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Easy ways to make your home more attractive to potential buyers. Kamloops

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Getting ready to sell? Move your property fast – and for the highest selling price possible – with these easy, affordable staging tricks. These deal-sealing changes will make your home attractive to the largest pool of potential buyers, and the best part is, you can start at any stage in the game. Who knows – you may love your home’s new look so much that you decide not to list after all!

1 Paint!

Dollar for dollar, a fresh coat of paint gives you more bang for your decorating buck than anything else. Even if your current palette is relatively new, any scuffs or wear marks will channel an unkempt vibe. And an unusual colour choice – even if the height of fashion – may limit your home’s appeal. So break out that roller and slap on a couple coats of crowd-pleasing warm white or sand paint.

2 Improve the lighting
Replace any dated light fixtures ASAP. How can you tell if it has to go? If it’s over 15 years old and looks it – yet isn’t a vintage (50-75 years old) or antique piece (older) – it should probably go. “Retro” is not something most homebuyers are looking for. You don’t need to break the bank, just head to IKEA or Canadian Tire.

3 De-clutter
Take the collectibles off the mantel, put the mismatched armchair into storage (or better yet, donate it) and pare your closets down to what you’re actually wearing this season, packing away the rest. Ideally, all this extra stuff would head to charity (if in good, saleable condition), the garbage dump, or into storage. The more you store onsite, the more cluttered and small your home appears.

4 Give dated bathrooms a facelift
A nice bath helps sell a house but, don’t invest in a total renovation. Renos are costly, and you won’t recoup your costs unless you find your exact décor doppelganger. Bring an out-of-date bath up to speed with gleaming white walls whether via a fresh coat of white bath and kitchen paint or ceramic tile and new lighting (Home Depot excels at affordable, stylish bathroom vanity lighting). Buy neutral new shower curtains, a simple new bath mat and vanity set, and have fresh flowers in the room during open houses.

5 Take down curtains
Dated window treatments need to come down, pronto (if it’s over 10 years old, get rid of it). If privacy isn’t an issue, just leave the windows bare to maximize natural light and make the room’s dimensions seem more generous. Otherwise, buy basic-issue cotton or linen drapes. Always tie drapes back during viewings and open houses.

6 Put up mirrors
Make small rooms appear bigger and dark rooms seem brighter by adding an attractive wall mirror. A boxlike dining room will benefit from a leaning floor mirror  and an entrance way more welcoming with a console mirror.

7 Update porch hardware
Increase your home’s curb appeal by updating the hardware on your front porch. Buy a doorknocker or bell, mailbox, kick plate, doorknob and lockset in a set or in complementary styles. Brushed nickel is a neutral finish that will never date, while oil-rubbed bronze is another favourite.

8 And the porch light
Update your porch light to coordinate with the new hardware, if needed. They don’t have to be an exact match or even come from the same period, but the finishes and styles should look pleasing together.

9 Spiff up the front yard
Refresh your front yard according to the season. In spring, summer and fall, trim back dead plants and foliage and plant attractive annuals or perennials in flowerbeds. In winter, keep the walkway shoveled and cut back any tree or shrub branches damaged by heavy snowfall. A pair of planters flanking the front door and filled with seasonal arrangements instantly conveys pride of ownership.

10 Tend the backyard

Simple fix-its will make the most of your existing yard layout. Replace any damaged boards on your deck or fence, and apply a fresh coat of paint, or stain and sealant if the finish needs it. Weed and groom your garden and add some perennials for colour when in-season. If kids’ toys are taking over the space, put some in storage. Think “tidy,” “update” and “refresh”: never do anything costly or major like adding a swimming pool or pond, which may put off potential buyers.

Common Home Buyer Mistakes, Kamloops real estate

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

Worried about making a mistake when buying your first home? You’re not alone. Check out the most common mistakes made by first time home buyers. And not to worry – we can help!

