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IMPORTANCE OF EXTERIOR HOME MAINTENANCE

IMPORTANCE OF EXTERIOR MAINTENANCE

MAY 1, 2020

Whether you have a residential or commercial property, proper exterior maintenance is important. Not only does it help with the durability of a building but it can also improve curb appeal, resulting in a higher property value and a higher probability of a sale. 

Although it can be tempting to take on many of these tasks alone, hiring a professional to maintain the exterior of a property definitely has its benefits. There are a number of things to consider when hiring someone, but with the right professionals in your corner, the benefits can be worth it.

We spoke with Terry, Owner/Operator of Men in Kilts – Kelowna to give us some guidance on the topic.

Q. Why are cleaning gutters so important?

A. Keeping gutters clean allows run-off water to flow freely and reduces backed-up water from leaking and rotting your home.  Clean gutters eliminate areas that pests and critters can live.

Q. What are the advantages of hiring a professional to clean gutters?       

A. We have the right tools, the knowledge and we guarantee our work.

Q. Why would a home need a professional wash?

A. A regular house wash with a pressure washer will help with removing dirt and debris and can add curb appeal to your home.  Doing a soft wash with a low-pressure washing, soft bristle brush, and soap will help to remove mold and mildew.

Q. Can you tell us more about Moss Maintenance?

A. Moss Maintenance is also very important for your home. 

If you have moss growth it will always grow back if not taken care of, so taking some steps to curb the growth and prevent new growth is important for the state of your roof.

We have many different ways to deal with the moss on your home and it is all dependent on your needs. All quotes include a free home visit and are no obligation at all.

Q. If someone didn’t clean their windows what could happen?

A. Windows that are not cleaned regularly can develop deposits of minerals and debris.

Cleaning windows regularly can help brighten your home as well as help heat your home naturally, which can save money on your energy bill.

Q. What are the benefits of hiring Men in Kilts vs another company? 

A. The Okanagan has a lot of great window cleaning companies.  We are qualified and insured for both our employees and your home.

Q. What area does your location serve?

A. We serve from Vernon to Osoyoos and everything in between.

 

Their professional, kilt-wearing technicians are proud to offer interior and exterior window cleaning, gutter cleaning, pressure washing, and house washing for residential and commercial properties.

We invite you to browse through their website and contact them with any questions. 

For additional information on Men in Kilts visit meninkilts.ca. There are locations all across Canada, but if you are local to Kelowna be sure to connect with them at kelowna@meninkilts.ca or meninkilts.ca/Kelowna.

 

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A CONVERSATION PT.2 : NESTING EFFECT & QUARANTINED CHICKS

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Conversation with Nicole Graham from Nesting Effect:

Presented by Quarantined Chicks

Nicole Graham from Nesting Effect gives 3 tips that are guaranteed to freshen up your home and give it that spring touch it deserves!

Nicole Graham is the founder of Nesting Effect which is a remote staging service offering REALTORS® & homeowners online consultations on how to stage, organize & prepare properties for sale or rent.

In this video, Nicole provides some insider tips that you can do to your home to get it ready to sell/rent, and if you’re not in the market – use these tips to just spruce your space up while in self-isolation

@Quarantinedchicks: Nancy & Sarah. Two 👯‍♀️ separated by a pandemic, looking to stay connected, learn, and inspire through laughter, food, and conversation.

 

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A CONVERSATION PART 1:
NESTING EFFECT & QUARANTINED CHICKS

APRIL 25, 2020

Conversation with Nicole Graham from Nesting Effect:

Presented by Quarantined Chicks

Insider tips on staging your home from NESTING EFFECT.

Nicole Graham is the founder of Nesting Effect which is a remote staging service offering REALTORS® & homeowners online consultations on how to stage, organize & prepare properties for sale or rent.

In this video, Nicole provides some insider tips that you can do to your home to get it ready to sell/rent, and if you’re not in the market – use these tips to just spruce your space up while in self-isolation!

@Quarantinedchicks: Nancy & Sarah. Two 👯‍♀️ separated by a pandemic, looking to stay connected, learn, and inspire through laughter, food, and conversation.

 

 

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30 DAY NESTING EFFECT CHALLENGE

30 DAY NESTING EFFECT CHALLENGE

APRIL 24, 2020

Whether or not you were planning on selling your home this year – home maintenance & keeping your space organized is always an important to-do.

So, here it is. Our 30 day NESTING EFFECT CHALLENGE.

We will have listed a daily to-do that is not only a task we may ask our customers who are preparing for a sale to complete, but something all homeowners should do!

 

Day 1 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your bathroom fan covers!

