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CURB APPEAL IS CRUCIAL!

Curb appeal is attractiveness of the exterior of an Edmonton residence as viewed from the street and is in the eyes of a buyer, an indicator of the initial appeal of a property. This is so easy to know what to do. Simply view your home and your neighbours homes from across the street and notice what needs attention.

 



Curb appeal can easily be accomplished by any number of methods including the installation of exterior decorations, repainting, extensive attention to the landscaping. Costs to increasing a home's curb appeal will vary. Below are some creative and inexpensive tips to attract more buyers into your home.

If you have a veranda, make it sparkle with a fresh coat of paint and add a couple of chairs with a small matching table. No Veranda? Add one or two plants near the entrance to add a splash of color.

Paint your front door a tasteful color you like and make it work. It’s all a matter of coordinating the door color with your home’s architecture and the other colors and materials on the house.

Change the hardware. Gorgeous hardware can make even the plainest door look very classy. Even your mailbox can make a statement! If your mailbox is rusty and falling apart, spruce it up or get a new one. Don't forget to wash those windows!

 

Remember, when determining the value of your Edmonton home, first impressions are crucial.

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Owning A Piece of History in Bonnie Doon

Bonnie Doon has always been one of Edmonton's most sought after southeast locations.

The Molstad House

The Molstad House is located in the heart of Bonnie Doon, southeast Edmonton and was built in constructed in 1912 ans was the first residential building to receive historical designation.

It’s original owners, Edward and Addie Molstad, were known for being very active within the community and at Christmas time, Mrs. Molstad would host an annual children’s Christmas party. Mr. Molstad made two lots on the property available for a skating rink in the winter and tennis courts in the summer.
 
In 1931 the Molstad House was converted into an apartment building, but the Molstad’s continued to live in part of the house. Edward H. Molstad passed away in 1953 and Addie in 1982, but their home found new life under the guiding hands of Walter and Jean Kipp, who undertook considerable renovations, restoring this wonderful home to its original glory. On the second floor there were five bedrooms and two bathrooms. Living quarters for the cook, maid and other help for the Molstad’s farm was in the upper portion of the house.

This historical landmark changed hands again in 2015 and today is considered ultra-modern, keeping the original charactoristics of this incredible home with boasted oak panelling, hardwood floors, sculptured ceilings, brass chandeliers and an unusual fireplace in the dining room.

 

If you are interested specifically in the Bonnie Doon community, please reach out to us. Thanks!

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BATHROOMS ARE THE #1 SELLING FEATURE!

When buyers are home shopping, they check out your bathrooms. Below are a few helpful ideas to freshen up the spa area of your home and help save you some money.

 


Grimy bathroom walls are a major red flag to buyers. Here is an easy way to get rid of surface mold: Mix a spray bottle with one part water and one part bleach. Just spray it on the wall, and watch the mold disappear. Give it a fresh coat of paint, and your grimy bathroom will go from red flag to red-hot.

Don't replace a yucky shower door: Just scour it. A grimy glass shower door can really wash out your sale. Instead of replacing it, clean it with a mixture of one part muriatic acid and about 10 parts water. Scrub with steel wool. After wiping it down, reinstall the door and you'll have a shower that'll help you clean up at the open house.

Avoid dated tile by painting. Bathrooms sell houses, but dated tile in a bathroom doesn't. A low cost alternative to replacing the tile is to use paint. First coat the tiles with a high-adhesion primer. Next, brush on a special ceramic epoxy covering. For a fraction of the cost of new tile, you will have an up to date bathroom that brings in big bucks.

 

Add a few new towels, creative soap bars and scented candles. All of these items can be purchased at any dollar store.

 

Money tight? Need to Sell? For more tips on inexpensive renovations, reach out to us. Thanks!

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Selling a House During the Holidays

 

Christmas can be a hectic time of your and trying to keep your home tidy for showings may seem to be a daunting task. Below are some tips to help you make selling your home during the Christmas season a little easier.

Make it festive! Having a few wrapped presents out on kitchen counters, dressers and cabinets will hide any imperfections and easily add a spark of color to each room. Be creative with your wrapping paper.

Cover up pet odors! Bake a cake or cookies and have fun decorating. Add a "Help yourself" note beside your creations. It will help those buyers feel more at home.

Add some music. If you live on or near a main road, adding a bit of cheery Christmas music will drown out traffic noise.

Add some sparkle. Christmas candy in a crystal candy dish, white candles with silver glitter. People love sparkle!

This is one of the best times to be selling a house, especially to a family. Make it inviting. Let those buyers picture themselves in your home.

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