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Top 12 Things to Pack Last

It's time to pack up your rental apartment and move to your new Edmonton home. Here's a helpful list of 12 items to pack last and keep handy (a.k.a. they're the things you'll need to get to first and frequently)

  1. Extension cords, batteries, everything's electric these days it seems. Computers, CD players, smart phone, all those little gizmos you just can't seem to live without. So it just makes sense to keep that extension cord or pack of new batteries right on top within reach.Packing boxes to move into your new Edmonton home image
  2. Tools. We're talking hammers and screwdrivers, nails & screws, scotch tape, duct tape and especially a tape measure. A good multi tool wouldn't hurt, either. Will be handy for assemling those beds.
  3. Dehydration is a sneaky beast, so be prepared. A bottle opener and glasses. Thirst always seems to come first, particularly if you have to lug that stuff around. Make sure you have enough for your moving crew, too! (great way to "brib" them as they are moving your stuff).
  4. Snack, pizza or fast food coupons. You're going to work up a hunger so think about treating yourself to a quick bite or a night out to your favourite fast food joint. Again, make sure you have enough food for the moving crew/friends!
  5. Address book or important contacts on your smartphone. Keep those important telephone numbers handy.
  6. Cell phone or regular landline telephone to plug in - put these within easy reach. There's is always potential for an emergency call.
  7. Sufficient cash. If you are opening a new bank account, you may have to wait for your first check to clear. Traveller's checks wouldn't hurt, either. Usually your debit card would work.
    Alarm clock to wake you up for work in your new Edmonton job image
  8. Copy of your lease & personal ID such as driver's license. Speaking of banking, if you are starting a new checking account (or applying for utilities service), you'll need proof of your new address. Ask your bank if they would accepted your purchase contract.
  9. Cleaning materials. Paper towels, broom & dustpan, mop, bucket, garbage bags, etc. Accidents do happen. Oh yes, don't forget some toilet paper, soap & hand towel.
  10. Extra light bulbs as you may have some burnt out bulbs, a small lamp (perhaps a flashlight). It may be dark when you move in.
  11. Alarm clock. You don't want to miss your first day of work, do you? Nowadays, your smartphone will be a great substitute.
  12. Box cutter. Don't pack that tool as it's the first thing you need to open your boxes.

If you can add anything to this list, please let us know thru our contact page or comment below.

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10 Tips Before Listing Your Edmonton Property

If you’re thinking of listing to sell your Edmonton home and take advantage of our 2018 spring market, then now’s the time to get it in shape. Here are ten tips you can do to maximize its perceived value.

 

Edmonton home professionally staged and ready for sale image

 

1. Talk to a REALTOR® (us please). Even if you feel that your home is in perfect condition, it’s a good idea to have a professional REALTOR® team look at your property. They may suggest simple changes or repairs that could help you sell your home quicker.

 

2. Crank up the curb appeal. Make sure when potential buyers pull up in front of your house they like what they see. Touch up exterior paint and tidy up your garden, cut your grass, etc. Of course, weather permitting so shovel the snow if (God forbid) we get snow when you are on the market.  First impressions are huge.

 

3. Clean up your act. The cleaner your house, the better it will show so thoroughly clean every room in the house. Get curtains and carpets professionally cleaned. Don't forget to handrails, light switch plates, litter boxes and pickup backyard doggie-doo (even in the snow). Dirty light switches and handrails are nasty and turn off buyers. Yes, we have seen this before. ~yikes~

 

4. Clear out the clutter. Make rooms look bigger by getting rid of the clutter. Put extra furniture and items in a storage locker, garage or neatly in a unfinished basement corner. Box up unneeded clothes and neatly store them.

 

5. Nix the knick-knacks. As buyers walk through your home, they want to picture themselves living there. Remove your personal effects, knickknacks, family photos and collectibles. Sometime, too many collectibles are a negative as they are looking at your stuff and not the house.

 

6. Do a quick fix. Fix a dripping faucet, update handles on kitchen cabinets, replace light switches and touch up scratches on hardwood floors & paint. Who wants to buy a home at a premium price and still need to fix it up?

 

7. Let the sun shine in. Buyers appreciate good light in a home. Clean the windows, remove dark curtains and put in higher wattage light bulbs (don't exceed manufacturer's maximum wattage). I suggest old fashioned incandescent bulbs as they don't need a minute to "warm up" like compact fluorescent lights (CFL) and are much cheaper than LED bulbs.

 

Edmonton home sellers want their home sold image8. Keep it neutral. A fresh coat of neutral paint will make rooms look clean and inviting. You may not have to repaint every room, but certainly ones that are chipped, marked or painted in bright colors. No purple or lime green walls, please!

 

9. Set the stage. Consider hiring a professional stager to turn your home into a true showpiece. Look for a highly experienced & local home stager. Ask us as we know a few top notch stagers.

 

10. Create more storage space. Look at ways to improve the storage space in your home, such as adding shelving to closets and storage rooms. Remove 50% of items in your closets to make them look HUGE. If it's winter, store your summer clothes and if summer, yes you got it, store the winter clothes away.

