Part 4 Rooms, funiture and bathrooms

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media   and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

From cleaning to styling, from fluffing to decluttering, to moving furniture to renting furniture, staging can come in many different forms and levels. Professional stagers and real estate agents can provide you with a number of varied services and advice.

Don’t crowd the Room: Rearrange the furniture. Walk through the house as if you were seeing it for the first time. Can you easily move around the rooms? Can you move from room to room without having to go around furniture? Can you get to and look out windows without furniture blocking the access.  Symmetrical arrangements usually work well in main rooms- create a conversation area and remove oversized furniture from the spaces.

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Think Hotel: When sprucing up a bathroom stay with neutral with color and accents – for a pop of color, a piece of artwork and a small vase of fresh flowers works well. Bathrooms should be spotless with lots of fresh white towels. This includes the master bedroom which should be gender neutral in color so that it appeals to everyone and again free of personal items. Crisp Linens, a nice piece of art work and organized linen closet will appeal to everyone.

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Part 3 Paint colours and Outdoor spaces

5.Tone it down:

Our personal tastes in décor vary greatly however when photos are taken of a home and you have strong colors on the walls what you see is the colors and not the house or room. Highly recommended is choosing to repaint rooms that are richly or boldly colored (especially main rooms) to a more stylish neutral tone and that is not necessarily white.

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Earthy tones and rich mid tone neutrals create a backdrop that makes the rooms look large and inviting without being stark. Even a deep earthy tone can be lovely as long as there is little else in the room to clash with the colour and a good piece of art work to set off the room.

 6. Outdoor spaces:

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Whether you have a yard or a small balcony you want to create an atmosphere that invites a buyer to enjoy the spaces. Decks should be cleaned and stained, Flower pots placed as accents on patios and decks, grass cut and gardens weeded (you don’t want it to look like it is high maintenance ). Play up small spaces with a café table and chairs ( even a place setting) so a buyer sees that  it is a lovely place to have a coffee or a glass of wine”

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Many times a garden extends the indoor space – if you are selling in the summer have the door open so it is easy to walk right out into the terrace or garden.

An easy fix to privacy issues or to disguise items that are not as visually appealing the use of potted cedars , grasses or trees works wonderfully with out spending a fortune.

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Part 2 Cleaning and Closets

HOW MUCH FUN IS THIS!!

4.Cleaning: This is something that is so important.  Most people do not think it is that much fun to do and I found found they are correct in this. Even though we think our homes are clean using a cleaning company just before you go to market or the photo shoot is worthwhile. Photos and video’s take close-ups of such things as taps and flooring so everything should sparkle. Even if a kitchen or bathroom is dated, if it is clean it makes a huge difference in the eyes of a buyer.

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3.Open those closets and cupboards:  Buyers will look in your closets and pull out built in drawers. Closet space is a big selling point for buyers so show your closets off to full advantage  aim to have around a quarter of the space open for the impression of spaciousness.  Not every one has huge closets or California closets but even a small closet can be made to look spacious and useful.

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Part 1 – all the world is a stage!

ALL THE WORLDS A STAGE: part 1- a  series of 10  points for getting ready to go to market .

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

“Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

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The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media  and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

From cleaning to styling, from fluffing to decluttering, to moving furniture to renting furniture, staging can come in many different forms and levels. Professional stagers and real estate agents can provide you with a number of varied services and advice.

Sometimes it can overwhelm a homeowner when starting the process but some simple points can help de stress the process.

I am going to mention only  10 points a few at a time that always have remained true with buyers and sellers through the years.

  1. Curb appeal: this is something you always hear but it is amazing how many of us neglect our front entrance. Buyers may do a drive by, you want a good impression. So, paint or stain the front steps, rail, and porches, paint the front door a colour that accents the home, replace old house numbers and mailbox.  A planter of flowers or seasonal decoration is always nice.  A new doormat is nice, It all says “welcome home” to  a buyer and shows pride of ownership.

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2. Clear away Clutter:  “Remember Less is More”:  Counters, tops of furniture, tables, desktops, closets, bookcases should be purged of anything you no longer want and personal items such as family photos and personal collectables should be put away or stored. You can bring all those things back once the house has sold, the idea of space is important in the eyes of a buyer. Furniture can be rearranged to make rooms look larger and pieces removed, or new ones added.

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Sometimes you may have to rent a storage locker for a while but it is worth it. I know that it is “your taste and style’ however you are trying to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible so a clean palette is important for them to see the house properly with their things.  To be continued….

