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December 30, 2017
BRING IN THOSE BUYERS!
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.
December 30, 2017
Owning A Piece of History in Bonnie Doon
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 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!
December 27, 2017
What does your bathroom say about you?
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!
December 22, 2017
We Have a New Property Listed in Zone 27, Edmonton
Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 17832 108 ST in Edmonton.
EXECUTIVE BUNGALOW IN NORTH EDMONTON! An exceptionally well built 4 bedroom Homexx Home constructed in 2004 in the highly sought after community of Chambery. As you step into the foyer, you are greeted by accented high ceilings pavilion windows with hidden architectural lighting awaiting to feature your show pieces. Few steps forward brings you to the open concept floor plan with access to the colossal stairway to the fully finished lower level. This level has many features including main floor laundry leading to the heated triple car tandem garage, central vac and double sized kitchen pantry. Inviting master bedroom was designed for royalty and is massive with its own fireplace, glamorous ensuite and more pavilion windows. Lower level offers more 2 bedrooms, fitness room, welcoming family room with a third fireplace & plenty of storage. With quick possession & priced below city assessment, this amazing bungalow is an ideal home for professionals needing that home of distinction. Call Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
December 17, 2017
Merry Christmas Houses!
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.
December 2, 2017
We Have a New Property Listed in Zone 30, Edmonton
Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 4062 33A ST in Edmonton.
An inner city urban oasis featuring a tranquil waterfall, pond with koi fish, mature foliage and trees, private fenced off garden area, fire pit, flagstone walking paths and huge west facing covered deck overlooking a spectacular landscape. Indoors, both the upstairs and downstairs kitchens are bright, open and offer ample counter and cupboard space. This home has plenty of built in storage, a large foyer, a formal dining room, massive loft, 3.5 bedrooms, 4 bathrooms, wood burning and gas fireplaces, loft over looking the foyer, a completely finished basement, underground sprinklers, R.V. Parking with an 8 foot door and so much more. An amazing home with an amazing view! Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
December 1, 2017
We Have a New Property Listed in Zone 02, Edmonton
Audrey and Mike have listed a new property at 102 6315 135 AVE in Edmonton.
At almost 700 sq ft, this luxury 1 bedroom condo in located in Holland Gardens, a highly desirable complex close to Londonderry Mall. Situated on main floor for security, this non-smoking home includes a modern open concept floor plan. Good size kitchen has black appliances, plenty of cabinets & counters including large working island. Living room is large with patio door leading to outside, perfect for guest access & extra parking. Other features include high ceilings, large bedroom with 2 closets, insuite laundry with storage room, laminate flooring & BBQ gasline. No more winter scraping with underground parking stall & secured storage cage. Pet friendly complex offers a complete fitness room plus plenty of visitor parking stalls & on-street parking. Condominium contributions include unlimited ELECTRICITY, HEAT, WATER, lawn care with snow removal and all exterior maintenance. Close to public transit, thorough ways & all shopping. With a quick possession, this home shows great & is priced perfect. Audrey at 780-910-5179 or Mike at 780-242-5229 or email us to view this home
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