By: Victoria Sullivan

Know Your Smoke Detectors

Tags: smoke detectors, two types, know your detectors, homes in whitby, fire safety, test regularly

For most people, smoke detectors are simply taken for granted. But, when it’s time to replace your smoke detectors, be sure to understand the differences between the two main types. Ionization types use a battery to create a small current that charges the ion particles inside...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Surprising Secrets of Successful Home Staging

Tags: Staging, decorations, less is more, sell quickly, top dollar, home sellers, homes for sale whitby, freshly painted, flowers

“Staging” is about setting up and decorating each room of your home so that it looks as attractive as possible to potential buyers. Studies show that a property is more likely to sell quickly and for a better price if it is effectively staged. Even if you haven’t ...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Does the Property Meet the “Lifestyle Test”

Tags: lifestyle test, make your own list, neighbourhood, buying homes in Whitby, homes for sale, buyers, first time home buyers

Lifestyle is a very important criterion when you’re shopping for a new home. After all, a home and its surrounding neighbourhood are the places where much of your lifestyle is going to be experienced. So when you consider a new home, think about the kind of lifestyle to which...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Should You Buy the “Except for…” Home?

Tags: except for, buying homes in Whitby, homes for sale, buyers, first time home buyers, answer some questions

Imagine finding a home that is perfect in every way, except for one nagging thing. That “thing” might be a smaller kitchen than you want, fewer closets than you need, or flooring that you dislike. Should you buy it anyway? How do you know if you should take a pass? It’s not an easy decision to make and de...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

A Connected Home Helps Us Make Smart Choices

Tags: smart home, homes in whitby, smart choices, connected, networks

It’s been long predicted, but the time has finally come when whole-home systems can provide a network to allow the electronic features and fixtures of your home to talk to one another. Often a family’s first such network involves controlling and sharing subscription services for movies, TV and music among perso...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Getting the Home You Want in a Competitive Market

Tags: competitive market, home buyers, home sellers, whitby, housing market, market trends,

Regardless of whether the overall housing market is up or down, there can be fierce competition when it comes to buying a home in a desirable neighbourhood. So, if you want to live in a “hot’ area, how do you gain an advantage? Here are some tips: Schedule view...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

New Decking Options

Tags: Decks, renovating, materials, installation, durability, no more splinters, tough in bad weather conditions

  When you decide it’s time to install or replace a deck surface, you may find there are more choices than you had expected. There are many new materials and installation options that have come to the market over just the past few years. For example, in a...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Should You Worry About Competition?

Tags: home buyers, competition, sale price, competing offers, offer presentation

Buying a home is different than purchasing most other “products” in one important respect: agreeing to the price tag doesn’t guarantee you’ll get the property! There may be competing offers. Fortunately, there is plenty that can be done to increase your chan...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

What’s your Home Worth in Today’s Market?

Tags: WHATS MY HOME WORTH, staging, real estate trends, market trends, home buyers, home sellers, valuable investment

If you own a stock, you can probably go online and quickly look up its current value. What about your home? That, too, is an important investment and probably your most valuable one. Wouldn’t it be nice if you could “look up” its current value in just a few minutes? ...Read More

By: Victoria Sullivan

Make a “Great Things” List

Tags: Make a list, your home, whats great, special, unique, potential buyers, home buyers, home sellers, whitby

What’s great about your home? Is it the spacious foyer and generous main floor closet space? Is it the beautiful washroom? Is it the playground that is only a short walking distance away? Although some properties may look similar at first glance, every home is unique &nda...Read More