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Real Estate Tips

Summer Tip – Give Your Deck a Thorough Check

Check your deck for any loose boards and hammer any nails that are poking up. If you find any rotting boards, replace them. Reseal your deck if needed.  Test by pouring a little water on the deck.  If the water beads into little puddles, you’re good.  If not, it’s time to reseal.

Summer Tip – Protect Your Home from Unwanted Guests

Check around the exterior of your home for any holes that can allow unwanted guests in.  Any holes that are greater than a quarter inch wide, make sure to cover them. Trim tree branches that are close to the roof of your home.  Tree branches should be at least 8 feet away from the roof line.  Tree branches are the …

Summer Tip – Ceiling Fans

Ceiling fans are a great way to keep your home cool.  Here are a few things to do before putting your fan to good use this summer. Clean the blades.  A lot of dust collects up there over time.  The last thing you want is a dust storm in your room when you climb into bed.  Use warm soapy water …

Emergency Kit

One thing that every home should have is an emergency kit.  You never know when you might need it, especially in the winter during snow/ice storms.  Start with finding a waterproof tote to store all your supplies.  As you collect the items, place them in the tote.  Make sure to check your supplies twice a year to make sure those …

Fireplace Maintenance

If your home has a fireplace, whether it’s gas or wood burning, annual maintenance is extremely important, not just for efficiency but for safety.  If you are handy, you may want to tackle this job on your own.  Remember safety first!  Make sure to allow the unit to completely cool before you begin anything, and for a gas fireplace remember …

Getting Ready for Winter – Gutters and Downspouts

Now that the cooler weather is upon us, it’s time to get some of the outdoor maintenance for your Shelburne home complete.  One item on your “To-Do” list should be cleaning out the gutters and downspouts.  With the wet weather and the leaves blowing, leaves tend to build up and block the flow of gutters.  Make sure to clear out …

Seller Tip – Smoke Detectors

Make sure all levels of your Orangeville home have working smoke detectors. Not only is this in your best interest but it is the law. It is recommended to have a carbon monoxide detector as well to be on the safe side. Prospective buyers do look at these things as they are viewing your home. A home inspector will point …

Seller Tip – Be Ready

Don’t list if your not ready! Some agents believe to go ahead and get on the market. Many times this will end up costing you money. In today’s market, competition is high, you have to out shine all of the competitors. Its worth waiting to finish the paint touch ups and minor trim repairs, etc. rather than rushing on the …

Sellers With Pets – Tip

Pet odors can cost the seller thousands of dollars. Many times you don’t even realize there is an odor. To a non-pet person, the smell can be overwhelming and stop them at the door. Try to eliminate causes of odors such as litter boxes and cages. Lemon scented cleaning products are the best to help eliminate pet odors. Do not …

Rural Homeowner Tip

Rural property owners in the Orangeville area should check their water quality on a regular basis. The test is free and very east to do. You can pick up your water test bottle from a local health authority and have them send the sample to be analyzed for bacterial contamination of Coliform and E. Coli. If the test indicates there …

Buyer Tip #2

Before you start to look for a new home, you need to talk to a mortgage specialist and find out how much you are comfortable spending. Many people think they know what they can afford and start out looking, fall in love with a home and find out it is not in their price bracket. Every other house never compares …

Buyer Tip#1

Buyers should always contact their realtor to show them a home they maybe interested in. Sometimes buyers feel like they don’t want to “disturb” their realtor or “waste” their time and think they can get the listing agent to show it to them. Their Realtor would never feel like you are wasting their time! Buyers agents want to show homes! …