GIve in to Giving this Season!

Charitable organizations need your gracious support this time of year.
We are spotlighting  a few making a positive impact in our community:

  1. Blanket BC Society - Donate blankets, socks, toques, scarves, pillowcases, winter jackets and long underwear. Call to arrange a pick-up of your items!

  2. Lynn Valley Lions Club - Purchase a christmas tree that gives back to the community.

  3. Bikes For Tykes - Do you have an old bike sitting in the garage? Drop it off at Obsession Bikes in North Van where they will tune it up and deliver it to a kid in need!

  4. Operation Red Nose - Get a safe ride home by donation and support youth on the North Shore. They are also looking for volunteer drivers.

  5. Harvest Project - is accepting food donations and volunteers for their programs.

  6. Canadian Blood Services - Blood donations are greatly needed during the holidays. See what blood type is in shortage on their website.

  7. BC Children’s Hospital - Make the holidays brighter for thousands of kids and their families in BC by participating in a virtual snowball fight.

  8. Keithmas VIII - Keithmas celebrates the wild and crazy Keith RIchards with Rolling Stones covers by local bands and 100% of proceed go to the food bank!

  9. Pan Pacific Christmas Wish Breakfast - Bring your christma spirit and a new children’s toy for a child in need. Enjoy a complimentary hot breakfast buffet for your generosity.

  10. Stanley park Christmas Train - Ride the train, enjoy the lights and drink hot chocolate to support Fire Fighters Burn Fund that has been helping burn survivors since 1998.

The gift of time is as precious as any monetary donation. There are small acts of kindness you can do to brighten someone’s day without spending anything!

  1. Pick up litter in parks or at the beach

  2. Let someone go in front of you in line

  3. Give a stranger a compliment

  4. Write letter to the Canadian Troops

  5. Visit a care home for the elderly

  6. Hold open doors for people

  7. Shovel a neighbour’s driveway when it snows

  8. Babysit for a friendn for free

  9. Learn to say hello in a different languages

  10. Take the time to listen to someone

Every action in the spirit of giving creates a ripple effect in the world. If giving, rather than getting, was our primary focus, we would experience more happiness and contentment. By starting each day with the simple remembrance “What can I offer the world today”, our hearts will lead us to the answer.

Happy Holidays From the Grant Gardner Team!

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You’ll need these tips & ticks to entice buyers to come in out of the cold:

Let in the Light

Pull up the blinds, push back the drapes on every window (unless the view or outdoor scenery is particularly undesirable). Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights.

Make Everything Sparkle

Washing the windows enhances the precious daylight hours. Clean out cobwebs and dust furniture, ceiling fan blades, and light fixtures. Check out our list to get your home shining in 30-days!

Turn Up the Heat

You want the temperature inside to be comfortable and to give buyers more incentive to linger, especially on a cold day. It's better to heat the house a degree or two warmer than usual and then set the temperature at normal; this prevents the heat from kicking on when the buyer is present. If you have a fireplace, light it up!

Make an Entrance

A rubber mat by the front door and a container to hold wet umbrellas and shoes is a great idea to prevent soaking your entryway. Keep pathways salted and in the rare event it snows, shovel a path, including the sidewalk so buyers aren’t forced to crawl through snowdrifts!

Set the Mood

You want rooms to appear especially warm, cozy and inviting. Make your living room romantic by placing two champagne glasses near a champagne bucket on the coffee table; toss afghans or throws across the arms of your sofa. Dress your dining room table for a dinner for two.

Turn On the Sound

Have soft music playing throughout; light jazz or classical music is always soothing. Don't turn on a commercial radio station; instead stream your tunes from a computer or tablet, using iTunes or Spotify, so that your music will be continuous. Don’t forget to mute the ringers on telephones and answering machines.

Ease Up on the Scents

Many people are sensitive to certain perfumes, so don't spray the air or plug in air fresheners. Instead bake or reheat bread or cookies or warm up a pot of cinnamon on the stove.

Christmas Decorations

Keep to a decorations to a tasteful minimum. Don’t block or cover up important selling features like fireplace mantels, stairs or windows.

Looking for a Real Estate Team with holiday sale experience? The Grant Gardner Team has cleaned, painted, staged, marketed and sold a home just 4 days before Christmas. We even set a new benchmark price for the area, selling the home $150,000 more than the listing price!

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A well-designed, streamlined home can have a direct impact on our overall well-being and help prospective buyers fall in love with your home. Furniture layout, light, air quality, and even colour can influence how we interact with a space and, as a result, have an effect on our mood. To create a wellness-oriented living space, consider every detail, from the aesthetics to functionality. These tips will create a home that promotes balance, harmony, and, most importantly, comfort.

