FALL Maintenance Checklist For Homeowners

Check exterior finishes for damage

Check garage door tracks, weather stripping and lubricate bearings

Check caulking for air and water leaks

Check fireplace and chimney inside and out

Check basement and crawl spaces for moisture or cracks

Check clothes dryer duct (should not use plastic) and vent

Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)

Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Check windows and screens

Shut off exterior water supply, drain lines and remove hoses

Check roof including shingles, flashing and vents

Winterize landscaping and remove leaves

Clean furnace filter and HRV filter (yes the air exchanger has filters)

Check eavestroughs and downspouts

Clean humidifier

Check attic for leaks and signs of animals


Top 7 Reasons Why Fall Is A Great Time To Buy A House

You might have heard that spring is the best time to buy a house. But if you aren’t in a rush and can wait until later in the season, you’ll find quite a few benefits to buying a home in the fall. Here are our top 7 reasons why fall is a really great time of year to buy a home.

Less Pressure
Even if you’ve done it before, buying a house is a big deal. It’s a huge investment and there are so many important decisions to be made. In the spring houses move quickly, and that means you might have to make snap decisions you aren’t fully comfortable with. In the fall, you’ll have more time to decide if a property is really right for you.

Less Competition
It can be daunting to attend an open house for a home you really love only to discover that a lot of other people really love it too. In the spring, the fierce competition for the best properties can be both stressful and frustrating. In the fall, all those eager spring buyers are off the market, and you won’t have to worry about fighting the crowds for your dream home.

Sellers are More Motivated in the Fall
Sometimes when a home comes up for sale in the fall it’s because the seller has a time-sensitive reason to move. Or maybe the house has been on the market all summer and the seller is now getting anxious. Whatever the scenario, homeowners are often eager to unload their property at the end of the summer and will be open to offers.

Flexibility on Moving Dates
When there’s less competition, buyers are often able to negotiate better terms for their move. A more suitable closing date is just one of the areas sellers may be willing to compromise on when they aren’t sorting through multiple offers. A higher availability of movers means you’ll have your choice of moving dates. You’ll also find less competition when it comes to scheduling inspectors and contractors. So, any necessary permits or work that might need to be done before the move can go off without a hitch.

More Attention from Agents
Because real estate agents are in such high demand in the spring and summer, they have to find ways to divide their time between multiple clients. In the fall, your real estate agent will have more time to devote specifically to you.

Fall Weather is Better for Moving
Let’s face it, moving in the summer or winter is not fun. In the summer, high temperatures can cause short tempers. When you move in the winter you have to deal with snow, ice and dangerous conditions. But in the fall, you get clear, crisp days that are not too hot or too cold. AKA perfect moving weather.

Better Views of the Exterior
Beautiful landscaping is one of the perks of selling a home in the summer. But as a buyer, viewing a home at the end of the season has its advantages. When all the plants have died off, you’ll get the best look at the exterior of the house and the bones of the property.

With all these factors working in your favour, it’s a little surprising everyone doesn’t buy a house in the fall! Contact me today to get undivided attention to help you find your new home.

Steven Burrows

Sales Representative
Right At Home Realty Inc., Broker



10 Budget-Friendly Improvement Tips to Increase Your Home’s Market Value 


Renovating your home will increase its value and make it a nicer place for you to live. But many people don't have the money to spend on expensive housing upgrades. Here is a few budget-friendly projects to add beauty, value and selling appeal to your home.Painting Helps

1.Give your kitchen a facelift 
The kitchen is the heart of any home, so spend a few hundred dollars to spice it up. You can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles, and update old lighting fixtures. If you have a dark or small kitchen, make it look larger and brighter by using a lighter finish on the cabinets.

If the kitchen countertop is outdated, consider using a Laminate countertop. They are inexpensive and come in all types of colours and patterns, some of which resemble much more expensive solid surface materials, such as stone or tile.

2. Liven up the bathroom
Buy "expensive-looking" hardware for taps and showers and get a sophisticated new look without cleaning out your wallet. Like in the kitchen, soft lighting and warm colours here can go a long way in increasing home value. Add vases and plants as design elements and make sure vanity mirrors are at an accessible height for every member of the family.

