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The Psychology of Clean

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Does mess equal stress? An article in Psychology Today* says “yes!” But the good news is, clutter is one of the easiest life stressors to fix.

Clutter both at home and at work can stress us out on a number of different levels, making it difficult to relax, both physically and mentally. It signals to our brains that our work is never done, and creates feelings of guilt and embarrassment. Clutter also creates a feeling of frustration by preventing us from quickly locating things we need, from keys to paperwork. There’s simply nothing good about mess, so here are some tips to help you tackle it.

    • Address one area at a time, and finish de-cluttering and cleaning that one area before moving onto the next. This creates a sense of accomplishment as you fully complete one task or one room at a time.
    • When it comes to getting organized, setting up more shelves and storage areas isn’t always the answer. Downsize your belongings first by getting rid of things you don’t use or need – donate or toss as necessary, then create designated areas for the rest, ideally in closed spaces such as drawers and cabinets. Simply re-organizing things on open shelves doesn’t take care of “mess stress” as your clutter is still in sight, creating visual stimuli that your mind continuously has to process.
  • Once you get your clutter under control, keep it that way by getting in the habit — making a resolute effort every time — of putting things back where you got them. It sounds simple, but it’s a repetitive process that needs to be continuously reinforced before it becomes routine.

www.psychologytoday.com/blog/high-octanewomen/ 201203/why-mess-causes-stress-8- reasons-8-remedies

 

152 Olive Ave. Oshawa

Only $199,900

Exceptionally Good Value!

2 Bedroom, 8 Year Old Freehold Townhouse That Is Cheap Living Or Makes A Great Investment Opportunity. Home Features Eat-In Kitchen, A Bright View Of The Morning Sun From Living Room, Full Unspoiled Basement And A Good Sized Backyard. Great In-Town Location. Close To 401, Public Transit, Downtown University Campus & Park!
Built In 2009.  Same Tenant Since 2009 Pays $900/Mth.

1047 Ridge Valley Dr. Oshawa

Open House Sunday September 10, 2 pm-4 pm

Live your dream in this 4 +2 bedroom, 3 bath home. Home Features: Double-car garage, eat-in kitchen and main floor family room with walk-out to large deck that is convenient for entertaining. Dramatic fireplace in family room, large master with 2 Walk-in Closets and en-suite bath. Home has quality updates including windows, driveway, flooring, kitchen and baths. Located on a quiet street with good schools nearby. Reduced to $650,000.

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First Impressions

PhotoCan you sell a home by its cover? If your home features a well-presented home exterior, it’s certainly a possibility.

Today’s many exterior refinishing options provide ways for your home to stand out, increase its perceived value and capture the eye of the right buyer, no matter what your budget. Re-facing the outside of your house can be as simple and cost-effective as repainting it, or as involved as applying new brickwork. Here are just a few of the options available.

Paint: The least expensive option, a fresh coat of paint can instantly brighten and freshen your home’s exterior.

Siding: Vinyl siding is lightweight, inexpensive, easy to install and can cover a multitude of sins from flaking paint to uneven wall surfaces. Wood and brick siding are more expensive, but can create a richer impression.

Stone Veneer Siding: Boasting the luxury look of full stonework but with a much easier installation and substantially lower cost, stone veneer is becoming a strong contender in the home upgrade market. Whether you’re refacing for your own benefit or for curb appeal, it’s worth noting the return value of your investment: the annual Cost vs. Value Report, reported in Remodeling Magazine, affirms an 89.4 percent return-on-investment for manufactured stone veneer.

Stucco: Attractive, low-maintenance, and available in a variety of textures and colors, stucco can add warmth to the exterior appearance of your home. Before installation, however, be sure to investigate its practicality for the weather in your region.

Want to Know How to Get into the Real Estate Market?

How much would you need to come up with for a down payment these days?

In Canada, the minimum down payment  depends on the purchase price of the property your thinking about buying. You would need  a down payment of 5 percent of a home’s purchase price for a property worth $500,000 or less. When the purchase price is above $500,000 but under $1 million, the minimum down payment is 5 percent for the first $500,000 and 10 percent for the remaining balance and if the property is priced at over $1 million, you require a minimum 20 percent down payment, and the lender’s lending policies.

In addition to the down payment, you need to factor in the closing costs which include legal costs, taxes and land transfer fees — costs that can add another 1.5 percent to 4 percent of the purchase price to your up-front costs.

Right now its a great time to get into the market. Prices are stable, there are more homes to choose from and less buyers competing for the same home.

Wondering how much of a mortgage you can afford? Please call The Mash Team today for a no-obligation consultation! We will help you move!

Help! My Home Isn’t Selling

You listed your home for sale with high hopes. You love your property and you felt certain that it would sell in a reasonable amount of time. But it’s been several weeks or months since you listed your home.

You’ve had some interest and maybe several showings. You may or may not have received an offers. Maybe you’ve even experienced the emotional turmoil of watching a Offer fall apart. Regardless of the details, one fact is clear: your property is very much still for sale.

What went wrong? What can you do? Here are 8 effective tips to facilitate a faster sale.

Depersonalize
If your house has been on the market for six weeks or more without so much as a nibble of interest, it’s time to take a hard look at what might be putting buyers off.

If buyers can’t imagine themselves living in a home, they’ll be reluctant to make an offer.

To make your home appealing, pack away all of your family pictures, child artwork, and mementos. Paint your walls a neutral color like beige, cream or white. Pack away any polarizing or controversial pieces of artwork or decor. Depersonalize and try to make your home look like a model home.

Declutter
Buyers like to see clean, wide-open living spaces. If you have physical or visual clutter in the room, you’re sending a message to the buyer that you don’t have enough storage space.

