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Organized...livingroom! For some home owners, they usually wouldn't put those 2 words together in the same sentence. Next to the kitchen, the livingroom is one of the most popular spaces in your home that sees the most activity throughout a day as it is usually the central gathering place. Now it is one thing to keep it organized when you are living in it day to day but it can be even more important when you have your home on the market and need to keep it looking attractive at all times. Here are 10 tips that can help make things easier so you have more time to just enjoy your space.

 

1. Keep Flat Surfaces Clutter-free

Papers, books, and magazines tend to accumulate on flat surfaces all around the house.  A two drawer filing area or  a stackable file cart will do for most homes.

 

2. Control Out-of-Control Cords

Until the world goes wireless, we'll be stuck with tangled cables behind our entertainment centers. There are a few different options such as a Cableyoyo. It neatly coils up to six feet of cord and comes with an adhesive backing that sticks onto nearly any surface. A cable caddy also works well and usually sticks onto a desktop (or behind the TV console) and has a space for several cables to clamp into. 

  

3. Create a Play Zone

Unused corners of a family room transform into great play areas where you can put a small bookcase or children's table. Add rolling bins for toy storage works well and also can be used to encourage your child to pick up after he or she is done playing.

 

4. Coffee Table Functionality

Most coffee tables that look great but don't have any storage for magazines, remote controls or even drink coasters. Adding low storage cubes, rolling baskets or bins can assist with any storage issues.

 

5. Designate a Game Area

For a family that likes to play together, a game cabinet for board games, video games and cards is both functional and fun.  Creating a single game space will free up other areas of the room for storage. 


6. Creatively Display Photos

Photo albums and collage frames are great options for storing lots of photos at once. A digital photo frame is especially handy for those who prefer to stay digital. Other than just using the mantel or side tables, vertical space on the wall can be used to your advantage.  

 

7. Take Advantage of Space Behind the Sofa

It's a great place to put a trunk, cabinet or low bookcase. Plus, it gives you another surface to put a lamp or highlight a treasured objects.

 

8. Sort Your Movie Collection

Multimedia like DVDs, videotapes and CDs are staples of the family room.  There are plenty of options for storing your sorted collection such as DVD towers, bookcases, ottoman or the drawers of a coffee table. 

 

9. Grow Your Houseplants

Organize your plants with plant stands or several decorative pots. Keep in mind to try not to overwhelm your space with too many plants or ones that are too big for the room. 

  

10. Curb Your Collectible Enthusiasm

Collections can take over valuable storage space in a family room. Large collections display best when bits and pieces are shown at a time. Cut your displayed collection in half by putting half of the pieces into an appropriately sized container and storing it in a hall closet. 

 

So hopefully this gives you a few ideas on how you can keep the central zone of your house organized so that you can enjoy it to its full extent. When showing your home, this can also give the buyers a better sense of what your home has to offer.


If you are ready to get organized with listing your home, give me a call and I would be happy to come down & give you a free market evaluation on your property and start you moving forward in your next adventure. 


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I have sold a property at 6170 CEDAR CREEK RD in Williams Lake.
This 5.38 acre treed property overlooking Quesnel Lake near Likely has it all. 2 rancher style homes which rent for up to $700 per month each and it just a short drive to Mt Polley Mine. You're just seconds away from the boat launch and Cedar Point Park. The huge yard, decks and garden provide for a great outdoor experience and the large shop is perfect for boat or toy storage in this recreation country with numerous hiking or biking trail from the property to trails beyond. Each home has approved wood stoves, newer hot water tanks and separate septic systems. There is 2 creeks on the property with a gravity feed water system. Mining and recreation activity here, this is a great revenue and investment property. Motivated Seller..
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I have sold a property at 171 WESTRIDGE DR in Williams Lake.
Spacious family home with 4 bdrms on the main floor plus two unauthorized suites in the basement for $1,000/mo mortgage helper. Two full baths with family room off the kitchen to relax in. The outside is accessed from a sundeck to the backyard garden. A formal living room with fireplace and access to a front view balcony. This home has many options for a larger family or rental income from the two suites. Double garage complete with storage and access outside. This home must be seen to be appreciated. Priced well below assessed value.
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I have sold a property at LOT 1 BOWRON LAKE RD in Wells.
39.535 acres building site. Treed with a mountain view.
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Bathrooms! One of the #1 selling features, along with kitchens, that buyers look at when shopping for a new home.  But not every bathroom looks like it came out of a magazine. With limited space, sometimes a bathroom can almost seems to be an after thought as it appears to be quickly added in into a small space. But with a little ingenuity, you can make the bathroom appear larger than it really is. Here are 10 ideas to assist you in this challenge:


1. Keep things organized. Use baskets or glass jars for small items rather than having them out in the open.


2. Limited space for a full size vaniety? A pedastal sink looks elegant but offers no room for storage. Option: Use vertical space such as floating shelves, ladder-like towel racks and tall narrow cabinets should help to meet your storage needs.


3. Vanity options. Choose a vaniety that provides you with drawers and shelves which gives you flexible storage options for toiletries, cleaning products and linens.

 

4. Large Mirror. Strategically placing a large mirror to reflect the length of the room will give the illusion of a larger space.

 

5. Sleek sells. Skip the complex and ornate bathroom fixtures and go for sleek contemporary taps and hardware that won't overwhelm the room.

