Decluttering your home before listing it for sale is a crucial step to enhance its appeal and create a positive impression on potential buyers. Here are some effective steps to declutter your home:

  1. Start Early: Begin the decluttering process well in advance of listing your home. This allows you to tackle the task gradually, room by room, rather than feeling overwhelmed by trying to do everything at once.

  2. Create a Plan: Develop a plan that outlines which areas of your home need decluttering and organizing. Consider starting with high-traffic areas like the living room, kitchen, and bedrooms.

  3. Set Clear Goals: Establish specific goals for decluttering each room. Determine what items you want to…

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  1. Clean and Declutter:

    • Clean your home thoroughly, paying attention to often overlooked areas.
    • Declutter to make rooms appear more spacious and allow potential buyers to envision their belongings in the space.
  2. Enhance Curb Appeal:

    • First impressions matter. Improve the exterior of your home by maintaining the lawn, trimming bushes, and adding some potted plants or flowers.
    • Consider a fresh coat of paint for the front door and any areas that need it.
  3. Make Necessary Repairs:

    • Fix any minor repairs such as leaky faucets, squeaky doors, or chipped paint.
    • Address major issues like roof leaks or faulty plumbing that might deter potential buyers.
  4. Neutralize and Depersonalize:

    • Paint rooms in…

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Central Alberta, a beautiful region in the heart of the province, has a wealth of activities and events happening throughout the year. From festivals to sporting events and everything in between, there's always something to see and do. Here are some of the top things happening in Central Alberta:

  1. Westerner Days: Westerner Days is a popular annual festival held in Red Deer that draws visitors from all over the province. The festival includes a variety of entertainment options, including live music, carnival rides, agricultural exhibits, and more. Westerner Days typically takes place in late July, and it's a great way to enjoy the beautiful Alberta summer weather.

  2. Sylvan Lake Winterfest: Winterfest is a family-friendly event held in Sylvan…

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Often as real estate professionals we are often asked for insight into what the overall real estate market is doing and going to do in the future especially when things slow down slightly in the overall market. While this can vary drastically from region to region and town to town with current statistic's we can help shed some light on what "might happen" Let's take a closer look at some of the stats in Alberta

-According to Statistics Canada's October 2022 Labour Force Survey, Alberta had an unemployment rate of 5.2 per cent last month, down 0.3 percentage points from September and better than last year's 7.8 per cent.

-Alberta Housing Market as of October 2022. The average price of a home in Alberta was $430,964 in October 2022, a 2% increase…

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Every winter, homeowners in Alberta face the dilemma of how to rid their driveways and walkways of snow and ice build-up without doing any damage in the process. Rock salt and other de-icers are typically used to melt down snow and ice, while shoveling may still be needed to remove loosened but slow-melting "tough spots." Yet, most concrete drives, walkways and stairs can suffer harm from the use of de-icing salts.

 

Salt Damage to Concrete Driveways

Concrete is a highly durable driveway and walkway material that withstands the pressure of even extremely weighty vehicles rolling over it. However, something as seemingly weak as salt can do significant damage to concrete.

 

When salt crystals make their way into the…

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When listing your house for sale it is important to trust your realtor’s guidance on how to get that

coveted ‘Sold’ sign up on your lot quickly. Over the years we have compiled some of the most tried and true home improvements and upgrades that can help your home stand out to potential buyers and most importantly, not break the bank. Neutralize Bold Designs This is an important pre-listing project that is not to be missed. Although you may love your moody dark feature wall, a potential buyer may not, and you surely do not want that to be the deciding factor of why someone doesn’t choose to purchase your home. Getting any bold colours painted to a neutral shade is a great idea to appeal to more people. If you hire a professional,…

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Interior decorators have many rules for creating a home that’s pleasing to the eye. But these rules are simple guidelines and you shouldn’t take them too seriously. Display what you love, use colour freely, and don’t be afraid to break the rules.

   

Your home should be a beautiful reflection of you! Display the story of you and where you have been. What items do you treasure? What do you collect? Find a spot where you can display

 

your collections with pride. What and who is important to you? Show us.

 

What items in your home are unique or one of a kind? What makes you different or sets you apart? Colour, colour, colour! It’s probably the most feared element in decorating. But we’ll make it easy for you - all colours go together!…

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It's time for spring cleaning, finally! Everyone is dusting off the shelves, and waiting to get back

to work! It’s awesome, but please, OH please, do NOT forget the carpet.

 

Even the Government of Alberta forgot to mention that carpets are, well, just yucky! Yes, they

should be part of the guidelines to safely get our livelihoods back!

 

Here is the jist of it:

 

The carpet is bacteria's favorite playground!

 

We don't want to over-dramatize the situation, people, we have heard all about it. But the fact is

your carpet is a hotbed of bacteria, pollen, dead skin, dust, and even insects!

 

No matter how much we try to prevent dirt and bacteria from coming into our homes, we can

still unknowingly introduce…

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As agents we are often asked "Why should we choose you to represent us?" Great question! Often agents will try  to over-sell them selves or guarantee things, but in truth nothing(especially now a days) is guaranteed. Whenever I get asked this, I recommend people do their research. Ask family, friends and colleagues if they have heard of a certain agent, check online, and take a drive around town to see what agents signs are out there. Have a look at their online profile on things like Instagram and Facebook to see what they are posting and if their values line up with your own. Just because you invite a realtor into your home don't feel as if you are obligated to give he/she the job, interview a couple different realtor's to see who best fits and aligns…

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Effective April 6, 2020, Canadians expect to see changes in the "Stress test" 

These changes will impact anyone getting an insured mortgage, those putting down less than 20 per cent on a new purchase.

What is changing?

Right now people getting insured mortgages must prove they can afford a payment based on the benchmark five year posted rate. The Bank of Canada calculates this rate from typical big bank rates and it’s currently sitting at 5.19 per cent.

As of April 6 2020, a new benchmark rate will be used. It’ll be based on the country’s median five-year fixed insured mortgage rate, plus two per cent. If it were in existence today, it would be about 4.89 per cent, says the Department of Finance. That’s 30 basis points less than the…

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