Comox Valley Real Estate News Blog

Aug. 15, 2022

How to prep your home for the market

Are you thinking about selling your home? It’s not fun when you get to the negotiating table and you find out you’re unprepared. With the right preparation, you can set your home up for success!

 

Check out these 7 tips to get your house ready for sale.

 

 

 

1.    Depersonalize and declutter

 

You want to make your home a blank state so that buyers can envision themselves living there. Remove the junk mail off the counter, the children’s homework off the table, and anything else that can be distracting.

 

2.    Deep clean

 

Hire a professional cleaner or clean it thoroughly yourself so you can make that lasting first impression. Buyers will notice dusty fans, dirty trash cans, stained baseboards, dirty windows and other neglected areas of your home.

 

3.    Spruce up + touch up

 

Incorporate plants, update the light fixtures and make sure the front entrance and front yard looks inviting. Refreshing the paint on the walls can also go a long way.

 

4.    Make necessary repairs

 

All those things you’ve been avoiding, it’s time to fix them. Change light bulbs, fix the leaking kitchen faucet and any chipped or cracked flooring.

 

5.    Make your home smell good

 

Put away the litter box, eliminate pet smells, wash the carpets, and get rid of any other unpleasant odours. Try baking right before hand, lighting a candle, and opening up the windows so your home smells fresh.

 

6.    Secure a great real estate team

 

Hire a real estate agent, photographer, and other professional help. The results will speak for themselves!

 

7.    Get a pre-listing home inspection

 

Fix any problems you missed before you list. This is one way you can ensure you get top dollar for your home!

 

 

 

Getting your home ready is a big job. By following these tips, you’ll have a sold sign on your front lawn before you know it!

Posted in Selling Your Home
Aug. 1, 2022

8 Ways to Stage Your Closet to Sell Your Home Faster

Minimalism is your friend when selling your home! It is so important to organize your closets and storage to make a good impression. Although these spaces may not appear to be of much importance, closets and storage can make or break a home for a buyer. Here are 8 tips to make your closets look appealing for potential buyers.

 

1.    Ensure the floor is cleared. Remove anything off the ground such as shoes or boxes.

2.    Brighten up the space with light fixtures or paint the walls white. You don’t want the space to look dark and uninviting.

3.    Make sure all the clothing hangers match and face the same way. Try pick something timeless like wooden hangers.

4.    Remove unnecessary items from view. Just because people are looking at your closets, doesn’t mean you need to put everything you own on display. You can strategically store them in the attic, neatly in the garage, or pack them in a suitcase.

5.    Coordinate your clothes. To go the extra mile, organize your clothing by color and into sections such as dresses, sweaters, and other categories.

6.    Pack away all your old, ragged clothing and choose your nicer looking clothing to be at the forefront. There’s no point in having stained, faded, or ripped clothing on display.

7.    Try installing an organizer system! Storage cubes, baskets, and shelving units are key in organizing any space in your home.

 

8.    Tuck away valuables. Hide private and confidential information so they’re not in view such as passports, important documents, or cash.

 

 

 

One of the biggest “must-haves” for buyers is a home with lots of storage. You want to create the illusion that your home has tons of space and help them envision themselves in it. Even if your home has all the space in the world, if you don’t stage it properly, it can make potential buyers think otherwise.

Make your organized closets a reason to buy your home! By following these tips, you will be sure to impress your buyers.

Posted in Home Tips
July 15, 2022

Tips for a smooth move

The big day is finally here, congrats!

Moving is inevitable at one point or another and can be extremely overwhelming. Taking some necessary steps will make the transition to your new home much more enjoyable. Here are some tips to make your move a smooth one!

 

1.    Start Early

Do not leave moving to the last minute. Start earlier than you would think so that you don’t stress yourself out when it comes to moving day.

2.    Determine your strategy

Are you using professional movers? Are you renting a U-haul? Are you doing it yourself with friends and family? Moving is a big job and isn’t something you can do alone. Be sure to hire somebody right away or recruit the help you need.

3.    Reuse boxes

What are you planning on putting your belongings in? Prior to your move, grab a few boxes the next time you’re at the grocery store and any other moving supplies you may need.

4.    Labelling your moving boxes

Labelling all your boxes will save you later on when you’re trying to find something specific. Try to label them all the same way. Taking photos also helps, especially when it comes to electronics so you can remember how things were put together before.

