EIGHT TIPS TO GET YOUR HOME READY FOR THE CHANGE OF SEASON

Each season your home combats a barage from the elements. By conducting seasonal maintenance you can avoid costly repairs that usually arise from neglect. Start these helpful tips now, save money and get a jump on the upcoming season.

When we conduct maintenance inspections we focus on eight areas. Each of these areas is where home owners must focus to prepare for seasonal changes:

  •       Roofing

  •       Exterior

  •       Structure

  •       Insulation & Ventilation

  •       Electrical

  •       Heating & Cooling

  •       Plumbing

  •       Interior

1.)   ROOFING-Check your roof/gutters/downspouts:

Clear debris from gutters and examine downspouts for damage.  Make sure downspout extensions are connected and are directing water away from the foundation. Look for lifting shingles or damaged or missing flashing around your chimney or skylights. These may require repair to prevent water penetration.

2.)   EXTERIOR– Examine the grounds of your property:

 Walk around your house have a look at the foundation. Look for cracks in the foundation, any cracks wider than ¼ of an inch need to be monitored. If it grows call in a professional to investigate. Check walkways for cracks and loose pavers. Fix walkway and entry way areas before slippery weather can cause a tripping hazard.

 3.)   STRUCTURE-Check out your basement:

Where applicable check basement foundation for signs of water penetration.  Examine any wood beams, columns, joists for deterioration and any evidence of insects and or rodents.

4.)   INSULATION & VENTILATION-What’s in the attic?

Check your attic how is your insulation? Are there bare spots or signs of water penetration? You may need to top up or add more insulation to those spots.  This is a great place to save money on heating and cooling costs, and to see early signs of roofing issues.

5.)   ELECTRICAL-It could be shocking!

Regularly check for damaged or compromised equipment. This includes cracked sockets or plugs, burn marks on leads and outlets. If you use extension cords or power bars, check that there’s a tight connection between the plugs and the sockets. Cheap power bars only last a few years and the connections inside them get soft, so you want to make sure those connections remain firm, or you’ll risk overheating and fire.

6.)   HEATING & COOLING-Change your filters:

 If you have a central air conditioning system, change the air filter regularly. If you have a window air conditioning unit, remove from the window or place a waterproof cover over it to prevent damage. Change filters in stove vents, clothes dryers and room fans if applicable.  Clean air filters will keep your family healthier.

 7.)   PLUMBING– Are there any leaky faucets or toilets?  

Examine faucets in the kitchen, bathrooms, and utility room locations. Many times these leaky faucets simply require a cartridge or a washer be replaced. This is another money saver which can stop your money from going down the drain. Examine your toilets, if you have a toilet that is constantly running it may also only require an easy fix, such as a flapper replacement.

 8.)   INTERIOR– Check windows and doors:

The majority of conditioned air in your home is lost through the windows and doors.  Go through your home and open windows and doors, to ensure the seal, caulking and weather stripping around the frame is in good condition. Think of adding insulation kits or drapery around windows that are extra drafty, to help block some air infiltration.

Use these eight tips to help you get a jump start on your seasonal home maintenance. These tips can help save you money but most of all keep your family safe. Your home is your biggest investment a little preventative maintenance can go a long way to maintaining or increasing the value of this investment.

BPS-A REAL ESTATE AGENTS BEST FRIEND

Real estate agents tell us that many times they are contacted for a new listing and are faced with a dilemma. They visit the property and find the yard riddled with children’s toys, old bicycles, and/or a barbeque sitting on the front porch.

Then, when they walk into the home they are greeted with sights of chaos, grime, and decorating styles from the 70’s. The reality in these cases is that properties that look rough command 10-15 percent lower sales value then comparable properties that have had some cosmetic work to make them more appealing.

The problem for the real estate agent who is listing the disheveled property is how to tell the client that they need to put some work into the property if they hope to attain the highest value possible. After all, the clients probably do not see the chaos of their property and in fact probably see what others may deem as a dump as being a gold mine.

Home staging has been seen as a privilege for rich folks, but today more and more of the average population is enlisting the services of home staging because they can see the value of not only increasing the value of property, but also reducing the time a property stays on the market.

At BPS we build client relationships, and grow our business through referrals based on the ultimate customer satisfaction we provide.

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can help you meet your goals.

 

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874

BPS CAN MAKE YOUR HOME STAND OUT

 

BPS home staging division can help home owners sell their homes in this current real estate climate. For your home to compete your property needs to be as clean, clutter-free and in as good repair as possible, inside and out. But you can further distinguish your home from the competition by having your home staged for sale.

BPS will simplify or streamline the furniture in a room for better traffic flow and enhance its spaciousness. We can neutralize a too-personal color scheme or add touches of color or accessories where needed. We make use of current furniture and may add accessories; this keeps cost down as we do not rent furniture to create settings.

We build client relationships and grow our business through referrals based on the ultimate customer satisfaction we provide.

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can help you meet your goals.

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874

MOVING LOVED ONE TO NURSING HOME?

 

  • Senior home preparation as they transition to nursing homes, medical facilities or just down sizing.

  • A seniors home contains years of valuable memories and assets.

  • We can help with decluttering the home, arrange for storage or sale of larger assets

  • We are here to make your move as simple and relaxed as possible

  • We are here to help!

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can work with you.

