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Is Your Home Ready for Winter Viewings?

We are currently enjoying a very active winter season! Home sales are as strong as ever! 


I would like to provide you with a few quick tips on making your home appealing for Buyers and Realtors who are viewing and showing your home. 

  • Keep all walkways and the driveway clear of snow and ice 
  • Turn on your exterior lights and pathway lighting if any 
  • Clear a path in your backyard, patio, or deck – and make sure that your yard is easily accessible
  • Light up the area where the lockbox is so that the agent easily has access and can type in the code
  • Set the home temperature to a comfortable setting when you know showings are occurring
  • Ensure that you have sufficient floor mats in the entrances and exits 
  • Slippers are always appreciated when it’s cold out 
  • Do not light candles as this could be a fire hazard when left unattended
  • Seasonal decor and music is always inviting
  • Run the furnace fan so that your windows don't collect condensation 

If you are a seller or you are thinking about selling – and you need more tips or have questions – please do not hesitate to contact me! 519-624-5555 or e-mail directly at


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5 Easy Staging Tips For Sellers

There are many important things to consider when staging your home. When you are staging your home to put on the market, sellers should create a nice and warm, and inviting atmosphere. This will attract as many potential buyers as possible. Sellers do not have to do a complete re-design and overhaul to get accomplish the perfect result.


Here are 5 simple staging tips to help boost a home's appeal.


1. Make sure you stage rooms with only one purpose. Rooms that have different uses can confuse or even deter homebuyers. Decide who your likely going to sell your home to. Is it a young professional with no kids? What about a family with three kids? Or what about empty nesters? Make sure you present your areas to fit THEIR needs. If you've been using a room as a guest room/kids playroom/home office, pick the one use that best suits YOUR buyers.


2. Make sure you focus on the living areas. Your potential buyers should be able to picture themselves entertaining friends and family in the living areas of the home. Be sure to also make sure those areas feel as spacious and roomy as possible by removing any unnecessary furniture to allow for easy foot traffic flow.


3. Ensure that the master bedroom appeals to both genders. Hot pink may not be the perfect colour for the walls. Remember that the master bedroom is a room that a couple will be sharing, so the decor should appeal to both genders accordingly. Remove any feature or picture that seems too gender specific, and paint the walls a neutral colour.


4. Put away those family photos and mementos. Your potential buyers want to picture THEIR family living in a home, not yours. So put away those family portraits, personal collections and knickknacks. Removing these items will also eliminate clutter and ensure that people are focusing on the home, not the photos from the last family vacation to the beach.


5. Make sure you furnish your home, but don't overdo it! An empty house might look like it’s spacious, but it's often tough for potential homebuyers to visualize their belongings in a home if they're just looking at plain and boring walls and floors!


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Faisal Susiwala
June 12, 2017
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Faisal's career in real estate began at the early age of 18. He consistently earned a reputation as a top producer from the outset. In 1994, he joined the sales force of RE/MAX Twin City Realty Inc. and has continued to be a top producer there for the past twelve years. Susiwala covers a large sector of the Cambridge and KW market and attributes his success to a strong marketing plan with extensive advertising, state of the art technology, an experienced support team and a loyal clientele base for the past 17 years of being in the real estate business.

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