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You’ve no doubt noticed the occasional news report about a product being recalled for safety reasons. For example, a car model with a brake problem, or a children’s toy that, under some circumstances, may cause injury.

 

You may not know that these news reports are merely the tip of the iceberg. For each product recall you hear about in the media, there are dozens that get little, if any, publicity.

 

That means there may be products in your home that have been recalled — and you don’t even know about it. It’s a scary thought.

 

How do you find out about recalled products that may affect you? Here are two tips.

 

  1. Always complete the registration that comes with many products. This is typically done by mailing in a registration card or filling out an online form. When you register, you’ll be alerted by the manufacturer if the product is recalled for any reason.

 

  1. Both Canada and the United States have agencies that list recalled products on their websites. In Canada it’s the Healthy Canadians website at www.healthycanadians.gc.ca. In the United States it’s the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.CPSP.gov. It’s a good habit to check these sites every season.

 

If you discover that a product in your home has been recalled, contact the manufacturer immediately. Never assume that the reason for the recall won’t apply to you.

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"Staging" your home is all about making the space in your home as
appealing as possible to buyers. You may already know the basics, such as
eliminating clutter. Here are some other tips that are less well known yet
very effective:


• Chandeliers. Surprisingly, these are one of the simplest ways to
make a foyer, dining room or living room dramatically more eyecatching.
You can buy a good-looking chandelier for a few hundred
dollars.


• New linen. This is something many home sellers don't consider, but
should. Replace any worn linen – sheets, coverings, towels, and
even oven mitts with new ones. Believe it or not, new linen makes a
big impression on buyers.


• Pedestal sinks. It may not be practical for you to replace a bathroom
sink. However, if you are doing a renovation, keep in mind that
pedestal sinks – especially in small washrooms – are a big hit with
buyers.


• New appliances. A brand new fridge, stove and dishwasher are
motivating selling features to buyers. That's because new appliances
make the whole kitchen look brand new.


• Avoid multi-use rooms. Have a spare bedroom that doubles as a
home office? That's a turnoff to buyers. Whenever possible, stage
each room so that it has a singular purpose. A guest bedroom, for
example, should be only that.


Want more tips on how to stage your home so that it attracts buyers? Call
today.

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Buyers are more likely to make an offer on your home if they see a lot of things they love about it. So what do buyers love to see?

 

One of the main things they like to see is a lot of space. Of course, you can't change the size of your rooms, but there is a lot you can do to make small spaces in your home seem more spacious.

 

Buyers also love to see a clean and uncluttered home. Think of how inviting a hotel room looks at first glance, with everything neat and organized. Of course, your home isn't a hotel, but the more neat and attractive you can make each room, the better.

 

One thing buyers don't love to see is potential maintenance issues. So as much as possible, get things fixed or updated.

 

In fact, the more "finished" and "move in ready" your home looks, the more likely a buyer is to make an offer.

 

Don't forget the surrounding neighbourhood either. A buyer may not take the time to explore the area, so be sure to make a list of the most appealing features. You might want to take a picture of the brand new playground just down the street or print off a local map showing nearby shopping, theatre and other points of interest.

 

It's not about creating a false impression. Rather, it's about making your home look its best and drawing attention to its most enticing features.

 

Want more home selling tips? Call today James Bailes 604.308.5376 jbailes@sutton.com

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If you're like most people, you go to see a doctor when you're not feeling well or have a health concern. However, you may also visit your doctor for a check-up, or to ask questions about healthy living.

 

In fact, consulting your doctor for anything health-related is a smart idea.

 

The same holds true when it comes to real estate.

 

Many people only call a REALTOR® when they're planning on selling their property or buying a new home, or both. While that's an important reason to speak to a REALTOR®, it's not the only reason.

 

Indeed, there are many good reasons for you to give a good REALTOR® a call. For example:

  •  If you have a question about the state of the local real estate market. (Remember that it may be very different from what you hear on the news about the national market.)

 

  • If you want to get a sense of what homes are currently selling for in the area.

 

  • If you want to determine the current market value of your property.

 

  • If you want to find out how much homes cost in neighbourhoods you'd like to consider.

 

  • If you're thinking about the possibility of making a move, but you’re not sure if it’s the right time.

 

In other words, don't be afraid to contact a good REALTOR® when you have a question or need some advice about the real estate market. 

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If you're planning to look for a new home sometime in the future, you
may be wondering how long the process will take. How much time
should you set aside for viewings? How many of the listed homes
should you see?


Of course, the process varies from person to person. According to
the Department of Housing & Urban Development, home buyers view
an average of 15 properties before finally choosing to make an offer
on one of them. That number may be a good benchmark for you.
On a Saturday afternoon, you can comfortably look at three or four
potential properties. You can see more if you want to make a full day
of it.


One factor that impacts the home shopping process is how clearly
you know what you're looking for.
For example, if you're certain you want a three bedroom backsplit,
backing onto a wooded area or ravine, in an upscale neighbourhood,
then the process is going to be fairly simple. You're just going to view
properties that closely meet that criteria.


But if you're the kind of person who simply says, "I'll know it when I
see it", then you'll need to look at several homes on the market. That
means carving out plenty of room in your schedule for viewings.


A good REALTOR can help you understand what's available on the
market and which homes are worth seeing. He or she can also help
you determine how long the process will likely take, and show you
ways to make the process go more quickly and smoothly.


Looking for a good REALTOR? Call today.

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