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A huge thank you to Mike and Audrey for all their hard work in the selling of my home.  Their great advice on what I needed to do prior to listing my property and the excellent communication day to day with me, really made what I thought was going to be a total nightmare, end up being a total breeze!  I found both Mike and Audrey very easy to get along with, extremely knowledgeable and very...
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Getting Your Edmonton Home Ready for the Hosting Season

Some might call the fall and winter months the holiday season, but it could just as easily be known as the hosting season. It's the time of year when cooking for crowds and welcoming friends and family for celebrations is the name of the game. For those opening their homes to guests, it can be hectic, but there are plenty of ways to make the season as full of cheer as it should be.

Decorating your home for the holidays goes hand-in-hand with getting ready for guests - whether those visitors are planned or impromptu. So, as you start to consider your decor themes, think about updates that can be made around the house to make your guests feel even more at home.

Keep this checklist in mind as you get started:

* Give your decorations a checkup. By pulling out your holiday decorations well ahead of time, you can save yourself the stress of last-minute surprises like broken platters or light strings with half the bulbs burnt out. If you find items that are broken or in disrepair, don't throw them out - make a few quick fixes instead. Repair broken items with reliably tough adhesives like Gorilla, which come in a variety of formulas, from clear-drying epoxy to wood glue and more. Replace burnt out bulbs individually, rather than buying entire new strands.

* Stock your pantry. During every holiday this season, food will be a major focus. Be prepared for the biggest days by having all the ingredients you need in your pantry, freezer and - closer to the actual events - your refrigerator. From spices to stock to sweet treats, it's better to have everything on hand rather than risking the chance of the grocery store being closed or dealing with the long, hectic holiday lines. It's also a great opportunity to make sure that you have enough supplies on hand to feed guests who stay for a few days at a time, from breakfast to dinner and dessert.

* Freshen your linens. Guest rooms often go dormant during the quieter seasons of the year, and need a bit of airing out before the hosting season. Keep a few sets of linens freshly laundered - one on each bed and a couple in the closet - to avoid stale smells. Make sure you also have a few extra blankets clean and ready to use as throws, and don't forget to vacuum or clean window treatments, where dust easily collects.

* Get in the spirit. Add to your home's seasonal spirit by making a few crafts or gifts to decorate the main rooms, as well as guest rooms. Get creative with craft store items, or try "upcycling" thrift store or yard sale finds into holiday decor that's uniquely yours. Visit www.pinterest.com/gorillaglue for project ideas and www.gorillatough.com for a guide to which glues work best on a variety of materials, from ceramics to plastic to paper.

* Be ready to entertain. Being a good host means being prepared for last-minute fun. After the big meal is finished and everything is cleaned up, you and your guests will have time for some extra fun. Set out DVDs, board games and books that will keep guests of all ages entertained.

One of the best parts of celebrating the season is the opportunity to spend time with loved ones. Getting your home ready for guests will make them feel more comfortable when they arrive and give you a new sense of holiday cheer.

If you got anymore party hosting ideas, please let me know.

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Preparing Your Home for Winter Showings

There is no doubt about it! Even if the weather is relatively pleasant, your Edmonton home won’t show as well in the winter as it would in the summer, especially from the outside. Fortunately, there are many ways to make your home look more attractive and appealing to buyers during the winter season.

First, before showing your home to a potential buyer,Clearing snow for all walkways on your Edmonton home to prepare for winter showings clear your front walkway including walkway to the garage if applicable. Make sure fence doors and gates open freely. Also, clear snow off the backyard deck or patio area. You want buyers to be able to explore around your property without any obstructions. In short, do everything you can to make the experience of walking up to your front door and around your property as pleasant as possible.

Second, clear away any boots, shoes and other outerwear from the front foyer as you walk in. You want buyers to focus on your beautiful home, not a cluttered entranceway. Also, have mats on both the outside and inside of your main entranceway. This will give buyers – as well as you and your family – a chance to wipe their boots and shoes.

Adjust your thermostat to be comfortable for your winter showingsThird, adjust your thermostat. You want your home to feel warm, cozy and comfortable for potential buyers.If you have a gas fireplace, turn it on for that cozy feeling

Finally, remember in the winter, homes show much better during the day. In the evening, it may be too dark to fully  appreciate your property especially yard. Work with your REALTOR® to schedule viewings during the day whenever possible. If you can, have pictures of your property available that showcase what it looks like in the spring/summer. A flower garden in bloom or that fully grown in hedge really gives the buyers a better idea of how your home looks in non-winter months. That takes planning. So if you're even just casually thinking of the possibility of selling your home, take some good "spring/summer" pictures.

Want more advice on how to sell your home in the winter? You can call me direct 780-242-5229 or thru my contact page. Thanks for reaching out!.

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