They are one of the most neglected items in a home. By cleaning your fan covers around every few months, you will be able to remove built up dirt before it becomes a problem.

1. Turn off the power.
2. Remove the fan cover.
3. Wash and dry.
4. Put your cover back on.

 

Day 2 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your kitchen backsplash!

A kitchen backsplash is a huge feature in a kitchen. Even if it is on your to-do list to replace, you can still make it sparkle.

With a good scrub you will really be able to see the difference. And, since we are all spending a little more time at home – it’s a great task to get done!

General Tile Cleaner

1. Take 1/4 cup of baking soda and add it to 1 cup of water in a spray bottle.
2. Add a few squirts of dish soap and mix it together.
3. Spray the cleaner generously on your tile backsplash.
4. Moisten a microfiber cloth with your solution and wipe all of the tiles down.

BONUS STEP: Check the bottom of your cabinets for any missed grease etc.

 

Day 3 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your baseboards!

You can clean your painted baseboards with a bucket of warm soapy water or vinegar and water. Be sure to wring the sponge out so you don’t leave your baseboards too wet.

If you have wooden baseboards that aren’t painted substitute with a wood cleaner.

BONUS STEP: If you have extra paint on hand, touch up those scuffs that you came across after you finished cleaning.

 

Day 4 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your oven.

Since we are spending a little more time in-doors these days here are a couple of non-toxic ways to clean your oven.

Method 1
•Generously sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the oven.
•Using a spray bottle, wet the baking soda with vinegar (don’t want a puddle of vinegar). The reaction of the vinegar and baking soda will cause bubbling.
•Let it sit for about 4 hours or overnight.
•Wipe away vinegar and baking soda with a textured sponge.
•If any residue is left, simply use clean water to wipe clean.

Method 2
•In a bowl combine about 1 cup of baking soda with enough water to make a paste.
•Generously coat inside of oven with paste.
•Let sit overnight.
•Remove with a damp sponge and repeat wiping until clean.

 

Day 5 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your front door!

You can clean your painted front door with some water and gentle dish soap. Wash the door then dry with a hand towel. If your front door is wood and is stained, try a cleaner that is safe for wood.

Tip: Use a non-abrasive sponge and a toothbrush to get into those small spaces.

 

Day 6 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your fridge!

Not only will your fridge be cleaner and more organized, but you can take inventory of what you have and use up the food you have bought, reducing waste!

Tip: Leave an open box of baking soda in your fridge – it can help reduce odours. Date the box so you remember when you put it in.

 

Day 7 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to check your smoke detectors!

Whether or not you are selling or buying a home, it’s important to check the smoke detectors.

How do you check to see if they need to be replaced?

1. Remove the smoke detector from the ceiling.

2. Look on the back of the device for the date of manufacture.

3. Remember that smoke detectors should be replaced 10 years from the date of manufacture.

Another tip? Watch for yellowing of your detectors. Brominated flame retardants (BFRs) are common in plastics and are used to reduce the flammability of the consumer products they permeate. As a side effect, this additive turns the polymer yellow over time as it is exposed to heat, oxygen, and UV light. So, if your detectors are yellow, it’s a good sign you need to replace them.

 

Day 8 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your windows!

If you prefer a natural cleaner try mixing one part distilled vinegar to 10 parts warm water in a spray bottle.

Wipe down the window with a soft, clean, lint-free microfiber cloth or paper towel to remove dust before you spray your solution, then spray the entire surface and wipe clean!

 

Day 9 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your light fixtures!

Note: If your fixtures need more than a dusting – pay attention to their material as different fixtures may require a different cleaning method.

 

Day 10 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to check your door handles!

For various reasons a door handle can become loose over time.

Try the following fix:

1. Remove the knob or handle to expose the screws.

2. Remove the base.

3. After you have separated the doorknob from the spindle shaft, remove the base.

4. Find the screws and tighten.

5. Restore the base and put the handle back on.

 

Day 11 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean out your garage!

Maintaining an organized home while selling is very important. Garages can often be overlooked by seller and turned into a “storage space”. But for many buyers, a functional garage is a big selling point.

Here are 6 quick tips for a seller to get their garages in order:

1. Clear out the garage first.

2. Sort and store items by category – gardening supplies, tools, car cleaning supplies, etc. Clear bins with labels are a great way to stay organized and help you see what you have in them. Bonus, they are reusable.

3. Review all items checking to make sure nothing is broken, and everything is needed. Donate, giveaway or properly dispose of items you no longer need.

