Solar panels for residential homes is a relatively new concept that’s quickly gaining in popularity. Not only are they good for the environment, but solar panels can also increase your home’s overall value. According to Bluewater Energy, these innovative contraptions can increase a property’s value by as much as $6,000 for every 1 kW installed. Although the upfront costs of installation may seem high, it’s easy to see why many Canadian homeowners still believe this is a good investment. If you’re considering solar panels for your residential property, read our comprehensive guide on what this process entails. What are ...
Can Solar Panel Installation Increase Your Home’s Value?
May 20, 2019
Spectrum Realty’s Ultimate Mother’s Day Gift Guide
May 7, 2019
Growing up, mom wore many different hats. From taxi driver to doctor and personal chef to party planner, surely we all have endless stories about times our moms went above and beyond for us. Some of our fondest memories may be in your childhood home as she brought the family together and cooked your favourite meal or when she took the time to beautifully decorate each room. This Mother’s Day is your chance to go above and beyond for mom, although we’re sure that she’ll love anything you get her, put a little extra effort into buying a gift that ...
How to Bring Spring into Your Home
April 10, 2019
5 Ways to Bring Spring Indoors There’s nothing more satisfying than seeing signs of spring in the GTA so why not bring some of that freshness indoors? Changing the mood in your home can lift your spirits and put the spring back into your step. You’ll be motivated to elevate the mood and décor of your home with these simple ideas. Here are Spectrum Realty’s top 5 tips on how to bring the sights and scents of spring into your home. Add green – whether you use plants like succulents, ferns, bamboo, or palms or you prefer branches in ...
5 Tips for Staging Your Home
April 8, 2019
When it comes to selling real estate, the right asking price is certainly crucial for a successful sale. But just as important is staging your home to show off your property’s maximum potential. A tidy lawn, decluttered living space and accent decor can do wonders to get people’s attention. Purchasing a home is more than about bricks and mortar. Those with children will want a picturesque setting in which to raise a family. Well-established urban professionals, on the other hand, may be striving for a property with luxury and class. Give potential buyers a beautiful canvas in which to ...
Staging Tips For Selling Your Home Quickly
March 14, 2019
If you’re looking to put your home on the market, Spectrum Realty can help you prepare it for potential home buyers. Keep in mind, it only takes a few seconds for someone to form an impression of your home, so you need to make sure their first impression is a good one! We’ve compiled a list of some simple but necessary staging tips that will help your home become as appealing as possible to potential buyers. Keep in mind these take time to accomplish so do plan in advance realizing the extra time spent could result in selling ...
Year Round Home Maintenance Tips
February 7, 2019
Keeping your home well maintained all year round will not only be more economical, it will keep it in fine working order. It is a good idea to keep this checklist handy so as each season approaches you will be prepared. The tasks involved in maintaining a safe, clutter free home environment is fairly simple and can be completed in no time. Get out of the mindset of depending only on ‘Spring Cleaning’ and make it a habit to maintain your home all year round. Here’s where to start Fall/Winter Hanging Icicles - Remove hanging or loose icicles because it ...
How Much Does It Cost to Live in a Condo? Your Complete Guide to Condo Fees
February 6, 2019
For the city dweller, finding a home up in the sky where you can see the city lights is a wonderful milestone. Condo living is the modern Canadian dream, and it suits every inch of your modern lifestyle. With everything you need and all the spots you frequent just around the block, there’s nothing like living in Toronto’s bustling districts and enjoying everything that the city has to offer. Like any homeowner, a condo resident knows a great deal about paying the bills and making mortgage payments. But the similarities end there, because unlike regular homeowners, condo residents pay specific ...
Condos vs. Houses: Which Is Right for You?
January 9, 2019
If you’re in the market for a residential purchase, you may be struggling with a big decision: condo or house? For many potential homeowners, this is an easy choice. Some may not be able to afford a single-family home, which is typically more expensive than a condo. Others may be looking to downsize, so a condo is the smarter choice. The lifestyles that come with both are quite different, so it’s best not to rush into a purchase without weighing all of your options first. If the decision isn’t such a simple one, we can help. Here’s a list of ...
Should You List Your Home for Sale in January?
December 19, 2018
January isn’t the typical high point of the year for the real estate market; it’s cold, windy, and driving conditions make most folks think twice about stepping outside. It may not seem like the ideal time of year to list your home, but there are surprising benefits to putting your home up for sale in the new year. Use the first month of the year to your advantage! Spring is the time of year when most houses hit the market. This means there is a field of competition for sellers, making it harder to attract buyers’ attention. You can use ...
5 Reasons to Sell Your Home During the Winter Months
December 18, 2018
It may not be peak season in the Canadian real estate market right now, but that does not mean you still need to wait until spring to market and sell your home. Despite popular belief, there are many reasons why selling in the winter can be beneficial, especially if you are interested in selling soon. Here's why: Less competition - Since the most common time of the year to buy/sell a home is in the spring, you will likely face less competition in the winter from other listings. Serious buyers - When looking for a home, people tend to ...