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Checklist for Getting Settled in Your New Home
Thursday, 15 June 2017, 09:50:00 AM
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Once you have signed on the dotted line and the keys to the new house are yours, it is time to get to work turning the house into your home. Furniture placement, window dressings, and paint colours are first items that probably come to mind. In the chaos and confusion of moving, certain items often get overlooked. The following will help you make your transition to your new home as smooth as possible.

 

Change the Locks:

This should be your very first task since you have no way of knowing who may have keys to your home. Depending on the number of locks and whether you install them yourself or hire a locksmith, you can probably expect to pay anywhere from $10 to $30 per lock, which is a small price to pay to ensure that your family and belongings are secure.

 

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If you are moving to a new area, be sure to ask your REALTOR® for a list of preferred service providers. Most agents will know the name of a reputable electrician, plumber, and heating and air company. Having these numbers available can be a lifesaver if you need an emergency repair.

 

Check Safety Equipment:

Make sure that your home is equipped with adequate smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. If the detectors are old or there are not enough of them for the size of the home, invest in new ones. If the existing detectors appear to be new and in good shape, you should go ahead and change the batteries immediately. It is also a good idea to invest in a couple of new fire extinguishers as well.

 

Schedule Maintenance for Mechanical Equipment:

Even though you probably had your home inspected prior to closing, it is still a good idea to have your heating, air conditioning, and even your plumbing inspected and serviced by a professional. To save money, considering enrolling in a service agreement with a reputable company. These agreements typically offer substantial discounts on preventative maintenance and tune-ups as well as emergency repairs.

 

Change Switch Plates, Outlet Covers, and Toilet Seats:

Switch plates and outlet covers can become dingy, dirty, and discoloured over time. These items are easy and inexpensive to replace and will make your home look fresh and new. It is also nice to start off new with something as personal as a toilet seat. If you do not want to spend money on a new toilet seat, at least take the time to remove the current one so that you can clean all of the nooks and crannies.

 

Paint the Front Door:

A bright, cheerful front door is an easy way to add your personal style to your new home. Be sure to take the time to sand and prep the door to get the best results. Today, almost any colour is acceptable; however, if you are part of a homeowners association, you want to make sure that you comply with their regulations.

 

Finally, consider scheduling a housewarming party for several weeks after your move-in date. Not only will this give you a chance to meet your neighbours, but the deadline will also keep you from procrastinating when it comes to unpacking.


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Get The Answers To These Questions Before Selling Your Home
Posted on Wed, 31 May 2017, 12:35:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Get The Answers To These Questions Before Selling Your Home

Congratulations on selling your Canadian home and preparing for the next journey in your life. No matter how you have come to this conclusion, you are most certainly coming up to a new chapter in your life and we know that it is going to bring you joy and happiness in its greatest form.

If you are selling your home, then you may have quite a few questions about the process and about what you need to do in order to sell your home most efficiently.

Here are a few questions, in no particular order, that you need to have the answers to in order to complete the process of selling your Canadian home in the most peaceful, efficient, and legal method possible:

 

How Much Money Is My Home Worth?

Get The Answers To These Questions Before Selling Your HomeThe house market is constantly fluctuating depending on factors out of your control. These factors could be demand, supply, economy, natural disaster, climate, and region in which your home is being sold. To some degree, you will not be able to control what your home is worth and how much money a potential buyer will pay in order to buy it from you. This is really a consultation where you figure out what sort of figure you would like to show the public.

 

How Many Homes Have You Sold That Are Similar To Mine?

The types of home in which a sales representative has sold in the past may tell you a bit about their style and which types of houses they typically take on to sell. If they have quite a bit of experience selling homes that are similar to yours, you can rest assured that the price they are quoting you is competitive.

 

What Paperwork Do I Need To Be Aware Of Before Starting This Process?

Make sure that you are well aware of all of the paperwork you will need to sign before you decide to start the process of selling your home. This may not seem like a big deal right now, but you will be thankful that you are well-aware and educated later on down the road if there are complications or if you are getting tired with the process.

 

Who Will Be Able To See The Listing Of My Home?

You may be surprised at just how many places your home could be listed for sale. You may also be surprised that your home is not listed in as many places as you thought it may be. You can ask who will be able to see the listing of your home in order to determine whether or not you need to do additional work to ensure that your listing is seen by as many people as possible.

 

Do You Have References I Can Contact?

