no sales experience whatsoever, I literally was winging the entire thing!

As I was making my calls, I finally found someone I was able to speak to. A manager who ran a White-spot in Langley was experiencing some bad service from her current company and was looking to change who the service provider was.

Sales I didn’t know but I knew ALOT about cleaning restaurants, I knew what the usual complaints were, and how to ensure that the cleaning would stay consistent. The old Fake It Till You make it couldn’t be more accurate, here I was outside the restaurant literally pooping my pants I was so nervous I remember my armpits would always get so sweaty from my nerves. I went in met with the manager and it was horrendous. They had just failed a WhiteSpot cleanliness audit and the auditors were coming back in 30 days. So I got home after a long call with my mom and she helped me devise an action plan of what I would promise to do. Met with the manager and was award the trial period of one month. I purchased my first backpack vacuum and began to tear that restaurant apart from top to bottom. They closed at 10:00 pm so I would be there at 9:59 to being cleaning and clean as late as I possibly could without interfering with my managerial job ad I needed that income to survive. Restaurants pay after 30 days of service so the quickest paycheque I’d be seeing would be 30 days from now. So the first month of service was over, and they not only passed the audit but scored the highest rating in over 20 years. Now three months pass and I was balancing cleaning this restaurant 7 days a week as well as Ken's job.

The job ended with Ken months later, as he had found out my business card design online

And I remember the inspiring exit interview he left with me that has struck a chord with me forever. It was who do you think you are starting your own company, you don’t have an MBA like me, you don’t even have a high school education you’ll never figure this out this is a tuff business to be in

Cleaning Domination

So fast forward ten years working tirelessly 364 days per year making thousands of cold calls during the day, interviewing staff, presenting my services, meeting with restaurant managers and chefs. In the night I would be busy training, cleaning kitchens, toilets, dusting and vacuuming. By simply not ever quoting or giving up, I would become one of the top three restaurant cleaning service providers in Canada. Servicing restaurants like Cactus Club Cafe, Joey Restaurant Group, Earls Restaurants, Red Robin Canada and so many more. 

During these ten years, I grew into a real live breathing businessman, salesman and entrepreneur. I became obsessed with Self-improvement reading, learning listing to audiobooks and studying the greatest sales trainers in the world like Zig Ziglar, Brian Tracy and Tom Hopkins. But there was one that truly resonated with me and that is Grant Cardone. I have every webinar, podcasts, YouTube video that he has ever made. I also made the commitment to join his online Sales Training University Cardone University and have been on it for the past five years. But what's most remarkable is Grant has shown me who I really am, what I am truly capable of and for me to dream bigger, set goals and to work incredibly hard to achieve them. 

Becoming A Real Estate Agent

So now you're probably thinking what happened to that business and why are you in real estate now. I became a dad to our son Nixon and with all the growth of my business now servicing 3 provinces including Ontario made the home time very difficult. My son's first year I was home for three months of the calendar year. With all the growth and success came larger contacts that needed more of my time energy and effort. I was out of the province for months at a time. So my mom made the suggestion to go into real estate and as any smart son would do I didn’t ignore that advice. I began to start the process of getting my real estate license. But if you remember I don’t have my High School diploma, and while the Real Estate license guidelines state that you need to have your high school diploma or an English Proficiency Exam grade of at least a level 4. I did not have either, so I took to Google and found a lovely lady that was a retired English teacher that did tutoring for free in downtown Kelowna. So I quickly began to get tutored studied and learnt what I needed to know to try and pass this exam. 

