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Remax Blog - Building a Fence

A fenced in yard can help keep your pets in and strangers out. If you’re considering investing in a fence, start here.

1. Do your research
Your City/Community municipality or neighbourhood organization may have specific regulations about fence height, materials, colours and even the actual distance between fence slats. Make sure you know the rules before getting started. Also check with your local utility company to find out about where your gas lines are before you begin (dig).

2. Consult the professionals
Fencing your property may impact your home’s appeal differently depending on your neighborhood, your home and your property. Talk to a real estate agent or an appraiser who knows your local market to help choose materials and where best to place your fence.

3. Chat with your neighbours
Remember, they have to look at your fence too. Consider letting the neighbours whose property borders yours know that you’re thinking about building a fence. Also, avoid future disputes by making sure you’re all in agreement about property lines before putting in the first post.

4. Match your house
Choose a fence that goes with the architectural style of your house. For example, you probably don’t want to build a burly stockade fence around your quaint Victorian, or a rustic post and rail fence around your spiffy modern home.

5. Understand upkeep
If you’re considering a wooden fence, be aware of maintenance required for the type of wood you choose. Some types require more frequent sealing and staining to help keep them looking good longer.

6. Consider living fences
Strategically planted shrubs and trees, like fast-growing cypress and pine, can grow into beautiful fences that offer privacy and double as attractive landscaping. Another advantage? That added landscaping could possibly increase the value of your home.

Dreaming of a home with a white picket fence? Start your journey by talking to an experienced agent. You can find one here.

Caldwell - Kitchen Blog1

The kitchen is the busiest and most used spot in your house! We have gathered some helpful tips to help you maximize your kitchen space and make the most of this space.

#1 – Hide counter seating
If you have kitchen island seating, consider stools that tuck completely in or close to the cabinets. You can also choose to have them in a similar colour to the is the island cabinetry to blend them with the rest of the kitchen. This simple step can save you a lot of walking around the room.

#2 – Maximize Floor Space
Save floor space or dining table with your kitchen island. You can go with a countertop height or stick with regular height. If you don’t have an island, consider adding a bar table in your kitchen and double up to create both an island plus and eating area.

#3 – Go Handle-less
To maximize every small inch of a small kitchen space (if applicable), consider foregoing handles on your cabinetry and going with modern handle-less kitchen designs to gain an extra 1-1/2″ of free space in front of the cabinetry.

#4 – Tie It All Together
Tie your own concept kitchen in with the rest of your space by using the same colour and finish everywhere in the room. For example, TV/media units, shelves, frames for mirrors/shelves and tabletops etc.

#5 – Compact Refrigerator
To facilitate healthier eating, consider a compact refrigerator and freezer so that you only store essential food items.

Story by Remax Canada.

Photo feature from 845 – 307th Street home in Marysville, BC .

Remax Blog - Tips for Camping


While you may be crazy about your home, sometimes you simply can’t resist the call of wild. Don’t worry. These days there’s no need to rough it. With these outdoor must-haves, your campsite can offer all the comforts of home.

1. Hammock
For napping or catching nighttime zzz’s, there’s no need to actually sleep on the ground. All you need is two trees to set up your hammock and you can rock your way to relaxation. Buy one with a roof flap to weatherproof your siesta.

2. The biggest tent you can find
When car camping, why not? It’s not like you have to squeeze a tent in a backpack and hike up a mountain with it. Treat yourself to an expansive shelter everyone can fit into, even the pup. Look for a tent with a mesh roof so you can enjoy the stars on clear nights.

3. Air mattress & accessories
With the help of a battery-charged inflator, you’re only moments away from a cushy bed. And with high thread count sheets and a down pillow, you’re ready for the great outdoors. Throw in a patch kit, just in case.

4. Accent lighting
Sure, you’ll bring a headlamp and a few lanterns for utility, but nothing adds ambience to a campsite like solar-powered, hanging fairy lights – especially in parts of the country that lack lightning bugs.

5. Deluxe cooler
Make sure it’s big enough for all the champagne for morning mimosas and evening microbrews, plus solid enough to keep your steaks and Ghirardelli chocolate bars (for gourmet s’mores) chilled.

6. Hand-crank blender
Margaritas hit the spot after hiking – or strolling to your hammock. With a few turns of the crank and slices of fresh lime, you’ll be set to refresh. Be sure not to forget salt for your rims.

7. Stovetop espresso maker and accessories
Nature is so much better with a fine Italian roast. Pack a battery-powered, handheld milk frother and you’re set.

8. Solar/car battery-powered gadget charger
Because you’ll need the Tim Horton’s finder app on your smart-phone if you can’t figure out how to start your camp stove.

Is your campsite actually more comfortable than your house? Maybe it’s time to move. Talk to an agent to find out what’s in your budget, and your market, this season. Find one here.