Your sales representative should have a list of references available for you should you wish to contact them. Your sales representative has nothing to hide and should treat every consultation as if they are applying for a job. If they are prepared they will be able to give your references immediately upon your request.

 

Is Your License In Good Standing? Can You Prove It?

All credible sales representatives will have a license that is in good standing regardless of whether they have been selling homes for a few days or they have been selling homes for 30 years. They can give you this information and they can prove it. They would only withhold proof of a license in good standing if they have something to hide.


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Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New Home
Posted on Mon, 15 May 2017, 12:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New Home

If you have just purchased a New Canadian home and would like to get started on painting but are stumped at where to start, you may find comfort in the list of colors and their common places listed below. You may use this guide as a reference or create your own style as you see fit.

Below you will find a list of colors that are commonly used in rooms throughout a Canadian home. While some colors may seem more practical for one room than another, it is important to remember that once you sign that final contract with your sales representative, then you are free to paint any room in your home in any color that you would like regardless of the suggestions listed below.

 

White

Choosing The Right Colors For Each Room In Your New HomeWhite is often a color that is used in areas of the home that get little light or need to appear brighter and cleaner. These rooms often include, but are not limited to: basements, bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens because of its ability to distinguish whether the walls are clean or not.

 

Cream, Beige, Tan, Brown

This group of colors can, and often are, very similar to each other and are consequently used for similar purposes. These colors compliment rooms that you would like to look cozy or welcoming. These rooms most often include: living rooms, hallways, kitchens, and bedrooms.

 

Orange

Orange can be a bold paint choice or it can be found in such a pale shade that it appears similar to the color group listed above. Because of its versatility, it can cover any of the rooms listed above.

 

Blue

Blue is a color that can be found in the majority of houses in Canada. It has a calming affect on people and is often used in spaces where people spend a lot of time. These spaces include, but are not limited to: bedrooms, bathrooms, and living rooms.

 

Green

Green, like blue, tends to make people calmer. There is an unspoken quiet, thoughtful, and tranquil space created inside of any room that is green. For this reason, green is most often seen in studies, bedrooms, kitchens, and common family areas.

 

Red

Red is always a bold choice no matter what shade you choose to paint your room in. Red should be reserved for areas that get a lot of light. It is a favorite among adolescent bedrooms, and occasionally in living rooms or home theaters.

 

Purple

Purple is always a beautiful color to accent a room in. It can have all of the calming and tranquil properties of blue and green, with all of the personality and brightness of Spring. While most commonly seen in girl’s bedrooms and master bedrooms, pale shades of purple may even be found in kitchens, bathrooms, and living rooms.

 

Black Chalkboard Paint

If you have a toddler or adolescent with a creative mind, you may consider painting a wall of their room black with chalkboard paint. This will allow them to release all of their creative energy into a piece of artwork that they will not get in trouble for creating.

 

Advice To Keep In Mind

Just because the colors are listed above does not mean that you have to follow them. You are completely free to choose whatever color scheme you would like in any room of the house you choose to put it in. The above information is simply listed as it is seen in many Canadian homes.


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How To Say “Goodbye” To Your Beloved First Home
Posted on Sun, 30 Apr 2017, 01:40:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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If you are moving away from the first Canadian home that you have ever purchased, you may be having some feelings of intense sadness. That is understandable considering the feelings you had when you were first buying this Canadian home you will now be leaving behind. You chanced it all to get this home in particular and now you’re leaving it for the next chapter in your life. Good luck.

Here are a few tasteful ways to savor that last little bit of time you have left with your beloved first Canadian home before officially signing it away with your sales representative.How To Say “Goodbye” To Your Beloved First Home

 

Plant Something In the Yard

When you step back and look at all that you have accomplished in the amount of time that you have spent in your house, you may be realizing that virtually everything in the house and in the yard have been touched by you at some point. It can be a jarring or saddening thing to think about all of that hard work, blood, sweat, and tears disappearing with the new set of family members to live there. Take this time to come up with something that you can plant in the yard. Think of this item as something that will likely be a permanent fixture that can never be removed. If you live on a wooded lot or have a lot of trees in the backyard, consider planting a tree. It will not be singled out to be cut down and will likely not even be special to the family that moves in, but it will give you the closure you need. That baby tree will make you feel like a part of you will always be with that house and that property. If you can’t plant a tree or flower, then plant an item that meant something to you in the yard. Simply dig a small hole and plant an old piece of trim or a shard of glass from the first window that you ever broke in the house. Even though you won’t be able to watch this bloom for years to come, you can be confident that the item will remain there for many years to come.

