But there are also some less obvious home staging tips that can help to sell your property faster and for a higher price. Here are a few examples.The KitchenObvious: The stove, sinks and countertops should be spotless.Not-so-obvious: The contents of your cabinets and refrigerator should be facing forward.The BathroomsObvious: They should be clean and uncluttered. Have fresh towels hanging neatly on the rack. (Create the “hotel bathroom” look.)Not-so-obvious: All towels should match. Ensure toilet lids are closed.Your BedroomObvious: Make the bed neatly. Check that the closet is organized and uncluttered. (If your closet is bulging with clothes, put some in storage.)Not-so-obvious: Don’t leave any clothes out. Even clean clothes neatly folded in a hamper can seem untidy to some people.The Kids’ BedroomsObvious: They need to be clean and uncluttered. (Good luck!)Not-so-obvious: Arrange stuffed animals, games and other toys like an attractive display in a toy store. It’s okay to have a toy, like a racetrack, out of the box. Just make sure it’s completely put together.
I have listed a new property at 19 Ash PL in St. Albert.
Looking to create some SWEAT EQUITY or need a project to keep you busy & WANT TO FLIP A HOUSE? This is the home for you! HUGE YARD, DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE, 5 BEDROOMS, room for 3 FULL BATHS & the list goes on! 3 Good-sized bedrooms upstairs with a functional floorplan where LARGE WINDOWS offer tons of natural light. Take down a wall to open up the kitchen to make it COMPLETELY OPEN CONCEPT. The KING-SIZED Master suite has a roughed-in 3PCE ensuite with room for a shower & wall of closets. 2 more bdrms & a bath complete this level. Heading downstairs you enter into a cozy family room with a woodburning fireplace with nat.gas log lighter & 2 more bedrooms (1 is currently divided into 2 spaces)! Retro styled bathroom has a jacuzzi tub & room for a walk-in shower. A NEWER ROOF-2012 & NEW FURNACE-2019, an OVERSIZED DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE, HUGE CORNER YARD, room to make EXTRA/RV parking & located on a QUIET, FAMILY FRIENDLY STREET with easy access to schools, parks, shopping & the Hendey make this a great home!
I have listed a new property at 122 26116A HWY16 in Rural Parkland County.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR THE BEST OF THE BEST IN COUNTRY LIVING 2 MINUTES FROM THE CITY? You’ve found the PERFECT HOME FOR YOUR FAMILY! You will be WOWED by this ESTATELY STYLED HOME NESTLED IN A PRIVATE SETTING WITH MANICURED LANDSCAPING, BEAUTIFUL TREES & AN AMAZING TRIPLE CAR GARAGE, not too mention the EXQUISITELY UPGRADED FINISHINGS, FINISHED BASEMENT W/ IN-FLOOR HEAT & EVEN A GLASS WINE ROOM. Walk in the front door of this LUXURIOUS 5 BDRM HOME & be captivated by the 13’ COFFERRED CEILINGS & the GOURMET KITCHEN with an 11’ EXOTIC GRANITE ISLAND, AMPLE STORAGE & HIGH END STAINLESS STEEL APPLIANCES will be the ENVY OF YOUR GUESTS! The dining area leads to a PRIVATE DECK PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING. A HUGE MASTER SUITE w/ 5pc SPA-LIKE ENSUITE & WALK IN CLOSET, 2 more SPACIOUS bdrms, 3 pc bath, & laundry rm complete the main floor. The basement is IMPRESSIVE with 2 bdrms, a FULL JACK & JILL BATHROOM, a half bath, a LARGE storage rm, family rm w/ DOUBLE SIDED FIREPLACE, & an EXERCISE RM, REC AREA & HUGE WET BAR.
I have listed a new property at 115 10403 98 AVE in Edmonton.
