Your imagination is the most powerful tool you have to improve the value of your property – and it’s free. Here’s how: Step out of your own shoes and step into your potential buyer’s shoes. Then take a good, realistic look at your house and property, and consider: Is it appealing? Can you imagine yourself living there comfortably? Or do you imagine yourself putting in a lot of work to make the house and property acceptable?



Most buyers are interested in three things about a property they’re considering:


• Visual appeal (landscaping, spaciousness, cleanliness, color, lack of clutter)

• Maintenance (everything in working order, nothing to repair or paint)

• Safety (locks and deadbolts, burglar/fire alarm systems, busyness of the neighborhood)


If a potential buyer can’t form a good mental picture of living in your house – no sale! With this in mind, you’ll want to give your property a good, hard look from the outside in. You want to create a fabulous first impression so everyone will want to come inside.


What to Look For On the Outside:


• Roof and gutters: When buyers look at your house from their car, about 30% of what they see is your roof. Be certain it’s in good repair.

• Landscaping: A well-manicured yard and a smooth, even driveway reassure potential buyers that you care about your property. A yard free of mud and weeds suggests a good sprinkler system and low maintenance.

• Paint and siding: Neutral colors and a clean appearance are important. Consider repainting or power-washing both your house and roof.

• Porch or covered patio: Make sure it’s clean and uncluttered.

• Fence: Fencing should be in good repair.


What to Look For On the Inside:


• Kitchen: Regardless of your kitchen size, you can make it feel spacious. Remove appliances and gadgets from your counter tops and store them. Repair broken or cracked counters. • Bathrooms: Replace faucets, medicine cabinet, and towel racks, if necessary; be certain the bathrooms are spotless and fresh-smelling. • Master Bedroom: Spaciousness and décor are important. Remove and store nonessential furniture. • Flooring: An investment in new carpeting almost always increases the perceived value of a home. Select a neutral color of medium-grade carpeting and padding. Replace cracked and broken tiles. • Wall covering: A fresh coat of paint can do wonders. Always use neutral or soft, warm colors. Avoid wallpaper. • Personal touches: Eclectic personal touches may distract potential buyers.




Deciding What to Do First ? Contact me for best advice what improvements produce ROI


The most important thing to think about first is this ?


Fix what you can see! Cosmetic changes, regardless of the cost, will make a world of difference when it comes time to sell. Whatever you saw when you put on your potential buyer’s shoes, that’s what you do first– from the outside in. Keep in mind that you want the best return on your investment. When you make cosmetic changes, you maximize popular appeal. People will see what looks great, and they’ll picture themselves living there.


Conversely, if your home looks untended, people will imagine how much work they have to do – again, no sale! The cost of such a project might frighten you; however, think about the cost of not doing it. If it costs $2,000 to repair your roof and gutters and you balk at the price, think again. The same roof repair will probably decrease your asking price by $4,000 when a buyer begins to negotiate. Ask your realtor for guidance OR second opinion.

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Most often, a move represents an important step forward for the adults in the family because of a new job, promotion, transfer to a different office, or financial success has allowed them to buy a more comfortable house in a different neighborhood. Moving from one house to another is seldom easy and enjoyable for adults (who chose to move), and can be especially troubling for children (who prefer to stay where they are). But if parents are mindful of their children’s concerns and needs, they can minimize distress and discomfort.

 

A Move Affects Children and Adults Differently


People typically live in a house for about five years and then move on as their jobs and incomes allow. Five years is a small percentage of an adult’s life, but it’s half the lifetime of a 10-year old: It includes almost all the years he or she can remember. It may be the only home the child’s ever known, and the place s/he feels most safe and comfortable.

A house is much more than a place to live to children. It’s the center of their world, associated with familiar activities, sights, and sounds. A move threatens a child’s security and leaves something unknown in its place. Their friends, and the familiar streets, schools, shops, trees and parks are gone. The new neighborhood is someone else’s world.

