How To Fix A Sticky Door

Small inconveniences that a seller might have overlooked for years can often be the very thing that ruins a potential buyer’s first impression of a property and nixes any interest that the potential buyer might have had. First impressions are extremely important.

One example of this that I run into time and time again is the problem with sticky doors. A seller might have become used to tugging on a difficult door or resigned to never closing them all the way, but the potential buyer will view this as an unnecessary irritation.

Why not just fix the problem? It’s really not all that complicated. Here’s a quick video that will show you how.

 

Moving With Pets

Handling Pets during a move. 

Smoothly introducing your dog to your new home

Moving into your new home is very exciting, for your entire family!! But did you know that introducing your dog into a new home can be incredibly stressful for them? Fortunately, there are a lot of things that we can do to make this transition easier on them, which in the end makes it easier on us!

There are a lot of things that you can do to make the move less stressful on your pet. When moving, if possible, it would be a good idea to leave the dog with a friend they know. This will keep the dog out of your way when you are moving furniture, and decrease the chance that any accidents may happen. You can also leave the dog in the backyard while you move, as long as it is fully fenced and they cannot escape! Can’t do either?  Well then, the ‘least worst’ scenario is to crate your dog while moving the furniture into the home. Make sure the crate is large enough that they can stand up, turn around and lay down comfortably, and be sure to give them access to water and let them outside to ‘do their business’ every few hours. Doors will be left open, items will be dropped, there will be a lot of commotion, and the best way to keep your pet safe during this time is to keep them out of the way!

During the packing process, you can actually plan ahead to make this as smooth a transition as possible for your four legged friend. Instead of trying to cram the packing into one or two days, planning to pack over a longer period of time can reduce the stress on your dog (and probably yourself as well!). Make sure that you pack their water and food bowls, toys, and blankets/beds in a separate box that will be easily accessible once you are at your new home. Dogs do not like change, so the more familiar the setting, the better! One easy trick is to make sure that they have belongings that smell like you, their people! Having a familiar scent in a strange place can make the transition easier. All you would need to do is put their toys in your laundry hamper for a few days, and they will smell just like you!! And don’t feel embarrassed, this is like the sweet smell of roses for your dog. These are as important to your dog as your child’s teddy bear is to them.

For more great tips on a successful move with your pet, please visit The Humane Society of Canada.

Housetraining is always a big issue, and even well-trained dogs may not know where to ‘go’ in a new home. When you bring them to your new house, make sure that they are taken into the back right away, where they can ‘do their business’. It may sound silly, but it is always a good idea to reward them with praise, so that they know they did something good! It may seem odd to your new neighbors that you are congratulating your dog for successfully going to the bathroom (you may become the most talked about person on your street), but your dog will think that they just won a gold medal for it!! You will want to keep en eye on them to make sure that they are able to find the back door (or front door depending on the home) whenever necessary. Here is a good rule of thumb to remember: let them out after playing for a period of time (15-30 minutes depending on age), after they wake up, and after they eat!

For puppies, the rules need to be modified slightly. You still want to show them where the door is, and give them lots of praise when they go where they should (this should be a very exciting event for them, and remember that the gold medal they are winning can come in the form of a treat!). Be sure to let them outside as often as possible, especially immediately after they eat, wake up, and every 10-15 minutes during playtime! There will be accidents, no puppy is perfect (adorable yes, perfect no!), so be patient and keep it positive!

Another point to keep in mind is that a puppy can ‘hold it’ for approximately 1 hour for every month they are old. For example, a puppy that is only 2 months old, can generally ‘hold it’ for approximately 2 hours at a time! This may not apply to every puppy, as they are just as different from each other as we are from other people, but it does give you an idea of what to expect.

For other great tips on housetraining your pet, please visit The Humane Society of Canada

Painting Tips

It only makes sense that a freshly painted house will show a lot better and therefore command a higher asking price.  Hiring a crew of painters can be expensive and somewhat counterproductive if a seller is looking to maximise the financial gain of selling a property. 

Painting is usually a task that most people take upon themselves to do. Why not? It seems easy enough. I should rephrase that though, it seems easy enough for some people. I have seen some pretty awful jobs. I have walked into rooms where it would appear that people have been bathing in it and splashing it around on the floor.

For those of you (you know who you are) who need a little hand when it comes to painting, here’s a little video that will help minimise your latex (or oil) footprint on the room.