I passed the exam with flying colours. Now all I had to do was pass the real estate course and having never studied for a test in my entire life that I wanted to sincerely pass other than the English proficiency one where I was helped along the way. I leaned on my wife who had loads more experience than I with studying and she helped me create cue cards, took care of my son while I locked myself in a room for 6 months and studied. I would clean all night and come home sleep wake up and study all day till it was time to go clean again. I would successfully pass in September of 2016 by the skin of my teeth the passing grade was 65% and I achieved 65%. I was hired on with Coldwell Banker Horizon Realty a local brokerage that was in business in the community for over 30 years. With great training and support, I was able to launch my career in real estate, winding down things with my cleaning company so I could focus full time on real estate. In my first two years at Coldwell Banker, I was responsible for selling over 20 million dollars and joined the ranks of the top 10% of Coldwell Banker agents worldwide as well as the Ultimate Service Survey.

Loving Life

Now with three full years in real estate, life couldn’t be any better. I am having so much fun building a business from the ground up all over again and taking all the hard life lessons and experience I gained from my previous business to leverage that to excel in my future. I am back making cold calls and it feels GREAT so far in 2019 I have made over 55,000 phone calls and helped 30 families make a happy move. In 2020 I have a goal of helping 100 families if you know anyone looking to buy or sell I’d love to help them with their real estate needs.

I am able to spend quality time with the family each and every day, while still working my buns off (bakery reference) and wouldn’t have it any other way. 

I hope this hasn’t bored you to death and if you are looking for an ethical, loyal, extremely hard working Kelowna real estate agent I’d love to chat with you and get to know you a little better.

There is honestly not a day that goes by where I don't thank all my lucky stars for allowing me the life experiences and lessons to get me to this point in my life. I am even more excited to see what the future has in store for me not just in my personal life but also in my professional life. 

You can read and listen to a few of my interviews by following the links below. 

 

Posted in Resources
Feb. 10, 2020

RE/MAX Hustle Podcast Interview

brandon grass remax hustle podcast with wade patterson

Catch Brandon Grass on the RE/MAX Hustle Podcast

Our Founder Brandon Grass was featured in late 2019 on the RE/MAX Hustle Podcast, to share his story and help inspire other RE/MAX agents. 

In this podcast, you'll learn

  • How Brandon went from scrubbing toilets to selling real estate
  • What Brandon does to generate his business
  • Why self-improvement has been so important to Brandon's development

Listen here: Episode with Brandon Grass

You can learn more about Brandon

 

 

Posted in Real Estate
Feb. 7, 2020

20 Things To Know Before Moving To Kelowna

 

20 things to know before moving to kelowna

Hello, and thanks for stopping by my name is Brandon Grass I relocated here to beautiful Kelowna from Vancouver in 2008. I wanted to share with you these 20 awesome reasons on why making a move to Kelowna may be a great decision. If you have any questions specific to your move feel free to contact me anytime, I'd love to help.

Kelowna has long been known as a hidden gem of Canada, offering a lovely location in Central Okanagan, high quality of life, four distinct seasons, and a wonderful environment in which to raise a family. Popular with residents, tourists, and retirees alike, this active city balances the benefits of British Columbia's sixth-largest metro area with the peaceful nature of lakeside living. Here are 20 reasons why Kelowna is the best place to call home – in Canada and beyond.

1. Incredible Real Estate Prices

Real estate prices have been on the rise across British Columbia, making it challenging for families to purchase homes and settle down – except in Kelowna. While the average home price in Vancouver is a lofty $1,605,800, rates in Kelowna are 43% lower at just $696,000. For those seeking a budget-friendly yet beautiful place without leaving BC, this charming community is an ideal choice. Explore Kelowna Real Estate and find the newest homes for sale on our site updated every few hours. Not sure where to start your search view our helpful Kelowna Neighbourhood Map to get acquainted with the different local neighbourhoods.

2. The Beauty

Kelowna's beauty is renowned, boasting a stunning natural landscape for both work and play. Located on the shore of a gorgeous lake and surrounded by rolling hills and mountain peaks, Kelowna residents can enjoy a blend of both urban and rural scenery. From wineries and orchards to beaches perfect for sunbathing in the summer, the Okanagan Valley offers breathtaking views in every direction.

