Home staging and curb appeal are even more important in the cold winter months. Getting the details right, can greatly impact your properties appeal to potential buyers. Often times, the buyer will decide if they want to tour the home by how the curb appeal appears both physically and online.

Clear the way! Shoveling the sidewalks, driveways and clearing a path to the front door welcomes potential buyers from the moment they drive up. This also shows the high standards the current owner keeps for the property. If shoveling is not for you, consider hiring a service to take care of it.

Showcasing the front of your property is difficult during the colder weather with brown lawns, leafless bare trees and a grey frosty background. Here are a few tips to improve your curb in the coming season:


  • Lawn maintenance - rake up all leaves and garbage that may have blown in to your yard. 
  • Landscaping - clean up flower beds pulling up all dead and brown flowers, trim trees and shrubs.
  • Hide what you need to keep - put summer items away like children's toys and garden hoses. 
  • Splash of colour - keep holiday decor simple. Try hanging a wreath on the door or get a festive planter. A little bit goes a long way! 
  • New bling - a new mailbox, welcome mat, house numbers and handle are details that complete a polished look.
  • Safety first - daylight hours are shorter in the winter and good lighting is important. Most people tour after work and don’t want to go into a dark home. Replace any burnt out bulbs and increase lightening by adding solar lights or motion lighting, to light up pathways and driveways.

It's not expensive to improve curb appeal in the winter, just a little thought and a few hours of hard work.


Winter curb appeal info courtesty of:

Elysse Bulloch of Simply Stylish Staging - local Calgary home stager and instructor for the Calgary Real Estate Board

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Whether first time buyers, buyers new to our city or families making a local move, sometimes people start their home search looking at the features of a specific home without considering the neighbourhood and I always find that surprising.

At the end of the day, the most important factor for real estate values is location. 

Location means a few things including:
1. The physical community or area in which a property is located.
2. The lot location relative to the area such as a home located beside a park vs one beside a parking lot or a home on a main street vs one on a cul-de-sac.
3. The location and orientation of a specific lot.  Does the front of the house face north, south, east or west. Lot orientation, especially in Calgary, is very important to some people especially if they wish to have direct sunlight in specific rooms of the home or evening sunshine in their backyards or to have the sun melt the snow off the driveway.
Calgary is a large city and while pricing may limit options, it is worth taking the time to discover various neighbourhoods as you begin your home search. Whether schools, amenities, access to transportation or just a general vibe are what's important, your community is your home. There are pockets in the city whether home owners are passionate about their communities and you may love or hate the overall priorities.  Going for a walk or drive to check out the scenery during the day, evening and weekend are worth the time as is a read through the community newsletter. Most are found online. 
Not sure where to start? I'd be happy to meet with you to help align location, price and home.
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We have had one of the nicest September months on record. As summer has drifted into fall and snow is around the corner, there is a window of time where people realize they may want to move now rather than wait out the winter before purchasing or selling their home. A sales surge during this time is not unusual. There is a general slowdown in the market as we move towards the end of the year, but as the number of buyers drops, so does the number of listings. If you are one of the few properties on market while people continue to move to Calgary as our economy grows, then you may be able to take advantage.  My experience has shown that folks who are out in -30 degree weather looking at homes are typically motivated buyers.


If you are considering the sale of your home over the winter months or early in the spring, now is the time to make any required repairs. If your entry or front porch needs a touch up, taking care of that now is the best time to make sure it shows well when you are ready to move forward. Consider window maintenance, a roof assessment if your roof is wood shake or over 10 years old and review any servicing needed for appliances, furnaces, sprinklers, etc.  If you selling a condo, get an early start on collecting condo documents from friends in the building if you haven’t kept your copies. 


The general statistics for Canada are showing a decline in the real estate market, however, Calgary is one of the bright notes with continued improvement in year over year sales.  Our market is again 'balanced' in an overall sense with pricing remaining level for the most part for single family homes and a slight upturn for apartments and townhouses.


We live in a great city. Get some advice for your purchase or sale so you can enjoy your home and enjoy everything Calgary has to offer. 


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113 - 345 Rocky Vista Park NW Calgary


Exceptionally maintained, upgraded corner unit in the popular Pavillions of Rocky Ridge. Original owner. The beautiful stone fronted corner fireplace is a focal point in this well designed open concept plan. With hardwood floors throughout (only allowed on the first floor), upgraded paint, lighting and fixtures, maple cabinets with glass fronts and stainless and black appliances, this unit presents very well. Tucked away on the back side away from parking and traffic, the location is quiet and very private. The large deck with balcony storage looks onto a secret garden. The popular complex of the Pavillions is part of the Lakes of Rocky Ridge. The complex provides access to secure bike storage, underground parking, exercise room, games room, theatre, salon and more at the complex and also the amenities of the Rocky Ridge Community Centre. Amazing location within walking distance to the future LRT station. Titled parking with enclosed storage at the front of the spot.


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