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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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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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Simple updates to get home sold

10 Simple Updates to Get Your Home Sold

By Andrew Mitchell | Selling Real Estate

Most people going for a big job interview would never think of showing up in jogging pants and running shoes. It goes without saying that a nice pressed suit, tie, business dress, clean hair and shoes are a minimum expectation when trying to land that dream job.

Yet when it comes to selling a home, usually our biggest asset, many home sellers neglect to “dress up” their home before putting it on the market. I’m here with 10 simple and inexpensive updates you can do to get your home looking its best and get it sold!

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How to add value to your home with renovations

How to Add Value to Your Home: Which Renovations Pay You Back

By Andrew Mitchell | Selling Real Estate

Thinking of selling your home? But not before you add a new “X” (kitchen, bathroom, furnace, heat-pump, windows, floors, driveway, or whichever renovation you were thinking would add more value to the home?). I’m here to help you the home seller make that decision by identifying the renovations that will add the maximum value to your home and avoid those that will only cost you financially, all while saving you some money along the way.

Choosing the wrong renovations when you’re trying to add value to your home can cause you to lose money and time. Find out which renovations will most increase the value to your home. 

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When is the best time to sell a home?

When is the Best Time to Sell a Home?

By Andrew Mitchell | Selling Real Estate

It’s a question I get asked by many potential sellers when they are considering putting their home on the market. When is the best time to sell a home? The answer is not black and white, and while many think of Spring as the time to sell, there are some very good reasons to sell at other times of year.

And while there is no one right answer for all homes, a lot depends on the type of home, the condition of the home, the market, location, the weather and if the home is priced accurately for the market. But here are some general rules to think about when you are considering when the best time to put your home up for sale will be.

Read on to find why Spring might NOT be the best time to sell your home.

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