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December 13, 2018

SELLERS: SHOULD YOU GET A PRE-LISTING HOME INSPECTION??

I believe that a pre listing inspection is critical to getting top dollar for you house in any market.  Why??


1) Knowing what's wrong with your house before you list it gives you the opportunity to fix it so it doesn't become an issue for potential buyers. Home buyers can be easily spooked by minor issues such as double tapped breakers, leaky taps, or reversed polarity receptacles. These types of issues are relatively easy and inexpensive to fix ahead of time which will directly increase a buyer's peace of mind when considering your house. For a seller's piece of mind, minimizing minor to moderate defects of your home by remedying them ahead of time will help prevent a buyer from backing out of a deal that's already written up. Thus, avoiding starting the sales process over again and avoiding personal feelings getting involved.


2) You can't accurately price your house unless you know exactly what's going on deep inside. If your house needs a new roof ($12,000) and a new furnace ($3500), you need to account for this in your list price.


3) Avoid price RE-NEGOTIATIONS after a buyer's home inspection - this usually happens with just days left for the buyer to remove conditions which adds unnecessary stress to every party involved in the real estate transaction. Less stress = less emotions = a smoother final transaction.


4) Make your house stand out!  By completing a pre-listing inspection, your house now becomes more attractive relative to its peers that has unknown issues.

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November 14, 2018

ATTIC INSULATION

Ensure your attic hatch is insulated. This is an easy DIY remedy to reduce heat loss. This thermal image shows a 10C degree difference between the uninsulated attic hatch and the insulated ceiling around it. Heat will be continually escaping your house via this route. Here is an article of how to insulate your hatch in 30 minutes, for under $30.


FURNACE

Make sure that you replace your furnace filter on a regular basis. Why? Because when a filter becomes clogged, the furnace motor now has to work harder to pull the necessary amount of air to function properly, thereby putting unnecessary stress on the furnace.


OUTDOOR TAPS

First, disconnect all hoses from the outdoor spigot. Second, shut off interior valve that controls the water to the exterior taps. This valve is usually one of the first valves after the water main that comes in to the house. Third, open the exterior tap to let any excess water drain out. Skip this step if you have a frost free hose bib.

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October 17, 2018

Winter in Calgary

With all the snow we have been getting so early in the winter season, many homeowners may be forgetting that when all this snow melts, it will be turning to water and exiting the roof via the gutters and downspouts.

In Calgary, fall snowstorms, which are typically followed by seasonably warmer temperatures, and Chinooks throughout the winter, results in a recurring pattern of snow fall and melting. This pattern results in hundreds of liters of water being dumped intermittently around a house.


What does this mean for you?

If the downspouts are not extended and/or grade around the house is flat or negative (slopes towards house), all of this water could be collecting near the foundation and could have the potential to penetrate into the basement.


What can you do about it?

One of the easiest things we can do as homeowners to ward off potential water intrusion, is to make sure all the home's downspouts are extended a minimum of 4-6 feet when a big melt is present, even in the winter!