4 Tips to Organize Your Garage this Summer

Summer is practically here! Which means you’ll probably be outside every chance you get because we Canadian’s don’t waste a second indoors while the weather is above 0, am I right? Thought so. A great project to get done before the beautiful summer weather arrives is to organize your garage. It makes doing outdoor projects and activities so much easier and more enjoyable when you don’t have to go searching through a pile of dirty stuff to get what you’re looking for. Not only that, the garage can be yet another room for prospective home buyers to fall in love with. Who doesn’t like a beautiful, clean, and organized garage? 


Here are a few tips to get a perfectly organized garage this summer:


1) Hooks, hooks, hooks!

Hooks are so useful when organizing a garage. You can use them to hang bikes, ladders, gardening equipment, shovels, hoses, brooms, the list is endless! 


2) Muffin tins

Huh? Muffin tins in the garage? Weird, right? Maybe, but they can definitely be useful for storing small things like nails and screws. Such a clever idea!


3) Pegboards

No garage is complete with out a handy dandy pegboard. Perfect for storing small gardening tools as well as hand tools. 


4) Take advantage of overhead storage

Attach some hooks, or PVC pipes to the ceiling of your garage for even more storage space!


So there are just a few ways to organize your garage. Click here for the whole article (or copy and paste the link below) with even more great tips. I highly recommend checking it out. Happy organizing!

http://www.familyhandyman.com/garage/storage/reclaim-your-garage-organize-it

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Want to paint like a pro? Here are some great tips!

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As a real estate agent who has been in the realty industry for close to 30 years now, when someone or a couple or a whole family is looking sell their home, I have recommended that if the walls need sprucing up, a fresh job is a good idea.

On a diynetwork.com article, there is a list of great painting tips that I would like to share with all of you:

2. Paint like a pro.
Painting is your chance to show off your skills. Use an edge pad for clean lines around doorframes, ceiling edges and corners so your walls look great — down to every last detail.

6. Put your sandwich bags to work.
Slip a small plastic bag over your doorknobs and tape the edge to avoid getting paint in places it wasn’t meant to go. You’re so resourceful.

12. Take away the shine.
Paint doesn’t always adhere to glossy surfaces. We recommend using a light grade sandpaper to take the gloss off the surface so your new paint sticks like it should.

http://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/painting/15-painting-tips-to-paint-like-a-pro

The steps to stage your home

Looking to sell your home? Good! First, I suggest you call Sandy and start packin’ (I had to throw that in there. :P) and second, you should start staging your home. The truth is, if you want sell your home quicker, you have to do some work on your home. It’s time to make your house look from average to awesome!

An online article from hgtv.ca posted 9 fantastic steps to staging your home so you can sell it faster. Here are a few of those steps:

1) De-Clutter

The first step in getting ready to sell is de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter so potential buyers aren’t overwhelmed by your stuff, but rather impressed by your home. Counters and other surfaces should be kept clear and any furniture that isn’t needed stored away. The good news about this tedious task is packing and purging will make moving day that much easier.

4) But Don’t Touch the Nursery!

Although the nursery and childrens’ rooms should be de-cluttered and tidied as well, personal effects can remain as they are. There’s something reassuring and touching about seeing a baby’s room that can mean all the difference to a potential buyer (especially ones that are starting a family).

8) Draw Attention to Selling Features

As a general rule closet doors should be kept closed, but if there’s a walk-in that should be noticed, a small note to alert potential buyers is ok.

Here is the whole article. Recommended! 🙂

http://www.hgtv.ca/realestate/article/how-to-stage-a-home/

Great tips for moving in winter!

Moving during the winter months can be a drag! The cold weather, the snow, the hassle of it all! In a http://www.moving.about.com article, there are some really great tips about moving in the winter season! Here are a few from the article:

Make sure you have heat and lights. This is a task you don’t want to forget to do. You should ensure that all utilities have been set-up and are fully functioning. I suggest having the heat and hydro turned on a couple of days before your arrival just to make sure everything is functioning and that the house is warm for the day you move in. While this is true for anytime that you move, regardless of the season, it’s even more important when the cold winds are blowing and the days are much shorter and darker.

