When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s not unusual to need to fix up a few things around the property.
After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly.
What do you need to fix? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list.


1. Anything that squeaks or creaks.
Is there something in your home that makes a noise it shouldn’t be making? Perhaps it’s a rattling closet door or a creaking floor board?
You may be so used to it you no longer notice the sound. But buyers will. Be sure to get those items fixed.


2. Anything that’s unsightly.
You don’t have to make your home look perfect. However, things that are unsightly will likely get buyers’ attention. You want them to focus on the terrific features of your property, not the scuff on the wall.
Take a walk through your property, including the yard. Pretend you’re the buyer. Do you notice anything that doesn’t look good? If so, tidy it up, fix it up or replace it.


3. Anything that’s broken.
If there’s anything that needs repair — an outside tap that’s not working, or a sliding door that regularly careens off its runner — call the contractor or fix it yourself.
Getting these items fixed will go a long way toward making your home appealing to buyers.

Want more tips on preparing your home for sale? Call today.

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Should You Worry About Moisture on Windows?
You’re standing by your window admiring the view. Then you notice it.
Moisture has built-up around the edges of the glass. Should you worry?
It all depends on the reason for the build up.
Assuming you have traditional double-pane glass in your windows, there are
a few things to look for if you notice moisture.
Often, moisture at the bottom of the windows is simply caused by too much
humidity in your indoor air. If that’s the case, simply adjust your humidifier.
If the moisture is on the exterior of the window, typically there’s also no
problem with the window itself. It may have rained recently or the outside
humidity may have spiked causing the accumulation. Generally, there’s no
reason for concern.
However, if the moisture is in between the two panes of glass, the seal has
broken and surrounding air – along with its water content – has made its
way in. This disrupts the thermal barrier of the window, reducing its energy
efficiency. In fact, the glass might feel noticeably colder than your other
windows on chilly days. In that case, you’ll need to replace the pane.
Similarly, if the moisture is coming in through only one spot — the bottom
right corner, for example — then you might have a leak. If you have a wood
frame or sill, you may also notice a growing water stain. It’s important to get
leaks fixed quickly. There may be water damage occurring within the frame
that you cannot see.
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Are You Ready to Buy Up?
No matter how much you love your current property, you may be dreaming of the day you can buy up into a better home in a better neighbourhood.
Is that day today, or, is it a few years down the road?
Here’s a quick way to make that assessment.
First, make a list of all the practical reasons why it might be time to move up. Those reasons might include features such as: more bedrooms,
proximity to work and school, a larger backyard with trees, nearby parks and walking paths and better access to things you enjoy like theatre.
Next, make a list of the emotional reasons for making such a move. Those reasons might include memorable get-togethers with friends on a more spacious deck, an easier and less stressful commute to work, more family
time with the kids and enjoyable Saturday golf at a nearby course.
Finally, take a financial snapshot to determine if you can afford to move up.
You’ll need to get a good idea of what your current property will sell for in today’s market, average price of homes in your desired neighbourhood, and how much mortgage you’ll need.
Once you have all that down on paper, you’ll have a clear picture of your readiness. If the practical and emotional reasons for buying up are compelling, and you can afford to make the move, then you have your answer.
The time is now!
By the way, if you need help in making this determination – especially figuring out what your home will likely sell for, call today.
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Homes that have been “Tweeked” sell faster.
A few minor touch ups can go a long way toward making a favorable impression on potential buyer – and perhaps cinching a deal.


Put your “Buyers” hat on & walk through your home like it is the first time, make notes on what you, as a Buyer, would notice, & then replace or repair those items.


