Building your dream home from the ground up can be exciting. You get to choose your lot, the floor plan, the exterior design, the interior finishes and any upgrades. But it’s a common misconception when you’re buying a new constructed home that you don’t need to work with a Realtor®. Below are some good reasons why it makes sense to have a real estate agent represent you when building your new home.
1. The sales agent works for the builder.
2. Your real estate agent is your advocate.
3. Hiring a Realtor comes at no cost to you.
4. An agent can help you choose the right builder and neighborhood.
5. A Realtor can help you make the right choices for your budget.
6. An agent can help with lot, floor plan and upgrade selections.
7. A Realtor will be aware of builder promotions and may be able to help you negotiate a better price and terms.
8. An agent will guide you through the building process, if needed.
9. Your agent can help with your lender selection.
As you can see, hiring a Realtor to represent you when purchasing a brand-new home provides many benefits.
If you are in the market for a new home or have any questions about the process then give us a call, we’d love to help you out
Did you know that the appearance of your home when it hits the market can have an impact on the sale price? Research has shown that the average sale price of a property can be increased by 1-5% simply by implementing some staging tactics before listing.
If you are on a budget and don’t want to hire a professional stager, here are some ideas that you can integrate at a very low cost;
Detach yourself from the property; potential buyers want to be able to easily imagine themselves in the home. In order to make this possible, it is best for the seller to take down any personal items ie. family photos, memorabilia etc.
Declutter- pack up anything you don't absolutely need from every room, closet and cupboard. Buyers are usually looking for tons of storage space, if you leave closets and cupboards half full, you'll give the impression of there being more storage throughout the home.
Put some extra focus on the front entrance, you want the space to feel inviting when buyers walk in. Add a bench and maybe a mirror above to create the illusion of extra space as well.
Replace curtains, bedding and towels with light neutral colors to make the room look larger and bright.
Paint with neutral colors to create a more open feel in any room.
Store any extra furniture you don't need to create a larger feel to the space. You can also consider rearranging the rooms to create a better flow throughout.
Don't forget the heart of the home - Add a nice fruit bowl in your kitchen and also create the image of an intimate meal with a nice bottle of wine & some wine glasses.
The key to staging is to edit, edit, edit. A small investment in a few storage tubs to put away any extras will go a long way and won't break the bank. This will leave your home feeling more open and welcoming, as well as provide any potential buyers a clearer space to envision themselves in.
Interior design is more than just picking a few throw pillows and adding an accent chair. Creating the right style, mood and ambiance is a thoughtful mixing of design elements to form the desired look. Natural stone, reclaimed wood, soft fabrics and subtle colors are all design tools which blend in just the right way to build the style of the home.
There are 10 key principles used in the field of Interior Design.
Vision – The vision must be established at the very start. Will this home be a sleek, modern home with industrial elements or perhaps more traditional? Every detail should reflect the vision.
Unity – This is the main principle of design and every design feature must harmonize with the vision. Everything placed in the space should have a design purpose and complement the room.
Space – How much space is available and what function does it serve? For instance, a living room must be beautiful but available for the family to enjoy.
Light – A kitchen might be light and bright while a master bathroom could be subtle and relaxing.
Balance – This principle is used to ensure the space has a balance of elements which create a visual balance to the eye.
Movement – Movement is achieved through texture. Lines in the design elements can move the eye through the room.
Color – Nothing can be more important than color. Each hue offers a different sense of well-being. A blue or green room is relaxing while red creates excitement and energy.
Emphasis – A special piece of furniture or bright wall can add interest to the space.
Contrast – Typically used with color, form or light, contrasting objects or forms can create a virtual division within a space for different functions.
Finishes and Fixtures – Designers use the smaller finishes to add detail and cohesion.
Interior design is an art. The designer carefully considers each of the above principles to build a vision for the client which suites their taste and lifestyle.
Most people have dreamed of having a huge, relaxing bathroom where they can sink into the giant tub and unwind from the hectic day.
Unfortunately, many of us are living with smaller bathrooms which feel dark and cramped. The good news is there are tricks you can use today to make your small bathroom feel much larger.
• Use tone-on-tone colors – A light, airy color like white or a pale pastel layered throughout the room will create a serene environment.
• Include some negative space – Consider a floating vanity or cabinet with legs which allows some extra space for the eye to enjoy.
• Keep the counters clear – Remove all non-essential items and store them out of sight. Keep the countertops clear of products, appliances, brushes etc. and provide a tidy, sleek look.
• Mirror – Reflection is a great way to make any room look larger. Add a large mirror over the vanity.
• Glass shower doors- Again, the idea is to eliminate anything which chops up the view. A clear glass shower, immaculately clean, is a nice way to expand the view.
In addition, allow natural light whenever possible to make the space bright and inviting. By following a few simple tips, your small bathroom can seem larger and more spa-like.