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How to Make Your Home Stand Out on the Market
Posted on Tue, 15 Aug 2017, 04:10:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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When you're ready to list your home, it's important that the property stands out to ensure that you find the right buyers. Home sellers often want to sell the property as soon as possible to prevent the home from losing value. If you want the house to stand out on the market, there are a few important tips to follow.

 

Stage the Home

Staging the home is necessary to help buyers envision themselves living in the property instead of feeling like they're taking a tour of someone else's home. Use neutral furniture and decor to create a contemporary setting that isn't overly bold or dramatic. Repaint red or dark walls with beige or off-white color shades. Remove personal items that include family photos or children's artwork on the fridge. All clutter will also need to be hidden to prevent it from detracting from the features of the interior and exterior setting. Consider renting a storage unit to place extra belongings instead of stuffing everything inside of cupboards or closets where buyers may inspect. All animals or pets should also be removed from the property.stnad out on market

 

Take Quality Photos

The photos that you use to advertise your home will determine how many people want to take a look at the property. Hire a professional to take quality photos during the daytime when there's plenty of natural light present to create an uplifting setting. The photographer can take pictures of the best features of the property after the home has been staged. The professional should also be capable of editing the images to ensure that they look attractive.

 

Increase the Curb Appeal

It can often be difficult to sell your home if the inside setting is updated, but the curb appeal of the property looks dire and neglected. Boost the curb appeal by increasing the quality of the landscaping and using potted plants on the porch. Consider painting the front door to make it pop and stand out on the home. You can also add a water feature like a pond or a fountain in the yard for extra appeal or a few chairs on the porch.

 

Updating the mailbox and address numbers will also make the home appear newer and maintained well. Having a beautiful front yard and exterior setting will allow buyers to notice the property when driving by and seeing a sign in the yard that the home is for sale.

 

Make it Personal

Your goal should be to make your guests feel at home when they tour the property. Consider leaving fresh cookies out on the kitchen countertop or hanging clean white towels in the bathrooms. Adding air fresheners or lighting a few candles will create a pleasant setting that allows them to feel comfortable in the environment.

 

Avoid being present on the property when buyers tour the property, which can make for an awkward encounter. Let your real estate agent represent you and show off the different features while you're away to help potential buyers feel at ease as they take a look around.

 

Make Use of Each Space

Empty rooms can be a turnoff to buyers because they may not know what to do with the space if they purchase the home. Make use of each space in the home by staging an area that can be used as a home office or a home theatre for the family. Getting creative can allow potential buyers to see that the house will serve many different purposes.


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New Canadian Home, New Canadian Lifestyle
Posted on Sat, 15 Jul 2017, 08:55:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Do you already live in Canada but are moving to a new location? Are you from a different country and are looking to move to Canada for the first time in your life? Maybe you have children, medical needs, or work-related demands that can best be filled only by moving into your next Canadian home. In any event, moving into a new home is the perfect opportunity to start fresh and live a lifestyle that is be different than the one you are currently living. Consider the following advice if you are interested in creating a new lifestyle for yourself.

 

Location Mattersnew lifestyle

Canada is one of the largest countries on the planet. There are plenty of opportunities to live in the type of location that makes you happy. Different locations have different climates, different language preferences, and different types of jobs. Make sure that you are moving to the area of Canada that best meets you and your family’s needs.

 

Size Isn’t Everything

Not all homes that are large are expensive. Not all homes that are small fit into everyone’s budget. You do not need to have a 10 bedroom home to live the life of luxury that you desire. Your home should fit your needs and make you happy before it makes anybody else happy.

 

Proximity to Civilization Varies For Everyone

Living in the remote forest is not for everyone, but living in the city is not always the perfect location either. Thankfully, when you purchase your new home in Canada you’ll have plenty of options ranging from “far away from any signs of civilization” to “right in the middle of a city that never sleeps”. You must recognize that you do not have to have the same preferences as your parents, grandparents, or friends in order to be happy.

 

Change Is a Family Effort

Change can be hard, buying and selling homes can be hard, and meeting with professionals like sales representatives and inspectors can be hard. You cannot expect that you can change your entire lifestyle upon moving if you do not have the support of your family. Maybe this means living more simply in the forest or the mountains. Maybe this means giving up a little more family time so that you can go to work to make a bigger paycheck. Change has to be a family effort in order for it to work.

 

Be True To Who You Are No Matter What

It is hard to be a free-thinking, creative, and carefree type of person if you have always had demands placed on you to fit within the constraints that society has outlined. If you have worked an office position for the past few decades but would rather make a living opening up your own art studio, then open up the art studio and abandon the suit. If you want a small home with the bare essentials necessary for living, then do not let yourself buy the types of items that build up into clutter. This new home is your opportunity to embrace the true you.

