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Posted on Sat, 30 Apr 2016, 10:15:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies
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It is spring and the urgency of blooming things seems to overcome any lingering signs of winter. Everything starts to green and the eyes seem to catch the first flame of yellow and red and forsythia and crocuses pop into view. In Canadian neighborhoods, people begin to stir in the yards and gardens. Those seeking new homes find greater activity too. For them, a sure sign of spring is in the wonderful way homeowners add curb appeal to their properties. From fixing up outdoor structures, to adding a coat of paint, there are many ways to beautify a place. A perennial favorite is landscaping.


Softscapes that Impress
Paths and boundaries with softscapes. They can define areas and zones in the outdoor area. A garden plot is a wonderful softscape too. In the modern world of mass agriculture, organic gardening has made a tremendous comeback; millions of gardeners find great rewards from organic vegetables and heirloom varieties. They add wonderful flavors, texture, and tastes to food that are often lost in mass agriculture and food distribution systems.

Designs that add Value
Bricks, stones, and pavers add long-term design themes. They can last from season to season and weather into a wonderful settled look. Hardscape areas are landscapewonderful for patios and activity zones because they defy mud and rain and keep solid footing. Hardscapes make sitting areas around fire pits that extend the cool days into wonderful warm evenings around the outdoor fire.

Plants and Trees Always Please
Finding great looking trees and shrubs is a proven way to build a wonderful outdoor space. These make natural barriers and pathways; they add flowering in season, aromas in the warm nights, and fruits. They attract pollinators and birds. In colour and fullness, they mark the seasons in beauty. Animals and birds thrive in yards that have fruit and lowering plants. Berries and seeds help bird populations and fruits feed small animals too. Nests and bird song are wonderful signs of spring and early summer. 

Organic Preferences Too
Many people have a great social awareness that follows them into their outdoor living spaces. They are inclined to incorporate water conservation, organic soil enrichment, and avoiding chemical applications where possible. They emphasize natural elements in landscaping and choose plants and trees that adapt well to the living conditions and don't require much watering or care. Their greatest contribution may be in treating soils and ground with respect to chemical applications. Natural fertilizers do not build up poisons in the soil and water; by using these they contribute an important energy towards natural balance and less pollution.

Landscaping is a Proven Winner
The investment in landscape to add curb appeal is a proven plus for homeowners. They get remarkably higher prices. More than price, the process of selling goes better. These homes get noticed and get more real estate agent and buyer interest than those that lack up to date landscaping. Curb appeal is that all important first impression. It attracts passers-by too; people may notice a property for sale after they notice the property, simply drawn to a wonderful scene of flowers, plants, and greenery.


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How to Sell a Larger Home
Posted on Fri, 15 Apr 2016, 09:45:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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In the past, potential home buyers were interested in buying larger homes to provide room for families with numerous children. When the economy was better and utility prices were lower, singles and couples were willing in invest in a home with a lot of square footage to showcase their antique furniture and collectibles. Today, with a poor economy and increased costs for electricity and natural gas, people are opting to buy smaller homes. In addition, families typically have fewer children than 50 years ago and numerous bedrooms are no longer required. This means that selling a large property is more of a challenge because there is a smaller customer base looking for spacious homes. 

Renovate a Large Home into Multiple Units
To sell a large home with a lot of land, you will need to make some adjustments to reach a wider customer base that is willing to invest in a property that they can divide into multiple units or share with roommates. First, a homeowner must determine if the home they are living in is in a city that permits sharing with roommates or renovating a property into multiple units. If it is permissible to renovate into multiple units or share a home’s amenities with roommates, then a homeowner should hire a remodeling expert to determine the best way to optimize the space. The expert will need access to detailed blueprints and schematicshome to determine how to renovate the home. 

Sell a Large Home as an Investment 
When a home has multiple levels, it is frequently possible to add interior or exterior staircases to permit entry into an upper or lower floor level. With this method, a homeowner might also need to add doorways, a kitchen or bathrooms to make the space rentable to tenants. An individual who buys this type of property can choose to live on one level and rent the other or rent both levels and live elsewhere. The company that is renovating a large home into multiple units must obtain building permits, and homeowners must cope with inspections from government officials who verify that the remodeling is completed according to safety codes. 

Change the Interior and Exterior 
In addition to making renovations to the inside of the home, a homeowner might need to make changes to the exterior such as providing more parking areas for tenants. It is likely that a homeowner will not be able to live in a home during this type of extensive remodeling project, but if a home has been on the market for a long time, then changing it to a multiple unit property is a good plan. A homeowner can also leave the property as it is but suggest to a real estate agent that they market it as a home that can be renovated to earn an income in addition to providing a place to live. 

