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Deck the Halls! A Guide for Staging Your Home During the Holidays

Decorating your home for the holidays is a festive tradition but it’s important that buyers are still able to imagine themselves living there.  Here are a few seasonal staging tips to keep in mind:

  • Curb Appeal Counts – A few lights and a tasteful wreath on the front door will elegantly accent your home.  Remember to also display some photos of what you yard looks like during the summer months.

  • First Impressions – Hallways are usually quite cramped and dark so remove any unnecessary items, ensure you have adequate lighting and keep decorations to a minimum.

  • Deck the Halls (a little) – Too many decorations will make your home appear small and cluttered.  Also, never decorate over architectural selling features.

  • Bows & Bells – Put away wrapping paper, tape, ribbons, etc. before showings but don’t just stuff them in your closets as buyers usually peek in cupboards to see how spacious they are.

  • Holiday Cheer – Seasonal treats such as hot apple cider and holiday cookies will give your home a welcoming feel.  It may even encourage buyers to stick around a little longer!

Although there are fewer buyers during the holiday season, they’re usually more serious plus there aren’t as many listings to compete with.  Your home will show beautifully if you use decorations to draw attention to its best features.  Just keep the decorations to a minimum so buyers aren’t overwhelmed, distracted or turned off.

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Have a “green” eco-friendly holiday season

A few small changes will have you dreaming of a green Christmas!
The holiday season is a magical time of year but it can also be a time of great waste. However, It’s easy to enjoy Christmas cheer and still reduce your carbon footprint. Here are a few ideas:

  • Decorate Naturally – Bring the scent of nature into your home with evergreens, fir cones and cranberries.
  • Think Outside the Box – All those gift bags, ribbons and bows account for an incredible amount of waste so try and reuse old wrapping paper.
  • Light Up Mindfully – Everyone loves the twinkle of holiday lights but for the sake of the environment, use LED lights and remember to turn them off before going to bed.
  • One, Two, Tree – Real trees take in carbon dioxide and release oxygen all while sustaining the local economy. Artificial trees, on the other hand, can’t be recycled and may contain toxins

The holiday season is a great opportunity to start eco-friendly family traditions that will hopefully be passed down for many generations to come. Better still, these methods are as easy on your wallet as they are on the environment!

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Find your dream home with these ONLINE TIPS

Hunting for a new home online is a great place to start your search, but it should not be your end all be all. Good listing agents are excellent at highlighting the best features of the home, but keep in mind there may be more than meets the eye. To make the most of your time and efforts and gather a well-rounded picture of home listings online, keep the following three things in mind.

  • Stay up to date. When you start your search, make sure you find a site that pulls up-to-date listings directly from the multiple listing service (MLS) updates daily so you’ll find that dream home here, first! Many online resources update less often or fail to remove listings that are off the market, making it more difficult to sort through the clutter.
  • Pictures can be deceiving. Real estate photographers are experts at showing a home in the best possible light. Many use tools and strategies to boost appeal, such as a fisheye lens to make areas look larger and creative editing to make colors and textures really pop. But, often listings will not contain photos of unappealing parts of the home, like small closets or outdated bathrooms.
  • See it to believe it. Once you find what appears to be your dream home online, contact us and schedule a showing. You want to take the opportunity to vet the home in person and explore every part of it before beginning the offer process. Your real estate agent will help you cover all your bases and will ask questions you may not have thought of.


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He said, SHE SHED!

A women’s answer to the Man Cave. Or an alternative Men Cave for the refined gentleman! It’s been said that sheds are the answer to men’s ailments. But why should men have all the sheds?

Every woman deserves a shed of her own — somewhere to retreat for some solitude, to create or grow, to write or paint, or just to enjoy the view.   The “she shed” trend is here to stay. More and more ladies are staking claim to backyard sheds as a little place to call their own, whether it be for gardening or just somewhere to curl up with a good book. If you have a neglected potting shed in your backyard, you’re in luck! Here are a few ways to get started and spruce up your shed to create that unique space to call your own.

  1. Clean out your old backyard shed—or use a kit to build a new one. (Shed’s at Home Hardware)
  2. Give your shed a fresh coat of paint.
  3. Define the purpose of your shed.
  4. Search flea markets and antique shops for unique finds.
  5. Surround yourself with nature.
  6. Create an inviting entryway.
  7. Equip the space for entertaining.
  8. Make sure your shed is a reflection of you.

PRO TIP: Be sure to check with the city by-laws and conservation before building. Some sheds may require a building permit. Below is an excerpt from the Town of Orangeville’s shed bylaws: “Accessory buildings such as a shed, etc. separate from the existing home or building and over 10 square metres or 107 sq ft. If the accessory building is under 107 sq ft, a building permit is not required, but check with the Planning Department for height restrictions” For further information visit the Town of Orangeville’s bylaws web page.