 

3. The Weather

Unlike the snowier regions up north and the cooler, rainier areas near the coast, Kelowna enjoys a humid climate and four distinct seasons. Summers are warm and dry with average temperatures around 27 degrees, while winters are cool and crisp with highs ranging from 1 to 6 degrees. From hiking, biking, and sunbathing in the summer to skiing in the winter, Kelowna's unique weather patterns offer a little something for everyone.

 

4. The Wine and Wineries

The city of Kelowna is a wine-drinkers paradise with 40 wineries within 20 minutes of the city centre, offering a perfect place to sit back, sip, and enjoy. Visitors can drink award-winning bottles of wine and sample local eats at their leisure, or spend a few days exploring the guided tours of area wineries. West Kelowna is home to the Westside Wine Trail featuring some of the oldest and most well-established wineries in the Okanagan including Quails Gate, Mission Hill and one of the local's favourites The Hatch winery.

 

5. Okanagan Lake

As one of the most beautiful waterways in Canada, there's a lot to love about Okanagan Lake. At 135 kilometres long and five kilometres wide, this beloved destination plays a vital role in local Kelowna summer fun. With water temperatures in the summer averaging around 19 to 23 degrees, outdoor enthusiasts can enjoy stand-up paddleboarding, wake boating, sailing, charter boating, flyboarding, kayaking, canoeing, fishing, or even snorkelling.

 

6. Kelowna Arts and Cultural District

Art and culture are alive in Kelowna Cultural District. Located in the centre of the historical Fruit Packing Industry, local artists are able to display their work in this funky six-block area. In addition to gallery and workshop space, 18 pieces of community art are placed throughout the neighbourhood, demonstrating Kelowna's love for painting, ceramics, and sculpture.

 

7. Kelowna General Hospital (KGH)

Kelowna serves as home to the nationally-renowned Kelowna General Hospital, one of the largest medical centres in Canada and an affiliate of UBC Faculty of Medicine. As the only hospital outside of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland that offers angioplasty and cardiac surgery, residents and visitors are always in good hands.

 

8. Gorgeous Parks

The parks across Kelowna are ideal for outdoor recreation, boasting walking paths, dog parks, sports facilities, skateboard parks, community gardens, swimming areas, and so much more. From improving your mile splits to family picnics on the lawn, Kelowna's pristine parks provide a beautiful destination for athletics and leisure alike.

 

9. Stunning Beaches

Kelowna's climate is perfect for sunbathing and swimming, providing six to eight months of sun and fun each year. Greater Kelowna has over 30 beaches to choose from, many of which feature playgrounds, picnic areas, and beautiful white sand. On summer nights, the beaches come alive with live music, festivals, and entertainment, with parties and festivities lasting late into the evening.

 

10. Lush Golf Courses (FOUR!)

With over 2000 hours of sunshine every year, it's no wonder why golfing in Kelowna is so desirable. With 15 courses to choose from, there are golf courses to match any skill level from the novice to the PGA tour professional.  Kelowna's beautiful courses will keep even avid golfers engaged. From the rolling hills of Tower Ranch Golf Club to the vineyard views at Harvest Golf Club, there's always time for nine holes – or more! If you're looking to live, eat and sleep on a golf course, there are plenty of golf course communities to choose from in Kelowna. Gallaghers Canyon is one of the most sought after located in the neighbourhood of South East Kelowna.

 

11. Mountain Biking and Cycling

As an eco-friendly community, biking is a great way to get around in Kelowna. For those who want a bigger challenge, however, the hilly terrain can provide a high-intensity experience, forcing you to put your skills to the test. From cycling on the nearly 300 kilometres of bicycle lanes around town to the mountain courses in the surrounding hills, Kelowna is a great place for a ride, and if you are more of an adrenaline junkie you can do extreme downhill at Big White Ski resort over the summer.

