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The Informed Home Seller's Guide

9 Key Steps to a Painless and Profitable Home Sale

Thank you for choosing The Gaboury Team to help you sell your home!

We will do our very best to keep you informed of all aspects of the home selling process.

This booklet is a guide to help you through the process of selling your home. We feel our wealth of knowledge, experience and expertise will give you confidence during the selling process.

We understand that selling and purchasing a home involves a huge financial decision and is an investment in your future. We take this seriously and will give professional guidance to help you make a lucrative sale.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Planning to sell? If you are like most homeowners, you’re struggling with a few questions. After all, you are about to sell the single biggest asset you’ve ever bought.

You might have questions like, What’s my home worth? Should I use an agent or go it alone? What can I do to make my home as attractive as possible?  And of course, the big one:  How do I get the most for my home? 

The best way to start answering those questions is to be informed. If we’ve done our job right, then this guide should:

a) give you answers to many of those questions and
b) make you feel a lot more confident about the whole process. 

We have taken every one of our Seller’s questions from the last 5 years and answered them in this book. It will walk you through every step of selling your home. And if you still need more information? Our job is to make things easier--just ask. That’s what we’re here for. You can learn more about us and our services at the end of the guide.

 STEP 1 - Choose The Best Agent for the Job

Most sellers use a real estate agent. You certainly don’t have to, but there are good reasons why most people still do:

1. Pricing is a real art. The biggest factor in determining how quickly your home sells is the price, and deciding that price is trickier than it seems. It takes experience!  Remember, even 1% more for your home can mean thousands to your bottom line. 

2. Negotiating is tricky. It’s not just hard to do, but it can feel uncomfortable when negotiating with a stranger who will most likely verbally “knockdown” your home in hopes of a favourable price. If you want someone to negotiate fearlessly on your behalf, you need an agent. 

3. Marketing is more than MLS. To get the most for your home, you need as many buyers interested as possible. According to REALTOR.com, 86% of real estate sales are the result of agent contacts. More Buyers looking at your home will result in a Quicker sale for More Money! Tools like Social Media, Videos, Drone Footage, and Strong Websites are imperative to reach those buyers.

4. Showings and paperwork are not fun. There’s more to the legal side of a home sale than you might think, and showing your own home is not only awkward for the buyer, it can complicate your schedule.

5. Staging does make a difference. There is so much more to staging than clearing off countertops. Claude & Christina are Certified Home Stagers and can help you to get top dollar for your home.

An agent takes away the burden of all these things and works to get your home sold for the best price in the fastest time. After all—you’ve got a life to live.

How much of that price is yours to keep? We have included a list of real estate costs on pg 23.

Why Choose The Gaboury Team?

Owning Real Estate is one of the biggest investment decisions you will make, and how well you do on that investment will affect your lifestyle, your children's education, and your retirement. Our goal is to help you make the best decisions when buying or selling your home, and we are passionate about your family’s success! We pride ourselves on having the experience and innovation necessary to give our clients a significant edge when buying or selling. We have committed to technology and will always be on the cutting edge. 

We Are a Team

We can provide a level of service a single agent cannot.  Evenings, weekends and holidays, we pride ourselves in our response to phone calls and emails.  Sometimes, with large teams, a client can be “lost in the shuffle” and passed off to a new team member when the first agent is busy. That will never happen with us. Your primary agent will be either Claude or Christina. Period.

We also have some fantastic people helping us! We have one assistant whose sole job is to contact Realtors for feedback on showings. Another member of our team is responsible for going through our raw video and drone footage and transforming it into eye-catching videos set to music that really grabs a buyer’s attention. Our team’s positive energy is infectious and is reflected in what we do. Buying and selling a home is truly a team effort!

Claude and I have different areas of expertise, but we both have a vested interest in your success! This means we don’t clock out a 5:00 pm. This is our company and your success means our success. We keep working until your property is SOLD!

We Have Experience

Over the past 20 years, we have achieved success in a variety of markets.  We have counseled our clients through the highs and lows of Real Estate in the Edmonton area.  No matter what the prevailing market conditions dictate, we have the know-how to make our client’s transactions a success. To date, we have helped over 700 families buy or sell their homes! Claude and I are both full-time Realtors. We sell real estate every day, and this means we know how to use negotiating strategies and techniques to your benefit. 

We Arm You With Information

about the market so you can make the very best decisions about pricing your home. Gone are the days where a Realtor can come in with a one page print out of sold homes and tell you what to list for. With a new generation of savvy home buyers, you need an in-depth market evaluation.

We will meet you at your property for an initial walkthrough. We will have you point out any hidden features that may affect your value, as well as any upgrades you have done. After this, we go back to the office and do our homework. Your market evaluation will include not only your active competition but any recent solds that compare to your home. We then do adjustments on the sold prices of those listings for features your home has or doesn't have. This gives us a good idea of what your home will sell for.

We Want To Work With You

There are so many different homes, but what makes yours special? Why is your neighbourhood such a great place to live? We need to tell buyers your home’s story, and who better to help us see that than you? We will work very closely during the listing process to get your insight on what you love about your home.

Why Choose The Gaboury Team?

We Know Our Communities

I (Christina) grew up in Spruce Grove, and both Claude and I chose to raise our family in the Edmonton Area. We are passionate about sharing all of the fantastic communities with new buyers! There is so much to see and do in the Greater Edmonton Area, and the schools and activities offered are second to none. On our website, we have created individual write-ups on each subdivision, and included the designated schools as well. We know the history of your community and we use that information when marketing your home.

We Stage Your Home

As Realtors, we see a ton of homes and we can quickly discern what works and what doesn’t work with the design and layout of a home. But in 2009, Claude and I decided that we needed to go a step further to give our clients the very best advice when getting their homes ready for sale. We took the training courses to become Certified Home Stagers and received our designation. We feel we now have the level of expertise to offer recommendations that make our seller’s homes shine.

We Know Presentation Is Everything

If you have been thinking of selling, chances are you have been looking on the MLS at other properties and have seen the best and the worst of pictures. Gone are the days when a fuzzy, dark, fishy-eyed picture with a person or pet in view, or dirty dishes in the sink is remotely acceptable! We not only insist on professional quality photos, but we also stage our shots too! A beautiful, high definition photo means nothing if it is shot from the wrong angle. 

We pride ourselves on how we display our client’s homes. Nothing makes us feel better than when we get an email from a client saying that we have made their home looks so good online, that they might buy it!

We Understand Video Is King!

People generally go online to obtain information, to solve a problem or to be entertained. Adding video to your real estate or single property website helps them do all three at once! You can also convey the necessary information in a fraction of the time, as opposed to text. This means potential buyers get everything they need in a short amount of time.

Video is indispensable as part of any real estate professional’s online marketing plan. Homebuyers are using the internet to search for homes, first and foremost. Your target market is online. And while the average visitor spends a mere 48 seconds on a website, that time increases to a full 5 minutes, 50 seconds when the website includes relevant video. When we market your home, we include a “Video Open House" – your potential buyers want video of the home! 

