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Lyle Hamilton in The Globe and Mail

My Clients Say...

Lyle Hamilton is an executive level real estate consultant. If you have a challenging sales or purchase project, Lyle will coordinate every aspect to make it happen – and it will – with a smile! I have engaged Lyle on three projects, none of them easy:

  1. sale of a 2000 sq ft condo in downtown Toronto suited to a buyer looking for a large entertainment space with outdoor amenities.
  2. purchase of a 1100 sq ft condo suitable to accommodate two home offices.
  3. negotiation of a commercial lease for a 1500 sq ft office suite with complex requirements. Lyle continued to be involved after the lease was signed, ironing out difficulties that were interfering with us getting settled in our new offices.

Lyle is cheerful, responsive, professional, dependable, punctual and trustworthy. Moreover, he is skilled negotiator when the deal could easily depend on the recommendation of the other agent to their client; persistent; well-connected to other agents, including international; and he has at his finger tips, trades and other services that may be needed to smooth the path to completion of a deal.

Lyle, puts meaning back into “full-service representative.”

Yours truly,

Don





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Preparing Your Home for Selling

The more effort you put into preparing your home to put on the market , the faster your home will sell and the more money you will put in your own pocket.

Make Cosmetic Improvements:
Curb appeal is important. An attractive, clean and tidy appearance will enhance your home's value and make a good initial impression on potential buyers.

  • Keep the grass cut and sidewalks clean
  • Wash the windows
  • Open the shades and curtains to create a bright, inviting atmosphere
  • Remove clutter from the house (loose items, nick-nacks), especially in the kitchen and bathrooms

Paint and Fix Minor Things in the Home:
Fixing minor items can go a long way toward improving that all important first impression:

  • A fresh coat of paint will freshen up the rooms and make a strong first impression
  • Repair any leaky faucets
  • Tighten loose door knobs
  • Replace damaged screens
  • Replace cracked or broken panes of glass as it will drastically improve the appearance of a window or door.
  • Replace burned-out light bulbs and broken light fixtures
  • Secure loose railings
  • Patch small holes in walls and ceilings and repaint
  • Repair or replace faded or peeling wallpaper
  • Repair and coat the driveway

Do Maintenance Improvements:
The maintenance improvements listed below are relatively easy and inexpensive to complete yet can substantially improve a home's appearance (value), efficiency and comfort.

  • Trim trees and shrubs
  • Apply new caulking and weatherstripping as needed around windows and doors
  • Clean gutters of debris and leaves, repair or replace cracked or broken gutters, downspouts and extensions to ensure proper drainage
  • Replace bathroom caulk or grout where necessary
  • Ventilate and dehumidify closed basements and crawl spaces
  • Grade soil around the house to prevent collection of water next to the foundation
  • Replace dirty filters in the heating and ventilating systems
  • Have the heating, ventilating and air-conditioning systems professionally serviced
  • Have chimneys professionally cleaned and inspected

Check the Major Systems:
A primary concern for home buyers is the condition of the basic structure and major mechanical systems. Water leakage around windows and in basements is a common issue. Most buyers are afraid of the cost to repair these critical areas:

  • Roof structure (rafters) and sheathing or other covering (shingles)
  • Foundation, basement, and/or crawl space
  • Downspouts should be shooting water 6 feet out from the home
  • Central heating and air conditioning systems
  • Electrical system
  • Plumbing system

Prepare For the Buyer's Inspection:
Find the various house records that can be used to answer questions from the purchaser and their inspector:

  • Appliance receipts, service records and warranties
  • Age of major components such as the roof, furnace, air-conditioner, etc.
  • Major component warranties

Heating, water and electric bills from at least the past 12 months

 

Pre Listing Home Inspection:
This can be a good idea as it can reassure buyers that your home is in good shape.

  • A solid pre-listing Home Inspection Report can encourage buyers to make good offers without any conditions.

This helps you prior to listing your home as you will know what needs fixing, or what objections/hesitations buyers will have in viewing your home. It is important to repair obvious faults if you want the best possible price for your home. If you don’t make the proper repairs, be prepared to adjust your price expectations downward.

Take Safety Precautions:
Protect your home and its occupants from danger. Good ideas that create a great impression:

  • Install quality smoke detectors
  • Install quality carbon-monoxide detector
  • Ensure adequate outdoor lighting shows off house
  • Install 'GFCI' outlets outdoors and in wet locations such a bath and laundry areas
  • Keep the stairwells tidy and free of debris and obstructions including around the electrical panel and furnace
  • Keep flammables and combustibles away from the furnace and other utility areas
  • If you have direct entry from the garage to the interior of the home, consider installing a hydraulic or other form of auto-closure device on the door. Check the tension on garage doors