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Selling your Home in Spring
Posted on Fri, 23 Mar 2018, 04:30:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies, etc.

Getting Your Home Ready to Sell in the Spring Market

Getting Your Home Ready For The Spring Market

Selling your Home in Spring

The spring real estate market is quickly approaching and if you’re selling your home, now is the time to start getting ready!  It may seem like a daunting task but there are things that you can do to make sure that your house is prepared for the droves of spring buyers this upcoming season. Remember, there will be many houses on the market at the same time as yours so you want to make sure that your property is ready and sticks out for buyers!

CONTACT A REALTOR®.

Real estate agents are professionals.  A great real estate agent will not only ensure your property is priced right, they’ll also be your guide through every step of the process in the weeks and months leading up to listing, during the time your home is listed, the closing of your property sale and beyond.

PRIORITIZE REPAIRS

One of the first things you will want to ask yourself when selling your home is whether your property needs any repairs, as it can be the most time consuming. The best way to do this is to walk through both your home and property and “write down anything that doesn’t function or is unsightly”. Start at one end of your home and work your way through each room carefully, looking for potential problems. Try to put yourself in the shoes of a potential buyer and be picky. This could be everything from a small hole in the wall, chipped paint, or leaky faucet all the way up to larger fixes like a leaky roof or cracked foundation. Once you have your list, it’s time to prioritize, “List out first the small things that will repair quickly and inexpensively, with an extra focus on items that will be seen first by potential buyers.” And last but not least, come up with a plan. Hiring someone to do the work for you may be the most time effective, but it may not be within your budget. If you plan on doing it yourself, schedule the time you will need right away and make sure to leave some extra in case things don’t go as planned.

STAGE YOUR HOME

Next comes decluttering, depersonalizing, and staging your home. If you look at photos of real estate listings, you’ll notice one thing; the houses are generally neat and tidy and have an airy feel to them. The reason for this is that the day to day clutter of living in a home has been removed. “You might like the stack of magazines on the table, buyers don’t. They don’t want to know what you read”. Start purging, and if you have lots of stuff, you may even want to consider renting a storage locker to house it while your house is on the market. You will also want to remove as many personal items from your home as possible. Take your family photos off the wall, and remove any items that are personal in nature; buyers want to picture themselves living in the home, not you and your family. When it comes to staging, make sure that your home is not jammed with furniture; you want it to look spacious, not crowded. You can also try incorporating some bright spring colours and patterns to make your home pop!

GET YOUR PAPERWORK IN ORDER

Start getting your paper work in order. If you’re selling your home, you will need to go somewhere so now is the time to visit the bank to find out your budget should you choose to buy again.  If you’ve done any major renovations or maintenance on the home, get the receipts, building permits, and other relevant documents together; while these are not necessary, they certainly can be of interest to some buyers. Collect all your bills; a recent property tax amount is required to list a house but many agents would also like estimates on all utilities that they can share with potential buyers and on their websites.

Remember, it is never too early to contact a realtor!

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When to Consider a Less-Than-Ideal Home
Posted on Wed, 06 Sep 2017, 10:45:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  My services, etc.
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When to Consider a Less-Than-Ideal Home

Obviously, when you’re searching for a new home, you want to find one that is ideal. It should be your next dream home. However, sometimes it pays to consider at least some properties that don’t meet all your criteria. After all, you never know whether one of them is actually your next dream home - in disguise!

When - Christine Monckton

Say you’re looking for a home with a beautiful kitchen - the kind you envy on TV cooking shows. Then, you view a property that has everything you need - except that big kitchen. 

Ask yourself these questions: 

1. Can you fix it? 
Perhaps some redecorating or a renovation can turn that so-so kitchen into one you’ve always wanted. Take some time to imagine the possibilities. 

2. Can you live with it? 
The kitchen might not have everything you want. It may be smaller than you’d hoped. But, can you make it work? Can you compromise a little given that the home has so many of the other features you want? Perhaps you can live with a smaller kitchen - that still looks great. 


If you need help considering the possibilities and understanding your options, 
call Christine today 416-420-6662.

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Ontario Woodlot Tax Credit
Posted on Fri, 20 Jan 2017, 02:10:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.

Ontario Woodlot Tax Credit

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Jump Start On The Spring Clean
Posted on Wed, 11 Jan 2017, 09:20:00 AM  in Home selling tips

Junk Boys

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Viewing Your Home From A Buyer’s Perspective
Posted on Thu, 05 Jan 2017, 08:30:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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Viewing Your Home From A Buyer’s Perspective

Viewing Your Home From A Buyers Perspective - Halton Hills Georgetown Acton - Christine Monckton


There is an old adage in marketing and sales: Before trying to sell something, you need to put yourself in the buyer’s shoes. When it’s time to sell your home, you’ll need to do the same thing. Imagine that you’re the potential buyer and then view your property from that perspective.

Start with what a buyer sees first, the outside of your property from the curb. Does your home look inviting and attractive? Are there ways you can improve the look of your home from this vantage point?

It may be as simple as trimming the hedges.

Then, walk into your home through the main entrance. What is your first impression? Does your home look clean, uncluttered, and appealing from the foyer? Is there anything you can do to improve the look?

Even a small change, such as moving a coat rack that is cluttering the space, can be a significant improvement.

Finally, tour the rest of your home. Most buyers viewing homes will visit the kitchen, the living room, and other rooms on the main floor and then check out the upstairs bedrooms. As you are pretending to be a potential buyer and looking around, what impression are you getting? What features do you especially like? What don’t you like? Are there any issues that concern you?

Don’t forget to view your garage and backyard too.

By doing this simple exercise, you’ll be able to see what changes and improvements will make your home show better.

Want more ideas on how to sell your home faster and for the best price? Call today.

 

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Meadowtowne Market Watch - November 2016
Posted on Fri, 02 Dec 2016, 09:15:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Meadowtowne Market Watch - November 2016Homes In Acton & Georgetown
$621,796 (Average price)
19 Days (Average days on the Market)
100% (Sold to Asked Ratio)
76 Units Sold

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Georgetown Lease - 49 Park Ave.
Wednesday, 24 August 2016, 01:00:00 PM
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Georgetown Lease - 49 Park Ave.

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Chattels Versus Fixtures: The Difference?
Posted on Wed, 03 Aug 2016, 09:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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PA Day Swim
Thursday, 07 April 2016, 08:40:00 AM

PA Day Swim

Bring your friends and join in for a PA Day Leisure Swim tomorrow from 2:00-3:00pm at Acton & Gellert pools!

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311 Barber Drive Coming Soon to the MLS System
Wednesday, 06 April 2016, 02:35:00 PM

311 Barber Drive Coming Soon to the MLS System

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