Curb your enthusiasm

How to get the sell and still be festive

With the holidays hot on their heels, homeowners will have plenty of opportunities over the next couple of months to indulge in outdoor decorations that range from the gruesome and garish to the feel-good and festive.

Yet housing experts still urge homeowners to keep curb appeal in mind when it comes to going over-the-top this Halloween and Christmas.

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Curb Appeal in Calgary

Your chance to get involved in new local book

newDonnawebCalgary real estate professional Lori Olijnyk remembers a particular home home in Calgary’s hot inner city: “It had a large 50-foot lot with a dilapidated picket fence that might have been white at one time. Rolls of chicken wire actually had a bird in it. [The] grass was overgrown and the walkway was crumbling.”

In other words, it was a mess, and it failed the curb appeal test. The curb appeal was so bad it was hard to get prospective buyers out of the car and into the home.

“A bad first impression is difficult to overcome,” said Olijnyk.

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The winter sell

How to stage your home during the ‘off-season’

Your home has been on the market. You want an offer. You want it fast.

Problem is, nothing kills your property’s curb appeal than winter – piles of snow, leafless trees, mud and ice.

So how do you make your home stand out in a buyer’s market during the “off-season?”

Calgary-based home stager Pam Fieber suggests you start by keeping all walkways — front and back — safe, clean, hazard-free and easy to access.

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Hello readers!

Creating a memorable home for buyers

Allow me to introduce myself. I am a designer of buildings and space. But I’m also a designer of many other things.

I call myself an accomplished creator of architectural and interior designs. I have worked with custom homebuilders and unconventional new builds such as bale houses. In fact, I happen to live in a house made of straw.

I’ve also had a chance to work with restaurants, churches and commercial buildings, including a No. 1 tourist destination spa in Saskatchewan. I like to call my personal signature “casual elegance.”

It has been almost two decades since I first started my design career. I have since had my designs published in magazines across the city. Now, I’m excited to have the opportunity to share my design ideas and creativity with CREB®Now readers.

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Keeping it neutral

Why you should stick with the greiges when it comes to selling your home

If you’ve ever sold a home, you were likely told at some point to keep it neutral – meaning although you may have loved the lightness of a lime green dining room or the sensual feel of a dark red bedroom, you went with beige, grey or greige.

And for good reason, say experts.

“Neutral-coloured spaces allow us to feel a sense of connection with nature and experience pleasant or calming emotions, both of which facilitate a desire to stay in a space,” said Katherine Schurer, a registered psychologist with Calgary’s Now in Colour Psychological Services Inc.

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