December 2014

There are 7 blog entries for December 2014.

It's almost a new year and now is a great time to take stock of your household to make sure everything is functioning properly, make necessary repairs, and plan for upgrades or improvements. Not only can it help to boost your home value but it can also help to prevent any emergencies. We've listed some areas you'll want to check in the new year so you can have peace of mind.

HVAC
Your home's HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) gets heavy use during winter and summer months. You need to replace disposable filters or wash permanent ones on a regular basis during peak seasons. Now is also a good time to inspect and vacuum all heat vents, especially vents that are located on the floor, because they are susceptible to collecting dirt, dust, pet

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In my experience, the majority of home buyers want to leave the negotiating table with a feeling of having paid a favorable price for the home they buy; as they should, given the scope of the purchase they are making. But for some, the sport of shopping for the best deal becomes paralyzing for the buyer whose focus is more on getting a good deal than the right property. Adding to the confusion, many of the price shoppers who hope to achieve wholesale value by using a retail buying process will be in for a much longer and more painful process because their actions are inconsistent with the desired intent.

If you want to get wet, stand in the rain!

The buyer that hopes to find a great deal should be rewarded for their patience and restraint. Being

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Imagine that you’re going to an open house and as you try to walk through and view the rooms you’re greeted by a couple kids running and screaming down the hallway, one jumping on a bed, and a man and woman yelling to each other from separate rooms. It doesn’t sound like a very pleasant experience does it? Yet it happens. Open houses are a great opportunity to view a home on your own without having to make an appointment but don’t be the people who annoy everyone else. Here are a few rules of good behaviour for an open house.

1. Sign in please. Many people think a sign in sheet is just a ploy to get marketing information. It’s actually a very important for the realtor to show how the open house went as well as a security measure for the home owner. A

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“We’re not home this afternoon but feel free to come in and look through all the closets.”

Would you post this online or put a big sign like this in your front yard? Of course you wouldn’t! But this is what happens at an open house when you are trying to sell your home. Strangers walk into your home, through every room and poke through all of your closets, cabinets and drawers. It probably isn’t necessary to be extremely concerned about security but you also don’t want to leave temptations around either.

Before your open house, walk through each room and be sure that there is nothing of value that can be easily picked up and dropped in a pocket or bag. The usual targets are jewelry boxes, medicine cabinets, desks, and little gadgets lying around.

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House fires can happen anytime of year but they are even more likely during this time of year with fireplaces, heaters and holiday lights in heavy use. You want to protect your loved ones as well as your home so it’s important to be fire conscious to prevent a fire from ever starting. We’ve compiled a few tips for you that will help to keep your family safer and decrease your chances of experiencing the horrible tragedy of a fire.

KITCHEN
Periodically check small appliances for damaged electrical cords, especially if they are old. The cords can wear out over years of use and form cracks exposing wires or even breaking them. If you see a damaged cord, throw the appliance out and buy a new one. Never try to fix a damaged electrical cord.

Try to use

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Carpet is a soft, cozy, and practical flooring solution. It insulates better than other flooring which can help reduce energy bills but it’s also durable and non-slip. With so many carpet choices out there, it can be confusing about how to choose the best one for you and your space. We have some tips that should help you in your search for the perfect carpet.

1. Look for dense pile carpet. Closely spaced yarns is a sign of quality and the denser the fibers the more durable the carpet will be. Pile density ratings range from 1000 to 6000 and the optimal density for normal household use is a density value of 3000.

2. If anyone in your home has allergies, wool is the best fiber option for carpet. Unfortunately, it’s also the most expensive option. If

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The holiday season is upon us and you’ve probably started decorating your home and shopping for gifts already but we wanted to give you some tips that will not only protect your home and possessions but your family too. We want everyone to stay safe this holiday season!

Light Safety
1. Make sure you carefully inspect strings of lights for any breaks in the line, cracked holders or frayed cord ends. Your better off throwing out an old set and buying new than risking a fire.
2. Turn your holiday lights off whenever you leave the house or go to bed. Lights shouldn’t be left unattended when they are on.
3. Look for a certification mark on lights from an accredited organization such as UL, ELT, or CSA International. These products will meet the safety

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