Winterize your Edmonton Home
Yes, the onset of winter can be exciting with the crisp sparkling white wonderland but freezing temperatures can be hard on your home. Here are a few tips to help combat the cold.
4 Great Tips on Keeping you warm, safe and richer!
- Weather stripping – prevent air leaks by heading to Home Depot to grab some weather stripping. Be sure to use it on your doors, windows, doors, and vents If the gaps on your doors and windows are thicker than a nickel, you will need to apply an exterior caulk.
- Gutters – check all of your downspouts and gutters to make sure they are clear of those autumn leaves and other debris. If they are blocked, it will cause problems that may result in costly repairs.
- Furnace - If you want to stay warm and cozy on Edmonton's coldest winter days, maintain the maintenance on your furnace. Change that filter and have it checked by a proffessional if it sounding rough. An emergecy maintance call on a cold winter day can be very costly.
- Water Pipes – If you are planning on getting away from Edmonton's cold weather, be sure and leave the heat running so your home stays warm. Also, leave a few faucets dripping so the water continues to flow. If a pipe bursts, it can cause thousands of dollars of damage (most insurance companies with not cover neglet)
These simple steps will allow you to enjoy a warm and cozy home during our Edmonton winter months and avoid timely and costly repairs.
How to get Top Dollar for your Edmonton Home
Edmonton is a large municipality which means you will have plenty of nearby competition and making your home the prettiest will bring the highest offers, especially in a slower or buyers real estate market and an undesirable location, it is very important to show your Edmonton home at it's very best to maximize its value. Below are the top 5 actions you can take.
Disassociate Yourself With Your Property
- No matter how long you have lived at or how much love you put into your home, look at your home as a real estate commodity and decorate as though, you are giving it away to your favorite member of your family. Make your home appeal to as many buyers as possible by neutralizing every room of the house.
Declutter as much as possible
- Declutter as much as you can including your kitchen cabinets, linen and coat closets and your garage. As a rule of thumb, if you won't use it in the next three months, pack it away. Yes, this includes those boxes in your basement which have not been opened since your last move. This is also a great time to donate everything you haven't actually used in the last ten years or have a "priced to sell" garage sale.
Go on a shopping trip
- Your home deserves a little freshening up and a shopping trip to spruce up your homes is also on your selling checklist. Purchase colour coordinated linen for your bedrooms and bathrooms. This will add both a warm ambience and a fresh, clean feel to your rooms. If your furniture is dirty - clean it or replace it. Don't get carried away by all of the available staging items. Keep it simple.
Clean everything inside and outside
- Serious buyers will be snooping in your home. They will be looking in your oven, fridge, cabinets, and closets. Make sure these are clean, neat and tidy. You don't want buyers to think there is a shortage of storage space, or think your home is not taken care of. A dirty house will be reflected in a buyers offer to purchase. Don't neglect the backyard, garage, and storage sheds. Make your home sparkle!
Have a Pre-sold dinner party
- Celebrate your hard work of getting your Edmonton home ready to sell and invite over your closest friends and open the wine. Ask them to walk around your home, point out any imperfections and for their honest opinions. Bring a notebook. You will be amazed by the feedback.
If you have any questions about getting your home ready to sell, contact us.
7 Tips to keep your home happy, healthy and long lasting
With home ownership comes house maintenance and spring is the best time to check your home maintenance checklist. If you own a house in Edmonton, there are a few natural elements to be aware of depending on your Edmonton community. Edmonton has areas where we have soft soil and higher water tables. Below is a perfect Edmonton House Maintenance checklist to prevent major future water concerns.
- Downspouts and gutters: Pull debris and leaves from downspouts and gutters. Repair any gutters that have pulled away from your house. Run a water hose on the roof of the house and check for proper drainage. If leaks exist, dry the area and use an epoxy to seal the leak.
- Siding, Stucco, Wood: Remove the dirt off your siding or stucco with a pressure wash. If your house has wood siding, ensure that all surfaces are covered by a weather friendly paint. This is also a great time to update the exterior color of your home and fill in any broken stucco (usually found near window edges).