Looking for an affordable condo near the river valley with the best patio imaginable? You won’t want to miss this one! This 1,050 SQFT, 2 BEDROOM, 2 BATH CONDO STEPS from the RIVER VALLEY, LRT & DOWNTOWN is sure to impress. An efficient & well-equipped kitchen is adjacent to a DEDICTED DINING AREA to host fabulous meals. The SPACIOUS LIVING RM with tons of windows leads you to your OWN PRIVATE OASIS HUGE WEST FACING PATIO to enjoy outdoor living at its finest. NATURAL LIGHT FLOODS THROUGH large windows in THE KING-SIZED MASTER SUITE with a WALK-THRU CLOSET to a 3PCE ENSUITE. The 2ND BDRM & is located on the OPPOSITE SIDE making this perfect for roommates/guests with ANOTHER FULL BATH nearby. An IN-SUITE LAUNDRY ROOM W/ FULL-SIZE WASHER/DRYER & extra storage along with HEATED UNDERGROUND PARKING complete this unit. With REASONABLE CONDE FEES that INCLUDE HEAT/WATER, amenities like BICYCLE STORAGE, CAR WASH, WELL EQUIPPED GYM, party rm & plenty of VISITOR PARKING, you are sure to appreciate this condo!
I have listed a new property at 214 9804 101 ST in Edmonton.
DO YOU WANT VIEWS OF DOWNTONWN FROM YOUR HUGE PRIVATE WEST FACING PATIO OASIS? Just blocks from the BEAUTIFUL EDMONTON RIVER VALLEY, turn your dreams into reality with this CHARMING 1,100 SqFt 2ND floor downtown condo. You will love the AMAZING Open Concept LAYOUT GORGEOUS HARDWOOD floors throughout & 2 WALLS OF FLOOR TO 9ft CEILING WINDOWS letting in TONS OF NATURAL SUNLIGHT! The kitchen has PLENTY OF STORAGE SPACE with a LARGE ISLAND and RAISED EATING BAR, perfect for ENTERTAINING! A KING-SIZED MASTER SUITE has it’s own 4 PCE bath with a DEEP SOAKER TUB & a MASSIVE WALK-IN CLOSET w/ organizers! There is 2ND FULL BATH & BEDROOM that has a BUILT-IN MURHPY BED for your convenience so you can use this room as a flex room, office space or a zen retreat. This AMAZING space also has in suite laundry, an UNDERGROUND HEATED PARKING STALL w/ a SECURE STORAGE CAGE for your bike, golf clubs, hockey gear, ETC. A PRIVATE BALCONY W/ NAT GAS BBQ line creates a wonderful OUTDOOR OASIS FOR YOU TO ENJOY!
What does this have to do with shopping for a new home?
Well, if you want to find the right home quickly and for the best price, you need to have four things in place - the four legs of the stool. They will help ensure the experience goes smoothly.
The first leg is your wish list. You need to have a clear picture of the type of home you want. How many bedrooms? A large deck? Don’t forget about the neighbourhood. Do you need to be close to major highways for ease of commuting?
The second leg is a pre-approved mortgage. Getting the financing handled upfront takes the guesswork out of what you can afford. And, sellers are more likely to take any offers you make more seriously.
The third leg is realistic expectations. Of homes that sell, 99% sell at or near their current market values. That doesn’t mean you can’t find a good deal. It does mean you’re unlikely to find a “steal”. Fortunately, there are likely several wonderful properties available within your price range.
The final leg of the stool is a great real estate professional. Choosing the right real estate professional is crucial to making your home shopping experience less stressful and more productive.
So, when you’re hunting for a new home, make sure you start with a stable “four-legged stool”. It will dramatically increase your chances of finding a home that fits your needs and budget.
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Assuming you have traditional double-pane glass in your windows, there are a few things to look for if you notice moisture.
Often, moisture at the bottom of your windows is simply caused by too much humidity in your indoor air. If that’s the case, simply adjust your humidifier.
If the moisture is on the outside of the window, typically there’s also no problem with the window itself. It may have rained recently, or the outside humidity may have spiked causing the accumulation. Generally, there’s no reason for concern.
However, if the moisture is in between the two panes of glass, the seal has broken and surrounding air - along with its water content - has made its way in. This disrupts the thermal barrier of the window, reducing its energy efficiency. In fact, the glass might feel noticeably colder than your other windows on chilly days. In that case, you’ll need to replace the pane.
Similarly, if the moisture is coming in through only one spot - the bottom right corner for example - then you might have a leak. If you have a wood frame or sill, you may also notice a growing water stain. It’s important to get leaks fixed quickly. There may be water damage occurring within the frame that you cannot see.
I have listed a new property at 20010 128A Ave AVE NW in Edmonton.
