Is It OK to Use the Bathroom When You’re Touring a House?

It’s a marathon house-hunting day. As you check out the 5th listings brand new windows, it suddenly hits you: “Oh man, I have to go to the bathroom.” Should you, or shouldn’t you?

Well, Can I Use the Bathroom?

If you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go — but don’t just wander off and take care of business. It might not work in every house. Literally.

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7 Ways to Combat Clutter in the New Year

The New Year is the time for a fresh start. It brings a feeling of starting over, and an opportunity to improve all areas of your life. In the New Year, take some time to complete projects you’ve been putting off for months. You can create an even better home for you and your family by decluttering and organizing your home.

Follow these tips for easy and quick ways to de-clutter your home.

1. Keep things at arms reach: Keep items you use daily somewhere where they can be easily reached, whether that’s in a basket, on a shelf, or in a cabinet. Store everything that is used sparingly on a higher shelf or in the garage or attic. It will be easier to find what you need when you need it.

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5 Sneaky Storage Tips for Small Spaces

Shhhh…we’re sharing some sneaky storage tips. According to Psychology Today’s Sherrie Bourg Carter, messy homes make people feel overwhelmed, anxious, and helpless. As she says, mess leads to stress. Your home should feel like a sanctuary, not a penitentiary. These storage tips may make your home feel cleaner and more organized.

Fold Everything Down:

We’re not talking about folding your clothes (which will also save you space), but instead, we mean thinking about installing a desk or a kitchen table that can be folded when it’s not in use. Bring the furniture back out when it’s time for Thanksgiving or poker night.

Use Multi-Purpose Pieces:

One clever way to make more space in a small room is to implement items that serve two purposes: like a hollow ottoman or a trunk. They will be there taking up space either way, so why not fill it them up to tackle two problems at once?

Set Up Built-In Shelving:

You may be able to save space with built-in shelving. These shelves usually don’t take up as much space as bookshelves, and you can use them to line an entire wall from floor to ceiling! Use them to store books, collections, toiletries, and other things that are taking up space in your home.

Hang Out in Your Kitchen:

One of the trickiest storage problems in small kitchens is finding space for all of the pots and pans. They take up too much space in a cupboard, so hang them from the ceiling instead. It will add to the decor of the room, and it might be easier to find what you’re looking for when you’re in the middle of a brilliant cooking concoction. Similarly, you can hang cups and mugs from under-shelf hangers, which may free up more space in the cupboards for plates, bowls, platters, and other things that stack.

Set up a Creative Corner:

Anyone in a small space may tell you that creatively filling every single space can be difficult. For a small room that is already full (but still needs more storage) look into corner shelves. Don’t cut corners—use them!

Filling your home with hidden storage may be a great way to tuck all of your items away and keep your home organized. Take everything out of the closet or junk drawer and start using these stealth storage solutions.

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Tips to Get Buyers in the Right Spirit!

It’s that time of year as calendars are packed with holiday parties, budgets are strained by gift-giving, and the roads are covered in freshly fallen snow. Alas, ’tis not the season for real estate. But the good news is, the brave few house-hunters who do venture out are serious about buying a house and stylish trimmings will make them want to ring in the new year in your home.

Try these tips to get buyers in the right spirit:

Clean and stage. Before you decorate, your house needs to be staged. If your living room is already piled high with clutter and your ceramic reindeer collection is only going to add to the sense of overcrowding.
Create a cozy vibe. The less-is-more mantra of home staging may tempt you to for go holiday cheer this year. But a few subtle touches like a bowl of pinecones, an evergreen wreath, or a pot of cider simmering on the stove can create a warm and festive feeling in your home.

