The Importance of Getting Your House Prepared for the Market

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Once you have made the choice to sell your home, do not just assume it’s ready to be put on the real estate market. The first thing you need to do is take a step back and look at your house from a buyer’s point of view. Ask yourself if the house is looking the best it absolutely can be. Ask yourself what changes need to be made before it goes to the market. Let’s admit that you do want the best dollar value for your house.

Even if you think your house is in decent condition, you still need to look for anything – even the small things- that could use repairs or renovations. You have to remember that a potential buyer will can notice anything. The smallest flaw could stop someone from making an offer on your house. First impressions are vital and renovations that are well planned out will help increase the selling price of your house.

A place to start is painting any room that is looking a little dull. A fresh coat of paint can really bring any room to life.  Rooms like typically need makeovers are kitchens and washrooms. Consider new flooring as well. This is all about curb appeal.

De-cluttering is also recommended. By simply removing unneeded items will make your house seem much bigger.  Some things you need to ask yourself before you start to de-clutter are: Do I really need this stuff? Do I have duplicates of any of these items? Are these items useful? Are they up-of-date?

Some other key tips for getting your house ready for the market include are taking your pets away from the house during potential buyer showings and make sure your attic, basement and garage are clutter free, just like any other room in your house.

If you are looking to sell your house in the Brampton area, feel free to call me at 905-456-1000 ext. 3411 or email me at

How to Keep the Bathroom Clean Longer

No one enjoys cleaning the bathroom, (if you do feel free to come on over and take care of mine whenever you like!) but it is something that requires a lot of hard work and needs to be done often. I am all for cleaning the bathroom less often than I have to, as long as it stays clean in the meantime.

Here are a few ways you can keep your bathroom clean longer:

1)  Moisture is the enemy! 

Make sure the shower walls, tub, and door are dry before after your shower. Keep a squeegee in or near the shower to remind everyone to wipe it down after each use.

2) Water repellant is your best friend! 

To make wiping down and cleaning your shower even easier, spray it with a water repellant. It stops things from sticking and drying to the surface which makes cleaning a breeze!

3)  Get rid of that bar of soap

Use liquid soap instead of a bar to keep your sink and surrounding area cleaner longer.

There are plenty more suggestions on how to keep your bathroom cleaner longer here, I highly recommended you check it out! Do you have any tricks or suggestions for keeping a bathroom clean?


4 Tips to Organize Your Garage this Summer

Summer is practically here! Which means you’ll probably be outside every chance you get because we Canadian’s don’t waste a second indoors while the weather is above 0, am I right? Thought so. A great project to get done before the beautiful summer weather arrives is to organize your garage. It makes doing outdoor projects and activities so much easier and more enjoyable when you don’t have to go searching through a pile of dirty stuff to get what you’re looking for. Not only that, the garage can be yet another room for prospective home buyers to fall in love with. Who doesn’t like a beautiful, clean, and organized garage? 

Here are a few tips to get a perfectly organized garage this summer:

1) Hooks, hooks, hooks!

Hooks are so useful when organizing a garage. You can use them to hang bikes, ladders, gardening equipment, shovels, hoses, brooms, the list is endless! 

2) Muffin tins

Huh? Muffin tins in the garage? Weird, right? Maybe, but they can definitely be useful for storing small things like nails and screws. Such a clever idea!

3) Pegboards

No garage is complete with out a handy dandy pegboard. Perfect for storing small gardening tools as well as hand tools. 

4) Take advantage of overhead storage

Attach some hooks, or PVC pipes to the ceiling of your garage for even more storage space!

So there are just a few ways to organize your garage. Click here for the whole article (or copy and paste the link below) with even more great tips. I highly recommend checking it out. Happy organizing!

MS Walk in Brampton a HUGE success!

According to, multiple sclerosis is defined as a chronic autoimmune disorder affecting movement, ensation, and bodily functions. It is caused by destruction of the myelin insulationcovering nerve fibers (neurons) in the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord).’


MS is a disease that affects millions of people around the world. A disease needs a cure. In fact, Canada has the highest rate of MS in the world. Every year I enjoy – like many others – participating in the annual MS Walk. This event happens in many communities. This year, more than 14,000 Ontario residents put on their shoes for the walk. The MS Walk in Brampton happened at the Heart Lake Secondary School in the north end of the Flower City. Participants were able to do the 4K, 7K and 10 K walk. I was lucky enough to have my wonderful wife, Tamara and my kids join me for the event. In the end, more than $92,000 was raised!


A worthy cause to fight a terrible disease.

Want to paint like a pro? Here are some great tips!


As a real estate agent who has been in the realty industry for close to 30 years now, when someone or a couple or a whole family is looking sell their home, I have recommended that if the walls need sprucing up, a fresh job is a good idea.

On a article, there is a list of great painting tips that I would like to share with all of you:

2. Paint like a pro.
Painting is your chance to show off your skills. Use an edge pad for clean lines around doorframes, ceiling edges and corners so your walls look great — down to every last detail.

6. Put your sandwich bags to work.
Slip a small plastic bag over your doorknobs and tape the edge to avoid getting paint in places it wasn’t meant to go. You’re so resourceful.

12. Take away the shine.
Paint doesn’t always adhere to glossy surfaces. We recommend using a light grade sandpaper to take the gloss off the surface so your new paint sticks like it should.

Springtime in Brampton


We FINALLY have the warmer weather we have been waiting for in my city of Brampton, Toronto, the Greater Toronto Area and all over Canada. I’ve seen so many Brampton residents and neighbours loving the sunshine, the parks, walking trails and much more. From Chinguacousy Park to the Heart Lake Conservation Area, springtime in Brampton is pretty great.

For a visual look at how great it can be, take a look at this short video of mine:

The 2015 National Home Show

In Toronto? Looking for something fun to do? The 2015 National Home Show could be what you are looking for!

Taking place at the Direct Energy Centre in Toronto’s Exhibition Place, the National Home Show, presented by RE/MAX, this is North America’s largest home and garden event. There are lots of great things to see at this awesome, such as, Family Day Fun, The Ultimate Background and Destination Renovation. The event started on March 13th and will end on the 22nd.

Here is a short video of mine from the event, plus a few photos!

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Here are some interesting trivia about this yearly event from the National Home Show website (

Who Attends

  • 94% are homeowners
  • 62% attend to see new products
  • 79% will only attend our show
  • $100,000+ average household income – our attendees will spend $543,854,800 – $836,890,400 with companies who participate in the show within the next 12 months
  • 70% are 35-59 years of age
  • 52% are female, 48% are male
  • 76% came in search of new ideas & inspiration
  • 79% talked to exhibitors about a project they are working on
  • 37% came  to buy a specific product or service. 
Why They Attend

  • 62% are looking for Gardening (landscape or patio deck project)
  • 47% are looking for Kitchen/Bathroom Renovation
  • 49% are looking for Home Decor/Design Project (painting, new home furnishings)
  • 32% are looking for Doors/Windows and or Flooring
  • 23% are looking for Exterior of House (roofing, siding, driveway, garage)
  • 11% are looking for Building a new house/vacation home
  • 27% are looking for Home Electronics/Lighting/Appliances
  • 23% are looking for Energy Efficiency upgrades/Green Products
  • 20% are looking for Contractor/Service (painter, renovator, organizer)