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Planning to remodel?

While the total cost of your project will depend on its scope, materials and the fees of any professionals you hire, here are some suggestions for beginning to craft a renovation budget.

1. Determine where the money will come from

Will you use savings? Or will you take out a home equity loan? Once you determine your source of funding, determine how much you want to spend on the project – and stick to that limit.

2. Set your priorities

Before you pull out a calculator, clarify your reasons for renovating. Divide those reasons into wants and needs. For example, reconfiguring your bathroom so that your currently questionable electrical and plumbing will pass an inspection is a ‘need’. His-and-her water closets, a whirlpool tub and built-in towel heaters are ‘wants’. Setting priorities will help you make decisions as you move through the renovation process.

3. Step away from the computer

Visit show rooms, model homes and design stores in addition to checking out pictures online. Before investing in materials and appliances, be sure to see and feel them, or samples of them, in person.

4. DIY or contractor?

The biggest question to answer when creating your budget is deciding whether to do the work yourself or to hire a contractor. Doing the work yourself is usually less expensive – unless, of course, something (costly) goes wrong. Using a contractor, however, can mean your project is completed to professional standards and usually in a shorter time frame. Be sure to calculate the value of your time (and your back and knees) and the inconvenience of having a bathroom or kitchen out of use during the project when deciding whether to opt for DIY or a pro.

5. Expect the unexpected

Whether you plan to do the work yourself or hire a contractor, add on an extra 15 to 20 percent of your total budget for unforeseen expenses. Added costs inevitably arise, especially if you’re dealing with an older home.

Want to know which home renovations could improve your resale value? Talk to a RE/MAX Caldwell Agent today!

It might seem that everyone is hibernating for the winter, but home shoppers are still out there in the colder months. Here are “few tips” for making your listing stand out!

1. Stay warm

This is not the time to save a few bucks on your heating bill. You want to create a feeling of welcoming warmth and you can’t do that with a chilly house. If the home is vacant, keep the heater on a timer so the property is warm during showing times.

2. Lighten up

It’s even more important to make sure each room is well-lit during the darker winter months. Table and standing lamps are quick fixes for a dim room.

3. Highlight seasonal features

Build a fire. Arrange some plush throws and fluffy cushions on the sofas in your finished basement. If your home has features that make it a cozy place to spend the winter, be sure to highlight them.

4. Show off your landscaping in photos

To help prospective buyers look beyond winter’s snowy lawn and envision the property in warmer months, display photos of the house taken when things were green and blooming. Make a few flyers or a photo album and leave them out (and open) where buyers are sure to see them.

5. Clear the way to a sale

Make sure the driveway, walkways and porch are safe and free from snow and ice. Be sure to shovel your deck and patio so buyers can walk out and imagine enjoying them in warmer times.

Thinking of selling your home? There’s no need to wait until spring. A RE/MAX Caldwell Agencies agent can talk to you about how the seasons affect sales in your particular market. Find an agent today!

Whether 2017 is the year you decide to list your home and move, or plant roots and renovate, there’s no better way to kick-start the year than with a reno. A renovation can help you customize your home to your heart’s desire, or prep it with all the latest must-haves to ensure it’s up to market standards. Either way, we’ve got the top 10 decor trends fro the home, to inspire a 2017 renovation. 

1. NATURAL WOOD

in 2017, expect to see a major departure from modern, polished spaces, in favour of a look that’s a little more lived in, with a lot more warmth. Natural wood cabinets, shiplap statement walls or butcher block counter tops will help achieve this look, but a classic, well-worn harvest table, or a beautiful vintage wood headboard is an easier and more affordable way to create it, too.

2. OPEN SHELVING

You may not be a pro chef, but there’s no reason your kitchen can’t look like a professional’s. Open shelving is great for busy kitchens because it leaves pots, pans and plates easily accessible. In your kitchen, it’s an opportunity to show off your teapots, teacups and other collectibles.