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New listing 839 Alexander Bay, Port Moody

Centrally located this stunning 3 bedroom townhouse is a pleasure to show. Immaculately kept home with beautiful updates and upgraded with SMART HOME technology. The SMART HOME features include, lights, video door bell, keyless entry smart lock and smart smoke CO2. The backyard is definitely the cream of the crop as it’s been has been beautifully transformed into a space you’ll want to spend all your time. Private and treed, the fully fenced backyard offers a brand new composite deck and pergola. Wait there’s more, behind your yard are trails and a babbling brook. Well maintained proactive strata with Continue reading

How one family fell head over tails in love with their new best friend

October 30, 2019

Maureen Seguin and her family had been visiting their local BC SPCA branch every week in hopes of finding the right pet for their busy household. That’s when staff told them about an upcoming event called Fall Head Over Tails in Love. For one day, adoption fees and BC Pet Registry fees would be 50 per cent off. The timing was right and the family found a kitten called Juniper (now Yondu) who was calm and affectionate towards their baby.

We caught up with Seguin a year later to hear more about that magical moment where they first met Yondu and see how she’s doing in her new home.

Q: Why did you decide to adopt from the BC SPCA?

A: We chose to adopt from the SPCA because it’s the right thing to do. If I can make a difference in that pet’s life by giving them a loving home then it’s a win-win for everyone.

Q: What was special about Yondu that helped you choose her?

A: We originally wanted an older cat as I thought a kitten would be too much work with an almost one-year-old and another baby on the way. We’d go to the SPCA weekly and the older cats were scared of my daughter Maeve because she was so excited to see cats. Yondu was the only one in the room who actually engaged with Maeve so we knew she was truly a special cat because my daughter is loud… haha.

Q: What was she like when you first brought her home?

A: Yondu was super friendly and calm. I remember telling my husband that Yondu was an old soul as she didn’t scratch furniture or participate in kitten- like behaviours. She is just happy being with us.

Q: Can you tell us about her personality?

A: Yondu is super sweet, gentle and loves to cuddle. Maeve would corner her and pull her whiskers at times and Yondu never hissed, scratched or meowed. It’s almost as though she knew that Maeve was a baby too and just understood. Yondu shares lots of characteristics of a dog, she loves to walk on a leash and is always at the door waiting for us to come home.

Q: What are your favourite memories with her so far?

A: Watching Yondu with the kids – whether it’s cuddling them or chasing them around the house.

Q: What’s your advice for others looking to adopt a pet?

A: The BC SPCA is the way to go to give an animal a second chance for having a family. If you’re not sure because you also have young kids it might be a good idea to foster the animal first. We had the opportunity to foster Yondu for a week before we signed the papers to keep her.

How to Save Money While Renting a Home

Maybe you just signed a lease in your dream neighbourhood… and now you’re realizing that it’s a lot more expensive than you had imagined. If you’re already visualizing a life of financial destitution, not so fast. While you might not have much wiggle room in your rental price, there are ways to save money while renting a home. So, whether you’re pinching pennies to enjoy the life you want, or just trying to make smart financial decisions, these simple money-saving tips will help.

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What clients are saying?

As a first time home buyer, I didn’t know a thing about purchasing a home. Working with Maureen was like having a personal guide throughout this whole process. I did not have the best luck when I initially started looking, and I was losing hope after a couple of offers fell through. Maureen was extremely patient and helpful. She took care everything from arranging viewings to reading strata minutes. She made me feel that I was well taken care of, and I didn’t need to worry about a thing. As she always tells me, she doesn’t treat her work just as a job. She is doing what she is doing because she loves to help people. I truly feel this way about her. I love her energy and work ethics, and I seriously cannot ask for a better realtor. Thanks to her, I eventually found a place I love, and I am all ready to move in. I would recommend her to anyone who is either looking for a place to buy or sell. Thanks for making everything so easy for me Maureen! Cindy, Coquitlam 

What to Look for at an Open House

Open houses may be staged to look like a home decor dream, but don’t let that distract you from the real reason you’re there: to potentially buy a home. Make sure you can look past the neatly arranged furniture and focus solely on whether the house would be a good fit for you and your family. To help, here’s a home buyer’s checklist of things you might have missed at first glance.

Windows – Look specifically if they are facing the right direction to let sunlight in, and whether they open to a nice view (versus directly toward another neighbor’s window).

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