“Great, but where do I go?”

Probably one of the most common things I hear when discussing the value of someone’s home in today’s market is “that’s great, but where do I go?” My response to this is always “where do you want to go?” If you have lived in your home for the last couple of years then you will have built up some pretty good equity since the market has really taken off. Use this as an opportunity to reinvest your equity and do whatever it is that you want; I will explore some scenarios here with you. Continue reading

Holiday Decorating When You’re Trying to Sell

The holidays are right around the corner and Christmas has arrived in every shop. Some of my friends have even started their holiday decorating already. For most people, decorating your home for the holidays is a favourite way to kick off the season and get in the festive spirit. If you are selling your home during the holidays, however, you may want to re-consider how and when you decorate your home. Continue reading

To Be Or Not To Be A Landlord

It’s certainly not uncommon here in the Lower Mainland to have an income suite in your home. In fact, a suite can add value to your home as many people specifically look for homes with a suite that they can rent out in order to help with housing costs. This blog is to help anyone that may be on the fence about taking on the venture of owning a house with a suite that they can rent out. Continue reading

Room Refresh: Part 2

Guess what I’m never doing again? Building a bed. I always seem to think these things look easier than they are. I told my sister I thought in my head that it would take me an hour. WRONG. While it was exciting to use power tools for the first time since grade 9 wood working class, I also had to do a lot of math and measuring. Nonetheless, a can of worms has been opened, and now that I know I can use power tools, I have many other projects planned in my head (let the fun begin). Before I go on too much further, here are some before pictures of her room (and before you go on too much further, make sure you read last week’s post – Room Refresh: Part 1): Continue reading

Creating a Space for You

The Man Cave. The Woman Cave/She Shed. These dedicated spaces to the men and women of the home are becoming all the rage and ever more popular. These types of spaces are even becoming part of essential search criteria when house hunting, as we yearn for a space in our homes to call our own – a getaway from the kids’ toys, the dishes in the sink, and the piled-up laundry. Continue reading

Good Bones: House Hunting Considerations

What makes a house perfect, or close to perfect, truly depends on who lives there. Every family or individual is going to have different needs and requirements for what they look for. It is therefore important when house hunting to look for a place, that at its core, meet these requirements or has the ability to be changed to meet these requirements. The bones of a house are those things that are permanent or can’t easily be changed. Continue reading

A Simple Basement Transformation

Is your basement used to its fullest potential or is it a place where furniture goes to die and storage boxes collect dust? The basement can often be the last to receive design attention, however, with the right touches, it can be an amazing space to enjoy. I have lots of great design tips but I’ve only incorporated a few of these ideas myself into our basement, mainly due to budget. I will say the few ideas I have incorporated have had a huge impact and help it to feel less like a dungeon! Continue reading