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Your Easiest Move Ever

Moving is a BIG chore and it can become overwhelming!  To help our clients stay organized we’ve invested in a technology to provide you with your own online and personal moving concierge to handle all of the stressful and time consuming details of moving.

Welcome to your moving conciergeWhat is an online personal moving concierge? It is the easiest way to complete all of your move related tasks. It brings together everything that you need for your move in one simple dashboard so that you can stay organized and save time. We were so impressed with everything that it can do and how simple it is to use, we know you are going to love it!

Through your personal dashboard, you will be able to completely manage your move. Let’s assume you need to transfer your electricity provider before your move date.smart phone - moving made simple  In your dashboard, you’ll simply click “Move Your Utilities,” and select “Electricity.” Two clicks are all it takes, and your transaction will be completed securely and directly with your provider, so you never have to worry about sharing private information. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

How about notifying businesses of your new address? The average household has to notify 15 to 20 different businesses of their move. That’s painful. Through your dashboard you can change your addresses with hundreds of business and even order your new government I.D. cards.

From finding local moving companies, or finding local charities to pick up unwanted stuff, to taking steps to prepare your new home for your arrival your online personal moving concierge with Erie’s Edge Real Estate will make moving simple.

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Simple Tips for Listing Your Home

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In most industries today, buyers are doing their research before they shop. Likewise in real estate, buyers typically have a very good idea of the market they are shopping in as well as the property values within. With such knowledgeable shoppers, it is increasingly important that you have the resources to price your property competitively.

In order to attract the right buyers for your property, here are some important listing tips to consider!

Factors in Determining Your Property’s Value

Before you compare your home to similar properties and establish a competitive list price, the following points should be considered.

  • Location! Location! Location!
  • Size of home and lot
  • Style of home (Bungalow or 2 storey, etc.)
  • Condition and finishes/upgrades
  • Buyer Demand

Get to Know Your Market

A comparative market analysis (CMA) is an indicator of what today’s buyers are willing to pay for a home.  It compares the market activity of homes similar to yours in your neighbourhood.

Those that have recently sold represent what buyers are willing to pay.  The properties currently listed for sale represent the price the seller is hoping to obtain and show you what your competition is.  The listings that have expired were generally over-priced or poorly marketed. 

Together, you and your REALTOR® will review the CMA and establish a competitive market position for your property.

The Importance of Early Activity

As soon as a property comes on the market, there is a flurry of activity surrounding it.  This is the crucial time when REALTORS® and potential buyers sit up and take notice.

If the property is over-priced, it doesn’t take long for interested parties to lose interest.  By the time the price drops, a majority of buyers are lost.

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The Results of Overpricing

Many sellers believe if they price their property high initially, they can lower it later.  Often, when a property is priced too high it experiences little activity.  Gradually, the price will come down to market value, but by that time it’s been for sale too long and some buyers will be wary and reject the property.

On occasion, the price is dropped below market value because the seller runs out of time.  The property sells for less than it’s worth.

Missing the Right Buyer…

You may think that an interested buyer “can always make an offer” but if the property is over-priced, potential buyers looking in a lower price range will never see it.  Those who can afford a property at your asking price will soon recognize they can get better value elsewhere. For more insight on how to make sure the right buyer sees your property check out our blog on positioning your price for optimal search results!

Understanding the Factors that Influence Overpricing

Be aware of the factors that may tempt you to list your property too high.

  • Extensive renovations/hidden costs
  • Desire to purchase in a higher-priced area
  • Original cost of the home was too high
  • Lack of real market information
  • Building in “bargaining room”
  • Perceived emotional value

The Benefits of Pricing Your Property Right

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With market knowledge and accurate property valuation your property can be positioned at the right price point to generate early activity and attract the right buyers. The right price also means:

  • Your  property sells faster, because it is exposed to more qualified buyers.
  • Your property doesn’t lose it’s “marketability”
  • The closer you price your property to marker value, the higher the offers
  • A well-priced  property can generate competing offers
  • REALTORS® will be enthusiastic about presenting your property to buyers

Pricing your property right is important! With these helpful tips, you’ll be armed with valuable knowledge when it comes to selecting your list price.  However, listing a property is complex and there are still many other items to consider.  Reach out to us at ray@eriesedge.com or 519-586-7922 if you have any questions about listing your home.

Picking the Right Mover

Picking the right moverIt’s moving day! Are you excited? Or, are you stressed? Moving can be an emotional time and we’d like to offer a few tips to help you manage your move when it comes to hiring the right mover.

We touched base with transportation expert Kristen Hopley for some guidance. First and foremost, Kristen advises that you should decide what level of effort you want to put into your move.  Are you willing to and have time to over see the move?  If not you need to find a reputable mover. Here’s Kristen advice for finding that trust-worthy mover for your moving day!

Ask friends and family for a recommended mover

Ask others whom you trust who they had move them and if they would recommend that mover. This is a great way to start narrowing down your list of potential moving companies.

Get 3 quotes

Contact 3 movers and request that they have a representative come into your house to do an estimate of what needs to be moved.

Make sure that the Representative comes to your home to see what they will be moving

When meeting with the representatives make sure they take the time to answer all of your questions.  They can only provide a proper quote if they know exactly what services you want.  Are you looking for a full pack or just the move?  They should explain what steps they take to protect your belongings. Do they blanket wrap your furniture, pad your bannisters, put floor runners down to protect your carpet, and if you have marble floors what type of material will they lay down (should be plywood or Masonite) to protect your floors?  The best representatives will ask to walk through the house asking you what will be moving and what is staying.  They should want to open closets and look in the basement garage and sheds. These representatives are gathering as much information as they can to provide you with an accurate quote for service.

Visit the moving facility

Request to visit their moving facility.  This is a great way to evaluate the companies level professionalism and judge their quality of service. Are the facilities clean? Is the staff friendly? Do they behave like experts in their field and are they willing to answer any further questions you have? 

Ask lots of questions as well as their advice about the services they offer

During this visit, make sure to ask questions so you can manage your expectations around preparing for the move and for the day of the move.  For example, if you are packing your own belongings into boxes ask the mover if they loan packing materials?  If not, how much do they charge for the paper and the packing boxes? 

Carefully review each quote

Once you receive all three estimates look through them carefully.  It’s important to pay attention to the details. If the movers are quoting by the hour how many men and trucks are each quoting?  Make sure they are the same.  If you are going a distance, anything over 100kms they should probably be quoting by weight and mile.  Check the weights of each quote.  What is each mover charging per pound.  When looking at your quotes make sure that everyone has included the services you are requesting.

Will they guarantee their estimate not to exceed by more than 10%?

Lastly, ask your mover of choice will they guarantee your quote within 10%.  If they say no, ask them why.  Each representative should be qualified enough to know how to create an estimate that would fall within 10%.  The reason estimates are not an exact science is, you may chose to bring goods you thought you would not and the weight of your furniture is hard to determine.

Once you’ve picked the right mover for you, the packing can begin! 

There are many ways to help manage your move to ensure you have a seamless moving day. If you have any questions about your upcoming move, ask us! Leave a comment below or give us a call at 519-586-7922.

Bonus: Packing Tips
  • Be prepared for your move!
  • Always use moving boxes.  This will make your move easier and reduce the time.
  • Have all your boxes packed before the move day.
  • Label each box with your name and the room it will go into. 
  • Use your luggage for last minute articles. 
  • Pack a box of cleaning supplies, toilet paper, facial tissue and drinks and glasses and put this in your car (provided you are driving to the new house).