Maintaining the Equity in Your Home

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Maintain the equity in your home

It happens often, people don’t give enough thought to maintaining and increasing the equity in their homes, until they call us to help them sell it!

From the moment home ownership is taken, the impact of improvements and revisions should always be in the forefront of the decision making process, with attention given to increasing and maintaining home equity.

We advise our clients, even if they don’t think they will ever sell, they should still be mindful of, and prepared for that possibility. A tempting, unexpected opportunity may come along, or life circumstances may change, and suddenly a decision is made to sell. It is at this pivotal point that the homeowner would understandably like to get as much return as possible on their valuable asset.

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Don’t overlook! 11 Things To Clean Right Before Your Home Goes On The Market.

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Bathroom FixturesThere’s a lot of physical work involved with the process of selling a home. Starting with removing, passing on and discarding the things that won’t be going with you to your new home. Then on to the staging of your home. Additional preparation is needed for the photos. The cleaning process should be taking place throughout each step. It’s easy to miss a few items. Below are a list of eleven details that are often overlooked.

  1. Light switch plates and plugs
  2. Appliances – Don’t forget these areas;
    • The inside of the microwave, and refrigerator.
    • The gaskets for the dishwasher, refrigerators and freezers.
    • The water and ice cube dispenser in the refrigerator.
    • Make sure the washing machine smells fresh.
  3. Underneath the sinks
  4. Kitchen and bathroom fixtures – have them sparkling and dry
  5. Ceiling fans
  6. The garbage pails both inside and out
  7. Hand rails, banisters, and trim work from hands
  8. Door knobs and cabinet pulls
    • Both inside the house and exterior doors
  9. Light bulbs and light fixtures
    • Indoor lights & bulbs
    • Outdoor lights, especially the ones leading into the house
  10. Driveway Stains
  11. Windows inside and out – Remove any unnecessary stickers

It’s important to get your home sparking clean to make your home as appealing as possible to potential buyers. We don’t want them to be thinking about all the work it will take, just to move in. They will be more comfortable and better able to see themselves living there. It will show that your home has been well cared.

We help people early in the home selling process.

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Be Careful of Potential Carbon Monoxide Poisoning with all the Snow!

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Clear exhaust vents!

WM Winter North Shore - HamiltonMake sure to clear the exhaust vents for your furnaces, hot water heaters, chimneys and cars! With all the snow building up and the winds causing drifts, there’s potential to have the vents covered up with snow and cause carbon monoxide to back up into your living spaces and cars. This can cause a life threatening situation.

  • Check the vents everywhere, including where you work.
  • Make sure that your carbon monoxide detectors are working and that they have a fresh battery in them.
  • Don’t sit in the car or let anyone else sit in the car while plowing and shoveling. It’s very easy for the snow to block the car exhaust. This can happen with very little snow accumulation.
  • Don’t forget the chimneys. They can get blocked as well.
  • Check vents, exhausts and chimneys regularly throughout the storm and during clean up.

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