Wednesday, September 15, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
In today’s sellers’ market, standing out as a buyer is critical. Multi-offer scenarios and bidding wars are the norm due to the low supply of houses for sale and high buyer demand. If you’re buying this fall, you’ll want every advantage, especially when you’ve found the home of your dreams.
Below are five things to keep in mind when it’s time to make an offer.
1. Know Your Budget
Knowing your budget and what you can afford is critical to your success as a homebuyer. The best way to understand your numbers is to work with a lender so you can get pre-approved for a loan.
Showing sellers you’re serious can give you a competitive edge. It enables you to act quickly when you’ve found your perfect home.
2. Be Prepared To Move Fast
Speed and the pace of sales are contributing factors to today’s competitive housing market. According to the latest Existing Home Sales Report from the National Association of Realtors (NAR),. ...
Thursday, September 9, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
There are plenty of cleaning products on the shelves when you go to the store. It can often feel like we spend more money on cleaning our houses than we do on decorating them, with scent-free toilet cleanser and specialist sprays to clean stainless steel equipment. If only there was a method to clean our homes with items we already have on hand...oh, wait, there is!
Stainless steel appliances must be cleaned.
In less than five minutes, pesky fingerprints can change your fridge from gleaming and fresh to a crime scene. Stainless steel is difficult to clean, especially when streaks remain. However, according to McCormack, you most likely already have the remedy in your cupboards!
“To shine stainless steel, I use Windex or another glass cleaner,” she says. “For the greatest results, use a clean cloth or paper towel and wipe with the grain, not against it.”
If you don't have Windex on hand, she offers a different alternative for cleaning your fridge, oven, or ...
Wednesday, August 25, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Bringing a baby home is a magical moment and, once that baby is placed in your arms, there’s an undeniable urge to keep them as safe as possible—especially in your own home. So how do you keep your baby happy, safe, and away from mischief? Baby-proofing!
The best time to baby-proof a home is before your newborn has arrived—trust us, there will be very little time to dedicate to the task once they’ve arrived! If you’re moving into a new house with baby in tow, have a plan mapped out for what things you’ll need to baby-proof once you take possession.
Cutting the clutter and eliminating hazards around the home is not only important for the safety of your baby, but for you as well. There may be many sleepless nights during the first few months, so make it easy on yourself to navigate your home safely during the wee hours of the night or on little sleep. Slippery floors, unstable furniture, or inconveniently placed home accessories can quickly turn into ...
Monday, August 23, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Spending more time at home this year has inspired many to roll with it and address spaces that no longer felt meaningful. In Life is Good: The Book by Bert and John Jacobs (the founders of the Life is Good brand), it’s suggested everyone ‘minds their space,’ whether it’s home, office, home office, tight quarters or open-floor. The entrepreneurial brothers believe “your physical space is also your mind space” and why not take “a few fresh chances?” It’s a no-brainer that safe colours are synonymous with beige, but “beige surroundings can foster beige feelings and ideas. Who wouldn’t cancel a full day with beige to go to a meeting with green, or a party with yellow?”
Even though we’ve cruised through the midway point of 2021, it’s not too late to capitalize on the colours of the year, as the mood they invoke is inspired and comforting—we’ll introduce some ideas to help brush up your painting ...
Monday, August 16, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
There are a few things in life more enjoyable than coming home to fresh flowers! A beautiful bouquet can bring a touch of nature indoors and make a space more inviting. Putting together a floral arrangement on your own can take a bit of time, but with a bit of practice you can create your own bouquet to rival the pros! If you feel empowered to try your hand at arranging—whether it be a bold and colourful centrepiece arrangement or even a subtle side table bouquet—read on to learn how to create your own DIY floral arrangements.
Picking your flowers
When it comes to choosing your flowers, in-season blooms will be less expensive and suit the time of year, while other varieties, such as roses and orchids, are available year-round. When selecting your blooms, you want to create a mix of complementary colours and varieties and add greenery for texture and a pop of colour. Don’t be afraid to play around with brighter colours, either! Floral arrangements can be a gr ...