Ready to enjoy living in luxury and all the finest that a home can offer? You’ll be impressed with every inch of this almost 3000 SqFt 4 BEDROOM, 4 FULL BATHROOM ESTATE HOME! All the upgrades you can imagine and wish for including: EXQUISITE GRANITE THROUGHOUT, MARBLE INSPIRED FLOORS, SOARING 18’ CEILINGS, PALATIAL ENSUITE BATH WITH JACUZZI TUB & GLASS SHOWER, MODERN LINEAR FIREPLACE WITH FLOOR TO CEILING FEATURE WALL TREATMENT, AMAZING MUDROOM WITH LOCKER CUBBIES, HUGE WALK-THRU PANTRY, COFFERED CEILINGS, CUSTOM CABINETRY THROUGHOUT, HARDY PLANK EXTERIOR & so much more, this home must be seen to appreciate. CUSTOM WINDOW COVERINGS, stylish light fixtures, custom stair railings and so many more details that you will be sure to appreciate! EVERY BEDROOM HAS ITS OWN BATHROOM! An amazing layout with 2ND LEVEL LAUNDRY with a sink, HUGE BONUS ROOM, 9’ ceilings in the basement and don’t forget about the AWESOME OVERSIZED TRIPLE GARAGE! This is a great opportunity to LIVE IN LUXURY & enjoy a fantastic community!
I have listed a new property at 1348 South Creek LINK S in Stony Plain.
ARE YOU READY TO ENJOY THE FINER THINGS IN LIFE? This 3 bdrm, 2.5 bath home is in IMPECCABLE CONDITION & makes for the PERFECT SANCTUARY! Gorgeous open concept main floor with plenty of natural light & WIDE PLANK flooring leads you to the kitchen which is a PINTEREST DREAM - upgraded CAMBRIA countertops, tile backsplash, sleek stainless steel appliances, a BUTLER’S KITCHEN in the WALK-THRU PANTRY & sizable ISLAND w/EATING BAR! A FAMILY-SIZED dining & living room area is perfect for entertaining all your guests & a 2 pce powder rm finishes off the main floor. Upstairs you will FALL IN LOVE with a FLEX SPACE, perfect for a SITTING AREA, OFFICE OR PLAYROOM & a KING-SIZED MASTER BDRM, ensuite w/HIS & HERS SINKS, LARGE SHOWER & a walk in closet with 2 more good-sized bdrms, full bath & LAUNDRY AREA close by. You will enjoy sipping your morning coffee on the deck while you appreciate the private, FULLY FENCED & LANDSCAPED YARD. DBL GARAGE, A/C, FIREPLACE & many more great features makes this home a TRUE 10/10!
I have listed a new property at 59 Eastcott DR in St. Albert.
Great Location! Large Yard! Situated in a FAMILY FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD close to SCHOOLS, SHOPPING, TRANSPORTATION and AMENITIES! With a little elbow grease you can take ADVANTAGE of the BIG POTENTIAL this home has. Walk into this 1900+ SqFt home and be welcomed by an OPEN CONCEPT main floor, a large living room that leads effortlessly into the kitchen w/ a corner pantry. A conveniently located Half Bath and HUGE laundry room completes this floor. Upstairs you will find a MASSIVE BONUS ROOM with BEAUTIFUL BIG BAY windows letting in the perfect amount of sunlight, a HUGE MASTER BEDROOM with a 4 PC ENSUITE and tons of closet space, 2 more BEDROOMS and a 4 PC Bath! The Basement is framed and has plenty of space & POTENTIAL. You will love the DOUBLE ATTACHED GARAGE w/ shelving along with the LANDSCAPED and FULLY FENCED backyard w/ a large DECK to host BBQ’s or spend time with family on! You will need to roll up your sleeves on this one but you will create a a ton of sweat equity!
Come visit us at our Open House at 11517 123 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, February 1, 2020 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Join us for an OPEN HOUSE at this BEAUTIFULLY BUILT BRAND NEW HOUSE! Walk through the door of this LUXURIOUS home & you will see the difference that you’ve been looking for w/attention given to EVERY DETAIL.Upstairs is a KING-SIZED Master suite & the perfect SANCTUARY W/ FIREPLACE, huge CUSTOMIZED walk-in closet & SPA-LIKE 5 PCE ensuite w/a STAND ALONE SOAKER TUB!This custom kitchen is sure to impress w/a HUGE ISLAND, eating bar, gorgeous QUARTZ COUNTERS & UPGRADED KITCHEN AID appliances. Bsmt has a great layout & a DOUBLE GARAGE, LARGE DECK & HIGH END FINISHINGS & A GREAT LOCATION! Steps from a green space, dog park & all the amenities you will need. DON’T DELAY!
