Preparing to sell your home in 2018

20150955fc5b087d29c.pngIf you’re thinking of selling your home in 2018, it’s never too soon to start preparing. Now is the time to get your finances in order and begin working on those minor projects around the house that will help you realize top dollar when it comes time to list.

When trying to zero in on where your money will best be spent, consider what most buyers are looking for. Some improvements may cost a few thousand dollars but are almost guaranteed to increase the value of your home, thus providing a high return on your investment. These include projects like replacing old, worn-out carpet, updating a dingy bathroom or finishing your basement.

Repainting is one household update that will provide a 200% return on your investment. Nothing makes a home look updated, clean and ready for new owners like a fresh coat of paint! Stick to a neutral palette to appeal to the masses and be sure to repair walls first and paint high traffic areas like the front entry, kitchen and great room.

Since we all know that kitchens sell homes, it’s wise to do what you can to make yours more appealing to buyers, especially in an older home. You might be amazed at how easy it is to refinish or repaint cabinetry. There are some fantastic products on the market today that make this project a cinch – visit your local hardware store and ask an expert. Switching up your door hardware is another way to add dramatic impact without spending a fortune.

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Another area to focus on when it comes to wowing potential buyers this spring is your home’s curb appeal. Before the snow starts falling, take a good look at your home’s exterior, including siding, roof, windows, garage doors, outdoor lighting, porch, walkway, driveway and your fence and deck. If repair or maintenance is needed on some of these items it’s best to wait until the winter weather is over, but it’s a good idea to know where your attention may be needed so you can start saving and planning!

Jennifer Birch

Make a statement with your Master Bedroom Headboard


Between magazines, TV shows and decorating websites, it certainly is easy to find inspiration for home décor. If your master bedroom is due for an update, you can add some serious wow factor with an eye-catching headboard. Sure, there are many gorgeous pieces out there ready for installation but if you’re feeling crafty and creative, check out these ideas for fashioning your very own work of art!

If you’re an antique lover, start by searching your local antique shops and flea markets. Keep an open mind as you peruse the aisles; look for accordion room dividers, old tin ceiling tiles, shutters, mantles or wrought iron gates – anything that can be cleaned up, painted and repurposed. If you or someone you love is handy with power tools, you will be amazed at what you can whip together with just a few supplies. Tight on space? Attach small lamps and build a little nightstand on each side to eliminate the need for extra furniture!


If you are an artist at heart, unleash your creativity with a paintbrush! You can affix wood slats to the wall where your bed will be placed (Cut to the desired length. If using old barn board, clean it up and sand first. If using new wood, take some time to distress the wood before painting.) After you’ve attached the wood to the wall, paint a nature scene, a special quote, flowers or a geometric design – the options are endless!

If you love combining textures, fabric might be the perfect option for your new headboard. For a classic, clean look that can work with many décor styles, an upholstered headboard is a fairly easy DIY project. Choose a bright and cheerful patterned fabric, or keep it simple with a neutral coloured fabric and a diamond tuft pattern – it’s easier than you think! Check online for step-by-step tutorials. For an even easier fabric headboard option, hang a stylish curtain rod over your bed and use a set of beautiful drapes to create your headboard.

Get organized for the winter season


While we were fortunate to enjoy some unseasonably warm days during October, November has arrived and it’s only a matter of time before the snow starts falling. With the arrival of frosty weather comes the need to switch over our wardrobes from summer to winter, presenting the perfect opportunity to organize closets and dressers!

The first step is purging. As you sort through clothing, be honest with yourself and look at which items did not get worn this summer. If an item doesn’t fit or is no longer fashionable, throw it away or set it aside for donation. The same goes for accessories. Take some time to sort through shoes, belts, scarves, and jewelry, tossing items that have seen better days or just aren’t your style anymore. If you have a smaller closet and extra storage space elsewhere, move off-season clothes to a separate location. There’s no need to take up space with bathing suits, cover-ups, beach hats and sandals so if it’s an option, store these items elsewhere until the spring.

oc-pink-drapesOnce you have pared down your wardrobe, decide if your closet would benefit from an organization system. When you have a proper place for everything and put everything back where it belongs, you will have success in keeping your closet clean and organized all winter long. When setting up your new system, keep the items you use the most accessible and put things used less frequently at the back or on a top shelf out of the way. Set up clothing by colour, type (work, casual, active wear etc.) or by category (pants, dresses, shirts, etc.) – choose what works for you. Whatever you decide, keep the system simple so it can be easily maintained on a daily basis.

Another storage space that will likely need some attention is your front hall closet. Pack away sandals and water shoes, light spring jackets and anything else that has gathered over the past six months. Go through your winter wear items and be sure that gloves and mittens have a match and items are in good shape before adding them back into the mix. Now is also a good time to replace hangers or your shoe rack if needed.