 

Fill The Home With Your Favorite Scents

When you think of being at home what is the first thing that often comes to mind? The smells that remind you of home when you’re not there, right? Think of baking your grandmother’s famous cookies from a recipe that is strictly secret between the two of you. Make your favorite dinner and let the smells fill up your home. Maybe these smells come from the scents that you have always used in your baths after a long day of hard work. Whatever smells make you think of home when you are not there are the perfect smells that you should be filling your home with in your last days. Make your memories something special.

 

Create Something

There is nothing more inspirational than the items, people, and environments that mean the most to you. Take these last few days to write poems, stories, or journal entries of all of your fondest memories in the home. If you are not much of a write, then consider making some sort of piece of artwork that you can take with you to remember your first home with. This may be a painting or pastel piece that you have created. Maybe it is a piece of jewelry created using something from the home. Whatever you choose to create should have special meaning to you.


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Guideline for Canadians Looking to Buy or Sell a Home
Posted on Fri, 31 Mar 2017, 03:40:00 PM  in My services
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As stressful as it might be, buying or selling a home is probably the most important undertaking you will ever be involved in. The procedure for selecting a house involves both finance and lifestyle considerations; one needs to choose wisely to avoid regrets in the future. In the Canadian market, one needs to secure a good deal and at the right time. By the basic law of supply and demand, one should buy at a time when many people are not looking for houses. You also need to be aware of the details during contract negotiation, have knowledge on what qualities to look out for, and still keep the mortgage interest as low as possible. Selling on the hand should be done at a suitable time to ensure that you make enough money to secure yourself another home.Guideline for Canadians Looking to Buy or Sell a Home

There are myriad reasons that may drive you to sell your home. If you find your home’s location unsuitable, then that may be a reason enough to sell it. Location may be unsuitable in relation to work, or if you are retiring and therefore require to move to a place with a low maintenance cost. The size of a house may also drive one to sell. If your family is growing and you cannot get a permit to expand it to add more bedrooms, then perhaps it is the right time to sell. On the other hand, if your kids have all moved to college, it is always a good time to downsize before any of them decides to move back. You may decide to sell for unfortunate reasons, say divorce or at worst death of a family member. This may be crucial in helping you leave bad memories. Financial reasons are a key factor to selling. If you cannot sustain the cost of a house or you need money to pay for something else, relocating is always an option. For a change in lifestyle, especially among young and rich, many people move to more classy homes in reputable cities.

Buying a home should always be done with utmost keenness. One needs to ensure that the previous owner had properly maintained the house. This helps to reduce repair costs when you later discover damages in the house. One needs to check every area of the home from ensuring that roofing is in good condition and has a long lifetime to checking whether the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. For the windows, they should be well sealed and double paned, and the foundation should have no cracks, especially on the outer side. Plumbing and wiring is another important area. One should ensure that knob and tube wiring is not made of aluminum because it is expensive to replace, and that the plumbing is not leaking and the water is adequate. The areas around bathtubs or showers should have no signs of water damage or mold, and all appliances such as fridges should be in good working condition.

Before purchasing a house, it is always important to find out if it is right for you. You need to evaluate your current and future needs. This is very important in determining the size of the house you will buy. If you are in a young family that is looking to having children soon, you should buy a home that has several rooms. If you are looking to fit in into a group of rich friends, then you will require buying a good house with additional features such as a pool. There are extra things to check such as house maintenance and energy efficiency if you need a mortgage home loan.


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Buying a Home: Tips for Surviving a Bidding War
Posted on Wed, 15 Mar 2017, 03:35:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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Buying a home can feel like a roller coaster ride filled with emotional highs and lows. One of the lows that buyers dread the most is finally finding the perfect dream home only to get caught up in a nasty bidding war. Your heart tells you to do everything you can to get the house while your head tells you that you need to stay within budget. The following tips will help you put your best foot forward and improve your chances of getting your offer accepted.

 Buying a Home: Tips for Surviving a Bidding War

Have Financing in Place:

You may be up against all-cash offers, so ensuring that you have a lender's preapproval in hand will strengthen your position by allowing you to remove the financing contingency from your offer.

 

Make a Competitive Offer:

You should avoid the temptation to make a lowball offer. You run the risk of insulting the sellers to the point that they refuse to even counteroffer. An experienced REALTOR® can help you prepare a thoughtful offer based on market analysis, their experience with the local market, as well as information they can learn from the listing agent regarding the seller's motivations.

