If you like to spend more time on your ipad then in the woods please don’t inquire about this listing!

If you believe that people should spend more time on their ipads then in the woods please don’t inquire about this listing. If your idea of fun is spending an entire day in a shopping mall, please don’t inquire about this listing. If you would rather spend time with your kids at an arcade then in the outdoors, don’t bother inquiring about this listing. If you like being in the woods and if you want to enjoy the Canadian outdoors with your friends and family, DEFINITELY INQUIRE ABOUT THIS PROPERTY FOR SALE! 160 Acres of beautiful forests and pastures with a large workshop and an old landing strip that could easily be put back into service. 422 foot well was installed in 2011.

Imagine yourself hearing nothing. Not the rubble of a car. Not the noise of a construction site. Not the hissing of air breaks at the bus stop. Only the sounds of the deep woods. Only the sounds of the forest creatures filling the air. Imagine if all you could hear is the sounds of nature. Now image how much more you could hear if you left it all behind to enjoy the Great Canadian Outdoors.

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How a Home Inspection Helps You

Home inspectorWhether you’re considering buying a particular home, selling your current property – or both – a home inspection can help.

A home inspection is an inspection by a qualified professional who takes a close look at every aspect of a home – structure, wiring, plumbing, and more – and identifies issues you may not have noticed yourself.

For example, a home inspection can reveal that a furnace will need to be replaced soon, or that there is a water leak into the basement that needs to be fixed.

You’ll definitely want to get a professional home inspection before you buy a particular property. That’s why most offers to purchase a home are conditional upon passing a home inspection. (The last thing you want is to buy your dream home only to discover that the wiring needs to be updated!)

You may also want to get a home inspection on your own home before you list it for sale. A certificate from a qualified professional that states that your home passed inspection will make your property more attractive to buyers.

Many reputable home inspectors are members of a professional industry association.

In Canada:

• Canada Association of Home & Property Inspectors. (http://www.cahpi.ca)

• Professional Home and Property Inspectors of Canada. (http://www.phpic.ca)

• National Home Inspectors Certification Council. (http://www.nationalhomeinspector.org)

In the U.S.

• American Society of Home Inspectors. (http://www.ashi.org)

• National Association of Home Inspectors. (http://www.nahi.org)

• American Institute of Inspectors. (http://www.inspection.org)

It’s important to note that certification or licensing is not a requirement in many jurisdictions. So select a home inspector carefully.

Need to find a reputable home inspector? Call today. 

How to Find a Reputable Contractor

contractor

There are so many horror stories about disreputable or incompetent home improvement contactors that television shows have been made about them. Unless you want to be a guest on one of those programs, take steps to ensure you find a good contractor.

Here are some tips that will help:

  • Askforreferences.Speaktothereferences.
  • Getadetailedwrittenestimateoftheworktobe done, and make sure you understand all the terms and conditions.
  • Bewaryofcontractorswhoinsistonlarge

payments upfront. The payment plan should be reasonable and tied to work as completed.

  • Askifthecontractorisamemberofany professional associations.
  • Don’tdealwithacontractorwhooffersyouano- tax, cash-only deal.
  • Askthecontractortogettheappropriatepermits beforestartingyourproject.

    These tips won’t guarantee you’ll hire a reputable contractor, but they will increase the chances that you do.

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Take a Walk on the Boardwalk (or Sidewalk)

Go for a walkIf you’ve played the game Monopoly then you’ve probably picked up the Chance card that reads, “Take a walk on the Boardwalk. If you pass Go…”

That’s good advice when shopping for a new home. When you see a property you like and you’re thinking of making an offer, spend some time walking around the neighbourhood. This will give you a better sense of what it’s going to be like to live there.

After all, the last thing you want is to buy a dream home only to find out later that there are issues with the neighbourhood that make living there miserable.

If you have kids, see how far of a walk it is to local parks, playgrounds, schools and community centres.

If you commute, you might also check out the route from the neighbourhood to your place of work. Is there a left turn that is likely to get backed up in the mornings?

Also check out how well the neighbours take care of their properties. Homeowners tend to keep their homes looking good if they enjoy the neighbourhood.

As you walk, listen. Are there noises from nearby high schools, industrial areas, or highways that are going to be unpleasant for you? Find out if the neighbourhood is near an airport flight path, or if there is a railway in the area. (Your REALTOR® can find that out for you.)

If you get a chance, talk to some of the neighbours. Ask what they like most about living in the area. You’re likely to get some candid – and useful – answers.

Finally, spend some time visualizing living in the area. Can you see yourself enjoying what the neighbourhood has to offer?

If so, then buying a home in that area will likely be a good choice for you.

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Work With Neighbours to Prevent Break-Ins

Home securityThere are few things more traumatic than a home burglary. That’s why it makes sense to invest in good locks and, if necessary, a good alarm system.