We Have An Awesome Website

We are so thankful for our new website! Created with the buyer in mind, our website provides eye-catching information, is interactive and easy to navigate. Let's face it, if the buyer loves it they'll visit it more than any other site. Stats say that 94% of buyers will be looking online for homes before they contact their first Realtor. Our website is a Responsive Website, with Integrated IDX / MLS, and has been designed to capture more traffic. The SEO (search engine optimization) capabilities are cutting edge! In fact, Real Estate guru Barbara Corcoran (Shark’s Tank) invested in this company! Since its launch in May 2015, we can not believe the number of buyers signing up and viewing our listings. Our sellers have really benefited from this change. 

 Buyer Leads Are Handled Immediately

All of our websites, social media and office leads come directly to our phones. Because we are both Realtors, and we are business partners, if one of us is busy, the other is there to answer the call. This immediate service means an inquiry on your property is handled as soon as it comes in, which could result in a much faster, successful sale.

We also communicate the benefits and value of your home to buyers and their agents, building urgency, and getting them to act now versus later. When other agents show your home, we counsel them on the benefits and value of your home relative to other homes in the marketplace.

We Keep You Up To Date

There are three main areas where keeping our clients up to date is a MUST! 

  1. Feedback - When you have a showing on your home, you will want to know what the buyer thought. Did they like your home? Is it in their top three? The morning after your showing, our assistant will contact the realtor to request feedback. Once she receives it, she gives that feedback to Claude for his review, and he will forward it to you, the homeowner. Then, each week, she will update a spreadsheet with every showing you have had and what the feedback was. This is sent to you so that you always know how many showings you have had, and what the buyers thought.
  2. Market Updates - Did the house down the street sell yesterday? For how much? Is that going to affect your price? Feel free to call us whenever you want information regarding recent solds. We want you to be armed with all the information pertinent to your sale.
  3. Marketing - Christina is in charge of all of the marketing. She will send you links to all of your advertising so you know exactly how your property is being portrayed.

We believe communication is key to a quick, stress-free sale. It allows us to pinpoint any areas that are hindering a sale and quickly tweak them into perfection!

Because of Exposure

With her background in marketing combined with her tech know-how, Christina makes it her mission to TELL THE WORLD about your listing! As an SEO expert, Christina knows how to use social media, blogs, and keywords to put your listing at the top of an organic search. She not only holds a Marketing Diploma from NAIT, but recent has been Certified in Social Media Marketing!

Our superior marketing plan ensures your listing will reach the maximum number of buyers every medium possible. Our unique networks combined with a database of buyers compiled over 19 years is integral to the successful sales of our client’s homes.

Because of Social Media

Social Media…you either love it or hate it. But in real estate, you have to understand how powerful the search engines embedded into many of the Social Media systems are. Programs such as facebook, twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest are a great way for friends to share news of your listing, but by wording descriptions properly, your property will appear on google searches as well. YouTube is extremely important when marketing your property. High-quality video links can be attached anywhere your property is listed. And free sites such as kijiji.ca, if used properly, offer opportunities to expand areas that may be constrained on MLS. We know how to manipulate the search engine in these media to maximize exposure for your home.

Because We Are Local

When you list your home with a local Realtor, you get an extra advantage. The Edmonton area is vast, so buyers will generally pick a Realtor in the area they are considering to move to in order to gain that “inside information” about what the community really has to offer. (Would you pick someone to show you homes that may never have traveled out West of the city before?) So, not only will your property be marketed to the entire Edmonton Area, there is a greater likelihood that potential buyers for your home will be searching on one of our local websites.

Because of The RE/MAX Name

RE/MAX is a name that is trusted wherever you find our logo. Three in every five deals are done through RE/MAX  and as a result, more buyers, locally and internationally, have RE/MAX agents working for them. This means a higher number of buyers referred to our office by RE/MAX agents, and more buyers we can direct your home to first.

Because this is our business and we love it!

A Little Bit About Claude Gaboury, Realtor®, SRES® 

Since 1999, Claude has achieved great success as a Realtor®, receiving numerous Awards and Distinctions.  Claude is committed to the superior service he provides his clients, and understands how important it is to be informed daily of the changes to local bylaws, new development permits granted, and other news, both locally and globally that could affect his client’s transactions. 

Together with his previous background as a Business Owner, courses he has completed at NAIT on General Contracting for New Construction, and his own personal successes as a Real Estate Investor, Claude brings his clients vast experience that provides them with both superior knowledge and exceptional service.

As a Certified Staging Expert, Seniors Real Estate Specialist®, and with a ton of experience both living on and selling Acreages and Condos, Claude gives invaluable advice to his sellers. 

Not only is Claude a Photographer, but he is also passionate about Videography, and has a vast collection of slides, an Osmo, a Ronin, and most recently, a Phantom 4 Drone! There is nothing he won't do to get the perfect shot to sell a listing. He will work his hardest to get top dollar for his Sellers. As a full-time Realtor® who is passionate about his community, Claude can’t wait to help another client sell and buy their dream home!

A Little Bit About Christina Henker-Gaboury, Realtor®, CLHMS®

In 2004, Christina made a monumental change in her career and entered the enticing world of real estate. With her background in Marketing (Business Degree, NAIT), and her seven years spent as a Financial Planner, she brings with her a unique view on Real Estate. She worked closely for years with her clients, building their investment portfolios, and was always deeply aware of the importance of their most significant investment; their own home. Moving into Real Estate seemed like a natural progression. 

Her significant understanding of investments, paired with a love of Marketing and Advertising has proven invaluable to her clients. In 2007 Christina teamed up with her husband, Claude, who has been with RE/MAX since 2000, and together they try to find not only the right home for their clients but also to take into consideration the investment value of the property their clients wish to sell or purchase.

As a Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist®, and a Certified Staging Expert, Christina loves helping her sellers make their homes shine! She is never happier than when a buyer falls in love with one of her client's homes. Most recently, her designation as a Certified Professional in Social Marketing has served to take the exposure of her Seller’s Properties to another level! 

STEP 2 - Price Right to Profit More

Setting the price for your home is challenging. Too low, and you leave money on the table. Too high, and you scare away buyers to other properties. To complicate all this, your home is an emotional asset—it’s hard to see it objectively. 

To find the optimal price—one that maximizes the sale price and minimizes the time it takes to sell—requires strategic thinking.  

Pricing is something agents spend their careers refining and mastering. They combine intimate local and national market knowledge, an exhaustive study of similar homes for sale, and an analysis of past sales to come up with the optimal list price. And then they combine that with your unique needs to pick a price that fits you. 

It’s no easy task, but it’s a critical one. Pricing your home correctly the first time results in more exposure, more showings, more offers, and ultimately, the highest price for your home.  

If you want to get as much for your home as possible within a reasonable time frame, you need to get the price right.

First, it is important to understand that only the market can determine the ultimate value of your home.  That said, choosing the optimal list price is essential to maximizing your home’s value. If you price too low, you risk not getting as much as you can for your property, but price too high and you risk losing potential buyers who may think your property is out of their price range and you help your competition sell faster.  

It is imperative that you arm yourself with as much information about the market you are in and the competition you have. We will meet with you, have you walk us through your home while we take our notes, and then we will do an in-depth market evaluation which includes all comparable “Solds” and adjustments on each to adjust their selling price to reflect your home’s features. This will give you our best estimate of the price your house will bring on the market.