12. Farms, Orchards, and Markets

In Kelowna and across the Central Okanagan Valley, locally-grown agriculture drives the economy; the micro-climate in the region is perfectly suited for a long season, providing wonderful weather for homegrown fruits and veggies. From Arlo's Honey Farm to U-Pick Orchards, the area farms, orchards, and markets give you access to almost everything. From mouth-watering peaches to the most succulent cherries and the freshest apples there is something delicious for anyone in any season.

13. Myra Canyon Trestles

Located just 20 km from downtown Kelowna follow the scenic trip through farms, orchards vineyards, and golf courses as you wind through South East Kelowna. Myra Canyon features 18 trestle bridges and offers some of the most incredible scenery the Okanagan has to offer.  The walls of Myra Canyon Trestles make up a significant portion of the Kettle Valley Railway, providing a scenic destination for a great day trip, walk, run or rent a bike and explore on the go, there are even guided tours happening daily in the summer with loads of information on this historic location. 

14. Fast and Easy Travel

Despite a seemingly secluded lakeside location, Kelowna is anything but isolated. Kelowna International Airport is just kilometres from the city itself, serving 1.6 million passengers annually with daily flights leaving to all major Canadian cities as well as the Northwestern United States. Vancouver International Airport is just 30 minutes by plane, while trips to Calgary and Edmonton in Alberta are just over an hour.

15. Boutique Shopping

World-class shopping in British Columbia isn't limited to the big city of Vancouver; Kelowna offers a great variety of shopping too. From the local boutique shops in the busy downtown area along the street of Bernard Avenue (think a smaller version of Robson in Vancouver). To the more quaint shopping experiences that feature wonderful speciality shops on Ellis, Pandosy and Tutt Street. Our Orchard Park mall features over 170 shops and services ranging from Gap, Hudsons Bay, Sport Check, Guess and many more.

16. Big White Ski Resort

Winter is a special time in British Columbia, providing plenty of snow for outdoor activities. Big White Ski Resort can be the ideal opportunity for some searching for a local winter wonderland, offering skiing, snowboarding, tubing and an outdoor frozen pond which is always hosting a puck and stick hockey game. Locals enjoy escaping the less than one hour commute from the hustle and bustle of the day to day and enjoy the laid back resort lifestyle this wonderful place has to offer. The snow gods deliver loads of the world-famous Okanagan Champagne powder offering up over 750cm of annual snowfall. With 16 lifts and 2,765 acres of Skiable terrain, it's no wonder why this resort continues to win awards after awards. 

 

 

 

Kelowna is also home to two other resorts – Silver Star and Apex – providing plenty of ways to hit the slopes. With homes just moments away, it's possible to both live and play in Kelowna's cold weather paradise.

17. The Kelowna Rockets

Hockey is a beloved pastime across Canada, and the Kelowna Rockets give local fans plenty of reasons to cheer. A major junior ice hockey team in the Western Hockey League, Rockets matches are held at Prospera Place and are always packed with fans of all ages, wearing jerseys and rooting for the home team. As the 2016 BC Hockey League and RBC Cup Champions, games are always fast-paced and tons of fun.

18. Educational Options

For families in Kelowna, education is a top priority, giving children, teens, and young adults an opportunity to learn and grow. Kelowna is included in School District 23, the Central Okanagan School District, which boasts some of British Columbia's best-rated elementary, middle, and high schools. In addition, the University of British Columbia's Okanagan Campus (UBCO) is located in the North East of Kelowna and is part of the University District - Quail Ridge neighbourhood. The Campus Offers 62 undergraduate programs and 19 graduate programs. In the Lower Mission neighbourhood on KLO is Okanagan College that offers loads of entry-level programs including a wide range of trade school programs. There are some great investment type properties in both these University and College locations.

 

19. Adult Recreation

For those seeking a life of relaxation and enjoyment, Kelowna is a welcome respite for post-retirement living. As a community open to retirees and visitors of all ages, there are plenty of family-friendly and adult-friendly spaces across the city. From gated communities to independent living and retirement homes, there are options available for everyone along the shores of Okanagan Lake. Check Out Brandon's Community Tour series on his YouTube channel where he features the local retirement communities.

