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While out on the weekend, I couldn’t help but notice
a house that was listed for sale. The owner had made
an attempt to stage the exterior front of the house.

In Ontario it’s a tricky time to decorate the exterior
of your house. It’s too late for Christmas decorations
and too early to start planting or putting out the patio
furniture.

This home owner had purchased bright yellow plastic
daffodils. The daffodils were in bouquets. Even though
it is still too early for daffodils, if the owner had strategically
placed a few bouquets in appropriate locations…it might
have been acceptable.

The home owner had however used so many of these
plastic bouquets, that this front yard looked like an
advertisement for the Cancer Society.

To accompany the daffodils, were brightly colored little
animals, again not just one or two strategically place,
but families of animals.

If your not sure how to give your home curb appeal,
it’s a good idea to drive around and see what others have
done that is visually appealing, look in magazines, or go
to you local home improvement store or garden centre
and ask the sales clerk.

In Home Staging…often less is more.

Lydia Pollard
Owners Pride Home Staging & Design
Serving Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton & Etobicoke
www.ownerspride.ca
lydia@ownerspride.ca

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When a room has a lot of natural light, it makes the room look and feel
warmer and larger. Open the window coverings and blinds. Less is
usually better for a house on the market.

In townhouses and condominium, natural light is often in lower supply
than in a detached house due to the direction and layout of the unit. In
these situations it is important to make the most of overhead lights,
light fixtures and accessory or decorative lighting.

Every light bulb should be the highest allowable wattage for that particular
light fixture. Today there are many more types of light bulbs available than
just the standard bulb. If you go to your local home improvement store, you
will find, incandescent bulbs, various types of halogen bulbs, fluorescent
bulbs, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), low-pressure sodium lamps, and
light emitting diodes (LED).

If you know there is going to be an Open House, or a showing, leave all the
lights on. Not just the fixtures, but the accessory lighting as well. It will add
a bit to your electrical bill but the benefits will outweigh the cost. You want
to show off and bring to the attention of the potential buyers all the selling
features you house has to offer.

Lydia Pollard
Owners Pride Home Staging & Design
Serving Mississauga, Oakville, Brampton, Milton & Etobicoke
www.ownerspride.ca
lydia@ownerspride.ca

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