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June 7, 2013

 

Doubling Your Storage Space
(While Using the Same Space)

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Finding storage space in the home is becoming increasingly challenging. These days, we all just seem to have more stuff!

Fortunately, you don't necessarily need to rent a storage locker or add a new room to your home to fit everything. There are many innovative ways to increase the capacity of the storage space you're already using.

For example, there are storage bins you can buy that are designed to fit neatly under a bed. Some have wheels, making the bins easy to pull out and access.

You've probably seen closet organizers at your local home improvement centre. These can easily double the storage capacity of a closet, while making the space look neater and more organized.

Finally, there are storage units available that are camouflaged as something else, such as an ottoman.

Visit your local home improvement centre. There are many more innovative storage solutions available for your home.

 

May 31, 2013

 

How to Discourage Buyers from Buying Your Home

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"I think the seller will accept your offer, but the Homeowners Association will never approve that shirt."

 

 

 

If you're listing your home for sale, then of course you’ll want to make the best impression possible on potential home buyers. But, just to have a little fun, say you don't want to sell your property. What could you do to discourage those who view your home?

Well, you could have your pets in the home during viewings. That will certainly make it uncomfortable for some buyers – especially those with pet allergies.

You could also leave personal items around, such as family pictures and trophies. That will make it more difficult for a buyer to imagine himself and his family living there. It might even make him feel a bit like an intruder!

Clutter in bedrooms, closets and other areas of the home will make those spaces feel less spacious than they really are, as well as make visitors feel uncomfortable.

 

If you really want to turn off a buyer, then put off doing any minor repairs. A dripping tap, flickering light, dent in the wall, or other maintenance issues are certain to gain a buyer's attention. 

 If all that doesn't shoo away a buyer from your home, then stick around during a viewing and follow him and his family from room to room. That will certainly make him feel uneasy.

 Of course, we're just having a bit of fun here. When you put your home on the market, you want to sell it.

It’s easy to avoid all the pitfalls described above and ensure potential buyers appreciate the full value of your home.

So when you’re preparing for a showing, think of ways you can make your property appear its best, and make the buyer feel welcomed and comfortable viewing it.

Want more ideas on how to sell your home quickly and for the best price? Call today.




April 11, 2013

How to tell if a neighbourhood is improving

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When you’re looking for a new home, you want to find one in a great neighbourhood – or, at least, in a neighbourhood that is on the upswing. How can you tell if a particular area is improving? Here are some common indicators:

  • Pride of ownership. Take a walk around the neighbourhood. Do you get a sense that people take good care of their homes? Are the lawns mowed? Is the landscaping trimmed? Are flowers planted? Homeowners are more likely to look after their properties when they like where they are living.
  • Home improvements. Are people investing in their homes? Are they getting their driveways re-done? Their windows replaced? Are there signs of home improvement projects? If so, this is a clear indication that homeowners like the area enough to invest in their properties.
  • Real estate sales activity. Do homes tend to sell quickly in the area? Do they sell for a good price? If so, the neighbourhood is probably in demand. If people want to live there, it's a desirable area.
  • Business investment. Are businesses investing in the surrounding area? Is there an increase in the number of upscale shops, health clubs, restaurants, and other commercial enterprises that often locate near desirable neighbourhoods?
  • Community involvement. Are there signs that the community plays an active role in the look and lifestyle of the neighbourhood? Are there neighbourhood picnics, yard sales and other get-togethers? Check Facebook.com to see if the neighbourhood has a community page.
  • City plans. Find out what plans the city has for the area. Will there be road improvements done in the near future? Are there any major construction projects on the schedule, such as a new school or community centre. Although such projects can be disruptive in the short term, they may improve the neighbourhood – and, as a result, boost the value of any home you buy – in the long-term.

Of course, the best way to find out the desirability of a neighbourhood is to talk to a good REALTOR® who knows the area. Call today. 

 


 

March 22, 2013

>Recognizing potential major expenses in a new home 

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When you see a new home you like on the market, it's easy to get distracted by all the features you love – the wrap-around backyard deck or the spacious rec room with plenty of space for entertaining. You just need to make sure that in all that excitement you don’t overlook any expensive maintenance issues that could be just around the corner.

Nothing lasts forever. The major components of every home – from the furnace to the roof shingles – need to be replaced eventually. Knowing when such maintenance issues are likely to arise can help you make a smarter decision about the home you're considering.

How do you do that?

When viewing a property, ask for the age of the major components of the home, such as the roof shingles, furnace, air conditioner, water heater, and appliances. Roof shingles may look merely weathered in spots – and you might think they have years of service left – when, in fact, they're due to be replaced in a year.

