Selling Your Home

Clearing Clutter: Where did all this stuff come from?!

It seems that no matter where we live, our homes inevitably fill up with “stuff”. As each year passes, we accumulate more clutter and divest of less. So, when the time finally comes to move, the thought of what to do with all the “stuff” is completely daunting. It is almost certain that any real… Read More >>

Selling Your Home! – What To Expect

From the moment your home hits the market, you will spend your days wondering: What did that buyer not like? Why don’t I KNOW what the buyer thought? When is the offer coming? How many more days do I have to keep this place clean? What more can I do? The list is as endless… Read More >>

Five renovations that pay off: Kitchens are the #1 reno investment

The kitchen is almost always the heart of the home, and the most important room for homebuyers. So it’s no surprise that kitchen renovations consistently provide the best return on your renovation investment: from 75% to 100% according to the Appraisal Institute of Canada. While kitchen renovations can also be extremely costly, there’s no need… Read More >>

Five renovations that pay off: Bathroom reno offers good return

Although it is certainly possible to over-invest in bathroom renovations, they are among the most reliable renovations in terms of boosting the overall value of your home. If your home has fewer bathrooms than others in the neighbourhood, then a bathroom addition should be a top priority. A smart bathroom reno should return 75% to… Read More >>

Five renovations that pay off: Painting is the #3 reno

Whether it’s inside or outside – and whether you’re staying or going – a fresh coat of paint can work wonders on the overall impression of your home. While it doesn’t have the power-tool appeal of knocking down walls, a simple coat of paint can be almost as impactful. In fact, the experts consistently agree… Read More >>

Five renovations that pay off: Basement reno is #4

Basement renovations are on the “most wanted” list of home improvements for many families as they look to expand quality living space in their homes. An unfinished basement is just an opportunity waiting to be exploited and a great way to increase the square footage of your home! Keep in mind that these can be… Read More >>

LIGHTS, camera, action!

In these days of energy conserving light bulbs and soaring hydro prices, it’s hard to put lighting at the top of your priority list. The reality is, though, that really good lighting makes a room just as surely as poor lighting breaks it. Obviously, taking advantage of natural light is always key. But many of… Read More >>

Home Showing Checklist

Much has been said and written about staging your home. There are numerous television shows and many experts out there. And sometimes an expert is required. It is best to consult us for specifics, but below is a preliminary list. It’s hard to think of everything on your own! Less is better. Remove any clutter,… Read More >>

Small Spaces – Getting Organized

Clothing protruding from each and every closet? Scarves, hats and mitts decorating hallway corners? Boots and shoes completely mixed up, each one dripping on someone else’s? Pots and pans stored in your oven? Sheets and towels perpetually piled atop the washing machine? If any of this sounds familiar, you probably live in a downtown home… Read More >>

Removing Personal Items When Selling Your Home

Realtors will often help Sellers prepare their home for sale by walking through the home and suggesting what should be removed. We are noticing more and more that Realtors are suggesting there be less and less in the property. The reason is that potential Buyers need to be able to imagine themselves living there, with… Read More >>

How Strategic is Buying and Selling Real Estate?

Very. Contrary to what inexperienced buyers and sellers believe, there is strategy involved almost every step of the way. Positioning your property. Marketing your property. Launching your property. Promoting your property. Negotiating your property. Even what you say to the agent or buyer who is asking a simple question. Strategy required! Well-executed strategies get the… Read More >>