5 Things To Consider When Setting Your Price

It is best to take a step back from emotions and let your agent help you to objectively evaluate your home.

1. Fix what needs to be fixed. As a buyer walks through your home, each flaw they see brings the price they are willing to pay for your house down in their minds. You don't need to do expensive remodeling, but loose door pulls, burnt out light bulbs and stained carpets will make the buyer feel that your house is in a state of neglect.

 2. Set your price within striking distance. Buyers (and their agents) are reluctant to insult a seller by making an offer far below a posted asking price. Generally, you should be priced within 2-5% of your actual selling price to receive an offer. We would rather you hold firm to your bottom line and be priced where you will receive interest from multiple buyers, than out-price yourself and receive no offers at all.

 3. Not everyone loves your home as much as you do. Buyers fall in love with homes for many different reasons. It may remind them of their childhood home, back onto a serene wooded park reserve, or offer the shiny, new “bling” they see on home designing shows. You bought your house for an emotional reason, and all the updates you have done, and memories you have made over the years strengthen that attachment. This is why even REALTORS® have an objective party come in and evaluate their homes when they want to sell. Be open to feedback from your REALTOR® even if it is not what you want to hear.

4. “I bought it for $50,000 more just a few years ago”. What you paid for your house is not relevant to what it is worth today. Buyers will see your home along with many other homes and they will know if your house compares at price. Keep in mind, if the market is lower when you are selling, you will be buying in that same lower market and getting a better deal on your new home.

5. If we wait long enough, someone will pay us what we want. It does take time to sell a house. Buyers need to see it online, view it a few times and then make a decision. That being said, if your house is receiving no showings, or is receiving many showings with tepid feedback, the market has spoken, and the buyers are not willing to pay your price. 

Remember, one of the main reasons to hire a REALTOR® is for their objective, experienced advice. Our goal is to help you sell your home at the best possible price with the best possible conditions. We will do everything we can to market your home, but a buyer must see value to make an offer.

Checklist - Documents We Need to List Your Home

In preparation for listing your home, you will need to gather up a few things: 

  • A copy of your survey (RPR) and compliance
  • Your most recent annual property tax assessment
  • The average cost of utilities (electricity, hydro, water)
  • Details of recent improvements or renovations
  • A list of items you would like to exclude from the sale
  • Pictures of seasonal features (i.e. gardens in bloom)
  • A list of any easements or right-of-ways
  • Receipts and warranties for recent home improvements
  • “10 Best Features of Your Home” Worksheet 
  • Other relevant information (any upgrades, copy of floor plans,
    builder plans and/or model name)

 For condominium owners:

 Condo fees and a list of maintenance/fee inclusionsParking and locker numbersPasskey to the buildingCondo Document Package

STEP 3 - List Your Home

Now that your property is listed, there are a few things that need to be done.

1) Review and retain a copy of the Listing Contract. If you did not receive our emailed copy, please let us know.

2) Staging - If we have made any suggestions regarding things that may help your home to show its best, please get as many of them done as soon as you can. We want your house to sell as quickly as possible and for the highest price possible! 

3) Protect Your Belongings – Showings will often include children, so if you have sparkly rings or antique toys left or displayed on counters, little fingers may itch to play with them. It is safest to put anything you value away for safekeeping. 

4) Protect Your Privacy – Although Buyers would never snoop in drawers for personal information, bank statements, credit card bills or a child’s medical assessment should never be left about. It is nobody’s business but your own how much money you have in investments or if you have been given a final notice by a collector. Put your personal paperwork away.

5) What They See is What They Get – If a Buyer sees your grandmother’s antique chandelier over the dining room table while viewing your home, they will assume it comes with the house. Unless otherwise stated, all items attached to the walls, all trees, and boulders in the yard, and all appliances they see should be left at the time of possession. If you are intending to switch the fridge for an older one or take the tree planted beside the deck, consider doing so before having your home shown to prospective Buyers. If that is not possible, please make sure you tell us so we can make it clear on the listing that certain items will be taken or switched for others.

6) Showings – If at all possible, please be absent from your showings. It is very difficult for a Buyer to see him/herself living in the home with the homeowner present. We want prospective buyers to feel as comfortable as possible looking at closet space, examining the tiles in the shower, or checking the storage capacity of your pantry. They will feel awkward doing so if you are present and may move on to the next home. We also want to provide a safe environment where they may discuss the pros and cons of your home with their Realtor. A good Realtor can offer suggestions on how to make your property work for them, so it is best to give them the opportunity to have that honest discussion without you present.

7) Passersby –When the sign goes into your yard, passersby might be tempted to stop and knock on the door. If that happens, what should you do? Don’t let strangers in your house. Unfortunately, there are people out there with hidden agendas. Agents who come to show are bondable and will produce a business card. If a passerby rings your doorbell, give that person one of our business cards and ask them to call us. We will protect your privacy.

8) RPR & Compliance– As per the Listing Contract, the Seller is responsible for providing an RPR and Compliance.  Locate your Real Property Report. That is the survey that shows where your house sits on your property, as well as where your deck, fence, and shed are. If you have made any improvements to your property which have included changes to the structures in your yard (ie: fence, deck), you will need a new RPR. In some cases, you can contact the survey company who did your RPR and get them to come out and do an update for a reduced price. Depending on the time of year, survey companies can be quite backed up, so call them and set up an appointment right away.

When you receive your RPR back, you will need to take it down to the city hall for a compliance Certificate or stamp. In some cases, Title Insurance may be suggested in place of a new RPR.  If you are unfamiliar with title insurance, please ask us about this option.

9) Contact Mortgage Rep.  - Familiarize yourself with your financing options. It is always good to know not only what you need to move on to your next home, but your mortgage rep will also be able to advise you of any penalties you might have to pay and discuss options that can save you money such as porting a mortgage.

10) Call your Lawyer- Know what is involved at closing and settlement.

11) If you have a condo, condo docs need to be ordered. This can take some time, so the sooner the better.

12) Call Us – if you have ANY questions. We take your sale seriously and are here to help!

STEP 4 - Prepare to Amaze

After price, the condition of your home is the single biggest factor determining how fast—and for how much—your home sells.

REALTORS® repeatedly find that people can’t visualize the potential of a home. They have to see it. That means that how your home shows now are how people see themselves in it. They can’t see past the chips, leaks, clutter, and stains—in fact, they tend to focus even more on those things. 

 Luckily, you can dramatically improve how your home sells with a few quick steps:

  • Clean. Inside and out. It matters. A lot.
  • De-clutter. Give it away, throw it away or store it away, but get it out of your house. 
  • Make minor repairs. Chipped paint, cracked tiles, squeaky hinges, leaky faucets. Fix everything you can.
  • Take Off-Season clothing and pack them up! Space in closets will make a buyer covet your storage space, and that can result in a stronger offer!
  • Stage your home. According to the National Association of REALTORS®, staged homes sell 49% faster, and for 7-11% more money. We are Certified Home Stagers and can give you those tips to make your house stand out! We are both Certified Home Stagers, and we will walk you through each room, maximizing space and creating a great flow that will entice buyers to fall in love with your home.
  • Clean again. Really. It’s that important!

Sound overwhelming? You don’t need to do it overnight. We can point you to people who can help, or you can break it down into just a few tasks each day.

