Wednesday, July 31, 2019 / by Sergey Korostensky
A home often has to be show-ready in a hurry when a buyer calls asking for a property tour. Professional home stagers have plenty of cleaning tricks up their sleeve to get a home ready in a hurry. They recently shared with Apartment Therapy some of their best cleaning secrets, including:
Use a hand steamer.
A handheld clothing steamer can be used to remove grime on glass shower doors or curtains, Justin Riordan, founder of Spade and Archer, told Apartment Therapy.
Scrub with a “magic eraser.”
Remove scratches on walls or imperfections by buffing them with a magic eraser, as melamine sponges are often called, suggests Cathy Lorenz with Cathy Lorenz Designs in New York City.
Grab baking soda.
Baking soda is one of stagers’ favorite hacks because it can help remove funky smells. Sprinkle some baking soda on upholstered furniture or on the carpet, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum it up, suggests Lorenz.
Let natural light in.
Open up the w ...
Thursday, July 25, 2019 / by Sergey Korostensky
In a bathroom remodel, homeowners have a lot of choices, from tubs, sinks, tile, and more. But it’s the small details that could have some big impact. Realtor.com® recently featured an article on the smaller details that can help elevate a bathroom’s look, including:
A luxe showerhead
“These days, many people opt for massaging showerheads and models that can remember your temperature preferences,” Rob McDowell, a master plumber with All Star Plumbing in Columbia, Mo., told realtor.com®. Low-flow showerhead systems and models that detach from the wall are trending. Designers also suggest raising the showerhead a foot or so higher. “When people ask us for the secret to the perfect bathroom, we always recommend raising your showerhead,” McDowell says. “Older homes typically have showerheads, so raising yours will bring your bathroom into the present at very little cost.”
Clean tile grout
Grout has the potential to make a ...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / by Sergey Korostensky
Paint can make a big difference and give fresh life to the interior and exterior of a home. Having a new hue can improve a room’s appeal, but making the wrong choice can ruin it.
Design experts recently shared some of the most common painting mistakes with Apartment Therapy, including:
1. Selecting baby hues.
“I cringe when I see baby blue walls,” Alessandra Wood, an interior design expert and vice president of style at Modsy, told Apartment Therapy. “Light blues easily run into nursery territory, which makes the space feel childish.” Instead, Wood recommends selecting a more saturated shade for the space and then using the baby blue as an accent.
2. Failing to factor in light.
Always remember that a paint shade can vary depending on how light filters into a room. If you’re going off a paper swatch, expect some variation when you actually go to paint your walls. Pick a shade or two lighter than the paint chip, de ...
Tuesday, July 23, 2019 / by Sergey Korostensky
Contractors haven’t been building condos and rental apartments at this frenzied rate in nearly 30 years.
So says a Bank of Montreal analysis of preliminary housing starts data from Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC) for the month of June.
Construction of multi-family dwellings — which include units in condo and rental buildings — roared last month at an annualized rate of about 186,000 starts, or “the highest level on record going back to 1990,” writes BMO senior economist Robert Kavcic.
A housing start is defined as when construction work begins at the site of a new residential development. If the site encompasses 50 units, then that counts as 50 starts, for example.
CMHC’s annualized rate is a measure of how many homes would be built in a year if current activity persists. Seasonal factors, such as winter slowdowns, are taken into account.
Rapid multi-family construction largely helped push the rate up 26 per cent compare ...
Thursday, February 21, 2019 / by Sergey Korostensky
Whether you are relocating, purchasing a new property or simply needing to move ahead, it’s sometimes necessary to sell a home fast. Unfortunately, that is sometimes easier said than done. There are however several steps that you can take to help move your property quickly.
Price: The number one reason most homes do not sell is that they aren’t priced competitively. It’s important to price the home right when first putting it on the market. The right price attracts attention. Once buyers see a home on the listings month after month, they assume something is wrong.
Bad Impression: Clutter, grime and lack of cleanliness are three huge reasons why your home might not sit well with potential buyers. Ask your agent for an honest appraisal of the property, and then take action before listing.
Taxes, Insurance and Homeowner Association (HOA) Fees: High property taxes, inability to obtain affordable insurance and escalating HOA fees can dramatically impact the ...