 

Wondering Why You Should Hire a Roofer? Here are the reasons why

We all know the value of a roof to our houses. Without a proper roof, both your family and property remain exposed to harsh conditions. When a roof needs a repair or replacement, you either have the option to do it yourself or hire professionals. Most of us consider repairing our roofs without expert help. However, this is not the best decision to make as this can cause more harm than good. Keep reading and get to understand why this is so, and also learn about the benefits of hiring roofers to handle your roofing Lethbridge Ab.

Keep Costs Down

Most of us prefer to repair our roofs as we look at this as a cost saving option. After all, by a DIY, you will not incur any expenses for the contractor’s labor. However, do you know that this is contrary to the truth? Roofers Lethbridge Ab will help you lessen the amount of money you will use for your repair or replacement. These professionals will help you obtain quality material for your project at a lower price than that you would buy them. The reason behind this is that they have the connections necessary, hence more bargaining power over you. Besides, they know to distinguish the quality of the materials, meaning that the materials used for your roofing will be of high-quality and you won’t need to replace them soon. The quality of their job will also be good, enabling you not to have to incur extra expenses in a mission to get your roof fixed shortly after.

Safety

The safety of the people within, as well as your safety, is a reason you need to work with roofers. We all know that roofing is a risky procedure, more importantly, if you have no experience. There is a risk of you falling off the roof or the ladder, cutting yourself, or even dropping some material that may cause injury to a person on the ground. To avoid such harm, it is better that you leave this task to the professionals. These professionals know how to handle your roofs with ultimate care, taking into account all the damage that may occur.

Peace of mind

Deciding where to get the materials for your roofing, whether to replace or repair your roofs, when to do the roofing, can cause a lot of stress. You might end up making wrong decisions which might cost you so much in the long run. If you happen to repair your roofs when the best option was a replacement, the chances are that you will put your belongings at the risk of damage. To keep off poor decisions, a professional roofer is better off handling your roofing. You will rest assured that the quality of the job will be perfect and hence you can have a peaceful living.

Warranty

Reputable roofing contractors will not just disappear once they complete your job. They will want to follow up and ensure that you are satisfied with their job. They will be pleased to guarantee both their services and the material used for your repair. By this, you can be assured that your project can last long and if not, you can get a repair or replacement with no extra cash incurred.

Fast service

Leaving your roof unattended to, for an extended period will result in more property damage. You cannot guarantee that the weather won’t change at any time the roof is damaged. The more the time your roof stays unrepaired, the more the risk of your property getting damaged should it rain. To stay assured that your house is safe, roofers should handle your roofing as they can repair or replace in one day thereby leaving you and your property secure for the rest of the days.

It is no doubt that professional roofers are the best option to take care of your roofing. Their knowledge and experience will enable you to get the best experience as you will not have to deal with issues beyond your knowledge. After all, you will get quality results with no strain on your pocket. 

Malcom’s Internet Advantage

How do you select a good real estate agent when you want to sell your home? Traditionally, word-of-mouth has always been a good method. Maybe your parents, siblings or friends have used a good agent in the past and can recommend one to you. Maybe you already know an agent socially and that person is someone you feel you can trust with your home sale. Often people will take note of the agents who seem to have a ton of listings. They must be succesful agents, otherwise they wouldn’t have so much business, right?

Well maybe those are all great methods, and I certainly wouldn’t discount any of them. There are some factors that one should consider though. Maybe your parents sold their house five years ago, and the agent they used was at the top of the heap in 2006. Maybe that agent who has a ton of listings on the go now has a huge team supporting him/her, and when you break those numbers down to an individual basis, well they are suddenly not so hot. Maybe that agent that you see every morning at Tim Hortons is a really swell guy, but just has too much time to be sitting at Tim Hortons chatting with people.

Did you know that in 2011, 83% of people start searching for their new home on the internet. When you think about it, it’s a stunning statistic. It shows us exactly how much the business of real estate is changing. It means that most of those people starting their search for a new home have not talked to an agent yet. It means that to maximise your home’s profile it is absolutely necessary that people will be able to find it on the internet. If people searching for a new home can’t see it on the web, just how are they going to see it. 

0 Down Mortgages In Quinte

I often get asked whether people can still buy a home with no downpayment. The answer is YES100 % financing is still an option. There have been a lot of changes in the mortgage rules and regulations in the last few years, and this has confused a lot of people. The mortgage market seems to have tightened up quite a bit, making it seem as if the dream of homeownership is just that – a dream.This is, however, not the case.

