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The Best Things to Sell to Make Cash for the Holidays

Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanzaa, or something else entirely, gift giving holidays can get seriously expensive! There are plenty of ways to get creative with gifts, but what if all you want is some more cash in your pocket to check things off your shopping list? Well, we took a look at some of the most popular items on Kijiji in December (based on top searches from last year), and here are our top picks of things you might want to consider selling to make some money.

Country Wide

  • Snowblower. Doesn’t matter where you live, this is a popular item once the snow falls. If you have recently downsized, or just prefer shovelling the old fashioned way, now is a great time to sell a snowblower.
  • Snowmobile. If you have a snowmobile sitting unused, there are plenty who would love to take it off your hands before the holidays. Put your old ski-doo or polaris on Kijiji to simultaneously make someone else’s holiday season, as well as make some cash for your own!
  • Gaming systems. If you have a PS4, an Xbox 1, or even some vintage consoles collecting dust, December is the ideal time to advertise them.
  • Skis, snowboards, or other winter sports gear. If you don’t plan on using them this winter, make some cash by selling them to someone who will.
  • Lego and other timeless toys. Has your child outgrown or lost interest in them? Sell them now to make room for the new.
  • Jewellery and watches. Always popular gifts, so if you are thinking of unloading some, before the holidays is an ideal time.
  • Technology. Any item that would be a good gift and is current technology won’t last long at a good price leading up to the holidays. Consider ipods, headphones, tablets, phones, laptops, desktops, and any other electronics you aren’t using.
  • Musical instruments. These are often popular gifts for older children or teens. If you have entry level guitars or string instruments, woodwinds, or brass instruments which you have since upgraded, or some old instruments not getting the play they deserve, consider selling them now. Guitars are especially popular this time of year.

Regional: Maritimes

  • A wood burning stove. If you have an extra or an old one, sell it now, while they are being actively sought out.
  • Firewood. Have extra wood? December is a great time to sell.

Regional: Prairies

  • Ice fishing gear. If you haven’t put it to use in a while, sell now, don’t wait until summer!
  • Mukluks. Sell them while people are still looking for new cold weather gear!

Cook Safe: How to Prepare A Holiday Meal in Your Apartment

Apartment Holiday Party - RentSeeker.ca

 

December is a time for fun, friends, family and get-togethers. If you are hosting a holiday dinner in your apartment rental for the first time (or even if you’re a seasoned veteran of large meal festivities), it’s time to brush up on your cooking safety tips. According to a study by Alberta Municipal Affairs based on fire data from across Canada, cooking is the leading cause of home fires with 22 per cent of blazes beginning in the kitchen. Play it safe this year so you (and your neighbours) can have a happy holiday.

Ditch the Deep Fryer

Frying is the single biggest cause of fires in the kitchen, with oil splattering here, there and everywhere. Turkey deep frying has become an increasingly popular trend during the holiday season, but unfortunately it is not very safe. Due to the large amount of oil and high temperatures required to fry a whole turkey, it’s far too dangerous to attempt in an apartment. Turkey fryers should ONLY be used outside and away from buildings, so they are not safe to use even on your balcony or patio. Instead, stick to the tried-and-true method of roasting your turkey in the oven.

Don’t Walk Away

When your home is filled with guests, it can be tempting to leave the kitchen to socialize. When you are cooking items on your stove top, always be present. A watched pot may never boil, but sizzling appetizers left unattended can cause some unfortunate consequences. If you’ve been on your feet preparing a the meal for a while, enlist a helper to take over in the kitchen while you sit down to relax for a few minutes.

Kitchen: No-Kid Zone

While children are certainly eager to help, the best bet is to keep them away from the kitchen while you’re preparing the meal. The holidays naturally find kids being very excited, which is not a good mix when hot food is involved. If they really would like to help, set up a salad station away from the main hub of kitchen activity where they can tear up lettuce or ask them to help with setting the table.