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874

GET YOUR PROPERTY READY FOR RENTAL

Do you need assistance with getting a property ready for sale or rental? Bridgetown Property Services provides a list of services that can help! 

Our services are specifically designed to make the preparation for selling or renting a home carefree for you. We are able to come in and get everything ready for you.

We will pay special attention to increase the visual appeal of the interior and exterior the property. To avoid potential problems that may prove to be a turn-off to potential buyers or renters.

We build client relationships and grow our business through referrals based on the ultimate customer satisfaction we provide.

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can work with you.

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874

 

HELP FOR OUT OF TOWN LANDLORDS

 

Out of town Landlords need help. These are our services that can help:

Maintenance, Repairs, and Improvements

  • Coordination of all interior and exterior  maintenance and repairs

  • Plan and coordinate all capital improvements for the property

  • Coordinate all lawn care, snow removal and trash  removal

 Provide common area cleaning service

  • Vacant property inspections

  • Lawn maintenance/ snow removal

  • Locksmith services

  • Debris removal

  • General contracting/ repairs/ renovations

We build client relationships and grow our business through referrals based on the ultimate customer satisfaction we provide.

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can work with you.

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874

PROPERTY- CLEANUP AND DECLUTTERING

Bridgetown Property Services will help you identify what areas require attention and provide a free written quote on our services to help you prepare your property.

BRONZE PACKAGE

  • Clean your windows and walls

  • Clean fixtures of dirt and cobwebs

  • Clean all appliances, including your oven. Clean or replace your greasy stove hood filter

  • Clean your cabinets as well as your countertops and backsplashes

  • Ensure that carpets are clean and floors are scrubbed;  and that walls and trim are wiped down

  • Scrub sinks, tubs and toilets, taking care to remove any rust stains.

  • Remove mildew  from showers and bathtubs

SILVER PACKAGE

  • Remove any clutter in your yard

  • Prune trees and shrubs of dead wood

  • Make sure your lawn is mowed

  • Paint front door if needed

  • Power wash backyard deck and walkways and do any necessary painting

  • Cosmetic repair and paint of interior walls

  • Repair dripping faucets

  • Install tub enclosure kits and sink vanities

  • Clean mirrors, light switch plates and exhaust fan

  • Ensure all your lights work or change the fixture

GOLD PACKAGE

  • Stage your furniture so rooms do not appear smaller than they are

  • Ensure that traffic can flow in or through rooms unimpeded

  • Ensure closets look spacious, organized and uncluttered

  •  Help you create  space by getting rid of old clothes and junk

  • Decluttering  the home

CUSTOMIZED PACKAGE

You pick the services you require.

We build client relationships and grow our business through referrals based on the ultimate customer satisfaction we provide.

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can work with you.

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874

We prepare your property for sale or rental

We eliminate the hassle of preparing your property for selling or renting. Our program is specifically designed to maximize your selling price (or rental income) with quick turnaround.

Services offered: decluttering, cleaning, minor improvements and repairs, staging and other finishing touches to give the best first impression and added curb appeal.

We will build client relationships and grow our business through referrals based on the ultimate customer satisfaction we provide.

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can work with you, to easily reduce costs and improve services.

Contact:  Andrew or Debra for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874

BPS HELP TO SELL OR RENT YOUR PROPERTY

Checklist For Getting Your House Ready to Sell or Rent

When getting your property ready to sell or rent, you need to look at it in a new way. Think of your house as a product about to go on the market where it is probably competing with brand new housing. It needs to show well – which means clutter-free and well kept.

There is allot of inventory out there for your audience to choose from. How will you stand out against the competition? Today’s homebuyers lead busy lives and may not be interested in taking on major repairs or improvements upon moving in. You need to make your house a “10”.

BPS will help you identify what areas require attention and provide a free written quote on our services to help you prepare your property. BPS will give you the opportunity to take corrective action to ensure your property looks fresh, clean and well maintained when the sign goes up.

We build client relationships and grow our business through referrals based on the ultimate customer satisfaction we provide.

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can work with you.

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874

DON’T LOOK ANY FURTHER

  • We eliminate the hassle of preparing your property for selling or renting.

  • We are a one stop shop for property preparation for sale or for rent……

  • We will declutter, clean, landscape……

  • Make cosmetic improvements and repairs…..

  • Provide staging and other finishing touches….

  • To give the best first impression and added curb appeal.

  • Project co ordination of maintenance, repairs, and improvements…

  • Co ordinate all interior and exterior maintenance and repairs….

  • Co ordinate all lawn care, snow removal and trash removal.

  • We prepare homes to be bought, sold, or leased by providing detailed cleaning of residence.

  • Senior home preparation cleaning as seniors and loved ones prepare for the transition to nursing homes, apartments or just down size.

  • Repair or replacement of items such as: door knobs, handles, lights, sinks, faucets, floor tile, trim, shelves, etc.

  • Repair environmental damages such as water damage, smoke damage (from fire or resident smoker), mold and mildew.

We build client relationships and grow our business through referrals based on the ultimate customer satisfaction we provide.

We would like to book some of your time to discuss how BPS can work with you.

Contact:  Andrew for your FREE consultation at:

Email:  bridgetownpropertyservices@rogers.com

Phone Number: 1-888-623-3932 or 519-771-9874