Real Estate Chat With Marsha

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Colour Trends 2021

Rich and bold, mixed with soothing neutrals

While some colours, like grey, blush and white, aren't going anywhere in 2021, there are a host of new and on trend paint colours to make your home into an oasis you'll love. Jewel tones and soothing neutrals are a must this season, darker blues and even blacks are also cropping up for drama. With most of us spending more time in our home environments, the colour we choose to surround ourselves matters even more. 
When working with different colours for each room, a good rule of thumb is to use a darker or lighter colour in adjacent rooms. For example, if your dining room is already a light gray, then you could paint the adjacent living room a darker teal or green from the same colour pallet. 

Feel like making a change, but not sure where to start? Experts suggest beginning with the formal areas of your home first. S
pecifically, the living room, dining room and/or entry way. Choose a colour scheme for those areas first, then pull complementary colours throughout the rest of your space.

Make sure to take your time, multiple paint experts recommended taking a few days to decide between paint swatches. That is because the colours you like will change with the light throughout the day, looking different on a cloudy day versus a sunny day. 


 

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Is it a good time to sell in the Winter?

I get asked this question alot.

Some people think the best time to sell is in the Spring time.  I often hear who buys in the winter?  Approximately 20% of the home sales happen in the winter.
What are the benefits to selling in the winter time?
1.  Less Competition.  There are fewer listings on the market which is better for you, the Seller. It gives you a better chance of entertaining mulitiple offers when the buyers don't have as many homes to choose from.
2.  The buyers who are looking this time of year tend to be more serious.  This means less time being wasted for you.  There is nothing more frusterating then cleaning your home and leaving your home only to have a buyer through who isn't that serious.
3.  Chances are everyone helping you will be not as busy so you will get better customer service.  When you are not closing your home in the busiest months it means your movers, lawyers etc will have more time to focus on you and give you better customer service.
4. No yard work which equals less work for you.  No cutting grass, raking leaves or weeding gardens.  Still important to make sure your walkways and driveways and clear of ice and snow though.
5.  Worried buyers won't see your favourite parts of the outside of your property?  With the high quality feature sheets I offer and virtual tours that I include it is very easy to include those summer pictures in so that your new buyer can fall in love with the same things you did.

Have I helped you make a decision to not wait for spring and consider moving now? You know what they say there is no time like the present.  Feel free to contact me at any time to sit down and discuss your home value and marketing plan.  

cell 705-440-9400
email  sellwithmarsha@gmail.com

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Prevent Cold Weather Falls On Your Property

Winter is here which means an increased risk of ice on your property. While bad weather can be inevitable, decreasing fall risk at your home can help. Here are a few ways to just do that:

INDOOR TIPS

The first step to preventing your own falls start indoors. Preparing your entryways can help! Try placing skid-resistant door mats near entrances to dry your footwear. Make sure you check the bottoms of your feet each time you enter the home, and clean off the accumulated ice, snow or water. Keeping your floors as dry as possible is another great way to prepare your home.

OUTDOOR TIPS

To start, you will need adequate supplies of salt and sand. Clear your walkways and treat outdoor surfaces to prevent falls. Wooden porches, decks or steps can become especially slick in winter. Be sure to shovel and treat pathways with salt or sand immediately after storms. Prevent dangerous ice buildup by clearing sidewalks before snow is compacted by footsteps or melts and refreezes. Salt lowers the freezing point of water and can be spread on sidewalks or driveways to keep them from getting icy, or to help melt away ice that has already formed. Sand doesn’t melt ice but is applied to icy walkways to provide traction. If you don’t have sand on hand, other abrasive materials such as kitty litter, saw dust and wood ashes can be used to create traction on icy walkways. You will want to adjust downspouts to drive water away from pathways - it doesn’t take long for pooling water to become icy patches.

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Boost The Mood Of Your Space

Here are some of the easiest ways to boost the mood of your space!

Compartmentalize

If you’re working at home, it is easy to get distracted by your typical home responsibilities since they are now right in front of your face. To stay focused on work, try designating different areas for certain activities. By assigning specific areas for fitness, work and leisure, you will have an easier time letting your brain and body know what you should be focusing on.

Try Some Color

Adding an accent wall, or even painting a whole room, is one of the easiest ways to immediately boost the mood of a room. Consider adding a feature wall with a pop of color or lighting up the space where you work during the day. If you’re not ready to commit to painting your walls you can use accessories like throw pillows, curtains, or artwork to bring color into your space.

Declutter!

Spending more time at home can make a space that didn’t seem cramped before feel overwhelming. There’s no better way to bring harmony to your space than decluttering. While having a clean, decluttered space is aesthetically pleasing, it can also reduce your stress and help you stay focused on work instead of worrying about all the clutter in your field of vision during the day.

Try a Digital Detox

Staying informed is important, and many jobs require technology, but cutting down on screen time can greatly impact how you feel in your space. To reduce screen dependence, set up manageable boundaries based on time or place. Designate phone-free times or remove tech devices from your bedroom for a daily reset.

Lighten Up

If your home is now your office, you can now control the light conditions of your workday. Natural light is one of the best ways to literally and figuratively lighten up a space. Try positioning your desk near a window and keep drapes and shades open during the daytime. You can also add reflective surfaces to enhance the light in dark rooms.