Think of it this way: everything you remove from the house, clean or repair puts money in your pocket. You’re getting paid to do it!

Checklist for Preparing Your Home

You can significantly influence the selling price of your house by preparing it before putting on the market. Here are some suggestions to improve a buyer’s first impression of your home. Please note: this is a very detailed list. Your home may already be ready for sale. But if you notice a few things that could be done, we urge you to take the time to fix them. Every little thing you do will increase the amount a buyer is willing to pay for your home!

Step 5 - Our Proven Multi-Media MARKETING SYSTEM

 Once you’ve found a price for your home and put it in showroom condition, there’s one more critical piece of the puzzle before buyers begin flocking in to see your masterpiece: getting their attention. The more buyers you have interested in your home, the higher the potential sale price, and the faster the sale.

The Gaboury Team Marketing Plan

Step 1 - Staging Your Property

Before we begin to market your property, it is imperative that it shows its very best. We want to put as much money in your pocket as possible at the end of your sale.

Claude and I are Certified Home Stagers and we use our expertise to make our listings look bigger, updated and cared for. Nothing puts you in more of a power position during negotiation than to have the buyer see you as a serious and prepared seller. As soon as the listing is signed, we will:

  • Examine your home as a potential buyer would
  • Do a “Walk Through” to itemize what should be moved, removed, spruced up, or kept the same. We look for possible furnishings that can be rearranged or added. It is up to the Sellers to decide how much they are willing to do, but we will be very detailed with our lists. We will also give you tips on how to, for little or no money, update different features of your home.
  • Together, we will come up with a plan of action. Some sellers will have almost nothing to do and we can take pictures and video right away. Some sellers may need a few days to organize. 

Step 2 - Taking Stunning Photos

Because online searching and browsing is such a critical part of the home-buying process, it follows that a well-photographed home will sell faster because more people are enticed to visit the home.

Now, professional-quality photos are a must, but it is not a professional photographer’s job to clean up a mess or rearrange furniture to make a room look bigger, so when trying to avoid certain unappealing areas of a home, they may take pictures that omit features that could really sell the house.

We not only insist on professional quality photos, but we also stage our shots too! A beautiful, high definition photo means nothing if it is shot from the wrong angle. We stage and take our own pictures using a DSLR camera, proper lenses, tripod, and software, and Claude has taken countless classes to insure our photos are second to none.

We pride ourselves on how we display our client’s homes. Nothing makes us feel better than when we receive an email from a client saying that we have made their home look so good online, that they might buy it!

Step 3 - A Video Tour or “Open House”

In our world of instant access technology, buyers can view your home from their iPads, in bed at 3:00 am! Your property must be displayed in an engaging way, and visual content drives engagement.

  • Viewers spend 100% more time on pages that have videos on them.
  • Viewers retain 95% of a message when they watch it in a video compared to 10% when reading it in text.

So we MUST have a video of your home, and it MUST be interesting!

Claude took this as his opportunity to purchase even more camera equipment. His arsenal now includes two tripods, a monopod, panning handle, Ronin, Steady Cam, Slide Dolly, Osmo, and a Drone. We film true video, with spoken introductions. The finished product is set to music and ready for us to include in our marketing.

Our “Open House” videos are not just a slideshow set to music, but rather an actual walkthrough of the home so you can experience how one room flows into the other and provides the viewer with a sense of direction and space. The aerial footage from the drone gives buyers a feel for the property and how they could use it. Check out our video tab on our website for examples.

Step 4 - Put Your Listing On MLS

MLS is the largest online database of available real estate. Claude and I have made the choice to input our listings ourselves rather than sending them into the Real Estate Board for input. This allows for two things:

Greater accuracy control - We can catch errors more easily that a data input person because we have actually seen your property

Accurate Mapping - With Google Earth making it possible for buyers to have an aerial view of your property and the surrounding neighbourhood, it is very important that we map your property correctly. The last thing you need is a potential buyer looking at your neighbour’s junky backyard and thinking it is yours.

Step 5 - Prestigious Signage

TheRE/MAX sign is one of the most recognized signs in Real Estate. We have taken that one step further with our custom hangers. We have designed them to accomplish several key marketing techniques. 

We have Claude’s cell number on our hangers. We want people to call us directly with questions about your listing. If we can get them on the phone, we can get them through the door.

We have Claude’s cell number on our hangers. We want people to call us directly with questions about your listing. If we can get them on the phone, we can get them through the door.

We have our pictures on the hanger. Although it is a popular joke that Realtors love to see their faces on signs, there is a very valid reason for our pictures. Seeing our faces breaks down the “unknown factor”. It is much easier for a buyer to pick up the phone and call an agent when they know what they look like.

For prospective buyers who are not comfortable picking up the phone, we also have our website on our hangers. This way a buyer can see your listing, a video tour and all pertinent information in the comfort of their home.

For prospective buyers who are not comfortable picking up the phone, we also have our website on our hangers. This way a buyer can see your listing, a video tour and all pertinent information in the comfort of their home.

Just a note about QR Codes…We do NOT use them on any of our marketing for these reasons:

            • only 19% of consumers have ever scanned a QR Code.
            • It takes too long to scan, and most buyers will become frustrated and lose interest.
              • Other Websites – there are various other online advertising avenues that we use to promote your property. One of these websites we use is kijiji.ca. Kijiji is not traditionally used as a successful avenue for selling real estate, but it happens to be a very effective search engine which is not bound by the parameters of the MLS system. 
                • The Gaboury Team Website-  Buyers will also have access to The Gaboury Team’s dynamic website where they can further explore photos, video, maps, community information, and be motivated to contact us about your listing. It takes away an opportunity for us to actually speak to a buyer

                  Step 6 - Open House, Realtor & Public (if desired)

                  There are two types of Open Houses. The first type is a or MLS Tour. This is when we invite all of our local REALTORS® to come out and take a closer look at your home. Allowing us to invite local REALTORS® to view your home serves 2 main purposes:

                  1) It lets us point out the unique aspects of your home so that the REALTORS® will become familiar with your property and the features which set it apart from the competition.
                • 2) Because the REALTORS® have actually viewed your home, it will stick out in their minds when talking to their potential Buyers.

                  The second type is a Public Open House. These are not as successful as they were years ago. Buyers have seen our “Video Open House” online and many will not make an actual trip out to your home unless they are really interested. However, if your home is close to a show home or high traffic area, it is possible to have some valid buyers come through. 

                  If you do decide you would like an open house, we are happy to do one for you and request two weeks notice as we like to advertise them in as many venues as possible. The open houses are advertised on Realtor.ca/MLS, our Website, yegishome.ca, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and kijiji.ca.

                  Step 7 - Your Home Advertised on Multiple Websites

                  We offer superior showcasing of your home, live on the internet 24/7! Your home will definitely stand out in a potential buyer’s search. Thousands of REALTORS® and potential buyers will have access to your listing through our multiple listings service system, realtor.ca.  A detailed description of your home, professional photos, as well as a link to your home video tour,  will also be available on this and numerous other websites. Your listing will be “Blogged” and that blog will be shared on numerous sites.

