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If you’re thinking of selling, you’re probably planning to make a few minor improvements to make your property more appealing to buyers. That’s a smart idea.

So, what are the best small improvements to make? Here are a few ideas:

  1.        Cabinet hardware: Upgrading the hardware on kitchen and bathroom cupboard doors and drawers can have a surprising impact on the look of those rooms. The best part is, that this improvement is about as DIY-friendly as it gets!
  1.        Cover plates:  If you have older light and electrical switches, replacing the cover plates with something more stylish can make a difference. It’s probably the simplest way to give a room a more modern look
  1.        Countertops: Replacing kitchen or bathroom countertops
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Home staging is something every homeowner thinks they can do on their own. The reality, of course, is that home staging can be difficult and expensive—something most homeowners don’t realize until they actually try to stage their own.

Imagine walking into a big box store. You’re looking for some new towels. You go to the linen section – but there are socks, shoes, shampoo – all these unnecessary items cluttered around and not a towel to be found. You’ll probably never go there again, right?

Then you go to another store where everything is placed well, all cleaned up, clutter-free, and up-to-date. This will definitely make you feel more comfortable, right? You’ll walk out with those towels and a smile.

This can be the case with a house as well.

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Curb appeal is important. It’s the first thing buyers see when they drive up to your home — and, often, the first impression they get. Fortunately, you don't have to break the bank to achieve a great-looking exterior. Here are some simple and affordable ideas for enhancing your home's curb appeal:

1.  Add a fresh coat of paint:  One of the easiest ways to make your home look brand new is by adding a fresh coat of paint to the exterior. Choose a colour that complements the architectural style and surroundings of your home.

2.  Upgrade the front door: Your front door is the focal point of your home's exterior. Consider painting it a bold colour, replacing it with a modern style, or simply adding a new doorknob and knocker.

3.  Install

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Buyers will notice closets, storage rooms, and other storage spaces. So, it pays to make those areas look as spacious and functional as possible. Here are some tips on how to maximize your storage spaces and make them more appealing to buyers:

1. Declutter and organize: A cluttered and disorganized storage space can give the impression that there isn't enough room. Start by decluttering and getting rid of items you no longer need. Then, organize what's left by using shelving, baskets, or containers to keep everything in its place.

2. Paint or replace shelves:  If your shelves are looking worn or outdated, consider painting or replacing them. Adding a fresh coat of paint can give the space a clean and updated look. Replace old, sagging

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Are you thinking about finding your next home? It can be tricky balancing what you want with what you can practically afford.

Here are some tips that can make buying your dream home more doable:

1. Save for a larger down payment.

A larger down payment can lower your monthly mortgage costs and possibly help you get a better interest rate.

2. Look at neighbourhoods that are less “in demand”

Some areas have the reputation of being desirable or exclusive and – as a result – expensive. But there may be neighbourhoods that are not as in-demand and yet ideal (and more affordable) for you. Explore that possibility.

3. Consider a fixer-upper

A home that needs some work may be more affordable, and you can save money by

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When it comes to selling your home, or just enjoying your home, we can’t state enough how important maintaining the exterior is. The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers see, and it can greatly impact anyone’s first impression of your property. Including your own.

We put together a handy 5-step to-do list to help you whip through the task of late summer landscaping. This will make your Fall Clean up a breeze and keep your home looking spiffy for when you’re ready to sell too.

First, add mulch to flowerbeds.  Adding a layer of mulch to your flowerbeds can significantly improve water retention, helping prevent dehydration in your plants.  

Second, deadhead flowers.  Deadheading flowers is crucial for promoting

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When it comes to selling your home, preparing the exterior can be just as important as preparing the interior. The outside of your home is the first thing potential buyers see, and it can greatly impact their first impression of your property.

Luckily, there are several low-cost outdoor improvements that will make your home more appealing to buyers.

First, consider adding some potted plants or flowers to your front porch or entryway. This can help add some colour and life to your home's exterior and create a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers. Even in winter, small potted evergreens can have an impact.

Second, consider cleaning up your landscaping. This can include trimming overgrown bushes and trees, mowing the lawn, and removing

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Increasing the natural light in your home offers so many positive benefits. Bringing sunlight in helps to enhance the welcoming atmosphere inside your home, improve your mood, help you wake up in the morning, allow for better interior photography, and even help it sell!

We’ve gathered six effective tips to help you increase the natural light inside your home, which is especially important if you’re planning to sell!

1. An Open-Concept Layout

Start by removing any clutter or furniture that’s blocking light from entering through your windows. This includes larger plants, bookcases, desks and other bulky furniture. Try moving them to the other side of the room and replacing them with floating shelves or lower furniture instead.

2. Mirrors

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Imagine you’re shopping for a car. You find one that’s a suitable model, a recent year, and hasn’t been driven a lot. The price is right, too.

But, there’s a caveat.

The paint is worn off in several places. The driver’s seat upholstery is torn and requires repair. And, the tires needed to be replaced… a long time ago.

Would you still buy it? You might. However, unless you enjoy fixing up cars, you’d probably hesitate to make the purchase.

After all, in addition to seeing the car itself, you’re noticing the work that needs to be done to fix it.

The same holds true when selling your home.

The more “move-in” ready you make the property the more likely buyers are to become interested in buying it. Like when viewing a car, you want

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When you’re selling your home, you want to promote those features that will be of highest interest to prospective buyers. After all, the more reasons a buyer has to love your property, the more likely they are to make a great offer.

Increasingly, one category of features that buyers are looking for is energy efficiency. So, if there are specific energy-saving characteristics of your home, make sure those are highlighted when selling.

When considering the energy-efficient characteristics of your property, consider the following:

• Appliances: Fridge, stove, washer, dryer

• HVAC: Furnace, air conditioner

• Insulation. (Especially in the attic)

• Home technology. For example, a system that automates heating, cooling, lighting, etc., to

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