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10 Tools Every Homeowner Should Own
Posted on Sat, 30 Jul 2016, 11:10:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  My services
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Some of us will tackle any project that comes our way, while others have neither the time nor the inclination to do home improvement. Here is a list of 10 basic tools that are perfect for your first-time homebuyer toolbox, even if you never plan to use them. Always remember to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and use proper safety equipment.

Home Improvement Book

Black & Decker has an entire series dedicated to home repair and improvement, but for a quick reference guide choose their “Black & Decker The Book of Home How-To: The Complete Photo Guide to Home Repair & Improvement.” Remember to consult your local code manuals.


When choosing the size and type of ladder, consider the height of your interior ceilings and whether you plan to use it outside for cleaning the gutters.

toolsLightweight Drill with Bit Set

Corded or cordless, a powerful lightweight drill is worth more than its weight in gold. Make sure the bit set has a variety of types and sizes, and many will usually come with a case and magnetic bit holder.

Extension Cord

Especially useful for that drill you just bought, but also good for Christmas lights, the dehumidifier in the basement, or other outdoor power tools. Be sure to get something high quality, indoor/outdoor, and with multiple plugs should you ever need them.

Screwdriver Set, or Similar

For those times when the drill is overkill, a screwdriver set never goes out of style. Spend a little more and buy a single screwdriver that ratchets and has multiple heads built into the handle – these take up very little space and are good for so many applications!

Adjustable Wrench / Crescent Wrench

Unless you are willing to spend a little more, this will not get you through any major plumbing projects, but it will shut off the water in an emergency or install a low-flow shower head.


This is probably the most obvious of the group, but there are actually many different types of hammers for different applications. Start with a basic but solid model with a little bit of heft.

Miscellaneous Fastener Kit

There are many versions of this, but they are usually relatively cheap plastic boxes with several types of nails, screws, nuts, and bolts. When you misplace the screw for your cabinet knob, need to hang a picture in a pinch, or want to secure the lip of trim on the stairs, you’ll be ready.

Tape Measure

From measuring for furniture to hanging shelving and trim, a tape measure is indispensable. Consider buying more than one – something longer and sturdier for the toolbox, and something shorter, more compact, and possibly magnetic to hang on the fridge or keep in your purse or car.


True, you won’t want to keep this in your toolbox, but don’t forget what a helpful home improvement tool it can be. Many smartphones have built-in levels and flashlights, offer conversion apps, can provide eBooks on any home improvement topic, and have the internet to look up code restrictions, find instructions or manuals, or watch helpful YouTube instructional videos. And, in a pinch, you can use it to call a professional for help!

The final tools any homeowner needs to have in his or her toolbox are humor and humility. Home improvement is hard, especially at first. You will get better and hopefully have some fun along the way. Be proud of your accomplishments, no matter how small. And if you find yourself at the end of your rope, don’t be afraid to call in a professional.

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Four Things Homeowners Should do Before Selling the Home
Posted on Mon, 30 May 2016, 11:45:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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Now that you have decided to place your home on the market, the real work begins. Before you can put a for sale sign in your front yard, you will need to put in a real effort to get your home ready for buyers. Here are four popular things that you should do to help the potential buyers come pouring in. 

The Less Clutter the Better 
Regardless of how long you have lived in your home, you are likely to have some type of clutter. Most of these items may have meaning to you, but the significance will not appeal to buyers. Therefore, now is the time to go through the clutter and donate the items you no longer need, throw away the clutter that cannot be donated, and sell anything that you believe will earn you some extra money. If there are big items in your home that you want to keep, you should place these large items in storage. By removing the clutter, you make the rooms in the home seem larger than what they truly are, which is the visual that you want to provide to buyers. 

Erase the Evidence of Pets 
Even though pets are great, you will need to get rid of the evidence that a pet lived in your house before you place the property on the market. While you havecheck become immune to the smell or mess that your pets create, a new home buyer will not have that same immunity. Potential buyers that walk thru your home before making a bid will see the fur, smell the smells, and notice any stains or wreckage that your pet has left behind. Therefore, doing whatever you can to remove the trace of your pet is an important step before selling your home. 

Here are some of the best ways to erase evidence of pets in your home:

• Repair fences 

• Shampoo or replace the carpet

• Air out the home

• Ask your neighbours or friends to pet sit while you are showing your home to potential buyers 

Make the Home Less About You 
You may be wondering how you can achieve this tip, but it is possible. When buyers come into your home, you want them to imagine themselves living in the house. You do not want buyers to be overwhelmed with your personal belongings, such as figurines that you collect, or photos of your family and friends. When you give buyers a clean slate to work with, they will be more likely to purchase the home. 

Keep in mind that scaling back the photos, removing the model cars, or packing up some of the collectible items does not mean you have to completely erase your existence from the home. Removing most of the personal items helps the home look less personalized, and it allows buyers to see themselves living in the property. 

Keep the Paperwork in Order 
This may not seem like a job to do before the home is placed on the market, but the paperwork can be crucial. Buyers will want to be assured that the home has been maintained for comfortable living. Therefore, they want to know:

• If the plumbing systems work well

• The average costs of utilities 

• Which appliances will stay 

• If the HVAC systems are up-to-date 

• and more… 

Answering these questions is not hard to do if you have the paperwork in order. This includes maintenance receipts, current utility bills, and other important paperwork that can give actual estimates, or show that the home has been well maintained. You can make a list of these things, along with the answers, and give this information to your Realtor. 

Remember that presentation is everything when it pertains to selling a home. By using the tips above, you could help increase your odds of coming out on top emotionally, and financially.

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