                ▪ RE/MAX Websites - www.remax.ca is the second most searched real estate website after realtor.ca. Your property will appear on the Edmonton, Western Canada and National RE/MAX Websites. www.edmontonrealestate.com and www.remax-sprucegrove.ab.ca 

              For example: if we have an acreage listing in the County of Parkland, and we want to reach buyers looking for acreages near Edmonton, the MLS system will only help if the buyer knows about Parkland County. Kijiji.ca allows us to advertise that acreage “Close to Edmonton” instead of “In Parkland County”. Our marketing on these free sites include details as to where to get more photos, video tour, and more information. Maximum exposure for maximum profitability for our clients!

              We also promote your listing on local Home search facebook groups such as "Homes for Sale in Edmonton & Surrounding Area" and all of the Buy/Sell groups.

              Step 8 - Customized Property Feature Brochure

              All of our listing clients receive professionally designed, full-colour, personalized, feature brochures of their home. This brochure makes a memorable impression for buyers viewing your property and helps to remind them of important elements after they have finished viewing homes for the day. These brochures feature multiple full-colour photos and descriptive information about your home, as well as MLS listing information, and information about your neighbourhood, schools, and community to affirm the buyer is making a smart decision to purchase your property. Your custom brochures will be delivered to you in a timely manner and we will make sure you always have an adequate supply.

Step 9 - Social Media

Social Media is quickly becoming one of the most important parts of a marketing strategy. 92% of all advertisers indicated that their social media efforts have generated tremendous exposure for their products. It isn’t just the sharing nature of social media. Powerful search engines are embedded in many of the social media systems. By manipulating these features, we are able to increase exposure for your property.  First-page Google ranking is so important, and SEO (Search Engine Optimization) experts use social media to help businesses improve rankings. Christina is now Certified in Social Media Marketing, and uses this knowledge to help put our client’s properties in front of as many potential buyers as possible!

- With more than 2.2 Billion users, Facebook is definitely the biggest social media network that the Internet has. Your property will be advertised on The Gaboury Team Facebook page.

- Twitter is, more than anything, a powerful search engine. Twitter has 319 million monthly active users, which increases its power on google searches. We “tweet’ your listing as an additional opportunity for a buyer to find your property.

-Instagram is a mobile, desktop, and Internet-based photo and video sharing application and service that has over 800 Million users. It allows users to upload photos and videos, add hashtags and geotags, and graphical stickers. Over 37% of people aged 22-35 (millennials) use Instagram. This is the age group who are buying their first homes, and with that number of users, it is important for us to market our listings on Instagram. 

- Pinterest is a visual bookmarking system that people all around the world use to find, collect, and share the things that interest them online. Pinterest integrates with your website, Twitter account, and Facebook profile. With 200 million users, Pinterest can help businesses get indexed on Google, and a higher ranking means our listings are viewed more often. All of our listings go onto our Pinterest account.

- This is where we will publish your video tour. Links will be attached to all of our marketing. Youtube has over a billion users (almost a third of all people using the internet). Many buyers searching for homes will skip the writeup and go straight to the video link.

- LinkedIn is a social networking site of over 500 million members designed specifically for the business community. We link your listing to our LinkedIn page as an additional opportunity for buyers to see your property.

Step 10 - Local and National Exposure

We have a network of Realtors that we have compiled over the last 119 years who are in high transfer areas (such as Calgary, Ontario, and Vancouver), who deal with flippers, investors, luxury properties, or do a high volume of sales in certain regions. As soon as we list a home, we send e-postcards out to any applicable Realtor who may have a buyer for your property. We also have our own extensive database of buyers who are waiting for specific properties, and we contact anyone who may be a good fit for your home.

Step 11 - International Exposure

We are members of the world’s most well known Global Real Estate Network, with over 100,000 real estate agents. All of our listings are advertised on international websites and international social media. information on your property will be translated into multiple languages so we can reach out to multicultural buyers. In fact, your Youtube video can be translated into 41 different languages! You never know who may be moving into the area.

STEP 6 - Show it Off!

As interest in your home rises, so will interest in seeing the real thing. It’s time to show off your masterpiece to prospective buyers. 

Have you ever visited a show home? It’s warm, bright, clean, well-decorated and inviting. This is the same impression you want buyers to experience when they come to view your home. We want buyers to see you as a serious, informed seller. Use our checklist as a guide; the more you can do, the better it will show!

A REALTOR® will take care of almost all of the details, but here are the Top Seven tips to Maximize the Showing Experience.

1) You should leave. Buyers want to be able to look around and discuss your home candidly. They won’t be comfortable if you’re there.

2) In addition to the usual tidying, make sure your home is inviting. Turn up/down the temperature. Leave the lights on. Open the blinds where appropriate. Leave inside doors open or slightly ajar.

3) Turn off or unplug all air fresheners, candles, and wax melters. The scent may be appealing to you, but if it overpowers a buyer, they will rush through your home. 

4) Leave any additional information that’s helpful on the counter—property brochures, floor plans, RPR, seasonal pictures of your plants in bloom, receipts for major upgrades and renovations.

5) Shovel walks and salt sidewalks - If buyers have to slip and slide up a driveway to your front door, their first impression has been compromised. Make their trip up your sidewalk an inviting one!

6) Make sure your Lock turns easily - a Realtor jiggling a key while clients offer advice on pushing and pulling the lock does not start a showing off smoothly. Install a new lock if your’s is sticky!

7) Be as flexible as you can—try to accommodate the buyer’s schedule. We know it isn’t easy, but the more showings that take place, the better the chance for an offer.

General Preparation: 

  • Open Curtains, drapes, and blinds, and turn on lights in all rooms and closets.
  • Water interior plants and throw away old plants and flowers
  • Put away valuables, money, jewelry and medicines in a safe or concealed place!
  • If you smoke, smoke only outside.
  • Do NOT use air fresheners or scented candles and waxes. There are far too many people allergic to them.
  • Consider going to the dollar store and purchasing attractive baskets for your main rooms to quickly sweep clutter in before a showing.

Entryway:

  • Remove clutter from foyer/entry and make sure it welcomes you.
  • Have a clean welcome mat and clean all windows and mirrors.

Bedrooms:

  • Make beds, straighten toys. A basket or bin can be filled with loose toys.
  • Open all blinds and hang them to a uniform height.

Bathrooms:

  • Hang clean hand towels.
  • Remove all personal Hygiene products and close toilet lids.
  • Clean vanities, sink areas and mirrors.
  • Consider a small basket for each family member’s product. This can be quickly tucked away under the cabinet and out of sight. 

Kitchen:

  • Clean countertops, stovetops, refrigerator doors and handles.
  • Clean the kitchen sink and put away all the dishes. Make everything shine.

Dining Room:

  • Consider placing an attractive centrepiece on your dining room table.
  • Dust chandelier and china cabinets.

Living Room, Family Room, Den:

  • Dust, polish, vacuum and clean floors and furniture.
  • Adjust couch cushions and pillows.
  • Again, a basket is perfect to store odds and ends during a showing.

Basements, Attic, Laundry Room, Porches and Decks:

  • Reduce clutter, and organize all areas.
  • Make sure all pet and garbage odours are removed.
  • Take any pets out of the home for showings if possible.

STEP 7 - Accept an Offer

When Dealing With An Offer: 

It’s a conversation. Don’t be offended by low offers and conditions. No one is forcing you to accept them. Think of it as a starting point to have a conversation.

