Why Choose Karin to Sell Your Home?

With over 15 years in the real estate industry and hundreds of home sales, I have compiled a marketing plan that features advanced home marketing technology with a balance of personal and professional service. 

Here is a list of marketing services that I offer over and above the standard MLS services:

10 Step Marketing Plan:

1. Custom feature package providing pertinent information about the home to prospective Buyers and their REALTOR
2. Pre and post property preparation service **
3. Professional photography of your home
4. Professional floorplans
5. Web exposure using the latest in technology and social media
• Realtor.ca
• Karinuliving.com
• Engel & Volkers Vancouver Island North
• Instagram
• Facebook
6. Engel & Volkers office window display
7. Open Houses (as requested)
8. An assistant with over 10 years experience in real estate administration
9. Weekly follow-up and consistent market updates
10. Top negotiating skills to get your top dollar for your home

For a no cost/no pressure market evaluation on your home; complete the form below and I will provide you with a current price that your home is worth in today’s real estate market.

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Home Staging Tips

Here are some home staging tips to assist you in the sale of your home. First impressions make a big impact on potential home buyers! For many people, it is hard to look past a messy, disorganized home. Something as simple as a bright paint colour can put some buyers off. By following these home staging tips-you will increase your home’s appeal and marketability, drawing in more potential buyers. Properly staging your home will help sell your home faster and for top dollar.

1.De-clutter home
 Clean up and store all unnecessary items (ie- kitchen appliances, toys, pet accessories, etc.) Everything should have its place; if there are items you aren’t using, pack them away until you move. You don’t want buyers questioning if their is enough storage space in your home.
2. De-personalize home 
 Remove the majority of personal family photos. You want potential buyers to visualize themselves living in your home.
3. Deep clean the interior 
 This is especially important in kitchens and bathrooms. It is hard for potential buyers to picture themselves living in your home if it is dirty.
4. Neutral colours 
 Neutral paint colours and furniture set the tone of your house. Neutral colours appeal to a larger market. It is easier for buyers to picture their furniture and accents in your home when there is a neutral colour palate. 
5. Enhance curb appeal
 Tidy up gardens, mow lawns, clean up the outside of the house, windows etc, add some colourful flowers. A good first impression is very important.
6. Room function 
 Decide on the function of each room and make sure it is staged accordingly. Never leave rooms empty. This is a great excuse to buy some new furniture, or if that doesn’t fit in the budget, ask friends or family if they have some furniture you can borrow for staging purposes.
7. Lighting
 Make sure there is adequate lighting in each room, if a room feels dark, add a lamp. You can take it with you when you move!
8. Window treatments 
 Adding window treatments, blinds or curtains, can really add warmth to a room. It makes a room feel very welcoming.
9. Update or clean flooring 
 Old stained, smelly carpets can put buyers off really fast. There’s nothing worse than walking into a room and being hit in the face with the smell of pet. If you are able to replace old carpets with hardwood or laminate that would be preferred. If replacing flooring doesn’t fit in your budget, having carpets professionally cleaned will improve the overall look and feel of a room.

Karin Usipuik,