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Lori

About Lori

Lori VanDinther is a Licensed Sales Representative and Team Leader of the VanDinther Team at RE/MAX Garden City Realty Inc. Brokerage in Burlington Ontario Canada. Lori is a long time resident of Burlington and has been successfully selling real estate in Burlington, Oakville, Carlisle, Kilbride, Waterdown and surrounding areas for more than 18 years. Lori has received numerous awards throughout her real-estate career for Sales Achievements and TopPerformance. Lori attributes a lot of her success to ALWAYS putting her client's needs first!

To Sell or Not to Sell – during the Christmas holidays

Photo of Christmas Decorations

During the holidays keep the decorations to a minimum. Don't block or cover up important selling features such as fireplace mantels, stairs, stained-glass windows.

With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching people ask me every year: Is it a good idea to list and sell my home in the month of December?

Typically, I would suggest to my clients to wait until the new year if they can, because a lot of potential buyers have their minds on other things like: shopping, baking, numerous Christmas parties, etc.
Having said that, each year can vary.. This year, and I mean like right now, I would actually say it is still a good idea to list and sell your Burlington home because there is a shortage of nice Townhomes, Condos and Detached Homes on the market. Low supply and high demand still exists in Halton Region in December 2012.

Buyers are still seriously looking and ready to buy. So, as a seller you have very little competition – which often means quick sale and top dollar! Timing is always crucial in any market, so if you’re thinking of listing your home do it now and you’ll have 2 solid weeks before things really slow down.

One other thing – people out looking at this time of year and through the holidays, tend to be more serious buyers. If you do decide to go on the market, here are some quick tips on Decorating you Home for “Selling”.

  • Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression
  • Keep your front entrance clear of snow, a nice welcome mat and an urn(s) with a fresh evergreen arrangement by the front door
  • Tone down the size of tree, if you have a really BIG Christmas tree – consider going smaller (slimmer) for this year
  • Only have a few nicely wrapped gifts, under the tree and put the rest under a bed or in a closet
  • Use more splashes of red than green because red is an emotionally appealing color
  • Use greenery instead such as fresh evergreen or rosemary garlands
  • Display centerpieces made from pine cones or other wintry pieces of nature
  • Set a plate of cookies on the counter, next to festive paper napkins for guests
  • Simmer spicy apple cider in a pot on the stove then turn it off and leave it sitting for the fragrance to linger

If you do decide to wait until the next year, try to get your home listed as soon as possible after the holidays. The longer you wait, the more competition you may have. Trusting this has been helpful info and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions and remember – I would be delighted to “Help You Make The Right Moves” any time of the year!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

– Lori VanDinther and Team, Burlington Realtor

Burlington, Ontario – A Perfect Place to Live

Spencer Smith Park in Burlington, Ontario

Spencer Smith Park in Burlington, Ontario

Why would I recommend Burlington as a “Perfect Place to Live”? Well for lots of reasons…

  • Its Clean and Green!
  • The people are friendly and kind!
  • Economically sound!
  • The Education system is awesome!
  • Easy Commute to Toronto! Physically, Burlington lies between the north shore of Lake Ontario and the Niagara Escarpment, at the western end of Lake Ontario.
  • We have some really cool events and attractions which include Canada’s Largest Ribfest, Sound of Music Festival, Burlington Art Centre, and Spencer Smith Park! Royal Botanical Gardens is close as well as its proximity to a part of the Niagara Escarpment in the north that includes the Iroquoian section of the Bruce Trail all will appeal to Nature lovers!

We have so much to offer… I would love to help you find a fabulous home here in our wonderful community of Burlington… which Oh, by the way… was rated the 2nd best City in Canada.

Hire the Best Handyman for the Job

Handyman with the Woman

Choosing the right handyman for the job actually saves money and time.

A good, honest handyman can be hard to find. When doing home repair and renovations you want the right person for the job or else the job they do will have to be redone or won’t last. You don’t want to cheap out but you also don’t want to waste your time and money. Here are few important tips to consider when looking for the handyman for your next home improvement project.

Choose your plumber, then your fixtures
You wanna find out what brand of fixtures your plumber likes to work with and then choose those. The idea is, he’s already proficient and quick with installing the brands he likes. This will minimize the problems during install and will lower the time spent on the job.

Hire a qualified electrician
When it comes to electrical work you don’t want to take chances. Electrical issues can cause fires and even worse, shock somebody. The person you hire for electrical work has to be qualified and have a track record – else stay away. Look for signs like: light switches and outlets in strange places.

Ask your handyman for a guarantee
A good confident handyman will stand by his work and will offer you a longer guarantee. Steer clear of those who fail to give one or else you’ll be spending more time and money correcting issues or in worst case scenario redoing all the work again.

Shorten that repair visit
If you’re paying the handyman by the hour then this is important to consider. Cut the chat to lower the time handyman spent working and thus the money you dish out. Discuss all the details prior to work being started, on the phone or email. Also, clear all the obstacles where the work will be done and provide proper light so the handyman can see. Lastly, tell the handyman not to bother cleaning up as they won’t do a good job anyway but will only stall to charge more time.

Read more at: http://www.readersdigest.ca/home-garden/home-improvement/hire-best-handyman-job