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If only life were like HGTV. Rooms would be transformed in 30 minutes. Debris would magically disappear. And all the work would be done by model-quality contractors. Reality can be much different – especially when it comes to installing hardwood floor.

If you’re ready to update your flooring, here are some considerations to help you decide if DIY or hiring a pro is the way to go.

What type of floor do you want?

Laminate flooring, like Pergo, can be fairly easy to install on your own. These boards arrive pre-finished and install without nails or glue. Real wood is not only more expensive, but much more difficult to install. Your decision to hire a contractor might depend on how much you can afford to spend fixing mistakes (after the cost of materials).

Are you comfortable with power tools, or is your electric toothbrush a challenge?

True wood flooring that needs to be finished on-site requires more technical skill. If you decide to forgo a contractor, make sure you have enough knowledge of power tools to be safe during installation.

What is your time frame?

Life happens. A day job, unexpected visits from the in-laws or running out of materials can all add delays to a project. Are you okay living with an unfinished floor in the meantime? A good contractor can complete the job within a set timeline, so you can get to enjoying your updated home sooner.

When in doubt, call a pro, at least for an opinion and a quote. Your agent can also help you decide which home improvements are worth the investment and find reputable professionals to work with if you decide to go pro. One thing you can easily do yourself? Find a RE/MAX agent!

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!

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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While it won’t guarantee them a place at top Canadian University, having a room or designated space in your home for studying can help kids focus on their homework. Here are a few suggestions for putting together an A+ study space.

1. Brighter room, brighter mind
Lighting is one of the most critical features of a productive study space, especially as night comes early during much of the school year. Add a desk or floor lamp if the room’s main light isn’t bright enough.

2. A door – that closes
Shut out distractions – such as the sound of dinner being made or younger siblings watching TV – with a solid door that minimizes outside sound. If a door is not possible, foam earplugs, white noise machines or soft background music can help fight encroaching buzz.

3. Banish distractions
Make the room a cell phone-free zone and if there’s a TV, take the remote during study time to reduce temptation.

4. Consider colour
The colour of the room can affect kids’ ability to concentrate. Elementary school-aged kids do best when surrounded by warmer colors, like yellow and peach, while older students focus best with cooler hues, like blues and greens, according to psychological colour studies.

5. Clear clutter
Towers of magazines, piles of mail and even baskets of laundry can distract kids from homework. Help them focus by keeping the space, especially the desk, as clutter-free as possible.

6. Talk to an expert – your kid
Perhaps the most important factor in creating a great study space is finding out your child’s unique preferences. You might love the expensive ergonomically correct chair, but your kid might find it easier to read for long periods from a giant beanbag on the floor.

Thinking of buying or selling your home? Make sure to work with a professional who has done their homework. Find an honour roll agent here.

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Keeping your home looking like a furniture showroom for long stretches isn’t easy. Here are a few tips to keep your house ready for showings while you’re still living in it.

1. Attack the clutter
As you prepare your home for showing, start with a major decluttering. Throw out, recycle or give away things you don’t use. Getting rid of junk will make your home more appealing to prospective buyers and free up space for you to neatly store things when it’s time to tidy up for a showing.

2. Rent storage space
Keeping things neat is easier when you have less things. An off-site storage unit can help (and you can keep it as messy as you like).

3. Start packing
Packing most of your dishes and large baking and cooking items frees up cabinet space that you can use to stash items you use on a regular basis. It also gives you a head start on packing for your move.

4. Rope off a room – or two
If you can, temporarily rope off rooms or areas from the kids, pets or spouses to contain your mess in a smaller space while your house is listed. But remember to make those rooms look nice, too, before the showing!

5. Buy hiding spots
The home sections of discount stores are filled with attractive fabric boxes and fashionable bins that can simultaneously hide junk and match your décor.

6. If all else fails, stash it under the bed
Invest in a couple of under-the-bed bins that you can use to store everything from socks to kids’ toys in when faced with a last-minute showing.

When showing your home, it pays to work with a professional. Find a great 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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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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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.

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