 Also pay close attention to the backyard deck, fencing, flooring, and windows. Do any of those components look aged, worn, and in need of repair or replacement sometime soon?

 

Finally, don't forget to check the kitchen and bathrooms. Sinks, faucets, bathtubs, showers, and cabinetry have a life-span of about 10-15 years.

Of course, there are things you can't see, such as wiring, plumbing, venting, and other components of a property that may require maintenance soon. That's why it's so important to make any offer to purchase a home conditional on passing an inspection by a qualified home inspector.

Want more ideas on buying the right home for you? Call today.  


 

 

February 21, 2013

Saving Money On Insurance

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Like heat, water and air conditioning, insurance is a home expense you
have some degree of control over. In fact, there are ways to reduce your
insurance costs by as much as 20%.

The thing to keep in mind is that insurance companies will often reward you
– in the form of lower rates – when you do something to reduce the risk of
damage to your property. That's why you can often get a discount when you
install smoke detectors on all floors. Other discounts may be available if you
get better door locks, an alarm system, upgraded wiring, and so forth.

Contact your insurance company and ask how you can lower your
insurance costs. Sometimes just a few minor changes can save you a
bundle.

 


February 12, 2013   

 Should You Buy the "Less Than Perfect" Home?

 
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Secondly, if you look at a home in terms of its potential, rather than the features it happens to have now, there will be more properties available on the market for you to consider.

If you're determined to have a large wrap-around deck for entertaining, for example, don't cross homes that don't have this feature off your list. At least not yet. Instead, view these properties with an eye on potential. Is the backyard big enough to accommodate a large deck? How would a deck like that look if added to this particular property? How much would such a renovation cost?

There's no doubt about it. You want to find a home that has all the features and characteristics you want. If you work with a good REALTOR®, there is a good chance you'll find a property that has most of them. But keep an open mind. Sometimes a "diamond in the rough" can – with an upgrade or renovation – become a home you'll treasure for years.

 

When you’re shopping for a new home, you want to find a property that has all the features and characteristics you want. A large deck surrounded by picturesque landscaping ... a beautiful kitchen with gleaming marble countertops... a cozy finished basement with fireplace....

You should look for the ideal home. You deserve it! But some home buyers make the mistake of becoming fixated on finding the "perfect" property, and passing too quickly on those homes that don't quite measure up.

Why is that a mistake? Because some of those less-than-perfect properties have the potential of becoming your next dream home.

First of all, a home that is lacking some desirable features, such as a finished basement, will probably cost less. Those savings may be more than enough to cover any needed upgrade or renovation.

 

 

 

 

 

 


January 2013

Selecting the Right Decorator

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You might have hired a painter, plumber, or renovator several times during

your history of home ownership. But how many times have you hired a

decorator?

For many homeowners, hiring a decorator is a first time experience. That’s

what makes knowing how to choose the right one so challenging.

Here's a tip: Clip photos from magazines of rooms that match the "look and

style" you want. Pay particular attention to desired colours, decor, accents,

furnishings, and themes.

Then, when meeting with a prospective decorator, see if there's anything in

his or her portfolio that matches your clippings. If there is, then you’ll have a

good indication that he or she can pull off the look you want.

 


January 2013

How Much Can You Afford?

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how much your current home will likely sell for in

today's market. That amount, together with other financial resources you

might have (such as savings), will determine your down payment.

The next thing you’ll need to figure out is your mortgage. Your REALTOR®

can help you find a lender who will take a variety of factors into account –

income, credit rating, debts, expected down payment, etc. – to calculate the

maximum amount of mortgage for which you qualify.

Say, through the proceeds of the sale of your home combined with your

savings, your expected down payment is $90,000. If the lender authorizes a

mortgage of $270,000, then you can afford a $360,000 home.

Of course, that doesn't mean you'll need to spend that much. In fact, a

Why is it so important to know how much you can afford to spend on a

home?

Two reasons.

First, you don't want to buy a property and then find out, only after you’ve

moved in, that you can't financially maintain it. That would mean having to

resell it under stressful conditions.

Second, you don't want to settle for a property that's less than ideal, when

you really could have afforded the "dream home" you've always wanted.

So how do you figure out how much you can afford to pay for your next

home?

The first step is to talk to a good REALTOR®. He or she will help you gain a

clearer understanding of

home that meets your needs in terms of property type, features, and

neighbourhood, may in fact cost you less.

One thing is for sure. A good REALTOR® can work with whatever amount

you can afford and show you homes on the market that most closely meet

your needs.

Looking for a good REALTOR®? Call today.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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