3 Home Renovation Lessons That You Won’t Want to Learn the Hard (or Expensive!) Way

Most people make several home upgrades when the time comes to put their home on the market, whether they’re minor fix-ups or significant improvements that come with a high cost. However, it’s important to determine what will improve the value of your home and what renovations you can forget before you move forward with any updates. If you’re wondering how to plan for your renovations, here are three things to ponder before getting started.

Make (And Stick!) To A Budget

If there’s a certain offer price you’re looking for on your home, it’s important to go into home renovations with a clear head and decide beforehand how much you’re willing to spend. You certainly won’t be able to do everything, but by doing the little fix ups, adding a coat of paint, and removing some outdated design features, you can likely spend less for a lot more value. The only thing to keep in mind is that once you’ve decided on a budget, you should try to stay within it!

Choose Complimentary Improvements

From year to year, what’s popular in the design market changes and it can be tempting to try and test out the trends in the hopes of garnering a higher price. However, simply because something is trendy does not mean that it’s going flatter the aesthetic of your home. Instead of choosing things that are trendy but out of place, opt for changes that will complement the home you have and add value at the same time. I am often asked to discuss renovations to 1980’s homes with lots of Oak. In these cases doing a few modern updates and leaving the rest of the house the same is not money well spent. Much better to do general maintenance repairs or look at the core components like furnace and hot water heater than have a couple of out of place renovations!

Re-Consider An Extra Room

Many homeowners in recent years have been strong believers in quantity over quality, and this means many people have invested in renovations to add another bedroom or a den. It might seem like an extra room is ideal no matter what, but if you’re cutting into your kitchen, living room or extra space, it can completely change the aesthetic of your home. With open floor plans becoming more popular, you may want to stick with fewer rooms that will garner more interest.

There are so many renovations that can instantly improve the look and value of your home, but it’s important to determine what will compliment your home and how much you want to spend before committing to anything. If you’re planning to put your home on the market in the near future, let’s chat!

My background in renovation and design can help you to make the right decisions and avoid unnecessary expenses that you can’t recoup. Call me on 403-919-4574

3 Bedroom Staging Tips That Will Get Potential Buyers Excited About Your Home

Getting your house ready to show is one of the most important parts of selling your home, but there can be a lot of tricks involved in staging it so you’ll get the right offers. While the kitchen and the living room may be a bit more straightforward, here are some tips for staging your bedroom that will be sure to get buyers interested in making an offer on your home and examples of a home I recently sold that had offers within 24 hours of being on the market!

Brighten The Bedding

It’s one thing to have makeshift bedding when you only have your family to impress, but when it comes to showing, you’ll need to be prepared to make a statement. Instead of a mish-mash of colors and styles, ensure that you have one style and one look you’re going for, and ensure that it’s not cluttered with too many pillows and colors. You’ll also want to make sure the colors you choose match the rest of the décor in your room so the viewer isn’t distracted by the sight.

Minimize The Clutter

Few things will swallow the space in your bedroom like a lot of clutter, so it’s important to clear out any extras from your room before you have any viewers. While it’s a given that you’ll want to get rid of extra papers and anything additional that’s obstructing the eye, it’s also important to clear out any oversized pieces of furniture. It’s possible that you have a chaise lounge you’re in love with, but if it swallows the room, you may want to re-consider it when staging time comes.

Don’t Forget About The Walls

There are few things that will illuminate a room like a good piece of art, so ensure that your favorite space isn’t entirely empty when it comes the time to stage your home. While you won’t want to have something that’s too dramatic or colorful, ensure that it’s something that matches the color and style of your room and will help to illuminate the elements that make it ideal. It’s also important to choose the right size of print so that it doesn’t completely overwhelm your space.

There are a lot of small details that go into staging a home properly, but you can be sure to show your bedroom effectively by keeping it clutter free and making it match. If you’re currently getting prepared to put your home up for sale, you may want to contact me first so we can look at your home from a buyers’ perspective and stage it for maximum effect. Remember I offer complementary staging with all my listings so feel free to call me on 403-919-4574 to see how I can help you maximize your impact.

Staging Tips: Interior Paint Colors That Will Help You Sell Your Home Faster

It’s important to remember that when a home is put up for sale it should appeal to as many people as possible. Sometimes those flashy paint colors the owners grew up with will not charm new buyers.

Here are three ideas for paint colors that will help any home sell quickly.

1. Keep It Neutral For A Reason

The first thing everybody hears when they try and sell their home is to paint in neutral colors. There is a good reason for this. Every person who walks through the front door should be able to picture living in the home and not think about the people who had lived there before. Neutral colors provide a blank canvas for buyers to paint their future on.

This room was completely transformed with cream paint and my complimentary staging. An inexpensive make over that transforms a home!



2. Creams Photograph Better Than Almost Any Shade

Neutral colors are not just the standard beige everyone is used to. Rooms painted in creams tend to look better in pictures, which helps out tremendously when listing the house online. Since most people’s first impression of a home is the online photographs, this technique helps a house stand out from the very beginning.

3. Using Gray To Expand The Space

Making rooms appear larger is one technique to help sell a home quicker. A light gray can help make large, clean rooms appear even larger to visitors. This works on rooms that are clutter free and do not have much furniture in them. As an added technique, try painting the moldings the same color of gray so that the walls appear higher.

Before painting, call me at 403 919 4574 and I’ll be happy to walk through your home with you and give you some pointers on which colors will work and which ones may be problematic.

Living in Strathcona Park

Strathcona Park is one of my favourite neighbourhoods in Calgary.  Having lived there myself for years it is a pleasure to help families and individuals find their ideal home in this amazing community.  Situated on a big hill in Calgary’s southwest zone some of the top highlights of Strathcona Park include:

  • Well established community with a good mix of families in all age groups
  • A simple drive into downtown or easy access to the LRT (Street Train)
  • Catholic, French immersion, public and private schools for K-12 all within a 10 minutes’ drive
  • Tons of great amenities and an active community association
  • Great walking trails and ravines to explore
  • Quick and easy access to the foothills and Rocky Mountains

Each home in Strathcona Park is unique, no cookie cutter developments here. As the construction dates range from the late 1980’s to the early 2000’s there is a wide range of attached and detached homes. There are choices to suit all budget ranges.  Currently the highest priced property is $1,250,000 and the lowest priced property is listed at $366,000.

Check out the most recent listings here and give me a ring at 403-919-4574 or send me a note if you’d like to learn more about Strathcona Park and all it has to offer!