Top spring home maintenance tips for a swift sale

Clean sweep for spring GTA real estate market home sale

This spring is chilly, but the Toronto real estate market is hot according to recent stats.  “Homes are selling briskly throughout the Greater Toronto area and nearby communities.” says Cliff Iverson, president of the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA).  Home sales rose by 5.2% in February 2017 to reach the highest level since April 2016!

That makes this spring the perfect time to get your home ready for a quick and lucrative sale.  Applying our top home maintenance tips will improve your home’s value, appeal and comfort whether you’re looking to sell or just want to enjoy your home at its best.

Check your HVAC systems

Winter is tough on a home’s heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems and the spring is a good time to make sure they’re in top condition.  Replacing the furnace filter and flushing out the water heater are a good place to start as they’ve been given a good workout over the harsh winter months.  This allows your systems to run more efficiently keeping energy bills lower and prolongs the life of the units.  Check your units manuals for replacement and service schedules and contact a licensed HVAC technician.  Air conditioning units should also be serviced in the spring to avoid your system conking out in the hot summer months due to a lack of maintenance.  These ounces of prevention are worth a pound of your systems reliability!

Improve curb appeal with outdoor maintenance

There is nothing like arriving at a fresh looking, beautiful home after a long workday or to start a weekend.  The early spring is a great time to tackle some outdoor home maintenance projects that will beautify your home for your enjoyment or to get ready for listing.

Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean and unclogged.  It’s important to direct rainwater away from the house and foundation to prevent leaking basements and water damage that can prove costly to homeowners.  Six hundred gallons of water falls on a 1,000 square foot rooftop for every one inch of rainfall!  Make sure soffit and fascia are clean and in good repair.

Clean and re-caulk around windows to prevent drafts and leaks and to improve the heating and cooling efficiency of your home.  Scrape away the old caulking before applying the new.  Remember to clean the siding, too!  Green algae can grow on the north side where there’s little sunlight.  Remove this with a garden hose, detergent, brush and some elbow grease. This freshens and improves the look of your home showing pride of ownership!

Doors, windows, shutters and their trim should be clean and may require a fresh coat of paint.  Clean and shine the knobs and glass, too.  Staining your deck not only protects the wood but also enhances the beauty of your home.

Nothing showcases spring better than budding flowers and a lush green lawn!  This may be as simple as raking the leaves and adding a planter or two of flowers or have a landscaping company come in and take care of it.

Create an interior space that is beautiful, safe and healthy

Safety first!  Test smoke detectors once per month and replace batteries in the spring and again in the fall during the daylight savings time change.  Replace or clean your dryer vent.  Known to be one of the leading causes of home fires, cleaning the dryer vent not only provides safety but improves efficiency of your dryer prolonging the life of your unit.

Check your plumbing!  Having dripping faucets fixed, caulking around the tub and checking all other plumbing in the home for leaks is a great way to prevent larger and more costly problems down the road.  This can be done on your own or contact a licensed plumber for an inspection and quote.

Check the basement floors and walls for signs of water or leaks and do a test run on the sump pump if you have one.

Check to see if the insulation in the attic is right for your climate.  Sections may need to be replaced if there is moisture build up which will allow for proper ventilation.

Clean your home from top to bottom!  Check out our handy Spring Home Cleaning Checklist for a home that sparkles like new.

Having a yard sale is a great way to de-clutter your home after a long winter to either prepare for a home sale or to simply free up some space.  And who doesn’t love to have some extra cash in their pocket?  Consider having a street sale or tie in to your real estate agents seasonal yard sales to boost your chance of success.

Choose a real estate agent who understands the market

Your home is now spotless.  You are ready to list.  Now to select a real estate professional who will help you price your home, market it well and strive to get your asking price or higher and close within a short time.  There are some key things to consider when choosing an agent:

  • Who stands out in your area?  Ask them for references and speak with their recent clients.
  • Check their credentials and find out their areas of expertise.
  • Look at their current listings.  How quickly did they close?  Were any sold over the asking price?
  • Ask about homes for sale nearby.
  • Ask the agent how they will market your home (Brochures, postcard delivery, website/social media, open houses)
  • Do they use a professional photographer/videographer?
  • Are staging services/consultation provided?
  • Find out if the agent provides the services and qualities that matter most to you!

With sales up and listings down in February 2017 (TREB), the hot real estate market makes this spring a perfect time to get your home ready to sell quickly and to expect good returns on your biggest investment.

2nd Annual Community Yard Sale

On May 16th & 17th we will be hosting our 2nd Annual Community Yard Sale.

The Community Yard Sale will start at 8:00am.