4. Do a deep clean of the garage.

5. If you park a car(s) in your garage, keep in mind the space you need. Set up hooks on walls, if possible, to hang items such as rakes, brooms, shovels, etc. Even bikes can take up a lot of room, and if not being used often, consider hanging them to create more open floor space.

6. Lastly, put everything back. Freestanding shelving units are a great way to keep things organized and sellers can bring them to their next home.

 

Day 12 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to check your roof!

A couple signs that your roof needs repair are:

1. You see missing shingles.
2. You see shingles that are curling or cracked.
If you step into your yard and can’t see your entire roof, text or call a neighbour. They might have a better view from their house.

 

Day 13 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to check your furnace filter!

A few signs that your filter needs to be replaced are:
1. The filter is noticeably grey in color, and you can see dirt and dust built up on the filter media.

2. Your home is dustier than usual.

3.Your heating or cooling system is cycling longer than it usually does.

4. Your current filter has been in use longer than the manufacturer’s recommendation (anywhere from one to six months, depending on your filter). 

 

Day 14 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your microwave!

Step 1. Pour one cup of white vinegar into a measuring cup or bowl, along with one cup of water.

Step 2. Set your microwave for 5-10 minutes (depending on how powerful your microwave is) and turn it on.

Step 3. Next, grab a microfiber cloth and wipe the inside of your microwave clean.

 

Day 15 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to check your exterior lights!

Now that it the evening, it’s a great time to quickly turn on your exterior lights and make sure they all work.

If you are planning on selling in the future make sure all walkways are illuminated enough for those coming to see your home after it gets dark.

 

Day 16 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your washing machine!

Step 1: Run an empty, regular cycle on hot, using two cups of vinegar instead of detergent.

Step 2: In a bucket, mix about ¼ cup vinegar with a quart of warm water. Scrub the inside of your machine

Step 3: Run a Hot Cycle.

 

Day 17 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to do a quick clean of your dryer!

1. Remove Lint From Dryer Screen.

2. To clean a dryer drum, dip a clean cloth in distilled white vinegar. Run the cloth around the inside of the dryer, including under the rubber gasket that seals the door.
The vinegar deodorizes the dryer’s interior.

3. Leave the door of the machine open until the vinegar smell goes away

 

Day 18 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to start depersonalizing your home!

If you are planning at selling your home at some point this year, a great way to get your home ready is to start depersonalizing.

Start with taking down pictures of family, friends pets etc. This also includes personal artwork that tends to end up on fridges or bulletin boards.

Another great tip I use with clients is to replace the photos in frames with landscapes or architectural photos. Print them in the same tone (like black and white) for more consistency.

 

Day 19 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to touch up your paint!

Wall scuffs easily happen over time, but after a while they can become an eyesore.

If you have extra paint at home now it’s a great time to get this task done.

Trying washing the wall first to get off any dirt then paint.

TIP: Without re-painting an entire wall, repaint the scuff in the same method you did when you originally painted. If you rolled, use a small roller and go over the scuff or if you brushed then use a paint brush.

 

Day 20 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean the worst looking door in your house!

Many of us have a door that just doesn’t get as much TLC as the rest. For us our mudroom is connected to our garage and is in a high traffic area.

Today is the day we get it cleaned up!

You can clean your door with some water and gentle dish soap. Wash the door then dry with a hand towel. If your door is wood and is stained, try a cleaner that is safe for wood.

Tip: Use a non-abrasive sponge and a toothbrush to get into those small spaces.

BONUS: If your door is painted and you have the supplies on hand, give the door fresh coat of paint.

 

Day 21 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your range hood!

1. Wash the range hood with a clean cloth, warm water and a mild soap or dish detergent.

2. To clean the filter: remove it from the range hood. Fill a sink or bucket with boiling water. Pour in dish soap and a lot 1/4 cup or baking soda. Let the filter soak for about 10 minutes. Scrub with a non-abrasive brush and then rinse with hot water and dry with a clean cloth.

 

Day 22 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to take a moment and relax!

 Take a moment to take a break!

 

Day 23 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean up your junk drawer!

1. Take everything out.
2. Get rid of what you don’t need.
3. Sort everything.
4. Put away items that don’t belong in the drawer.
5. Sort items, bundle where you can.
6. Toss the take menus. Stick to looking it up online.
Tip: Invest in a drawer organizer or small containers to keep those misc. items together.

 

Day 24 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to reduce your paper mail!

As bills/letters come in the mail try switching to a paperless option (email/ online statements etc.) It helps reduce clutter in your home and is good for the environment! 🌲

 

Day 25 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your dishwasher!

1. Place a cup of white vinegar in a dishwasher-safe container on the upper rack of your dishwasher.

2. Run the dishwasher through a hot-water cycle. This will help remove grease, grime and musty odors, too.
Bonus: Sprinkle one cup of baking soda across the bottom of the dishwasher.