Have you been searching for a LUXURIOUS HOME in a GREAT LOCATION? STOP Looking! Walk through the door of this GORGEOUS 1860 SqFt 2 Storey home & you will see the difference that you’ve been looking for w/attention given to EVERY DETAIL. You will love the large & open concept main floor layout. Living rm w/DESIGNER FEATURE FIREPLACE wall is open to the spacious dining area which makes a great atmosphere to host dinner parties for all your friends & family. MASSIVE kitchen is sure to impress w/a HUGE ISLAND, eating bar, gorgeous counters throughout & upgraded appliances. 2 PCE powder rm, a glass wall & tons of windows complete the main flr. Upstairs you will find 2 GOOD-SIZED BDRMS, laundry room w/folding area & family-sized main bath. KING-SIZED Master suite is the perfect sanctuary w/a fireplace, huge CUSTOMIZED walk-in closet & SPA-LIKE 5 PCE ensuite w/a STAND ALONE soaker tub! Bsmt is READY FOR YOUR TOUCH & can accommodate all of your IDEAS. DOUBLE GARAGE, LARGE DECK & HIGH END FINISHINGS, just MOVE IN!
I have listed a new property at 13119 107 ST in Edmonton.
ARE YOU LOOKING FOR AN IMPECIABLY UPDATED 1503 SqFt 5 BDRM BUNGALOW with SCHOOLS, SHOPPING, DOG PARK, SWIMMING POOL & many amenities only a few minutes walk? EXOTIC BRAZILIAN CHERRY HARDWOOD FLOORS greet you & TONS OF NATURAL SUNLIGHT fill this GORGEOUSLY laid out OPEN CONCEPT main floor! The living rm is THE DEFINITION of COZY & EFFORTLESS leads into the HUGE DINING RM, perfect for ENTERTAINING! The SPACIOUS KITCHEN features a DOUBLE CONVECTION OVEN, AMPLE STORAGE in the STYLISH ESPRESSO STAINED CABINETS, stainless-steel appliances, BEAUTIFUL CERAMIC TILE floors & LARGE EATING NOOK! A KING-SIZED MASTER SUITE includes a SPA INSPIRED ENSUITE w/STEAM SHOWER & 1 more BDRM w/FULL BATH also on this floor. FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT has a HUGE ENTERTAINMENT AREA, gorgeous FEATURE ROCK WALL, 3 BEDROOMS, 3RD FULL BATH & storage. Room for all the cars/toys in the MASSIVE DOUBLE ATTACHED HEATED GARAGE & space for an RV in the LANDSCAPED YARD! Boiler/Radiant heating in the house & virtually everything is newly updated!
Average home price expected to rise by 3.7% next year
• Increased consumer confidence could be a key factor affecting the housing market in 2020
• 51% of Canadians are considering a home purchase in the next five years, up from 36% at the same time last year
• Only two in 10 Canadians say that the mortgage stress test negatively affected their ability to purchase a home in 2019
RE/MAX is calling for a leveling out of the highs and lows that characterized the Canadian housing market in 2019, particularly in Vancouver and Toronto, as we move into 2020. Healthy price increases are expected next year, with the RE/MAX 2020 Housing Market Outlook Report estimating a 3.7 per-cent increase in the average residential sale price.
Most individual markets surveyed across Canada experienced moderate price increases year-over-year from 2018 to 2019. However, some regions in Ontario continue to experience higher-than-normal gains, including London (+10.7 per cent), Windsor (+11 per cent), Ottawa (+11.7 per cent) and Niagara (+12.9 per cent).
As more Canadians have adjusted to the mortgage stress test and older Millennials move into their peak earning years, it is anticipated that they will drive the market in 2020, particularly single Millennials and young couples. A recent Leger survey conducted by RE/MAX found that more than half (51 per cent) of Canadians are considering buying a property in the next five years, especially those under the age of 45.
