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Understanding the value of your home is a crucial step in determining if it is the right time to sell. If you are looking to find out the true value of your home, we can help you with that!

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What is a Home Evaluation?

Most sellers use a real estate agent. And for good reason! A skilled agent can ensure your home sells quickly and for the best price, while making the entire process much easier for you.

The first thing an agent will need to do to provide you with a home evaluation is to gather a little information on your property. Generally, the agent will ask you questions about the square footage of your home, if you’ve done any renovations, is your basement finished, and so on. If you plan to make changes before selling, inform the agent at this time.

The next step is for the agent to obtain data on comparable properties. This data is usually available through the MLS® (Multiple Listing Service) System. A qualified agent will also know of properties that are on the market or have sold without being part of the MLS® System. This will give the agent an idea how much your property is worth in the current market.

Please note that the home evaluation, or CMA, is not an appraisal. Appraisals are typically performed for the purpose of financing, and can represent quite an expense. Appraisals must be performed by a licensed Appraiser.

The home evaluation process takes place before your home is listed for sale and is a good assessment of what your house could potentially sell for.

Home Staging & Design Service

The goal of staging your home is to help it sell faster and for top dollar by exposing it to the greatest number of potential buyers. Homes that are staged tend to sell 80% faster than those that are not and, for more money!

As part of our full-service, client focused philosophy, The Knowles/Woolsey Team offers complimentary home staging to all of our clients.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is the process of preparing your home for sale in the real estate market by making your home appeal to the widest audience of potential buyers. It’s about editing and neutralizing your home so that it looks bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, and most of all, an attractive home that any buyer would want to make their own. Since we live in our houses every day, we get used to the way they look and we personalize them so that they work and look the way that best suits our needs. But once you decide to sell your home, you’ll need to change this.

Many buyers have a difficult time imagining themselves sitting down to watch their favorite TV show in a living room filled with your nick knacks and photos of your family. They feel like they’re in a stranger’s home. This is exactly what you don’t want. You want to make it effortless for potential buyers to envision themselves living in your home and feeling comfortable there. That’s where home staging comes in! Home Stagers are practiced in the art of preparing a home for resale. They work with the ‘flow’ of the home to eliminate clutter, and edit and arrange furniture to show off a rooms size and finishes, so that your home makes the best first impression on potential buyers

Will Home Staging Help Sell My Home?

As a full-service, client-focused team, we truly believe that staging makes a big difference in the sale of your home and we’re not the only ones!

Read through some Home Staging statistics that we’ve gathered for you:

  1. Staged homes sold 80% faster than non-staged homes, with 20% receiving multiple offers
    (Real Estate Staging Association, 2012)
  2. 92% of home buyers are using the internet for their home search
    (National Association of Realtors, 2013)
  3. Staging speeds sales in a sluggish market and can increase prices 2-10% in a moderate market. In luxury and hot markets, effective staging can boost prices 20-50%

    (Wall Street Journal, 2003)

Expert Staging Tips:

  • A Neutral Base

    Neutral paint is a fantastic start; we can add pops of colours with accessories!

  • De-personalize

    Personal photos can be packed and stored in preparation for your move. Removing these personal items will help buyers to visualize themselves actually living in your home.

  • Keep it Clean

    Having a clean and fresh smelling home will keep people interested when showing the home. Abrasive odours and unclean areas will turn people away.

  • Lighting

    Open drapes, blinds and shutters allow natural light to flood the rooms and creates a welcoming and bright atmosphere.

  • Streamline

    Remove any ‘overflow’ or unused furniture so that buyers can see the size of the room and leave the space feeling light and airy.

  • Remove Clutter

    Keeping counter tops and vanity surfaces clear of day to day items, takes the personal out and keeps the buyers focus on upgrades and finishes, not your choice of toothpaste!

  • Curb Appeal

    Maximize the curb appeal of your home by sealing your driveway, removing off season decorations, keeping grass, shrubs and gardens looking trimmed and fresh, putting garbage and recycling bins out of sight, and in the winter keeping snow shoveled to show off decorative walkways.

How Home Staging with The Knowles/Woolsey Team Works

92% of home buyers look at listings online before deciding to ever step foot inside of a home for a showing. The first impression of your home is now a digital one, which is one of the reasons why Home Staging is so important. When you list your home with The Knowles/Woolsey Team, you’ll go through these staging processes before your home is professionally photographed and listed for sale:

  1. The Staging Consult

    The consult will include a tour of your home, both inside and out, and a discussion afterwards about all of the options available to you, and our consultant’s recommendations on how to best prepare your home for sale. Our staging expert will bring fresh eyes, a natural artistic ability and a design background into your home and look at it from a potential buyer’s perspective.

  2. Preparation

    In most cases staging your home will cost you absolutely nothing! Home staging is a complimentary service offered by The Knowles/Woolsey Team and our goal is to work with the things that you already have to stage your home for sale. In some cases, such as outdated paint colours or an outdated bedspread, a minimal investment is necessary to get the home ready for sale.