 

Review our YouTube channel with Fit to Sell videos, review our free sellers reports then contact us or leave a comment for further selling preparation info. We're sure you will be impressed our ultimate results!

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Don't Overprice Your Edmonton Home!

Usually, four common strategies are used to price a home. Understanding these techniques can help you get a better deal on your home, while matching your needs.


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1. Greatly overpriced

Every seller wants to get the best price for their home. In a hot seller's market you need to careful with multiple offers, the battle may be won by inflating the price, anywhere from 5-10% of its true market value. Determine a fair offering price range with your Edmonton REALTORs® (us please) before getting into a bidding war with multiple offers.  Too high a price could leave the home on the market for months (not good). The home could be great, just offered at the wrong price. If it does not sell, it could be considered a problem. The price may have to be reduced to sell it and typically you get less for the home in comparison to pricing it correctly from the start.


2. Somewhat overpriced

Homes in this category also tend to sit longer on the market. The reasons: there may be room for negotiation in the price, or the seller is emotionally attached to the home (not good). Once it's on the market, sellers need to let go that attachment.

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3. Priced at fair market value

These homes tend to sell within a reasonable time usually within the average Days on Market (DOM), at close to the asking price. Competitively priced, their price represents a thorough analysis of other neighbourhood homes on the market.

4. Priced below fair market value

For various reasons (including health, relocation, condition of the home, divorce, etc), a seller may want to sell a home quickly. This type of sale often results in multiple buyers, with the home being sold quickly. The stress is over quicker BUT you may not the best price for your home. Every Real Estate sale is different and you may have your reasons.


We can provide you with a thorough analysis of any home you are considering to sell. This price will be based on market conditions (time of year), similar homes in the neighbourhood and condition of the home. At the same time, as your REALTOR® team,  we'll work with you to find a new home which meets your needs in a fantastic neighbourhood. Call either Audrey 780-910-5179 or Mike 780-242-5229 or go to our contact page.

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Difference Between Customers and Clients for Edmonton Buyers

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If you are a customer, a REALTOR® will:

  • Maintain loyalty to the seller's needs
  • Tell the seller all that they know about you
  • Keep information about the seller confidential
  • Focus on the seller client's property
  • Provide just the material facts
  • Only provide price information that support's the seller's listing price
  • Protect the seller
  • Negotiate on behalf of the seller
  • Attempt to solve problems to the seller's advantage & satisfaction

If you are a client, your REALTOR® will:

  • Pay full attention to your needs
  • Tell you all they know about the seller
  • Keep information about you confidential
  • Focus on the choices that satisfy your needs
  • Provide material facts as well as professional advice
  • Provide price counseling based on comparable properties & their professional insights
  • Protect and guide you
  • Negotiate on your behalf
  • Attempt to solve problems to your advantage and satisfaction

 

Need to know more about customer versus client relationships with you REALTOR®? Please call us direct Mike Muranetz -780-242-5229 or Audrey Abuan 780-910-5179 thru our contact page.

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Inexpensive Ways to Reduce Your Edmonton Energy Bill

You could get upgraded insulation installed in all the walls of your home, or buy a new high-efficiency furnace and air conditioner. These improvements would certainly reduce Programable thermostat for your Edmonton home imageyour energy costs – but they each require a significant investment.

 

What if you don't have the budget?

 

There are a lot of little things you can do to make a big difference in your heating or cooling bill. Here are just a few examples: 

  • Turn down the thermostat a couple of degrees in winter. (And turn it up a few notches in summer.) Chances are, you'll hardly notice the difference in comfort, and you'll cut your heating/cooling costs by about 5%.
  • Do you need the air conditioner on all the time during the summer months? Yes, some homes in Edmonton have air conditioners.  Consider turning it way up, or completely off, at night when it's cooler outside.
  • Invest in a programmable thermostat. That way, you'll be able to set up a schedule that uses less  heating/cooling energy while you’re out of the house at work or sleeping. Some folks are using smart thermostats liike the Google Nest. Look for sales as Google has them at a discount a couple times  a year.
  • Let the sunshine in through windows in the winter (and block the sun where possible in the summer.) "Passive heat gain" can contribute to up to 20% of the heat in your home. Best of all, the sun is free.
  • Use energy efficient lights throughout your home. These can cut the cost of lighting by Compact fluorescent light bulbs are excellent to upgrade your Edmonton home pictureup to 40%! Look for compact fluorescent lights (CFL) at your hardware store. Some have gone one step further and installed higher effecient LED (light Emitting Diode) lights for further savings. 
  • Be careful with outside lights, which can use a lot of energy! Turn them off before you go to bed or, better still, use programmable outside lighting that can be set to turn off automatically. This is especially true during the Christmas festive season. 

These are just a few ideas for reducing your energy bill. If you do some research, you can probably discover many other ways to cut your costs. It's worth the effort! If you want some more tips how to improve your home's energy footprint, call Audrey 780-91-5179 or Mike 780-242-5229 or thru our contact page or comment below. We have a free copies of the Federal government's book from the energy audit for anybody interested improving their home energy usage.

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