Adjusting a Home for Roommates
Alternatively, when a home is on the market for several months and renovators cannot change the building to multiple units, consider making the home more attractive to a single person who is willing to have roommates. To make living with several roommates’ easier, adding full bathrooms to a home is an excellent idea. If the bathrooms are located inside or next to each bedroom, then it is possible to rent out rooms faster. In a kitchen, a homeowner might need to make space for an additional refrigerator or add cabinets for more dishes and glassware. For privacy, a homeowner may want to add doors with key entry locks to each bedroom. 

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Storage Solutions For Your New Kitchen
Posted on Mon, 29 Feb 2016, 09:10:00 AM  in My services
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Part of moving into your new home is creating different storage solutions for every room. Everything should have a place so you can find a specific item when you need it. Consider your move as a chance to create a kitchen that is neat, tidy and organized. Here are several tips to help you create storage solutions for your new kitchen.

Create an Organizational System: The first thing you want to do is create an organizational system that works for you. You may decide to store everything by use, such as pots and pans, baking essentials and snacks. It may also be a good idea to store the items you use frequently where you can easily access them.

Hide Items In Plain Sight: Your first instinct may be to hide your utensils, appliances and ingredients. There is nothing wrong with hiding these items in plain sight. It looks attractive and makes it easy to access these items when you are cooking. You can use see-through containers, hooks and a butcher block with built-in slots to hide your items in plain sight.

Hanging Storage: Invest in self-adhesive hooks for hanging your utensils, oven mitts, pot holders and dish towels. You can also use self-adhesive strips to hangstoage a long magnetic strip on the wall. Use the magnetic strip to store metal utensils or spices in metal containers. It will be easy to grab these items when you need them, and you are creating additional counter or shelf space for other items.

Store The Spices In a Drawer: There is nothing wrong with using a rack, lazy Susan or cabinet to store your spices. Have you ever thought of storing your spices in a drawer? It will be easy to grab the spices you need for your cooking. The drawer will also protect the spices from heat, moisture and sunlight.

Take Advantage of Containers: Use glass or plastic containers to store flour, sugar, pasta, cereal and candy. You can use wire baskets for non-perishable snacks such as crackers and pretzels, and you can use woven baskets for tea and coffee condiments. Metal tins are perfect for storing your cooking supplies and utensils.

Store Your Cookbooks: A small bookcase, empty drawer or cabinet can be used to store your cookbooks. Do you have a box full of recipe cards? Keep your recipes in one spot by storing the box next to your cookbooks. You can also use a binder with pocket page protectors to organize the recipe cards.

Use a Lazy Susan: A lazy Susan is great for organizing and accessing various items. All you have to is give it a spin and grab the item you need. Place the lazy Susan in your cabinet or on the counter, and use it store spices, non-perishable food or quick snacks.

Divide and Conquer: You can avoid a messy drawer by investing in drawer dividers. The dividers are designed for organizing items such as spoons, forks, knives, measuring cups and other utensils. You can also use shelf organizers for your cookware and dinnerware.

Organize The Pantry: Your pantry is the home of your non-perishable food, snacks, baking essentials and appliances. Whether you have a small pantry or a spacious walk-in pantry, it is important to create an organizational system for this spot alone. One idea is to group the items by canned and boxed goods, similar items or your weekly menu.


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Why You Need To Declutter Before Moving
Posted on Wed, 13 Jan 2016, 09:50:00 AM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services
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You have purchased your packing supplies and you are ready to start packing for the big move. There is one important step you should not skip over when moving, and that step is clearing out the clutter. Set aside some time every day to go through your belongings and decide what should be donated, sold and discarded.

You may groan at the thought of clearing out the clutter, but it is an important part of the moving process. Here are several reasons why you need to declutter before moving into your new home.

It Lightens The Load: Are you planning to donate items such as clothing, books and coffee mugs after you move into your new home? Why pack up the items you do not plan to keep? You can make packing and unpacking a breeze by decluttering before you even order the supplies. You can save money on packing supplies when there is less to pack, and you can save time by unpacking less items.

It Helps You Depersonalize Your Current Home: Depersonalizing your current home is another part of the moving process. Your potential buyers are going to movingimagine what their own belongings would look like in this space. You can kill two birds with one stone by decluttering while you are depersonalizing. Pack up anything you plan to use or display in your new home, and get rid of anything you do not wish to take with you.

