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Staging and Organization

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Do you feel like you are losing control in your kitchen? Making a few changes can create peace in your chaos and save you time and money!

1. Add a pull out organizer for your pots, pans and lids.

My hubby bought this organizer at a local home improvement store. It has changed our lives! There is no more digging around in a landslide of mismatched lids and teetering pots.

 

2. Add a spice rack to the tiny area above your stove.

Don’t discount any sliver of storage space. There is always a way you can put any awkward space to good use. The thin space in front of your hood fan vent can be used for a narrow shelf, or for hooks for utensils.

 

3. Use pull out shelving for your plastic storage containers.

Unless you have the

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There is always a bit of a lull in the real estate market at the beginning of September. With back-to-school shopping, enrolling kids in various activities, and the last chance at family camping weekends before the snow, attention is diverted from house shopping. By October, things have settled down, and buyers resume their search for a new home. 

 

4 Reasons Fall Is a Good Time To List

1)  The bulk of inventory from the spring market has been sold, so your property will not only have less competition, your home will be something new for the buyers to view.

2)  If someone is out viewing homes in the fall, they are clearly motivated. The weather is getting cooler and, thanks to daylight savings, it gets dark early. It is rare for a buyer to

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Most years, Claude and I are fairly proactive with our yard cleanup, but the weather has been so nice this year, we put yard work on the back burner. Yesterday was sunny and reasonably warm, and we felt secure in our decision to delay. Surprise!!! This morning it decided to snow! Time to get serious and start our cleanup. 

1)  Don’t Wait Too Long! - Yes, it is Alberta and the weather will warm up. Although there is still time to get the yard ready, some tasks, like cutting back daylilies, are made more difficult with wet leaves. If you have a garbage pick-up that includes an organic cart for grass clippings and leaves, you may want to fill this bin over a period of several weeks.

2)  Clean Out Gutters - Yes, we know this is one of the most

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Two weeks ago my husband and I embarked on a home renovation adventure that, as per Youtube, should have taken 4-5 days to complete. Here are our top tips on how to paint your kitchen cabinets! 

    

1)   Choose Your Colour Wisely - Over the past 10 years, our maple cabinets had yellowed, and we were looking for something fresh and clean. We were aiming for a creamy white, but what we achieved with our first try was as close to snow white as we could get. Because we did a test door, we realized our mistake right away. We ended up taking the cream colour of our baseboards and pantry door and using 3/4 of that colour depth.

2)   Stay Away From Oil - Our first primer was a hybrid oil based primer; horrible! It was very hard to roll smoothly and it

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In the words of Donna Corcoran, Shark Tank and Real Estate Guru "Home staging used to be optional. Today, it's a necessity in selling a house."

Staging is a HUGE part of selling a home, and as Certified Home Stagers, Claude and I not only help stage our client's homes, we stage the pictures and video we take as well. 

Many of our clients have asked about my "Little Staging Emergency Bag". I bring it along when we take pictures of our homes. Inside, I have everything we need to fix little chips, nicks and tame unruly fabric so our client's homes will show their best. Today I will walk through all of my items and what we use them for. Keep in mind; these touch-ups are not to trick a buyer into thinking a home is perfect. They just help to minimize

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Even in today's very instantaneous, high-tech world, there are still those with the view that all you need to do to sell a property is take a few pictures and put them on the MLS. Yes, if a Buyer is already looking at the specific area, with that exact criteria inputed into a system, they will receive notification of a new listing. However, one thing Claude and I have discovered over the last decade or two of selling real estate is that a Buyer rarely purchases exactly what they start out looking for. 

One example is Claude's parent's home search. Twelve or so years ago, Claude's parents decided to move to Spruce Grove, and asked him to show them houses meeting a very specific set of criteria; 3 bedrooms, formal living room, nice yard, and most

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What will make a Buyer decide to write an offer on your home versus another? If two properties are very similar in size, location and price, it comes down to Selling a Lifestyle

One of the main reasons a buyer feels it's time to move is the need for a bigger house. Most likely, they are living in a home that has too little storage space, and as a result is cramped and unorganized. This chaos spills over into their daily life. Being unorganized means it takes longer to find coats, school bags, matching socks and sports gear, resulting in a family is always running late. Then the “blame game” begins; the laundry room is too small, there is no room for hockey equipment, shoes and jackets are spilling out from the closet.

If buyers are looking for

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Why February just may be the best time for you to list your home in Alberta.

We have all seen the signs of spring in our communities. As Alberta homeowners slowly emerge from their winter cocoons and blink weakly at the tepid sun, a brilliant array of “For Sale” signs decorate the slushy streets, brightening the fields of brown grass and barely-budded branches. 

Traditionally, the spring real estate rush began at the end of March, with the market in full swing by April and May. The same lack of snow and the warm weather that creates a “spring cleaning” itch also prompts buyers to see visions of a new home.

But in the last 5-8 years, Realtors have seen that busy spring market begin earlier and earlier. In fact, Claude and I have been advising

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Anyone who knows me is aware of my Glitter Obsession/Dependancy (I justify my obsession because of my theatre/dance background, as well as having raised very girly daughters). I'm sure my very tolerant friends will not be the least bit surprised at my latest finds. 

When staging a home, a tiny touch of glam is a good thing in a room. While layering textures and colours, something shiny, metallic, or iridescent can both draw the eye and reflect light. I recently encountered two products which can add a bit of bling without being overbearing.

                              

The first product is "Valspar Signature Paint Crystals" (available at Lowes). These fantastic crystals add a subtle sparkle when mixed with paint. The uses are endless- from

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We all have that one eyesore in our yard that drives us crazy! For some, its an air conditioning unit, for others the garbage cans. For us; the ugly trampoline in the corner. Although there was no way to completely hide its existence, we did find a way to blend it into the background. 

Although this photo is taken from our deck (a higher elevation), from the ground, a large portion of the trampoline is hidden from sight. We put railings that matched our deck on either side of a stationary gate that the roses climb up. This frames in the corner of the yard and creates a hidden space for the kids and grandkids (yes, we have grandkids!) to jump and play. 

Next year, our youngest child will be fifteen, and we have decided to reclaim our space! The

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