Usually when you list your home, you would prefer to sell it quickly. It’s like being the first one served at a crowded ice cream parlour. It’s satisfying.


However, sometimes there’s more to it than that. There may be a truly urgent reason why you need to find a buyer for your property as soon as possible, such as a sudden job relocation.


If that’s the case, it’s important to explain your situation to your REALTOR®, who will be able to put together an action plan for selling your home quickly and for the best price possible.


During that conversation, ask what you can do to help the process along. For example, you may be able to:


• Spread the word to your friends and other connections on Facebook.

• Canvass your neighbours and tell them about your listing.

• Stage your home so that it’s more attractive to prospective buyers.


When it comes to price, be prepared to be flexible. That doesn’t mean you must settle for a price far below your home’s market value. However, you do need to be prepared to accept a good offer rather than try to hold out for a great one.


Also be open to as many viewings and open houses as possible. Having many prospective buyers come through your home within a short period of time may be a little inconvenient, but the payoff might be an offer!


Finally, work with your REALTOR®. A good REALTOR® will know the local market well and have many ideas for selling your property fast.


Looking for a good REALTOR® like that? Call today.

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Sometimes we don't have much choice about selling our home and buying another. Circumstances, such as a job relocation, may have made that choice for us.

 

However, most often the decision to move is discretionary. Sometimes people move simply because they think it's a good idea. They feel that "now" is the right time to find their next dream home.

 

So how do you make that kind of decision?

 

There are, of course, many reasons to make a discretionary move. Usually, those reasons fall into one of two categories: need and want.

 

You may need to find a new home, for example, because you've outgrown your current property. Perhaps you have a growing family and require more space. Maybe you're doing more entertaining and need a larger backyard with a more spacious deck. It could be that the commute to work is arduous and you need to move to a place that's closer.

 

Those "needs" may motivate you to move, but sometimes a "want" plays an important role, too.

 

For example, you may want to live in a quieter neighbourhood or in a newly built home that requires less maintenance. Maybe you simply want a change.

 

If you're thinking of making a move, take a moment to write down a list of your needs and wants. Seeing them on paper will help make the decision easier.

 

Looking for expert help? Call today.

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You would have to visit your local pharmacy or science lab to rival the
number of potentially dangerous chemicals in the average home. You likely
store everything from fertilizers and acidic cleaners to gasoline and
corrosive drain openers.


Obviously, it makes sense to ensure that everyone in your home uses and
stores such items safely.

 

For example, laundry detergent packs – which have become popular
recently – are attractive to children. Keep them locked and out of sight. You
should do the same with all laundry products. Even exposure to fabric
softener pads can cause skin irritation to a child.

 

Always read and follow the labels on household chemical products. Use and
store them as directed.

 

Keep corrosives, such as harsh cleaners and drain openers, separate from
other chemicals and in a place where, should they leak, they will cause
minimal or no damage.

 

Also, never put a chemical in anything other than its original container. You
don’t want to take the chance that paint thinner stored in an old water bottle,
for example, is mistaken for water!

 

Finally, make sure you have the phone number to your local Poison Control
Center in a handy place, such as your fridge door. (You can find a list of
numbers at www.CAPCC.ca in Canada and www.AAPCC.org in the U.S.)

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"Staging" your home is all about making the space in your home as
appealing as possible to buyers. You may already know the basics, such as
eliminating clutter. Here are some other tips that are less well known yet
very effective:


• Chandeliers. Surprisingly, these are one of the simplest ways to
make a foyer, dining room or living room dramatically more eyecatching.
You can buy a good-looking chandelier for a few hundred
dollars.


• New linen. This is something many home sellers don't consider, but
should. Replace any worn linen – sheets, coverings, towels, and
even oven mitts with new ones. Believe it or not, new linen makes a
big impression on buyers.


• Pedestal sinks. It may not be practical for you to replace a bathroom
sink. However, if you are doing a renovation, keep in mind that
pedestal sinks – especially in small washrooms – are a big hit with
buyers.


• New appliances. A brand new fridge, stove and dishwasher are
motivating selling features to buyers. That's because new appliances
make the whole kitchen look brand new.


