September 2020

There are 4 blog entries for September 2020.

If your house is bursting at the seams, or simply short on storage options, the solution may be as close as your garage. To make the best use of this space, however, you first need to corral its current chaos.

This is, fortunately, a relatively simple task if you incorporate a few good storage ideas. With careful planning and a little effort, you can transform your garage from a messy catchall to an efficient, well-organized household annex.

Divide and conquer

First things first: Get rid of anything you no longer use. After you’ve winnowed down the contents of your garage, sort everything into groups. Keep garden tools with garden tools, and sports equipment with sports equipment. Items used together ought to be stored together.

Where

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You've probably been advised to "neutralize" your house before putting it on the market. But what does that mean?

It means two things:

First, re-painting or re-carpeting, if necessary, to present a color palate that others can see as a backdrop for their own furnishings. That means using neutral colors and adding your highlights via removable objects, such as throw pillows, kitchen canisters, or towels, bedspreads, etc. 

There is a beautiful, correctly priced home in a southeastern resort town that has gone unsold for the last few seasons, simply because the master bedroom has maroon walls. Of course  buyer could repaint, but instead they pass it by. 

Wallpaper, especially if it is dramatic, can also put buyers off. Most know that they would need to

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Whether you've decided to sell your house or will soon be moving to a house you've purchased, now is a good time to hold a yard sale. 

But what about COVID-19? Isn't a yard sale risky?

It's no more risky than going to the grocery store - and probably less risky if you hold it outdoors. Space your tables far apart so buyers can maintain social distance; wear your mask; and have plenty of hand sanitizer on hand so people can feel free to handle the merchandise.

If you've decided to sell, you know you need to de-clutter to make your home feel as spacious as possible. Moving things out via a yard sale will mean you only have to handle things once. 

Moving will be less of a chore when you have several hundred pounds less to pack and carry. And... moving into

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Home buyers and sellers remained active across Metro Vancouver in August, with home sale and new listing activity outpacing the region’s historical averages.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver (REBGV) reports that residential home sales in the region totalled 3,047 in August 2020, a 36.6 per cent increase from the 2,231 sales recorded in August 2019, and a 2.6 per cent decrease from the 3,128 homes sold in July 2020.

Last month’s sales were 19.9 per cent above the 10-year August sales average.

 “People who put their home buying and selling plans on hold in the spring have been returning to the market throughout the summer,” Colette Gerber, REBGV Chair said. “Like everything else in our lives these days, the uncertainty COVID-19 presents

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