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How Many Vases Do you Have?
Posted on Mon, 20 May 2019, 03:30:00 PM  in Protect Sellers,  Market 2019,  Renovation,  Client matters,  Neighbourhood Knowledge,  neighbourhood information,  Home buying tips,  Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  condo living,  selling a family home,  estate sales,  Protect Buyers
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Staging Makes A Difference
Posted on Thu, 21 Feb 2019, 08:00:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  Marketing strategies,  My services,  divorce and real estate,  divorce realtors,  experienced divorce realtors,  divorce matrimonial home,  condo living,  selling a family home,  estate sales
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The Graff Girls Know....

Staging makes a difference. 

It’s been said, for every $1 you put in you will receive $2 back on the sale of your home but, not everyone has the budget to hire a professional stager and pay for the furniture.  

 

Here are the 5 Golden Rules of Staging when on a budget. However, we highly recommend you speak to knowledgeable and experienced realtors and stagers first.

 

1) DEPERSONALIZE

Remove all your personal photos and degrees.

 

2) MAXIMIZE

Less is more. You want your place to look as spacious as possible. Clear out the closets. If need be store elsewhere.  Light is important and creates a sense of space. Be sure shades are open! 

 

4) MODERNIZE

A dated home will receive less. Simple changes can be spraying kitchen cabinets, changing hardware on cabinets, changing bedspreads, towels, shower curtains if you still have them. 

Remove rugs in front of sinks. It makes space appear larger. 

 

5) NEUTRALIZE 

Paint is your Best friend for making a huge difference in a feeling and style for the least amount of money.  Simply put...Keep it neutral. You want to attract a larger market. 

 

Want to know more specific tips for staging?

Contact The Graff Girls. We will go room by room with you to maximize your home sale! 

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To Follow or not to Follow Kitchen Trends 2019
Posted on Mon, 07 Jan 2019, 04:10:00 PM  in Home selling tips,  My services,  selling a family home
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What is the newest trend in kitchen design and Should I jump on board?

 

Today's kitchens are the heart and soul of the home. It is the family meeting place.  It's the place where the spouses catch up. It's the place where the kids (actually) talk to you.  Guests hover around the kitchen island.  The kitchen is central to everyday living. Of all the places in the home, the kitchen consumes most of our waking moments.

 

Kitchen design is so popular that large industries cater to all parts of the kitchen from cabinets, to countertops, from lighting to appliances and smart home technology. Homeowners justify the expense as an investment in the re-sale value while also enjoying its daily use.  There are so many types of kitchen design from old world to modern, from city chic to country cozy. What about cabinet material?  Too many.  Is there only one finish to the counters? Heck No.  Smooth, seamless, straight edges.  Hardware or no hardware? How much colour can one put in the kitchen? These are a few of the trends appearing in 2019.

 

The choices you make stem from your personality.  Just like every family has a feel, so too do kitchens. If your home is a city, then the kitchen is city hall.  It needs you to define its personality.  This is the one room that requires your thoughts and attention.  Good kitchen design is worth the investment.  It's what sells homes and makes your home yours.

 

If you are looking for advice on your kitchen, then call The Graff Girls who have years of experience and observed complete kitchen makeovers.  Cheryl and Samantha would be happy to share their expertise with you.

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I have condensation on my windows, what do I do?
Posted on Wed, 05 Dec 2018, 09:30:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  condo living
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With Colder weather upon us if air is not circulating well in your home or condominium condensation will occur.
 

WHAT IS CONDENSATION?

The air contains moisture. The temperature of the air determines how much moisture it can hold, and warm air contains more moisture than cold air.

When warm, moist air comes into contact with either a surface or air that is colder than it is, the warm air is unable to retain the same amount of moisture as it did and the water is released either into the cold air or onto the colder surface, causing condensation to form, quickly followed by mould.

 

Here are some methods to prevent condensation inside your home: 

1) Turn your bathroom fan on when showering and leave on for a few minutes when done 

2) Turn on your exhaust fan when cooking
3) Open a balcony door or window slightly to provide fresh air into the home
4) Circulate air using a fan 
5) Move plants away from windows as Plants release moisture 
6) Run a dehumidifier 
 
The Graff Girls don not just help people BUY and SELL homes they help them keep them living in comfort and health! 
 
Happy Holidays!
Samantha and Cheryl
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