It Makes It Easier To Decorate: Have you accumulated a large amount of decorative pieces over the years? Maybe you have items you purchased on impulse, used for a little while and packed up several years ago. Now you have to decide what pieces to use when decorating your new home. This can become an overwhelming task when you have a large collection. It may be time to donate or sell the pieces that rarely cross your mind. It will make it easier to decorate your new home when you can narrow it down to the pieces you actually want to use. Plus, someone else may enjoy those decorative pieces you did not want to keep.

Saves Space In Your New Home: Your clutter is probably taking up a lot of space in your current home. Do you want history to repeat itself when you move into your new home? You may have more space in your new home, but the clutter will eventually add up. It is best to nip this in the bud before you even start packing your belongings. You will have more space in your new home for the furniture, accessories and the decorative pieces you plan to keep. It also reduces that crammed feeling in both your current home and new home.

It Is Therapeutic: Getting rid of your unwanted items can actually be therapeutic. It allows you to clear your space of anything that is not important to you. Consider getting rid of anything that is not useful or creates a negative atmosphere. Clearing out the clutter also gives you more space to organize the items you do plan to keep. Imagine how good it will feel to look around your new home and only see the items that have a place in your life. You are also helping out the community by donating or selling the items that are in good condition.

Waiting until after your move to declutter will only create more work for yourself. You still need to settle into your new home, and you do not want to worry about clearing out the clutter while you are trying to unpack and decorate. It is easy to depersonalize, pack and unpack your belongings when you get rid of the unwanted items in advance. You can even ask your real estate agent for tips and ideas on decluttering. 

Clearing out the clutter may seem like an overwhelming task, but you are sure to feel good about your new space when you finally get rid of those unwanted items.


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Quick Staging Tips
Posted on Wed, 09 Dec 2015, 09:30:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  My services

So you have decided to sell your home and the market is hot! You need to stage your home quickly because buyers may already be interested in the property. Styling your home in the right way can help you get the quick results you seek. We have compiled a list of five quick staging tips that will improve the appearance and enhance the curb appeal of just about any home. 

1. Spruce Up the Front Yard

The front yard of your property will be the first impression potential buyers will get of the home. Many people will drive by to check out the house before stopping by, so be sure that the front of the house and the yard are inviting and attractive. In addition to making sure the lawn is mowed and the shrubbery is trimmed, try a few of these inexpensive ways to give your home more curb appeal. 

- Power wash the sidewalks and driveway. 

A good power washing can remove stains and spots that have been around for years. 

- Power wash or paint the porch and front of the house. 

If your house has vinyl siding, power washing the siding will make it look new again. If your home is painted, a quick coat of paint for the porch and front of the staginghouse will do wonders for first impressions. Re stain or paint the porch floor to make it even more spectacular. 

- Wash windows in the front of the house. 

Dingy windows can make the entire front of your home look worn and haggard. 

- Plants and Sod

Re sod bare places in the lawn and plant a few flowers and blooming plants around the front yard. Fresh greenery and plants makes the yard look alive and thriving. 

- Porch Furniture

A few key pieces of furniture can pull the porch together for a unified style. 

2. Thoroughly Clean the Home’s Interior

A clean house is one of the most important things you can offer potential buyers. Whether you do the work yourself or hire some help, you should make sure every inch of your home is sparkling clean. Pick up and put away all the clutter from the living room and other common areas, including nicknacks, family photos and all personal items. Potential buyers want to envision how the home would be with them living in it. Your personal items can detract from this vision. You can rent a temporary storage space or just store everything in the garage, but make sure the interior of your home is clean and clutter-free when you show the place. 

3. Consider the Floors

Be sure to vacuum and steam clean all of your hard surface floors and carpets. If you have hard wood floors that are worn, you can refinish the floors to make them look brand new. If you do not have the time or inclination to refinish or re carpet problem floors, area rugs can camouflage spots and problem areas. 

4. Remember Extra Rooms

Do you have extra rooms, such as a spare bedroom, where you and your family store old toys, furniture or junk? Clean out everything that you have stored in this room and rethink how you can stage it to appeal to buyers. For example, if the extra room is a bedroom, stage the room to look like a child’s room or guest bedroom. 

5. Bathroom Walls

Grimy bathroom walls are sure to turn potential buyers off so thoroughly scrub the bathroom walls. Surface mold tends to form a dingy sheet over these walls. Mix one part bleach with one part water in a spray bottle to quickly and easily clean the walls in the powder room. Consider re grouting the bathtub area, if needed. 

There is no secret formula for staging your home for quick sale. Just keep in mind that buyers are looking for a home they can see themselves living in. Make that vision happen for them and you will improve your chances of a quick sale. 


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