Remax - 8 Staging Tips for Small Outdoor Spaces

An attractive outdoor space, even if it’s just big enough to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or evening cocktail, can be a major selling point for potential buyers. Here are a few suggestions for maximizing your outdoor living space.

1. Floor it.
If you have a small outdoor area, it won’t break the bank to invest in higher quality tiles or stones. Snap-in deck tiles are another option for adding a touch of class.

2. Envision clarity.
When it comes to tables, go for glass-topped: It will help create the illusion of a larger space.

4. Watch your back.
Chairs and benches with more open backs don’t interrupt sight lines as much. They’ll keep your space feeling open, and looking larger.

5. Focus.
Creating a focal point in a small space adds visual interest. A simple piece of garden art, a small flowering tree or a tiny water feature in a corner can add style and distract buyers from focusing on square footage.

6. Scale down.
The world’s largest outdoor chaise lounge may be a napper’s dream, but it won’t do much to help your patio or deck. Choose outdoor furniture scaled to set off your space, not smother it. You can even find fire pits in smaller sizes.

7. Get vertical.
Wall gardens help add green without sacrificing space. Wall art made from succulent plants is another low-maintenance option for adding foliage, and drawing attention to the edges of your space, which helps visually enlarge it.

8. Don’t hide the grill.
A clean barbecue can help buyers imagine their own outdoor meals. Unless you have a grill or smoker large enough to hold the entire pig, or if your grill is in disrepair, keep it out.

Ready to show off your newly decorated deck or patio? Start by finding a RE/MAX Caldwell agent here!

REMAX Blog - 7 Ideas for Using Feng Shui to Create a Harmonious Home


The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui uses design principles to create harmonious spaces that encourage health, wealth and happiness. According to the practice, colours encourage energy to flow freely throughout a structure, and each colour is thought of as an expression of one of the five “Feng Shui” elements: fire, earth, metal water and wood.

Here are a few things to keep in mind when designing your home using general feng shui color principles.

1. Wake up a space with yellow
Yellow energizes spaces and is great for brightening rooms and adding a welcoming feeling. Yellows can be an excellent choice for kitchens, living rooms, hallways and offices.

2. Hues that work for you
If it’s a calm sanctuary for a restful night’s sleep, feng shui rules suggest water-element colors of calming blues to create tranquility. If you’d like your bedroom to be more passionate than peaceful, fire element colors like red can help crank up the heat.

3. A blank canvas for the kitchen
In feng shui, white is one of the preferred shades for a kitchen because it encourages purity and freshness. Plus, it creates the perfect palette for the rich colors of food.

4. Better than a lullaby
Shades of green in a child’s room help make calm, serene spaces for sleeping. Plus, wood-element shades of green also encourage growth and learning.

5. Mind your reds
While red is the Chinese color of luck and happiness, too much of the fiery color can throw things off balance, bringing aggression and overstimulation.

6. Shades for success
Wood-element colors like greens and browns promote creativity, and water elements like blues and blacks promote wealth. Combining shades of each can change the energy of your home workspace.

7. Look outside your walls
According to feng shui principles, adding accent pieces and furniture in elemental shades also can help change the energy of a space. You don’t need to go big (or commit) with an entire wall.

Colour can help bring balance to your home, but it works best when you’re living in a place that suits your needs. Looking for harmony in a new zip code? Start by talking to an experienced agent. Find one here.

6 Symbolic Housewarming Gifts

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know? Housewarming parties started in medieval times when they were held to, literally, warm the house as the new homeowners moved in. Neighbours would come with firewood and light up the hearth not only for warmth, but to chase off any bad spirits that might have been lurking about.

In modern times, it’s more customary to bring a gift (no experience with the supernatural required). Here are some ideas with a medieval spin.

1. Bread

The gift of a loaf of bread is traditionally given with the wish that the home would never know hunger. These days, you might want to check with your hosts’ gluten sensitivities before kneading away. An electronic bread maker could be an updated option.

2. Salt

Salt is given with the wish that life in the home always has flavour. While a bag of salt suits the bill, you can class it up by giving a fun set of salt and pepper shakers.

3. Roosters

Roosters used to be given to serve as a feathered home security system. Depending on zoning laws, and whether or not the hosts are morning people, consider rooster themed dishtowels or crockery instead.

4. Wine

A gift of wine conveys wishes of joy and prosperity. Wine-related gifts, like stoppers, glasses and decanters can do the same.

5. Candles

These are given with the hope that the people in the home always live in light and happiness.

6. Wood

Wooden gifts symbolize a wish of stability for the home and the people who live there. Salad bowls and cutting boards are useful options that can also be works of art.

And what not to give?

Knives. Tradition holds that the gift of a knife may cut a friendship.