 

Adjust to the Seller's Schedule:

Closing dates are typically negotiated for a time that is convenient for both sides. Agreeing to close at the seller's convenience may give you a leg up over the competition. If the sellers need a little extra time to arrange their move, you can even agree to rent the property back to them after closing.

 

Remove Sales Contingencies:

Offers that are contingent upon inspections or you selling your current home can make a seller nervous. Removing these stipulations can improve your odds of acceptance when there is stiff competition; however, you should consider the consequences of removing the contingencies very carefully. For example, you want to ensure that you have enough funds in reserve to cover two mortgages for a while. You may also opt for an "information only" inspection so that you will at least have an idea if there are potential issues with the home and can plan accordingly.

 

Make it Personal:

Realtors often recommend that buyers in a bidding war submit a personal letter with their offer detailing why they fell in love with the house and what it will mean for their family to live there. This will help the seller connect with you on an emotional level and may help tip the scale in your favor.

 

Know When to Walk Away:

It is important to know your top price before submitting your offer. It is all too easy to overpay for a home when we let our emotions gain control. No matter how perfect a home may appear, it is not worth it if you end up struggling every month to meet your mortgage payment. If you are patient, you will find the right house at the right price.

Finally, you should trust your REALTOR®. There is a good chance that they have been through more than one bidding war and can help you come up with best possible strategy to get your offer accepted.


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Tips For Choosing Rental Properties That Are Guaranteed To Provide Phenomenal Returns
Posted on Tue, 28 Feb 2017, 10:45:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Purchasing rental property is a great way to establish long-term financial health. The right unit will serve as an ongoing, passive stream of income that can bolster or even replace earnings that are generated from your primary employment. This is an excellent investment strategy for retirees or for those who intend to leave the workforce within the next several years. It is also perfect for consumers who already own their own homes outright and are ready to expand their portfolios. In order to ensure optimal returns from this investment, however, there are a number of key features that you should look for.

 Tips For Choosing Rental Properties That Are Guaranteed To Provide Phenomenal Returns

  1. A Prime Location

No matter what your goals are when shopping for property, location means everything. This is always going to be the sole feature about your unit that you don't have the power to change. You can alter the flooring, add in new cabinetry and even redesign the look of the property exterior. Where your investment is located, however, is a static condition. You also have to account for the fact that location will play the greatest role in determining how much you're able to charge for rent. Even if a unit has cutting-edge amenities, it won't fetch a reasonable price if it's situated in a high-crime, low-interest and otherwise undesirable neighbourhood.

 

  1. Modern Amenities

Just like home buyers want the latest and most innovative amenities, property renters are starting to demand these things as well. Features like smart thermostats, triple and even quadruple-pane windows, and energy efficient heating and cooling systems can help renters save considerable sums of money on their monthly overhead bills. If any property you're targeting doesn't have these things, find out how much it will cost to add them in on your own.

 

  1. A Robust Rental Market

Certain neighbourhoods are filled with attractive and relatively affordable houses, and yet, the local rental markets are not ideal. This is often the result of limited, local options in employment, limited options for commuting, or average rental prices that are far above the regional norm. Find out how other rental property owners are faring within specific neighbourhoods and determine just what the average rental costs are. These should be sufficiently high for covering your own ownership expenses while allowing for some manner of profit.

 

  1. Quality Schools

If you intend to invest in a multi-unit development or a property type that is best-suited to small and growing families, make sure to target neighbourhoods that have top-rated schools. Many properties will have local school information posted right on their listings. You can compare this data with the details that are offered by major school review sites online.

 

  1. Low Crime Rates

Take a minute to read up on local crime statistics. Even some of the best locations are not immune to problems like burglary and vandalism. Not only will issues like these make your units less marketable, but they can also have a noticeable impact on property values over the years.

 

  1. Ease Of Transportation

When shopping for homes, apartments or condos to rent, most people are looking for options that will simplify their daily commutes. As such, some of the best properties will be located within close driving distance of major transportation routes. It is also important to consider the options in local, municipal transportation that exist as well. With more consumers looking to limit both their fuel costs and their carbon footprints, choosing properties near solid bus routes or train stations is a good idea.

 

  1. A Strong Job Market

A strong job market and a robust rental market usually go hand in hand. If there are plenty of options in nearby work, locals will be able to pay their rent. When shopping for an investment property, check around for new businesses, business expansion and low unemployment rates. It's also possible to find desirable rental properties just outside of bustling metropolitan areas, so long as the options for commuting are good.