Always counteroffer. Momentum matters. Just the act of moving a deal forward
helps make the deal happen.

Price isn’t the only thing. You can negotiate on price, offer conditions, or include assets in the home. Don’t become stuck on one thing.

Try to detach yourself. Claude often tells the story of the $75,000 fridge. We had a client who absolutely would not include her favourite fridge in the negotiations. She ended up losing her first offer because of that, and eventually sold a year later for $75,000 less! You can ALWAYS buy another fridge!

Remember, even 1% more for your home can mean thousands to your bottom line.   

You’ve Got An Accepted Offer…Now What?

Offer- Once all aspects of the offer have been negotiated and agreed upon and final signing has been done, the property is now considered “Pending”. In order for your property to become “SOLD”, all conditions must be removed by the time agreed to in the contract.

Conditions– The most common conditions are Financing and Home Inspection. Conditions must be removed by 9:00 pm on the condition day.

Financing – There is not really anything the Seller can do to help with this condition. It is up to the Buyer and the Buyer’s Realtor to get a copy of the offer to the Buyer’s mortgage rep as quickly as possible. It may be necessary to allow the bank’s appraiser through your home. 

Inspection – If there is an inspection condition, the Buyer, The Buyer’s Realtor, and a Certified Home Inspector will make an appointment to do an inspection on your home. These inspections will generally last from 2-4 hrs. It is very important for you, the homeowner, NOT to be present during the inspection. The reasons for this are that 1) The Buyer is spending money to have the opportunity for an inspector to give them an in-depth look at the home they are buying. Their inspector is there to examine all aspects of your home. The Buyer may become uncomfortable with the Home Owner present and we do not want any feelings of resentment to mar the wonderful feelings they felt when they made an offer 2) Sometimes, in an effort to be helpful, a Seller will point out features they feel add value such as elaborate landscaping or friendly neighbours. If the Buyer is an extremely private person and hates yard work, the Seller runs the risk of ruining their own deal. It is always best to give the Buyer their privacy during an inspection.

1) Keep your distance.

Why do we suggest “Third Party Negotiation?”  Standard practice in organized real estate is third party negation for several reasons. The main reason is to limit emotions from a solid business/investment decision. But why else would you want to keep from meeting the Buyer?

Every once in awhile a Realtor will neglect to advise their Seller to leave for a showing or inspection and as a result, the Seller and Buyer begin to talk. Often it can seem like a good idea; you, the Seller, have lived in the house and are a wealth of information. You may even be tempted to exchange phone numbers to help out the new owner.  

However, houses are not immune to general wear and tear. The last thing you need is the buyer of your old home, who now has your phone number, calling you up to inform you that the air conditioner is too loud or that the dishwasher broke down. You do not want someone asking for compensation on an issue that is no longer your responsibility.

2) Fix any “Loose Ends”. 

The likelihood of an inspection is high, so take the time to prepare your home. It may seem obvious, but cleaning is often overlooked before an inspection. An unkempt house gives the impression of uncaring owners and neglected regular maintenance. Our goal is to make the Buyers feel even better about their purchase by the time the inspection is done. 

Some things to focus on are:

  • HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system – Clean/Replace the filter and if repairs are needed, make them. Dust off the water heater and vacuum the dust bunnies from under a gas fireplace.
  • Windows- make sure they open and close, and that the locks work. If any screens are missing, re-install them. Replace cracked or broken window panes. Check to see that patio doors slide smoothly.
  • Plumbing -Check for leaks in faucets and under sinks.  Ensure that sinks and tubs drain quickly. If toilets wobble, replace the wax ring and bolt down firmly. Check the caulking around tub and the silicone around the faucets.
  • Lights - Ensure that all light fixtures have working bulbs and take a moment to dust them off.
  • Accessibility - Attics, garages, sheds, basements, and crawlspaces need to be accessible to the home inspector. Clear away any blockages and make sure doors can be opened). This includes accessing inspection hatches for bathtubs, water meters, and shutoff valves. Clean up cobwebs in the basement and other hidden corners.
  • Outside - Clean gutters and ensure downspouts have extenders. Foundations, outside electrical outlets and faucets, are a few of the items inspectors will want to see. Remove trash cans, trim branches, and brush, dispose of dead limbs and clear an accessible path around the home, especially in winter. 
  • Leave keys to all locked utility boxes and doors. Inaccessible systems are cause for incomplete inspections and delays. Arrange a place for the inspector to find the keys, or provide them ahead of time. 
  • Leave receipts and repair invoices for anything you have had fixed in the home. This shows proof of upkeep and answers to many questions an inspector may have.

If the property is unoccupied, be sure all utilities--electricity, gas, oil, water--are connected and filled enough for appliances to run. The home inspector will need to test heating and cooling systems, plumbing, appliances, faucets, electrical systems and more. Without utilities, required testing cannot be done. The result is an incomplete inspection. Incomplete inspections will delay the release of the home inspection contingency clause, which, in turn, will delay closing.

Remember, when the inspector goes over his report with the buyer, he will point out every single item he found, no matter how minor it may seem to you. The fewer items the inspector finds the more positive the inspection experience will be for the buyer... and therefore for you!

3) Contact your Mortgage Rep.to familiarize yourself with your financing options. It is always good to know not only what you need to move on to your next home, but your mortgage rep will also be able to advise you of any penalties you might have to pay and discuss options that can save you money such as porting a mortgage. Depending on what your plans are and if you are buying a new home, your Mortgage Rep may need copies of your offer.

4) Call your Lawyer. Know what is involved in closing and settlement.

STEP 8 - Your House is Sold!

Your House Is Sold…What Next?

Seller’s Responsibilities – We know you are excited, but now that your deal is firm, there are a few things that need to be done.

1) RPR & Compliance – As per the Listing Contract, the Seller is responsible or providing an RPR and Compliance.  Locate your Real Property Report. That is the survey that shows where your house sits on your property, as well as where your deck, fence, and shed are. If you have made any improvements to your property which have changed the features of your yard, you will need a new RPR. In some cases, you can contact the survey company who did your RPR and get them to come out and do an update for a reduced price. Depending on the time of year, survey companies can be quite backed up, so call them and set up an appointment right away. 

When you receive your RPR back, you will need to take it down to the city hall for a compliance certificate.

In some cases, Title Insurance may be suggested in place of a new RPR. Your Lawyer will be able to advise you on which is best for you.

2) Lawyers– The other thing we need right away is the name of the Lawyer you will be using. As soon as we receive this information, our conveyancer will put together a package with copies of all of the contracts, amendments, notices, etc and send it to both your lawyer and the buyer’s lawyer. 

3) Start Packing – This can be a daunting task. We have a moving checklist that can really help. Please ask us for one if you haven’t been given one yet. 

4) Arrange Insurance on the new home prior to the transfer of property. (make sure you keep the policy on your current property in effect until the possession date)

5)Call your utility companiesNotify them of your moving date and new address.

6) Make arrangements with a moving company. There are many different paths you may take when the closing day comes. Some people will have already moved into a new home, some may decide to rent, and some may have a few months before they can take possession of their new home. Whether you are moving that day or packing all of your possessions into storage, making arrangements in advance will ensure that your property transfer goes smoothly. 