 

Take Home Advice

Congratulations on making the decision to move into your new Canadian home and again for choosing to embrace the lifestyle that you have always wanted to live. Even if the advice above differs from your own personal ideals, you are sure to have started the brainstorming process necessary to find the lifestyle that does fit your own unique personal situation, lifestyle, and preferences.


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Form These 4 Lists Before You Even Consider Looking For Your Next Home
Posted on Fri, 30 Jun 2017, 10:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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It can sometimes be difficult to gather and organize your thoughts when you are looking to buy a beautiful new Canadian home. If you are in this position, then you may wish to consider forming the 4 lists below to organize your thoughts and your needs. Remember, every list is negotiable and may not include every component of every house that you are about to view on your search.

 

Your New Canadian Home Needs...

The items on this list are non-negotiable. These are the items and components of a home that you need to have or desire so strongly that you are not willing to even consider homes that do not have them. You may have items like 3 or more bedrooms on this list if you have two children of opposite genders, for example. You may need a home in a specific town or province in which you would like to place on this list as well. You can get as detailed or vague as you need to be to meet your needs.

 

Your New Canadian Home Cannot Have...Form These 4 Lists Before You Even Consider Looking For Your Next Home

Like the list above, the items on this list are also non-negotiable. You will not even consider looking at homes that have these items or components. You may wish to put such things as mold, damaged roof, or long commute on this list. If you tend to think more negatively, you may even put such things as “fewer than 3 bedrooms, less than 2 bathrooms, or unfinished basement”. You can also take this opportunity to list items like stairs if you have a member of your family that is handicapped and cannot handle stairs in the home. Whatever the case may be, you are not willing to live with the items on this list and they are considered to be non-negotiable.

 

I Do Not Care Whether Or Not The House Has...

This list is where you can put everything you do not know how to organize into the two above categories. You may want 4 bedrooms but only need 3, so you can list that here and let your sales representative know that you are flexible in this area. You may wish to put the size of the yard, the material used in the driveway, and the landscaping ideas you have under this category as well.

 

I Can Afford To Fix This...

If you are looking for a fixer upper or a home that needs a little bit of tender loving care, then you may find this list extremely helpful. You could even use this list if you can think of things that you can fix up when you buy the home if you can get a decent price on it when you close. You may include such things as a driveway that really needs to be repaved, roofing that needs to be replaced, or appliances that are outdated throughout the house.

 

If you are a serious fixer upper type of buyer, then you may have many more items to list in this category than the average person. You can include things like flooring, insulation, complete bathroom and kitchen remodels, and poor landscaping in the frontyard or backyard.

 

Take Home Advice

The lists above is just meant for you to use as an example. You should feel like you can add, subtract, and modify any of the examples that were listed for you to use as reference. Remember, these lists are for you and your sales representative to use towards buying your next Canadian home.


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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.

 

Ask for Contacts:checklist for getting settled in your new home

If you are moving to a new area, be sure to ask your REALTORŪ 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 Increase The Appeal Of Your Home When Selling
Posted on Sat, 15 Apr 2017, 01:40:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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When selling a home in Canada, there is almost always something you can do to increase the appeal that your house will have to potential buyers. Some of these things can be easy, quick to do, and cost little to nothing. Other options will require a great deal of time, a set of complex skills, and a good chunk of money. Do not be ashamed if you cannot complete some of the more financially costly options because virtually no house on the market is absolutely perfect unless you personally designed it.How To Increase The Appeal Of Your Home When Selling

If you’re interested in increasing the appeal of your home, then keep reading.

 

Do A Quick Scan Around

The very first things that you should be fixing are the things that have always bothered you and your family members living in the home. If you know that the light sockets need new covers, then replace them with quality covers. If you noticed that the trim in the bathroom is starting to break, crumble, or fall apart, then do your best to replace the trim in the bathroom. If you notice that the carpet has a stain, try to clean it with a carpet cleaner. Any imperfection that you notice will be noticed by at least a portion of the potential buyers that come to look at your home while it is listed.

 

Do A Little Research

If you are not sure of what potential buyers seem to be attracted to, then simply do a quick search on the internet. Many buyers are requesting homes with little to no repair work that must be done and houses that have brand new stainless steel appliances. Many other buyers also like homes with landscaping in the yard and an entry way that is in good condition. These things are likely going to change over time, so remain vigilant in your searches while you are selling your home.

 

Hire Some To Stage Your Home

Sometimes all a house will need is a good interior design artist. These professionals have been hired for years and make a living off of rearranging furniture and staging houses for sales, moves, and personal uses. If you can afford to hire someone to come in and stage your house, consider doing so. Some of these individuals will even be kind enough to give you free advice if you cannot afford to pay for their services.