5.    Prepare your moving day bag

This one is super important. On the day of your move, make sure to put aside the essentials you need i.e. toiletry bag, garbage bags, change of clothes etc.

6.    Purge + declutter

Purging and organizing will make your move a lot easier. There’s no sense in bringing anything that you don’t need anymore. Determine if you’re going to sell, donate, or take any of your belongings to the landfill.

7.    Give yourself time

We’ll say it time and time again. Last minute things always come up when you’re moving so make sure you give yourself lots of time. You can think you’ve prepared yourself but there are always things that can come up.

8.    Stay hydrated and eat

It’s so easy to engross yourself in moving that you forget to take short breaks and eat snacks. Moving is very physical so it can take a lot out of you!

9.    Unloading process

It’s very important to supervise the unloading process. You don’t want to be rummaging through your new house trying to find certain things. Make sure you know where your important documents and valuables are going.

10.  Book the new house set up

Don’t forget to set up your Internet, TV, and other utilities so that when moving day comes, this is all ready to go!

 

Happy moving!

 

Posted in Home Tips
July 1, 2022

Do I need to get a home inspection on a new home?

In short, the answer is yes. Brand new developments are popping up all over the Comox Valley. Buying a new house is serious business and there are misconceptions that new homes are flawless in comparison to older builds.

 

A professional home inspection is a third-party evaluation that covers everything from the foundation, plumbing, electrical, fire safety, or anything else in the home that appears to be at risk.

 

When purchasing an older house, it is a no brainer to obtain an inspection. But why should one bother to order a home inspection if everything is built from scratch?

 

Here are 4 benefits to getting a home inspection for a new home:

 

 

1.   Discover any hidden issues in the home

 

Newer homes might not possess the same problems as older homes such as hidden mold, failing heat systems, faulty foundation, and more. However, problems can still occur. Inspections in a new home can detect leaks, electrical wiring issues, grade sloping, insulation defects, and much more.  

 

 

2.   Contractors can work too fast on the job

More instances than not, contractors are working for speed and at a price, which can unfortunately mean working for the bare minimum and not following code. It is common for contractors to be working on a variety of projects and rushing from job site to job site. They’re also human and humans can make mistakes. The benefit of the inspection can ensure that nothing was overlooked in the building process.

 

 

3.   A new home has never been lived in

 

If you are moving into a new build, chances are you will be the first one to live in the home. But with that, you are the guinea pig that will be testing it out. For example, analyzing how the home holds out during a storm or how severe the wear and tear will be.

 

 

4.   New builds are in new development areas

 

In many cases, new homes are built in a new area where there is lots of construction. Contractors can be working on multiple homes for months at a time and therefore, overworked which can result in overlooking different areas of the job.

 

The bottom line is to never assume that your new build was built perfectly. Yes, inspections can be costly but new homes can have problems too! It doesn’t hurt to assess to make sure it is up to expected standards as at the end of the day, nothing is more important than living in a safe environment.

Posted in Home Tips
June 1, 2022

Advice for First Time Home Buyers

So, you're finally ready to take the plunge and buy your first home! Congratulations! This is a huge accomplishment, and there's a lot to think about before you get started. In this blog post, we'll give you some advice for first-time homebuyers on what to do and what to expect. Buying a home can be stressful, but it's also an exciting experience. With the right preparation, you can make it as smooth as possible! 

Pre-approval

One of the first things you should do is get pre-approved for a mortgage. This will give you an idea of how much money you can borrow and what your monthly payments will be. It's also a good idea to start saving up for a down payment and closing costs. These can add up quickly, so it's best to be prepared.

Know your Budget

When you're ready to start looking for homes, it's important to know your budget and what you're looking for in a home. Take some time to sit down and make a list of must-haves and nice-to-haves. This will help you narrow down your search and avoid getting overwhelmed by all of the options out there.

Work with a Realtor

A realtor can be a great resource when you're buying a home. They'll help you find homes that match your criteria and can give you advice on the home-buying process. It's important to find a realtor that you trust and feel comfortable working with.

Be Prepared for the Unexpected

There's always the possibility that something could go wrong during the home-buying process. Be prepared for things like inspections that come back with problems or issues with your mortgage approval. If something does happen, try to stay calm and work with your realtor to figure out a solution.

