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Tips and Tricks For Home Staging For Sale 

Staging a home is a valuable practice used in Real Estate and can be one of the most effective ways to sell your home. It allows the sellers to truly accentuate the best features or assets of the home, to show buyers exactly what they could be coming home to. Staging a home also decreases the amount of time a home will spend on the market, and can often aid in bumping up the sold price. The key to staging a home correctly is ensuring the home appeals to buyers in every way possible. Professional stagers willow ant to highlight the potential of the home with simple and stylish decor trends. This takes a lot of planning and thought, but fortunately, it doesn’t always have to cost a lot of money, and anything you do spend will likely be offset once the home sells. Here are some ways that you can use staging in your home to help your listing stand out above others, and get the most out of your investment when you sell.

Stage What Matters Most

When it comes to spending your money on staging, ensure you put the work in where it counts. The living room, master bedroom, and kitchen are the areas that have the most potential to influence buyers.

Declutter and De-personalize

For home staging to be effective, you want to be able to help the buyers imagine themselves moving in and living in this space. The best way to do this is by removing all clutter, and as many personal items as you can.

The amount of clutter that people accumulate over the years is surprising. It takes up space in the home, and when space is what you are selling - the clutter needs to go. Take a run through everything in your home to decide if it is something you want to pack and move to your new house. If there is no desire to bring it along with you, sell it, recycle it, or toss it. The less clutter taking up your space, the more appealing your home will be to prospective buyers.

You will also want to remove any personal items that remind the buyer that you currently reside in the home. Pack away personal photos, keep clothes stored away and out of sight, and clear bathroom countertops of personal belongings such as toothbrushes, combs, or medication. This is an extremely important tip that stagers recommend to help buyers imagine the house as one that they could be coming home to.

The Big Deep Clean

Cleaning to stage your home means that you want to scrub until every corner and crevice of your home is shining. This tactic displays pride in ownership and instills a sense of confidence in potential buyers that the home is in good condition.

Hit Refresh

When we live in a home for so many years, it’s often hard to see the damage, dust, nicks, and chips that build up over time. Fortunately, an inexpensive way to help stage your home for sale is by repairing any damage to the walls and give a good refresh with a neutral coloured coat of paint, such as grey, white or taupe throughout the home. This repair will make your home sparkle and show potential buyers the effort that has gone into maintaining the property and ensuring it looks nice.

Let there be light

Brighten up your space by allowing as much light in the home as you possibly can. Keep blinds and windows open, curtains pulled back, and add lamps to darker corners. Ensuring your home is well lit will make your space not only look more welcoming but also make it appear much bigger in pictures and for any open houses or tours that you may be hosting.

Furniture Placement

To stage your home effectively, you will want there to be as much open space as possible. Do not over-saturate your home with unnecessary furniture if possible. Buyers need to be able to visualize their own furniture in each room, while easily walking through and navigating the space in your home. If possible, tuck away any extraneous furniture into storage to make your home feel as bright, open, and airy as it possibly can.

Focal Points and Art

Choosing the right art for your home can be tricky if you do not trust your eye for design. Luckily, this is what stagers do! If you are looking for ways to add a little bit of spice to your living space with art, talk to your REALTOR ® or a professional stager for some tips. If this is something you would like to venture on your own, see my blog Finding Art That Fits Your Space for some tips and tricks to ensure your art adds to the aesthetic and helps to accentuate your home for staging purposes.

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Tiny Homes Provide Great Options for Homeowners 

Tiny Homes provide great options for homeowners      Tiny Homes can be a great addition for homeowners, especially those looking for an extra means of income. A tiny home, also known as a coach house, is a small free-standing apartment, detached from the principal dwelling but located on the same lot. Coach houses are intended to bring more density to established neighbourhoods without negatively impacting community spaces. This increase in neighbourhood density would naturally  increase the number of affordable homes.       The regulations concerning Tiny Homes vary from one municipality to another. Note: the following information is specifically regarding Tiny Homes in Ottawa. The Advantages of a Coach Home Building a Coach Home on your pre-existing lot can have countless advantages. The initial advantage is the extra means of income. The additional dwelling is connected to both city water and sewer lines through the primary residence. This means no new connections are required. Note, Tiny Homes don’t necessarily need to be a newly built structure. Accessory structures such as garages or sheds can also be converted into coach homes, as long as all building requirements are met. If having an extra income doesn’t lure you in, perhaps your in-laws are looking to downsize but your home just isn’t big enough to accommodate them. Tiny homes allow family members to reside close, while ensuring everyone has their own space and independence.  Eligibility The rules and regulations concerning Tiny Homes vary from municipality to municipality. In Ottawa, not all lots meet the requirements for the addition of a coach home. In general, lots can accommodate a Tiny Home if the following requirements are met: The lot is serviced by municipal water and sewer lines, or if the lot is in a rural area, it is 0.4 hectares or larger and is serviced by a private well and septic system. The lot contains a detached, semi-detached, duplex or townhouse dwelling. Note, the requirements for a Tiny Home located on a lot where the primary dwelling is a rowhouse, the coach house must have direct pedestrian access to a public road. The pathway provided must be 1.2 metres wide. The primary dwelling unit does not already contain a secondary dwelling unit such as a basement apartment, garden suite or any rooming units.  Other Important factors  Other requirements, such as preserving mature trees and integrating with the urban context of the homes located in proximity must also be respected while building your Tiny Home.  It’s important to note, coach homes must meet both size requirements and height restrictions. These regulations vary from one lot to another. Overall, coach homes must be smaller than the principal residence and not accede 40% of the main dwelling. As for height restrictions, urban areas must not exceed 3.6 metres in height, while certain rural lots allow for the possibility of a two story coach home. To ensure your lot meets the requirements implemented by the city of Ottawa, contact a Development Information Officer (DIO) to further evaluate your lot. Development Information Officers can be reached by simply dialling 3-1-1.  Coach Homes can be a great asset to any lot, especially in cities like Ottawa where the need for affordable housing is always in high demand.