The Living Room

How you feel as soon as you walk in the door? For the living room, the goal is to create a space that is relaxing, which can be achieved by zeroing in on the details.

Proportion and Scale: Furniture that is proportional and appropriate to your overall space will allow it to feel open and not like your walls are caving in on you.

Remove Clutter: Add streamlined storage. Clutter in the space is clutter in the mind.

Touching Moments: Incorporate various texture types, like mixing linens and soft upholstery.

Add Meaningful Items: Whether with flowers, a curated nook, or a particular color, make sure there are personal moments in each space that evoke happiness.

The Bathroom

Our indoor environments impact us on so many levels, including our stress levels, concentration, productivity, sleep quality and mood. Create spaces that are minimal and free of as many toxic materials as possible. The bathroom should be your calming sanctuary.

Reduce Clutter: Unnecessary accessories can get in the way of function. Plus, clear surfaces make for easier cleaning.

Curtain Call: Replace PVC shower curtains with glass or an all-natural option, such as hemp, nylon, or organic cotton.

Keep Mold At Bay: Rectify damp issues by running your ventilation fan.

Incorporate Greenery: Deck out the bath with an air-purifying, humidity-loving plants like orchids, ivy or ferns.

The Bedroom

The key to a wellness-oriented bedroom is to create an environment that is soothing, peaceful and free from distractions and toxins. Your bedroom is a retreat. When it looks and feels like one, it encourages rest. 

Strive For Symmetry: If space permits, placing a nightstand and lamp on each side of the bed. This will also provide a place to stash clutter.

Go Dark: Moody mid-tones or dark paint colors in the bedroom can have a cozy, enveloping effect.

Layer Textures: Think thick rugs and cozy bedding, pillows, and throws.

Rest Easy: It’s worth investing in a mattress that’s chemical-free to avoid potentially harmful off-gassing. Look for one made from organic materials and natural latex foam.

Set The Mood: Blackout shades or curtains provide complete darkness and a cocoon effect. Sound machines can work wonders for masking distracting noise.

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Does your home suit your needs AND increase your equity? 

Basic indications of a house with good resale value include:

1. Rental Suites: Renting out a part of your home has perks for first time buyers who need a mortgage helper as well as retirees who want financial security.

2. Renovations: Tasteful, quality renovations that are emotionally appealing to the masses.

3. Entertainment Space: Homes that have a common sense flow with natural light and open entertaining spaces for people to gather. 

4. Location, Location, Location: If you choose a home in a desirable location, odds are that location will remain in favour. You can’t always anticipate neighbourhood changes that will impact your home’s value, but you can educate yourself on anything the city has in the works.

5. Storage Space: People love collecting too much stuff and they’ve got to store it somewhere. Homes with walk-in closets and plenty of storage space are attractive to most buyers.

6. More than 2 bedrooms: Many couples need a guest room and an office. A home with 3 bedrooms or more is always a better choice to ensure a profitable resale value.

7. More than 1 bathroom: Given the choice between a 2-bath home vs a 1-bath home, buyers will almost always opt for the 2-bath home. It’s not enough to simply have 2 or more baths - a home without a master bath may find a lower resale value.

8. Covered Parking: Unless you live in an area where most residents rely on public transportation, you need a place to park your car. If it’s a covered, enclosed area, all the better.

Get clarity on your choices! Allow the Grant Gardner Team to bring value into your home and share our +30 years of experience in all aspects of Real Estate.

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Day 1: Change light bulbs. It’s easy to forget about all the bulbs that have burned out over the years. You want your home to be as bright as possible. 

Day 2: Baseboards. Use a damp cloth and wipe down all baseboards. They say following a wipe with a dryer sheet will help reduce future dust build-up. Repair and touch-up paint any damage.

Day 3: Get some boxes and duct tape. A big part of the adventure you’re about to embark on involves reducing clutter. An investment under $100 will get you proper packing supplies and reduce your stress. Better yet, consider Frogbox – re-useable boxes that won’t fall apart.

Day 4: Take down curtains and drapes, clean them and decide if they should be re-hung. Natural light can be a big selling feature!

Day 5: Tackle the bathrooms. Clean every sink, tub and toilet. Re-caulk if needed. Invest in some new white towels for display only. If your toilet seat, shower curtain or bath matt look tired and well-used, replace them. 

Day 6: Spruce up the kitchen. Remove everything from the cupboards and fridge and wipe them out. Don’t cram all your dishes and food back in, you want to convey that your kitchen has enough storage for the Buyer’s stuff. Remove your blender/Kitchen Aid mixer/toaster/bread machine from the counters – you want the counters to be as clear as possible. 

Day 7: Next up: create an oasis. The bedrooms should be inviting, and that means more cleaning and decluttering. Pack up out of season clothes to show Buyers how spacous the closets are. 