 

The home-buying process can be daunting, but it doesn't have to be. With a little preparation and the right team on your side, you can find the perfect home for you and your family. Contact The Bryce Hanson Team today to get started! We're here to help you every step of the way. 

Posted in Buying a Home
May 20, 2022

Benefits of a Loan Pre-Approval

Benefits of a Loan Pre-Approval 

 

Are you in the market for a new home? If so, one of the most important things you can do is get a loan pre-approval. A pre-approval will give you an idea of how much money you can borrow and will help speed up the home buying process. Don’t forget this step! Get ahead early if you’re thinking about buying a home!

 

How does getting a loan pre-approval help? Read on to find out!

Know how much you can borrow 

One of the main benefits of getting a loan pre-approval is that it will give you an idea of how much money you can borrow. This is important because it will help you narrow down your search to homes that are within your budget.

 

Speed up the process

Hoping to buy a home quickly? Another benefit of getting a loan pre-approval is that it can speed up the home buying process. Once you have a pre-approval, sellers will know that you are serious about buying a home and they may be more willing to negotiate on price and terms.

 

Possible lower interest rate

A loan pre-approval can also help you get a lower interest rate on your loan. Lenders often offer lower interest rates to borrowers who have been pre-approved for a loan.

 

Get an idea of monthly payments 

A loan pre-approval will also give you an idea of your monthly payments. This is important because it will help you budget for your new home.

 

Peace of Mind

Finally, a loan pre-approval can give you peace of mind. Once you have been pre-approved for a loan, you will know that you are qualified to buy a home and this can help relieve some of the stress that comes with the home buying process.

 

If you are in the market for a new home, we encourage you to get a loan pre-approval. A pre-approval will give you an idea of how much money you can borrow and can help make the process a smooth and seamless one. 

 

Looking at buying or selling a home? The Bryce Hanson Team has the experience you need to ensure the process is a smooth and enjoyable one, with a team you can depend on. Reach out to us today!

Posted in Buying a Home
May 3, 2022

Why you should work with a Realtor

Why you should work with a Realtor

 

When you’re buying or selling a home, working with a realtor is a smart choice. Realtors are experts in the field and can help make the process easier for you.  Whether you are a first-time home buyer or you are looking to purchase additional properties there are many reasons why you should work with a realtor when buying or selling. By working with a realtor you will be able to have someone you can rely on throughout the entire process – from finding the perfect home to closing on the deal. Working with a realtor provides peace of mind and takes the stress out of buying or selling a home.

 

Paperwork

When you are buying or selling a home, the process can be complicated and there is a lot of paperwork involved. A realtor can help make sure everything is in order and that all the paperwork is correct. They can also help with any other paperwork that may be involved in the process, such as mortgage paperwork or title work. Having a realtor help with these things can make the process of buying or selling a home much easier.  

 

Trust 

When you are working with a realtor, you can be confident that they have your best interests in mind. Realtors are experienced professionals who will work hard to get you the best deal possible on your home. They know the ins and outs of the business and will negotiate on your behalf. You can trust that a realtor will do everything they can to help you buy or sell your home. 

 

Experience pricing homes 

Pricing a home correctly is important to sell it quickly and for the right price. A realtor has experience doing this and knows how to price a home so that it will sell quickly and for a great price. This can save you a lot of time and money in the long run.

 

Negotiation

When buying or selling a home, the price is often negotiable. A realtor can help you negotiate the best possible price for your home. Knowing that you have a trusted professional on your side through negotiations can take a weight off your shoulders. 

 

Peace of Mind

Buying or selling is a big decision and can be a stressful process. A realtor can provide peace of mind throughout the entire process. They will help to take the stress out of buying or selling and will be there for you every step of the way. They can help guide you through the process, answer any questions you may have, and offer advice when needed. 

 

If you are ready to start working with a realtor, contact us today. We would be happy to help you find the perfect home or sell your current one! The Bryce Hanson Team is made up of experienced and professional realtors who are ready to help you through the process!

April 20, 2022

Moving with Pets: Helpful Tips and Resources

If you're like most pet owners, you can't imagine moving without your furry friend by your side. While moving with pets can be a little more complicated than moving without them, if you plan, you can make the process much easier for yourself and your pet. In this blog post, we will discuss the important things to know when moving with pets. We'll provide tips on how to make the move easier for both you and your pet, and we'll also recommend some resources that can help make the process even smoother.