2. black factory doors & windows

Living in a loft isn’t all it’s cracked up to be (who wants to sleep next to a dishwasher?) but home owners are handpicking design elements to create spaces that capture the industrial, vintage feel of a loft. Just think of the natural light a set of factory windows can offer!

4. WALLPAPER IN UNEXPECTED PLACES

2016 was a huge year for wallpaper (we were treated to so many incredible prints, and now at more affordable prices). For the year ahead, let your mind wander and use wallpaper in all sorts of unexpected places, like closets, behind open shelving, and even backsplashes! Placed behind glass, this decorative alternative to tile is easy to clean and seriously stunning.

5. VELVET

Velvet was the material of 2016 in the fashion world, and the realm of home has become wise to the cause, with luxurious velvet pillows, couches and curtains adding warmth and depth to homes. This material suits winter particularly well, but plan to rotate velvet accessories with the seasons to lighten up rooms for spring and summer.

6. BLACK FIXTURES

A little bit of black can go a long way to ground an all-white room. Try black pulls on white cabinets, or a structural black faucet in a white bathroom. This trend is an easy fix for an outdated white space.

7. INTRICATE TILE

To contrast against bare white walls and rich dark wood, intricate displays of tile are becoming a popular way to share a homeowner’s personality and style.

8. TILE TO WOOD TRANSITIONS

And speaking of boundaries…expect to see unique integrations between tiled floors and hardwood. Whether bridging the border between rooms or designating spaces in an open concept home, ornate tile designs are pushing the boundaries for homes in 2017.

9. CORK WALLS

Cork is a gorgeous material that’s picking up steam in the design world, but the coolest use of cork is in the home office, where a floor-to-ceiling cork wall can act as a family’s motherboard, with permission slips, artwork and every essential scrap tacked on for safe keeping.

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2017 will be the year of the Smart Home. The most discerning buyers will be looking for homes with fully integrated technology, from App controlled heating and cooling, to fridges that can email you their contents when you’re hemming and hawing in the middle of the grocery store, these houses fill the gaps where your partner falls short! 

To ensure that your renovations are up to market standard, please consult with one of our Caldwell Team Members, today.

 

I’ve been told not to judge a book by its cover, but first impressions usually impact our decision-making, whether we care to admit it or not.  Therefore, a well-staged home typically has a better chance of selling at a higher price than one that hasn’t been staged.  We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers—a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada—to discover why sellers shouldn’t have “stage fright” when it comes to selling their home.

1. FASTER SALES, HIGHER PRICE

Our Influencers agreed that effective staging will help sellers get the deal done quicker, for a higher price.  “I guarantee sellers that, while I don’t know the exact amount they will receive as a result of staging, I know they will get more than their money back and they will sell their home in a shorter period of time than they would without staging,” said one RE/MAX Influencer.  A buyer can tap into his/her imagination when a home is shown in its best light. When potential buyers can see themselves living in your home, they will be motivated to make a reasonable offer.

2. THE “WOW” FACTOR

Simply put: Homes look their best when they are staged.  Staged homes are also depersonalized, which is important because buyers don’t want to feel like they’re purchasing somebody else’s home. They want it to feel as though it’s theirs.  Stagers understand how to professionally present homes to appeal to the emotions of the broader spectrum of prospective purchasers. Photographs of a staged home are also more likely to garner increased interest online.

3. visualization

When potential buyers walk into a home, they’re thinking beyond what their eyes are showing them. They’re visualizing themselves living in the space. Is the home an ideal place for their children to grow up? Does the house have what they need to enjoy retirement?  Personal clutter can often hinder these visions, which is not ideal for the seller. A professional stager will take an objective look at the property and make sure prospective purchasers will be able to see themselves in the space.