Reduced foreign buyer activity has opened up more opportunity for local buyers in Greater Vancouver’s condo market. While average residential sale prices for all properties increased by two per cent, from $1,030,829 in 2017 to $1,049,362 in 2018, the number of sales dropped by 30 per cent. The low absorption rate is expected to bring down average residential sale prices in 2019 by three per cent
Similarly, the number of sales year-over-year has dropped by 33 per cent in Kelowna. Rising interest rates, government policy changes and the mortgage stress test were all factors that contributed to the decline, which is expected to continue into 2019. Average residential sale prices increased by six per cent year-over-year from $674,930 in 2017 to $718,915 in 2018, with prices expected to decrease by three per cent in 2019.
“The drop in sales in key markets across British Columbia can be partially attributed to Canadians’ increasing difficulty in getting an affordable mortgage in the region,” says Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, RE/MAX of Western Canada. “The situation created by the introduction of the mortgage stress test this year, as well as continually increasing interest rates, means more Canadians will be priced out of the market.
Regional housing market insights:
Vancouver East, BC
Vancouver West, BC
Fraser Valley, BC
Alberta continues to experience slowing economic conditions, which have contributed to a decrease in average residential sale prices in Calgary, from $478,088 in 2018 to $460,532 in 2019. Condos are the easiest way for first time homebuyers to get into the market, with starter units going for as low as $150,000. While the city’s unemployment rate continues to remain high compared to the rest of Canada, the population is increasing, with more people moving to the city from other parts of the province.
On the other hand, Winnipeg has shown a small increase in average residential sale price, both for freehold and condominium properties, by 1.5 and 0.8 per cent, respectively. The number of properties sold also increased by five per cent, from 8,139 in 2018 to 8,539 in 2019. Immigration to the city, in combination with reasonable prices and ample supply of inventory, is expected to drive sales going into 2020. Regina also saw the number of properties sold increase by more than five per cent year-over-year, despite being one of the few markets where the effects of the mortgage stress test are still being felt.
Regional housing market insights:
Toronto is set to experience a strong housing market in 2020. Lower unemployment rates, economic growth and improved overall affordability in the Greater Toronto Area are expected to drive the market forward. The estimated average sale price increase for 2020 is six per cent, two points higher than the growth experienced between 2018 ($736,256) and 2019 ($766,236). The city saw 76,413 properties sold in 2019, up 12 per cent from 2018 (68,064). While Toronto is experiencing its “busiest” construction season ever, housing supply still falls short of the demands of the city’s rapidly growing population.
Cities such as Ottawa and Windsor are seller’s markets, showing substantial increases in average residential sale price at 11.7 and 11 per cent, respectively. This strong growth is expected to continue into 2020, with Ottawa’s new LRT system impacting surrounding development and Windsor’s continued affordability attracting young professionals to the area. Buyers are also not burdened by the mortgage stress test, as they were in 2018.
The Niagara region is also showing strong growth, with average residential sale price increasing almost 13 per cent, from $378,517 in 2018 to $427,487.50 in 2019. Value-conscious consumers from the Greater Toronto Area are buying in droves, with many choosing to live in the region while commuting to Toronto.
“Southern Ontario is witnessing some incredibly strong price appreciation, with many regions still seeing double-digit gains,” says Christopher Alexander, Executive Vice President and Regional Director, RE/MAX of Ontario-Atlantic Canada. “Thanks to the region’s resilient economy, staggering population growth and relentless development, the 2020 market looks very optimistic.”
Regional housing market insights:
Niagara Region, Ont.
North Bay, Ont.
Thunder Bay, Ont.
Durham Region, Ont.
In Atlantic Canada, Halifax and Saint John have experienced solid price appreciation of six and five per cent, respectively. Affordability continues to attract many buyers in the region, most of whom are buying single family homes. At the same time, the region’s multi family and condo market is being driven by retirees. Conversely, the real estate market in St. John’s is expected to recover in 2020, with increased consumer confidence expected to bring about stabilization. However, the city’s aging population and high rate of outbound migration is expected to have an impact on housing market activity at some point.
Regional housing market insights:
Saint John, NB
St. John’s, Newfoundland
Key Findings from the 2020 RE/MAX Housing Market Outlook Omnibus Survey
Fifty-one per cent of Canadians are considering buying a property in the next five years. This is up from 36 per cent at the same time last year. The increase is attributed to consumers’ adjustment to the mortgage stress test and increased purchasing power. Only two in 10 survey respondents said the mortgage stress test has negatively impacted their ability to purchase a home.