Make a plan

Take the time to make a plan for your pet for moving day, this includes their care on the day of. If you're hiring professional movers, be sure to ask if they are comfortable working around animals. If they're not, you may need to make arrangements for someone else to watch your pet while the movers are in your home.

If you're not hiring professional movers, you'll need to figure out how you will keep your pet safe and out of the way while you're busy packing and moving furniture. The last thing you want to do is to be running around your new neighbourhood searching for your curious, sight-seeing pets. 

Travel Arrangements

Consider when making a plan for moving with pets their travel arrangements. If you're driving to your new home, you'll need to make sure that your pet is comfortable in the car and that they have everything they need for the trip. If you're flying, you'll need to research the airline's policies on transporting pets and make sure that you have all of the required paperwork.

If you are moving into a new country be sure to check the laws around importing your pets, you don’t want to come up against any surprises! 

 

Consider an overnight kit 

It's a good idea to put together an overnight kit that has all of the essentials like food and water bowls, a few days' worth of food, toys, and any medications that your pet takes. This way, if there are any delays in getting to your new home, you'll be prepared. 

This is also beneficial when you first arrive at your new home. There will undoubtedly be many boxes and if you have a few of your pet’s essentials ready to go you can avoid rummaging through boxes looking for specific items. 

Pet-friendly overnight rentals in Comox Valley 

Want to have a backup option incase you need to stay overnight while waiting to get into your new home? Here are a few locations around Comox Valley that you can get in contact with!

 

Contact your vet

Before you move, be sure to contact your vet and get copies of your pet's medical records. If you're moving out of the area, you'll also need to find a new vet in your new city. Your current vet may be able to recommend a good one. It's also a good idea to ask for recommendations on boarding facilities or pet sitters in your new area, just in case you need them.

Comox Valley Vets 

Moving to Comox Valley and looking for a new vet? Here’s our list of top vets in the area you can check out:

 

Settling In

Once you've finally arrived at your new home, it's important to take things slow and let your pet adjust to its new surroundings. Keep their routine the same as much as possible and try not to make too many changes at once. With a little patience and some planning, you and your pet will be settled into your new home in no time!

To help your pet settle in, create a new routine by feeding them at the same time each day and feeding them in the same spot.  Be sure you keep a good eye on them while they are getting to know their new neighbourhood and use treats and toys to encourage them to explore new rooms in the house to ensure they feel comfortable!

Making a plan for your pet's care before moving day will help to ensure that the move goes smoothly for both you and your furry friend. With a little planning and preparation, you can make sure that your pet is safe, comfortable, and happy during the move.


Got questions about your next move? The Bryce Hanson Real Estate Team has the experience and knowledge to make your next move a smooth and easy transaction.  Contact us today to learn more!

Posted in Home Tips
April 1, 2022

Most Important Spaces to Spruce Up Before you Sell your Home

Selling your home can be a daunting task. Between fixing up the yard, getting the inside ready for potential buyers, and making sure everything is in order, it can feel like there's a lot to do! One of the best ways to make your home more appealing to buyers is by freshening up some key areas in your home. It doesn’t have to be an expensive or  lengthy process but, a little bit of effort can go a long way when potential buyers are looking at your home. 

 

Here are a few key rooms to look at before you put your home on the market

The Kitchen

The first area to consider when looking to complete a few minor renovations is the kitchen. Not only is it one of the most commonly used rooms in the house, but it's also one of the first places that buyers will look when they visit your home. If your kitchen is outdated or in need of repairs, now is the time to fix it up!

There are a few easy ways that you can renovate this area while still sticking to a budget. One of the simplest and most affordable options is to paint the walls or cabinets a new colour. You can also replace old cabinet hardware or add new tile backsplashes. These small changes can make a big difference in the look and feel of the area. 

The Bathroom

Sticking to a budget while updating your bathroom doesn’t have to be difficult. Like the kitchen, the simplest and most affordable option is to paint the walls or cabinets a new colour. You can also replace old hardware, like showerheads, or think about updating lighting fixtures and mirrors. 

Another easy and affordable option is to add in some new towels and drapes. This can update the look and feel of the bathroom in a few easy steps. These additions can be very cost-effective and leave a lasting impression on potential buyers during their viewing.  