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Repurpose Items For Holiday Decor

What's In Your Home?

Before you spend your holiday savings on tinsel and twinkle lights, take another look at items you already have. By searching through your cabinets and closets, you can easily repurpose common household items into yuletide decor for your abode. Need a little inspiration? These design experts share how they style up everyday objects into festive flourishes.

Dig through the craft closet

If you’ve got extra cloth or burlap, you can use it for anything from tablecloths to a Christmas tree skirt. You can roll out brown or black butcher paper on your table like a runner. You can also tie ribbon on everything, thread it through chandeliers or banisters, or put festive printed fabric in frames.

Check the kitchen

You can fill a large glass serving bowl with whatever seasonal item you have. This is an easy way to repurpose decorations and switch up how you would normally display them. If you have flower vases, stick glass ornaments inside with a string of white lights.

Use your food

Dried fruit garland is easy and classic. Use a needle and thread to some popcorn, cranberries or dried sliced oranges, and string it up wherever you see fit. Cut up fresh fruit and put it in a pitcher before adding flowers for a centerpiece. Throw in some cloves and cinnamon sticks for added flair.

Forage in the yard

Instead of placing a star at the top of your Christmas tree, find some sticks and tie them together at the top of the tree with a bow. You can then layer pine cones throughout the tree to balance out the ornaments for an organic, natural feel.

Look around

You can give a corner of your home a holiday touch by adding seasonal pillows you can store the rest of the year, some evergreen cuttings from the yard, and a stack of wrapped gifts. Consider repurposing a metallic vase into a holiday greenery display.

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Eliminate Pet Odors In Your Home

Eliminating bad odors from your home is incredibly important, you want to make sure you've removed them before putting it on the market. Often times, the first thing buyers notice upon entering your home, is how it smells. If there is an odd odor, it will instantly put them off. No matter how beautifully staged and presented it is, strong odors or stale air can make your home unappealing to prospective buyers. Opening windows and exhaust fans will only go so far in removing foul odors, but won't generally eliminate it completely. To ensure you don't lose potential buyers, follow these odor eliminating tips to ensure your home smells and feels fresh and new.

Don’t Use Artificial Freshening Sprays

Don't make the mistake of spraying artificial room freshener sprays in hopes that it will remove the bad odor. Deodorizers will quickly fade, and only mask the smell, sometimes in an overwhelming way. If a buyer walks into your home, your air freshener can cause a reaction, like a runny nose or a headache, and will make them suspicious of an underlying foul odor. Instead of trying to mask it, locate the actual source of the bad odor and get rid of it.

Best Pet Carpet Cleaners for Accidents

We all love our furry friends, but unfortunately, they can get your home pretty smelly. Whether the smell is on the carpet, furniture, or even on the walls - it's essential to have it removed. Most odors stem from accidents. You always want to attend to the accident right away. Blot them with a paper towel and use mild dishwashing liquid to help remove the odor. Once completely cleaned, blot again with fresh paper towels to dry the spot. If the accident is not recent, use an enzyme cleaner to eat the bad bacteria. Another great idea is to use activated charcoal. It is a form of carbon that has been activated to make it extremely porous. You can get activated charcoal meant for pet odors at most pet stores. 

Green Cleaning Products

Using natural odor eliminators is a great green alternative to most of the chemicals sold at stores. One of the most recommended products is to use baking soda. You can place an open box of it in a room to help absorb unwanted smells. It also helps to remove musty aroma in dark spaces, like a basement. On top of being used to remove pet odors, it also works great for cigarette smells. If you don't wish to use baking soda, most pet supply stores will have green cleaning products that help remove odors, while still being safe for your household. 

Home Buying Myths

Do you really need 20% down?

Although the internet can be a great resource for a variety of information, a lot of that information is incorrect. One of the most important and expensive decisions in your life, home buying, tends to circulate a lot of misinformation. Most of that misinformation is in regards to how much of a down payment you need or what your credit score needs to be. Let's go over the real facts about buying a home and knock those myths out, so they don't hinder your ability to purchase!  
CREDIT SCORES

Though it may come as a surprise, you don't need a perfect credit score to purchase a home. Traditional bank lenders will work with credit scores as low as 640, but your agent can also get you connected with local lenders that accept credit scores as low as 580. Although there are other required stipulations to qualify for the loan, you don't need a perfect score in the 700's or 800's to get approved for a mortgage. 
DOWN PAYMENTS
You don't have to sell an arm and a leg to be able to purchase your dream house. There is a huge misconception that you need to pay a minimum of 20% down to buy. That information is outdated. These days, there a large variety of loan programs that only need an average of 3-5% down. Based on your income or military status, you may even qualify for mortgage programs that require 0% down. Although you'll expect to pay an additional 3% in closing costs, which is separate from the down payment, this is still significantly less that 20% of the purchase price. If you're in a buyer's market, you may even be able to negotatie for the closing costs to be covered by the sellers. 
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Be sure to connect with a local real estate agent like me to ensure you have the right facts. Don't let online myths persuade you into thinking you can't qualify or afford to buy a home. There are a variety of programs to help you get into your dream house. Since these vary by county and province, it's imperative to call your agent and let them fill you in on the facts.