Determining if a Home Will Fit your Lifestyle

By: Philip Hollett

Determining if a Home Will Fit your Lifestyle

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, TIPS FOR BUYING A HOME, process for BUYING a home, home BUYING tips, WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

Imagine you’ve found the “perfect” home. It’s the type you want, the size you want, and has the number of bedrooms and bathrooms you want. It could very well be your next dream home. But, will it fit your lifestyle? That’s a question worth asking before jumping in and making an offer. Of course, the type, size and features of a home play a huge role in your lifestyl...Read More

The 4 Most Important Rooms to Stage

By: Philip Hollett

The 4 Most Important Rooms to Stage

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, staging your home, tips to sell your home, process for selling a home, top tips to get the best offer, tips for selling your home, home selling tips

Ideally, when you list your property for sale, you want your entire home staged well. That way, you’ll maximize its appeal to buyers. However, that’s not always possible. So, if you can’t stage everything, focus your energy on those rooms that will have the biggest impact. Here are the rooms buyers tend to scrutinize most: • The kitchen. Buyers almost always remember the ki...Read More

Where Should you be on the Staging Continuum?

By: Philip Hollett

Where Should you be on the Staging Continuum?

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Staging is a proven method of enhancing the appeal of your home. In some cases, it will not only help sell your home faster, but also result in a higher price. But there is a continuum to staging that you will need to consider. At one end of the continuum is simple staging, which involves cleaning and decluttering, making some simple improvements, and possibly rearranging furniture in a way that ...Read More

Should You Replace your Windows?

By: Philip Hollett

Should You Replace your Windows?

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Here's a surprising statistic. Less than 30% of window replacements are the result of the old windows being worn, broken or otherwise in need of replacement. Clearly, there are other good reasons to consider new windows! One of the most popular motivations is cosmetic. Brand new windows have a huge impact on the overall look of a home, both on the inside and the outside. New windows can impr...Read More

Should you Buy a Resale or a New-Build?

By: Philip Hollett

Should you Buy a Resale or a New-Build?

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, TIPS FOR BUYING A HOME, process for BUYING a home, home BUYING tips, WHAT TO LOOK FOR WHEN BUYING A HOUSE

If you're thinking about buying a new home, you may be considering purchasing in a new development. How does that compare to purchasing a resale property? Buying a newly-built home has some advantages. Depending on the development, you may have leeway in the style of the home and the lot you choose. Also, when the home is built, you'll be moving into a place where everything is brand new...Read More

Stay or Move? 5 Questions that Help you Decide

By: Philip Hollett

Stay or Move? 5 Questions that Help you Decide

Tags: Philip Hollett, real estate, waterdown realtor, burlington realtor, oakville realtor, moving, moving tips, home selling PROCESS, home buying PROCESS

It can be tough to make the decision to sell. In fact, for many homeowners, it's overwhelming. If you're considering making a move and struggling with the decision, here are five helpful questions to ask yourselves: 1. "What are our practical reasons for selling?" This question refers to what you'll get by moving to a new home. The reasons could include a bigger backyard, sh...Read More

Budgeting for Moving Day Expenses

By: Philip Hollett

Budgeting for Moving Day Expenses

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, moving, moving expenses, tips to sell your home, process for selling a home, tips for selling your home, home selling tips, home buying process, tips for buying a home, home buying tips

On moving day, you'll have a big task. You’ll need to get your possessions from your old property to your new one — ideally without delays or damage! Surprisingly, many people underestimate the time and costs involved in doing that. Careful planning and budgeting are crucial to ensuring moving day goes smoothly. You basically have three options: 1. Hire a moving company to handle ...Read More

When You See a Home You Love

By: Philip Hollett

When You See a Home You Love

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, Waterdown Realtor, Burlington Realtor, Oakville Realtor, home ownership tips, buying a house, selling a house

Imagine driving through a desirable neighbourhood and, just as you turn a corner, you see the absolutely perfect home. Guess what? It's for sale! But, there’s a problem. Your current property isn't on the market. In fact, until this moment, you hadn’t seriously considered moving. So what do you do? Your first step is to find out more about the listing. Get a description of th...Read More

New Decking Options

By: Philip Hollett

New Decking Options

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When you decide it’s time to install or replace a deck surface, you may find there are more choices than you had expected. There are many new materials and installation options that have come to the market over just the past few years. For example, in addition to traditional wood decking, there are contemporary synthetic and composite materials that possess properties that are remarkably si...Read More

Getting the Home You Want in a Competitive Market

By: Philip Hollett

Getting the Home You Want in a Competitive Market

Tags: PHILIP HOLLETT, REALTOR, FINDING A REALTOR, BUYING A HOME, PROCESS FOR BUYING A HOME, PRICING A HOUSE, HOME BUYER HELP

Regardless of whether the overall housing market is up or down, there can be fierce competition when it comes to buying a home in a desirable neighbourhood. So, if you want to live in such an area, how do you gain an advantage? Here are some tips: • Schedule viewings of homes for sale in the neighbourhood as soon as they go on the market. Have you ever heard the expression, “The ...Read More