20. A Sense of Community

Kelowna offers plenty of activity, action, and excitement for visitors and retirees, but it's also just a great place to live. Despite the size – as of 2019 a population of approximately 120,000 residents – Kelowna is a tight-knit community. People take care of their neighbours, participate in local events, and support area businesses, and are always happy to greet you with a smile. Kelowna is a family, providing a beautiful, vibrant, and welcoming place to live in British Columbia.

 

With so much to love about this one-of-a-kind community, there's no better place to jump-start your future, build your family, or settle down at the end of a satisfying career. In Kelowna, anything is possible.

 

Want to learn even more? Get in touch today to see how life in Kelowna can benefit you! Ready to get your real estate search underway start here by looking at the newest Kelowna Real Estate listings 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in Guides
Feb. 5, 2020

32 Tips On Preparing Your Kelowna Home For Sale

32 Tips On Preparing Your Kelowna Home For Sale

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Whether we are in a Buyers Market or Seller's Market it's imperative to ensure your home stands out amongst the crowd. Our proven marketing strategies will gather your attention and result in getting traffic through your listing. But a greatly overlooked opportunity is to ensure your home is show-ready. Even an exceptional home can be ignored by home buyers if it’s not in pristine condition. Get ready to WOW your potential buyers with Kelowna Local's 32 tips on preparing your Kelowna home for sale. 

 

Prep The Paperwork

Buyers and agents are going to ask a lot of questions, so start digging out the paperwork now: utility bills, tax bills, renovation details, warranties, mortgage details, and rental contracts. 

 

Improve Your Curb Appeal

Many buyers have decided to not even enter a home based on the exterior. Mow the lawn, tear out the dead shrub in the corner, plant some flowers and fix noticeable cracks in the driveway or steps.

 

Get Out Of The Gutter

Clean the outside of the home as well as you plan to clean the inside. Moss growing out of the gutter, leaves clogging the drain, mud from tires still sitting on the driveway; get rid of it all!

 

Get A Pre-listing Home Inspection Or Order The Status

It’s a good idea to know what repairs are needed before you list the home. You can either complete the suggested repairs OR adjust the asking price. By arming yourself with the information, you can avoid disappointment and surprises during the negotiation stage of the home selling process.

 

Repair It

Tackle the honey-do list and get the minor repairs out of the way such as leaky faucets, picture holes in the wall and a fresh coat of paint. Do your best to fix more extensive repairs such as broken windows and missing shingles. Remember buyers, make mental notes of each needed repair as they walk through a home. If all they’re thinking about is that list, it takes away from all of the pros the home has to offer. 

 

Hire A REALTOR®

If you haven’t yet called the Kelowna Local Real Estate Team, what are you waiting for? We’re on your side and will help coordinate all of these tasks as you go through the home selling process. Hiring a REALTOR® early on also helps us to plan your marketing strategy and book other professionals needed such as stagers, painters, photographers and repairmen. Don’t put off hiring a REALTOR® until tip #29. We’re here to answer your questions today Contact Us.

 

Focus On The Front Entry

Buyers have an emotional reaction to a home within 15 seconds. Focusing on the area where they first enter the home is key. Buy a new welcome mat, remove scuffs from the walls, and de-clutter. Leaving coats and shoes in the front entry only attracts attention that there isn’t a closet. Put them away. Cleaning this area is critical.

 

Depersonalize

Speaking of de-cluttering, buyers visit homes and envision their own life in that house. Photos, knick-knacks, hobbies, and other personal items should be stored away. On our pre-listing interview, we'd be happy to point out tips on ensuring your home is presented in its best form.

