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Is Your Home Ready To Sell?

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Is Your Home Ready To Sell?

When listing your home to sell, make sure it looks it’s best to get the best price!  Here is a checklist from howrealtorshelp.ca to help you do that.  You can also read my blog on Interior  & Exterior Home Staging for more ideas to get your home ready to sell.

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For more tips on selling your property in Red Deer or Central Alberta, contact me or visit my website!

What To Look For When House Hunting

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

What To Look For When House Hunting!

House hunting is exciting!  It is good to know what you are looking for, for your sake and for your Realtor’s®, that way I can help you find the best match for your WANTS and NEEDS!  What you WANT as well as what you NEED!  Obviously NEEDS come before WANTS, but if you are clear on what both are, I will do my best to include all of them in the houses/properties you look at.

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Here is a checklist from howrealtorshelp.ca to use when house hunting to help you remember each property and to help you figure out your WANTS and NEEDS.  

Contact me or visit my website for information on properties in Red Deer & Central Alberta!

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Moving In in Red Deer/Central Alberta: A Checklist by Shantel Campbell

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

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Moving In in Red Deer/Central Alberta: A Checklist by Shantel Campbell

Plan to have your moving day off

Mail Keys: If the previous owners did not leave the mail keys &/or location of mail box, you can contact Canada Post online: http://bit.ly/1slHRtI.   They will leave a Delivery Notice Card on your front door indicating the Post Office where you can pick up your keys.  When you pick up your keys, bring the Delivery Notice Card and government-issued photo identification.

Change of Address/Mail Forwarding: http://bit.ly/1kMb7oL

Change Your Address:

  • car/house/health insurance

  • bank

  • drivers license/registration

  • credit card

  • school

  • magazine subscriptions

  • government

  • doctor/dentist

  • provide important contacts with your new address: Employers, Family & Friends, Attorney, Accountant, Others

Have Utilities or Services set up/switched over for move in day:

  • natural gas: Enmax 310-2020 or Direct Energy 1-866-374-6299

  • electricity: Enmax 310-2020 or Direct Energy 1-866-374-6299

  • water/garbage/recycle: City of Red Deer Utility Billing Service Centre 403-342-8203

  • phone: Telus 310-CALL

  • tv/internet: Shaw 1-888-472-2222 For current Shaw deals, call Stacy Pickard 403-392-4518 (Ex. New Customer Rate or Existing Customer 1 Free month)

  • satellite: Bell 1-888-759-3474

  • alarm company

  • homeowners insurance: Gary Wilmer w/ Ing & McKee 403-346-5547

  • Switch services for your old place to your new place: Newspaper, House Cleaning, Lawn, Pool, Water Delivery

Confirm date, time and address(es) with moving company 1-2 days before

Call your lawyer 1-2 weeks before possession to make sure everything is good to go

For more great information about buying and/or selling, contact me or check out my website

 

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Moving Out: in Red Deer/Central Alberta: A Checklist by Shantel Campbell

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

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Moving Out in Red Deer/Central Alberta: A Checklist by Shantel Campbell

Plan to have your moving day off

Have everything packed before moving day, except the last few things you need to leave out

Leave mail keys and location of mail box

Leave garage door openers

Leave extra house keys

Leave note as to garbage and recycling pick up day

Leave your contact info for new residents to forward mail

Change of Address/Mail Forwarding: http://bit.ly/1kMb7oL

Change Your Address:

  • car/house insurance

  • bank

  • drivers license/registration

  • credit card

  • school

  • magazine subscriptions

  • government

  • doctor/dentist

  • kids school(s), register at new school if need be

  • provide important contacts with your new address: Employers, Family & Friends, Attorney, Accountant, Others

Have Utilities or Services set up/switched over for move in day:

  • natural gas: Enmax 310-2020 or Direct Energy 1-866-374-6299

  • electricity: Enmax 310-2020 or Direct Energy 1-866-374-6299

  • water/garbage/recycle: City of Red Deer Utility Billing Service Centre 403-342-8203

  • phone: Telus 310-CALL

  • tv/internet: Shaw 1-888-472-2222

  • satellite: Bell 1-888-759-3474

  • alarm company

  • homeowners insurance: Gary Wilmer w/ Ing & McKee 403-346-5547

  • Switch services for your old place to your new place: Newspaper, House Cleaning, Lawn, Pool, Water Delivery

Call your lawyer 1-2 weeks before possession to make sure everything is good to go

Confirm date, time and address(es) with moving company 1-2 days before

Call a cleaning company if you will not be able to do a thorough job yourself. Contact me for recommendations.