4. a positive first impression

First impressions are incredibly important. On many occasions, buyers will form their opinions by the time they’ve taken a few steps into your home. A bad smell, a crooked frame or a bit of dirt on the floor can be the difference between whether or not you get an offer.  Great books deserve stunning covers; great homes deserve to be staged.

Your Realtor can clue you in to market trends and tips for improvements that may add to your home’s value. Find an experienced agent with RE/MAX Caldwell Agencies!

A spacious home can be incredibly appealing to potential buyers. No one wants to live in a space that seems cramped and cluttered.   Even if your house is relatively small, there are ways you can maximize the space you do have.  We reached out to our RE/MAX Influencers—a panel consisting of RE/MAX Sales Associates from throughout Canada—to find out their top tips for making your home seem more spacious to potential buyers.

1. Stage Your Home

Clearing countertops, removing knickknacks and getting rid of oversized furniture are key first steps to make your space appear as spacious as possible.  Several Influencers mentioned “less is more” when it comes to furniture and accessories. Your best bet is to leave only a few subtle, decorative items. “Keep in mind that when showing your house, there could be four or five people wandering through at once. Make sure they can go from room to room without bumping into anything,” said a RE/MAX Influencer.  Hiring someone to stage your home will likely be a worthwhile investment. It may also be worth it to rent a storage space during the period when your house is being shown.

2. BRIGHTEN IT UP

Walls that have light colours and good lighting can go a long way toward making your home look more spacious. It’s also a good idea to have window coverings opened to allow as much natural light in as possible. Eliminate mats and certain area rugs to help focus on floor area; remove large photos to help the space on the walls stand out. “It’s simple: Clean, crisp colours, open spaces, open window coverings, brighter lightbulbs and less clutter will showcase the space within your house.”

3. SMALLER FURNITURE = LARGER ROOM

Bulky pieces of furniture are often the culprit for making spaces appear smaller than they are. Depending on the layout, a large sectional couch may be better in the basement than in a main floor living space.  Arranging furniture in groupings, away from walls, can have the desired effect of making your room seem bigger. Also, if your dining table has leafs, remove them to maximize the space. Add crown moulding to heighten the stature of the room.  “A great rule of thumb is: The more wall space and floor space that is visible, the better.”

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People talk about going home for the holidays, but it’s often the traditions of the holidays that create a home wherever you are. RE/MAX is taking a look at things that make a house a home and here’s one way you can add to your seasonal celebration!

Thanks to easy-to-use online platforms, creating a book full of your family’s favourite recipes is simple. Sites like ‘Shutterfly and ‘Create My Cookbook  guide you through the process of choosing templates and design options. Other sites, like ‘Heritage Cookbook‘, also help you reach out to family members. If you’re creating a family cookbook this holiday season, here are a few suggestions to get you started.

1. Gather recipes

Send family members a request via email asking them to contribute a recipe and food-related photo to be included in the book. Let them know whether you’re focusing on a theme, like holiday cookies, or would like a particular recipe of theirs that you love.

2. Set deadlines

Be sure to let family members know you need their input by a certain date in order to include their contribution. It can’t hurt to send a few email reminders in the weeks leading up to the deadline.

3. Dig out those old cards

Don’t forsake those old recipe cards just because you’re creating your cookbook digitally. They make fabulous illustrations to give your book a personal flair – the more sauce-splattered, the better.

4. Not just recipes

Food elicits rich memories beyond a full stomach. Try to include bites of family food lore among the ingredient lists and cooking instructions. You could ask each family member to talk about a favourite food, a memorable meal or a kitchen catastrophe.

5. Zoom in – and out

While professional cookbooks feature gorgeous close ups of food, go beyond ingredients for a project that’s celebrating family. Ask family members for old photos of past family meals as well as old pictures of them to include alongside their recipes.

6. Draw in the kids

Enlist the young children in your family to help illustrate the book. They could draw their favourite foods, family members or even scrawl cooking tips in crayon for you to sprinkle throughout the pages.

