Category: helpful tips (41)

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!

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