You may love animals, but with the exception of your family pets, you don’t want them in your home. Here are some tips for keeping the wildlife around your property where it belongs: outside.


  • Don’t place bird feeders too close to your windows. Doing so may cause birds to associate a window with food and therefore try to peck their way inside.
  • Make sure window screens are secure. If you can push a screen loose with your hand, so can a bird or other animal.
  • Check screens on dryer vents and chimneys. If they are damaged, fix or replace them.
  • To determine how animals are entering your home, stuff wadded paper in the suspected entry point. If the paper is disturbed the next day, you’ll know where they got in.
  • Never leave food outside, unattended. After a barbeque, for example, take all remaining food inside.




If you do find an animal in your home, never try to pick it up. It may bite or have rabies. Instead, call a professional.


When you put your home up for sale, you want it to look its best to potential buyers. That’s why you clean, tidy and de-clutter every room.


Some sellers, however, miss the backyard. You need to pay just as much attention to that space as you do to the interior of your home. The backyard is as important a living space as the family room. To some buyers, even more.


Buyers want to see an attractive backyard space, with the grass cut and the hedges trimmed.

The more neat and tidy you can make it, the better. Be sure to sweep walkways and wipe down patio furniture.



Also, watch out for the following things that buyers do not want to see:


  • Bags of garage and other waste.
  • Doggie do-do. (Be sure to stoop and scoop!)
  • Rakes and other tools piled in the corner.
  • Cluttered and disorganized storage sheds, pool huts and other backyard structures.
  • Weeds in the flower beds.
  • Items stored underneath the deck.
  • Hoses not stowed neatly.
  • Electrical outlets and water faucets that don’t work.


These are not difficult issues to fix. Doing so will positively impact the impression the buyer gets of your backyard.


Do you have a backyard that shows particularly well in the summer? Here’s a tip: Take pictures. Those photos will help buyers be able to appreciate how it looks should you list your home in the winter.


Want more tips on making your home show well so that it sells fast? Call today.





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Family friendly home and area near Mouat High School, Chief Dan George Middle (French Immersion) and Bondar Elementary. Quiet street of well kept homes with easy access to all directions as well as Rotary Stadium and Discovery Trail. Fully fenced yard with drive thru access to the backyard. Basement is partly finished with a nice family room, space for a 4th bedroom and full bath. Garage is 29' long has room for bikes, toys or a workbench. Covered deck is 10" x 16' and is a perfect place to BBQ and relax.

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