  3. Professional Photos

    After the staging preparation has been completed, our professional photographer and videographer will make an appointment to take photos and video of your home before it is listed for sale. Completing the staging of your home before it is photographed and listed on the market will make the best first impression to home buyers browsing online. It is one of our strategies to ensure that we are providing you with the highest level of customer service and a stress-free real estate experience!

Divorce and Your Home

Going through a divorce is never easy. It affects your finances, living arrangements, household jobs, schedules, parenting, and last but certainly not least your children, family, and friends. At the Knowles/Woolsey Team we understand that going through a divorce can be an emotionally overwhelming and stressful time in your life.

We’ve worked with numerous clients undergoing a divorce, and some of us have been through it ourselves. We’re committed to helping you during this difficult time. We’ve prepared this page to provide information to those worried about how a divorce will affect their ownership of their home.

Your situation is more complex than that of the average home seller or buyer. There are many decisions that you will need to make. One of the most important decisions is what to do about the house. What you need most is some non-emotional, straightforward, specific answers, information and advice. Once you know how a divorce affects your home, mortgage and taxes, making those critical decisions become a little bit easier. There are some questions that you’ll need to ask yourself so that you’ll be able to make an informed decision:

  • Are you comfortable remaining in a familiar place or would you rather have a fresh start somewhere else?
  • Can one party bear the financial responsibilities of your current home, or would it be wiser to sell and buy a more affordable home?
  • Consider all of your options: is refinancing possible?
  • If you choose to buy a new home, what can you find within your price range?
You have 4 basic options at this point:
  • Sell the communal home and divvy up the proceeds
  • Buy out your spouse and own the whole home
  • Sell your half of the home to your spouse
  • Keep joint ownership temporarily

It is a good idea to take some time to fully understand how each option will affect you and your family, before you decide which option you’d prefer.

  1. Sell the Home and Divvy up the Proceeds

    This option gives both you and your spouse a chance to move on and start over, if that is what you’re looking to do. But in some cases one or both of you may want to remain in the home for emotional or logistical reasons. If you choose this option, you want to make sure that you are fully aware of what your net proceeds will be. That is,

    the amount that will be left in your pocket after necessary expenses and the division of funds between both parties. The proceeds from the sale of your communal home may not be divided in half; instead the division of proceeds will depend on the result of your settlement and the property laws in your area. If you choose this option it is best to maximize the home’s selling price so that each party receives a large enough amount to fund the purchase of a new home, or start over in a way of their choosing.

  2. Buy Out Your Spouse

    This option allows you stay in the comfort and familiarity of your home, but also requires a lot of financial responsibility. If you choose this option, you’ll want to be sure that you can manage the financial weight of the property on your own. Even if you will have no problem doing this, since your loan was most likely secured by the income of both parties, you’ll need to refinance the property on your income alone. This may be difficult to achieve, so be sure to research the feasibility of this option and speak with a lender for advice before committing.

  3. Sell Your Half to Your Spouse

    This option will give you the opportunity to move on and start fresh somewhere new, but also comes with its share of financial implications. If your communal home is not refinanced to your spouse alone, the lender will still consider both you and your spouse responsible for the loan. This may make it difficult for you to get a loan for your new home, even though you no longer own your communal home

  4. Keeping Joint Ownership – Temporarily

    Some couples may decide to keep joint ownership of their communal property, but requires you to decide if one party will continue to reside in the home or if neither will reside in the home and you’ll rent it out. This is almost always a temporary situation, and comes with its share of concerns. This option will have no immediate effect on your financial situation, but will have implications when it comes to filing your taxes. This option is also one of the most difficult, as it requires continued communication between both parties and essentially delays the decision to proceed with options 1 through 3. We would only recommend this option if it is an amicable divorce and there are extenuating financial circumstances, such as huge penalties for refinancing your mortgage.

    We have worked with many clients going through a divorce, and some of us have been through divorces ourselves. No two are alike and we have helped our clients through a wide spectrum of circumstances. Above all we understand that a divorce is never a walk in the park. We strive to work with each client’s situation in a way that minimizes the stress and anxiety of selling or buying a home while going through a divorce. A REALTOR® is an unemotional third party, who can help you to make informed and logical decisions rather than emotional ones. Let us handle the sale of your home, so you can concentrate on your needs and the needs of your family.

Preparing for a Showing

A showing appointment, booked by the buyer’s agent on your property, is one of the most important steps in selling your home. It is your chance to really show off your home to potential buyers!

How to Prepare Your Home for a Showing

With 90% of home buyers starting their home search online, your ‘first showing’ is often a digital one. That’s why home staging and professional photos and video of your home are so important. It’s also why The Knowles/Woolsey Team offers our clients complimentary home staging and complimentary professional photos and video.

