5 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

5 Ways To Increase Your Home’s Energy Efficiency Before Putting it on the Market

By Andrew Mitchell | Selling Real Estate

We live in world that is increasingly concerned with energy efficiency. We know that our resources aren’t infinite, and everyone wants to contribute to the creation of a sustainable future for our children and our grandchildren. Moreover, the idea of saving money while saving the planet has an especially appealing ring to it during these belt-tightening times. If you are thinking of selling your home, it’s a safe bet that your prospective buyers will be paying very close attention to the building’s power and heating bills.

The good news is that you can raise the property’s energy efficiency profile with just a little effort, minimal cash outlay and careful preparation. Here are some surefire ways to promote cost-effective coziness.

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Will a house become a home

5 Ways To Make Sure That a House Has What it Takes to Become Your Home

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

There’s an undeniable thrill in house hunting – after all, for most of us, a home is the most expensive and important thing we’ll ever buy. Chances are, your search will turn up a lot of properties that don’t fit into your plans at all, so the excitement of finding a potentially suitable place in your sights can certainly be overwhelming.  It’s got enough rooms, the neighbourhood seems nice, and it’s in your price range. Where do you sign – right?

Well, perhaps it is the Shangri-La it seems to be – but there’s no harm in pinching yourself a few times to make sure your dream home isn’t just a mirage. By asking a few tough questions now, you can ensure the right answers down the road.

Here are 5 ways to make sure the house you are considering has what it takes to become your home.

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The family home

The Family Home Has Served You Well – But Does It Serve Your Family’s Needs Today?

By Andrew Mitchell | Selling Real Estate

As many Baby Boomers near retirement age, the stage is set for social shifts nearly as dramatic as the ones that shaped the 1960s – shifts that are already affecting housing patterns. People in their late 50s and 60s will be asking themselves important questions about the suitability of their living situations to changed professional, personal and financial circumstances – and the current market offers a number of intriguing possible answers to those questions.

Of course, one of the wonderful things about home ownership is the way we become attached to the places we own, especially when we’ve raised our children in them. In some cases, that attachment will trump any other considerations. However, those other considerations can be very persuasive, especially if you are no longer using the entire house (do you really need three guest bedrooms?) and the cost and effort required to maintain the place have begun to take their toll.

If the family home is no longer serving your needs, here are some options to think about.

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House hunting

House-Hunting For Buried Treasure: Uncovering the Hidden Value in a Home

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

I’ve written before to advise home sellers about some of the key things they can do to improve the marketability of their properties. However, awareness of these same principles can also help the sharp-eyed homebuyer to land a great place at a bargain price. The crucial thing, always, is to remember what’s important in a home, and what isn’t. Some of the apparent “problems” with a property may actually be very easy to fix.

Here are some of the ways you can find a great deal by disregarding some of the relatively minor problems with a home.

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Choosing a new neighbourhood

Choosing a New Neighbourhood: Make Sure It’s the Right One For You!

By Andrew Mitchell | Buying Real Estate

So you’re looking to buy a new house – and pouring over all of the great real estate offerings in the Montreal Area. Each property slideshow conjures images of a new era of domestic bliss in your mind. It’s an exciting time, full of possibilities. But while you’re envisioning yourself in that new place, don’t forget to consider the big picture. You’ll be calling a new neighbourhood “home” too.

Read on to determine what information you need to know about choosing your new neighbourhood.

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