Preparing Your Home for the Market

“You only get one chance to make a first impression”

A small investment in time and effort can provide a big advantage when showing your home to prospective buyers.

      • House exterior in good repair

      • House number easy to see/read

      • Clean the eaves, troughs, downspouts & paint the soffits

      • Garage/carport clean and tidy

      • Wash windows inside & out

      • Door hardware in good repair

      • Porch clean and tidy

      • Consider painting the interior with neutral colours

      • Door knobs and cupboards latches tight

      • Clean all cupboards and reorganize

      • Furnace wiped down, cleaned and filter changed

      • Replace burned out light bulbs

      • Change filter in water softener

      • Consider bringing in a house cleaner

      • Lawns cut & raked

      • Hedges & shrubs trimmed

      • Gardens weeded & edged

      • Walks swept

      • Decks and patios swept

      • Snow and ice cleared

      • Walkways sanded or salted

      • Fresh flowers by front door

Home Renovations and Return on Investment

You have heard the saying, “In order to make money, you have to spend money”. One of the biggest investments we make is the purchase of a home. When selling we want the maximum return on our investment. In order to achieve this you must evaluate the asset to determine if improvements will increase its value.

Call me, I will walk through the house and point out where your money is best spent.

Sources: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and The Globe and Mail

Always think “Re-Sale”, even if you are planning on staying in the property for a number of years. Renovations can be an investment, but should be done in neutral tones and classic low-key design.

“I am with you every step of the way”

Septic Sewer Systems

With proper care but easy care, a septic tank and tile bed should last for years. 

      • Do not allow eavestroughs to discharge near the septic tank, or surface waters to drain toward the area of the tile bed.

      • Keep water usage in your home to a minimum. If automatic washers and dishwashers are used, make sure you do full loads. Excessive use could flush solids from the tank to the tile bed.

      • Use non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products and phosphate-free or low-phosphate laundry and dish washing soaps.

      • The septic tank should be inspected at least once every two years and the tank pumped out when necessary. Failure to pump out a septic tank may result in sludge being carried over to the tile bed which may result in soil clogging and/or failure of the system. By the time you see ponding on your tile bed, your entire system may need to be replaced. In the middle of a drought if the grass over the tile bed is green your system may be close to failure.

      • Don’t park vehicles on the tile bed as the weight may crush the pipes.

Preparing Your Home for the Market

“You only get one chance to make a first impression”

A small investment in time and effort can provide a big advantage when showing your home to prospective buyers.

  • House exterior in good repair

  • House number easy to see/read

  • Clean the eaves, troughs, downspouts & paint the soffits

  • Garage/carport clean and tidy

  • Wash windows inside & out

  • Door hardware in good repair

  • Porch clean and tidy

  • Consider painting the interior with neutral colours

  • Door knobs and cupboards latches tight

  • Clean all cupboards and reorganize

  • Furnace wiped down, cleaned and filter changed

  • Replace burned out light bulbs

  • Change filter in water softener

  • Consider bringing in a house cleaner

  • Lawns cut & raked

  • Hedges & shrubs trimmed

  • Gardens weeded & edged

  • Walks swept

  • Decks and patios swept

  • Snow and ice cleared

  • Walkways sanded or salted

  • Fresh flowers by front door

Home Renovations and Return on Investment

You have heard the saying, “In order to make money, you have to spend money”. One of the biggest investments we make is the purchase of a home. When selling we want the maximum return on our investment. In order to achieve this you must evaluate the asset to determine if improvements will increase its value.

Call me, I will walk through the house and point out where your money is best spent.

Sources: Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and The Globe and Mail

Always think “Re-Sale”, even if you are planning on staying in the property for a number of years. Renovations can be an investment, but should be done in neutral tones and classic low-key design.

Septic Sewer Systems

With proper care but easy care, a septic tank and tile bed should last for years. 

  • Do not allow eavestroughs to discharge near the septic tank, or surface waters to drain toward the area of the tile bed.

  • Keep water usage in your home to a minimum. If automatic washers and dishwashers are used, make sure you do full loads. Excessive use could flush solids from the tank to the tile bed.

  • Use non-toxic biodegradable cleaning products and phosphate-free or low-phosphate laundry and dish washing soaps.

  • The septic tank should be inspected at least once every two years and the tank pumped out when necessary. Failure to pump out a septic tank may result in sludge being carried over to the tile bed which may result in soil clogging and/or failure of the system. By the time you see ponding on your tile bed, your entire system may need to be replaced. In the middle of a drought if the grass over the tile bed is green your system may be close to failure.

  • Don’t park vehicles on the tile bed as the weight may crush the pipes.