Liveability continues to be important to Canadians, with more than half wanting to live closer to green spaces and shopping/dining locations. Specific figures:
• 62% of Canadians would like to live near shopping/dining locations
• 59% would like to live closer to green spaces
• 30% would like to live closer to work
• 36% would like to live closer to public transit
I have listed a new property at 13912 149 AVE in Edmonton.
Great Location! Large Yard! Situated in a QUIET CUL DE SAC in a FAMILY FRIENDLY NEIGHBOURHOOD close to SCHOOLS, SHOPPING, TRANSPORTATION and AMENITIES! Walk into this 1324 SqFT home and be WELCOMED by an OPEN CONCEPT main floor. The living room has A COZY FIREPLACE IDEAL FOR RELAXING and KEEPING YOU WARM on cold nights, and leads effortlessly into the SPACIOUS KITCHEN with a LARGE ISLAND with RAISED EATING BAR, PANTRY and a COMFORTABLE & BRIGHT DINING AREA perfect for ENTERTAINING, a conveniently located 2 PC BATH completes this floor. Upstairs you will find A HUGE MASTER BEDROOM with WALK IN CLOSET and 4 PC ENSUITE, 2 more BEDROOMS and a 4 PC BATH! The FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT BOASTS a LARGE FAMILY ROOM, another BEDROOM and a 3 PC BATH! You will love the DOUBLE DETACHED GARAGE along with the LANDSCAPED and LARGE PIE SHAPED FULLY FENCED YARD with a LARGE DECK to host BBQ’S or spend time with the family on! This home is READY FOR YOUR PERSONAL TOUCH & WAITING for your family to move in!
I have listed a new property at 13218 81 ST in Edmonton.
EXCELLENT OPPORUNITY for a FIRST TIME BUYER or INVESTOR! Located in the community of Delwood this half duplex is CENTRALLY LOCATED w/in WALKING DISTANCE to Elementary, Junior High and High Schools for both the Public and Catholic School System. EXTREMELY close access to PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION & EASY ACCESS to the Yellowhead Freeway making this an IDEAL LOCATION for getting around the city! Walk into this COZY BUNGALOW & be WELCOMED by an INTIMATE LIVING ROOM w/ BRAND NEW CARPET & BEAUTIFUL WOOD BURING FIREPLACE! Walk through into the separate kitchen w/ AMPLE STORAGE SPACE & dining area PERFECT for your family to ENJOY MEALS TOGETHER! A LRG MASTER BEDROOM, 2 additional GOOD SIZED BEDROOMS and a LRG 4 PIECE BATHROOM complete this floor. The basement is READY FOR YOUR PRESONAL TOUCH and features a LARGE WOOD BURNING FIREPLACE sure to be the center of your INSPIRATION! This property comes w/ an OVERSIZED SINGLE GARAGE, with enough room to park a vehicle and still have AMPLE WORKSPACE or ADDITIONAL STORAGE!
10 Ways to Make Your Home Look Elegant on a Budget
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Having a high-end looking home can be difficult, especially if you have a tight decorating budget. Fortunately, there are ways – even on a budget – that you can get the high-end look you dream of.
Interior designers have shared a few secrets over the years that have given homeowners some insight on how they can make their home look elegant without breaking the bank. From adding pillows and a fresh coat of paint to window treatments and hardwood floors, these are simple solutions you need to know about.
Here, you will discover 10 of the simplest and least expensive ways to make your home look elegant. Take the time to keep reading – you just might be surprised at these simple tricks to fooling your guests into thinking you live a high-end life.
1 ) Crown Molding – Details Matter
It’s all in the details. When it comes to decorating your home to look high-end and custom-made, details are key. In this instance, the detail is crown molding.
Crown molding has a way of making a room look complete or finished; it brings the ceiling and the walls together, giving them an elegant appearance. Without this finishing touch, rooms tend to look cheap or unfinished.
Fortunately, crown molding is relatively inexpensive (especially the plastic, paintable versions), making it affordable on almost any budget. There are many widths to choose from, but if you want a greater impact, chose the widest trim that your budget will allow. For the ultimate in glamour, try adding all types on molding to your home, i.e. crown, high baseboard, ceiling beams, columns, ceiling medallions, chair rails etc…
2) Paint – Color Matters
Paint color is perhaps one of the most difficult decisions to make when decorating a room, especially when the remaining décor will be based off the color palette. However, if elegance is what you are after, there are certain colors that add instant glamour to your home.