 

Ask Your Sales Representative What They Think

Sales Representatives have a lot of experience selling homes. They have met with sellers, consulted with potential buyers, and have done research on what tactics work to sell homes the most efficiently with the least amount of effort. Simply ask your sales representative to take a quick tour of your house and take notes as they feel necessary. Once they have completed their tour, then have them talk to you about what they have found. If you hear anything that you have not already considered, make a note of it and see what you can do to address it.

 

Advice To Keep In Mind

You will never be able to meet every need for your potential buyer no matter how hard you work to fix up your house. The right buyer for your home will always be considering things like painting the walls a different color, landscaping differently in the yard, and replacing appliances, roofs, sinks, and doors. The best that you can do is to try and make sure that your home is liveable and that everything you can fix has been fixed to the best of your ability.


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5 Tips to Help Improve the Exterior of Your Home
Posted on Wed, 15 Feb 2017, 10:40:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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When it comes to selling your home, curb appeal is very important. Potential buyers may skip over your home based on the outside, without taking the time to view the inside. Therefore, you will need to keep the exterior of your home well-maintained. Remember that you only get one time to make a first impression with buyers.

 5 Tips to Help Improve the Exterior of Your Home

Pretend to be the Buyer

Before you begin improving the exterior of your home, you will need to determine what needs to be fixed or changed. Examine the outside of your home by walking around the property and taking notes and pictures. You can write down what changes need to be made, and compare your notes to the photos that you have taken. Look at what needs to be repaired, cleaned, or replaced altogether. You should also drive by the home in a car, during the day and at night. Look for anything that seems off, such as a ball stuck on the roof or a crack in one of the windows.

 

The Cleaner, the Better

If the outside of the home has chipped paint, cobwebs, and stains, buyers will likely keep driving by the home, instead of stopping to come in. This is true regardless if your home is in a great Canadian neighborhood, near all of the best amenities. Cleaning the home and adding a fresh coat of paint is one of the simplest changes to make. When you don’t, buyers will wonder what big issues you have failed to take care of on the inside of the home, such as plumbing, electrical wiring, and more. If there are cracks in the steps or sidewalk, see how much it costs to have those issues resolved. A cheaper way to clean the outside of the home is with a pressure-washer. It will generally work on the sidewalks and driveway, as well as decks.

 

Add Some Color

Painting the home is a good way to make your property look more colorful and refreshing. You can also spruce up the home’s exterior by planting some colorful plants. Add a few plants to the porch, or plant some flower beds in the front of your home. Stay away from artificial flowers; this is a turn-off for most buyers, especially millennials. You can make the home seem brighter by opening the curtains and blinds. Homes that look brighter and more welcoming sell faster than homes that have a dull exterior.

 

The Numbering

If you have old, dingy numbers on your door, buyers may take this as a sign of a poorly maintained home. The numbers on your home need to be shiny, clean, and easy to read. Replace any dingy numbers on the home with clean numbers that complement the style of your property. For instance, if you have completed upgrades and renovations to the property that coincide with the current trends, the numbers on the outside of the home should be more modern.

 

Take a Look at the Roof

You can look up toward the sky to see if any repairs are necessary. Check for dirty or missing shingles. If the roof looks dingy or streaked, change the shingles before placing your home on the market. Sometimes all it takes is a good cleaning to give the roof that appeal it needs to attract buyers. It is important that you give your roof that extra glance. Keep in mind that a buyer will thoroughly check out your home, which includes a roof inspection.

Making a great impression with buyers could bring you closer to selling your home, for a great price. If you use these tips, you could wow buyers from the curb, and get them into the house for a proper viewing!


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First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid
Posted on Sun, 15 Jan 2017, 09:15:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Probably you have been planning to acquire your dream house for long. You have scrimped and saved enough to cover the down payment, and you have even come across these lovely apartments for sale. It is your first time in the real estate market; so, you aren’t sure how to go about a successful purchase. If you don’t want to be caught up in a financial mess, here are the mistakes to avoid:First-Time Homebuyer Mistakes to Avoid

 

  1. Not Considering What You Can Afford

Consider what you afford so that you look at homes within your price range. Looking at homes outside your price range will make you lust for relatively expensive homes thus stretching your means financially. Experts suggest that you prepare a list of all your monthly expenditure including student loan payments, groceries, vehicle costs, credit card payments, health insurance and so on. Also, remember significant expenses that occur only once a year, such as annual vacations or insurance premiums. This will help you realize how much you can spend on your new home every month.

