4th Annual Thornhill Spring Yard Sale 2017

De-clutter your home and cash in!

Kirby Chan & Co. are once again giving back to the community!   We will be hosting our 4th Annual Thornhill Community Yard Sale on the weekend of May 6-7, 2017 from 8 am to noon (rain date will be the following weekend).

Participation is free and is a great way to declutter your home in time for spring.  We take care of all the advertising, promoting and setting up of the street signs.  This saves participants time, money and helps bring buyers to your yard sale.

If you are someone who loves to shop at yard sales; send us an email and we will send you a list of participating locations.

To find out how to have a successful yard sale, and what the hottest items are to sell, check out our article at KirbyChan.com.

Email:  clientcare@KirbyChan.com
Phone:  416-305-8008
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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

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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

GERMAN MILLS

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
 

WILLOWBROOK

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

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Always here to help!

Kirby Chan & Carrie Szeto
Sales Representatives
info@KirbyChan.com
Cell: 416.305.8008