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.

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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.

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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.

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I have listed a new property at 4340 Whitehorn DR NE in Calgary.
Welcome to this great family home situated on a large corner lot in the community of Whitehorn. Close to schools, parks, shopping and all of your amenities. This stunning home has been recently upgraded with new paint, brand new counter tops, a beautiful modern backslash and stainless steel appliances. The main level features tons of natural light with a very spacious living room that leads into your large open concept kitchen. Enjoy hosting family gatherings in this updated cozy home which boasts ample space for dining. Upstairs features a large master bedroom, two additional bedrooms and an updated full bathroom. New windows in all 3 bedrooms as well as the main living room window on the main floor. The spacious backyard is perfect for those warm summer nights headed our way, when it gets too hot, head inside and enjoy the luxury of Air Conditioning. The basement is a blank canvas that awaits your personal touch.
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I have listed a new property at 87 HAWKSBROW DR NW in Calgary.
MILLION DOLLAR VIEW!!! This stunning home offers panoramic views of both downtown and the mountains from ALL three levels! The moment you walk into this beautifully upgraded home, you'll be sure to fall in love. You'll be welcomed into the bright open concept space that flows into your large gourmet kitchen. Pull up a chair and take in the stunning views of the Rocky Mountains while you enjoy your morning coffee. Situated in one of the most coveted areas in NW Calgary, this immaculate home features a stunning master bedroom with amazing views from your own private balcony. Unwind from your busy day in your spa like ensuite complete with marble floors and shower. Offering 4 more good sized bedrooms, this is the perfect family home. Renovations include updated main floor and custom kitchen, a complete overhaul of the walkout basement, new picture windows and sliding doors, as well as a new back deck. You’ll truly appreciate this little slice of heaven when you walk downstairs every morning and take in the breathtaking views. Don't miss this rare opportunity to own on this highly desired street, homes like this don't last! Take a virtual tour and call today for your personal viewing - Please note we do have safety precautions in place to allow for safe viewings.
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The warmer months are coming, and if your outdoor space is not as inviting as you might like, it might be time to make some changes. Designing an outdoor space that you’ll look forward to spending time in doesn’t necessarily mean breaking the bank. The essential elements for a beautiful outdoor area are the same at any price point.

Define the Living Area Regardless of the size of your space, define the living area through the use of patios, decks and/or furniture.

Landscape Use landscaping and pots to add color and texture to your space. Use seasonal plants for color as well as larger evergreens and trees to add contrast and year-round foliage.

Water Features Nothing is more relaxing than the sound of water. From extravagant water falls to simple table-top fountains, water features are a must for every outdoor space.

Fire Outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are extremely popular. With a wide variety of pre-fabricated options, every outdoor area can include a warm, inviting flame.  Enjoy your outdoor space during the colder months with a fire feature.

The ultimate outdoor experience is one of the best features of the modern home. By incorporating a few simple elements to your outdoor space, you can create an inviting area that you and your guests will enjoy.

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How Much Does Home Staging Really Cost?

Have you wondered if you should consider professional staging for your home before you list it for sale? Most of us have wandered into new home developments and enjoyed the ambiance of a perfectly styled model home. Of course we would all like our homes to give that same impression to potential home buyers, but what would that cost? Understanding the options available to you for staging can help you decide what, if any, professional staging makes sense for you and your budget. In Calgary's current market staging could make your house stand out from the competition.

What is Staging?

First it’s important to understand what professional staging includes. The best answer is, “it depends”! Staging can be as simple as a consultation or as involved as removal of existing furniture and replacing it with designer furnishings. Needless to say, the cost of the two extremes are drastically different. Most homeowners who hire professional stagers are somewhere in the middle. 

Staging begins with a tour of the room or home. Often simple placement of furniture can make a huge impact. The stager might also bring in elements to enhance the décor, such as colorful pillows, lamps, wall art or carpet. These are loaned to the homeowner for the duration of the listing. 

Cost of Staging

Most stagers charge a flat rate for the initial consultation; this ranges from about $250-500, depending on the size of the home. If the homeowner determines that they also need furnishings, these are rented by the month and can range from $300-500 per room, per month. Additionally, there is often a minimum number of months required, typically 3 months. 

Professionally staging your home is one option home sellers have to ensure their home is seen in its best light. Just as buyers fall in love with model homes, staging your home can bring a modern feel and entice buyers to write the offer. The best way to start is with your agent, to understand your market, competition and needs.

If you'd like recommendations for Calgary Home Staging companies contact me and I'll send you a list of great companies that do beautiful work, they could start you off by stopping by and giving you a quote. (403) 818-1546

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Here's some tips to get ready for the crazy Calgary winter, if you get to it before the snow falls!! Hopefully it all melt's and dries so we can get through most of the list this year :(

1. Weed, Clean and Fertilize. Start in your garden areas. They will most likely need the most work. Clean out all the weeds and leaves of the gardens. Turn the soil over now, so that in the spring the backbreaking chore will be done. The dirt is usually easier to work with in the fall. Make sure you put down a fresh layer of organic fertilizer like a steer or chicken manure.

2. Care for Your Lawn. This is the time of year when you can lower the blades on the mower and cut your lawn lower. With the cooler temperatures, your lawn will not grow as fast. This is the best time of year to feed your lawn.

3. Use a quick-release formula so that all the good nutrients have a chance to feed your lawn before the snow comes. In the warmer states where the winters are shorter with no or little freezing days, you should use a nitrogen-rich fertilizer so that your lawn will stay greener longer.

4. Mulch some of the leaves into your lawn. Raking helps to pull dead grass and roots that will not decompose in the winter. Raking will allow the grass to have a penetration of water more easily.

5. Fall Transplanting.
Shrubs and perennials should be transplanted in the fall. Trees that need to be moved because they have outgrown their area or other reasons, should be transplanted in the fall. This is the safest time of year to do all your transplanting.

6. Trim shrubs. Shrubs, trees, and plants should be cut back and trimmed in the fall. All your azaleas, hydrangeas, and rhododendrons need to be trimmed so they do not overgrow in the area they are planted.

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Buying a new build can be a lot more complicated than purchasing a resale. You’ll benefit from working with a local Calgary expert who knows the project’s neighbourhood, target audience, materials used and sales data. Here are the reason you want to use a realtor, even when buying from a builder:

A REALTOR® can negotiate on your behalf Sure, you can simply trust a sales representative to haggle with the builder, but that may not get you the best deal or added perks, like free upgrades or new appliances. Understanding the fine print in a purchase contract is not for the faint of heart. A Calgary real estate professional can point out the confusing clauses you’re better off negotiating on.

You’ll get the low-down on the up-sells Immaculately designed model homes offer all the bells and whistles, tempting buyers into adding all sorts of extras onto the standard price. Sometimes, these upgrades aren’t worth it. Your Realtor can help you decide what’s worth doing and what can wait.

You won’t fall for sales pitches that seem too good to be true Buyers are led to believe if they don’t use an agent, the builder will subtract the price of a Realtor’s potential commission from the purchase price. But since the seller (i.e. the builder) pays your agent’s commission, it only makes sense to insist on having one.

A Realtor will provide guidance and support throughout the transaction When it comes to pre-construction, home buyers must navigate multiple steps and interact with several people before closing. In addition to making decisions around design, buyers must also make technical choices about electrical work or construction add-ons during the build.

Bottom line? The builder’s rep has the builder’s goals in mind, while your own agent is a valuable resource with just one person to satisfy: You.
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