Burlington Ontario Real Estate Market Snapshot - June 2016

By: Philip Hollett

Burlington Ontario Real Estate Market Snapshot - June 2016

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Making your home critter proof

By: Philip Hollett

Making your home critter proof

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You may love animals, but with the exception of your family pets, you don’t want them in your home. Here are some tips for keeping the wildlife around your property where it belongs: outside.   Don’t place bird feeders too close to your windows. Doing so may cause birds to associate a window with food and therefore try to peck their way inside. Make sure window screens are sec...Read More

Do you have “recalled” products in your home?

By: Philip Hollett

Do you have “recalled” products in your home?

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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,...Read More

What buyers don't want to see in your backyard

By: Philip Hollett

What buyers don't want to see in your backyard

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When you put your home up for sale, you want it to look its best to potential buyers. That’s why you clean, tidy and de-clutter every room.   Some sellers, however, miss the backyard. You need to pay just as much attention to that space as you do to the interior of your home. The backyard is as important a living space as the family room. To some buyers, even more.   Buyers want to...Read More

Concerned about condensation on windows?

By: Philip Hollett

Concerned about condensation on windows?

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If you see a haze of condensation on your window, should you be concerned? Maybe. Maybe not. It depends on a number of factors.   First of all, an occasional build-up of condensation is normal and often the result of fluctuating humidity in the home. Usually, it’s nothing to worry about. If you’re using a humidifier, try adjusting the levels. If the humidity is being generated nat...Read More

Discovering that a home you like has “issues”

By: Philip Hollett

Discovering that a home you like has “issues”

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Say you’re viewing a home and are impressed with how it looks. The walls are freshly painted. Everything seems bright and new. You’re considering making an offer.   Then, while standing on a mat in the kitchen, you hear a squeak below your feet. You lift the mat and see that some tiles are broken. Obviously the mat was there to, literally, cover up that defect.   A few broken...Read More

By: Philip Hollett

Discovering that a home you like has “issues”

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How to quickly improve indoor air quality

By: Philip Hollett

How to quickly improve indoor air quality

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  There are many reasons why the air quality in your home may not be at its best. A faulty furnace or an old carpet are just two potential culprits. Until you get those issues addressed, how do you make your indoor air healthier — today?   Here are some ideas:   Check the furnace filter. This is one of the most overlooked maintenance items in the home. Any furnace repair p...Read More

How much should you budget for home maintenance?

By: Philip Hollett

How much should you budget for home maintenance?

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If you own a car, you know there’s more to the cost-of-ownership than just finance payments and gas. You also need to budget for maintenance and repairs. If your car is older, those costs are going to be higher. That’s just common sense.   The same is true of your home. It’s wise to budget for anticipated repairs and maintenance. Otherwise, you might be caught by surprise wh...Read More

The “3 Up” Strategy for Selling Your Home Quickly

By: Philip Hollett

The “3 Up” Strategy for Selling Your Home Quickly

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There are many reasons why you may need to sell your home quickly: a sudden job relocation; a change in family situation; or perhaps an opportunity to purchase a new home that you just can’t pass up.   Whatever the reason, this strategy will help when you need to sell fast. It’s called the “3 Up” strategy.   Fix it up. Clean it up. Spruce it up.   Firs...Read More