Showing appointments should be treated with great care. They are your home’s chance to make a great first impression and leave buyers dreaming about buying your home! With a little bit of effort, you can greatly increase your home’s appeal to potential buyers. Removing any distractions will allow the buyers to focus on the best features of your home, and what their lives could look like if they lived there.

Since you’ve likely already listed your home, you will have already staged your home and taken care of any minor repairs and renovations, but there are a few tasks to keep in mind for showings while your home is on the market. The checklist below will tell you how to prepare your home for a showing and ensure that your home always makes a great first impression:

Curb Appeal

  • You want to draw the buyers in with a ‘WOW’ as they drive up to your home!
  • Make sure your lawn is cut & trimmed and the gardens are weeded in the summer and that snow is shoveled in the winter.
  • Add some seasonal decorative pots or flowers. This will greatly enhance your curb appeal.
  • Pick up outdoor tools such as shovels, rakes, lawn mowers etc.
  • Pick up after your pets.
  • Remove any obstructions from curb view, i.e. garbage and recycling bins.
  • Clear driveways and walkways.
  • Remove any seasonal decorations promptly.

Inside the Home

  • Once inside, you want to keep that feeling of ‘WOW’:
  • Open curtains and blinds to let natural light flood in.
  • Turn on the lights for evening showings.
  • Turn on your fireplace (if applicable) to create a cozy atmosphere.
  • Set the home to a comfortable temperature – if your home is too hot or too cold the buyers may think there is a problem with the heating or air conditioning.
  • Make sure all noisy radios and TV’s are turned off. Contrary to what you may have been told, loud music is distracting to the buyers and may hinder their ability to talk to each other during the showing.
  • Make sure rugs are clean and straight.
  • Empty waste baskets.
  • Clean off counters by putting away dishes and small appliances in the kitchen.
  • Put away toiletries in the bathroom and ensure that the sink, toilet and showers are clean, and the toilet seat is down.
  • Pick up dirty clothes.
  • Make sure all beds are made.
  • Deodorize pet areas and tidy up any toys or pet bedding. Be careful not to ‘over-deodorize’ or buyers may think that you are trying to hide something.
  • Do a “once-over” cleaning: vacuum, sweep, dust.
  • Set out your special occasion towels (kitchen & bathroom). Hint: remove them after the showing so you can use them again next time!

These next items may not always be possible but will add to the atmosphere of your home:

  • Set a fresh flower arrangement in the kitchen or main living area.
  • Create a pleasant smell by having fresh baking in the oven or potpourri throughout the home.

Preparing your home for a showing may seem overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! Get the whole family to pitch in and you’ll be amazed at how much you can get done in a short period of time, and how big of a difference this attention to detail can make. If you’ll be away from the house all day try to work these tasks into your morning routine so your home is ready, even for last minute showing requests. You never know which showing will be the ‘The One’!

Military Relocations

Relocating creates major changes in your life. It affects your family, your finances and your way of life. At The Knowles/Woolsey Team, we understand the gravity of this life-changing event and we’ve made it our mission to provide our relocating clients with the highest level of customer service and a stress-free real estate experience. With an office located in Barrie, we are fortunate to be situated close to CFB Borden, or Base Borden as it is commonly known.

Military Relocation Made Easy

We are both honoured and proud to have had the chance to help many military families relocate into, and out of, Base Borden. When you work with the Knowles/Woolsey Team during your military relocation, you can be assured that we have your best interests at heart every step of the way.

The Knowles/Woolsey Team is DND (Department of National Defence) Approved, which means that we are registered with Brookfield Global Relocation Services, and are approved to help members of the military buy and sell homes when they are relocated. Brookfield Global Relocation Services is the trusted leader for the design and management of domestic and international relocation and assignment services throughout the world.

If you’ve been posted to, or from, Base Borden we can help! If you’d like our help or advice about relocating, please contact us.

Relocation Tip: Family Navigator is an online toolkit to help Canadian Forces families who are moving to a new community.

About Base Borden

Canadian Forces Base Borden (CFB Borden) is located just outside of Barrie, close to Angus and Alliston in the heart of Simcoe County. It has been serving the Canadian Forces since 1916, is the largest training facility in the Canadian Forces, and is the birthplace of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Base is both home and work for Canadian Forces member staff and students, DND civilians, and their families. On average, CFB Borden trains approximately 15,000 military personnel annually through 13 different training establishments, and employs approximately 1,500 civilians and 3,250 military members.

The Borden Family Resource Centre (BFRC)

The mission of the BFRC is to provide individuals and military families with community responsive programming and support services. The Borden Family Resource Centre is located right inside the Base and is a non-profit, charitable, community responsive organization which supports the mission of the Canadian Armed Forces by providing support, services, and resources to Base Borden personnel that enhances their quality of life.

If you’re looking for more information, please visit the BFRC’s website to request a Welcome Package or view the Borden Resource Guide.

We are a full service real estate tam and have helped numerous military families relocate. Read our Testimonials page to see what our clients are saying about us. We look forward to helping you with your relocation!