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Part 5 The Basement and Lighting

Part 5 of a 5 part series about getting your home ready for sale

‘Staging is preparing a home for sale so the buyer can mentally move in”

“Depersonalizing a home has now become essential to creating a welcoming atmosphere for potential buyers’

The internet has changed the way people buy and sell homes and that has made how a home shows more important than ever.

First impressions have always been important and now with U-Tube  videos , internet ads, Facebook , social media   and multiple interior photos on web sites a buyer visits your home  before stepping though the front door. The impression that those photos make are very important and that comes down to what is broadly known as staging.

9. The Basement: Purge, Purge, Purge.1. Get rid of anything you no longer want or use.2. Organize the remaining in one area so that the basement walls and floors are visible. Try to have shelving units to organize the items ( they do not have to be fancy – Ikeas /Rona /Home Depot have lots of good items that are very affordable .3.  Make sure that around the electrical, plumbing stack and furnace is easily accessible and visual. 4. Broom clean /vacuum the floor and also highly recommended is to paint the concrete if the area is not finished. 5. Make sure the stairs are solid and easy to access- handrail a must. 6. Get rid of those spider webs from the ceilings and walls of unfinished parts and clean the top of the furnace and hot water tank.  If you have a finished basement remember that if you are /marketing it as a living space then make sure it shows like the rest of the house. The basement is usually the last place a buyer goes and it leaves a lasting impression. Make it a good one._MG_5085images (8)images (7)

10. Lighting:  1. Take advantage of your windows by having them cleaned and keep the drapes or blinds open. 2. Outdated and broken light fixtures can easily and cheaply be replaced and remaining ones should be dusted and cleaned- including exterior lights. 3. Add lamps and supplementary lighting to dark areas or rooms. 4.Make sure the basement is well lit as well . 5.  For showings  have the blinds and drapes open as well as having the lighting on. 6. Kitchen , bathrooms , basement and main hallways should be lit, it makes a big difference. 7. Table lamps  on for the darker spaces. In the summer of course the lights can make the house warm so  air out the house and have the air conditioning  on to keep it fresh .

You are looking to sell a valuable asset and the time spent on getting your home ”Fit to Sell” is worth it.

Stay tuned for “where’s my stuff “and the Life Box to survive selling your home .

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CRAZY HOME SALES IN TO !

The Essentials
  • Address: 139 Christie St. on the cusp of Seaton Village and Christie pitts
  • lot 17.17 x 130
  • Listing price: $499,000
  • Time on the market: 6 days
  • Selling price: $988,018

This small, worn-out bungalow right near Christie Pits just sold for almost exactly double the asking price. Listed on the market at $499,000, it was snatched up for $988,018 just six days later. On paper that sounds nuts, but given property values in the area, this one was clearly priced to sell quickly.

 

69 Muriel – Toronto  Greektown

Ask $679,900.00

Sell: $1,050,000.

Lot   20 x 78 ft

It’s a sign of what little $1-million now buys in Toronto’s soaring housing market – a tear-down home on a skinny lot fetching a premium price in a neighbourhood known for its blue-collar roots.

Last week, the detached bungalow with an asking price of $679,900 in the Greektown neighbourhood on Toronto’s east side attracted a bidding war.

This tiny Toronto house sold for $370,000 over asking (The Globe and Mail)

The front yards in the area, near the major intersection of Danforth Avenue and Pape Avenue, are often taken up by parking pads barely large enough to hold a car. Some properties have a small patch of grass that residents on the Prairies would scoff at for being a poor excuse for a lawn.

A million-dollar property is far from luxury in Toronto.

The sellers of 69 Muriel Ave. have owned their home for a half-century. They listed their property on Jan. 23, and began accepting offers on Feb. 1. “Attention builders, contractors, renovators and envisioners,” the listing blared. “Don’t miss out on this chance to build a fabulous new home.” For good measure, the feature sheet added: “With front pad parking!”

On Feb. 2, after only 10 days on the market, the bungalow built in 1912 sold for an astonishing $1,050,000.

In 1966, the owners paid $10,000 for their modest abode. Adjusted for inflation, it works out to roughly $73,000 today.

The residence had an assessed value of $443,000 on Jan. 1, 2012, and $645,000 on Jan. 1, 2016, according to Municipal Property Assessment Corp.

Multiple bidders competed for the tear-down on a tiny lot measuring 20 feet wide by 78 feet deep. The winning bid emerged 54 per cent above the list price and caught industry observers by surprise – $370,100 higher than the asking price.

partly taken from the Globe and Mail business section.

