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Kijiji down for maintenance tonight

For all you late night classifieds addicts, we will be doing site maintenance tonight after midnight (eastern time). The site will be down for up to two hours (but likely less since we’re a quick and nimble bunch of engineers ;) ) so make sure you post your ads and do your bargain hunting before.

The blog will still be up so feel free to post some insightful comments while you’re waiting for us to get the ship back to sea!

kijiji offices

This is our actual office, which also needs a little maintenance and cleanup

Categories:Inside Kijiji

Site testers wanted!

2011 was a banner year for us, but we know that there is always room for improvement!

We’re looking for some user feedback on some of our features. You will need to install a browser add-on and provide us some comments (you will need a mic) on your experience. Tell us a little about yourself – what do you typically look for on Kijiji? What was the last time you bought/ sold on the site?

Email us at kijijimarketing@kijiji.ca if you’re interested.

Thanks!

Be your own agent to sell your home

Note: We posted a similar article previously, but thought we’d post a refresher to get ready for the Spring .

The real estate market is all about cycles and trends and as the spring selling season gets underway there are a number of things to consider if you are going to embark on one of the increasingly popular trends: selling your home on your own.

Neutral decor and decluttering are two tips to selling your own home successfully.

Indeed, the for-sale-by-owner trend (FSBO) is the new “it” concept when it comes to the real estate market, according to research commissioned by Kijiji Canada. The study revealed that 61 per cent of Canadians would consider selling their home on their own if it was easy and more affordable than using a real estate agent.

While the FSBO trend is growing, many homeowners are skipping an important step: staging and prepping their home for sale. Figuring out how to get your home ready for sale can often be a daunting task but it doesn’t have to be, according to staging specialist Janette Ewen. “Homeowners don’t need to invest a lot of money or time when staging their home for sale. In fact, the first and most important step is de-cluttering and de-personalizing the space to help potential buyers envision it as their own.”

Ewen suggests homeowners consider the following tips:

De-clutter your domicile: The buyer who falls in love with your home will be able to envision their stuff in your space. Removing unnecessary items – especially furniture – and de-personalizing the space is important. This is also a good time to get rid of unwanted items before you move. Take stock of what you actually use, and get rid of what you don’t need. You can make some money to offset moving costs by selling unwanted items online. Once you’ve de-cluttered, be sure to give your entire home a thorough cleaning.

Fix it: If a potential buyer notices a broken drawer or leaky faucet, you can lose the sale. It’s worth a little investment to correct minor problems so you can seal a huge deal. It’s worth the small investment to correct minor problems to help seal the huge deal.

Keep décor neutral: This allows prospective buyers to envision your home with their preferred colours, artwork, and furniture.

Invite prospects in with flair: Think of an open house like a big reveal. Let the light into your home, decorate with fresh cut flowers, and ensure that pets and small children have someone to look after them.

Pay attention to curb appeal: This is how you make your first impression. Closely consider your home’s exterior and make sure bushes are pruned, grass is trimmed, and paint isn’t peeling.

Consider a professional inspection: Investing in a professional inspection is the best way to find and fix deficiencies before a potential buyer discovers them and walks away forever.

If you’re thinking about selling your home this spring, take a look at online resources like Kijiji.ca. On sites like this you get an idea of what your home is worth, find items to help with staging, and you can get rid of any furniture you’re not planning to keep.

What strategies have you used to successfully sell your home yourself? Share your stories in the comments below!

Categories:Kijiji Real Estate

Selecting your ‘album cover’ picture when you post a new ad

Thanks all for responding to our Annual survey that we carried out in October 2011. One of the features that a lot of our users were requesting was the ability to change the main picture in your ads.  I’m pleased to let you know that we’ve released it today on the main site.

It provides the ability to select the ‘album cover’ picture. Basically, one can select the picture that is displayed first and hence displayed in the Search & Browse results as well.

It is a fairly intuitive feature. One can view the feature in the Post Ad flow. After uploading multiple pictures (remember, more pictures => more views => more replies) one can select the preferred one by hovering over it and clicking your mouse. The picture with the green border will be the main picture once you finish the post ad process.

Also, one can select multiple pictures at the same time of upload by pressing Ctrl/mouse Click on Win & Command/mouse Click on Mac. You knew that already, didn’t you?

I hope you all like this feature. Let us know what you think about it by posting comments below. Thanks!

Lego Political Figures

So you think you’ve finally made it.   You get your masters in economics, you go into politics, and eventually, it happens.  You are Prime Minister.  You can’t possibly be any more successful…    or can you?

Just when you thought it couldn’t get any better for Stephen Harper, he gets to join the ranks of Batman, Indiana Jones, and Darth Vader!

This Stephen Harper Lego figurine is now available for sale on Kijiji.  And the best part?  Proceeds go to charity.   No word on when the “Lego Question Period” video game will be released for Xbox or PS3.

The ad is available here while the listing is still active.

Categories:Awesomesauce