Summer Festivals 

Summer Festivals Summer festivals are a great way to ensure you take full advantage of everything the season has to offer. The great thing about summer festivals, especially the ones in the west end of Ottawa, is that there is a large variety of events. This means, everyone is sure to find a festival that suits their interests. Here are 5 of the most popular festivals that take place in the west end of the city. Note the list also includes a rural festival, the Almonte fair. Escaping the city’s hustle and bustle can be fun all on its own.  West End Food Truck Rally - August 10th 2019 - Christ Church Bells Corners What’s better than a fun event that supports a great cause? We agree, nothing’s better! This event has more than 10 food trucks that serve both sweet and savoury foods in support of The FAMSAC Food Cupboard. Enjoy great music, family friendly activities and entertainment while munching on some great food.  Westboro Fuse- August 17th and 18th 2019 - Westboro Neighbourhood This festival is essentially a weekend long block party that showcases live music, family friendly-activities and great food. It’s sure to have you enjoying the modern vibe Westboro has to offer all while spending time in the sun. Folk Festival Birthday Picnic at Britannia Park - August 25th 2019 Britannia Park is a beautiful family activity all on its own but the Birthday picnic means you don’t have to plan lunches, or snacks or even activities. Join your community for this family friendly Birthday Picnic to celebrate the exact 25th anniversary of the first Ottawa Folk Festival. This will be a family favourite, with beautiful views for the adults and lots of activities for the kids. Bridge Street Summer Festival -August 3rd - Carleton Place This year’s theme is everything Motown! Seven bands will be performing various songs all in line with the overall theme. The festival doesn’t stop at live music, family friendly fun takes place all day long. Local shops also set up booths along the street while food vendors offer tons a yummy options to snack on.  Almonte Fair- July 19th, 20th and 21st 2019 - Almonte Summer festivals like the Almonte fair add variety by offering events that tend to take place in the fall months. The Almonte fair has demo derbies to wrestling competition. Enjoy local food vendors and other more rural family activities.  Whatever your interests may be, summer festivals are always a good choice when planning your time off, especially seeing the kids aren’t in school and the weather is beautiful. Just be sure to remember all the summer essentials like sunblock, water bottles and your favourite ball-cap to ensure you can enjoy all the festival has to offer.  

How To Boost Your Curb Appeal This Fall 

How To Boost Your Curb Appeal This Fall The cooler air is here and before we know it, the leaves will begin to change. Fall is a season of transition as we (and the world around us) prepare for the winter months ahead but this is no reason to assume that curb appeal doesn’t matter. If you have your home listed this fall, it’s important to remember the importance of first impressions. Ensure that your home looks its best inside and out. Keep Lawns Clean and Maintained Although you may not need to get the mower out every week, depending on the weather, the grass does still grow throughout the fall. Make sure that your lawn remains well kept and that you mow it when necessary. It’s also important to clean up any debris including leaves and garbage to ensure that everything is in top shape for buyers. Sweep the Front Step This may seem like a little detail but it can make all the difference as someone is walking up to your home. A front step that is neatly swept gives off the impression of a pride of ownership that is likely carried through the entire home. Bring in Fall Decor Adding some fall decor and plants to your front step can brighten up the space and provide a pop of colour. Consider including pumpkins and gourds in the weeks leading up to Halloween. Mums also look great in front of any home and do very well in the colder weather of fall. Paint the Front Door Even if you don’t have time to take on the whole front of your house, painting the front door can really freshen things up. Consider adding some colour to your home by painting the door a contrasting colour to the rest of your home. Red, yellow, and blue are all popular colours for front doors right now. Trim the Trees Fall is a great time of year to trim your trees. If your trees are growing too close to your home or driveway, it’s important to get them cut back. It’s also important to look for dead and broken branches and to get them taken care of as soon as possible as they may pose a safety risk. If you are not comfortable with heights or a chainsaw, it is always best to hire a professional. Clean the Windows Summer can be a very season. Dry weather can mean lots of dust and this ultimately finds its way to the windows. Make sure that all your windows are cleaned inside and out to ensure the best views of your now ready to list property!

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