 

Organize Closets And Drawers

Don't you just wish we would say, "Just cram it all into the closet"? Isn't that what closets are for? Nope. Messy closets and overflowing drawers give the appearance that your home doesn't have enough storage space. Pack away clothes that are out of season, and if possible colour cordite colours remove excess shoes and boots that you won't need till after the move. 

 

Make It Sparkle

Clean water stains from faucets, blinds, windows, stains from counters, dust from ceiling fans, pressure wash the exterior, Everything that is supposed to be shiny should gleam. If you find your schedule jammed pack and not having enough hours in the day

 

Go Neutral

Colour is a personal expression, and the hot pink bathroom that you love doesn’t appeal to the masses. Sorry. We know we hurt some feelings when we say this. However, neutral colours are more pleasing to the eye and will win over more people.

 

Eliminate Odours

We love pets. But their odours can turn buyers off. Hide litter boxes, wash your pet’s bedding, and spray the area with a light air neutralizer. Avoid heavy perfumes and air fresheners as many people are allergic to these types of products. 

 

Check The Light Bulbs

It’s so easy to forget about that downstairs bathroom light that burnt out months ago. Take a walk through and make sure every light fixture is working. To really wow buyers, replace any dated light fixtures. It’s an easy fix that dramatically changes the look of a room. With cost-effective solutions for LED lightbulbs not only will the home show brighter it will add to the energy-conscious buyer. 

 

Boxing Day 

We talk about decluttering a lot, and part of that process is to hunt down boxes. U-Haul has a wide variety of moving boxes. Concerned about the environment? We suggest using Frog Box, reusable heavy-duty plastic boxes that you return when the big move is done. Box up everything that isn’t needed in the home and consider keeping it at a storage facility.

 

Make An Extra Set Of Keys

It’s worth a couple of dollars. A Lock Box is installed on the property so that we, and other agents, can access the property when you are not home. The extra keys are placed in that box, so we don't have to waste your, and the buyers' time, by tracking down keys. 

 

Buy New Towels

It may seem like a minor detail, but clean, fresh, fluffy white towels instantly add a spa feeling to every bathroom. While you’re in there, remove all toiletries and set out some nice soaps, a new bath mat, and a clean shower curtain. 

 

Clean The Kitchen

Buyers spend the most time investigating this room. They go through everything, and we mean everything! Remove appliances and other clutter from the countertops, wipe out the cupboards, clear out old food from the fridge, hide the liquor collection and clean the oven until it shines. Fresh flowers on the counter are always a welcoming touch. 

 

The Bedrooms

The bedroom is a sanctuary. Colours should be kept neutral in the bedrooms as well as the rest of the home. Remove the knick-knacks, personal photos, and grooming products. If the room is small, remove furniture that doesn’t quite fit. Condo owners know exactly what we’re talking about! Most buyers are looking for a certain number of bedrooms because they want people to be able to sleep in those rooms. Therefore, if you’ve converted two out of the three bedrooms into offices, consider changing at least one back into a bedroom. 

 

Put Dining Back In The Dining Room

Hands up if you’re one of those families that congregate around the television during dinner. It happens! If your dining room has been neglected, now is the time to pay more attention to it. Clean up the paperwork that has made a permanent home on the table, display some beautiful plates in the hutch, and if necessary, purchase a tablecloth to cover the old, scratched table. 

 

Show Off The Living Room

Invest in some throw pillows, a new area rug and lamps to brighten up the room. Hide the TV cords and magazines. Clean the furniture and dust everything. Put out a book and empty coffee cup by that chair near the window. It's called the living room for a reason; it's where we do most of our living. 

 

Tackle The Basement 

The basement; where unused items go to die. It may take a day or three to get through it but whether your basement is finished or just a storage area, it's crucial to make it as spacious and inviting as possible. Take this opportunity to finally get rid of all that stuff you never use. 