For more great information about buying and/or selling, contact me or check out my website

 

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Exterior Home Staging: A Checklist To Prepare Your Home For Sale: Improving Your Home’s Saleability

Tuesday, May 6th, 2014

Exterior Home Staging: A Checklist To Prepare Your Home For Sale: Improving Your Home’s Saleability

 

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Front Door

  • Replace or repaint worn front door to create a good impression.
  • Polish or add brass knocker.
  • Make sure front door has a working peephole.
  • Check doorbell and repair or replace as necessary.
  • Replace worn mailbox.
  • Make sure house number is clearly visible and attractive.
  • Polish, repair and/or replace all door handles and locks.  Make sure all outside doors have deadbolts or other safety locks.

 

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Lawn

  • Mow lawn, remove all weed and water regularly.
  • Use a good quality lawn food to make grass healthy and ammonia sulfate (available at garden or hardware store) to bring out the green.  Reseed or resod thin or brown lawn.
  • Cut grass back from edge of house as well as from plants and trees.
  • Trim edges by fences, walls, walkways, sidewalk, driveway and around plants, hedges and trees.
  • Remove all children’s toys, garden tools and hoses.
  • Repair loose or broken fences, or cracked or loose retaining walls.
  • Clean up after pets.

 

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Trees/Shrubs/Gardens

  • Remove all dead limbs.
  • Remove and/or replace dead trees or shrubs.  You can also use potted plants in yard and them take them along with you when you move.
  • Trim shrubs.
  • Remove overhanging or intruding limbs from walkways, gutters and utility lines.  Cut limbs from neighbouring yards.
  • Spray for insect infestations.
  • Trim all vines or other growths from fences.

 

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Terraces/Porches/Decks

  • Remove debris from all surfaces.
  • Clear storage areas.
  • Restain, repaint or seal all wooden decks.
  • Check and secure all railings.
  • Clear all spider webs and insect nests.
  • Wash entire area.
  • Resurface stained or worn areas.  Repair all cracks.

 

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Driveways/Walkways

  • Remove snow from driveway and all walkways in winter
  • Resurface stained or cracked areas.
  • Patch all holes.
  • Seal all asphalt.
  • Replace thin gravel areas.

 

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House Exterior

  • Repaint or reshingle if necessary.
  • Check all shutters and awnings.  Tighten if loose or replace if worn.
  • Clean out gutters and downspouts.  Repair or replace if necessary.
  • Check, repair and replace flashings, vents, chimneys, stacks and skylights.
  • Check, repair and replace exterior lighting as necessary.  Use bright bulbs.
  • Paint all railings.
  • Repair cracks in foundation, walls and steps.
  • Clear leaves, snow, ice or other debris from walkways and porches.
  • Replace worn trashcans.

Contact me for more tips!

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Interior Home Staging: A Checklist To Prepare Your Home For Sale: Improving Your Home’s Saleability

Thursday, May 1st, 2014

Interior Home Staging: A Checklist To Prepare Your Home For Sale: Improving Your Home’s Saleability

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Living Room

  • Rearrange furniture to enhance the room’s appearance.
  • Remove all excess furniture or rugs on top of rugs.
  • Review colour scheme of walls, drapery, carpets and furniture.  If the room is too dark, repaint the walls, add brighter wallpaper, replace dark paneling or install lighter carpets and drapes.
  • Remove magazines, books and other personal items from surfaces.
  • Clean carpeting, mop and wax or vacuum all floors and dust furniture.
  • Make sure all walls are clean and free from holes and dents.  If necessary, use spackling compound for dent and holes before painting.
  • Rearrange bookshelves and knickknacks to enhance the room’s overall impression.

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Kitchen

  • Rearrange pantry and cupboards to create a neat and orderly appearance.
  • Clean all appliances and sinks.
  • Place new burner plates under the burners of stove.
  • Clean or patch grouting between tiles and replace missing or cracked tiles.
  • Use porcelain repair products to fix chipped porcelain on sinks and appliances.
  • Polish faucets and faucet handles.  Buy replacement faucet knobs if necessary.
  • Make sure all appliances are in proper working order.
  • Remove all garbage.
  • Check oven to ensure that all vents are clear of grease and odours.  Clean or replace filters, ventilation and exhaust fan.
  • Replace low-wattage light bulbs to make the room as bright as possible.  For very dark kitchens, install track lighting.
  • Paint cabinets or install new ones.
  • Replace older cabinet handles.