 

6. Install fixtures. Install fixtures that match the size of your bathroom such as compact toilets, showers and even tubs. Cramming oversized items into a small room will only make it seem smaller. 


7. Simple colors. The right color palette will do wonders for a small space. Light hues and neutral colors will typically make a room look larger. Using multiple shades of the same color will give it a unique and intriguing appeal.

 

8. Lighting. If your bathroom lacks natural light, ensure that you have well-distributed lighting that will open up the room and elimate dark corners and shadows which can make a room feel small.

 

9. Floor space. If you're looking for a bit more floor space, consider replacing your traditional door with a sliding pocket door that won't need to space to swing open.


10. Use every surface. Even the back of the toilet can be used as a makeshift vanity with the addition of a small tray but make sure not to overdo it which can cause the room to look overwhelmed with stuff.


It may take being a little creative but you do have options when dealing with small spaces. If you are looking to list your home and aren't sure how you can get the best look in order for it to stand out the market, give me a call & I would be happy to go over the options you have for your home and do a free market evaluation so we know which direction to take your property in order to get it sold. So enjoy your space and happy organizing! 

 

 


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Everyone dreads kitchen renovations! It can be exciting yet frustrating while living without the necessities that you've grown accustomed to in your kitchen such as running water, countertops and a stove. Sometimes a major kitchen renovation doesn't have to be all that.

 

If you do some research, you can find several ways to keep the costs in check. Many people think that they have to replace their cupboards entirely while this is not always required. Sometimes you may already have solid cupboards in your kitchen that very few market products could compete with. It may just be the color that is stuck in the 90's. One great solution that has came into the market at Home Depot is Rust-oleum Cabinet Transformations. This is a cost efficient method of transforming your cupboards by painting but without having to sand them & with limited inconvenience to your home. 


Some other ways to save on your budget, if you find ones you like, to purchase your accessories such as handles or knobs in packages not individually. This can save you a substantial amount of money. The only downfall would be that there is a limited variety of styles available in "bulk". 


Kitchen countertops! They can be the entire budget if you want it to be but it doesn't have to. For a quick fix, you can also try the product from Rust-oleum that is made for countertops. If you'd like to completely start from scratch, there are a variety of products on the market from laminate to butcher block to granite, all varying in price. Consumer's Reports has a good article (from a few years back) that compares the different options so you can see what would work best for you. 


Sometimes it takes doing your homework in order to reduce your renovating costs but if you are talking thousands of dollars, it can definitely be worth putting the time into. A kitchen can help sell a home so it is worth looking into all the options out there.


Happy renovating and if you'd like to consult with me to see how renovating your kitchen will increase your homes selling price, just give me a call and I can meet with you to do a free market evaluation on your home. Kitchen renos? Bring it on!  


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For those of us that can remember life without the internet, it is amazing how much we use it now. From searches to social media, it is an integral part of our lives. There are many avenues we can explore that we can use not only for our personal interest but for business as well. One of those medias that is growing rapidly is Pinterest.


If you haven't used this site before, you can check out the Pinning 101 page for details on how to get started and how to use the site. If you are curious as to when and how this pin-board style photo sharing website got started, jump onto Wikipedia for its history.

 

The website allows users to create and manage theme-based image collections such as events, interests, hobbies, just to name a few. Users can browse other pinboards for inspiration, 're-pin' images to their own pinboards, or 'like' photos. Many businesses use this site in their advertising portfolio. Check out RE/MAX's board to see some of the information they like to share. One pin that might interest you if you are looking to trend up your home is the 5 Home Decor Trends of 2013. 


So put down that hard cover book, close up that newspaper and let the internet in. It might just be another way of relaxing and enjoying the simple things in life. 



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I have listed a new property at 85 770 11TH AVE in Williams Lake.
Ready to move right into this recently updated home in a great park! All new carpets and paint throughout. This gorgeous 2 bedroom home features a large 5 pc bathroom with soaker tub, separate shower and 2 sinks and you have access from both master bedroom and main hall. Check out the large sunken living room with vaulted ceilings and cathedral windows. Nice open plan kitchen, dining & living room for entertaining friends and family. Excellent for a first time buyer or for down-sizing. Central location with short walk to all levels of schools, hospital or University. On Gibraltar Mine bus route and cost less than renting. It is super nice and priced to sell.
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I have sold a property at 6340 BOWRON LAKE RD in Wells.
Nature lover's paradise! 1 bedroom log cabin with loft. No services connected.
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I have sold a property at LOT 1 BOWRON LAKE RD in Wells.
39.535 acres building site. Treed with a mountain view.
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March has arrived.  You start to think spring is coming and then the snow starts falling again. You start thinking you need a winter getaway...and not just a 2 week vacation but that semi-retirement home on the beach somewhere that you can escape to for a month or 2 or 3.  Check out RE/MAX Global. Now you can search properties in over 80 countries around the world with RE/MAX. 


RE/MAX Global allows you to search for properties in your currency and your language of choice. You can search residential properties to buy or rent as well as commercial properties. It is a great way to see what is available in different countries and what kind of price tags you may be looking at in your future investment. 


So have some fun and go global for a hour or so. If you prefer a cabin on the lake or off-grid private acreage in this beautiful area of ours, just give me a call and we'll go in search together for your local escape. 

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