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COMING SOON – GLEBE MODERNISM BLENDED WITH SUPERB LOCATION

NOW SOLD

FREEN RESIDENCE

ARCHITECT JOHN DONKIN

A home that makes you stop and look. With its easy lines and understated modern design is an alluring home. Architect John Donkin  worked his magic along with the owners to redo a 1950s home. Turning the house into a statement of simplicity overlooking the water of Patterson Creek in the Glebe. The homes is beautifully simple in design, capturing the light and vistas from most rooms of the home yet providing privacy for the owners.

A zen like rear garden, beautifully landscaped front grounds  and a huge terrace off the second floor overlooking the Inlet provides summer havens. The home is full of unique features and design choices that make the house one of a kind.

 Part of ab article from The National Review of Design and Practice written about 5 Clemow known as the Freen House 

ARCHITECT JOHN DONKIN   TEXT JANINE DEBANN

Donkin began by gutting the interior to the framing and stripping the exterior down to the sheathing. He recomposed the south faCade asymmetrically and used floor-to-ceiling glass instead of punched windows. This created a more dramatic diagonal visual path from the living room across the site. Inside, these new openings organize the living room and a conservatory-like sitting space in the southwest corner. The view now terminates at an elegant row of houses some 200 feet away. In addition, Donkin clarified circulation by boldly relocating the staircase from its position in the southwest corner of the house.

The new open-riser steel stair, pulled inward in plan, now leads to a central point in the upper floor, leaving room for both an office and a master bedroom along the south side. The ground floor still consists of the same living spaces as before, but is now reconfigured as visually interconnected zones linking the street to the rear yard. Donkin’s fascination with continuous spaces is evident in every corner of the house. Rooms do not contain, but rather terminate at distant points, giving the house a scale far greater in perception than in measured reality

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Canal -Golden Triangle Rental- Now Rented

Interior photos coming soon.

Looking for Space -Light- Location and a Great Building!

Well you found it. 130 Queen Elizabeth Drive offers 1600 sq ft of living space with 2 plus a den-guest room. Three balconies provide wonderful outside areas  with Canal vistas and urban treetop vies.

Lovely large main rooms that are ideal for entertaining and an over sized eat in kitchen.

The apartment has been totally revamped to include wood floors, two new luxury bathrooms, fully repainted, new fixtures and appointments  and a kitchen redo.

Asking 2,900 per month- 2 year lease available

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I hope you Dance- The Chance to Dance Foundation

As some may know I sponsor dance programs at the NAC  and I feel very fortunate to be in the position to do so.  I thought that maybe there was an organization that helped children and families  that were interested in dance but did not have the means to pursue their young  dreams. I know the smallest of giftscan change a child’s life.

I know there is very little help financially for small arts organization in Ottawa and how hard it is to obtain any grants or funding so I went looking.

I came across this:

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Well I picked up the phone and called . I spoke in some detail to Janice Crowe about the trials and tribulations of fundraising for small organizations especially in the arts.

To the extent that funds are available, The Chance to Dance Foundation uses money it receives for:

  • Applications for financial support from people who can’t afford dance lessons for their children, otherwise, and who wish to enroll them in a program at a certified dance studio of their choice
  • Community dance programs provided free of charge at community centers or wherever we can find space close to neighborhoods where children may have difficulty accessing dance programs due to lack of funds or poor dance program availability
  • Scholarships to provide financial support for older children who wish to pursue competitive or pre-professional programs
  • Financial support in pursuit of certification and teaching opportunities for older children who wish to teach dancing

So after watching this video, set to one of my favorite songs,and speaking with Janice, I gave with no hesitation and I hope to do more.

To the children and young adults who are trying to follow their dreams and continue to work against the odds  – Bravo !

 

 

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Tis the Season….

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Another year is almost behind us and  this year we have donated to a few new organizations.This is one of them.

I usually try to find a few that are not on the Radar screen of many people and this year as I was surfing the net I got a note from a very dear client who has just joined the board of Dress for Success. I could write something but it is best said from their web site. Whether it is money or clothing or volunteering this is a wonderful cause and provides a future for so many women and families .

“THESE WOMEN RESPECTED ME, THEY DIDN’T JUDGE. IT’S WHAT I REALLY NEEDED IN MY LIFE AT THAT TIME. “
—PAT, OTTAWA, CANADA

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The mission of Dress for Success is to empower women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.

Since opening our doors in January 2011, Dress for Success Ottawa has provided support to 1000 women. What these women have in common is that they want to work and are ready to make positive change for themselves and their families. But, through challenging circumstances, they may have forgotten, or may never have known, that they are important, valuable members of our community who have a lot to offer potential employers. Dress for Success suits women for employment, from the inside out.

Thank you Ellen for that timely email .

 

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