Buying & Selling

Buying Tips

Buying a home is one of the biggest decisions you'll make, so taking your time, creating a list of your likes and dislikes is very important. Research the area and neigbourhood you are interested in and this will increase the chances of selecting the right property for you.

  • When looking for a home it is a good idea to view it during daylight hours before buying a property so you can see everything clearly.
  • Go the the city hall and ask about their amenities, community centers, schools, churches, etc...
  • It's a good idea to drive the route to your prospective new home to see how long it will take you to your usual destinations.
  • If you use public transit, it is a good idea to find out times and stops.
  • Find out about future zoning in your area and the over-all city and community plan before you buy your home.
  • Knocking on the neighbours door and asking a few questions about the neighbourhood is a good way to find out tips about the area.

Selling Tips

Below is a list of things you can do to prepare your home for a real estate showing:

  • Keep the house brightly lit and drapes open.
  • Have soothing low volume music playing in the background
  • Use lightly scented sprays or pot-pore to give your home a fresh scent.
  • If you do not like to use sprays, the smell of freshly baked bread is irresistibly welcoming.
  • All floors and carpets should be clean, vacuumed and swept
  • Make sure that your lawn and garden have been kept up; i.e. weeding, mowing lawn, cutting hedges, etc.
  • Clear driveway and sidewalks of any debris, dirt, or snow/ ice
  • If it is summer, water your lawn at least one hour before the showing to present a fresh appearance
  • Keep your pets in an area where they will not be agitated by your new visitors and vise-versa
  • Clean and repair rain gutters and siding
  • Check to see if you need paint touch ups inside and outside of your home.
  • Sweep & Clean garage
  • Do a check to see that any litter is removed from the front and back yard
  • Turn on air-conditioning or light fireplace
  • If there are few people in the home, the prospective buyer will feel more comfortable and inclined to stay longer and fully observe your home.
  • Repair any squeaky door hinges or floor planks

Questions? Contact Alana Bertini, CCIM
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