With so much news about hurricanes, wildfires, tornadoes and floods, we are becoming more and more aware of the unpredictable power of nature, and the indisputable importance of insurance.
Although we may forget about our home insurance policy for extended periods of time, we should examine it carefully at least once ... Continue Reading
You have no doubt heard this tip before: Always check references before you hire a mover, lawyer, decorator, contractor, or other home professional.
But for some people, picking up the phone and calling strangers to ask for a reference can feel awkward or even intimidating. Here are a few tips that ... Continue Reading
You probably know that a Realtor does more than just post a FOR SALE sign on your front lawn, or guide potential buyers through your home. But how much more? What exactly will a real estate agent do for you?
Taking the time upfront to understand what to expect from your ... Continue Reading
There’s an old saying: What you can’t see won’t hurt you. But, that’s not true. Less than ideal air quality in your home can result in allergies, colds, languor, and even sleepless nights.
Here are some tips that can help:
Let in the fresh air. Weather permitting, open windows and doors to ... Continue Reading
You don’t have to roll an actual red carpet down your walkway every time you show your home. (But it wouldn’t hurt!)
The most important thing is to make sure the journey to your front door is a pleasant one. That’s when buyers form their first impressions.
Make sure the walkway is ... Continue Reading
Obviously, your home should look its best when potential buyers arrive. However, time is not always on your side. There may be times when you have only a few minutes to get things ready. What you do with those minutes can mean the difference between an interested buyer… and one ... Continue Reading
House hunting can be a grind. If you’re not careful, it can easily take both an emotional and physical toll on you.
At the beginning, you and your family will be fueled by excitement, desire and enthusiasm – the raw ingredients of adrenaline. That’s what keeps you going.
After a while, however, ... Continue Reading
When potential buyers visit your home, they often feel like intruders. After all, in most cases, they don’t know you personally. Yet, there they are, walking through your hallways, looking in your bedroom closets, and even checking out the cabinet space in your washrooms.
Obviously, you want buyers to feel comfortable ... Continue Reading
You see a great home. You pull out your mortgage calculator and start punching in the numbers. The estimated monthly payment is displayed on the screen. You think, “Yep, we can afford that!”
It’s easy to be seduced by a mortgage payment calculation. However, mortgage payments aren’t the only costs ... Continue Reading
Make a Power Switch!
If you’re looking for ways that you and your family can reduce your energy use, keep track of your consumption by saving your bills, and noting the dates of any major changes (eg. severe weather, new appliance, change of routine, etc.). Then compare your consumption and spending ... Continue Reading