Archives for Sellers

Showing your Home with Pets

A total of 56% of Canadian households have at least one dog or cat. While that may seem like a lot, it also means that half of Canadian households do not have pets as well. Although we love furry friends around many potential home Buyers may not. When having your home for sale, it’s always a good idea to have pets out of the home, but what can you do with them? Here are a few suggestions. Romp! A showing is the perfect excuse to take your dog for a walk around the neighbourhood, or if you are looking for
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Fido Friendly Homes

If you are in the process of buying a home everyone will have their different opinions on what you should look for. But what about those who can’t speak? Just how can you tell if your four-legged family members will like their new home. Perhaps the most obvious one is go for a home with a yard! You may want to make sure it’s fenced in as well. If it’s not fenced, make sure the city by-laws allow this before you make a decision. If you just can’t seem to find a home with a proper yard in your price
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2018 Home Seller Resolutions

Last week on my blog I talked about resolutions you should make (and keep) if you are planning to buy in 2018. This blog can be found here https://thehouse4u.ca/2018-home-buying-goals/. But what should you do if you are planning to sell in 2018? Regardless of season or market conditions, remember that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Before listing your home, commit to these five New Year’s Resolutions to help ensure the quickest sale for the highest price. Mark Your Calendar Set your listing date well in advance to help you anticipate, plan and prepare to
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Holiday Home Selling

Approximately 80 percent of current homeowners think now is a good time to sell, according to a September 2017 housing survey by the National Association of Realtors (NAR). Here are four reasons to sell your home at the year’s end. Less competition You’ll have less competition from other sellers during winter, so it’s a great time to get the best price. Motivated Buyers There may be fewer buyers looking, but the ones who do are likely more serious buyers.  Many buyers have a new year’s goal of buying a home for tax purposes; mortgage rates, energy credits, etc. Current Tenants
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Short-Term Rentals

Today, renting a room in your house (or the entire house) via an online service, such as Airbnb, to unknown travelers is becoming quite common. Short-term rentals provide extra income for homeowners and a unique way for visitors to experience a city.   If you think you’re up to being a host of a short-term rental, here are three things to keep in mind.   Legality The rise in popularity of Airbnb and other sites hasn’t been without its controversy. There are concerns that short-term rentals don’t have to pass the same certifications and inspections of regular hotels. Some cities
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Hallway Hacks

Some people don’t give hallways much thought when painting and decorating. Instead, they focus on rooms. The fact is, a great looking hallway can have the same, if not more, impact than the most eye-catching family room or bedroom, especially when you need to go through the hallway to get there! Here are some painting tips that can bring a dull hallway to life: • Paint the hallway the reverse of the rooms around it. If the rooms are dark, use light colours in the hall. If the rooms feature simple colours, consider being more dramatic in your choice of
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Moving with Kids

Let’s be honest, no matter how well you plan and organize moving is not an easy task. It can bring about many feelings such as sadness, excitement and stress. Luckily, before the big day comes there are simple and effective ways you can ease these feelings – not just for yourself but for your children too. Here are some helpful ways to transition your kids to a new home. Involve Them There is enough activity that comes with purchasing a home so it may be tempting while you are viewing them to leave the kids at home or with a babysitter/relative. If
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Top Reno Tips

Spring is a very busy time for renovations – maybe you’re even renovating before you put your house on the market. For whatever reason, if a home renovation is in your future, here are 5 tips on how to get started!
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Spring Ahead!

Although it was a snowy start to the day, spring weather is just around the corner! By this time your house may be feeling a little drab and lifeless. With the upcoming mild weather forecast for next week, I decided to make this week’s blog about how you can get the interior of your house ready for spring. These tips are especially helpful if you are staging your home to sell to attract a potential buyer!
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