Laying groundwork a good idea for multi-generational living

[September 27, 2019 - Vancouver Sun] JDL Homes president Doug Langford says the bulk of their business now revolves around plans for multi-generational living. Eight years ago, JDL Homes, worked on a Kitsilano project where the clients asked for an Infilled to be built on the same property as their character house. (Infills can also be known as coach houses; they are different than lane ways because they can have their own legal title, and thus can be sold separately from [...]

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10 Best-Kept Secrets for Selling Your Home

[HGTV - March 2019] Selling Secret #10: Pricing it right Find out what your home is worth, then shave 15 to 20 percent off the price. You’ll be stampeded by buyers with multiple bids — even in the worst markets — and they’ll bid up the price over what it’s worth. It takes real courage and most sellers just don’t want to risk it, but it’s the single best strategy to sell a home in today’s market. Selling Secret #9: Half-empty closets Storage [...]

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BC Home + Garden Show: Find everything you need to know for your next big project

[Vancouver Sun - February 9, 2019] The BC Home + Garden show, February 20 - 24 at BC Place is brimming with projects to revamp your living space, big or small. It doesn’t matter how many times it’s happened before: Every time the BC Home + Garden show opens, show manager Tyson Kidd feels a mix of excitement and satisfaction at a job well done. “We really try to keep ourselves dialled in to what’s fresh and exciting,” he says. “We work [...]

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The Home Front: How postal codes can reflect our design preferences

[Source: Vancouver Sun - August 11, 2018] Kendall Ansell, of Kendall Ansell Interiors, says design preferences in the suburbs differ from downtown Vancouver. Where you live doesn’t always reflect who you are, but there’s a good chance there’s some consistent interior design trends happening in your neighbourhood, says Kendall Ansell,  of Kendall Angell Interiors, who recently expanded her Vancouver Burnaby practice to include an office in Surrey. “We’ve made more of a commitment to going to the South Surrey, Surrey, White Rock [...]

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Five reasons to stage your home before buyers visit

[Source: Myedmondsnews -May 23, 2018] Sellers seem to have mixed reactions when they hear the word “staging.” Some go all-in, while others are somewhat resistant to the idea. The more reluctant homeowners ask questions like: Why would anyone bother staging a home before selling it? It sounds like a lot of extra work for me. What do I get out of it? There’s a simple answer to these questions. By staging your home effectively, you have a better chance of selling [...]

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Planning a Move this Winter? Tips on How to Successfully Downsize

[Source: Next Step Organizing Services, October 22, 2017] Whether you're moving from a a big family home to a Yaletown condo or moving in with a partner, downsizing is necessary.  Moving from a large home full of your stuff to a small space can be challenging, and while it's easy to say "just eliminate the extra stuff," doing it is not so easy.  Here are some tips to make the transition as smooth as possible. 1. Be Prepared! Make a plan: create [...]

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Remodel vs. Renovation: What’s the Difference?

[Source: Realtor.com, February 13, 2017] You say potato, I say potahto. Remodel vs. renovation … same thing, right? While the terms remodel and renovation are used interchangeably all the time, they are actually very different animals. So exactly what is the difference between a remodel and a renovation? The key difference is how deep the changes go. A renovation means you’re updating an existing structure with cosmetic changes, whereas a remodel involves changing the structure through demolition and construction, explains Jason [...]

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