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5 Minute Tips: Prep Your Home for Viewing

You have potential buyers coming but you’re already running late for work. What can you do in 5 minutes that will have the most impact?

1. Tidy the foyer / front entrance.

The front entrance is the first impression of your home. Put away your family’s shoes, hats, jackets, mail, etc.

2. Turn on lights and open the curtains.

Brighter homes look larger and more welcoming. Your real estate agent would be happy to turn off the lights and close the curtains after the prospective buyers have left, if you ask them.

3. Give the powder rooms a once-over.

Put the toilet lids down, wipe any hair and toothpaste spills from the sink, and put away toiletries.

4. Remove personal items.

Quickly go through your home and remove personal items such as family photos, bills and jewellery. This will help potential buyers picture themselves making the home their own.

5. Shake off your welcome mat.

Make sure your welcome mat is clean, free of leaves, bugs or other outdoor distractions that have a habit of accumulating.

This quick and easy task list will help you present your home to buyers in the best light, and it will ensure your mind doesn’t wander back to your house throughout the day with worries that you did not leave your home as clean as you could have.


The value of a good walk score

The value of a good walk score

homenews by Neil Sharma09 Mar 2018


As cities adhere to the mantra of intensification, a property’s walkability is becoming increasingly important, and it’s reflected in its value.

According to Right At Home Realty broker Manu Singh, whose clientele is mostly comprised of urban professionals living in downtown Toronto, walk scores have become paramount. Fewer urbanites own cars than years past, and that’s made walkable amenities incredibly valuable.

“With the King St. streetcar pilot shutting down everything, it’s clear cars are becoming less and less important,” he said. “One thing I’ve noticed is cars and parking spots are decreasing. As a percentage of total units, there is less and less parking available because there’s more reliance on walkability and transit options. It’s become more relevant today than it was five years ago.”

Transit scores and bike scores are also important to homebuyers, he added. But they also reflect certain condo units’ values.

“As for the type of units whose values are impacted more, it’s anything smaller than a ‘two-plus-two,’” he said. “When you look at downtown and higher density areas, the walk score has higher impact on the value of units smaller than two-plus-twos because they’re larger in square footage and usually for families with babies who will use cars. Smaller units are more dependent on walking.”

Vancouver-based REMAX sales agent says walk scores in Vancouver have become important in the last few years. He says it’s partly a reflection of millennial-aged buyers and their preferences.

“In the last three years, the value of walk scores has escalated,” adding the proximity to the city’s Sky Train has similarly influenced value. “The ‘cyber buyer’—meaning the young buyer—is noticeably using that as one of their assessment factors, where three years ago only about 5% of consumers would speak about it. Now around 80% of consumers speak about it. A great walk score increases the value of the property.”

Young families also prize high walk scores as much as young, single urbanites.

“At the same time, a high walk score is important for families who want proximity to transit and school for their kids,” he said. “I see the importance of walk scores astronomically greater than it was three years ago, especially in Vancouver.”


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