7) Fill out change of address forms with the post office, schools, and any clubs you belong to.

8) When does the sign come down? 

We will order the sign down for the day before the new owners take possession of the home. This helps us with our own marketing.  When do we pay to have a sign put up, what better way for us to market ourselves than to show we sold your beautiful home?

9) What do I do with all of my manuals?

Unless you are bringing your appliances with you, please leave your manuals and warrantee cards on the counter for the next owners. Buyers always appreciate that.

10) What do we do with our keys?

Please leave all keys and garage door openers on the counter when you leave the house. The key which you gave us for the key box will be kept at our office and when possession day comes, the Lawyers will notify our office of key release and the buyer’s Realtor will come and pick up the key for the buyer.

11) Do we have to have our house professionally cleaned?

Unless a professional cleaning was part of the contract, you are not under obligation to have a cleaning service clean your home. That being said, many Sellers do choose to have either house cleaners and/or carpet cleaners come in rather than going through the stress of doing it themselves. If you need the names of some cleaners, we would be happy to suggest a few.

12) What can’t I take with me? 

Remember, anything that is attached should stay with your home. ie: TV Wall mounts, Permanent shelving, Ceiling fans, Built-in Wall Units, etc. Keep in mind, the house should be turned over with the same items as seen in the showings. This means you cannot switch out high-end chandeliers for cheap smaller ones nor can you take the new front-end loading washer and dryer and leave an old set you found at a garage sale (we know this seems obvious, but we have had several interesting situations in the past year which prompted us to include a reminder).

Step 9 - Calculating Your Net Proceeds

The cheque is in! Now how much do you get to keep? There are a number of closing costs to consider.

Legal Fees. Lawyer’s fees vary, but often have structured fees for the purchase and sale of homes posted on their websites. Sellers pay in the area of $1500.00 for a lawyer to look after the legal details necessary to close their home. 

Mortgage Fees. Check with your mortgage lender to determine if any costs will occur when transferring or releasing your mortgage. There is sometimes what is referred to as a discharge fee to remove the mortgage from the title that can range from $100 to $250. 

Disbursements. These fees cover additional legal expenses such as travel, copies, couriers, registration fees and preparing document transfers. Disbursements can range upwards of $500, but can sometimes be built into your legal fees. 

Adjustments. It’s difficult for a home seller to calculate exactly how much money is owed to which utilities on closing day. Your lawyer will ensure that any overpayments or deficiencies on rents, mortgage interest, property tax, and utility charges will be corrected, and the buyer and seller will be credited or charged accordingly.

Moving Costs. Moving costs vary based on location and the number of possessions being moved. If you’re moving, you should factor gas, rental vehicles, and moving supplies.

STEP 9 - Move on to Your Next Adventure!

Tips For The Moving Process

It’s official: you’ve signed the papers, dotted all the i’s and crossed the t’s—you own a new home! You’ve almost reached the end of your journey. However, now, faced with the daunting task of moving, it may seem as though the journey has just begun. Moving can be a time-consuming and stressful experience if you let yourself be overwhelmed by the job. Remember, though, having a successful move means taking care of the details, one by one. If you break the process down into steps and arrange your time accordingly, you can make it manageable. Use the following checklist to ensure you’re covering all the bases, and you will be well on your way to a successful move!

Household

•Arrange to have your mail forwarded to your new address. 

•Forward or cease all deliveries to your home, and forward or cancel newspaper and magazine subscriptions. 

•Disconnect or take care of utility, cable and phone services and accounts. 

•Arrange for utilities to be connected at your new house. 

•Cancel pre-authorized bill payments. 

•Begin going through closets and discarding any unnecessary items. 

Packing 

•Plan your packing. Start by purchasing or acquiring suitable containers. Most moving companies have specialized containers you can buy. Also, speak with others who have recently moved—they may be looking to get rid of boxes. You’ll need the following: small boxes for heavy items (books, tools, etc.); large boxes for bulky items (bedding, stuffed toys, etc.); medium boxes for bulky but less heavy items (towels, small appliances, etc.). 

•Begin to collect other packing materials. Decide which items you’ll need from the following checklist:
-White paper
-Tissue paper
-Paper towels
-Newspapers
-Non-printed paper
-Packing tape or twine to seal boxes and containers -Scissors

-Labels and stickers (available from your moving company)
-Felt marker to label boxes
-Notebook and pen for listing contents 

•Set goals and deadlines for yourself. Aim, for example, to pack one room per week. 

•Attach a list of contents to each box. Separate and label boxes to be placed in storage. 

•Consider holding a garage sale to rid yourself of excess belongings.

•Begin to use up the food in your pantry and freezer. Let the food you already have dictate your menus. 

•Have rugs cleaned that are to be moved, then roll and wrap them. 

•Make special arrangements for the moving of plants or pets. 

•Collect all personal items from local services (dry cleaning, storage, photos). 

•Service all appliances you are taking with you. Note that all gas appliances must be emptied, as it is illegal for movers to carry flammable substances. 

•Take inventory of all the boxes, and contents of the boxes, you have packed. 

•Have your car serviced and tuned up. 

Community 

               Return library books (Yes, people still check out books). 

               Clean out your locker at your gym and your safe deposit box. 

               Determine how to transfer your children to a new school. 

               Return items you’ve borrowed to friends, and collect any you’ve lent. 

               Mail or e-mail change of address notices to family members, friends, and office contacts. 

Records 

•If needed, transfer medical and dental records, and fill prescriptions. 

•Change the address on your driver’s license. 

•Change the billing address for credit cards. 

•Change the address for banking statements. 

•Leave a record of security codes for new tenants. 

Insurance and Legal Matters 

•Visit your lawyer and ensure all documents are signed. 

•Notify your insurance company well in advance of the move and ask them to review your policy. 

•Transfer insurance to your new home, or acquire new insurance. 

•Review your moving company’s insurance policy. If it doesn’t cover as much as you’d like it to, obtain your own. 

•If you are currently renting a house or apartment, give written notice to the landlord. 

•Have all keys to your old home delivered to your lawyer or realtor. 

Tips For Packing Like a Pro

  1. Develop a master “to do” list so you won’t forget
    something critical.
  2. Purge! Get rid of things you no longer want or need.
    Have a garage sale, donate to a charity, or recycle.
    If you are downsizing, sell excess furniture on kijiji.
  3. Before throwing something out remember to ask yourself how frequently you use an item and how you would feel if you no longer had it.
  4. Pack items you will need first in a separate bin. This includes things like a box cutter, paper towels, trash bags, eating utensils, select cookware, power strips, phone chargers, toilet paper, tools, etc.
  5. Pack like items together. Put toys with toys, kitchen utensils with kitchen
     utensils.
  6. Decide what, if anything, you plan to move yourself. Precious items, such as family photos, valuable breakables, or must-haves during the move, should probably stay with you.
  7. Use the right box for the item. Loose items encourage breakage.
  8. Put heavy items in small boxes so they are easier to lift. Keep weight
     under 50 lbs. if possible.
  9. Do not over-pack boxes and increase the chances they will break.
  10. Wrap every fragile item separately and pad the bottom and sides of
    boxes.
  11. Use clothing to protect breakables and save on bubble wrap.
  12. Keep clothes on hangers, separate into groups, and cover with garbage
    bags.
  13. Label every box on all sides. You never know how they will be stacked
    and you do not want to have to move other boxes aside to find out what
    is there.
  14. Use colour-coded labels to indicate which room each item should go in.
    Colour-code a floor plan for your new house to help movers.
  15. Keep small parts (like screws and handles) that you remove from dismantled furniture in a small bag taped to the inside of that piece of furniture.
  16. Take a photo of the back of your TV and other electronics to help you remember how the wires are to be connected.
  17. Keep your moving documents together, including phone numbers, driver’s name, and van number. Also, keep your address book handy.
  18. Back up your computer files before moving your computer.
  19. Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives. Remember, most movers won’t take plants.

