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Archive for May, 2012

I LOVE REFERRALS!!!!

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

I love my job and the business of Real Estate. Please do not hesitate to refer clients, friends, family to me at any time. I am ALWAYS available to chat and to answer any questions!!! And don’t forget every referral earns a reward!!!! I take great pride and care in finding the perfect place for all my clients and their loved ones!!

Spring Has Sprung!!!!

Wednesday, May 9th, 2012

Thinking of selling or buying a new home?  Contact me for your free evaluation…..TODAY!!!!!!

I have clients currently searching for a property just like yours!

To Renovate, Or Not To Renovate….

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012

This is the question whether you are planning on selling a property, doing some work to a current property, or simply looking to increase the value of your home by updating the esthetics. All in all, there are some important things to consider. Your realtor is a great resource and professional to advise you on these matters, so always refer to him/her if you find yourself at odds with this situation!!!

It is a wildly popular misconception that renovations will pay for themselves. In fact, you will never get 100% of your renovation cost back. Basements, kitchens and bathrooms are among the top ranking rooms grossing the highest return. This being said, you still only garner a portion of your money spent which makes it extrememly important to carefully plan a budget for materials, time and labour if you plan to hire out. Things like replacing your furnace, windows and shingles are extremely important when dealing with older properties and planning for energy efficience down the road. Additionally this will save you thousands of dollars in utility bills, and not to mention the selling features these provide.

Consider your property also – if you have an undesirable location or floor plan, this cannot be changed. Therefore, is it worth the amount you will spend when the value of your property will not be signifigantly raised. You could instead opt to list for a slightly lower price and save yourself money, time and potential hassle. Or, perhaps just some inexpensive flooring, paint and baseboards to liven up the rooms instead.  If you are in a condo, your reno’s may not be condusive to the outside of the building which cannot be changed and may not raise your asking price because of the shell the unit is in.

However, if you are designing for yourself only without any plans to resell, the sky is the limit! But be forwarned, renovations are never as easy as they look, have a tendancy to be costly and very disruptive to your home enviornment. Consider the type of family you’re raising in the moment,  pets, work schedule and patience (lol) for the length and type of project you’re planning.

If you are going to do the work yourself, ensure you obtain all the proper permits required as this can become a problem post sale when they are missing. Decks, basements, electrical and many other renovations to the structure of a property need to be properly permitted and you can obtain more information from your local city office regarding the cost of each permit, and which reno’s require them.

For more information on renovations, approximate renovation costs and return, or a pre listing consultation, please feel free to contact me directly at any time :).

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