Day 26 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to clean your shower head!

You can restore shower pressure, clean and unclog your shower head by mixing equal parts white vinegar and water and pouring it into a plastic bag.

Tie the bag around your shower head to immerse the holes in the solution. Try securing with a twist tie.

Let it soak for up to an hour, then remove and wipe away the loosened deposits.

 

Day 27 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to hang your art or that photo you’ve been meaning to put up!

If you aren’t planning on selling your home in the near future, get that art up on your wall! Not only can it help transform a room, will make you house feel more like home!

 

Day 28 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to declutter your bathroom.
The bathroom is where we all prepare ourselves for the day ahead. It’s also a place where many of us like to unwind.

Whether it’s the start of the day or the end, making your bathroom a place that lifts you up is important.
Steps:

1. Remove everything from the bathroom. Everything.
2. Group items together that are similar.
3. Remove anything from your bathroom that doesn’t belong there or you don’t need. Toss, put items back in their rightful location or donate.
4. Identify the items you use every day. Place them back where it makes it easy for you to access them.
5. Put away the rest items that are part of your health or beauty regime – but you don’t use daily.

TIP #1
Reassess those samples. We all have them. Personally, I use a small box to keep items I like to try, but pass on or toss the ones that are expired or you know you will never use.

TIP #2
Maximize your space. You can always buy beautiful storage containers etc. But, try using what you have. Shoe boxes, Tupperware that is missing a lid are great examples of items in your home that you may have that could be repurposed.

 

Day 29 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to declutter your closet.

Steps:

1. Remove everything from the closet. Everything.
2. Group items together that are similar.
3. Remove items that you no longer wear. Toss or donate. Don’t put back anything that doesn’t belong in your closet.
4. Store your clothes by category.
5. Stack items like denim and sweaters.

TIP 1

Replace your hangers. Get ones that are more streamlined and get rid of ones that are weak like dry cleaner hangers.

TIP 2

Use fabric-lines baskets to keep smaller items like socks in one place.

 

Day 30 of our Nesting Effect Challenge is to give your bathtub a deep clean!

And later? Give yourself some time to take a bath and unwind! Thanks for joining us in this challenge! Until the next one 😉. Steps:

1. Fill a spray bottle with a half-and-half solution of vinegar and warm water.

2. Spray your tub surface and let the solution stand for 15 minutes.

3.Wipe with a microfiber cloth or sponge.

4.Rinse with clean water and wipe again.

TIP FOR MILD STAINS

1.Sprinkle your tub with baking soda and spray on your vinegar-and-water solution.

2. Let the solution sit and bubble for several minutes. Next, then scrub with a soft cloth or sponge until a paste forms.

3. Let the paste sit for 15 minutes, then wipe and rinse.

Tag @nestingeffect, comment/ or use hashtag #nestingeffectchallenge so we can see those before and afters!

Do you have an upcoming listing that needs cost-effective step-by-step staging support? Contact Nesting Effect at info@nestingeffect.com or visit nestingeffect.com to learn more.

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GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL?

GETTING YOUR HOME READY TO SELL?

FEBRUARY 15, 2020
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Q & A Session with Nicole Graham as featured by Milton Blinds

 

Q: How important is a first impression of a home for sale?

A: First impressions are paramount when selling a home. Buyers often decide on a house within the first two minutes. It begins when pulling up to the property, hence why curb appeal is an important factor to consider. Once they enter the home, the potential buyer will decide very quickly if they like it. Of course, a buyer’s opinion can change as they walk the home, but it can be quite difficult to modify a first impression.

Q: How important is it to stage a home for resale purposes?

A: A properly staged home can add thousands of dollars to the sale value and reduce the time on the market compared to poorly staged homes. Consumers tend to be drawn to products that present a certain way and appeal to their senses. An example we can all relate to applies when buying fruit at a grocery store. Do you buy the bruised apple or the one that looks shiny and clean? The answer is obvious, and the same rule applies when selling a home.

Q: Does professional staging increase the value of a home and why?

A: It absolutely does increase the value of a home. Buyers have a very difficult time looking beyond a current owner’s furniture and décor. They see those items as part of the home or inspiration for what they’d do to the home. Even though they implicitly know those items won’t be there when they take possession, it appeals to their personal ideals of what their home could potentially look like. For this reason, there is a perceived higher value in well-staged homes. If two exact homes we both listed at the same time, one staged and one not, the staged home would obtain a higher sale value 9 times out of 10.