Protect inside space. Use large pieces of cardboard or plastic sheeting to ensure high traffic areas are protected from snow, sand and water. If your floors can withstand heavy duty tape (test in a corner spot first), tape plastic sheets to the floor. Cardboard works best for carpeted areas as small tacks can be used to secure it to the floor. Experiment first before the movers arrive.

Have a back-up plan. If a winter storm is threatening your move, make sure you have a back-up plan in case you need to reschedule your move. If you’ve hired movers, talk to the company to see what their policy is in terms of winter conditions. Some movers are used to winter weather and may not be willing to postpone the move. If the movers do want to postpone, make sure you speak to your real estate agent or landlord to see if you can stay a few extra days. Typically, if you’re not able to move out, no one is able to move in, either. But arrange this ahead of time. If you can’t negotiate extra days, speak to the movers about your options. They may be able to still pick up your things, but not deliver them to your new home. If this is the case, you’ll need short-term accommodation.

The whole article is very informative and helpful! Here is a link to it:

http://moving.about.com/od/youremovingnowwhat/a/Tips-For-Moving-In-Winter.htm

A few great housing trends for 2015!

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In Canada, we are in the heart of winter. In Ontario, this winter has been a fair mixture of icy, snowy cold days and days of warmer weather. A lot of real estate agents will tell you that the start of a new year sales can slow down. As we continue to move forward into this year, there are some housing trends that you may want to look at.

This is a wonderful, informative Ottawa Citizen article on housing trends for 2015:

http://ottawacitizen.com/life/homes/housing-trends-whats-hot-for-2015

Here are a few trends from the article:

House design

‘There should be growing demand for multigenerational homes, says Lehnert, as buyers look for ways to share purchase costs and keep extended families together. Monarch Homes’ new Traditions II line launching in Stittsville this month, for example, includes some products with a generous third-floor loft that can be converted to an inlaw, nanny or other suite with walk-in closet and bathroom.’

Colours

‘We hope you haven’t invested your life savings in marsala. The reddish-brown hue is the colour of the year for 2015, according to industry leader Pantone Color Institute, but the choice has been derided on several fronts.’

Decor

‘Other decor trends to watch: warmer metals such as brass and colours like rose-golds; also a return of Chinoiserie and its cousins, like the Asian-influenced wallpaper Farrow & Ball introduced last fall.’

Are you moving? Well, here are some great tips!

New year, new experiences, new start. Maybe a new place to live?

Many people kick off a new year by thinking about moving. If could be for a new job, up sizing, downsizing, whatever the reason, the actual packing up and moving can be a kick in the butt. Let’s admit it… Packing all your belongs up in boxes and bags and transporting everything isn’t much fun!

Click the following link for 33 fantastic moving tips! It’s a great buzzfeed article to read! Here are a few great ones…

7. Place an extra cotton pad or ball into your powder cosmetics to keep them from breaking.

12. Buy a roll of stretch wrap.

23. If you have a lot of fragile valuables, hiring movers as opposed to asking friends can end up paying for itself.

 27. If you’re doing a cross-country move and you don’t need your stuff immediately, consider shipping via Greyhound.

31. Make your last grocery trip two weeks prior to moving.

 http://www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/brilliant-moving-tips#.vuWvgAZ8j

Sell your house faster and show it better? I have some tips for you!

In all my years as a Brampton real estate agent, I know that if you want to sell your home, it can be sometimes a complicated issue. No house is perfect and no house looks perfect, but that said, if you want to show your place in a better way so it can sell faster, I have a few helpful tips…

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1. Paint!

Look for the rooms in your house that could use a fresh paint job. The last thing you want is to have potential buyers walk through your home and see get a sense the house comes off has too dull. A straightforward thing like new paint on walls in rooms that look boring can help make them stand out.

2. Repair faucets if dripping or leaky!

When possible buyers are looking at any potential faults in your home, things that stick out, such as broken faucets, can turn away those buyers because it shows you have not been taking care of your home. Make sure you fix easy things like faucets!

3. Remove clutter!

This is a very easy one to remember. Regardless how small or big your home is, you want to make it look as big and as orderly as possible. Remove all the unnecessary clutter you may have around your place.

Those are my three tips to help sell your house faster and make it look better. I hope you find them helpful!