Top Tips for Moving House

As a long established Montreal Real Estate Agency we know how stressful it can be to move house, especially for the first time. You might find yourself asking: Where do I start? What do I need? Is there anything I have forgotten? You are not alone.

Did you know that most people have moved home at least 1 – 4 times in their life?

Pick the right Real Estate Agents

To make moving home as stress free as possible you need to firstly choose the right real estate agency, one that has been around a while and has great testimonials. If you are moving home in Montreal, Canada we offer some of the best properties to rent and for sale, our client testimonials speak for themselves.

Top Reasons for moving: 22% of Canadians move because of work-related reasons while 20% are upgrading their home and another 17% move for family reasons.

Time To Declutter

When moving home it’s a great chance to declutter! All that unnecessary storage you have gathered over the years that has no purpose can now be thrown or given away. To make moving easier don’t pack too much clutter and label all boxes efficiently, this will make it easier to decipher which boxes go in which rooms once they arrive at your new home.

When decluttering before a move it’s important to ask yourself:

  • Do I really need it?
  • Why am I keeping it?
  • Do I have a place for it in my new home?
  • When was the last time I used it?

Once you can answer these questions, it’s easier to see what to keep and what to say goodbye to.

Give yourself plenty of time for the Move

Once your mind is made up and you have decided to move, try to give yourself plenty of time to sort through everything. If you have lived in the same place for years you may not realise how much you will have to sort through.

Additional things to consider will be notifying everyone about your change of address. This will include all bill companies that send you letters, your car insurer, bank account, doctors, schools, work etc.

If you would like to know more from the property experts please contact us today on: 514-316-5555 or email us: info@landmark-canada.com

What is your home worth?

It’s important to know exactly how much your home is worth, especially when your are looking to sell your property. You need to remember that wherever you are in the world the real estate market will be different.

Montreal is great for real estate because property sales are up from last year and it is cheaper than buying property in Vancouver and Toronto. Before you find out how much your home is worth you need to know more about the Montreal Real Estate market. Find below some of the top property stats for the Montreal area:

Top real estate stats in Montreal

  • By the end of the first two months in 2017, sales of $1-millon+ homes had increased in Montreal by 13%.
  • Montreal remains considerably more affordable than Toronto and Vancouver. A family home in Montreal will cost approx $319,000, the same home will cost $1.1-million in Toronto and $1.56-million in Vancouver (as of May this year).
  • According to the Greater Montreal Real Estate Board, there has been a 5% increase in properties sold last year (2016) than the year before.

So what is your home worth?

To find out exactly how much your property it worth, you need to get an online evaluation by experts. This is something that we at Landmark Real Estate specialise in. We want to make sure that you are getting the best value for your property so we created this useful Home Evaluation tool. Simply type in your email address, your property details and receive your FREE evaluation today.

Real Estate Help

Are you in need of professional help? Whether you are looking to buy or sell property in Montreal we are here to help. Buying a home is a very complex process and selling can be just as stressful so if you put yourself in the good hands of an expert, all the stress will soon disappear!

For more information on how to buy or sell your property, please contact us today by calling: 514-316-5555 or emailing: info@landmark-canada.com

The Price is Right

Determining the right sale price is a crucial step when deciding to sell your home. More often than not, the price is the most determining factor for potential buyers.

Thanks to their privileged access to the Centris/Realtor system, a network that is reserved exclusively for brokers who are members of a real estate board, your real estate broker can evaluate your home and perform a comparative market analysis based on properties that are similar to yours and that were recently sold in your neighbourhood. Comparative market analyses are indicators of the price that today’s buyers are willing to pay for a residence similar to your own, in a comparable area. The analysis takes into account your home’s features and the conditions of the current real estate market.

Getting Off to a Good Start

To sell your home quickly, it’s important that you set the right price from the get-go. When faced with a price that’s too high, potential buyers may get discouraged, while those who can afford it will quickly realize that they can get better value for their money elsewhere. It’s also good to remember that a home that lingers on the market for a long time tends to lose its appeal.

Selling on your own is risky business. Without in-depth knowledge of the market, you can easily underestimate the true value of your home and lose considerable profit. This is why a real estate broker is the best-suited professional to help make the most of your real estate transaction.

Setting the right price from the moment you put your home up for sale is to your best advantage. You’ll be sure to attract more potential buyers and therefore sell your home as quickly as possible.

To Sell Quickly, Make a Good First Impression

When the time comes to sell your home, you only have one chance to make a first impression
The Exterior
The exterior appearance of your home is extremely important. An inviting exterior will attract buyers and encourage them to visit the inside of your home. Your lawn should be well maintained and, during the winter months, keep some photos of your lawn handy so that visitors can see what it looks like during the summer. Cleanliness is essential, so a cleared entrance and clean windows will also make a big difference.
The Interior
Inside, neatness is key. Clean your home from top to bottom and get rid of all unnecessary items. Remove any old furniture that is obstructing the hallways or cluttering up the rooms. Clear out any open spaces so that visitors don’t feel cramped.
Does the home need a fresh coat of paint? Newly painted properties often sell for more. Remember that dark colours can be detrimental to a sale. Instead, choose brighter, more appealing neutral tones. Your carpet’s appearance can also be a determining factor. If you can’t replace your carpeting, having it cleaned will help give the rooms a refreshing new look.
The kitchen and bathroom must be immaculate. Take the time to clean all appliances and faucets, as well as the bathtub, toilet and sink. Unclutter the counters and don’t leave any dirty dishes in the sink or towels around the tub. Give buyers a chance to visualize all storage possibilities.
Throughout your home, fix leaky taps, defective door handles, as well as drawers and cupboard doors that don’t close properly. Replace burnt light bulbs and yellowed switch plates. Most of these minor repairs are relatively inexpensive and will help visitors form a positive opinion of your home.
Creating Ambiance
Your home must be well lit. During the day, keep the curtains open and turn lamps on in the evening. If necessary, add lamps in dark corners. Make sure your home is well-ventilated so that visitors aren’t turned off by strong odours such as incense or spicy foods.
It’s important to be discrete when potential buyers are visiting. Leave your broker alone with the client. It will be easier for the broker to highlight your home’s strong points and the visitor will be able to voice comments and impressions freely.

Why use a Real Estate Brokers?

Buying a home is a very complex process. In addition to considering financial and legal aspects, it also requires solid negotiation skills. Why not hand this task over to a Real Estate professional? A Real Estate broker who is a member of the Real Estate board (GMREB) can successfully navigate you through the entire process.

Expert Real Estate Agents

Real Estate brokers have followed extensive training and hold a certificate from the Organisme d’autoréglementation du courtage immobilier du Québec (OACIQ). Skilled negotiators, Real Estate representatives have access to many tools and expert references: from building inspectors and notaries, to financial institutions and mortgage brokers, Real Estate brokers serve as a one-stop resource! Their presence also provides you with legal protection, as stated in the Real Estate Brokerage Act. 

Helping find your Dream Home

Real Estate Brokers have a solid team effort when it comes to helping you buy a new home. A professional broker can target those properties that best suit your needs and budget thanks to privileged access to the Centris / Realtor systems. They can accompany you during visits in order to objectively analyze the different characteristics of each property. They are also there to represent you when it comes time to negotiate, a phase during which the help of an accomplished professional is very much appreciated. In short, a Real Estate broker will guide you through all of the steps involved in purchasing your home, right up to your visit with the notary!

 

If you would like to find out how we can help you, please don’t hesitate to contact us today on: 514-316-5555 or email us: info@landmark-canada.com