We created Nesting Effect with the REALTOR® and homeowner in mind, knowing that spending hundreds to thousands of dollars is not always feasible or practical. Nesting Effect is the perfect opportunity to get the staging advice REALTORS® and their clients need at affordable prices.

Q: Are the above 3 questions applicable to rental properties as well?

A: Yes, they are. A long-term rental property that is staged and shows well will obtain a higher rental rate, lower vacancy, and higher quality tenants. The same holds true for short-term vacation rentals. These clients primarily choose a vacation home by viewing properties online. As a result, the pictures they view must show the property in the best possible light. Further, sites like Airbnb and VRBO are very competitive, therefore, staging is of critical importance if an investor wants to maximize their rent and reduce vacancy.

At Nesting Effect, we offer practical guidance as well as maintenance checklists so the owner of an investment property can quickly and effectively get their home back into show condition for the next client.

Q: If someone is overwhelmed with the thought of preparing a home for sale, what is your advice?

A: Preparing a home can and often feels like a daunting task. For homeowners who are taking on most of the preparation, we first suggest devising a high-level plan. The most important part of working through the process is to operate on a room-by-room basis. Do not skip to different areas of the home – finish one space then move on to the next. People who skip from room-to-room often feel more stress and the job will appear to take longer. Feeling progress is a major motivator.

If the job is just too large to take on, we recommend hiring some assistance – whether that’s their Realtor, a decluttering company, or a moving company that offers packing services.

Of course, we highly recommend utilizing a staging service, such as Nesting Effect, to fully capture the essence of the home, maximize value, and reduce their overall time on the market.

For clients who have a need to prepare a home for sale or rent and want a cost-effective guild staging solution Nesting Effect offers the perfect custom solution.

By utilizing pictures of the property, we provide a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to effectively stage a client’s home – regardless if it is the client or REALTOR® ultimately completing the work. We cover everything from decluttering, decor changes, aesthetic upgrades, room planning, shopping recommendations, home maintenance advice, and open house/showing preparation. All this guidance and advice is at a fraction of the cost of an in-person staging company. Not only are our reports custom and confidential, we believe in the power of staging and the positive effect it has on maximizing our clients’ profits all while keeping costs to a minimum.

Q: Do quality window coverings such as blinds or shutters add value to your home for resale purposes?

A: Yes, absolutely! Adding quality shutters or blinds to a home is one of the best ways to add value to a property. Properly dressed windows can greatly impact the impression of a room and create consistency throughout a home. Quality window coverings will also add to the overall curb appeal of a home. As mentioned earlier, curb appeal is an important factor for first impressions.

It has always been a pleasure to work with Nesting Effect and Nicole on home staging and offering new homeowner’s complimentary in-home consultation services for window coverings.

At Nesting Effect, they understand that organizing and staging a home prior to selling or renting can be a complicated and expensive process. REALTORS® have an extensive list of tasks that require their attention, and homeowners aren’t always well versed in staging concepts. Nesting Effect offers a cost-effective and customized solution to help prepare a home for sale or rent. By utilizing Nesting Effect, both homeowners and REALTORS® will reduce the time to market and increase the probability of a faster and more profitable transaction.

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STONE COUNTERTOPS: ADDING VALUE & INCREASING HOME SALABILITY

STONE COUNTERTOPS: ADDING VALUE & INCREASING HOME SALABILITY

FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Photo courtesy of Stone Lab

Whether you have a new house you are constructing or are remodeling areas of your current home, choosing the right countertops is very important. It can impact flow, home value, and salability.

Although it can be tempting to look at price alone; maintenance, durability, and design are all important factors when selecting counters. There are a number of things to consider, but with the right professionals in your corner, the process can be seamless.

We spoke with Judy Persaud of Stone Lab to give us some guidance on the topic.

Q. What are the primary benefits of investing in a quality stone company vs going to a local home store?

A. A dedicated countertop company such as Stone Lab specializes in the products they sell, whereas a local home store will provide limited general information and subcontract the work to a local shop.

Dealing with companies like ours is essentially going straight to the source where we are involved in every aspect of the project from start to finish, including our after-sales service.

Q. Are there any advantages/disadvantages to quartz vs. granite/other stone?

A. Quartz is a very durable product. It is composed of one of the strongest minerals on Earth (Quartz), along with some pigment and resins. The amount of Quartz in the mix determines its performance qualities. High-quality Quartz countertops are stain and bacteria-resistant and handle all of the demands of today’s kitchen and workspaces. They do not require any sealants and can simply be cleaned with soap and water. With Quartz you have the benefit of knowing what the slabs will look like and that you can always get enough to complete your project. They will NOT have natural fissures or cracks that will affect the fabrication and performance of the finished product.