De-Clutter the Kitchen

With so much activity going on, it can be difficult to keep any area of your apartment clean during the holidays. However, the kitchen is the one place where you need to be extra mindful of your surroundings. Don’t set down a tea towel or oven mitt on a hot stove top and keep all holiday decor out of the area. Instead, focus your decorating efforts on the living room where you and your guests will be spending most of your time.

Be Prepared

Despite your best efforts, sometimes accidents do happen. Have a working fire extinguisher on hand (small ones for the kitchen can be purchased at most hardware stores) and know what to do to put out small fires. For example, if you have a fire in a cooking pan, put on your oven mitt and cover the pan with its lid. Remove the pan from the burner and turn off your stovetop. The lack of oxygen will help to extinguish the fire. And remember – never use water to put out a grease fire. Baking soda (NOT flour) is your best bet for putting out small grease fires.

Keep your holidays happy! By being mindful of your surroundings and taking precautions, you can cook a fantastic meal safely in your apartment.

 

Categories:Kijiji Tips

How to Take Fabulous Photographs that Sell Your Item For You

We’ve been through how to make a great Kijiji ad – but after optimizing your description and doing your research, what can you do to make buyers desperate for your item? Great photos! Nothing sells an item like a great photograph that really showcases what an awesome find it is. Here are some tips to make sure your pictures are the best they can be:
A Great Picture Gets a Great Result on Your Ad

Use a high end camera (preferably a DSLR). We know you love your iphone, but the camera on a phone can’t compare to a high quality camera if you really want your photos to pop.

Stage your items. You know how in catalogs or store windows, items are placed artfully together in order to create a picture or idea? Pair your item with things that create an aspirational aesthetic – for instance, take a picture of your candelabra when full of lit candles, as a centerpiece on a fully set table, ready for a holiday. Take time to set up your patio set outside rather than snapping a picture of it while in the corner of the garage. Include a picture of your snowmobile in action while someone is riding it, rather than just stationary sitting on a trailer. Look through catalogs for some great ideas on how to best display your items.

Don’t show clutter. Make sure your item pops by ensuring that there is no dirt, dust, or unrelated clutter in the picture that distracts from your item. Understand the difference between clutter and items carefully picked for how they set each other off. This especially applies if you are creating a real estate listing. Clutter will distract buyers.

Feature all the angles. Capture any interesting features from multiple angles, and be sure to include a picture that clearly shows flaws. You want to show your item in the best possible way, but you shouldn’t misrepresent it, as this will cost you time and money later on when buyers are unpleasantly surprised in person.

Use daylight and/or a high quality flash. Natural light will make your items look much more attractive. Spend some time getting the lighting right and it will pay off with higher quality, clearer photos, and much more interest in your item.

Make it fun! Maybe you add personality by setting up a doll tea party in a dollhouse for sale, showing your child enjoying the swing set you are selling, or any detail that might make a viewer of your ad smile. Not only will the ad get more attention, but people will be more drawn to dealing with you as a seller if you can show that you have a fun personality and a sense of humour. Ads that are well crafted and have some thought put into making them fun often sell for better prices than ads that have been made in haste.

What is flagging? Why bother reporting ads?

“Flagging” is bringing an ad or reply to an ad to the attention of our customer service team. All ads on Kijiji have a link in the top right hand corner that enables you to “report ad”, which drops down to reveal the following options when reporting:

Scam/Prohibited: intended for ads which are fraudulent or that violate Kijiji posting rules. Ads which are clearly fraud (for instance, an English Bulldog puppy for less than $200) would be an example of when this is an appropriate flag choice. It will be clear to the moderators as soon as they review that this is not a legitimate ad. Drug paraphernalia or weapons is another example of an appropriate time for this report, as those are a clear violation of the rules. If it offends you personally or you had a bad dealing with the poster this is not an appropriate time to use this reason when flagging, as this will not be clear to the moderators.