 

Get The Windows Cleaned

Many of our sellers don't think about cleaning the windows. However, if repairs and renovations have been going on in your home, the dust has likely accumulated right onto the windows. Patio doors are especially notorious for collecting fingerprints as well as Fido's nose prints. Cal at Everclear Window Cleaning is a local professional that does a remarkable job. 

 

Make It Look Nice At Night

A lot of home buyers scope out the home in the evening before seeing it with their realtor. Make sure the outdoor lights are working. Consider purchasing some garden lights to brighten up the front. Most viewings are done in the evening as well so make sure that the front and backyard are lit up enough for the buyers to see the whole picture. 

 

Don’t Forget About The Backyard

The season in which you’re selling your home will dictate what you can accomplish in the backyard. Winter – shovel walkways, remove any dead plants and make it look presentable. Spring/Summer – Clean off the deck and furniture, cut the grass, trim the trees, plant some flowers, wipe down the BBQ and sweep up any debris. Fall – rake up those leaves, cut the grass, sweep, wash down anything dusty, and remove dead plants from the garden. No matter what the season, paint anything that needs a touch-up, fix any broken fence or deck boards and always, always, clean up after the dog. 

 

Look Down At The Floors

Depending on what type of flooring is in your home, there are many products on the market to fix minor scratches and other imperfections. You’ll also want to make sure that your vacuum is in peak working order to get into every corner and pick up every stray dog hair. 

 

Steam Clean The Carpets

Especially if you have pets, but we recommend everyone to get the carpets professionally cleaned. When was the last time? Probably years. Have you heard the Febreeze commercials about becoming “nose-blind”? It happens to all of us so we suggest steam cleaning carpets and anything else that is upholstered. Mike Otto is a local carpet cleaning professional that works at Service Master Kelowna, he has personally been working with me for over 10 years.

 

Let There Be Light

Pull back or open any drapes and blinds blocking the natural light from entering the home. Buyers are imagining their life in this home. Where will the reading chair go? Where’s the best spot for the desk? Where do the houseplants go? Show them what they're working with. 

 

Un-scuff The Scuffed

You’ve probably heard about the Magic Eraser. It is quite literally, magic. No need to repaint. Just wipe those scuffs off the walls and doors, easily and quickly. If you have little munchkins around erase the million tiny fingerprints on the walls next to the stairs.

 

Get Out Of The House

We don’t want to make you feel unwanted in your own home, but while buyers are visiting, it's best if you, the kids and the pets find something else to do. When sellers are present, buyers don’t feel comfortable enough to check every corner of the home which leaves them feeling unsure. 

 

Put Away The Toys

Keeping a home clean and having kids don’t always mix. We get it. Do your best to store the toys allowing the main areas of the home to stay clutter-free. The primary objective is to remove distractions that will prevent buyers from seeing your home in all its glory. Finger paintings on the walls, art on the windows and, ahem, dirty diapers, all need to go. 

 

Make The Best Of Your Home’s Close Up

Now that the house is in showhome condition, keep it like that until the photographer and videographer can get in and do their thing. Photos are taken a few days before the home is listed and may include videography as well. Take note of when your home is in its best light. The photographer will appreciate any tips you can give. One more exclusive tip from the Kelowna Local Real Estate Team is to make sure all toilet lids are closed for the photos. It's a small detail that makes a huge difference. You’re welcome! 

 

Give It A Final Look

Phew! You made it. Now take a step back and admire your hard work. Did you miss anything? Did one of the kids just leave their toys under the dining room table? Did the dog smudge up the patio door glass? Take one final look and Taa Daa! Your home is ready for visitors. Let the showings and offers start to roll in.

 

We get it your busy, maybe even to busy to do any of these things were not here to overwhelm you but simply provide you with a guideline for what’s ideal. We work exclusively with professional organizers, cleaners, painters, trades and an on-call handyman if life’s too busy. Contact Us and take advantage of Kelowna Local's best-kept secrets in prepping your home for sale, SPOILER ALERT we have WAY more than 32.

 

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