1Clean, clean, clean. Dust on top of the fireplace mantle and fan blades, polish your appliances and faucets, and give the windows a thorough washing. If you’ve already moved out, or if you’re too busy to stay on top of things, consider hiring a cleaning service to stop by every couple of weeks.
2. Pay attention to smells. Don’t cook bacon or fish in your home the day of a showing, though it might taste great, the smell is strong and lingers for a long time. You don’t want your home to smell like a fast food restaurant!
3. Clear out the clutter. You want buyers to focus on how awesome your space is, not how messy it looks. Banish the piles of shoes from the entry, that stack of mail from the kitchen table and anything else that detracts from your home’s gorgeous features.
4. Repaint the walls neutral colors. As much as you love your dramatic red dining room, it could turn off a good portion of your buyers. So repaint your rooms in neutral tones like beige and off whites that allow buyers to focus on the spaces themselves, not the color of the walls.
5. Keep the décor simple. To help buyers imagine themselves in your space, get rid of any art or other décor that might turn off people with different tastes. A classic landscape painting? Totally fine. Your zebra print leather couch? Might want to slipcover that for showings.
6. Get rid of personal items. Buyers want to be able to envision themselves in your home, so remove anything overly personal, like family photos in the hallway or your kids’ artwork on the fridge.
7. Let there be light! Open up all the windows to let in natural light and add floor or table lamps to areas that are dim. A bright, cheery room looks bigger and more inviting.
8. Bring nature inside. Potted plants or a few pretty buds in a vase can help bring energy into a space, fill in empty corners and even draw attention to features you want buyers to notice. Just make sure the plants are in good health (and bug-free!).
9. Get rid of bulky furniture. Your furniture should fit the scale of the room, so get rid of any extra or oversized items that could make your space look smaller than it really is.
10. Organize your closets. Storage space is a HUGE selling point, and if your closets are stuffed to the brim, buyers will think you don’t have enough of it. Invest in some boxes, dividers and other solutions that will help you make your stuff look more organized, and remove extra items you don’t need immediately (you can stow them away until you move)
11. Tackle that honey-do list. All those little things you’ve been meaning to do but never got around to? Buyers will notice them, and they’ll detract from the value of your home. So set aside a weekend to tighten those loose doorknobs, fix that leaky faucet and paint over the scuffs from when you first moved in your sofa.
12. Do a faux “renovation.” Little tweaks can make a big difference in the overall feel of a room. Kitchen a little outdated? Replace the fixtures, faucets and hinges. Family room furniture beaten up? Throw some slipcovers over it.
13. Give each room a purpose. That spare room you’ve been using as an office / guest room /dumping ground won’t help sell your home unless you show buyers how they can use it themselves. So pick a use (office, guest room, crafts room) and clearly stage the space to showcase that purpose.
14. Turn the bathroom into a spa. Create the feel of a relaxing, luxurious bath — for less than $30. Stack a few pretty washcloths tied with ribbon, add some scented candles, and buy bathmats and towels in coordinating tones such as light green, blue and white.
15. Close the toilet! When it comes to both showing and photographing your home, this little trick can make a surprising difference.
16. Turn the living room into conversation central. Help buyers picture themselves relaxing with family and guests by grouping your furniture into arrangements that inspire conversation.
17. Keep the flow going. The last thing you want is people bumping into furniture as they tour your home; it disrupts their focus and makes your space look cramped. Do a dry run as though you’re seeing your home for the first time and tweak anything that interrupts the “flow”
18. Make something yummy. Realtors don’t put out fresh cookies at open houses just to treat buyers; a “homey” smell like baking cookies or bread can help people connect with a kitchen. Not a baker? Fake it with a scented candle.
19. Make it look “lived in” with vignettes. Help your buyers see themselves in your home by adding deliberate vignettes that showcase how your home can be lived in. An inviting armchair and a tray with a coffee cup and book can turn that empty corner into a reading nook. Pretty soaps in a decorative tray can make your tiny half-bath more appealing.
20. Highlight focal points. Draw buyers’ eyes towards any special features with bright colors or accents like plants. A pop of red throw pillows can draw a buyer’s attention to that lovely window seat. A striking fern on the mantle can show off your fireplace.
21. Boost the curb appeal. Don’t spend all your time indoors. More than one buyer has decided not to even enter a home based on its curb appeal, so make sure your home’s exterior looks excellent. Trim your shrubs, weed your flower beds, fix any peeling paint and keep the walkway clear. In winter, keep the walkways & especially drive way clear of snow & ice, salt or traction sand to keep everyone safe!
22. Decorate outside. Just adding a row of potted plants along the walkway or a cheerful wreath to your front door can make a big difference.
23. 1st Impression. If you are on a tight budget, spruce up the front entrance. It’s the first impression! Put shoes & boots away, keep it vacuumed & washed, wipe down the wall, door & closet door.
24. Get rid of pet Smells! Hey, I’m a pet lover too! ( I have 3) BUT not everyone feels the same way about our fur babies….Sometimes we go nose blind to “doggy smell” or “cat litter”…..(or even the cages or aquariums) De-fur the furniture, Clean the dog dish, wash or put away the doggy beds for showings, clean the litter box daily when listed! Give the aquarium a good wash, change out the wood shavings in the cage, clean the bird cage…any of these smells can turn off a buyer without them even realizing why.
25. Consider a “Scentsy” or “glade plug in”. Especially by the front door. Be careful not to have conflicting smells tho…that can be disastrous. Keep the smells subtle, vanilla, apple pie….(inviting, not over powering)

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Sounds easy, selling your home in the summer…..but with 802 listings in the Fort McMurray city and area(that includes, single family homes, condos, mobiles and acreages), it becomes a buyer’s market quickly…..


Some tips to make your home more appealing in this competitive market:


NO CLUTTER….most people cannot see past the clutter to visualize how “their stuff” will look. This also includes the yard AND garage!  Any Garbage that has blown into your yard from winter needs to be cleaned up as well…..don’t forget the dog poop!!! Not a bigger turn off for a buyer taking a stroll in your yard and……ewwwww!!


CLEAN THE WINDOWS!! It’s summer, so more SUNSHINE(we hope SmileIt’s much easier to see nose marks from pets, little finger marks and everyday smudges.


MOW & TRIM the LAWN….The first impression is the MOST important one, pulling up to a well cared for lawn and clutter free yard will impress even the most savvy buyers. Go the extra mile and get rid of those unsightly weeds as well. Tidy up the flower beds, even if you don’t plant anything with the impending sale….neat and clean will win over over grown and uncared for….


Hang up some flowers or buy some flower pots…..this has the same effect as having the smell of baking cookies for a winter sale…..Give the sense of ‘HOME”.

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Welcome to my new blog! I look forward to sharing new and exciting updates about the Real Estate Market and what is happening around town! Stay tuned for new posts coming soon!
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