Monthly Archives: May 2013

Why You Should Stage Your Home?

People need help envisioning their life in the house. Staging makes the home look bigger, cleaner, warmer, more loving and most importantly will be what make the buyer buy your home. It is about dressing your home for sale.

You Make More Money

Statistics show time and time again that, a properly staged home will sell for as much as 10% more then it’s unstaged counterpart.

The House Will Sell Faster

In some case 10 times faster. The National Association of Realtors (NAR) survey found that the longer homes stay on the market, the further their price drops.

Your House Pictures Will Stand Out

Statistics show that 90 percent of potential buyers search online first.

What are the key areas in your home you should be looking at staging before listing the house?

Kitchens and bedrooms are both very important rooms in a home. It’s in these two rooms where our basic needs are satisfied but they are also areas of a home that attract buyers for more than just what is done in these rooms: eating and sleeping. The master bedroom suite and the kitchen can be used for multiple purposes.

If your home has a master bedroom suite, a room large enough to allow space for more than just a bed and a couple of dressers, then it can be decorated to highlight other activities like a reading nook or a meditation setting.

In the kitchen buyer usually look for more than a functional place for cooking meals. They also want to see if the place could be a comfy gathering place when they can have guests around.

The key point is to create gathering spaces where family and friends can come together. Remember the key to good decor that appeals to buyers is to keep the room comfy, simple, and not overly crowded.

Here are some pictures showing Before and After Staging:

BEFORE

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AFTER

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AFTER

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Please feel free to contact us at info@roccasisters.ca or call 905.335.4102. Rocca Sisters have their ASP Staging Credentials and can help you in getting your house prepared for sale.

Click here to learn more about Home Staging

Perfect Plant Recipes to Fill your Garden throughout the Year

What are you planning to do on your garden this summer?

Home By Design brings a great article on what are the perfect plants for each of the seasons.

How many times have you excitedly purchased a perennial plant based on the glowing promises of its grower tag? If you are anything like me, then you have experienced a scenario like this: cruise down the nursery aisle and spot a specimen that looks appealing in its four-inch pot. Carefully read the tag and think, “this would be just perfect for that shady little corner by the fountain”. I should buy at least three of these”. Race home, put on garden gloves and kneepads plant, and wait for the promise to fulfill itself.

But at maturity, my choice ends up a disappointment. It’s too tall, too short, too floppy, too rigid, needs more sun, more shade, or the leaf shape and bloom color look poorly with its neighbor – something just doesn’t work with the rest of the garden. So I dig it up, move it, and hope for better results the next season in its new location. That is the reality of gardening, and it can be frustrating at times.

Gardening is about creativity and experimentation and perennials are the ideal since they are easy to obtain, small enough to move around and endlessly varied in their visual qualities.

Here are some plants recommendations for each season by Tom Fisher, garden writer.

Early to Mid-Spring

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Lenten Rose ( helluborus X hybridus) comes in many color, but try pairing the deep, glowing pink variety with the shorter, more delicate pale lavender blooms of “Lewis Palmer”. The pastel ground will make the pink appear even more vibrant.

Early Summer

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If you have a moist, sunny area, place cool, violet blue “Silver Edge” Siberian Iris (iris sibirica “Silver Edge”) with the compact, vividly colored “Hobe Tatra” bistort (Persicaria bistorta “Hohe Tatra”), which provides just the right touch of warm pink to enhance the Iris frosty hue.

Early Autumn

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Certain floral combinations have a quality that is almost good enough to eat. The Hungarian daisy, (Leucanthemelia serotina) paired with “Lemon Queen” perennial sunflower (Helianthus “Lemon Queen”) may remind you of a big slice of lemon meringue pie in your garden!

Autumn to Winter

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The furry white flowers of the charming Feathertop (Pennisetum villosum) are perfect for a tickle fight in the garden… if you are so inclined. But if you would rather just admire the blooms, pair these fluffy giants with a richly hued Japanese Blood Grass (Imperata cylindrical “Red Baron”), which reaches its peak color in the late fall.

Joelle Goddard-Cooling and SC Johnson Canada – Hummingbird Ball 2013 Honourees

Here is a video tribute to Joelle Goddard-Cooling -a member of Burlington community – in recognition for her dedication and tireless fundraising efforts in support of the CIBC Breast Assessment Centre, and to SC Johnson Canada, in recognition of the company’s vision and commitment to improving cancer care throughout the region.

We were so honoured to speak about Joelle in her Honoree video for this year’s Hummingbird Ball about all the incredible fundraising she has done for the Juravinski  Hospital CIBC Breast Assessment Centre.  Congratulations again Joelle!

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