- Cleaning: Spring is a perfect time to wash windows sills, exterior doors, and screens. Replace, tighten or paint any broken, missing or worn hardware and replace screens with holes. Using your old towels will also be a great reason to buy new ones.
- Grading: Take a walk around your house to see if all grading is sloped away from the foundation. If not, add some clay and topsoil. This is one of the best and cheapest maintenance jobs you can to in your home.
- Deck and porches: Check all decks, patios, porches, stairs, and railings for loose members and deterioration. Replace boards as needed. Don't forget to purchase pressure treated ones. Spruce this area up and create a warming curb appeal with a fresh coat of paint.
- Landscape: This is a perfect time to trim back overgrown tree branches and bushes. Rotitil your gardens, remove pet stained spots and fertilizer to your grass.
- Tool Check: Check all your spring tools are in working order and all together. Check your lawnmower, oil & gas refills, Water hoses, Rain buckets, etc.
For a fall, spring, summer or winter selling checklist, contact us
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Make My Kitchen Pretty
With so many choices, it's hard to choose a perfect "stone" countertop. Before you rush out and buy the prettiest one, you make want to consider resale value. When choosing a new counter-top, base it on your lifestyle, not on price. If your kitchen looks dated, replacing your counter tops and backsplashes will make a huge impact and it is less expensive than replacing a whole kitchen.
- Quartz countertops are a hard natural mineral. They are resistant to scratches, stains, heat, easy to clean are becoming the trend in luxury Edmonton houses. Depending on the grade, quartz countertops are about the same cost as granite.
- Granite countertops are one of the most elegant materials that can be used for kitchen work surfaces. When sealed properly, it is stain and heat-resistant so it continues to look beautiful in the years to come. Granite countertops are a popular choice in our Edmonton homes due to its wearability and color choices.
- Corian countertops are a mixture of binding resins and minerals and come in over a hundred colors. Corian is a flexible material when heat and can appear seamless once installed leaving a smooth, unblemished finish. It takes on a sandblasted stone look.
- Marble countertops are stylish, elegant and drop-dead gorgeous. A countertop made of marble is usually less durable than granite, Corian or quartz and less resistant to stains and scratches. It is also more expensive to get installed. Marble Countertops are all about the look.
If you are planning to sell your Edmonton home in the near future, you may want to postpone changing those kitchen counters. Ask your REALTOR for the best advise. Today, buyers also have the option of a renovation loan which can be tied into their mortgage payments.
Making your home pet-friendly during the selling process
Your pets may be your best friend, but some buyers are allergic to and find pet odours offensive. Other buyers spend more time admiring your reptiles or playing with the cute puppy than viewing your home. When selling, it is best not to have them in the home. If this is not an option, keep them in a crate including cats.
Pets are smelly
- No matter how often you bath your animals, they still smell. There are ways to eliminate some of the odors and pet dander. This means more cleaning and more cleaning. Wash your pet beds, blankets and toys on a weekly basis. If you own a bunny, ferret or reptile, cleaning their cages must be done on a daily basis. Don't forget the kitty litter! If not address, your pets can reduce the value of your property.
Pets are messy
- Those cute and cuddly companions are very messy. We know as soon as we turn our back, they are jumping up on counters and couches. Vacumn your furniture daily. A buyer may sit at your kitchen table while writing you an offer and noticing animal hair hanging onto your counters and baseboards. Replace any chewed on baseboards or ripped carpets.
Don't forget the outside
- Buyers will go into the backyard, garage and alleyway to check out your next door neighbours, pick up the dog faeces.
- If you are trying to cover up pet smells with a chemical, it will smell worse. The only way to really remove pet smells is by cleaning. Open those windows and air out your home.
One of the things Edmonton Real Estate Agents face when listing homes with pets is telling the seller that their home stinks! Homeowners need to understand those pet odours can kill a home sale! This can be a difficult conversation because there are folks who look at their pets as family members.
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