# 7 – Getting a house ready for sale – TIP: Use a pro for your photos!

I loaded my new listing yesterday, which means  inputting all the information about room sizes, taxes, condo fees, features, etc. As soon as a listing is  broker-loaded (meaning I do the inputting, rather than the real estate board), we are allowed to add a maximum of ten images.

I initially put up the ones I took, but as soon as I got Pat Blake’s from Blake Photography, I substituted his (they are so much better – he’s fabulous).

This morning, I created feature sheets. I also put the ad up on Ottawa Kijiji. It’s about 1 PM and that’s all I’ve been doing since perhaps 9:30 — getting the marketing out so that this house will sell. But it’s the photographs that will draw people in, and here are some of Pat’s wonderful shots:

Here’s the kitchen and kitchen nook where we did so much work. New porcelain floors, new lighting, new paint and brushed nickel pulls on the kitchen cabinets. All staged by Micheline Masson, who’s been so great to work with (and is highly recommended!).

Next is the combined living/dining room. We hung a new light fixture in the dining room, carpets were cleaned, fresh paint throughout. I took down the drapes to show the lovely views and to let in light. Again, all of this was staged by Micheline with furniture loaned to us by National Rent to Own; some of the accents and accessories (almost all of the cushions and the art on the mantel, for example, plus the crow) came from my home.

The living room is huge and it opens into both the sunroom and a TV room. Micheline staged the space beneath the window (which overlooks the deck) with seating. Here’s a peek!

If you’ve been to parties at my place, you’ll recognize the furniture in the sunroom!

Here’s what the master bedroom and ensuite look like now. These rooms were pink, and the master bedroom had a dark picture frame moulding on one wall which we removed. Doesn’t it look great? (You may recognize the bedding: it’s from my guest room and often finds its way into listings!)

The ensuite was painted as well as the master bedroom (so was the walk-in closet). It looks updated with Micheline’s staging even though that’s all we did: gorgeous!

Then there’s the back deck with its fantastic views of the 9th hole of the Amberwood golf course! (We didn’t have to do anything here: the view speaks for itself!)

There are many more photographs of this great house and we’ll air them on Ottawa Experts: Real Estate in the episode that deals with getting a house ready for sale. Micheline will join me then.

We’ll talk about what it all cost (we had  no budget for staging) and what we did and didn’t do, so lots of great tips for you when you’re trying to figure out what to do on a small budget.

To see what this house looked like before it was painted, staged, and so on,  check out the first 1-6 episodes in my blog!

Again, thanks to everyone involved: Dave and Jeff Smart from SmartChoice Painting, Cedric Poon from Archipelago Contracting, John Bennett and  George Prazmowski (both from my office);  Micheline, who, of course who worked like a fiend to get this house staged and even brought her mom over one night to fix a light. Thanks also to National Rent to Own, for loaning us the furniture, Pat Blake of Blake Photography for taking these fabulous shots, and Rona for giving us discount prices.

The family and agent/trustee of this estate, Heather Richardson, should also be thanked for letting us do all of this — I so hope they like the result. And final thanks to Mark Arbique and Cathy Macdonald, both regular guests on my new show, who ponied up some funds so I could buy new lights for the main floor and cabinet pulls for the kitchen.

Before I forget, there’s good news — there’s already a viewing booked today!

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