Give Yourself 10 Full Days To Clear Clutter From Your Home.

This may mean a few if not 10 trips to Goodwill. Go room by room and closets,  tackling one or two a day to keep it manageable.

Once You’ve Cleared The Clutter, Put Another 25% In Storage.

For real!!  Even though you’ve gotten rid of a ton, there’s still stuff you want to keep but you could put it away for a couple of weeks. For examples Big toys like push/ride toys, play tables...  Just think when you unpack it in your new home it will be a Brand New toy to the kids.

I highly recommend taking down most personal pictures. You can leave a few up so it looks like a home, but it helps buyers visualize themselves in the home

Take Excellent Photos Of Your Home.

Your home will be staged differently for photos vs. showings

For photos, clutter is even more distracting so everything has to be cleared off:

Counters Toasters, coffee makers, bread baskets,…you name it, take it all away . Especially Fridge...

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The Real Estate in the summer is as hot as the weather! But there are some added bonus if you postpone your purchase until fall.

For the first time in recent history, October surpassed June as the most popular month to get married. And these autumn-loving brides may be on to something: Although the spring months are notoriously the best time to buy real estate (as well as have a wedding), fall may be the new ideal season to buy a home.

One obvious reason is that it’s easier to get from house to house  without working up a sweat waiting for the AC to kick in.

Families that want to move into a new home before school starts are already settled in and off the market.

There’s less competition

Competition for houses drops off in the fall, a time many people consider to be off-season in real estate. But there are still homes for sale — and in some cases, there’s just as much inventory as there was during the spring and summer.

This puts you in a great position to negotiate...

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Have you felt it yet? That first chill in the air that whispers of the coming of fall? It’s a sure bet autumn is just around the corner, and it's a great time to start planning and preparing your garden for fall, and eventually a Canadian winter.

Here are 10 tips for ensuring your garden’s ready for fall and the cooler temperatures:

  1. Plant your spring bulbs, including tulips and daffodils. Ideally, this should be done by mid-October for best results, and before the ground begins to freeze. 
  2. Trim back perennials that have gone dormant (once the leaves and stems have turned yellow or brown). If the plant still has green leafy growth late in the fall, it’s best to leave it until spring. Also, some plants produce seedheads that are attractive to overwintering birds and these can be left standing until early spring.
  3. Get rid of any diseased foliage from infected plants. If left alone or composted they can harbour a new outbreak next...
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We’ve all heard that you can get a great deal on foreclosure properties.  Do you know what the  possible setbacks or potential benefits are? Here's a run through on the process...  

The Process

Although banks can vary on policy, they often don’t consider foreclosure until a homeowner has fallen 90 days behind on payments. Their primary goal is for the owner to keep their home, but in the event it cannot happen, they will go ahead with foreclosure. Once a house has been foreclosed upon, the bank will work fairly quickly to attempt to recoup their money.  Most often, foreclosure properties are sold in as-is condition, meaning they are sold without guarantee and without warranty.

The Possible Setbacks

Foreclosure occurs when the bank or lender has taken back the property because the owners fell behind on payments. Some times the emotional turmoil and anger towards their financial situation may have been taken out on the home, causing a lot of damage. It...

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Looking to increase your homes property value? These Top five best renovations that can have a return on investment of 5-6x what they cost.

#5 Flooring

Flooring is one of the most important aspects of your house. You will see an immediate rise in property valuation with the installation of hardwood floors. Existing hardwood floors that you can refinish are ideal as they are less costly to restore and in higher demand than new flooring materials. For the bathroom, tile will always be in demand and retain value exceptionally well.

#4 Fixtures

Kitchens often look tired and dated, in large part due to old fixtures. Replacing or updating cabinet hardware, light fixtures, counter tops and faucets will result in an immediate increase in your home’s value. This small, but effective upgrade will also revitalize the entire home.

#3 Bathroom

The bathroom is the second most important room in the home in terms of valuation. update the fixtures, lighting and clear out the clutter! A tip: Use glass...

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