(September 28, 2017)
Imagine finding a home you love, making an offer, and then finding out there are other competing offers on the table. Ouch.
If you’re looking for a property in a competitive market, it is likely that there will be multiple offers. Even just one can create the risk that you’ll lose the home. So how do you make sure your offer is enticing enough to win over the seller? Here are some ideas:
(September 27, 2017)
Although homeowners are generally aware that there are real costs associated with their living space, they don’t always notice how much their clutter impacts their ability to use it. To make the most of your home’s potential, consider ways to create more storage room to keep items that are not in use out of the way. For example, purge closets and drawers, one room at a time, and donate unused item... read more.
(September 26, 2017)
BBQ Safety Tips You Should Know According to a recent study, the average homeowner pays more attention to kitchen stove safety than they do BBQ safety. But, the fact is, a BBQ mishap can be just as devastating. So, it pays to know the latest safety tips.
• Keep BBQs at least 8 feet away from your house.
• Check for venture tube blockages regularly. (Spiders are notorious for spinning webs in there... read more
(September 26, 2017)
When it comes to the appearance and function of your kitchen, a new sink can be just as important as a new appliance. In terms of size, shape, finish and colour, the latest designs and styles have come a long way. New options include shapes and sizes that range from a large, deep farm-style unit with an exposed “apron” to a triple-bowl station designed for gourmet food prep. New finishes include c... read more.
(September 22, 2017)
Make it anonymous!
What do you notice when you visit a model home in a new development? Often, you’ll find wonderfully furnished and decorated rooms that anyone could live in.
The operative word here is “anyone”.
Sure, there might be a computer screen on a desk in the den, or a child’s doll sitting in a corner, but for the most part, all the rooms are anonymous. There is a sense of family, but no spe... read more
(September 18, 2017)
Shopping for a new home can be a dizzying experience. There are so many things to think about, it’s all too easy to lose focus on the most important consideration of all: getting the home you really want. Here are five questions to keep front-of-mind:
1. Is it located in the neighbourhood I want?
Where a property is located can have a dramatic impact on how much you enjoy it. Make sure the neighbou... read more
(September 18, 2017)
Have you noticed that some things have a season?
For example, hockey is associated with winter, regardless of where it’s played. New TV shows usually begin in the fall. It makes you wonder.
Does real estate have a season? Is there an ideal time of year to sell?
Seasons can play a role in the real estate market. People are out and about more in the summer, so listings tend to be up. On the other hand... read more
(September 09, 2017)
If your home is becoming difficult to manage, you may want to consider how downsizing might help:
1. More Financial Freedom: Presuming your next home is smaller and more affordable, you’ll have greater ability to address other monetary interests, whether it’s enjoying travel options, helping the kids secure their first home, or establishing an education fund for grandchildren
(September 07, 2017)
Strategically located ceiling fans can improve home comfort at a significant lower operating cost, compared to the cost of running your whole-home heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) system.
Since warm air is lighter than cool air, it naturally rises to the ceiling. But, this warm air can be redistributed throughout the room by a fan, as long as the fan’s blades are tilted to the prope... read more
(September 05, 2017)
You might naturally assume that it is most important to talk to a Realtor when you’re selling or buying a home. But there are many other circumstances in which it makes sense to give me a call. Here are a few examples:
1. When you’re at the “thinking about it” stage
If you’re just thinking about selling your home, and haven’t made a firm decision yet, you might feel uncomfortable calling a Realtor... read more