Granites are often as beautiful and are available in some beautiful designed created by mother nature. However, selections can be limited for each application. The number of available slabs, as well as the sizes of those slabs, can greatly hinder your choices. Granite is a porous stone and will often have some natural fissures that can affect its performance as a countertop. They require regular sealing and the use of specially formulated cleaners that do not damage the surface or finish. As beautiful as they are, they do not offer all the benefits of Quartz and are often a better choice for esthetic applications rather than those requiring top performance.

Q. What are the best ways to keep stone counters maintained and in prime condition?

A. Granites, Marbles and other natural surfaces require specifically formulated cleaners. Regular household cleaners can etch the surfaces of these products and alter the esthetics. They have to be sealed regularly to resist damage from regular household products such as lemon juice or wine as well as protection from bacterial growth.

Quartz and Porcelain products are not permeable to water and as such will not harbour bacteria or stain in any way. They are easy to maintain and clean. Simply wipe with soap and water.

Q. What are the current trends in counters (colours, styles, etc)?

A. The trends really depend on the look a client wished to achieve. These vary from client to client, region to region and from house to house. With over 1000 selections of beautiful designs and colours available in Quartz and Porcelain, there is always a look that will enhance any room design.

Q. We’re seeing more people mirror the countertops and backsplash with the same stone. Do you recommend this as a design concept?

A. We always find that to be a great solution in a kitchen setting. It creates continuity and reduces the number of materials, which can be very useful in smaller settings. It also provides the same benefits of your Quartz countertop to your backsplash; durability, stain resistance and no grout lines.

Q. Do you think a particular type of stone has more impact on the resale value of a home?

A. We have been seeing a growing trend where Real Estate agents specifically promote Quartz countertops as feature in listings. Builders generally include Generic Granite countertops as standard products and offer Quartz as an upgrade. Therefore, it has helped in creating the added value Quartz countertops bring to a home.

Q. What is the average cost per square foot?

A. It is difficult to generalize as to what it costs. It depends on the design of material used, the layout, the edge profiling details and more. In general, the costs can be as low as $55 per square foot (similar to Granite countertops) and as high as $130 per square foot (similar to high-end Granites and Marbles).

Q. Does your company offer design services for clients? If so, what’s the general process?

A. We definitely offer assistance to clients in our showrooms, as little or as much as they require. Our Toronto showroom is inside one of the largest tile showrooms in Toronto and clients can benefit from having access to all of these additional products in making their selections. Our Oakville showroom is adjacent to our Parent company, Khachi Design Group, and clients there can benefit from access to a library of materials. All clients will have the assistance of our sales staff who are very knowledgeable in the products we offer. The also have the option of enlisting the services of Khachi Design Group if they require comprehensives design services in crafting their dream spaces.

Stone Lab is part of the KHACHI Group of Companies. Ramsin Khachi is a Nationally recognized Design /Build contractor, popular industry expert and television personality. Celebrating over 25 years of success, he has become renowned for generating creative solutions to problems facing the modern-day client. One of the leading Design Experts on CTV’s popular daytime talk show “The Marilyn Denis Show” – Ramsin shares his tips on Construction, Interior Design and Décor with viewers nationwide.

Stone Lab is a comprehensive Quartz, Porcelain, Concrete, Solid Surface and Metal countertop showroom.

Utilizing decades of design and construction experience, they service consumers and industry professionals alike. From conscientious material selections to detailed fabrication and meticulous installation, Stone Lab provides an all-inclusive and thorough countertop service.

We invite you to browse through our websites and contact us with any questions info@stonelab.ca.

Do you have an upcoming listing that needs cost-effective step-by-step staging support?  NESTING EFFECT is a remote staging service offering REALTORS® & homeowners consultations on how to stage, style and organize properties for sale or rent. Contact Nesting Effect at info@nestingeffect.com or visit nestingeffect.com to learn more.

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TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE: LIGHTS WE LOVE

TRANSFORM YOUR SPACE: LIGHTS WE LOVE

FEBRUARY 12, 2020

Besides paint, light fixtures are one of our favorite ways to update a home. Updating light fixtures can really transform a space and attract more buyers/ renters.

Good news? You don’t always have to spend a lot of money to elevate your home.

Here is a collection of lights that could make your home stand out amongst the competition.

P.S  LOWES is currently having a sale on lighting!


Contact Nesting Effect at info@nestingeffect.com or visit nestingeffect.com to learn how we can help you elevate your space.