 List of Participants


20 Chelsea Road
32 Aberfeldy Crescent (Only Sat)                                  37 Aberfeldy Crescent                  
1 Donnamora Crescent (In House Content Sale)   5 Woolsthorpe Crescent                  
67 Donnamora Crescent (Only Sun)                            3 Woolsthorpe Crescent 
27 Framingham Drive
137 Simonston Boulevard                                                    4 Chumleigh Crescent
175 Simonston Boulevard                                                    2 Nottinghill Road
208 Simonston Boulevard                                                   56 Snowshoe Crescent
218 Simonston Boulevard                                                    76 Snowshoe Crescent
340 Simonston Boulevard                                                  108 Snowshoe Crescent
435 Simonston Boulevard                                                  101 Snowshoe Crescent
455 Simonston Boulevard                                                   8 Roman Road
36 Dersingham Crescent                                                    33 Roman Road


75 Breckonwood Crescent
23 Holm Crescent
10 West Borough Street
36 West Borough Street
105 Willowbrook Road 

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162 Snowshoe Crescent – Official Kirby Chan Listing

162 Snowshoe Crescent – MLS# N2887798

German Mills Home For Sale

162 Snowshoe Crescent

162 Snowshoe Cres.

162 Snowshoe Cres.

Spacious And Clean 4-Bedroom Renovated German Mills Home, Ready For You To Move In. South Facing Home With Lots Of Windows & Bright Interior. Eat-In Kitchen With Pantry & Desk (2004). Main Bathroom (2009). Powder Room (2004). Sliding Patio Door (2004). Casement Windows (2004) & Roof (2011). Humidifier, Central A/C (2012), Garage Opener. Finished Basement. Fenced Backyard. Nicely Landscaped. No Sidewalks At The Front. No Neighbours & No Highways At The Back.

Includes: Fridge, Stove, Rangehood, Washer & Dryer. Central A/C, Garage Opener & Remotes. All Window Coverings & Light Fixtures. Close To Parks, Schools, Shopping & Ttc. Large Driveway. Sought After Public & Catholic Schools!
Open House This Weekend April 26 & 27 from 2pm to 4pm.
Contact the listing agent Kirby Chan by Calling or Texting 416-305-8008.
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Why Kirby Chan Loves Snowshoe Crescent in German Mills (Markham)?

German Mills Map Kirby Chan

German Mills Map

As I embark on listing my next two homes on Snowshoe Crescent, my wife who is also my business partner asked me some intriguing questions. I thought it would be interesting to document our conversation.

How do you know so many people on Snowshoe Cres.?

Every month I send a newsletter keeping everyone up to date on the German Mills Real Estate Market.
Than I strive to personally meet everyone at least once to “put a face to the name”.
Never once have I asked anyone if they wanted to sell their home.

If you don’t ask people to sell their homes, than how are you listing more homes on Snowshoe Cres. than everyone else?

Well people don’t just list their homes suddenly because a real estate agent comes to the door and asks “Are you looking to sell your home?”
They are looking for someone they have a relationship with and someone that will be fully dedicated to their home as much as they are.
Rather than asking (a sign of lack), I prefer to maintain relationships, making friends and attract (a sign of abundance).

Why do you like German Mills so much?

My passion is helping people. It all started 4 years ago when I sold my first home in German Mills. The neighbours, the community embraced me and made me feel a part of the community. I have never felt so accepted in my life. At that point I decide this is where I belong and the residents  here will be like my family. I committed to give the German Mills area more exposure so more people will know how great it is to live here. I have to admit, it’s not that hard to convince people. German Mills is the most affordable area in Markham to buy a home. Add in great schools like German Mills Public School, Thornlea Secondary School, St. Michel Academy and St. Robert Catholic High School. Add in the central location and easy access to TTC and Highway 401. It hard not to love the German Mills Community.

I see on average you are selling at 110% of listing price. How do you do that?

Our home selling system has comprehensive coverage. That means we do marketing, we proactively locate buyers and we package the product (the house) to attract the highest price that willing buyers are able to pay.

Here are some hard questions… How many homes are on Snowshoe Crescent?


What year were they built?

1972 & 1973

What kind of homes are on the street?

All homes on the street are link homes. That means the basement is attached on one side to the neighbour’s basement. Above ground the homes all look like detached homes. Most of the homes are 2-storey, there are a few bungalows and some raised bungalows.

How big are the large homes  on the street?

The large models are 2000 sq.ft. Some owners have additions that increase the size to 2200 sq.ft.

How small are the smallest homes on the street?

The small bungalows are 1200 sq.ft.

If someone want to buy or sell a home in German Mills how do they get started.

The first step is to give me a call at 416-305-8008. Talking with me can save you hours in planning and doing research.

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Grandview Homes for Sale, Markham

GrandviewNear Thornhill, just north of Steeles Avenue is the charming Grandview community. The West Markham neighborhood is close to both 404 and 407 Highways and is easy access to the area transit line and the TTC subway which makes it a perfect place to raise a family or an individual who goes to the city on a daily basis. While there is only Grandview Public School in the community for the younger children, teenagers are able to find secondary schools easily but looking at neighboring Bayview Glen or Thornhill.

There are many homes to choose from in Grandview for the first-time or step-up buyer from detached two-storey and bungalows to estates and condos. The average price tag for a home in Grandview is approximately $835,000.

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For more information about the Grandview community, please contact Kirby Chan.

German Mills Homes for Sale, Markham

German Mills

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Bordering Highway 404, the West Markham community of German Mills is predominately a residential community that features a wide variety of homes great for any buyer or seller. The residents are mostly have cars as the Highway 404 and Steels Avenue is a stones throw away. However, one can also find quick transit close with the York Region Transit (YRT), Viva and TTC all running continuously. For those who have children, German Mills has many schools in the area including; German Mills Public School, Thornlea Secondary School and Willowbrook Public School.

The homes in the area were built between the 1970s and 1980s and still have a glow about them with a certain character about them. German Mills has detached homes, semi-detached homes, apartment-style condominiums and link homes. The average price tag for a property in German Mills can go for approximately $696,648.

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For more information about the German Mills community, please contact Kirby Chan.