When using investment property to generate passive income, it's vital to diligently research your options. Choosing a modern, updated home that located in a safe and top-rated community will invariably provide better returns than will choosing a property in a high-crime, low-interest district. Consulting with a reputable REALTOR® before finalizing any purchase decisions is the best way to avoid investment mistakes that will diminish your profit potential.


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6 High-Return Home Upgrades That Every Homeowner Should Consider
Posted on Tue, 31 Jan 2017, 09:15:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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All homeowners should have strategic plans for updating their properties throughout the years. These efforts are essential for keeping residential units on par with local standards and for ensuring high returns on these investments. Whether you intend to remain in your current abode for the rest of your life or want to sell your property for profit within the next several years, following are six, high-return upgrades that are well-worth consideration.

 6 High-Return Home Upgrades That Every Homeowner Should Consider

  1. New Siding

Having new siding installed is an investment that will pay for itself many times over. New siding will improve overall building insulation, thereby making it both cheaper and easier to maintain ambient temperatures indoors. This upgrade can be especially beneficial for buildings that have asbestos-containing siding at their exterior. It will eliminate the need for costly and unpleasant disclosures that can bring sales to a grinding halt, while additionally protecting the health of both residents and locals.

 

  1. High-End Rooftop Drainage Systems

Property owners are often encouraged to invest in projects that increase the curbside appeal of their units. While incorporating new landscaping features can certainly add aesthetic value, it is far better to focus on property additions that have intrinsic and functional value as well. One of the most popular improvements among savvy investors is the addition of all-copper gutters and downspouts. Copper gutter systems are incredibly durable and long-lasting. In fact, these additions are estimated to last for up to 100 years. They also beautify residential building structures and are capable of making them stand out, which can be especially beneficial if you're attempting to offload a unit that's surrounded by a number of similar-looking buildings.

 

  1. All-Copper Sinks

Copper isn't just a great addition for the outside of your property. It's also the perfect way to enhance the beauty, value and usability of bathroom and kitchen sinks. This metal has inherent, antimicrobial properties that naturally limit the presence of harmful bacteria. They're also less prone to rust and corrosion over time, even when used extensively. Available in a vast range of shapes, sizes and styles, both hammered and smooth copper sinks blend well with a number of contemporary and conventional decorating schemes to create a luxurious look that's surprisingly easy to maintain.

 

  1. Basement Finishing

For property owners with unfinished basements, investing in services to complete and enhance these spaces is the ideal way to build sweat equity. These projects greatly increase the amount of usable space at the interior of the home. At the very least, a finished basement can become a functional storage space. With vision and a slightly larger budget, a finished basement can also be turned into a functional wine cellar, an additional family room, an office or even an in-law apartment.

 

  1. Hardwood Floors Or Ceramic Tiles

The latest trends in modern property designs include a concerted move away from carpeted flooring. More consumers are concerned with maintaining acceptably high indoor air qualities. Carpet fibres can trap and retain pet dander, dust, dirt and many other allergens. Investing in hardwood flooring, ceramic tiles or other hard, durable flooring options will make your floors easier to maintain and can greatly increase the overall marketability of your property.

 

  1. Smart Home Technologies

Smart home technologies are investments that are virtually guaranteed to provide excellent returns, whether you want to sell or intend to stay right where you are. The addition of a smart thermostat will give you the ability to remotely control your home HVAC system for far more manageable energy bills. Smart security systems and smart entertainment features also make properties far more comfortable and convenient for all property residents.

Although many home improvement plans focus solely on the kitchens and bathrooms, there's much more that you can do to improve the value and appeal of your property throughout the years. Upgraded, rooftop drainage systems and smart features and functions will make it easier to attract qualified buyers in even the most competitive markets. New sinks with their own anti-microbial properties along with other strategic home additions can also greatly increase the level of enjoyment that you get from your home right now.


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5 Open House Tips that Every Buyer Should Know
Posted on Thu, 15 Dec 2016, 10:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Sellers will do their best to please buyers during an open house, regardless if the seller is the homeowner or a real estate agent. However, you should never walk into the open house with a list of demands. Instead, use these tips to ensure that you have a pleasant experience.

 5 Open House Tips that Every Buyer Should Know

Scheduling

It is best to go to open houses on the weekend, unless your schedule permits you to view homes during the week. Clear your entire schedule for that day, in order to attend multiple open houses. To thoroughly look at each home, you should set aside at least an hour per property. Keep in mind that it may not take you a full-hour to view the home, but you do not want to rush. This is your chance to look at the home and gather as many details as you can about the property, first-hand. Be sure to allow yourself enough traveling time to go from one open house to another.

