Is Getting into your Dream Neighbourhood Doable?

By: Philip Hollett

Is Getting into your Dream Neighbourhood Doable?

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, burlington realtor, waterdown realtor, oakville realtor

Is there a neighbourhood you drive through occasionally and think, “Wow. I’d love to live here. What a fantastic area”? Why don’t you take that thought any further? Maybe you think getting into that neighbourhood just isn’t doable – at least, not right now. Perhaps you’re worried about the home prices or the current lack of homes for sale in that area. M...Read More

Pulling together the records you need when selling

By: Philip Hollett

Pulling together the records you need when selling

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, Burlington Realtor, Waterdown Realtor, Oakville Realtor, tips to sell your home, process for selling a home, home selling tips

Imagine you’re viewing a home for sale. You venture to the basement, check out the furnace room, and notice the water heater. Is it owned or rented? As a potential buyer, you’d want to know.    Now imagine a property you’re viewing has a brand-new gas fireplace. Nice! Is it under warranty? Is that warranty transferrable to you if you buy the home? Again, you’d wa...Read More

Kitchen Improvements for a few hundred dollars

By: Philip Hollett

Kitchen Improvements for a few hundred dollars

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, Waterdown Realtor, Burlington Realtor, Oakville Realtor, home ownership tips, kitchen ideas, low budget updates

Is it really possible to improve your kitchen’s look for about the cost of a gourmet dinner with the family?   Obviously, you’re not going to be able to do anything major, such as replace the cabinets within that budget. But there are many surprisingly low-budget ways to spruce up the kitchen. Here are a few ideas:    • Do you have old cabinets? You’d be sur...Read More

When You Can’t Paint Them All: Prioritizing Rooms

By: Philip Hollett

When You Can’t Paint Them All: Prioritizing Rooms

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, Waterdown Realtor, Burlington Realtor, Oakville Realtor, home ownership tips, moving, selling my home, painting, decorating

As you may know, a fresh coat of paint is an inexpensive way to make your home look great to buyers. But, what if you don’t have time to paint the entire place? Here are three areas you should prioritize—and one you can potentially ignore.  1. Rooms with bold colours  A red bedroom and orange walk-in closet likely won’t appeal to everyone! Replacing personalized colour...Read More

Will You Need to Lower your Price to Sell your Home Quickly?

By: Philip Hollett

Will You Need to Lower your Price to Sell your Home Quickly?

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, 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

If you want to sell an item quickly—say, a couch—you can post it online, stick a super-low price tag on it and, chances are, it will be gone by the end of the day.  So it’s understandable that some people think the same thing applies when selling a home. Indeed, if you need to sell your property quickly, you might assume that setting a low listing price is the best way to m...Read More

Easy Ways to Keep your Home Ready FOR SHOWINGS when Selling

By: Philip Hollett

Easy Ways to Keep your Home Ready FOR SHOWINGS when Selling

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, 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

After your home has been cleaned from top to bottom, it’s natural to want it to stay that way. Don’t you wish you could just wave a magic wand and the place would clean itself? Unfortunately, even Harry Potter can’t manage that!    However, when you’re preparing your property for sale, you really do need to keep it clean and ready for showings. There are several ...Read More

Cleaning tips for instantly improving curb appeal

By: Philip Hollett

Cleaning tips for instantly improving curb appeal

Tags: Philip Hollett, realtor, home ownership tips, improving curb appeal, outside cleaning tips

As you may know, curb appeal refers to how your property looks from the street, where potential buyers first see it. Your home’s curb appeal can have a big impact on the sale of your property. In fact, it's not uncommon for a buyer to drive by a listing, rather than stop, because they don't like what they see.  So, how can you improve your home's curb appeal quickly? One wa...Read More

4 Tips to Make Your home Renovation a Success

By: Philip Hollett

4 Tips to Make Your home Renovation a Success

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, home ownership tips, home renovation, home improvement, increase home value, DIY, hire a contractor

If you plan to update your home with a significant renovation, be sure you are investing in the right upgrades. There is an assumption that the money you invest in a renovation will be fully returned to you if you sell the property. That is not always the case. Here are 4 tips that can help make your home renovation a success. #1 - Understand the reasons why you are renovating Do you want to inc...Read More

Decking Options

By: Philip Hollett

Decking Options

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, home ownership tips, decking options, backyard improvement, home improvement

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

Why emotions can get in the way of selling

By: Philip Hollett

Why emotions can get in the way of selling

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, 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

Like most homeowners, you probably don’t think of your property as just a building with rooms and a backyard. To you, it’s much more than that. It’s a home. When you walk into your dining room, for example, you don’t merely see the table and chairs. You see memories. You recall laughter with family and friends. It’s emotional. That’s what a home is all about. ...Read More

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