$2.4+million has been made available to tackle homelessness in Kamloops

Saturday, July 5th, 2014

$2.4 million for Housing First in Kamloops

More than $2.4 million has been made available to tackle homelessness in Kamloops.

The funding, announced by Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo Cathy McLeod on Thursday, July 3, is part of implementing Housing First, an evidence-based approach to end homelessness.

McLeod said Housing First is the cornerstone of the government’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy (HPS).

She said it aims to stabilize the lives of the homeless for the long-term by first moving them into permanent housing and then providing additional support for underlying issues, such as addiction and mental health.

The end goal, McLeod said, is ensuring the homeless become self-sufficient.

“Through this new approach, we can move out of crisis mode in terms of managing homelessness and work towards eliminating it altogether,” McLeod said.

The City of Kamloops is receiving the funding over five years to support projects in the community that prevent and reduce homelessness, including projects that address the needs of the Aboriginal homeless population.

“We greatly appreciate the federal government’s decision to renew the Homelessness Partnering Strategy for a five-year period,” said Carmin Mazzotta, social and community development supervisor with the City of Kamloops.

“Housing First is a proven approach, as demonstrated by the Mental Health Commission of Canada’s At Home/Chez Soi project.”

Added Louise Bradley, president and CEO of the Mental Health Commission of Canada: “A house is so much more than a roof over one’s head. It represents dignity, security, and, above all, hope.”

The Housing First approach came into effect on April 1 and is being introduced gradually across the country over the next two years, with specified funding targets, taking into account varying capacity and resources among communities.

On April 8, the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC) released the final report of the At Home/Chez Soi project.

It was the largest study of its kind and provided strong evidence that Housing First is an effective way to reduce homelessness.

Over the course of the MHCC study, an average of 73 per cent of participants in the Housing First group remained in stable housing, compared to 32 percent for the group receiving usual care.

The study also showed Housing First is a sound financial investment that can lead to significant cost savings.

For those participants that were the highest users of emergency and social services, every $10 invested led to an average savings to government of $21.72.

Linda Klein Kamloops,Home improvements windows and doors

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014
Home Improvement – Windows & Doors
 Linda Klein of Royal LePage Westwin Realty- Kamloops
800 SEYMOUR Kamloops, BC, V2C2H5
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Linda Klein Kamloops, Home summer kick off check list

Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014

Summer Kickoff Checklist
Gearing up for summer? Now is a great time to get your home in top shape for the months ahead. Whatever your weather, caring for your home now will help to ensure a worry-free, comfortable summer.

Inspect exterior surfaces for cracks and make any needed repairs.If paint is peeling, cracking, or chipped, repair and repaint now to limit damage to the underlying materials.

Repair any damaged caulk around windows and doors.

Remove window screens and clean with a soft brush and soapy water. Repair any holes or tears or replace the screen material before reinstalling.

Have air conditioning units serviced to ensure good operation. Promote air circulation around the unit by keeping shrubs and plants trimmed.

Clear debris from gutters and eaves to allow rainwater to drain properly.

Seal cracks in the driveway and keep walkways clear of debris and overgrown plants.

Test irrigation/sprinkler systems and replace any broken sprinkler heads or emitters. Check for proper water coverage and adjust if necessary.

Clean deck and patio surfaces and seal surfaces as appropriate.

Vacuum refrigerator coils to help maintain energy efficiency.Empty dehumidifier pans and clean hoses according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

If possible, take area rugs outside and hang them over a deck or porch rail to air out.

Adjust ceiling fans for proper balance. While you’re at it, give the unit a good dusting.

Switch heavy bedding out for lightweight summer fabrics. Have the winter bedding cleaned before storing.

Close the chimney flue where appropriate to increase energy efficiency

Repot houseplants to give their roots a fresh start for the summer.

Check door and cabinet hinges and lubricate any that stick or squeak.

Open windows on cooler days to keep fresh air flowing throughout the home.

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