Your imagination is the most powerful tool you have to improve the value of your property – and it’s free. Here’s how: Step out of your own shoes and step into your potential buyer’s shoes. Then take a good, realistic look at your house and property, and consider: Is it appealing? Can you imagine yourself living there comfortably? Or do you imagine yourself putting in a lot of work to make the house and property acceptable?



Most buyers are interested in three things about a property they’re considering:


• Visual appeal (landscaping, spaciousness, cleanliness, color, lack of clutter)

• Maintenance (everything in working order, nothing to repair or paint)

• Safety (locks and deadbolts, burglar/fire alarm systems, busyness of the neighborhood)


If a potential buyer can’t form a good mental picture of living in your house – no sale! With this in mind, you’ll want to give your property a good, hard look from the outside in. You want to create a fabulous first impression so everyone will want to come inside.


What to Look For On the Outside:


• Roof and gutters: When buyers look at your house from their car, about 30% of what they see is your roof. Be certain it’s in good repair.

• Landscaping: A well-manicured yard and a smooth, even driveway reassure potential buyers that you care about your property. A yard free of mud and weeds suggests a good sprinkler system and low maintenance.

• Paint and siding: Neutral colors and a clean appearance are important. Consider repainting or power-washing both your house and roof.

• Porch or covered patio: Make sure it’s clean and uncluttered.

• Fence: Fencing should be in good repair.


What to Look For On the Inside:


• Kitchen: Regardless of your kitchen size, you can make it feel spacious. Remove appliances and gadgets from your counter tops and store them. Repair broken or cracked counters. • Bathrooms: Replace faucets, medicine cabinet, and towel racks, if necessary; be certain the bathrooms are spotless and fresh-smelling. • Master Bedroom: Spaciousness and décor are important. Remove and store nonessential furniture. • Flooring: An investment in new carpeting almost always increases the perceived value of a home. Select a neutral color of medium-grade carpeting and padding. Replace cracked and broken tiles. • Wall covering: A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Always use neutral or soft, warm colors. Avoid wallpaper. • Personal touches: Eclectic personal touches may distract potential buyers.




Deciding What to Do First ? Contact me for best advice what improvements produce ROI


The most important thing to think about first is this ?


Fix what you can see! Cosmetic changes, regardless of the cost, will make a world of difference when it comes time to sell. Whatever you saw when you put on your potential buyer’s shoes, that’s what you do first– from the outside in. Keep in mind that you want the best return on your investment. When you make cosmetic changes, you maximize popular appeal. People will see what looks great, and they’ll picture themselves living there.


Conversely, if your home looks untended, people will imagine how much work they have to do – again, no sale! The cost of such a project might frighten you; however, think about the cost of not doing it. If it costs $2,000 to repair your roof and gutters and you balk at the price, think again. The same roof repair will probably decrease your asking price by $4,000 when a buyer begins to negotiate. Ask your realtor for guidance OR second opinion.

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Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Please visit our Open House at 105 2688 VINE ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Please visit our Open House at 105 2688 VINE ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Please visit our Open House at 105 2688 VINE ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Please visit our Open House at 105 2688 VINE ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, February 3, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Creating Good Vibes & Rules That Your Tenants Will Abide. 

Cannabis’ legalization is nigh and that’s harshing the mellow of some BC homeowners with secondary suites. 

 

Dank, mold covered walls and exposed electrical wiring which we’ve all seen in multiple grow-op bust videos on the news have created legitimate fears of what cannabis or marijuana can do to a home.  

 

Owners have also expressed worry about the smell associated with cannabis’ usage, and wonder what will happen if tenants decide to light up. 

 

Fortunately, we can all chill out thanks to clear BC legislation, particularly Bill 30. Just a little understanding of these new, simple rules will make being a landlord an excellent adventure.  


Homeowner Rights Aren’t Up In Smoke 

When Canada Day, or ‘Cannabis Day’ rolls around, ‘no smoking’ rules won’t be blunted. Tenant agreements stipulating ‘no smoking’ and/or any tobacco usage automatically carries over to cannabis, prohibiting its usage. 

 

However, new tenancy agreements will need to specifically mention cannabis usage or have a broad statement such as LandlordBC’s suggested ban of the “smoking and vaping of all combustible materials.”

Nip Growth In The Bud

After extensive conversation, the BC government is retroactively prohibiting cannabis growth and cultivation in rental suites. 

 

Even if an existing tenancy agreement does not have a clause preventing ‘canna-culture,’ homeowners are legally safeguarded against it. However, all new tenancy agreements must specifically state that cannabis growth is not allowed. 

 

If you’d like to grow cannabis yourself, make sure it’s done in accordance with the law. Ensure plants are not near windows and are not visible to the outside. 

Get New Papers 

If you’re a landlord, take a moment to update your tenancy papers to reflect these changes. It’s as simple as stating, ‘no smoking and vaping of all combustible materials,’ and ‘no cultivation of cannabis or its derivatives.’ 

 

And as always, whether you’re a tenant or homeowner, open communication during this legalization process is the totally righteous way to go.

 
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KITSILANO'S First on First. A unique boutique modern concrete mid-rise across from Seaforth Park and walking distance to Kits Beach, Granville island & Downtown. South-facing ONE BEDROOM + FLEX SPACE/DEN with 603 sq ft. High ceilings with an open kitchen & Italian designer cabinetry, stainless steel appliances: Bosch gas stove & dishwasher, Fisher & Paykel Fridge, granite counter tops. In-suite laundry, outdoor balcony; 1 secured parking & storage locker. Pets & rentals ok. Trifecta of real-estate! Open House Sat May 12th - 2-4
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