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When is the best time to put your Edmonton home on the Market?

Anytime!

The Internet has no seasons

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The worldwide web has changed the way we shop for homes. During the colder months, people can research and view properties with the click of a button, which means there are potential home buyers actively looking at any time, no matter the season.

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Did Your "Edmonton Street Name" Change?

Do You Live on a Historical Street?


Right after 1910, Edmonton's real estate growth started to boom and in West Ingle, many of the streets had be renamed in order to accommadate the growth on both sides of the saskatchewan river.

 

The following is a list of the historic names of streets and avenues in West-Ingle. With support and funding by residents streets names could be re-introduced in West-Ingle at mid block or engraved in the sidewalk at intersections. Adding street names in West-Ingle particularly in the Architectural Heritage Area bounded by 110 Avenue (Albany Avenue) on the north, 125 Street (St. Catherine Street) on the east, 107 Avenue (Short Avenue) on the south and 126 Street (Groat Street) on the west will contribute to preserving the older character of West-Ingle.

 



122 Street = Notre Dame Street
123 Street = Saint James Street
124 Street = Edward Street
125 Street = Saint Catherine Street
126 Street = Groat Street
127 Street = Park Street
128 Street = First Street
129 Street = Second Street
130 Street = Third Street
131 Street = Fourth Street
132 Street = Fifth Street
107 Avenue = Short Avenue
108 Avenue = Coot Avenue
109 Avenue = Green Avenue
109A Avenue = Saint Lawrence Avenue
110 Avenue = Albany Avenue
111 Avenue = Muskoka Avenue
112 Avenue = Nipigon Avenue
113 Avenue = Brazeau Avenue
114 Avenue = Stikeen Avenue
115 Avenue = Okanogan Avenue
116 Avenue = Yukon Avenue
117 Avenue = Pembina Avenue
118 Avenue = Alberta Avenue

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Real Estate Cost of Owning Pets

No matter how much we love our pets, they cost us money and real estate is no exception. Even if you have the best behaved animal, they still make an impact when it comes to selling your home. There are 2 main triggers which can reduce the value of your home.

 

Selling your home with PetsFirst is pet odors. If you have ever owned a cat, you know how often they use that kitty box. But did you know the scent from plastic kitty boxes can linger for years. Using a litter which forms clumps when moistened with urine is great for odor control. As soon as you remove the clump, the odor is usually gone. Adding a layer of odor absorbing additive, such as baking soda will also help. For all you dog lovers, remember when buyers are viewing your home, they also look outside. Clean up the doggie bombs, replace those yellow grass stains, wash all pet bedding and put away the pet toys.

Second concern is all that pet hair. Many buyers have allergies to animals and even though your home smells good, the lingering pieces of hair can cause stuffiness and not attract that "Home Sweet Home" ambiance. It’s estimated that 20% to 30% of young adults will react to an airborne allergen, such as pet dander. It is impossible to completely eliminate all evidence of pets, but by having your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned, it will make an impact. Animal allergies are a common concern, and buyers who have them can be easily turned off if a house has pets.   

Don't forget the basics. .
- Please, please remove pets during showings
- Keep your animals smelling fresh
- Remove all pet owning evidence including pet beds, pet dishes, crates, treats, leashes, etc
- Replace any torn carpets or furniture previously used as scratching posts, chewed baseboards, etc

- Air out your home an hour before showing

 

Our pets are part of our families and we love them, but when it comes to selling your Edmonton home, they will cost us both time and money. Clean, Vacuun, steam clean and vacuun again. Don't try to cover up pet smells with air fresheners or fabreeze - Buyers will notice.

 

More money saving tips on making your Edmonton Home more saleable

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CURB APPEAL IS CRUCIAL!

Curb appeal is attractiveness of the exterior of an Edmonton residence as viewed from the street and is in the eyes of a buyer, an indicator of the initial appeal of a property. This is so easy to know what to do. Simply view your home and your neighbours homes from across the street and notice what needs attention.

 



Curb appeal can easily be accomplished by any number of methods including the installation of exterior decorations, repainting, extensive attention to the landscaping. Costs to increasing a home's curb appeal will vary. Below are some creative and inexpensive tips to attract more buyers into your home.

If you have a veranda, make it sparkle with a fresh coat of paint and add a couple of chairs with a small matching table. No Veranda? Add one or two plants near the entrance to add a splash of color.

Paint your front door a tasteful color you like and make it work. It’s all a matter of coordinating the door color with your home’s architecture and the other colors and materials on the house.

Change the hardware. Gorgeous hardware can make even the plainest door look very classy. Even your mailbox can make a statement! If your mailbox is rusty and falling apart, spruce it up or get a new one. Don't forget to wash those windows!

 

Remember, when determining the value of your Edmonton home, first impressions are crucial.

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BATHROOMS ARE THE #1 SELLING FEATURE!

When buyers are home shopping, they check out your bathrooms. Below are a few helpful ideas to freshen up the spa area of your home and help save you some money.

 


Grimy bathroom walls are a major red flag to buyers. Here is an easy way to get rid of surface mold: Mix a spray bottle with one part water and one part bleach. Just spray it on the wall, and watch the mold disappear. Give it a fresh coat of paint, and your grimy bathroom will go from red flag to red-hot.

Don't replace a yucky shower door: Just scour it. A grimy glass shower door can really wash out your sale. Instead of replacing it, clean it with a mixture of one part muriatic acid and about 10 parts water. Scrub with steel wool. After wiping it down, reinstall the door and you'll have a shower that'll help you clean up at the open house.

Avoid dated tile by painting. Bathrooms sell houses, but dated tile in a bathroom doesn't. A low cost alternative to replacing the tile is to use paint. First coat the tiles with a high-adhesion primer. Next, brush on a special ceramic epoxy covering. For a fraction of the cost of new tile, you will have an up to date bathroom that brings in big bucks.

 

Add a few new towels, creative soap bars and scented candles. All of these items can be purchased at any dollar store.

 

Money tight? Need to Sell? For more tips on inexpensive renovations, reach out to us. Thanks!

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