The Bedroom

A well-decorated and well-maintained bedroom can go a long way. 

Think about adding in pops of colour with throw pillows or nice decorations. Consider changing out your drapes for a fresh set or adding some new light fixtures into the room. Finally, as with any room, adding a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to add some life to your bedroom. 

Allow prospective buyers to imagine winding down their day in a bedroom that promotes calmness, tranquility, and relaxation. 

The Yard

The first thing potential buyers will see as they walk up to your home is the outside.  Make sure it is visually appealing. A well-maintained and well-decorated yard will immediately appeal to potential buyers. 

Mow your lawn, prune your bushes and powerwash your walkway and other outdoor features if applicable to ensure your home is looking as welcoming as possible. You can also consider planting some new flowers or shrubs to help enhance the look of your yard fairly easily. 

Ensure modern safety features 

Lastly, regardless of the room, don’t neglect safety features! It’s important to make sure that you’ve kept up with the latest safety precautions as these are some of the first things a home inspector will look for.  Think of things like fire alarms and carbon monoxide alarms, make sure you are up to date on your local area's rules around where these need to be located. 

Consult with a local real estate agent

Remember, you don’t have to do it all on your own. A local real estate agent will have a lot of insight into what does or doesn’t need updating.  Letting them do a quick walk-through of your home can save you a lot of time and money. 

Renovating your home before you sell it doesn’t have to be a large and lengthy process.  Focus on the areas that need a little extra TLC, take it room by room, and assess as you go. By renovating the most important spaces in your home, you can make a good impression on potential buyers and increase the chances of selling your home quickly and for a good price.

Selling in Comox Valley and surrounding areas?  The Bryce Hanson Real Estate Team have been helping both buyers and sellers sell their home and purchase their dream homes. We’ve got the knowledge you need to ensure you feel supported throughout the entire transaction. 

Posted in Selling Your Home
March 17, 2022

Prepping your Home to Sell for Spring

Prepping your Home to Sell for Spring 

 

The housing market is heating up and for many, it’s time to list their home! Spring is the traditional time of year when people start putting their homes on the market. If you want to get ahead of the competition, now is the time to start getting your home ready. In this blog post, we will talk about some of the things you can do to make your home more attractive to buyers.

Cleaning and Decluttering

Start with a good clean and declutter. This means getting rid of all the unnecessary clutter and making your home look neat and tidy. Consider this a great time to get rid of things you never use and take a good inventory of what you need vs what you have. The more you can clear out now, the less you’ll have to bring with you when you move. 

Take the time to do a deep clean during this process as well. Move furniture, purge closets, and go through all cupboards. Buyers are much more likely to buy a home that is well-maintained, has great curb appeal, and looks like it has been well taken care of.

Deferred Maintenance

The next step is to take care of any maintenance you’ve been putting off. This includes fixing broken windows, repairing leaky roofs, and patching up holes in the walls. By taking the time to fix up these things your home will show much better to prospective buyers. 

Landscaping

The outside of your home is just as important as the inside. Make sure to mow the lawn, trim the bushes, and sweep the driveway. You may also want to consider adding some flowers or plants to add some color. Think of things that you find appealing when pulling up to a home and consider how you can add some spark and a pop of freshness to your exterior. 

Update paint

One easy way to make your home look more attractive is to add a fresh coat of paint on some exterior items. Think about things like trim, window coverings and the front door. By updating just a few small features your home will become instantly more visually appealing. 

 

Update Old Light Fixtures

Consider updating any old light fixtures. You can easily do this by swapping out the old light fixtures for new ones. This is a quick and easy way to make your home look more modern. 

Swap Out Old Faucets

Finally, you may want to consider swapping out the old faucets in your kitchen and bathroom. This is a cost-effective and easy way to make your home look more updated.

Taking the time to do a few updates to your home before you sell has the potential to make a huge difference in the amount of time it takes to sell as well as the price it sells for. Consider the small details you look at when buying a home and how they impact your decision and then translate that into updates you can make now. 

Thinking about selling this spring?  The Bryce Hanson Real Estate Team have been helping both buyers and sellers sell their home and purchase their dream homes. We’ve got the knowledge you need to help make your next sale a smooth and easy transaction.