If your bathroom requires any plumbing or electrical fixing, get a professional to do it.

3. Add a fresh coat of paint 
New paint makes everything look clean and bright, and you can do it yourself relatively inexpensively on interior walls.

Paint with a neutral colour such as beige. It will make the house seem larger, and it will be inoffensive to buyers. And don't forget the ceiling. Paint the trim a contrasting colour.

4. Add wood trim and cornicing
These are cheap and easy do it yourself, but can add tons of "WOW" factor to the look of your home. Simple ceiling trim and armchair railing are the easiest and most typical upgrades found in newer homes.

To make an even bolder statement, paint the walls a neutral, flat colour and paint the trim a high gloss white.

5. Consider your flooring options
If your home has hardwood floors covered with carpeting, consider restoring the original hardwood floors, particularly if the carpeting is old and worn.

If not, you can shampoo or steam clean your carpets, or use a dry cleaning system, which requires no water or steamer, and dries instantly while killing virtually all mold and bacteria. Apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and then vacuum. If all else fails, get a professional to do the carpets for you. You'd be surprised how much better your carpet will look after a good cleaning.

6. Enhance the lighting
Consider replacing the dining room lights with an eye-catching chandelier. Create a comfortable ambience with recessed lighting that is controlled with dimmer switches to provide the appropriate amount of light for different activities.

Use indirect lighting focused away from television and computer screens to reduce eyestrain.

7. Install modern light switches and outlets
Some of the new style switches can be easily installed using the wires already running to the old switches. Turn off the power to the room or entire house before doing any work. The new outlets look nice, and give the impression that the electrical wiring in the house is newer than it really is.

8. Create more storage
Extra storage is always a plus. You don't need to renovate to add more storage space, you can create more space for free and without remodelling your home! Revamping your existing closets can do the job.

Many old houses lack closet space. If you have cramped storage areas, add do-it-yourself wire and laminate closet systems to bedrooms.

Make your closets serve a variety of purposes. Try adding a shelving unit to a clothes closet where you can store pantry goods and other items.

9. Reframe your front entry
The front door is the statement that you make in your house, and a front door in need of work gives a wrong first impression.

Refinish the front door with a new coat of paint. Replace that worn, flimsy little knob on your main entry door with a more substantial-looking handle-and-lock set. A nice, big piece of hardware signals newcomers that this is a solid home.

While you are preparing the door for the finish coat, be sure to check the weather stripping for damage. With soaring energy costs, adding some new weather stripping can quickly pay you back in utility savings.
Placing planters on either side of the front door will also enhance the image of your entry.

10. Landscape the front yard
A nicely mowed lawn, a few well-placed shrubs and a swept walkway make a great first impression. Get your green thumb on, install some new sod, plant a few evergreen shrubs, and give your front yard a good cleanup. This will draw attention to your home and change people's perception of your home.

Today, there are dozens of choices of plant materials that can add colour and style to your front yard. Stop by your local landscaping centre — they'll have dozens of ideas for you.
Ready to renovate but on a tight budget? Spend money on what can be seen versus what can't be seen. Think new door handles, not new doors, and spiffed-up appliance fronts, not new appliances. Fix up the exterior first, then the interior.

If you put some of these tips in action, you will boost your home's value and live happily ever after in your dream home. Enjoy!


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“A home is a house brought to life.”

How do you make your house your own?

The answer is different for everyone.

What is universal is that when we buy real estate, we’re really adopting a particular lifestyle as well.

That’s what makes buying and selling real estate such a difficult, complicated process... and in the end such an enjoyable, satisfying one.

I can provide insight into every aspect of real estate, but also into the often-overlooked aspect of the transaction: adjusting to your new home.

I’ve provided a few helpful hints and reports that I thought you might find useful.

When you call me to represent you, know that the business aspect of your transaction will be treated with the utmost importance... but that the human element will never be forgotten.

I look forward to chatting,

Steven Burrows

Sales Representative
Right At Home Realty Inc., Broker
Page Me: 905-338-3721
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