Win Realty


149 Main Street South
Mount Forest Ontario.



Since 1973 I've been serving real estate clients in Mount Forest, north Wellington and south Grey Counties.


Coldwell Banker


Regularly in the top 5% of 80,000+ Coldwell Banker sales representatives world wide!

For Sellers


A Good Impression – From the Ground Up
You've cleared out all the old clutter, painted the windows, and planted some flowers. You're sure you've thought of all the little things about your home that will make a good impression to a potential buyer. Yet, even if your home décor is beautiful, if your property shows any signs of a leaky foundation or drainage problems, then a buyer who may have fallen in love with the rest of your home will simply walk away when they see what's happening downstairs.
Every aspect of your home relies upon its foundation. If a buyer detects moisture, cracking, heaving, or other problems in your home's foundation, it can often be an indication of intensive and costly repairs needed in the future. The common denominator of such problems is usually water. There are a few simple and cost effective solutions a homeowner can take to address these common foundation problems early, before a small problem becomes a bigger one.
The majority of foundation trouble is due to inadequate drainage. A heavy rainfall on an average-sized roof can produce thousands of gallons of water that spew from the different downspouts located around the house. The first thing to do is check eaves and drainpipes for clogging. Metal snake type cleaners are available at building supply stores to assist in cleaning those hard to reach spots.
If you're sure the gutters are clear, yet you're still having moisture problems, the next thing to do is to check the angle of the downspout ends or ‘kickers' which route the downspout water away from the basement walls. If the downspout nearly touches the ground before the bend for the kicker, then you are creating a choke point for the water flow at peak times. It's far better to have the downspout ‘kicker' to start angling away from the house while it's still 8-12 inches above the ground. This longer, higher slope will let gravity help evacuate the water faster. Also, try to pipe all water to a low point away from your home. But do keep in mind where the water is draining, so you can keep the neighbours happy too.
If these measures fail to solve your home's drainage problems, it may be that you have to dig deeper – literally. It may be that you have to install a drainage tranch, or ‘weeper' tile underground to help alleviate the build-up of rainwater around your house. The ‘weeper' is essentially a small sewer pipe that pulls the water away from the house quickly. It a very labour-intensive job that requires digging a trench 12 to 14 inches deep for drain lines leading water away from your problem areas. There's a relatively low skill level, so some able-bodied do-it-yourselfers may be tempted to do it on their own, with a little help from their local home improvement store.

Remember to correct any moisture problem in your foundation before you fix any cracks, stains, and blemishes, or you'll end up doing the same job over and over again! For more tips of solving buyer objections before they arise, contact your local Coldwell Banker real estate professional.


Marketing Tip: Aside from pricing it right, one of the simplest and best ways to help a listing sell is by getting the vendor to keep it ‘showing ready' – both inside and out. You'll improve your chances of this if you actively solicit your vendors' help as part of a ‘marketing partnership'. Position the sale of their home as your mutual goal, and stress that you both have your respective roles that will contribute to achieving it. Your role is the marketing, promotion and negotiating side and their role is keeping the property ready to show at its best. By positioning it this way, you're committing to work together with them, not asking them for a favour. Try it!
 Here's a consumer article with some tips to help your sellers create a good first impression....
Get Instant ‘Curb Appeal'

It's amazing how many home sellers spend a considerable amount of time and money getting the interior of their home ready for showings, yet they pay almost no attention to that all-important first look at their home's exterior. As your Coldwell Banker real estate professional can tell you, some buyers won't even bother taking a look inside at all if the outside falls well below their expectations. Even if you're successful in drawing your prospective buyers inside, they've already started to form opinions about your home before they're even out of the car. So, step up your home's curb appeal. Here are a few ideas that you can do yourself with minimum expense and just a few hours work:

  • Make your front door ‘pop' with colour – Paint your front door in a rich contrasting colour that differs from the rest of your exterior. Be bold, but not garish – wine red or royal blue will really draw the eye.
  • Upgrade your door with ‘accessories' – A new doorknocker, foot plate, mailbox or house numbers will all take your doorway ‘up a notch'. When choosing new accessories, don't just pick what looks best at the store. Make sure they complement the style and period of your architec