Day 8: Tackle the living room. Clean the sofa and chairs and invest in some new throw pillows. Hide the magazines and all the clutter that has accumulated. Hide the wires from your TV/stereo/speakers.

Day 9: Make your dining room look like a place someone might actually want to eat in. Declutter the piles of stuff that have accumulated on the dining room table. Clean up the hutch. Lay out a new table cloth to hide an old table.

Day 10: Clean the gutters and the roof.  Piles of pine needles and debris scream "high maintenance".

Day 11: Tackle closets and storage areas. Much as we’d love to say that you can cram all the stuff you don’t want on display into your closets, the truth is that Buyers will open your closets. They’ll look in your cupboards. The last thing you want is for Buyers to think there isn’t enough storage in your home, so take the time to pack away what you don’t need in the immediate future.

Day 12 + 13: De-clutter, organize and clean the basement and garage. Whether your basement is finished or just a storage area for extra stuff, you’ll need to invest the time to make it look as spacious and clean as possible. What a great two days to rid yourself of all that stuff you never use.

Day 14: The entrance. Most Buyers will have an emotional reaction to your home within 15 seconds of entering it. You want your entrance to be clean, de-cluttered and inviting. You won’t be wearing all your shoes and coats while your home is for sale, so be disciplined and store things away. 

Day 15: Clean the microwave and the oven. 

Day 16: Tackle the little stuff that you’ve been avoiding repairing including the leaky faucet, creaky door hingles,  the unused picture holes in the wall, etc.  If you aren’t handy yourself, bring in a handyman to take care of it. We of know some good ones!

Day 17: Paint touch-ups and re-painting. A fresh coat of paint is one of the cheapest ways to freshen up your home. Bold colours are bound to be a turn-off to some Buyers, so to appeal to the most people possible take the time to re-paint that red bedroom and blue bathroom. Light colours will help small rooms look bigger.

Day 18: Clean your windows inside & out. You may not see it, but those years of rain, pollen and debris will be seen by potential buyers. We can recommend a window cleaner for your area!

Day 19: The front yard Curb appeal matters. Stand on your street and take in your front yard: what do you see? Clean the scuff marks off the front door and touch-up the chipped paint or give it a fresh coat.  If you have a front porch, make it look inviting and not just a receptacle for more stuff. Invest in some colourful seasonal plants near the front door. 

Day 20: The backyard. Pull weeds, sweep the deck and clean the yard! Wipe down patio furnuiture and create a relaxing oasis. Keep a clean path around the home. 

Day 21: Pressure Wash. Make your aged pavement and wooden deck look brand new with a deep clean. Clean the siding if necessary. 

Day 22: Don’t forget about the floors. Unless your carpets are brand new, you’ll want to have them steam cleaned. You’ll be amazed at what a difference it makes. You’ll need more than a Swiffer to get into all the corners and cracks. If your floors are scratched, there are some great products out there to make them look almost-brand-new.

Day 23: The walls and doors. If your walls and doors are scuffed, buy some Magic Erasers and go to town. You’ll wonder why you didn’t do it sooner. If your art needs an update, now’s the time to do it too.

Day 24: The final clean. By now you’re probably exhausted. While you can do this final step yourself, we always like to bring in professional cleaners who will make sure to clean every corner. 

Day 25: Make plans for the dog/cat/ferret/hedgehog during showing. We love our pets, but prospective Buyers won’t appreciate the distraction. Make a plan to get your pets out of the house: Doggie daycare? Grandma and Grandpa? Multiple walks?

Day 26: Make your house smell good. If you’re a dog owner, wash any couches, beds and surfaces where the dogs sleep. Tuck the litter box away (and clean it twice a day while your home is on the market). Use Febreeze on EVERYTHING. Wash throw rugs, bedding, blankets, etc to keep the home smell fresh. Avoid strong air fresheners.

Day 27: Dust EVERYTHING! Clean the ceiling fan blades, top of the refridgerator, back of the toilets, window sills and blinds. Leave no surface untouched!

Day 28: Make it less personal. Hide all the bathroom toiletries you have on display. Remove the fridge magnets, photos and reminders. By depersonalizing the home, Buyers will find it easier to image living there. Walk through every room in your house. If what you see helps Buyers get to know you as you, remove it.

Day 29: The final once-over. You’ve worked hard, and now it’s time to step back and admire your work. How does it look? Do you see anything that might distract or turn off a Buyer? Take one final walk through all the rooms and adjust as necessary. 

Day 30: Call the Grant Gardner Team and tell them the house is READY!

Intimidated? Don’t be! We’ve helped clients accomplish everything on this list in as little as four days during the Christmas season. If you’re in the market to sell, the sooner you call the Grant Gardner Team to help, the better.

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