The impact of a move on a child starts about the time he or she first hears about it, and often continues until the new house becomes home. It’s not necessary to tell young children about this big change immediately, although they must hear about it from their parents before someone else tells them.


Expect that your children may be even more distressed after the move. The new house will not be comfortable or beautiful the night the moving van leaves, or for months after. The furniture won’t fit the rooms, and the floor will be covered with half-unpacked boxes. The children won’t know anyone at school and, if you move during the summer, they may have little opportunity to meet others their age. They’ll need your help: Plan ahead to support and comfort them and ease the stress of the move.



Easing the Stress of the Move

Young Children Have Special Needs


Describe the move in a truthful, positive way. Tell upbeat stories about the
benefits of the new house and location. Plan together to make the new setting feel like home:


  • Ask about their favorite activities (e.g., soccer), and plan to investigate youth programs in the new community.
  • Ask what they like best about the present house (e.g., the swimming pool) and assure them that you’ll find a place for them to swim in the new town.
  • Ask what they like best about the neighborhood (e.g., their friends), and make plans to invite the children on the block to a Welcome To the Neighborhood Party once you’ve settled in.
  • Ask what they like the most about their school (e.g., their teacher), and let them know that you’ll request a tour of their new school and a chance to meet their teacher beforehand.
  • Ask what they like most about their community (e.g., the video game parlor), and assure them that those activities will be available in the new location.
  • Use children’s literature. Books can help children prepare for and understand difficult situations. Story characters who model successful coping strategies are an excellent resource for children.
  • If the new home is too far away for the entire family to visit, show the children pictures of the house, yard, and neighborhood. Videotape it if you can. Include pictures of each child’s new room.
  • Ask the children to name the house with an inviting description, like “Oak Hill,” for the big trees and sloping lawn.

• Young children need protection from fear of the unknown. Listen carefully to their concerns and respond quickly to relieve their apprehensions. It’s normal, for instance, for a young child to worry that his or her toy box and shelf of stuffed animals might be left behind. Uncover those anxieties by actively involving your children in the process.

• Don’t just promise to let them decorate their own rooms – take them to the paint store and let them bring home color swatches. Shop together for bedspreads and towels and carpets.

• They must leave old friends behind. Plan a going-away party and let them invite their own guests to bring closure to that parting.

• Take pictures of everyone and make a photo album. If a child is old enough, send him or her out with a roll of film in the camera and the assignment to photograph the scenes he’ll want to remember.

• Give each of them extra screen time so they can keep in touch with people who are important to them.

• Buy a stack of picture postcards that show positive views of your new community and encourage them to write messages to the friends and relatives they left behind.

• Try to pack children’s things last and include them in the packing process.

• Keep security objects such as a favorite teddy bear or blanket close by. Keep your routine as normal as possible. Regular eating and nap times are important.

Encourage children to get outside and get to know the people and the neighborhood. Encourage older children to distribute fliers for babysitting, lawn care, or car washing. Encourage them to participate in school activities that appeal to them. Get them on sports teams and into clubs. Throw a housewarming party for yourselves and invite all the adults and children on the block.


Teenagers


Most teenagers see themselves as adult members of the family, and may feel disrespected if they don’t hear about the move early in the process. Also, they’ll need time to work through the ordeal of leaving their friends.
Ending relationships and saying goodbyes takes time, and is best done before the move. Some relationships will be extremely difficult to bring to an end, and these will require thoughtful, personalized planning. How, for instance, do you move a 17-year-old a thousand miles from her steady boyfriend? Even though teens seem more advanced in their social skills, they may worry a lot about making friends and fitting in. Visit their new school and check out local activities and employment opportunities for young people.