Choose one of these two color options—bold and dramatic OR soft, understated hues. These hues allow you to add instant elegance to your home. It simply depends on your color personality in terms of which option you choose.
Painting interior doors black is another great idea. It automatically creates an expensive feeling, without causing much damage to your wallet. If you choose this option, however, be sure to add some black accessories to the space to tie the overall design together.
3) Pillows – Comfort & Elegance
Pillows throughout your home serve two purposes. One, if they are chosen correctly, they can really punch-up the elegance factor. Two, they provide your guests with a little extra comfort on the couch, and offer a cozy, layered feeling to your rooms.
The comfort aspect speaks for itself, that is, if you choose pillows that are large enough to rest on, and soft. Speaking of size, you want to avoid the standard 12 to 18 inches for a throw pillow. Instead, choose something larger, such as a 22-inch pillow cover stuffed with 24-inch inserts.
Large, overstuffed pillows create a very plush, elegant appearance—and don’t skimp on the pillow inserts, down-filled is the only way to go.
4) Window Treatments – A Must-Have Accessory
It’s simple—a home without window treatments will look unfinished and cheap. Fortunately, window treatments are one of the most budget-friendly ways to add some elegance to your home, as well as much-needed privacy.
When selecting window treatments you want to make smart choices. For instance, choosing unlined flimsy materials look terribly cheap, even if they are the least expensive option. It is recommended that you avoid see-through materials. This does not mean that you can’t buy off-the-rack curtains. A lot of chain stores offer lined draperies that appear elegant and expensive —even though the price is right.
When it comes to window treatments stick with elegant materials such as natural silk, linen and cotton (polyester or man-made fabrics usually look cheap). If draperies are not for you, then try woven bamboo shades or wood blinds. Just be sure to dress your windows—they ensure your home looks elegant and well-designed.
5) Hardware Finishes – Opt for Unique
It is true that you can walk into a home improvement store and be faced with an entire wall of drawer pulls and knobs. However, that is the exact moment that you should turn and walk out the door.
These bulk hardware pieces are inexpensive, but they are also poor quality and cheap-looking. For a few more dollars – although not enough to break the bank – you can get elegant, more expensive looking pieces elsewhere.
Smaller hardware stores, flea markets, and antique shops are the best places to look. You can find heavy-duty, expensive- looking drawer knobs and pulls at a much more affordable price, giving your home the elegant and unique look you desire.
I have listed a new property at 327 Summerton CRES in Sherwood Park.
METICULOUSLY CARED FOR, FULLY FINISHED, LIKE-NEW HOME in Summerwood located on a quiet street READY FOR YOUR FAMILY! Walk through the front door and be INSTANTLY IMPRESSED by the FRESHLY PAINTED INTERIOR of this THOROUGHLY CARED FOR 1249 SQFT HOME. The main floor features AN OPEN CONCEPT KITCHEN complete WITH AN ISLAND, CORNER PANTRY and DINING AREA! The SPACIOUS GREAT ROOM is highlighted by a BEAUTIFUL GAS FIREPLACE, PERFECT FOR ENTERTAINING. Upstairs you will find 3 bedrooms, CONVENIENTLY LOCATED LAUNDRY and a 4 -PIECE BATHROOM with DIRECT ACCESS TO THE MASTER BEDROOM which also has A LARGE WALK IN CLOSET! The basement ADDS 527 SQFT and is PROFESSIONALLY DEVELOPED w/a 4-PIECE BATHROOM, AMPLE SIZED STORAGE AREA and can accommodate WHATEVER YOUR HEART DESIRES, a MAN CAVE? REC ROOM? HOBBY AREA? PLAY AREA FOR THE KIDS? The backyard is BEAUTIFULLY LANDSCAPED, FULLY FENCED complete w/ A DECK, RETAINING WALL & PAVED STONE FIREPIT AREA. ALL APPLIANCES ARE INCLUDED! 100% TURN KEY, ARE YOU READY TO MOVE IN?
I have listed a new property at 10143 88 ST in Edmonton.