There are also ways to work with your neighbours to prevent these crimes from occurring. In fact, police say that watchful eyes are one of the best ways to deter burglars on the prowl.

Police recommend that you know the names of all the neighbours adjacent to your property. Get in the habit of watching

each other’s homes. Stay alert to cars and people lingering around that don’t seem to belong.

Another strategy is to set up a community Facebook page. That way, when someone sees something suspicious in the neighbourhood, they can immediately notify everyone by posting a Facebook message.

Finally, don’t be a stranger. It has been proven that the better neighbours know one another, the lower the crime rate is in the area.

5 Tips for Selling Your Home Quickly

Selling Your Home QuicklyThere are several reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly. For example, a job change may require a speedy relocation to another city, or you may have purchased another property and don’t want to be stuck too long with two mortgages.

Here are some tips that can help get the sold sign on your front lawn sooner.

  • Be realistic with price. If you set the listing price higher than the current market value of your home, then you’re not going to get many, if any, viewers. You want the list price to be attractive, which means listing at the current market value.
  • Get things fixed. You probably don’t have time for a major renovation. So just make sure everything in your home is in good working order. Deal with

any obvious maintenance issues, such as a leaking faucet or a gate hanging precariously on one hinge.

  • Ensure your home shows well, inside and outside. Eliminate clutter. Trim hedges. Make sure every room has adequate lighting, especially the basement. Imagine that a special guest is visiting your home, then clean up and prepare accordingly.
  • Be flexible with viewing times. You want as many potential buyers as possible to see your home. So don’t restrict viewing times to just Saturdays. Make sure your home is as “available” as possible for showings. This may cause you and your family some inconvenience, but the reward will be selling your property sooner.
  • Work with a good REALTOR®. Find an agent who understands the area and the local market well. He or she will be able to recommend a variety of strategies that will help sell your home faster, and for a good price.
  • Of course, there’s no way to guarantee that you’ll sell your home within the time frame you want. But these tips will certainly increase the chances that you will.Contact us today!

Doubling Your Storage Space

Finding storage space in the home is becoming increasingly challenging. These days, we all just seem to have more stuff!

Fortunately, you don’t necessarily need to rent a storage locker or add a new room to your home to fit everything. There are many innovative ways to increase the capacity of the storage space you’re already using.

For example, there are storage bins you can buy that are designed to fit neatly under a bed. Some have wheels, making the bins easy to pull out and access.

You’ve probably seen closet organizers at your local home improvement centre. These can easily double the storage capacity of a closet, while making the space look neater and more organized.

Finally, there are storage units available that are camouflaged as something else, such as an ottoman.

Visit your local home improvement centre. There are many more innovative storage solutions available for your home.

How to Discourage Buyers from Buying Your Home

messy-house-003If you’re listing your home for sale, then of course you’ll want to make the best impression possible on potential home buyers. But, just to have a little fun, say you don’t want to sell your property. What could you do to discourage those who view your home?

Well, you could have your pets in the home during viewings. That will certainly make it uncomfortable for some buyers – especially those with pet allergies.

You could also leave personal items around, such as family pictures and trophies. That will make it more difficult for a buyer to imagine himself and his family living there. It might even make him feel a bit like an intruder!

Clutter in bedrooms, closets and other areas of the home will make those spaces feel less spacious than they really are, as well as make visitors feel uncomfortable.

If you really want to turn off a buyer, then put off doing any minor repairs. A dripping tap, flickering light, dent in the wall, or other maintenance issues are certain to gain a buyer’s attention.

If all that doesn’t shoo away a buyer from your home, then stick around during a viewing and follow him and his family from room to room. That will certainly make him feel uneasy.

Of course, we’re just having a bit of fun here. When you put your home on the market, you want to sell it.

It’s easy to avoid all the pitfalls described above and ensure potential buyers appreciate the full value of your home.

So when you’re preparing for a showing, think of ways you can make your property appear its best, and make the buyer feel welcomed and comfortable viewing it.

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

Alternatives to a Traditional Garage Sale

yard saleDo you have stuff in your home that you need to sell? Perhaps you have some suits or dresses that no longer fit, an older living room set that you’ve just had replaced, or a vinyl record collection you’ve been hanging onto for years.

If a traditional garage sale is not an option for you, there are other ways to sell those items.

For example, you could rent a stall for the weekend at a local flea market. This is relatively inexpensive and can be a fun

activity for the whole family.

Another option is to advertise in your local community newspaper.

Advertising rates in local publications are often much lower than in major newspapers.

You can also advertise on the internet. There are several popular sites, such as Craigslist.com and eBayClassifieds.com (Kijiji.com in Canada) where you can advertise for free.