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HOW HAVING A CHILD LED ME TO A PATH OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

HOW HAVING A CHILD LED ME TO A PATH OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP

JANUARY 19, 2020
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This is a story about me and how ‘Nesting Effect’ came to fruition and why I chose the path of entrepreneurship.

A few weeks after this photo was taken my husband and I were blessed with a little girl. She was born a month early, but healthy. We went home within a couple of days of her being born. What came in the months that followed her birth were a lot of questions and concerns. With each passing month, it became more and more evident that her gross motor skills were delayed and Drs wanted to make sure there was no underlying cause. We did what every parent shouldn’t do. Ever. We compared, and then compared some more. Then we worried even more.

It appeared she had mild hypotonia and hypermobility. With this came a lot of Drs visits, occupational therapy and physio (especially at home). Without going into too much detail, her amazing doctors(family, neurologist, pediatricians, and specialists at Sick Kids and Mcmaster Hospital ) ran genetics testing, regular blood work, an ECG, EKG, Xrays, etc. It would sometimes take months for results only to find out that they couldn’t find a reason for her mild hypotonia and hypermobility.

I had been working full time before going on mat leave and made a decision. In order to maintain flexibility and offer personalized care my daughter needed, I had to leave my job. There was no question.

But even in the midst of motherhood comes times where the home was quiet and my mind would wander.

Before we had our daughter I worked in sales and marketing and also did staging on the side. I always loved preparing, planning and analyzing details. Staging was a great outlet for this! Preparing for my daughter’s arrival – ‘nesting’ as its often called – I loved it too. Every drawer was tidy and organized, and every item we were blessed to be given found its place.

The concept of Nesting Effect came to me when I would search real estate listings. Some of it was for staging inspiration and other times I would think of ways homeowners could have made some changes and the presentation could attract more buyers. Maybe staging wasn’t in their budget but what if they were able to be offered affordable help? Maybe they were never offered any advice or help. 

When it came time for me to leave my job my daughter was my sole focus. Luckily as we worked with her we saw positive progress even if it was slow. Our thoughts eased and our comparisons lessened.

The concept of entrepreneurship had always been a dream, but for me, I thought I should go to school, get a job, work hard, find a career, learn what I could, grow and take my vacations.

What I learned quickly though, was that my willingness and courage to drop everything I worked towards for my daughter, also meant I could do something for myself when the time was right. And as things settled and became steady for our daughter I took those opportunities when I could even if it was only during naps and after her bedtime to build something for myself. Nesting Effect was something I was passionate about creating and I was going to see it through.

After countless, and I mean countless hours -whenever I got I chance – I built my offering, my website, everything. Ok, my husband did help when my brain felt fried lol.  But for the most part, I figured things out and hustled my way into creating something that I was proud of and could actually share with others.

Nesting Effect was formed – I am so excited about what I have created and how I can my knowledge and experience to help people.

My goal is to always offer a trustworthy and reliable service, and instill in others the confidence to create a space others will love to call home.

Do you have an upcoming listing that needs cost-effective step-by-step staging support? Contact Nesting Effect at info@nestingeffect.com or visit nestingeffect.com to learn more.

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IMPORTANCE OF A HOME INSPECTION

IMPORTANCE OF A HOME INSPECTION

NOVEMBER 30, 2019

A home is one of the most important and expensive purchases consumers will make, and a home inspection is a great way to discover the overall condition of that home. Home inspections provide both buyers and sellers with an opportunity to understand a homes’ condition and what issues need to be rectified.

To help us learn more about home inspections we spoke with Gavin Caleb – CHI (Certified Home Inspector), Owner of Home Inspection Perfection to give us some guidance on the topic.

Q. What are the primary benefits of getting a home inspection?

A. There are a plethora of benefits and reasons for a home inspection. These will depend on the type of inspection you require, some of which are discussed within this article (e.g. TARION, Pre-Listing and/or Pre-Purchase).

With all of our inspections, there is an element of education for the client with regard to the property and its components. We also discuss maintenance tips to ensure the longevity of the home. We take our time to address any questions, as big or small as they may seem. The inspection is a great time for homebuyers to ask questions. After the inspection, we are also available for any questions clients may have.

Q. If someone is selling their home should they consider a pre-listing home inspection?

A. Pre-listing Inspections are gaining popularity for several reasons.

1) It gives the current homeowner insight on the deficiencies of the property. This is beneficial as it gives them time to fix these issues before hitting the market.

2) Secondly, it can justify the price of the property, given that the current homeowners have inspected and then listed it knowing that the property needs certain items, such as a new roof and/or windows, etc.

3) Furthermore, it can facilitate the sale of the home by potentially eliminating one of the two main conditions within the purchase agreement. Most buyers also see this as being proactive as a seller and it may also save them (the buyer) time and money.