• Avoid multi-use rooms. Have a spare bedroom that doubles as a
home office? That's a turnoff to buyers. Whenever possible, stage
each room so that it has a singular purpose. A guest bedroom, for
example, should be only that.


Want more tips on how to stage your home so that it attracts buyers? Call
today.

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The first known use of stairs was in ancient Egypt during the building of the
pyramids. Chances are, some workers back then tripped and fell on them.
Some 3,000 years later, injuries on stairs are still a big problem.


According to the Centre for Occupational Health & Safety, the insurance
cost of injuries from falls on stairs is second only to automobile accidents!
Clearly, it's a bigger problem than most people imagine.


So how do you prevent trips, falls and other mishaps on stairs?


The most common way is to use handrails. In fact, most trips and falls occur
when people aren't able to regain their balance because they are not
holding a handrail.


Another source of accidents are items, such as toys, left on stairs. Some
people have the bad habit of using stairs as a temporary shelf for books,
magazines, mail and other items. That’s not a good idea!


Always be careful when carrying heavy items on stairs. Even an overloaded
laundry basket can be a hazard. If it's too heavy or you can’t see over the
top, it’s too full.

 

A lot of this is common sense. However, because injuries on stairs are so
prevalent, we need to use our common sense more often.

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Imagine you're viewing a potential new home. You walk in the front door
and are instantly impressed. You explore the property room by room and
like what you see.


Then there's something you notice that's not quite right. An odour. You
realize that it's likely cat dander and, now that you've identified it, you smell
it everywhere. Suddenly the home doesn't seem as attractive as it did just
moments earlier.


The owner of the property is probably so used to the smell that he doesn't
even notice it. Neither does anyone else in the household.


So, when marketing your home for sale, be scent sensitive. Think about the
odours that you may have become used to but others are likely to notice.
Even odours you think are pleasant, like the strong scent given off by some
house plants, may not be pleasing to everyone.


An odour can easily distract a buyer from appreciating the good qualities of
your property. Pay particular attention to garbage bins (which can smell
even when empty), pets, kitty litter (even when fresh and unused), the
kitchen (especially after cooking), perfumes, and closets.


The smell of cigarette smoke is particularly unpleasant to many people. Its
odour can linger even on an outside deck or patio.


Bottom line? Don't assume buyers won't notice certain smells. They will.
Looking for more advice on selling your home quickly and for the best price?
Call today.

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Like most home products, candles are safe as long as you use them properly. The problem is thinking that as long as a candle doesn't fall over or come into contact with anything flammable, it is okay. However, according to the National Candle Association (candles.org) there's more you can do to ensure candle safety.

 

  • Do not place candles where they can be knocked over by pets. (Cats can be particularly fascinated by the flickering light.)

 

  • Trim the wick to 1/4 inch before burning. A long wick can cause the candle to drip.

 

  • Don't burn a candle all the way down. At about two inches, put the candle out.

 

  • Despite what you see in movies, don’t try to bravely extinguish a candle with your fingers.

 

  • Avoid using a candle during a power outage. Use flashlights instead.


  • Never use a candle as a night light next to your bed. 


  • And, of course, never leave a candle burning unattended. If you need to leave the room, put the candle out.

 

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When some people think about selling their home, they imagine all the things they will have to do: paint the kitchen, clean closets, prepare for viewings, find another home, arrange financing, start packing, etc. It can all seem very overwhelming very quickly.


In fact, the long to-do list you imagine you’ll have to deal with may dissuade you from making a move! It doesn't have to be that way.

 

There are many ways to make selling your home and buying another relatively simple and easy.

 

Sure, there will be some work to do. You may need to prepare your property so that it looks appealing to potential buyers – cleaning, decluttering, doing some repairs, etc. Of course, you will also need to view some properties for sale in order to find your next dream home. But those activities may not be as time-consuming or difficult as you had imagined. In fact, you and your family might actually enjoy the experience – and see it as an adventure.

 

The trick is to work with the right REALTOR®, someone who can guide you through the process, show you the shortcuts, and generally make things easier for you.

 

It's a little like baking your first cake from scratch. The task seems daunting, unless you have a master baker by your side to guide you step-by-step through the process. Then it's a lot easier, and even fun!

 

That's what a good REALTOR® can do for you.

 

Looking for one? Call today.

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