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Real Estate Cost of Owning Pets

No matter how much we love our pets, they cost us money and real estate is no exception. Even if you have the best behaved animal, they still make an impact when it comes to selling your home. There are 2 main triggers which can reduce the value of your home.


Selling your home with PetsFirst is pet odors. If you have ever owned a cat, you know how often they use that kitty box. But did you know the scent from plastic kitty boxes can linger for years. Using a litter which forms clumps when moistened with urine is great for odor control. As soon as you remove the clump, the odor is usually gone. Adding a layer of odor absorbing additive, such as baking soda will also help. For all you dog lovers, remember when buyers are viewing your home, they also look outside. Clean up the doggie bombs, replace those yellow grass stains, wash all pet bedding and put away the pet toys.

Second concern is all that pet hair. Many buyers have allergies to animals and even though your home smells good, the lingering pieces of hair can cause stuffiness and not attract that "Home Sweet Home" ambiance. It’s estimated that 20% to 30% of young adults will react to an airborne allergen, such as pet dander. It is impossible to completely eliminate all evidence of pets, but by having your carpets and furniture professionally cleaned, it will make an impact. Animal allergies are a common concern, and buyers who have them can be easily turned off if a house has pets.   

Don't forget the basics. .
- Please, please remove pets during showings
- Keep your animals smelling fresh
- Remove all pet owning evidence including pet beds, pet dishes, crates, treats, leashes, etc
- Replace any torn carpets or furniture previously used as scratching posts, chewed baseboards, etc

- Air out your home an hour before showing


Our pets are part of our families and we love them, but when it comes to selling your Edmonton home, they will cost us both time and money. Clean, Vacuun, steam clean and vacuun again. Don't try to cover up pet smells with air fresheners or fabreeze - Buyers will notice.


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We saw a shift with paint colors in 2017 towards more pigment choices. When ever you paint a wall in your home, it can change the whole feeling of the room. Paint connoisseurs are saying "move over greys and blues. Sage is taking over." Personally, I am not a fan of green walls, but am a fan of feng shui. Below is a list of colors to paint your home via feng shui to create a more inviting place to live.


Yellow is the color of sunlight, cheerful and uplifting yellow will always brighten any home or office. Yellow color also creates cozy, welcoming feng shui energy in your kitchen, living room or children's rooms. From hot sunflower yellow to pale buttery yellow color tones, the use of yellow colour is identical to the feng shui use of orange colour, as both are a gentle expression of the fire feng shui element.

Red is the color that carries the energy of the Fire feng shui element. Fire has always been a symbol of divine energy and can be both destructive and creative. Fire represents the energy of sun and life. A balanced feng shui fire element in your home will bring joy, excitement, and strong sexual desire. An imbalance of the same element will bring either fiery arguments, restlessness and even aggression (too much Fire) or a lack of energy and enthusiasm for life (too little Fire).

Green is the color of renewal, fresh energy, and new beginnings. Green is very nourishing to your health, as it calms your nerves and balances your whole body by bringing healing feng shui vibrations from Mother Nature. If you find a beautiful green color paint and decide on a green room in your Health & Family area,  do not stop at just the wall color, but be sure to bring at least two more decor details in a green that is somewhat different from your wall color. These details can be pillows, vibrant art, a sofa throw in a fresh spring green, a side table, etc.

Light blue is considered the feng shui color of harmonious expansion and gentle growth, while darker blue evokes the feng shui energy of deep calm, wisdom, and serenity. Great for Bathrooms and childrens bedrooms.

Deep blue colors should be used sparingly in the feng shui areas of South, Northwest and West areas of your home or office, and freely in the North, East, and Southeast. One of the most calming feng shui combinations is the combination of the blue and white color. It brings the happy energy of clear skies and crisp fresh energy of new beginnings.

Purple should be used with moderation. It is a very strong, high vibration color, the color of connection to the spiritual realms. In terms of energy centers of the human body, the purple color is connected to the higher energy center. Great for bedrooms.

If once you have painted your walls and things don't quite seem right, Add a few home accessories with a darker shade than the walls.

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