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The Importance of a Smoke-Free Home

Next week is National Non-Smoking Week and in honour of this campaign we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the importance of a smoke-free home and the impact smoking can have on a home’s resale value.

A 2013 survey of Ontario real estate agents and brokers, sponsored by Pfizer Canada, found that smoking in the home could lower the value of your property by up to 29 per cent.

When it comes to selling your home, buyers first impressions are critical for a quick sale. Many potential buyers are put off by a home that has been smoked in – the smell is difficult to get out and the discoloration on the walls & ceiling can be difficult to remove.

An overwhelming majority of Ontario real estate agents and brokers agreed that it is more challenging to sell a home where owners have smoked.

Were you aware that smoking can cause substantial, irreparable damage to the inside of your home? How, exactly, does cigarette smoke effect the home? First, smoke can stay in a room long after someone smokes there.  It settles on surfaces and builds up over time on electrical outlets, walls, ceilings, floors and furniture.  It can get into every nook and cranny of a home and can be quite costly to repair. The effect it has on your air conditioning system and furnaces could be severe if you don’t change your air filters regularly. The buildup of dust caused by smoke will be circulating the air, clogging up the air filters.  This will cause the unit to overwork and eventually breakdown.

So how do you maintain a smoke-free home? Never smoke inside your home. Create a comfortable place to smoke outdoors, and let guests know that your home is a smoke-free environment and show them an area that is suitable to smoke outside. In the event that you have smoked in your home, or are interested in a property that smokers occupy, with our extensive experience we have proven solutions to help bring a home that has been smoked in back to a better environment.

As Accredited Staging Professionals (ASP) and owners of the powerful trademarked STAGED & SOLD brand, we can provide you with inexpensive tips to help rid your home of odours so that your home can be sold faster and often at a higher price. For a free, no obligation home evaluation, please contact us directly at 905-332-4102 or email us at info@roccasisters.ca.

Our top Q&A’s from sellers & buyers just like you

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The sale of your home can bring about many emotions and often times our clients have many questions for us when they are ready to sell and buy. We provide detailed answers to ensure they make the best decision on what is often the biggest investment they’ve made in their lives to-date: their home.

Today, we’ve compiled a list of our most frequently asked questions. Perhaps, you’ll find a few of your questions in it! We’re happy to provide you with the answers.

Q: How is it that some people seem to know about a property before I even see it on mls.ca?

A: First a property is listed with the Real Estate Board. Then, the sales representative will likely erect a sign. It can be as long as a week before that property shows up on realtor.ca. By then, it could be sold. To make matters worse, the sale of the property may not be reported to realtor.ca, for as much as another week or month. If you are depending on realtor.ca, lawn signs or newspaper ads to find a new home, you are most definitely going to be disappointed.

Q: How can I find out what properties are selling for in a particular area?

A: When you engage a member of the Rocca Sisters & Associates to represent you as a buyer, you ensure that you are receiving all of the comparable information you need to establish the right price for any property that interests you.

Q: What are the specific infrastructure issues about a property for which I should be watching?

A: The Rocca Sisters & Associates members have spent years developing an understanding of what to look for in terms of the integrity of a home and its systems. How old is the furnace? Are there moisture issues? How much life is left on the roof? These are only a few questions that should be asked before considering a property. While we would never want to take the place of a home inspector, we will save you a lot of time by pointing out the more obvious issues of a home.

Q: What about all the paperwork and legal-eze. Do I really need a realtor to help me with this?

A: The only alternative to using a realtor for preparing and reviewing offers is to employ legal counsel. Realtors have been highly trained in this aspect of the process and will ensure that your offers are prepared in a way that protects you.

7 Things You Can Do to Get Your House Ready to Sell.

Statistics show that staging your home or creating a clean, well-presented space that draws positive attention can sell for as much as 10% more than its unstaged counterpart and in some cases, 10 times faster.

Here are 7 things you can do:

  • Less is more. Keep décor simple, and definitely dismantle theme rooms.
  • Don’t over-personalized your décor. If you know your house is going on the market in the next few years, be mindful of design choices when you remodel.
  • Consider every surface in your home, especially walls and floors. Think neutral. Avoid expressions of personal taste, it might be distracting.
  • Cleanliness and De-clutter: get started packing and fill boxes with personal items like family photos.
  • Clean the front and backyard: Clean up flower gardens, Trim shrubs, and Sweep your sidewalks and porches.
  • Fix that cracked window pane. Replace the broken doorknob. Paint the fence.
  • Add some human touches such as plants, fresh fruit or a bouquet of flowers.

Need some help? Contact The Rocca Sisters & Associates team.

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