Colder temperatures can mean big changes for your home, so this time of year is perfect to tackle some of those home maintenance chores early. We came across a great checklist in Better Homes and Gardens recently, and we're sharing the highlights with you:

  • Inspect and clean gutters and downspouts
  • Seal gaps and cracks around windows and doors
  • Inspect your roof for damaged shingles
  • Repair damaged sidewalks, driveways and steps
  • Drain and winterize outdoor water systems: irrigation, faucets
  • Clean or replace dirty furnace filters
  • Have a professional inspect your heating system
  • Check your fireplace for build-up and clean out (chimney sweep) if necessary
  • Test any and all monitors (fire, carbon monixide, etc.) to ensure they are…

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You've made the decision to sell, now what? Here's a simple checklist to ensure you're ready for what's next.

Price it Right

Your best chance to sell your property is within the first seven weeks. The longer the property stays on the market, the less the seller will net. Over-pricing can reduce the number of offers that you're likely to get.

Clean and Organize

Eliminate clutter, keep your home clean, and get rid of any looming odours. Even the slightest hint of a bad smell can turn off a potential homebuyer. It's also a good idea to rid your home of any sign of pets.

Make the Home Accessible

Be sure to make your home easily accessible for showings. Keep all interior doors unlocked, and don't be around during showings. If something is kept…

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