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With the new year upon us many of you are preparing your hime to sell. we are rapidly entering into the busiest time of the year for real estate: springtime. Spring is typically the time of the year when buyers look for homes to purchase, and sellers like to put their properties on the market. This pattern holds for Victoria as it does for Canada, in general.

Many homeowners are unaware of the effort that it takes to sell a home. Or, more precisely, many homeowners don’t realize that selling a home right (fast and for top-dollar) requires some effort. If you want to sell your home quickly and make as much money as possible from that sale, here are three tips you should follow.


Declutter And Stage, If You Can

Homes filled with clutter, dust, dirt, and other debris have a harder time selling. Buyers like to see cleanliness for two primary reasons. First, buyers assume a clean home has had better upkeep. Second, buyers find it easier to picture themselves in a clean house than a dirty...

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Keep your home safe this season. The month of December brings lots of warm fuzzy feelings. The holidays are here, which frequently means seeing friends and family, eating lots of great food, and spending days of merriment around the Christmas tree. Unfortunately, the season also has some downsides to it. Rainfall is typically the highest for the Victoria area during this month. Burglaries and package theft can also have an uptick due to all the holiday shopping.

Whether you’re staying at home for the holidays or leaving to visit relatives somewhere else, you’re going to want to keep your home safe. Let’s look at three ways you can keep your holiday season merry and significantly less stressful.


Ensure Your Christmas Tree Is Safe

Many homes put up a tree this time of year. Some have an artificial one, while others have a real tree. Regardless of which tree type you choose, ensure that it is away from heat sources. Baseboard heaters and fireplaces should not be close to the...

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Winter in Victoria BC is fast approaching. That means two things for people in the Victoria area: lower temperatures and lots of rain. While we certainly don’t get as much rainfall as our fellow Vancouver-based British Columbians, we still receive quite a bit. We also need to brace ourselves for the temperatures to dip and strong winds.

Due to the relatively mild winter temperatures, many people living in the city incorrectly assume that they don’t need to do any prepping. Homeowners in places that get snow like Toronto and Montreal use the time to clean out eavestroughs and making sure their snowblowers are working. Victoria certainly doesn’t have those same weather concerns, but we should all still prep our homes in three critical ways.


Seal Windows

Homes lose a lot of heat through poorly sealed windows. This problem is especially bad in Victoria because electric baseboards are so standard here. Unfortunately, these baseboards are not inexpensive to operate, so in the...

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Have you considered renting a suite in Victoria, BC to help increase cashflow and the overall value of your home? Victoria is one of the most beautiful placed on earth to rent out a suite and increase your investment at the same time.  With its picturesque landscape, relaxed lifestyle, and low crime rate, Victoria is a fantastic place to call home. However, as the costs of living increase and Victoria real estate prices rise, many people are looking at ways to supplement their income passively. Income suites are a fantastic way to do that. Provided you keep in mind a few details, you can legally rent part of your single-family home. Depending on where you live, this can result in $1,000 or more per month. It’s a win-win for both buyers and sellers. If you are buying in Victoria, BC, the ability to rent part of the house helps pay the mortgage. If you’re selling in Victoria, BC, homes with suites to rent fetch more money. When it comes to rental income suites, here are three...

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