Is it your turn to make a move? Explore the possibilities with an experienced agent. Find on here.

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Remax Blog - Flower Curb Appeal

 


Used strategically, flowers can be a powerful tool for increasing your home’s curb appeal. There’s a method to leveraging all those petals to help your property bloom. Follow these helpful tips.

1. Buy a colour wheel
Spend a few bucks at your local paint or art supply store on a colour wheel to help you understand how different colours relate to one another. Choose flowers with colours close to one another on the wheel for a more harmonious scheme, or colours on opposite sides of the wheel for a complementary colour theme. To really mix things up, choose three colours that are equidistant from each other on the wheel.

2. Use colour to “enlarge” your yard or garden bed
A monochromatic colour scheme can help create a feeling of spaciousness because the eye is not interrupted by other colours. To mix things up, add lighter and darker versions of the same colour flowers.

3. Highlight favourite features
Have a fabulous front door? Draw eyes to it by planting brightly coloured or white flowers around it. Flowers can be an effective way to accent the architectural features you – and prospective buyers – love.

4. Use white
White can be the most attention-grabbing colour in landscaping. White flowers and foliage serve as terrific focal points, make other colours look richer and create a sense of depth in a garden.

5. Don’t forget green
There are so many vivid shades of green to use when highlighting your home. Combining different shades and a variety of foliage textures can add depth and excitement.

6. Anticipate changing seasons
Remember to plan for how the colours of the plants you choose will change with the seasons. Add in some year-round perennials so your yard is still vibrant when flowers wilt in cooler seasons.

Tired of having your green thumb limited to container gardens on your patio? Find out what kind of yard you can afford by talking to a Realtor who knows your neighborhood. Find an agent!

Story by RE/MAX.

Caldwell Blog - Jpeg - 4 Landscapting Mistakes

When a prospective buyer pulls up to your home, it’s your yard that greets them. Don’t get off track, then, in your outdoor efforts. Here are a few things not to do.

1. Ignore maintenance

Many people love the idea of a beautifully landscaped yard, but they aren’t willing to put in the work to maintain it. Make sure that any updates you make won’t require an intimidating amount of upkeep for buyers.

2. Forget that seasons change
When planning your landscape improvements, remember to include appealing elements for each season and not just a yard full of flowers that will wither in September. Evergreens add color through the winter, deciduous trees will flower in spring and turn color in autumn, and annual and perennial beds can bloom with color in the warmer months.

3. Neglect growth
Keep your trimmers sharp. Overgrown shrubs and trees can make your home look rundown. And a well-edged lawn suggests that the rest of the property is as well-maintained as the yard.

4. Let clutter sprout
Kids’ toys, athletic equipment and excessive lawn furniture can ruin the effect of even the most well thought-out landscaping. Keep it neat.

Ready to dig into other improvements you can make to your home to increase its appeal before listing it for sale? Talk to a Realtor to find out exactly what features buyers in your unique market are looking for. Find an agent here.

Story stared by RE/MAX.

Remax Blog - 3 Questions To Ask

Are you considering putting your home up for sale? Before you do, be sure to ask yourself these three questions.

1. Is now a good time?
Talk with a Realtor who knows your specific market (find one here) and can analyze the current sales inventory and trends. A good agent can determine whether it is a prime time to sell your home to get the best price. There may be all kinds of reasons to wait a season to sell, such as a glut of homes on the market similar to yours.

2. Is the price right?
Setting the right price and understanding how that price was calculated is critical to getting top dollar for your home. An experienced Realtor can provide comparable sales in your area, and evaluate the specific features of your home to set a price that will bring you the most value for your house in the shortest time.

3. What’s my exit strategy?
You never know how quickly your home will sell, so establish a plan in case it happens quickly. Before you list it, know where you’ll go if a buyer swoops in immediately, whether it’s temporary housing, your brother’s basement or your next home. Having a post-sale plan takes some of the anxiety out of selling your home.

The most important step in the selling process? Working with an experienced agent who will provide unmatched service throughout the sales process. You can find one here.

Have you and your family fallen in love with Kimberley, BC? And you’re wondering whether it makes sense to buy? Here are some key questions to ask yourself (And keep in mind that a great real estate agent can always help you talk through them!).

1. Do you love the location?
It’s a good idea to visit the area during the low season. Do you still enjoy it when the ski slopes are green, or when the golf courses are closed for the season?

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What a splendid dilemma! You’ve received several offers on your property. Which one should you choose? It’s not always the highest one.

Here are just some of the areas your RE/MAX Agent could ask you to pay particularly close attention to as you’re weighing the options.

1. Do the math.
This goes beyond simply calculating the dollar difference between the various offer prices. Before you do that, be sure to do all the math. Subtract things like closing costs, fees and potential repairs to determine the net proceeds of each offer.

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