The kitchen of your dreams, where you can bring your family’s favourite recipes to life, may also be a wise investment. Thinking about renovating? Your Realtor can clue you in to market trends and tips for improvements that may add to your home’s value. Find an experienced agent!

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People talk about going home for the holidays, but it’s often the traditions of the holidays that create a home wherever you are. RE/MAX is taking a look at things that make a house a home and how each one can add to your seasonal celebration.

Eat, drink and be tacky with your closest friends by hosting an ugly holiday sweater party. No matter what you celebrate this holiday season, there’s a sweater for you. So hit the thrift store, the attic or one of the online stores and start planning. Here are a few ideas:

1. Make an impression with your invite

Feature yourself – in your ugly sweater, of course – on a paper or online invitation (i.e. Paperless Post) have a whole section of pre-made options to choose from).

2. Deck the halls

It’s not just about the sweater. Raid the dollar store or thrift store for the most garish holiday decorations you can find and go nuts. Wrap your doors and fridge in loud holiday paper and ribbon, transform a room with tinsel and don’t forget the bathroom. Remember, you’re aiming for over-the-top, so items like ‘fun toilet seat cover’ are just a start.

3. Give awards

Hand out prizes in different categories, like Loudest Sweater (with jingle bells!), Scariest Sweater and Cutest Sweater. Mini versions of the holiday’s tackiest dessert – fruitcake – make great trophies.

4. Go retro with refreshments

Authentic ugly holiday sweaters date back to the ’80s (and maybe earlier), so focus on that era for food and drink inspiration: a retro wreath of pigs in blankets, topped with a bow; red and green cups of Jello (with your favourite holiday spirits) stacked in a Christmas tree-shaped tower; and so on.

5. Holiday pictures

Make a giant frame from cardboard and tin foil, accent it with Christmas lights and mistletoe and you’ve got an irresistible photo prop to commemorate the evening with. If you happen to have old holiday pictures of you and your family sporting ugly sweaters, be sure to display them.

Do you have the will to party but lack the space? Maybe Santa will bring you a bigger house for the holidays. If he doesn’t come through, a RE/MAX agent can help. Find one here.

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So you’ve decided to sell your home. While you’re preparing for this next chapter in life, keep some of your attention and energy on the importance of preparing your home to outshine all others on the market. Selling your home in the shortest amount of time, receiving your asking price and having an all-around flawless sale can be achievable if you properly prepare this (very large) item you’re about to sell. Here are my tips to ensure that success.

1.
Emphasize the idea of move-in ready
A neutral palette (regardless of how boring you may think it is) will always be a timeless choice when it comes to paint, furniture and window coverings. And you don’t need to be a professional interior designer to arrange things within your home – visit some model homes in your area and take note of how they’re staged. Simple DIY projects go a long way.

2. De-clutter and depersonalize
Potential buyers want to see themselves in your home; need to envision how they can make it theirs. Simplify spaces (including entryways) by removing everyday items such as TV remotes, schoolwork, piles of laundry, to-do lists on the fridge, personal photos and excessive amounts of pet toys. Clean out closets and begin boxing up items. If you know you’re moving, why not get a head start on your packing anyway? Clean, well-organized and minimal closets showcase space potential, not your personal items. And adding fresh flowers, plug-in air fresheners, a foyer table, simple décor and a nice rug can give buyers that well-needed hug when they enter your home!

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3. Appeal to the senses
Walk your home and ask yourself (or others), “What do you see, smell, touch and hear?” Deep clean your home or hire a professional cleaning company to make it sparkle – it gives buyers the impression the home has been well cared for. Remember, sticky floors and filthy light switches appeal to no one. If you have pets, consider confining them to one area of the house while your home is on the market. Barking dogs (or chirping smoke detectors) can hurry a potential buyer along during a showing. Consider leaving on some instrumental music during showings to appeal to your buyers’ ears.