Q. What are the most common items that will appear on a home inspection report?

A. There are a multitude of findings during any given inspection. I always tell clients that no home is perfect but we want to ensure they are making an informed decision. Common findings also vary by season, region, area, and age of the property.

With that said, the most common items in general are – foundation settlement cracks, lifting/missing shingles, and more recently condensation issues within the attic space.

Q. What are a couple of simple things that homeowners can check themselves?

A. During inspections, we as inspectors are not obligated (according to the standards of practice) to test appliances, so I always encourage the homeowner to do so and with a good realtor they put a clause in the agreement to ensure all appliances are working upon closing. Cosmetically scan the foundation walls (interior and exterior) looking for cracks. Scan the ceilings within the home, especially under bathrooms, to see if there are signs of repairs and/or water staining. Other than that, leave the rest to us and we’ll make sure you’re making an informed decision.

Q. If someone purchases a new-build should they get a home inspection?

A. Absolutely! The main reason being that although the builder is obligated to fix certain deficiencies, they will not fix anything unless they are informed. There is a TARION construction performance guideline document that we are well educated on that outlines the allowances that builders can have for installing the various components within the home.

Homes are manmade and lead to a margin of human error. A TARION inspection ensures that these deficiencies are identified and brought to the builder’s attention.

At Home Inspection Perfection we provide the homeowner with two reports. One is a TARION submission which can be added as an attachment onto your TARION website submission and the other is a PDF document with pictures that they can reference should the builder need clarification.

Q.What are some qualities someone should look for when hiring a home inspector?

A. There are many but I always encourage clients or even potential clients that call us to ask these two main questions.

1) Are they certified?

Presently in Ontario, there are no regulations for inspectors. If they are Certified it ensures that the inspector(s) have formal education within the profession from an accredited college.

2) Are they insured?

All professional inspectors should carry Errors and Omissions (E&O) Insurance. This is to protect both the inspector and the client. Furthermore, getting E&O insurance is not easy as there are credentials that are required to even be considered eligible to be insured, such as being certified and affiliated with an organization (e.g. INTERNACHI, OAHI, etc).

The inspector you are speaking to should be experienced, knowledgeable, and have good customer services skills.

Based on the answer to the questions and your interactions with the inspector, you should feel comfortable with your decision to choose your inspector.

At Home Inspection Perfection we have over 20+ years architectural, structural and construction experience. We work with government organizations, property managers, investors, builders, home modification, and construction companies throughout the GTA.

With over 3500 inspections performed we are knowledgeable, experienced, and respected within the inspection community and service many areas from Barrie to Ajax to Niagara.

If you are local to the Halton Region in Ontario, Home Inspection Perfection offers a limited, non-invasive examination of the condition of a home. For more information on Home Inspection Perfection visit www.homeinspectionperfection.ca or call 647.404.9981. 

When preparing a home for sale, Nesting Effect believes that a home’s value rests not only with its style and design but on how well it has been maintained. Nesting Effect’s Staging Analysis not provides a custom and comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to effectively stage your clients’ home, but we provide valuable home maintenance advice too. Nesting Effect is your go-to service to help your clients prepare a property for sale or rent.

 

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CLEANING OUT YOUR GARAGE

NOVEMBER 7, 2019

Maintaining an organized home while selling is very important. Garages can often be overlooked by seller and turned into a “storage space”. But for many buyers, a functional garage is a big selling point.

Here are 6 quick tips for a seller to get their garages in order:

1. Clear out the garage first.

2. Sort and store items by category – gardening supplies, tools, car cleaning supplies, etc. Clear bins with labels are a great way to stay organized and help you see what you have in them. Bonus, they are reusable.

3. Review all items checking to make sure nothing is broken, and everything is needed. Donate, giveaway or properly dispose of items you no longer need.

4. Do a deep clean of the garage.

5. If you park a car(s) in your garage, keep in mind the space you need. Set up hooks on walls, if possible, to hang items such as rakes, brooms, shovels, etc. Even bikes can take up a lot of room, and if not being used often, consider hanging them to create more open floor space.

6. Lastly, put everything back. Freestanding shelving units are a great way to keep things organized and sellers can bring them to their next home.

When it comes time to sell a home, Nesting Effect provides a comprehensive step-by-step guide on how to effectively stage a clients home. We cover everything from decluttering, decor changes, aesthetic upgrades, room planning,  shopping recommendations, home maintenance advice, and open house/showing preparation.

We have you and your clients covered. Contact us today to see how we can support your next sale. Email: info@nestingeffect.com.

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