Friday, April 27, 2012

Have a design dilemna?

Let me know what sort of answers you're looking for and I'll help you with your design questions! Contact me on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, or Blogger, or email me a private request at ShaunaLynn@btshomes.com.

Hidden Valley bungalow situated on a 3/4 acre lot #homestaging #kwrealestate

This 3,400 square foot 3 bedroom 3 bathroom home features the best of the best - $1,295,000

Staging Tip #83 #homestaging #kwrealestate

If you have a proper office, ensure that it is decluttered, and the desk is clear of papers (ensure that no personal information is left in sight). Keep only a few “desk type” items on the desk.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Staging Tip #84 #homestaging

Remove everything from the fridge – this means papers, magnets, calendars, and any baskets or food sitting on top.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Eastbridge Home in Waterloo $489,500 #kwrealestate

3 bedroom, 2200 sq ft house features open concept main floor design - Open house Sat. Apr. 28 and Sun Apr. 29

Staging Tip #85 #home #homestaging

1.     Install dimmer switches to soften the lighting in rooms such as the living room, dining room, and even bedrooms

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Great Garden Design Helper!

Sheridan Nursuries has created a program that not only helps you to find the right plants for your garden, but you can upload photos of your garden, create designs for new gardens, browse shared gardens for inspiration, and receive recommendations for garden. Sign up for "My Garden" and check it out for yourself!

www.sheridannurseries.com

Staging Tip #86

1.     Rent a storage locker – if you don’t need to keep it at the house, get it off the premises. Even an unfinished basement needs to be shown uncluttered.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Staging Tip #87

Avoid tablecloths on kitchen and dining tables. These tend to close off the look of the space. Instead, consider a table runner, or two width-wise runners for larger dining tables. This will add a extra pop of colour and contrast to the room.

Bungalow Townhouse in Doon Valley $419,900

2 + 1 Bedrooms - finished basement features large storage space, bathroom, bedroom, and rec room

http://www.realtor.ca/PropertyDetails.aspx?&PropertyId=11800424&PidKey=-641898083

Friday, April 20, 2012

Staging Tip #88

1.     Clean the windows – this will allow more light into the room, and actually help you to improve on heating costs

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Staging Tips #89

Touch up your own furniture – even though it is not sold with the house, buyers like to see that you take care of your things. Wood touch-up markers are a quick and easy way to do this and can be purchased at any of the big box stores.

4 Bedroom Gorgeous Home in Kitchener $599,900

Amazing layout, hardwood throughout, and a kitchen to die for!
http://www.realtor.ca/PropertyDetails.aspx?&PropertyId=11799697&PidKey=-1330253736

Super Semi - $239,900 in Cambridge

1050 sq ft in 4-level backsplit feels much, much larger!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

4 level backsplit with inlaw $329,900 - Cambridge

Staging Tip #90

Touch up grout in bathrooms, kitchens, and anywhere else that you have grouted tiles – grout whitener works great for white grout, especially in the showers. For all other grout, clean thoroughly with a peroxide/baking soda mixture (3 parts peroxide to one part baking soda).

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Staging Tiip #91

Keep the thermostat at a comfortable level for showings – this is not a time to save money on heating and cooling. A home that is too warm in the summer or too cold in the winter will lead buyers to believe that the A/C and furnace do not operate as they should. As well, the more comfortable a buyer is in your home, the more time they will spend there.    

Monday, April 16, 2012

Staging Tip # 92

Bathroom soap dispensers – do not use the plastic, branded dispensers – while some of the fancier soaps, such as Bath and Body smell great, they are not the most attractive. Replace with decorative dispensers, or in the case of Bath and Body, check out these covers:

Friday, April 13, 2012

3 Bedroom/ 2 1/2 bath home in Eastbridge Waterloo $498,000

Another BTSH staged property featuring 2300 sq ft on a 50 ft lot, open concept eat-in kitchen and family room with separate dining room - a must see!

Staging Tip #93

Remove all artificial air fresheners – these can be overpowering and give buyers the impression that you’re covering something up. For a natural alternative, fill a baking pan with approximately 1/2” of water, add cinnamon and orange slices, and bake at 350 degrees for approximately half an hour prior to an open house or showing.

Great Waterloo Listing...3 Bedroom 2 1/2 bath Single Detached for $439,900

Another BTSH staged property - great location near RIM park - open house this Sunday 2pm-4pm

3 Bedroom/ 2 1/2 bath home in Eastbridge Waterloo $498,000

Another BTSH staged property featuring 2300 sq ft on a 50 ft lot, open concept eat-in kitchen and family room with separate dining room - a must see!

http://www.realtor.ca/PropertyDetails.aspx?&PropertyId=11785962&PidKey=-637139310

Staging Tip #93

Remove all artificial air fresheners – these can be overpowering and give buyers the impression that you’re covering something up. For a natural alternative, fill a baking pan with approximately 1/2” of water, add cinnamon and orange slices, and bake at 350 degrees for approximately half an hour prior to an open house or showing.

Great Waterloo Listing...3 Bedroom 2 1/2 bath Single Detached for $439,900

Another BTSH staged property - great location near RIM park - open house this Sunday 2pm-4pm

http://www.realtor.ca/PropertyDetails.aspx?&PropertyId=11689156&PidKey=-1576300360

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Staging Tip #94

1.     Clear out the kitchen sinks – clean or dirty, these should be clear of dishes

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Staging Tip #95

Replace the spiral energy efficient bulbs with standard bulbs - energy efficient bulbs can often be too bright and can't be dimmed. To ensure proper lighting of your home, swap these bulbs out.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

$230,000 Renovated Town Home in Waterloo

Another BTSH Staged property - 3 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths - lots of updates

Staging Tip #96

Purchase decorative baskets to hide clutter on shelves, in closets, and under the sink in bathrooms    

Friday, April 6, 2012

Happy Easter!

Hope everyone has a safe and happy Easter weekend - 100 days of staging tips returns on Tuesday!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Staging Tips #97

1.     Unplug the phones – a ringing phone can be very distracting to your buyers and is not necessary if you are not home to answer it. Unplug the phones and store out of sight for open houses and showings.

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Staging Tips #98

Steam the carpets - non-negotiable, unless the carpets are brand new these must be steamed before you begin showing the house. No matter how well you have maintained the carpets, they will always show better after a fresh steam clean.

New BTSH Listing - 3 bdrm/3 bath Williamsburg home $360,000

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

New Listing - North Galt $279,900!

12 Haddaway Court, Cambridge - Fabulous 3 bedroom, 2 bath home located in a desirable North Galt child friendly Court location!! Lots of upgrades, and new appliances - a must see!

New Listing - North Galt $279,900!

12 Haddaway Court, Cambridge - Fabulous 3 bedroom, 2 bath home located in a desirable North Galt child friendly Court location!! Lots of upgrades, and new appliances - a must see!

Staging Tip #99

If it doesn’t fit, don’t force it!! Buyers are more likely to notice that a piece of furniture fits awkwardly in a room then the absence of that piece (eg: dresser in the bedroom).

Monday, April 2, 2012

100 Days of Staging Tips Starts Today!!

Join me for the next 100 days for tips on how to set your home up to sell!

#100 - Make use of wall space – hang items such as brooms, shovels, and tools in garages, sheds, and closets.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Great Investment Property in Cambridge - open house today 2pm-4pm

Duplex potential - $244,877 for 3 + 1 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms, 1590 sq ft, large deck with hot tub. 

1018 Duke St, Cambridge