Hope this "ALISON AND THE CITY" newsletter finds you well and enjoying the last few
days of sunny warm weather.
I have included a few homes I have recently listed for sale, that some of you have
mentioned interest in these areas.
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Alison Maharaj C21 Agent http://www.alisonandthecity.net/0/Home
Please feel free to call me direct to book a private appointment.
I consider it my job as a REALTOR® to be continually informed of the current housing
market and economic factors that may influence family’s decisions to buy or sell their
I welcome you to call me anytime to discuss your options to buy or sell or if I could help
make any suggestions that you may consider.
What to Look for When Viewing a Home
When buying a home it is easy to fall in love with a home's appearance, but it’s important to look
deeper into the home before you decide to purchase. A careful inspection of the home during your
viewing can help you eliminate the homes with too many defects.
First Impressions Count
The Outside of the House can tell you a lot. Look at the condition of the roof and external walls.
External problems like cracks in the walls or foundation may not be covered by house insurance.
On the inside, if the owners don’t bother keeping the house clean and attractive, how well are they
doing in fixing problems, like water leaks? Look for water stains or bulges on the walls or ceilings.
This could mean there’s a water problem.
Do Things Work....And For You?
Kitchens and bathrooms are the most expensive rooms in the house to renovate so pay close attention
to the details. Check the water pressure and drainage by turning on taps or flushing the toilet. If its a
preference on taste...budget for those changes. If homes are "dated" this is usually already taken into
consideration when the owners and agent discuss a list price. To walk into a home and start deducting
the price by "fixes" whether it be cosmetic or mechanical... is just not correct. The majority of the time,
this was already compensated for. A Market Evaluation will be done and made to compare the sale prices
of similar homes in similar condition to guage a range in value.
.Check doors and windows to make sure there’s no draft coming into the home.
Windows and doors should fit snugly and operate smoothly. Also may be repl;aced and factored into
the List price of the home.
Floors should be smooth, even, and solid. Soft springy sections, excessive squeaking, and unevenness
are all indications that repairs may be needed. You may have already decided that new floors will be
required and most likely factored into the list price of the home.
Make sure that all the services you need, such as plumbing, electrical, mechanical and
included appliances are available and in working order. Although this is written into offers,
good to check ahead of time.
When you’re close to finding the right home for you, it may be time to hire a certified Home Inspector.
We will discuss if the home inspection should be written in an offer or if we should plan the inspection
prior to submitting the offer.