4. Remove the eyesores
Look around your home and ask yourself these questions: “Would I purchase this home today? Do I like the overall style? Is my home dated? Is my backyard a sanctuary for a family?” The answers to these questions will help you identify the eyesores. Look for items in your home that are dated, have harsh patterns or edgy colours, are too small to fill a wall or are too large on a small one. Styles that clash with one another, aged wallpaper, broken items you can’t repair, rusted car parts or clutter in your yard or patios all create eyesores. It’s better to have an empty wall, an empty room or nothing at all than something that doesn’t work for the space or is unappealing. Mirror your space after current styles and trends found in design magazines.

5. Consider using my checklist
Here is my checklist (VIDEO) when I am staging a home. This list has never failed me and keeps me accountable.

  • Exterior:
    – Grass is cut, edged and looks healthy
    – Weeds are pulled
    – Any dead bushes or trees have been removed
    – Simple flowers or wild grasses are added on patios and porches
    – House itself is cleaned and/or power washed.
    – Toys, yard hoses, dog leashes, dog waste, yard statues are all cleaned up and put away.
    – Back patio and yard are “lightly staged” with plants, cushions on chairs, and rugs under seating areas and patio table. Add outdoor lanterns and candles.
    – Patio or deck is cleaned 
    – DIY projects are completed. To include: freshly stained deck, repaired broken floorboards, loose banister railings, exterior lights, sheds or outbuildings organized and cleaned. Any landscaping projects are not left incomplete. Large cracks in driveways or sidewalks are repaired.
  • Interior:
    – Home smells clean, looks clean, is de-cluttered and appeals to the senses
    – Eyesores are removed.
    – Personal photos and items are put away 
    – Daily messes and countertop items (in both the kitchen and bathroom) are put away
    – Toiletries, perfumes and jewelry are not left on vanity counters 
    – Small appliances, dishes and kitchen needs are not cluttered on kitchen counters
    – Fresh flowers or artificial plants are placed throughout the home to add life to spaces
    – Color palettes and themes in each space are transformed to a more neutral palette. Bold patterns in décor or too many colors are minimized 
    – Themes and prominent styles in home are minimized as to not assume the home is exclusively Santa Fe style, Tuscan style, Western, etc
    – DIY projects are completed. To include: replacing dated textures, fixtures, wallpaper, window coverings, faucets, general household repairs, etc

Keep these items in mind when staging your home for resale and you’ll enter the selling process with the confidence your home deserves!
~ RE/MAX Story by Carriann Johnson, interior designer

Caldwell Agencies Featured Home: 400 Chapman Street, Kimberley BC ($269,000)

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The holiday seasons means a flurry of activities and family time. Here are some easy ways to make sure you and your guests are comfortable through it all. 

1. Sticky-roll the furniture. Have your pets been sneaking a nap on the couch when you’re not looking? Make sure to de-fur the furniture before anyone has to sleep on it.

2. Test your air mattresses for holes. There’s nothing worse than falling asleep on an air mattress and waking up on a deflated tarp on the floor. 

3. Pile kids into one room. They’ll love feeling like they’re at a sleepover.

4. Gather all of your old phone chargers. It’s one of the easiest things for travellers to forget to pack. Have your old chargers on hand and you may save a guest a trip to the store. 

5. Make the Wi-Fi password readily accessible.  An easy way to do this is to print out the internet information on a notecard for each guest room.

6. Designate a snack and beverage hub. To avoid people tripping over each other at the fridge and during crucial food-prep times, set up a station away from the kitchen – maybe in the study – where guests can grab coffee and a bagel (or the like!) at their leisure.

7. Stock all the bathrooms.  Everyone will feel better having all the bathroom essentials on-hand, including towels and washcloths, common toiletries, toilet paper, and, of course, a toilet brush and plunger. No one wants to announce they need a plunger!