Communities have their own culture and way of doing things, and this is often reflected in the way teens dress. How they look is really important to teens. Before spending money on a new school wardrobe, your teen may want to observe what’s “in.” Purchasing a few new outfits can often help a teen feel more comfortable. It’s particularly important to let teens known that you want to hear about, and respect, their concerns. Blanket assurances may seem to your teen like you’re dismissing his or her feelings. It may help to explain that the move is a type of rehearsal for future changes, like college or a new job.


At any age, get help if emotional problems arise. Ask a teacher for assistance. Consider professional counseling. Don’t let a serious problem slide. Eventually, the strangeness and temporary discomforts should diminish. New friends will become good friends. The new house may become the family gathering place that your grandchildren will visit on holidays. In the long run, everything will work out fine.


This article courtecy off Michael Tudorie

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Open House on Saturday, February 16, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Please visit our Open House at 105 2688 VINE ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, February 10, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Please visit our Open House at 105 2688 VINE ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Tuesday, February 5, 2019 10:30AM - 12:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Please visit our Open House at 105 2688 VINE ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Saturday, February 2, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Please visit our Open House at 105 2688 VINE ST in Vancouver.
Open House on Sunday, February 3, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM
Looking for a 2BR w/Den in Vancouver's most walkable neighbourhood, Kitsilano? Look no further! This modern corner townhome is steps away from nearly every amenity. Luxury appointments include high ceilings, 2 full baths upstairs, a 1/2 bath down, a sizeable den that can be a 3rd floor bedr & patio perfectly situated. Across from Connaught Park, Kitsilano Community Centre & Ice Rink, there's no shortage of fitness and wellness options. Near major public and private schools. Shopping and groceries are only steps away. Transit users are close to Broadway's major bus routes such as the 99 B-Line. Cyclists have access to the 10th Avenue cycling route, stretching into East Van and linking to major North-South routes. see 3D Virtual Tour
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Second conversation I had today with a senior about the issues with housing was about the open concept. This idea grew on me for about 10 years from watching too much HGTV where designer' first go to option was to knock down walls. I started doing the same thing when I was on a tour with a buyer suggesting ‘You take down this wall, not weight bearing’. Client was like  “Mike, we are not knocking down any walls”. I realized back than that I need to see things through buyer’s prospective and not follow the ‘so called trends.


 So, this article is about why NOT to have open kitchen-dining-living concepts.  It does not mean I am against it just a different prospective to consider if making a renovation or looking to move to a new home.


  1. Open Concept might look good when empty but, not easy to furnish 
  2. Maybe the open kitchen concept brought the idea to have second kitchen known as the Chinese kitchen to hide all the dirty dishes in the sink and keep away all the smell from cooking
  3. Not sure about you but, I could not relax to watch a movie looking over at my kitchen sink full of dishes (dishwasher is not emptied yet)
  4. Open concept is not that energy efficient especially if you have 9 ft ceilings
  5. If you have remodeled any home you know the engineering challenges to have an open kitchen concept. Therefore, some walls are not bad for privacy
  6. Different spaces are meant for different functions. 
  7. Back to HDTV most common used words “Open Concept” and “Entertaining” I mean c’mon how much entertaining these people are doing? Do people want to have separate conversation which are impossible in the Open Concept? Having guys over for a game; if you do not have man cave, forget about having fun 


 The conclusion is that everyone has their own style in decorating but, functionality need to be considered for your family needs. Back to the seniors finding suitable accommodations, people like things the way they used to be and change is not always a good thing. The search continues finding suitable accommodation for this client to help them downsize or rightsize.


I welcome comments or a discussion on the topic. Feel free to contact me michael@michaeltudorie.com 

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Spacious, easy-access ground floor 1 bedroom renter and pet-friendly condo w/ 9 foot ceiling, stainless appliances, granite countertops, laminate floors and large patio. Designed as show home suite for entire development. Perfect for downsizing families. Excellent condition. Very walkable area w/ nearby shopping centre, library, hospital and parks. Myriad transit options to Langley and Vancouver. Facilities include storage locker, gym and one wide parking stall. 
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