 

Wear Comfortable Shoes

Although you should wear presentable clothing, remember it is an open house, not a fashion show. Prepare to do a lot of walking on the inside and outside of the home. It is best to wear comfortable shoes, instead of high heels and dress shoes. You should also wear a comfortable outfit. Depending on the structure of the home, you may need to walk up a lot of stairs, so keep this in mind when choosing the shoes that you are going to wear while viewing the home.

 

Respect the Host

You should always be polite to the host, regardless if it is a homeowner or real estate agent. It is never a good idea to give the host the cold shoulder. When you walk in, smile and greet the host, and be sure to sign in. If the host is too pushy, or makes you uncomfortable, let him know that you or your Realtor will be in touch, thank him, and leave. If you like the property, being respectful of the host could mean more information, and possibly a better deal.

 

Understand Boundaries

While you have the right to look at the property thoroughly, you should not rummage through the personal items of the seller. Check out the amount of storage that the home has, including closet space, but do not touch the seller’s clothes if they are hanging in the closets. It is okay to measure the width and length of the cabinets in the bathroom and kitchen. When looking in drawers, cabinets, and closets, see if anything squeaks or is broken. However, you should respect boundaries and never rummage through personal items.

You should take pictures of the home, but only after you have asked permission to do so. Remember that this property is likely a private residence, so you always want to ask if it is okay to record or photograph rooms in the home.

 

Hold Off on the Criticism

You may have issues with the home, and decide that it is not the property for you; this is normal. However, you should never criticize the home to the host. Wait until you have left and discuss the property with your family, friends, or real estate agent. The seller may be the host, and if she still lives in the property, you do not want to criticize her home. If you do not have anything nice to say, do not say anything at all. If you were to end up in a multiple offer situation, you do not want a seller to choose the other buyer simply because she overheard you criticizing her home. You can ask questions and voice concerns over repairs and other issues, but refrain from using a rude tone.

These tips will help you have a successful viewing. Remember to always ask questions in a polite manner. Be respectful of the host, but also gather enough information to use during the decision process.


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How To Price Your Home Just Right
Posted on Tue, 15 Nov 2016, 12:45:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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 Pricing a home is truly a science. However, when it comes to setting a price, many homeowners want to listen to their hearts rather than the cold hard facts. However, experience tells us that the numbers don't lie and in order to sell your home, you will need to accept the professional's assessment of your home's fair market value.

 How To Price Your Home Just Right

Beware Of Overpricing

All too often, homeowners mistakenly think that that they should overprice their home at first. However, this strategy never pans out as they think it will and they sacrifice most of the buyers in the process. Overpriced homes stay on the market for much longer than other homes in the area and often cause delays for sellers who are looking to move into a new home. Even worse, if they have already purchased their next home, then they are saddled with two mortgages.

Sure, it is possible to lower the initial price of your home. However, homeowners should beware. If they continually lower the price of their home, the home may develop a stigma as home buyers wonder what may be wrong with the home to warrant the continual price drops. The best thing you can do to market and sell your home is to price it right from the beginning. This way, your home will sell faster. Who knows, in the right market, with a well-priced home, you may even land more than one offer.

 

Why Your Home May Not Be Worth As Much As You Think

Most homeowners who overvalue their home's worth either confuse their home's sentimental value with its dollar value or they believe that their home is more valuable because of the renovations that they have made.

Unfortunately, buyers do not see the cherished memories when they walk into the home and they certainly do not equate the sentimental value into a monetary sum. Likewise, buyers do not necessarily value all of the renovations the same way that the seller does, and no buyer is willing to pay more than the price of similar homes in the area that have sold recently.

 

The Numbers Don't Lie

What is the best way to price your home? The answer is simple, get the help of a real estate agent. Real estate professionals are able to look at the comparable sales in the area. These recent sales help agents determine what would be the fair market value of the home. This value can help you arrive at a listing price that will be competitive in your home's current market. Agents look at a huge amount of data and variables to arrive at this price. They look at information such as square footage, amenities, floor plans, and more. Additionally, all of the information comes from homes that have sold in your area in the last few months.

Once the agent has collected the list of similar homes and the prices that buyers were willing to pay for them, they are able to make an estimate of what they believe your home will fetch on the current real estate market. Although this number may be less than you hoped, you will be glad when your home sells quickly.


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