Purchasing a new home is exciting. To help save you time, stress, and money, we've created this handy
Moving Checklist. It provides you a detailed overview of what you need to do in the weeks prior to your move. Good luck!

Moving Checklist

As you start thinking of moving...

  • Create a "move file" to keep track of estimates, receipts, and other important information
  • Start researching your new community. The Internet is a great resource for finding online community guides and newspapers
  • Draw out a floor plan of your new home and start deciding which function each room will serve
  • Budget for moving expenses and start collecting estimates

7 weeks before moving

  • Start pulling together medical and dental records including prescriptions and shot records. If necessary, ask your existing doctors if they can refer you to a care provider in your new neighbourhood
  • If your children need to change schools, have school records transferred to their new school district and/or daycare
  • Get copies of any legal and financial records you need
  • If you have a pet, arrange for veterinarian records to be transferred
  • Call your insurance agent to see what changes to expect in your policies for changing locations. Ask if moving is covered and arrange for insurance for your new home
  • If you are a member of a gym or an organization, ask how you can end, sell, or transfer your membership

6 weeks before moving

  • Make a list of things that are valuable or difficult to replace. Plan on shipping these by certified mail or carrying them with you
  • Make a list of friends, relatives, and businesses who need to be notified of your move
  • Start working your way through each room taking inventory and deciding what to get rid of. Start planning a yard sale or contact your local charities
  • Think about subscribing to the newspaper in your new hometown to start learning about events and the local culture

5 weeks before moving

  • Start collecting boxes and other packing supplies
  • Start packing items you don't use often. Also start disposing of the items you've designated for a yard sale, donation, or the dump or recycle centre. If you donate, be sure to get a receipt for income tax purposes
  • Plan ahead for parking for the move, making sure that your movers are able to easily access your home
  • Plan for short-term or long-term storage at destination if needed

4 weeks before moving

  • If you are not moving yourself, make a reservation with a reputable and reliable moving service
  • File a change of address
  • Schedule disconnection of all utility services at your old home, and connection of them at your new one. Be sure to disconnect the day after you leave and connect the day before you arrive. If you have "last month" deposits with services, such as the water or gas company, request your refund
  • If necessary, make travel arrangements for your pets
  • Advertise and host your garage sale
  • Call your newspaper courier and set a date to cancel your subscription

3 weeks before moving

  • Make sure all library books have been returned and all dry cleaning or items out for repair have been picked up. Also retrieve any items out on loan
  • Decide if you will keep your plants or give them away
  • Dispose of flammables, corrosives, and poisons
  • If you are moving out of town, have your automobile(s) serviced
  • Prepare auto registration to be transferred
  • If you are moving into or out of an apartment, arrange to use the elevator on your move day
  • Decide what, if anything, you plan to move yourself. Precious items, such s family photos, valuables, and breakables, should probably stay with you

2 weeks before moving

  • Contact your bank and/or credit union to transfer or close accounts. Clear out safety deposit boxes
  • Confirm travel arrangements for pets and family
  • Confirm parking for your mover
  • Notify any creditors of your move
  • Plan meals for the last week of the move to help empty the refrigerator and avoid using appliances that will already be packed
  • Assemble a folder of important information about the house for the new owner of your home

1 week before moving

  • Finish packing and prepare an "essentials" box. Designate several boxes and items as "last load" items. Pack your suitcases and valuables separately
  • Drain all gas and oil from your mower and other motors. Gas grills, kerosene heaters, etc. need to be emptied as well
  • Drain water hoses and waterbed
  • Empty, defrost and clean your refrigerator at least 24 hours before moving day
  • Fill any prescriptions or medications you will need for the next couple of weeks
  • If necessary, make childcare arrangements for moving day
  • Notify friends and family of your new address and phone number
  • Back up your computer files before moving your computer

Moving out

  • Load your goods in a pre-designated order, saving "last load" items for the rear of your shipment. This might include your vacuum cleaner or bed sheets
  • Check every room, closet, and cabinet one last time before deciding everything is loaded
  • Take note of utility meter readings
  • Leave a note with your new address in the house so that future residents can forward any stray mail
  • Keep a friend or family member informed of your plans and "whereabouts" in case of an emergency or unforeseen event

Moving in

  • You are likely to arrive at your new home ahead of your shipment.
    Take this time to look things over and to ensure your new utilities
    have been connected
  • Check appliances and systems to ensure all are working properly, and
    arrange for repairs if necessary
  • Inspect each box and all furniture for damage as soon as it arrives.
  • Check to see if your mail is making it to your new address or pick up any
    mail being held
  • Consider drawing out your new floor plan and decide where you want
    furniture and appliances placed
  • Get your driver's license and health card updated with your new address

MOVING DAY SURVIVAL CHECKLIST

Here are items you may need immediately upon arriving at your new home.

Cleaning

•Soap powder 

•Kitchen cleanser 

•Dish towels 

•Paper towels 

•Dish cloth 

•Steel wool pads 

•Sponge 

•Window cleaner 

•Scrub brush 

•Mop 

•Broom 

Kitchen

•Paper plates, cups, napkins 

•Plastic knives, forks, spoons 

•Plastic pitcher for drinks 

•Small saucepan 

•Serving spoons 

•Tea kettle 

Bathroom

•Facial tissue 

•Toilet tissue 

•Bath towel 

•Shower curtain 

•Face cloth 

•Bath soap 

•First aid kit 

•Aspirin 

•Prescription medicine 

Miscellaneous

•Light bulbs 

•Flashlight 

•Hammer, screwdriver, pliers 

•Aluminum foil 

•Shelf paper 

•Trash bags 

•Twine 

•Newspaper

Children

•Colouring books and crayons 

•Favorite toys 

•Reading materials 

•Puzzles 

•Small surprise gift 

•Snacks

•Bottled Water

•Electronic Games

•Favourite Blanket or Pillow

 Snacks

•Easy-open cans of pudding 

•Sandwich spreads 

•Jars of cheese 

•Packages of crackers 

•Instant creamer, sugar, salt 

•Dry soup mix 

•Boxes of dry cereal, raisins 

•Instant coffee, tea, chocolate 

•Fresh fruit 

•Juice Boxes

•Pretzels or Nuts

On Your Moving Day

•Leave a copy of your travel itinerary with a friend or relative. 

•Carry all currency, jewelry and personal papers (birth certificates, deeds and documents). 

•Double-check closets, drawers and shelves to be sure they are empty. 

•Confirm hotel reservations. 

•Leave all old keys needed by the tenant or owner with your sales associate.