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You are about to list your home and you have been debating whether an Open House is something you should do. Every in-law and friend has an opinion. Some will tell you it's the only way to sell, while others may try to convince you of the the labour and time involved to prepare. If you have conflicting feelings, then it is a discussion you should have with your real estate agent. An experienced listing agent will be able to answer your questions. So have them ready. Once you have the answers, you can balance the pros and cons for yourself, and then determine if an Open House meets your needs as a home seller. This decision is one that only you, and your agent can make.  
I have prepared some of the steps and tasks required for a successful Open House. Reviewing these may help you understand better what's involved. These tips may also bring to mind some of the questions you have for your agent.
Tips for a Successful Open House
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If you are considering buying or selling a home on your own you should not rule out hiring a real estate professional until you have done your research. Research the pros and cons of working on your own, and then determine if you have the knowledge, patience and time to take on this very important task. 


"For Sale By Owner" (FSBO) is the term used in the real estate business when an individual chooses to go it alone when selling their home. You can find a large amount of information online on this topic and I suggest you do the research needed to make your decision. A home is a huge financial investment and if you have any doubts then choose "safe" over "sorry".


I would hope that you consider these 5 factors before you decide.


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Putting your house up for sale can be a busy and stressful time, but even more so if you have little ones. How will you keep the chaos at a minimum and have that spotless home that buyers love to see? How will you jet off to your day job, get the lunches made, keep up with the laundry AND show a put-together home? 


First, you need to know that you are not alone, and thousands of families with small children list and sell their homes without losing their minds. The key to success, reduced stress and maintaining your sanity through the process is, to actively involve your kids. Of course the toddlers and preschool age kids can't be of much assistance, but school age children can be a big help if you have a plan. Review the strategies below, and decide which ones will work for you and your kids. You may be surprised at how well some of these ideas can help.


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The Do's and Don'ts of Kitchen Upgrades for Home Sellers


You have recently decided to list your home for sale and you have the feeling that you may get more money for it if you spend some dollars on upgrades to the kitchen. So, which updates should you consider and which projects should you avoid?  Investing a large amount of money in huge kitchen renovations will not just drain your wallet but may also delay how soon you can list your home. There are several time friendly changes you can make in the kitchen that are budget friendly and help you to avoid over spending. Have a look at these "Do's and Don'ts to consider when planning those upgrades.


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Unexpected leaks and excess moisture can cause mould and mildew that not only have an offensive odour, but can cause future health problems. Realtors watch for signs of moisture in basements when they list a house and when they take a buyer through. If you are selling your home, it would be wise to have any moisture problems fixed before you list your home.


Today’s buyer is almost always going to hire a home inspector to help them determine if there are any issues with the home.  A damp or wet basement will not escape the sharp inspector. Before listing your home there are a few things you can do to ensure a wet basement doesn't affect the sale.

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