Duplicate/Spam: intended to call attention to when an individual is spamming an item or service. Spam that is clearly based out of country (for instance, a drop ship service for a given item from China) or duplicate ads posted by the same user are examples of when to use this. This is not intended for ads that you don’t think should be on Kijiji, but that do not violate any rules on posted content.

No Longer Relevant: this is intended only for ads that have been sold, or that are advertising a service, item, or event that is no longer relevant, such as concert tickets to a concert that has already occurred. This option does not bring the ad to the attention of moderators, instead, it prompts the poster to remove the ad if it is no longer available.

Miscategorized: intended for ads that are in the wrong category or location, such as a dog being posted outside of the pets category, a car posted in buy and sell, or a house located outside of Canada being posted in houses for sale in Toronto.

Type a Reason…: intended for times when a flag will need supplemental information for the violation to be clear. If the poster is performing a “bait and switch”, is selling something that has been recalled, or something that they are legally not permitted to sell, these would be appropriate times to add additional clarification when flagging an ad.

What if I accidentally flag an ad or reply? Don’t worry – flags do not cause automatic removals or bans. Since flags are reviewed by humans, if the flag does not make sense it will not result in any negative action.

Finding Reliable Tenants: How Do I Screen Applicants Effectively?

As a landlord, protecting your investment should always be top of mind. A good way to achieve that is to find a tenant that will pay rent on time and take good care of your rental property. That, however, can be easier said than done. Some landlords run into problem tenants who know how to manipulate the landlord and tenant relations rules in each province to cheat landlords out of several months rent. Some tenants have also been known to provide false letters of employment and have even created fraudulent credit reports. As a landlord, you have to choose carefully. Don’t ever let your guard down. It is better to have an empty unit for a month than end up with a tenant that doesn’t pay, damages the property, or both. After all, it isn’t much of an income property if it isn’t generating any income (or causing a loss).

Finding Reliable Tenants

Screening tips
To avoid these bad tenants, you should be taking the time to screen each potential tenant. That means creating a rental application that asks them important questions like how much they make and where they work. You should also ask for some references that you can call to verify the information they have given you, a letter of employment and permission to run a credit check. Take some time to chat with them and learn what they are like as people, and ask some specific questions about their job and their lifestyle preferences to ensure it is a good fit all around. After all, there are reasons that an apartment or neighbourhood might not be right for them, and if you can let someone with severe allergies know that the neighbors have dogs, you can potentially save both parties the trouble of a living arrangement that isn’t going to work out long term, and concentrate on finding someone who will be the right fit for your income property.

Be weary of tenants who seem too good to be true. It’s possible they have copied someone else’s credit report and given it to you. You should look into using your local landlord association as a resource. Often times if you become a member you can get discounts on things like running credit checks on potential tenants. That credit check, provided by a third party company like TVS or Equifax will provide a financial history of the person looking to rent your property. You can find out if they pay their bills onetime and also their dealings with former landlords.

Another way to find a tenant best suited for your rental property is to contact the potential tenant’s former landlords and learn about their character and rent-payment patterns. You may also want to ask them to provide a criminal record check.

What not to do
Even though you may want to know every detail about the potential tenant to help you make an informed decision, you should make sure you aren’t asking questions that may cross the line. Human rights legislation in each province states you cannot select or refuse a tenant based on their race, place of origin, ethnic origin, religion, sex, age, sexual orientation, marital status, family status (e.g. children) or disability. Make sure you familiarize yourself with your respective province’s human rights code to find out more.

Most prospective tenants are honest and are looking for an apartment and landlord that will be a good fit and a good experience for all involved. While it is important to protect yourself, be mindful of coming across accusatory or paranoid in requests for background checks (particularly criminal record checks), as the vast majority are not out to scam rent, and many would be offended by the insinuation.

Sources and more information:
OntarioLandlords.org
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation
Landlord and Tenant Board