 

  1. Skipping Mortgage Qualification

What the bank is prepared to lend you and what you can afford may not match up, particularly if you have unstable income or poor credit. So, before placing an offer on a home, ensure you get pre-approved for a loan. This will help you save the seller, the seller’s agent and your agent’s time if you sign the contract and then realize later that your bank is willing to lend you a mortgage you find unacceptable.

 

  1. Neglecting To Inspect

Let’s face it—owning a home is a dream that many would wish to accomplish however tough it may be. Sometimes we come across an offer that we find hard to resist: a house that looks like it is in a perfect condition, and the price is affordable. You quickly rush to sign the papers ignoring the inspection while not knowing what is awaiting you— this is a money pit of expensive repairs.

 

  1. Ignoring To Hire an Agent

Avoid walking into an open house alone. Always hire a real estate agent. A real estate professional will help you a great deal to avoid some of the simple mistakes you could otherwise make.

 

  1. Being too picky

It is good to put everything you wish for in your new home wish list. However, avoid being too inflexible because you may end up continuing to live in a rented home for a significantly longer period than you anticipated. Usually, first-time homebuyers have to compromise on some items because of limited funds. You may be forced to live on a busy street, make some repairs in the home, accept the outdated decor, or live without that extra bedroom. Though you can choose to continue living in rented space until you can afford everything on your wish list, you will have to make a decision whether it is important to become a homeowner now or a few years later.

 

  1. Lacking vision

Even if you can’t afford major renovations in the home, it is worth to cope with the ugliness for a while and in turn get a house that you can afford without strain. If the home fits your needs regarding the unchangeable things such as the size and location, don’t allow the physical imperfections cloud your judgment and turn you away. Furthermore, upgrading the home by yourself is far much cheaper than paying the seller who has already upgraded it for you.

Buying your first home may seem stressful and devastating, and it isn’t without its fair share of potential pitfalls. Being fully informed of the issues ahead helps you protect yourself from these costly mistakes thereby giving you confidence while shopping.


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Getting Ready to Sell Your Home? What to Do About Nightmare Neighbors
Posted on Sat, 31 Dec 2016, 10:05:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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Do you have nightmare neighbors? Maybe their yard looks like the local landfill. Or, they have several not-so-friendly pit bulls that bark and growl every time someone walks by. These types of neighbors are definitely a nuisance, and can be a nightmare when it comes time to put your home on the market. They can cause potential buyers to run the other way.Getting Ready to Sell Your Home? What to Do About Nightmare Neighbors

Thankfully, there are things that you can do to resolve with these types of issues. Here are some steps that you can take to deal with unruly neighbors before you put your home on the market.

Strike up a Kind Conversation

Initially, engage your neighbor in a friendly, tactful conversation about the issues at hand. Approach your neighbor in a kind, yet assertive manner and try to work out a solution. Avoid becoming accusatory or confrontational. It will not get you anywhere. Explain that you are getting ready to put your home on the market, and you would really appreciate their help in maintaining their property or addressing other concerns. Appeal to their interests. Explain that it will also benefit them by driving up home values in the area. If your home sells for a good price, it will increase the value of their home, as well. If the neighbors are renters, then talk directly to the owner, pointing out to the owner how resolving this issue will benefit them in the long run. They have a vested interest in the neighborhood values and will likely take action to preserve that interest. 

Complain to the HOA

If you have tried to talk to your neighbor, and they refuse to cooperate, then the next step is to complain to the homeowner’s association or HOA, if you live in a subdivision that has one. Homeowner's Associations have very strict rules on how homes that are part of the HOA must be maintained. When you contact the HOA, it is best to provide photographs as evidence that your neighbor is in violation of one of the codes. It would be helpful to review the codes before contacting the HOA. If your neighbor is in violation of HOA rules, the association will initially send letters asking them to remedy the situation. If you neighbor ignores the letters, the HOA will fine them, and bring legal action, if needed. The HOA can even foreclose on a home if fines and fees are unpaid. 

Contact the City

Many cities have bylaws that prohibit noise and nuisances. Check to see if your city has bylaws or ordinances in place. If they do, then file a complaint. The city will usually send the owners a notice advising them that they are disturbing the neighbors and that further action will be taken if the disturbance does not stop. It is always best to keep an incident log when making reports. 

If All Else Fails

If you have tried all of the above and gotten nowhere, it might be time to file a lawsuit. This is something that should be considered only as a last resort. Lawsuits are expensive and time-consuming. You would most likely have to prove the harassment is intentional and meant to prevent you from selling the home. 

Dealing with nightmare neighbors can be stressful. But, it does not have to prevent you from selling your home for what it is worth. Keep the above tips in mind when you list your home and consult a knowledgeable real estate professional for guidance, as they can provide expert information to help you sell your home, even in less than ideal situations.


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