Pretty nice garage eh? It's not mine. I'm not brave enough to actually post a picture of mine. My garage does have a 1974 AMC Matador Coupe that is in year 13 of it's 5 year restoration.
I am a self-admitted Car Guy. There are many support groups, but most don't help quash the habit. I do identify myself as a maker. In my free time I love making things either in my own garage, or down at Calgary's Makerspace. Some of them are useful, some are only useful as conversation pieces.
Some of my projects include clever names like:
"Winnecargo", our cargo trailer that matches our 1973 Winnebago Brave,
"Minnibago" which is a scratch build of an electric go-kart that is also styled in retro rv.
"The Mini" is our 73 Austin Mini MKII, that has been put on a Suzuki 4x4 chassis with 35" tires.
If you ever want to hear me talk for an hour about a true love/hate relationship, ask about "Rumbot" The rum and coke camping robot.
Last night I had to pickup a $2.00 washer from home depot, and left with a new Miluakee impact wrench. I know how you feel. I'm there with you. I have given up, I have finally outgrown my garage. I started looking through the MLS for a new home with a three car garage and decided that it also needed to be a dedicated search function on my real estate website.
So here you go my fellow gear heads, collectors, pack-rats and horders:
If you are looking at also making the move to a bigger garage with a house beside it, feel free to give me a call. I also have a private client search available that is specific to homes with a large lot size that is perfect for building your own custom "Garage-mahal". Give me a call if you would like to be added to this private search notification.
Open houses are the best way to showcase your home to potential buyers, so you want to make sure you leave a good impression. Here are ten tips to help you better prepare your home for an Open House:
1) Empty half your clothes from the closet
Closet space is important, so potential buyers are sure to peak. By removing half your clothing, and ensuring everything is neat and tidy, you make your closets look bigger and more spacious.
2) Let in lots of natural light
Natural light makes even the smallest apartment feel larger and more welcoming, so be sure you draw back the curtains and open the blinds in every room. Being able to see out the windows also makes rooms feel larger.
3) Hide evidence of Fido and Fluffy
Not all people are pet lovers. Pet hair, food and water dishes, and toys can make a home feel unkempt and cluttered. Be especially cognizant of pet related odors, since a dirty litter box or a wet dog smell can quickly put off potential buyers.
4) Make your home as neutral as possible
Potential buyers that attend your Open House are going to try to picture themselves living there. Remove personal items, like family photos, so that your potential buyers are better able to imagine their own life there. Also, while you don’t need to completely redecorate try and hide items that aren’t very neutral. You may think that singing bass your uncle bought you for your birthday is hilarious, but your potential buyers may disagree.
5) Make sure your home is clean
Things like dust, grime and fingerprints are off putting, and do not present your home in a positive light. Make sure you thoroughly clean the entire house before each Open House, and be sure to pay close attention to often overlooked places like the downstairs storage cupboard and the cupboards under sinks. Potential buyers who are seriously considering purchasing your home are going to thoroughly inspect your home, so you want to make sure everything is in order.
6) Don’t forget curb appeal
The exterior of your house offers potential buyers a first impression. Make sure any children’s toys are neatly stashed away, and that your grass is cut or your sidewalk shoveled based on the time of year. Consider adding some welcoming decorations, like placing potted flowers on the front step or hanging a festive wreath from the door in order to make your home feel warm and welcoming.
7) Go the extra mile
Ironing your duvet cover and tea towels may seem excessive, but little touches like that can really add polish to your home. Make sure jars and cans are neatly organized in your pantry, and do your best to tame the tupperware and junk drawers. If you own a lot of stuff you might even consider storing some of it at a friend or relative’s home temporarily in order to reduce the amount of clutter you need to deal with before each Open House.
8) Fix what is broken
Even small things like squeaky doors, leaky taps and loose knobs can leave a bad impression. Small, easily fixed problems that have not been dealt with may make potential buyers wonder what other, larger, problems may be lurking. Take a weekend and repair these small things before your first Open House. You may also consider adding a fresh coat of paint to both the interior and exterior of your home. Fresh paint makes any space look brighter, cleaner and more well maintained.
9) Consider rearranging
The key to making any space feel larger is reducing the amount of stuff in it. Consider removing large sectional chesterfields or other large, dominating pieces of furniture. Items like these make rooms feel smaller than they actually are, and can leave potential buyers feeling cramped. If you can afford it, consider hiring a professional stager and potentially renting furniture that will best show off your home’s assets.
10) Add the finishing touches
The day of the Open House purchase one or several bouquets of freshly cut flowers. A bouquet in the kitchen, and one in the living room make any home feel fresh and welcoming. Also, consider setting out food and drinks for potential buyers. A cool glass of lemonade on a hot summer’s day, or some warm coffee or hot chocolate on a cold winter afternoon not only make potential buyers feel welcome and at home but also makes them more likely to stick around longer. You should also be sure to secure any valuables and prescription medications in a safe place before potential buyers arrive. And last, but not least, be sure to leave. It is much easier for your Realtor work their magic if you aren’t hovering around potential buyers pointing out all the positive qualities of your home. Realtors know when to intervene and chat with potential buyers and when to let them explore on their own.
At the end of the day you want to make sure your home feels neutral, clean, uncluttered and welcoming. Creating a pleasant space that potential buyers can easily seem themselves living happily in is what will seal the deal. Also, ask your Realtor for any advice he or she may have on staging your home for an Open House, and take advantage of their expertise.
Renting your first apartment, or purchasing your first condo, can be a daunting task. With so many things to worry about and keep track of the experience can seem overwhelming. Click here to visit our listing of available Apartments and Apartment Condos. To help you select a good apartment here are 4 things to remember:
1) Don’t go alone
Especially if you are inexperienced at apartment hunting it helps to bring a friend or relative along who has purchased their own place before. Hire a REALTOR® that has experience in buying and selling condos and the intricacies that go with it.
2) Talk to your potential neighbours if you can
If you are seriously considering an apartment or condo try and talk to some of your potential neighbours when viewing the property. Introduce yourself and explain why you are there, then ask them general questions about the building. Is the place in good repair? Do they have any complaints about their neighbours? What is the social scene like?
3) Go over the paperwork carefully
Your REALTOR will go over all of the details of your offer with you before you sign it. You will often have a condition of a condominium document review, which will allow the seller some time to obtain all of the documents related to the unit. You will then be able to examine the documents, and send them for a professional review if you choose. Some of the bylaws of the Condominium corporation will effect you directly. Can you have pets? What if you have, or decide you want to have, children. Will they be welcome in the building?
4) Research the neighbourhood
Make sure the neighbourhood is safe, and that you can easily access the services you need. How far away is the grocery store? If you have children, how far away is the nearest school? You should also check the crime rate in your neighbourhood. The Calgary Police Service offers an up to date Crime Map of the city, which shows how many of each crime occurred in each neighbourhood in the last year.
Purchasing your first condo, will be less stressful if you follow these tips. If something ever doesn’t feel right you shouldn’t risk it. The last thing you want to is get stuck with an unit that is not right for you.