There will be costs associated with this though, nothing’s as easy as we hope, however, these costs will be manageable to most folks. Appraisal and legal fees will be needed to acquire such a mortgage, but those will in all liklihood be less than $1500.00. It may be that getting yourself into your own home isn’t as difficult as you may think.

You are probably paying more in rent now than your mortgage payments would be. This is money going out every month that you won’t see ever again. There will be some requirememnts, but don’t allow the thought of that stop you from investigating your options.

If this seems like an option for you, why not give me a phone call and we can discuss how to get you into a home of your own. Pick up the phone, talk to me and I will put you in touch with the people who can make this happen. Too many people don’t ask questions because of the answer they may get. Don’t be one of them, pick up the phone and give me a call. I may be able to help. 

Installing Laminate Flooring

How to install Laminate Floors

Let me present you with a video about how easy it is to install laminate floors. If you are trying to sell your home and you notice that some of the rooms have that linoleum flooring, this might not be such a good thing.

Linoleum flooring tends to peel or curl up at the edges, and this really makes the room look ugly. It brings to mind a 1970’s laundromat. It’s alright to have some laminate flooring in your potato cellar, but if it’s covering your dining room, that’s not good.

These days it would seem that almost every family has someone with moderate to severe allergies. If your house has too much caperting, you should also consider making a change. Carpets only appeal to a small percentage of the population now. You can cut the carpets out (if you have a van, you can recycle and transform it into a shaggin’ waggin’ – be kind to the environment), and install laminate flooring without breaking the bank.

Perhaps you should consider a moderate investment in changing the appearance of the floors.  Remember, you only have one chance to make a great first impression. 

Organize Your Closets

When you list your home you can expect people to be walking through it. Put your laundry in hampers and organize your closets. People tend to spend more time than they should looking through your stuff. Human nature makes some people nosy. This can’t be helped.

Here’s a little video on how you can take those messy closets and turn them into something neat.

It’s not that you should be embarrassed by the contents of your closet (or should you?), it’s just that people get a bad impression of your house if they think you are not neat and organized. 

Downsizing

Just after the World War II, from 1945 to 1960, there were approximately 28 births on average per 1,000 people in Canada: these were the children of the baby boom. These baby boomers did not have many children of their own, and they did not have many grandchildren either. By 1970, the birth rate in Canada had dropped to around17 births per 1,000 people. Since 2000, it has dropped further to a little under 11 births per 1,000 Canadians.

In a nutshell, this means that the population of Canada is aging at a rather alarming rate. Many people born during this period are now looking to move into smaller houses, condominiums or apartments. Having that large four bedroom house seems unnecessary and inefficient when the children have long since moved and the cost of utilities seems to be increasing at an almost exponential pace. Many baby boomers have spent a life-time collecting stuff. I know that I have a ton of stuff that I don’t really need. It can be difficult downsizing, deciding what to keep and what should go.

Obviously, things of great sentimental value should be kept, but are you really all that fond of the juicer that you only used three times since 1996? Can you just throw things like this out, or will you be able to foist them upon unsuspecting relatives? What to do, there’s only so much that you can bring with you to your smaller home (one that I sold you, naturally). Where should the rest of the things go, and how do even start on such a daunting task?

This little four minute video should help a little bit.

When my kids were visiting their grandmother, they took note of all the things that she had lying around her over-sized house. My son, who was nine or ten at the time, remarked “Grandma, the Salvation Army sure will be happy when you move into an apartment, then they can get all their stuff back”.

Hopefully Grandma watches this video. 

Is Your Home Fit To Sell?

Remax has put together a program to assist people who would like to sell their homes. The aptly named “Fit To Sell” program is a series of quick videos that highlight some of the important things to consider when putting your house up for sale.

As home-owners we have an emotional attachment to the property that other people won’t have. Therefore we have to step out of our own shoes and into the shoes of a potential buyer for a while and look at things from a different angle.

Remax charged me two bucks for this series of videos, but I’m a generous fellow, so I’ll pass this information along for free. That’s just the type of guy I am.

Video #1    Air Quality

While some people may not object to the lingering odour of cat urine eminating from the basement, others might find this rather unapealling.

Video # 2    Curb Appeal

You might not notice the dents in the garage door that Johnny made while practicing his slapshot with a tennis ball, but a potential buyer will.

Video # 3  De-personalize your home

Hey, I love the glass menagerie of German wild boar that you have displayed on the kitchen counter as much as the next guy, but it might be distracting to a buyer.