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

What's your home worth in today's market?

By: Philip Hollett

What's your home worth in today's market?

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 own a stock, you can probably go online and quickly look up its current value.   What about your home? That, too, is an important investment and probably your most valuable one. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could “look up” its current value in just a few minutes?   Well, despite all the real estate data available on the internet these days, there is no site that...Read More

How to create a functional workspace in your home

By: Philip Hollett

How to create a functional workspace in your home

Tags: Philip Hollett, realtor, home ownership tips, home office, functional home office, working from home

As more and more people have to work from home, the planning of home offices has become increasingly significant. There are many ways of creating office space and realizing a space that is a pleasure to use.   Perhaps one of the first points to consider is where to place your office. Your work may require privacy and your home office might get in the way of family living, especially now tha...Read More

3 Simple Ways to Find Out What a Neighbourhood is Like

By: Philip Hollett

3 Simple Ways to Find Out What a Neighbourhood is Like

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, TIPS FOR BUYING A HOME, process for BUYING a home, home BUYING tips, love where you live, getting to know the neighbourhood

When you’re shopping for a new home, you’re not just buying a property, you’re also “buying” into the neighbourhood. So, it’s a smart idea to get to know the neighbourhood before you consider purchasing a home.  There are many ways to do that. Here are the easiest three:  1. Check MLS. The Multiple Listing Service system provides a wealth of informat...Read More

Buying the Home Everybody Wants

By: Philip Hollett

Buying the Home Everybody Wants

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, TIPS FOR BUYING A HOME, process for BUYING a home, home BUYING tips, competitive offer, real estate market, making an offer

When you’re shopping for a home, you may become interested in a property for sale that someone else is also considering. In fact, there may be several other buyers entertaining the idea of making an offer. In such a competitive situation, what should you do if you really love that home? Obviously, you’ll need to move quickly and make some fast decisions. Start by making certain the ...Read More

Game Plan for Selling Before September

By: Philip Hollett

Game Plan for Selling Before September

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

Traditionally, the real estate market picks up in the spring and summer. Why? Because many people want to buy a home and get into it by September. So, if you’re thinking of selling this year, you might consider taking advantage of this demand.  There are basically three steps you need in your “sell by September” game plan.  1. Find out the current market value of your...Read More

Front Walkway Improvements that Boost Curb Appeal

By: Philip Hollett

Front Walkway Improvements that Boost Curb Appeal

Tags: Philip Hollett, Realtor, homeownership tips, DIY, boosting curb appeal

Your front walkway is one of the first sections of real estate a buyer will set foot on when coming to see your home. So, it makes sense to make that pathway to your front door as appealing as possible. The obvious way is to make it as clean and clear as you can. Ensure there are no obstacles in the way, such as overhanging branches, kid's toys, or potted plants. What you want is a clear, uno...Read More

Buying a Home that Needs Some Work

By: Philip Hollett

Buying a Home that Needs Some Work

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

When you’re shopping for a new home, you probably want the property to be as “move in ready” as possible. That way, you can... well... just move in! However, there might be quite a few fantastic properties on the market that need some work. For example, you might see a home that has everything you need, but the kitchen is long overdue for a renovation. Or, you might view a prope...Read More

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