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Dining Room

  • Thoroughly clean dining room table.  Revarnish the surface if necessary.
  • Repair worn upholstery on chairs.
  • Clean glass in china cabinet and polish china and silver on display.

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Bathrooms

  • Check tiles.  Replace all that are worn or chipped.
  • Replace floors worn by water damage.
  • Caulk and grout tile joints.
  • Remove all grime, water stains and mildew.
  • Thoroughly clean all surfaces.
  • Repair all leaky faucets and shower heads.
  • Polish faucets and faucet handles.  Buy replacement faucet knobs in necessary.
  • Clear counter tops and rearrange cabinets inside to create a neat and orderly appearance.
  • Clean and rearrange medicine cabinet.  Remove clutter.
  • Put out fresh towels, including a guest towel.
  • Check strength and condition of all towel racks.  Tighten loose racks.
  • Replace worn shower or bath curtains.
  • Install bright light bulbs.
  • Check exhaust fan.  Repair if in poor condition.  Clean vent openings.

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Bedrooms

  • Rearrange furniture to improve impression
  • Remove excess furniture: no more than one double/queen/king bed or more than two twin beds per room, or extra chairs, dressers or night stands.
  • Make all beds and wash all bed coverings and replace if worn.
  • Remove loose or extra toys and clutter from children’s rooms.
  • Clean all carpets, floors and drapes.  Leave drapes open to brighten rooms.
  • Replace burned out or low-wattage light bulbs.
  • Clean night stands and side table surfaces.
  • Remove personal items and clothing from all surfaces.

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Closets

  • Install lights where needed.
  • Rearrange storage areas and remove clutter.
  • Rearrange clothing to create an orderly, roomy impression and pack away excess or out-of-season clothing to give a spacious appearance.
  • Repaint inside surfaces if needed to make closets as bright as possible.
  • For smaller closets, install shelves to increase storage space.

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Garage/Basement/Attic/Utility/Laundry Rooms

  • Rearrange storage areas and remove clutter.
  • Clean floors, removing oil stains and dirt.
  • Sweep the entire area.
  • Clear workshop area and store all tools and equipment.
  • Remove all spider webs, lint and dirt.
  • Make sure all openings to outside are screened or vented.
  • Check washer and dryer, clean filters and call service company for required maintenance.
  • Clean appliance surfaces.
  • Remove all laundry.
  • Repair sagging beams as needed.
  • Check for water damage, make needed repairs.
  • Investigate musty odours or smell of gas and make necessary repairs.
  • Repair broken lights.
  • Inspect air conditioning, furnace and water heater for maximum safety and energy efficiency.  Replace filters and maintain as needed.
  • Check insulation and repair or replace as necessary.

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Living Areas

  • Repaint when wall or ceiling conditions are poor, or previous paint is faded or too dark.  Paint in white, beige or light pastels.
  • Remove wallpaper that is too bold, outdated or damaged.  Replace with neutral paint or subtle, tasteful and neutral prints so that colour scheme coordinates throughout the house.
  • Replace loose, shifted or deteriorated sheetrock or panels.  Repair all cracks and holes.
  • Clean all walls and mouldings.
  • Wash all windows and replace broken panes.  Also replace all cut or rusted screens.
  • Check all windows for alignment and ease of operation.  Repair so they work freely.
  • Check window mouldings and weather stripping, and repair for water damage and age.
  • Clean and check all draperies and repair or replace as necessary.
  • Clean and wax exposed floors.
  • Repair creaking or loose floorboards.
  • Repair loose steps, and check stairs for loose handrails, treads or posts.
  • Clean carpets or replace old, worn carpets or rugs.
  • Check all doors.  Oil to eliminate noises, tighten knobs and hinges and ensure that all doors shut and/or lock properly.
  • Replace all broken light bulbs, cracked lighting fixtures or old switches and plates.
  • Repair all inoperative electrical outlets and plugs.
  • Polish all brass, chrome or glass surfaces.
  • Make sure all smoke alarms and burglar alarms are functioning properly and add or replace them as necessary.
  • Keep fresh flowers on display.
  • Open windows before showing home to air it out.
  • Eliminate all odours with a pleasant air freshener.
  • Remove pet bedding, food and water dishes, and litter boxes.

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Contact me for more tips!

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