IMAGINE LIVING IN RIVERDALE, one of the MOST SOUGHT AFTER NEIGHBOURHOODS in Edmonton w/VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN FROM YOUR PRIVATE ROOFTOP PATIO, JUST BLOCKS FROM THE RIVER VALLEY! Turn your dreams into reality w/this ELEGANT 1,959 SqFt 2 storey home w/ 9 FT CEILINGS THROUGH ALL LEVELS! Walk through the door to a BEAUTIFUL OPEN CONCEPT living rm flowing effortlessly into the dining rm & KITCHEN SEPERATED BY 2 ETHANOL BURNING FIRE PLACES creating the PERFECT ATMOSPHERE FOR ENTERTAINING. A CUSTOM KITCHEN has MODERN FROSTED GLASS DOORS, a HUGE ISLAND & eating bar w/ QUARTS COUNTERTOPS. Impressive 2ND level with a KING-SIZED MASTER SUITE, walk-in closet w/UNIQUE LAUNDRY BIN, a SPA-LIKE ENSUITE & INCREDIBLE SHOWER with 5 HEAD/BODY SPRAYS. Also upstairs 2 more good-sized bdrms, a 4 PC bath & LAUNDRY RM w/SINK. BSMNT has INFLOOR HEAT & features a HUGE REC RM & 3rd full bath & 4th bdrm! GLASS WALLED STAIRCASES, fully landscaped yard & a DOUBLE DETACHED GARAGE COMPLETE THIS FANTASTIC HOME. Now, are YOU READY TO MOVE IN?
Come visit us at our Open House at 11517 123 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, November 16, 2019 1:00PM - 4:00PM
Join us for an OPEN HOUSE at this GORGEOUS SKINNY HOME!
DESIGN meets ELEGANCE in this exquisitely refined 1860 SqFt 2 Storey home. Walk through the door of this LUXURIOUS home & you will see the difference that you’ve been looking for w/attention given to EVERY DETAIL. You will love the large & open concept main floor layout. Living rm w/DESIGNER FEATURE FIREPLACE wall is open to the spacious dining area which makes a great atmosphere to host dinner parties for all your friends & family. MASSIVE kitchen is sure to impress w/a HUGE ISLAND, eating bar, gorgeous counters throughout & upgraded appliances. 2 PCE powder rm, a glass wall & tons of windows complete the main flr. Upstairs you will find 2 GOOD-SIZED BEDROOMS, laundry room w/folding area & family-sized main bath. KING-SIZED Master suite is the perfect sanctuary w/a fireplace, huge CUSTOMIZED walk-in closet & SPA-LIKE 5 PCE ensuite w/a STAND ALONE soaker tub! Bsmt is READY FOR YOUR TOUCH & can accommodate all of your IDEAS. DOUBLE GARAGE, LARGE DECK & HIGH END FINISHINGS & A GREAT LOCATION! DON’T DELAY!
Come visit us at our Open House at 10143 88 ST in Edmonton.
Open House on Saturday, November 9, 2019 1:00PM - 3:00PM
Come join us at this beautiful home for an open house!
Light snacks provided!
EVER DREAMED OF LIVING JUST BLOCKS FROM THE RIVER VALLEY in Riverdale w/VIEWS OF DOWNTOWN FROM YOUR ROOFTOP PATIO? Turn your DREAMS INTO REALITY w/this ELEGANT 1,959 SqFt 2 story home w/ 9 FOOT CEILINGS THROUGHOUT ALL LEVELS! Walk through the door to a BEAUTIFUL OPEN CONCEPT living rm flowing effortlessly into the dining rm & kitchen SEPARATED BY 2 ETHANOL BURNING FIREPLACES creating the PERFECT ATMOSPHERE FOR ENTERTAINING. A CUSTOM KITCHEN has MODERN FROSTED GLASS DOORS, a HUGE ISLAND & eating bar topped off with QUARTZ COUNTERTOPS. Impressive 2ND level with a KING-SIZED MASTER SUITE, walk-in closet w/ UNIQUE LAUNDRY BIN, a SPA-LIKE ENSUITE & INCREDIBLE SHOWER w/ 5 HEADS/BODY SPRAYS. Also upstairs are 2 more good-sized bdrms, a 4 PC bath & LAUNDRY ROOM w/SINK. BSMT HAS INFLOOR HEAT & features a HUGE REC RM 3RD full bath & 4th bdrm! PRIVATE ROOFTOP PATIO w/ amazing views, GLASS WALLED STAIRCASES, fully landscaped yard & a DOUBLE DETACHED GARAGE COMPLETE THIS FANTASTIC HOME. Now, are YOU READY TO MOVE IN?