Monthly Archives: March 2016

Spring Decorating Ideas for Your Home

Are you interested in a new look for your home that will match the upcoming spring season?  Changing your home’s interior from time to time can bring a fresh and reinvigorating vibe into your life, so why not take advantage of the new season and its colors and themes to reflect all of this in your own home?  There are several creative, fun and simple ways to bring the feel of warmth and rejuvenation into your home, so here are some great spring decorating ideas that will help reflect the new season inside your own home.

Spring Colours

One of the quickest and easiest ways to bring spring into your home is to change up your colour scheme.  This can be as easy as changing your throw pillows and quilts or blankets in your living room to as complex as changing up your wallpaper or paint.  Citrus colours, as well as bright and vibrant choices, are great spring colours, and you can even go with pastel colours that are more synonymous with Easter.  Either way, your home will look brighter and reflect the spring season.

Bring Your Gardening Inside

Gardening does not need to be something you only do outside.  Bring some of your potted plants or flowers inside!  A nice set of flowers will cheer up any room, so look for floral patterned pots to really bring spring alive in your home.  Another advantage of bringing in some of your potted plants or flowers is that they will get a head start since the growing conditions are far more favourable indoors.

Candles

The days are getting longer, which means that you will have more natural light in your home.  Think about replacing some of your electric lights with the soft glow of candles.  To really welcome the spring season, find bright candles with springtime scents such as fresh flowers or orchids.

Dinner Time

Bring the spring candles we mentioned above into the dining room to set the stage for a nice dining décor.  While you’re at it, think about changing your placemats and napkin set for ones with bright spring colours; think about bright greens or pinks to really give your dining room that spring look.

Doormats

Chances are your doormat is in need of changing; they can only take so many winters before they finally break down and no longer prevent dirt and debris from entering your home. Consider replacing your doormat with a welcome sign that reflects the spring season, and you’ll be surprised what a difference a new mat will make.  Make sure to also find one that has a rubberized bottom to keep it in place so that it can do its job.

If you are looking for great spring ideas or just want to take in the cherry blossoms and fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the season, come visit some of the beautiful neighbourhoods and homes in Burnaby, particularly the real estate near Simon Fraser University.  Happy spring!

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Tips for Prepping Your Home for Sale – Exterior

Spring is the perfect time to think about upgrading to your dream home, or downsizing to something more practical, depending on your needs.  Regardless of your reasons and the decision you make, the reality is that the housing market is hot as we draw closer to summer, especially in the real estate market near Simon Fraser University, so if you’re contemplating a sell, the time is opportune.  Here are some tips to help you prep your home’s exterior so that you can take full advantage of this market.

Exterior Maintenance

The quickest way to get your home ready for the real estate market is to give the exterior of your home a fresh coat of paint.  Before this, however, you will need to have a quick look at your exterior and do all of the necessary prep work required before painting.  This includes caulking any cracks or gaps, and replacing the weather stripping around the windows if it looks worn.  Also remember to scrape and sand down any areas where your old paint may have lifted.

While you are inspecting your exterior, have a look at your roof to see if you need to replace any loose shingles, and keep an eye out for clogged gutters, which can lead to all kinds of problems and create water damage if left unattended.  Make sure to remove all debris that may have gathered over the winter so that the gutters drain properly and can handle the spring rains.

Landscaping

A well landscaped property is far more appealing to potential buyers than a home that has not been landscaped, so take advantage of it being spring by planting some eye-catching flowers and getting your lawn and property market ready.  Make sure to keep the lawn trimmed, and repair/replace any cracked cement pads or retaining walls that may have been damaged over the winter months.  You should also consider renting a pressure washer to thoroughly clean your driveway.

Organize

If your home has an attached garage, it is extremely important to properly organize this space since potential buyers will envision how they can utilize it if they end up buying your home. Creating this imaginative space for buyers can be self-defeating if your garage is so full of stuff that you and your real estate agent can barely fit in the garage yourselves.  Take the necessary but rewarding time to organize the garage; think of it as an opportunity to sort through your belongings before you have to pack them into a moving truck.  Remember, an organized garage is a great selling point in this real estate market.

If you have been on the fence about buying or selling your home, there may be no better time than now to enter into the real estate market.  Just like the spring weather, the market is heating up and does not show any signs of cooling off any time soon.  Good luck!

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Tips for Spring Lawn Care

Now that spring is arriving, what a great opportunity it is to get outside and enjoy some of that fresh air!  Also, while you’re outside enjoying yourself and the new season, you may want to consider getting a head start on your lawn care since a well prepared lawn means a healthier and weed free one in the summer months.  Here are some great tips to help get you started with your spring lawn care.

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