8. Let them pitch in.  Most guests want to help out somehow. Have everyone pick a regular task they’re willing to be responsible for, like walking the dogs, taking out the trash, making breakfast or doing the dinner dishes.

9. Relax and enjoy yourself! Set the tone for your guests. 
Do your best to look past the chaos and make the most of the time with family and friends.

An extra bedroom, closet or bathroom can go a long way around the holidays. Is it time you had more space?  Find a local RE/MAX agent who can help you find the right place for you.

~ RE/MAX Blog 

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Preparing to bring home a furry bundle of wagging joy? Keep your puppy (and belongings) safe by following these tips.

1. Harvest your plants

Puppies are known to nibble indiscriminately – make sure they don’t munch on a toxic houseplant! Find out which of your plants are dangerous (azalea, philodendron and jade are a few) and either hang them high or make a neighbour’s day with a gift of green.

2. Hide your cords

Everything can look like a chew toy to pups and electrical cords are no exception. If you can’t tuck them safely out of sight, try feeding cords through PVC tubing. Cords hanging from drapes and blinds also can be tempting to puppies. Tie them up out of reach.

3. Stash your trash

Items such as Q-tips and twisty ties can cause serious damage if your puppy consumes them. Chicken bones can be ever-so-enticing – and highly dangerous – to dogs. If you have under-counter storage space that can accommodate your trash can, use it. Otherwise, be sure to use a sturdy trash can with a locking lid.

4. Secure your snacks

Avoid the temptation to slip your dog table scraps. Lots of common foods, like onions and grapes are poisonous to dogs. Foods stored in plastic bags are also dangerous, as puppies could suffocate on the plastic. Stash them on high shelves, or in pantries and cabinets.

5. Mind your pocketbook

Hang a hook or clear some space in a closet where you can place your purse as soon as you walk through the front door. You’d be amazed how quickly a pup can pilfer pills, sharp objects, pens (that could leak all over your carpet), makeup and other dangerous items from your bag.

6. Store cleaners

Make sure all household cleaning agents, like laundry detergent, pods, bleach and furniture polish, are stowed safe from the puppy in a cabinet that either locks or has a child-proof latch.

Need a home with a yard for your puppy to grow into? Contact a RE/MAX Caldwell Agencies team member today. 

~Story by RE/MAX

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In recent years it’s become a trend for friends who stay in town to gather together for Thanksgiving, where in the past it has been a traditionally a family affair. If you can’t make it home for Turkey Day, consider gathering your crew for a “Friendsgiving” meal.  Here are a few tips:

1. Invite early
Send an invitation (electronic or stamped) to your friends before the feast to be sure they can join you. However, always make room for last-minute guests – it’s Thanksgiving so the more the merrier! 

2. Delegate
As host, etiquette dictates that you provide the turkey and gravy (and in some homes, a special cocktail for the occasion). Your guests can provide everything else potluck style. An online list can help your friends divide up dishes to avoid any repeats.

3. Empty your fridge
It’s a good excuse to start feasting before the festivities. You’ll need room in your fridge and freezer on the day of the party and afterwards, for all those leftovers.

4. Make a schedule
Breaking down the event into small tasks you can schedule (some even before the big day, like setting the table the night before) reduces the stress of hosting duties. Follow your steps, stick to the timeline and have fun.

5. Don’t forget the gratitude
Set out a bowl and index cards during appetizers and have guests list things they’re grateful for – sincere or silly. Between dinner and dessert, take turns reading the cards out loud.  And remember to make this task – easy and fun! For example, three of the staff from RE/MAX Caldwell Agencies wanted to pass along why they are “thankful”:
   “I’m thankful for time with my grandkids” – Joanne Kitt
   “I’m thankful for family and friends” – Rea Jarrett
   “I’m thankful for Katie being home for the weekend” – Lauriss Caldwell

Looking for a new home in a friendly neighborhood? Find a local RE/MAX agent who can help you find the perfect place.

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