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The Importance Of Curb Appeal

The Importance Of Curb Appeal

One of the most important aspects of your property is curb appeal. Curb appeal means how your property looks from the street, including the look of the house, front entrance and landscaping. If you are considering selling your home, it’s always a good idea to increase your property’s curb appeal so that it can attract potential homebuyers. Here are some simple ways to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Look Fresh

Make sure the front yard and entrance to your property looks clean, tidy and fresh. Some ways to accomplish this are by fixing any obvious repairs (such as broken steps or fences) and adding fresh paint to your front door, trim or siding. It’s also a good idea to keep your front yard tidy by cutting the grass, trimming any shrubs and putting away any extra toys and equipment.

Clean It Up

The best way to attract potential homebuyers is to make sure your property looks clean. To help increase your home’s curb appeal, this can include cleaning up the front yard, washing the driveway and cleaning out the gutters.

Update Lighting

If you have any outdoor lighting, such as lamps, fairy lights or spotlights, make sure they are in working order by replacing old lightbulbs and cleaning them thoroughly.

Add Thoughtful Touches

To make your property look as welcoming as possible, it’s best to add some stylish touches. This can include a new welcome mat, freshly painted mailbox, and even bright potted plants and flowers.

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How To “De-Pet” Your Home Before Selling

How To “De-Pet” Your Home Before Selling

When you’re preparing your home for sale, you need to think about how to deal with your lovable pets. Here are some simple ways for pet owners to get their homes ready for viewings.

Keep Pets Out Of The House During Viewings

It’s always best to keep your pets out of the house during viewings, as even if your pet is friendly, some potential homebuyers will be uncomfortable around them. If you or someone you know can’t take them out during the viewings, consider a local kennel or pet day camp that will look after them.

Get Rid of Pet Odour

To get rid of pet odour in your house, try airing the house out by opening windows, using speciality air sprays, odour eliminators and scented candles, or putting a dish of vanilla in a warm oven to create a welcoming smell.

 Remove Any Extra Toys

Another way to help clear the clutter in your home for viewings is to remove any extra pet toys, beds and equipment so that there is easier mobility for potential homebuyers and they have a chance to fully appreciate your home.

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Why To Buy A House In the Spring

Why To Buy A House In the Spring

Whether it’s a New Year’s resolution or a long-term plan, buying a new home in the spring can be a smart decision. This is for many different reasons, not only because of the time of year but also to do with the current real estate market. Overall, the reasons for buying a new home differ for each person and family. Below are some reasons why springtime may be the right time for you to become a homeowner.

Tax Refunds

Usually no one is excited to file their taxes, with all the collecting of documents and extra paperwork. For those who end up getting a refund in the mail, tax season can be beneficial for entering the housing market. Whether you are making sure you have enough for a down payment or enough for after you purchase a property, a little extra from your tax refund will help.

School’s Out Soon

If you buy a new home in the spring, it is highly likely you will be moving in the summer. This means that not only is it good weather for moving, but children will be out of school.  Depending on your child’s situation, this makes the move to a new home and school a much easier task than it would when school is in session.

Good Moving Weather

Moving during the spring can include rain but it can also include clear skies. Although it may not be hot, moving is much easier when there is relatively pleasant weather and no extreme amounts of rain or snow.

Spring Cleaning

Nothing says springtime like cleaning, decluttering and organizing. If you are planning on buying a new home and moving from your old one, organizing your belongings is a vital step. Consider going through your personal and household items to decide what will make the move with you and your family. One way of categorizing your possessions is making separate piles for keeping, donating and throwing away.

Market Inventory

Spring has traditionally been the best time to enter the housing market because inventory is usually high this time of year. However, demand is still strong with buyers. Over the past several years, there has been a strong seller’s market but inventory is now increasing, making this a good time to purchase a property.

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Spring Into Action: Household Advice

Spring Into Action: Household Advice

Did someone say spring cleaning? This season is often known for its high ambitions of cleaning, decluttering and organizing. Are you preparing to move? Need to get ready for an open house? Have to show your house to potential buyers? Perhaps you’ve just moved into a new home and don’t know where to start? Now is the right time to get your house in order, one step at a time. Below is some advice on spring cleaning for anyone deciding to take the plunge.

Take It Slow

Your house does not need to be perfect immediately. Give yourself enough time before a deadline (such as a moving date) to clean, declutter and pack. Going through the house one room at a time to clean and decide what to keep, donate and throw away is a good strategy.

Get Inspired

Spring cleaning feels much easier if you feel inspired and energized. Try not to burn yourself out all at once, leaving time to take the cleaning and decluttering at a manageable pace. Find some inspiration to keep you going, whether that’s the image of a spotless kitchen or someone you know who will help you reach your cleaning goals. A good inspiration is Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing consultant and author. Check out her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Remember To Deep Clean

Although it may be easier to just clean the surface of your home, making sure you thoroughly clean is very important. Cleaning every nook and cranny can be a challenge but a beautifully clean home is the perfect reward. Deep cleaning can include washing carpets and upholstery as well as cleaning walls, doors, cabinets, windows, lighting fixtures, fridges and ovens.

Update Your Décor

Sometimes all your home needs is a little update to feel fresh and re-energized. This can include anything from new furniture to little touches like new doorknobs, cabinet handles, lamps, throw rugs or welcome mats.

Finishing Touches

To keep your home from looking tired and worn, sometimes it only takes a little effort. Some tips include paint retouches, fixing broken steps and rails, or even replacing old lightbulbs.

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How To Increase Your Winter Curb Appeal

How To Increase Your Winter Curb Appeal

Whatever the season, your home’s curb appeal should make a good impression on potential buyers. Curb appeal can mean anything that makes your home more attractive to potential buyers, such as a tidy yard or ample outdoor lighting. Below are some helpful tips for increasing your home’s curb appeal during the winter season.

Keep It Light

Making sure your home has enough light will help the property seem more inviting for potential buyers. Outdoor lighting by your front door and front pathway, as well as lighting any unique features of your home are good ideas to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Plan For Bad Weather

Depending on where you live, winter can often include heavy snow, wind and rain. As well as protecting your home from the elements, there are many benefits to keeping your home tidy and well-maintained. Some tips include having a cleared driveway and walkway and some type of cover for your front door. Snow and ice can also be a safety hazard, for you and potential buyers. Try using salt to melt snow and ice, as well as clearing any sharp-looking icicles.

Add Plants

A garden doesn’t just have to flourish in the spring and summer. Adding winter-blooming plants to your front garden can add some much needed colour to your home’s winter look. There are many types of winter plants and flowers to try, including witch hazel, winter jasmine and pansies.

Update Your Front Entrance

The front entrance of your home is especially important, as it is one of the first aspects potential buyers will notice. Some tips to freshen up your front entrance include repainting your front door, replacing your welcome mat and cleaning your house numbers.