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When moving, the garage is either the first thing you pack, or the last. The main reason is because the garage holds items that are either rarely used, boxes of old memorabilia, as well as tools used for the garden and inside the home. Here are 5 tips to help you pack up your garage and move easier and more efficiently:

 

  1. Have a Garage Sale

Now, having a garage sale comes with its own set of stress and patience and a lot of work. However, if you have the time and energy to hold a garage sale before you move, it is definitely recommended. Holding a garage sale allows you to get rid of all the old appliances, tools, clothing and trinkets that you no longer use. Doesn’t really make a lot of sense to simply move one packed box to another property where it will remain closed for years to come. A garage sale can help lighten your load, as well as put a little money in your pocket.

  1. Have the Right Supplies

It always happens when you’re in the grove of packing, covered in dust and sweat, when you learn that you have either run out of boxes or packing tape. Or, when you’re in the middle of moving, and the box your carting inside the house collapses, which just happens to hold your grandmother’s priceless glass dishes. It definitely helps to always over guess how many boxes you will need, as well as making sure that the bottom of each box is taped excessively to make it stable. Bubble wrap always helps a lot when dealing with glass items, but newspaper works just as well. Also make sure to always have moving blankets on hand as well for your larger pieces of furniture so there are no scratches.

  1. Know the Items That Cannot Be Moved

Many people should know that when moving, it is advised that there are some hazardous materials that shouldn’t be moved due to safety reasons. Items that are flammable that shouldn’t be moved and instead safely disposed of range from propane tanks, paints, gasoline, paint and paint thinner to pesticides, fertilizers and even some cleaning supplies.

  1. Packing Garage Items

Leave smaller hand tools in your tool box and close it securely. Make sure anything with a sharp blade is wrapped in either bubble wrap or newspaper to prevent any cuts. Bundle large garden tools such as rakes, shovels and brooms together with rope or tape to easily carry. Gas operated machinery must be emptied of their fuel before they are moved. Stack outdoor chairs and disassemble outdoor furniture to easily move.

  1. Labels

It’s a pretty daunting task when you finally have everything moved, and you choose to wait till the next day to tackle all those boxes. Except there is just one problem, you don’t know what is in any of the boxes. Make sure that while packing all those boxes, that you have a sharpie marker on hand to write on each of the boxes so you know the contents. This will make it easier for when you move so you know which boxes should be placed where.

 

Moving is always stressful, exhausting and takes a very long time to fully complete. It always helps to know how to tackle each room the easiest so that it can be finished quickly and as easily as possible. 

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Ever wonder what buyers think about first when they decide they want to buy a new house, or what you should want, first and foremost when purchasing your own home? One surprising factor is that the answer actually depends on what generation the buyer is born from. For more details, keep reading.

 

Millennials (Born 1982-2000s)

 

Price, price, price. Most Millennials are mainly just looking for a bargain on their home, whether its their first home or third. They usually next look to make sure that the house is close to a few certain areas, like the University of Saskatchewan, shopping districts as well as the bus stops. If this is their first home, however, it is quite likely that they will compromise on size and age of the house before the price, which could also help them in the long run by building up equity through renovations.

 

Generation X (Born 1965-1981)

 

Size. Most Generation X's have started a family, or have a growing family, so square feet is what stands out the most for them. Main focal points of the house that Generation X's will be looking at will be where the entire family can gather with ample room, such as the kitchen, living room, dining room, as well as the backyard. Next, they will see how close the home will be to any Elementary or High Schools their children can get to within walking distance. Generation X's tend to stay in their homes for quite a number of years, so they always compromise on price.

 

Baby Boomers (Born 1946-1964)

 

Family, and relaxation. Baby Boomers tend to move from their large family homes when the house is empty, to smaller condo's, that are near their families, with any price point. It could also be of some relief for the family to have their parents near, and have the care that could be needed in case of an emergency.

 

No matter what age the buyer is, they will always start their search online, check to see where the local amenities are, see if they like the neighborhood as well as making sure that the house is in good condition. Always remember that pictures are always a very important aspect on helping to sell the home as well. 

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For many the average sale price is used to benchmark where the market is at. Year to date statistics reinforce why that is not a sound practice. As of the end of September, a total of 2,936 unit sales were recorded, a 7% drop from the same period in 2015. By comparison, the average sale price of $351,835 remains virtually unchanged from one year ago. Furthermore, the average sale price for September 2016 was 6% higher than last September. The reason, an increase in the number of properties selling at the higher end of the price range coupled with a decline in more affordable home sales. More specifically, year to date the number of units selling between $300,000 and $500,000 declined by 12% while the number of units selling above $750,000 increased by 20%.

 

The Home Price Index (HPI) tool was created by the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) as a way to more accurately reflect changes in home pricing and predict pricing trends. The HPI uses a starting point of January of 2002 and establishes a “benchmark” value for a typical property type. This value is then indexed over time to reflect changes in the market. The composite benchmark value for a home in Saskatoon in January of 2002 was $115,000. Currently the composite benchmark price is $308,600. This index has changed very little since January when it was at $305,400. This would indicate little change in value over the first nine months of the year and has remained virtually unchanged since June.  New listings for September were down 20% compared to September of 2015. 

 

“A reduction in new listings has a positive impact on the overall inventory levels in Saskatoon which have been elevated since the spring of 2015”. comments Jason Yochim, CEO with the Saskatoon Region Association of REALTORS®. “Ideally we would like to see the number of active listings around 1,500 units” he adds. At the end of September, the number of active listings was 1,841, the five-year average is 1,625 units. The high water mark for active listings was 2,081 in June of 2015.

 

The number of sales for September was 324 units which is a 9% reduction from last year. Year to date the total unit sales was down 7% compared to 3,167 units a year ago. The average time to sell a home in Saskatoon is currently 51 days, the five-year average is 41 days. These homes have been selling for 97.4% of the asking price. “The key element in the sale of a property is proper pricing, buyers are more educated today than ever before,” adds Yochim. 

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