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It’s not only the inside that counts… You’ve already cleared out the basement, de-cluttered the kids’ rooms and tucked away all the artwork from the fridge. But as a seller, you want potential buyers to instantly fall in love with the outside of your house, too. Here are five suggestions for fast fixes to enhance the curb appeal of any home.

1 Take a look around – and up
Most new homeowners want to spend their money on furniture or kitchen appliances, not a new roof. So consider doing that before you sell. Despite the investment, a new roof adds great curbside appeal, and the best part is you can often transfer the roof’s warranty to the new homeowner.

2 Consider budget-friendly fixes 
Painting old shutters, front porches, window boxes, doors and decks is really a no-brainer. To ensure your efforts aren’t in vain, prep the area properly and use the right paint products. Talk to an expert at your local paint store and transform a weary-looking exterior on an affordable budget. While you’re at it, look into having any broken glass replaced in windows, as well.

3 Go shiny & new 
Hauling out the brass polish and using some elbow grease to brighten up your home’s exterior numbers, door handles and kickplates can create a big impact. If the house number is difficult to read from the street, think about replacing it. Take an honest look at your mailbox and either replace it, repair it or repaint it. Place a new mat and planter at your door, and you’ve instantly set a welcoming tone.

4 Maximize the space you have
If you’re lucky enough to have a front porch, transform it into an outdoor room. A few comfortable chairs, cushions, an outdoor rug and a side table instantly add square footage to your home. As a finishing touch, hang some drapes or blinds to create privacy.

5 Guarantee your R.O.I.
Remodeling magazine’s “Cost vs. Value Report” was recently released, and it stated that homeowners can expect to recoup the cost of replacing both front and garage doors. New doors and hardware can offer architectural interest and may be a big plus for buyers looking at the top of their budgets. The same goes with replacing old windows, as potential homebuyers will appreciate that they don’t have to do the work themselves, and it could be the deal maker on the sale of your home.

Best of Luck!

~Marika

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I always benefit from a great article on how to make our homes last longer and I love tips on saving money from long term costs on repairs.  Here is a great one from Style at Home…

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Try to stay aware of potential issues that lurk in the furnace room, behind your walls and up on the roof.  If you keep on top of your yearly maintenance, you won’t need to pay big bucks down the road to fix major problems. Here are some tips for your home’s fall physical.

1 Green light
If you own an older home and your furnace is 20 years old or more, it’s well worth the investment to replace it with a high-efficiency Energy Star-rated model. If your furnace was installed no more than 10 years ago, look for ways to improve “the building envelope” to help reduce energy loss. Fall is a great time to check out the seals on windows and doors, for starters, and change your furnace’s filter. If you can, have an energy audit done every five years to keep tabs on the mechanical systems in your home.

2 All charged up
You should replace the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors twice a year. A good rule to follow is to check your detectors when you change your clocks in the spring and fall. If you don’t have a carbon monoxide monitoring system in your home, please buy one. They cost less than $100 and have been proven to save lives.

3 Review + renew
You renew your driver’s licence, car insurance and magazine subscriptions, so it makes sense to renew your service contracts, too. There’s nothing worse than having your air conditioner conk out the week after your service contract has expired. A service plan is like an insurance policy to keep your furnace and air conditioner in tip-top shape and costs about $20 a month. Store the paperwork in a safe place, so you can check expiration dates and renewal deadlines.

4 Repair or replace?
The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends a biannual roof inspection. An asphalt shingled roof has a lifespan of 12 to 20 years, while a slate roof can last 60 years or more. While you can replace roof shingles without going through the hassle and expense of replacing the entire roof, take the time in autumn to really look closely for signs of water damage, sagging or even light shining through. If you’re unsure, hire an expert.

5 In the gutter
Clearing out the gutters is a twice-a-year job. While the work isn’t pretty, eaves troughs clogged with leaves and sticks can spell disaster for your roof. If cleaning your eaves troughs isn’t your idea of a fun Saturday, consider having leaf gutter guards installed.

Paying the price

Neglecting your home’s health now can have serious implications later. For a new roof job, expect to pay at least $3,000. Plus, a new furnace can run from $3,000 to $5,000. The average cost is $6,000+.

Happy Autumn home owners!

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Posh Property – The Madison

Ever since I started the Posh Property blog, my goal was to have a weekly showcase of Kelowna’s most outstanding properties. This weekly feature starts today and to begin the Posh Property series, I have decided to highlight an original Kelowna Posh Property – The Madison. Built in 2009 and located in the heart of Kelowna’s cultural district, the 15 storey Madison is truly a sensational tower catering to Kelowna’s finest businesses and urban residents.  It is a beautiful combination of style, luxury, and convenience.  The Madison deserves to be the first edition of our Posh Property series.

The Madison is home to the Lake Okanagan Realty Kelowna office and it is rumoured that there are a few celebrity names in the building as well.  I consider Lake Okanagan Realty very posh and as for the celebrity aspect, well, that just adds to the glamour of living at The Madison!

Being able to enjoy the close amenities is something I very much enjoy while spending time at the office and it is easy to see why the residents of The Madison love to live there.  We are walking distance to coffee shops, restaurants, and only a few blocks away from the waterfront.  Having spent much time there, I have been able to master that feeling of downtown love that all urban dwellers get.  The residences are absolutely fit for those wanting the highest quality of living down town.

Each suite at The Madison is stylishly set with a  contemporary feel that emanates comfortable luxury.  From the classic look on the outside to the entrance and foyer, the design draws you in and really does set itself apart.

For more information about The Madison and its available units for purchase, or to schedule a tour, please contact me to set up an appointment.

~Marika

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This cartoon got me thinking about the lending rules for HELOC’s. l know quite a few people who borrowed just a little bit too much from the equity in the their home and now they are paying for it with the downturn in the economy.  We all want to be home owners but we have to be responsible too!