Don’t send that message. Instead, get those moving boxes and start packing. You may not have a contract yet, but if you minimize your possessions and declutter the space, you’ll make the rooms look larger and create the impression of having tons of storage space.

Remove Evidence of Pets
We love our four-legged friends, but their food and water dishes, crates, and even just hair on the carpet can be a big turn-off to buyers who don’t like animals.

If you know that someone is coming to look at your home, put the food dishes away, store the crate in the garage or outside, and make sure to remove all signs of pet fur and dander.

Freshen Up the Space
Don’t let buyers turn up their nose at your home. Smell is the first thing potential buyers notice when they walk into a house.

Clean your home to get rid of any dusty or musty smells. If the weather is nice, open the windows to let your home air out. Install all-natural room fresheners or light scented candles in discreet places like the bathroom closet, laundry room, and garage. Choose a neutral and natural scent, like vanilla, rather than a pungent floral scent.

You could also consider investing an essential oil diffuser to leave running during home showings. Sage, lemon, lavender, and cinnamon are all subtle, relaxing, and inviting scents that help brighten your living space.

Work on Curb Appeal
Some buyers won’t even step into your home if they don’t think the property has curb appeal. Clean the windows and make sure that there are no visible cobwebs. Mow your yard and trim the edges, prune the bushes, plant fresh flowers, and spruce up your shutters by giving them a fresh coat of paint. You may even want to install a new mailbox and outdoor light fixtures.

Consider an Affordable Mini-Renovation
Not everyone likes a fixer-upper. Stained carpets and less than appealing paint colors may look like dollars needed for (and the hassle of) renovation in the buyer’s eyes.

Small renovations may lead to big payoff. Consider painting the walls a neutral color, installing a smart thermostat, replacing hardware and fixtures and other fairly inexpensive changes that will take away the label of a fixer-upper.

Stage Like an Expert
You’ve depersonalized, decluttered, renovated, and worked on curb appeal. Now it’s time to stage your home like a pro.

Place brand new, neatly folded towels and candles in the bathroom. Place a decorative bowl filled with bright red or green apples, lemons, or limes in the kitchen. Fill a clear glass cookie jar with fresh cookies on the kitchen counter.

Talk to Your Agent About Pricing and Listen to What They Say
If your home isn’t selling after you’ve done everything above, it’s time to talk to your real estate agent about adjusting the price.

This is where your agent’s knowledge of your market and the amenities of your home come into play. If your home is priced competitively, buyers will feel like they’re getting a great deal. A $5,000-$10,000 reduction may be all it takes to motivate the right buyer.

Make Your Home More Accessible
Make your home available for showings. If you limit your home to pre-scheduled viewings, you’re definitely not going to be able to sell as quickly. If you’re flexible with when you allow buyers to come see your property, you’ll have a better chance of getting more foot traffic and more potential buyers into your home.

Are you Fit To Sell. Call The Mash Team. We are here to help!

Open House Sunday Aug 20, 2 pm-4 pm

1047 Ridge Valley Dr. Oshawa

 $675,000

Open House Sunday August 20,  2 pm – 4 pm

Live your dream in this 4 +2 bedroom, 3 bath home. Home Features: Double-car garage, eat-in kitchen, finished basement, dramatic fireplace in main floor family room, and good schools nearby. Home has lots of updates: located on a quiet street, landscaping, finished basement, Large master with 2 Walk-in Closets and Ensuite bath. This Perfect home for entertaining with Large Dining Room Combined with Living Room. Filled with light and open spaces.  $675,000.

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Open House Sunday 2pm-4pm

1047 Ridge Valley Dr. Oshawa

Just Reduced $675,000

Open House Sunday August 13,   2 pm – 4 pm

Live your dream in this 4 +2 bedroom, 3 bath home. Home Features: Double-car garage, eat-in kitchen, finished basement, dramatic fireplace in main floor family room, and good schools nearby. Home has lots of updates: located on a quiet street, landscaping, finished basement, Large master with 2 Walk-in Closets and Ensuite bath. This Perfect home for entertaining with Large Dining Room Combined with Living Room. Filled with light and open spaces. Just Reduced to $675,000.

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1047 Ridge Valley Dr. Oshawa

1047 Ridge Valley Dr. Oshawa

Just Reduced $675,000

Open House Sunday August 6,  2 pm – 4 pm

Live your dream in this 4 +2 bedroom, 3 bath home. Home Features: Double-car garage, eat-in kitchen, finished basement, dramatic fireplace in main floor family room, and good schools nearby. Home has lots of updates: located on a quiet street, landscaping, finished basement, Large master with 2 Walk-in Closets and Ensuite bath. This Perfect home for entertaining with Large Dining Room Combined with Living Room. Filled with light and open spaces. Just Reduced to $675,000.

 

Looking for Quality?

433 Ritson Rd N. Oshawa

$399,900

Open House: Sunday July 16 2-4 pm

You’ll Appreciate The Tasteful Updates In This 2 Bedroom, 2 Bath Home. Open Concept Home with New Modern Kitchen With Pots N Pan Drawers, Extra Large Sink, Under Counter Lighting And Quartz Counter tops. Beautiful Hardwood Flooring Glimmer Thru-Out The Main Floor. Newly Renovated 3 Piece Bath With Glass Shower And New Modern Vanity. Stainless Steel Gas Range, Fridge, Built In Dishwasher. Large Lot 155 Feet Deep. Extra Large Detached Garage (12 X 24) With Hydro. Finished Basement With Rec Room With A Modern Wet Bar + 1 Pc Bath With R/I For Shower & Sink. Great Location for anyone who Commutes. Shows A+.

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