Springtime Selling Tips

Are you considering selling your home this spring? As we head into a very busy real estate season ensure your home is in its best condition to attract maximum interest.

Begin to Purge

Atidy, organized house looks larger, has better traffic flow and will allow potential buyers to visualize themselves in the home. We provide a staging consultation that prepares your home for the market. We add value by knowing what a potential buyer is looking for in today’s market.

Fix what’s Broken or Damaged

Determine if there are obvious items to repair to get the house ready for sale. Most buyers use home inspections and a pre-inspection listing can make sure you maximize your return and eliminate objections potentials buyers may have.

Think like a Buyer

This can be the hardest step since we love our homes and generally assume others will to. Accept that potential buyers have different tastes. The stager will determine what needs to change or will improve the home in the eyes of potential buyers.

Contact your Realtor

We are your partner in selling what is likely your largest asset. We will assist in preparing your home for sale and discuss the current market. As experienced, attentive and committed Realtors we know the market and can put the strength of the Coldwell Banker brand to work for you. We guarantee our services in writing! It is our goal to help you sell your home in the shortest amount of time possible for the best possible price.

What makes Lincoln Heights/Glenridge Great Place to live?

Lincoln Heights – Glenridge has a long history and significance in the city of Waterloo. From early settlers in the region, to the Seagram Stable on what now is Moses Springer Community Centre, your neighbourhood has important place in Waterloo’s history. So what makes this area so special? Well, in Real Estate it is Location! Location! Location! And Lincoln Heights- Glenridge has that and so much more. We are close to Universities, Uptown Waterloo, Downtown Kitchener, the Expressway and an easy drive to all local sports facilities. Most of the popular destinations are within a ten minute drive.

But it is the more than location that brings life to this community. We live in a “whole community”, with an incredible diversity of people and housing types, a rich natural environment on the banks of Laurel Creek, with old growth forests and an abundance of flora and fauna. Our community is inclusive of recent immigrants, seniors, students and people from all walks of life.
This is our first Lincoln Heights – Glenridge community newsletter. We will have features on Lincoln Heights- Glenridge including statistics in our area plus the K/W region, articles on the history, environment and demographics of Lincoln Heights – Glenridge and tips on Real Estate. One of our favourite sections will be a community calendar with local events. Hope you enjoy this and coming issues. If you have any events or topics you would like to be included in our newsletter please contact us and we would be happy to include your information or topic.

10 Ways to Protect Your Home From Burglars

Although burglar alarms are good deterrents, there are things you can do to make your home less enticing to criminals than others in your neighbourhood.

Get a dog. If that’s too extreme, get a “beware of dog” sign or place a partially chewed extra-large rawhide bone by your back door. Intruders don’t want to cope with large dogs.

Keep the garage closed. Not only do garages often provide sheltered places for burglars to break into your home without being seen from the street, they’re also where you most likely keep easily-fenced items like bicycles, power tools, and golf clubs.

Use automatic timers. Putting automatic timers on lights and radios to go on and off at different times makes it appear as if someone is home when no one’s there.

Don’t advertise new purchases. When you buy something new or expensive for your home such as a television, don’t put the packaging on the curb for trash pick up. Instead, take those empty boxes to your local recycling or waste disposal centre.

Install good deadbolts.They should have a reinforced strike plate with three-inch screws. If there is glass near the door handle, you might want to consider a double keyed deadbolt lock.

Use your alarm system signs. Those stickers and signs could be what keep your alarm system from never being activated.

Don’t let papers or mail accumulate. Either arrange for a neighbor to pick them up daily or temporarily stop delivery while you’re out of town.

Make sure all windows and doors are locked. This may sound basic, but it’s surprising how often a burglar can just walk in. Make sure any sliding doors are extra secure, as these are often seen as an easy point of entry.

Keep entrances visible. Overgrown shrubbery can hide burglars from the street while they break into your home.

Use caution during the day. Burglaries are just as likely to take place during the day, when everyone is away at work or school. Just because it’s daylight doesn’t mean your home is safe.

All the safeguards in the world can’t assure that your home is burglar proof, but if you can make your home less inviting to burglars than the one next door, you’ve done a lot to protect your family, your home, and its contents.