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Carving Pumpkins This Halloween

This kid-friendly alternative to carving pumpkins is just as fun – and way sweeter!

Carving pumpkins is a fun Halloween tradition, but it’s not always kid-friendly. Usually a mess ensues, and diligent supervision is required whenever children & sharp objects are in the same vicinity. Here’s a sweet alternative to carving pumpkins that’s (mostly) mess-free, safe, and totally delicious!

Check out these additional Halloweeen decor tips and recipes, and don’t forget to check out our Halloween commercial if you haven’t already!

7 Irresitible Reclaimed Wood Kitchen Ideas

Wish there was an easy & affordable way to upgrade your kitchen? Meet Stikwood.

The following is a guest post by Amy McVay of Stikwood

Chances are, the kitchen is the gathering place in your home. It’s where the family comes together, where memories are made, and the room everyone ends up in when you throw a party! With Stikwood, you can easily transform the hub of your home into something spectacular. Check out these great ideas!

1) Bring Character to Your Kitchen Island

The island is not only a place to prepare meals, it’s a social hot spot in your kitchen. Make yours stand out with Reclaimed Weathered Wood White. It brings a touch of brightness to your space while adding an unexpected touch of the outdoors.

2) Open Up Your Space

Try adding Stikwood planks as accent pieces to bring the openness of the outdoors to your space. With pops of color here and there, it’s easy to create a true kitchen masterpiece.

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3) Brighten Your Ceiling

Infuse your kitchen with a warm glow and spark of color that’s sure to turn heads. Add our Reclaimed Sierra Gold to the ceiling as a way to draw in natural light and create a kitchen that feels warm and inviting yet also bright, modern and oh-so stylish.

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4) Revitalize Your Cabinets

Ready for new cabinets but don’t want the hassle or expense of replacing the old? Makeover your cupboards easily with our Reclaimed Weathered Wood style for a kitchen that’s instantly hip and beautifully styled.

5) All About The Backsplash

Use your backsplash to its greatest advantage with Reclaimed Weathered Wood. Its quick installation will give your kitchen a charming face-lift — and your guests something to rave about.

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6) Doorway of Your Dreams

Set the stage for memorable dinners with a doorway accented with the beauty of reclaimed wood. Choose from a variety of styles to create a look that’s distinctly yours.

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7) Stik to Your Style

Define your own style, get creative and do it all more easily and affordably than you ever imagined. Explore your options by ordering a few samples to see just how fun and simple a kitchen transformation can be.

10 Easy Fixes for That Nearly Perfect House You Want to Buy

From price and location to the physical structure itself, the list of things to keep in mind when shopping for a house can seem endless. But some problems you encounter don’t need to affect your final decision.

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Houzz Contributor, Laura Gaskill

From price and location to the physical structure itself, the list of things to keep in mind when shopping for a house can seem endless. But some problems you encounter don’t need to affect your final decision. Although easy is a relative term, accomplishing the 10 fixes that follow is generally pretty straightforward. We also point out some big-ticket fixes to watch out for. Happy house hunting!

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1. Easy fix: Repaint or reface existing cabinetry. If the interior structure of the cabinetry is still sound, refinishing, repainting or refacing (replacing the cabinet fronts) can be a more cost-effective way to refresh a dated kitchen than completely replacing the cabinetry. If the cabinet doors are in poor condition or you want to change the style, consider refacing.

How to Reface Your Old Kitchen Cabinets

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2. Easy fix: New appliances. Swapping out old appliances for shiny new models is one of the biggest-impact ways to make over your kitchen without getting bogged down in a full remodel. And because the cost of appliances and installation is pretty straightforward, it’s easier to plan and budget for this upgrade than projects that might expand beyond your original scope.

Not-so-easy fix: New kitchen layout. Replacing what’s already in your kitchen is one thing, but when you start to move the plumbing and electrical around, costs can rise quickly. If possible, go for a house with a kitchen that has a layout you’re happy with — you can always tweak the details.

Stash It All: Know the Three Zones of Kitchen Storage

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3. Easy fix: Fresh carpeting. Stained, worn-out carpeting is a real bummer, and it can be hard to see past it when viewing a potential home. But ripping out old carpeting and putting in something new — especially something as fresh and fun as the colorful carpet tiles shown here — can make a huge difference in how a space looks and feels.

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4. Easy fix: New paint color. It’s amazing the effect color can have on us — remind yourself of this fact the next time you tour an open house with some (ahem) unusual color choices. You can easily (and cheaply) replace any wall color with a beautiful hue, like the lovely silvery blue shown here.

12 Tried and True Paint Colors for Your Walls

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5. Easy fix: Replace light fixtures. Swapping out dated light fixtures with new ones you love is a quick and easy fix an electrician or DIY-savvy homeowner can accomplish in relatively little time. From modern pendants (like the saucer version shown here) to Edison-bulb chandeliers, there’s a light for every style and taste.

Not-so-easy fix: Extensive electrical work. Exchanging one light fixture for another in the same spot is simple; updating old or unsafe systems is another matter entirely. Electrical work should definitely be left to the pros, and electrical repairs in an older home can cost a pretty penny, so be sure to get a thorough inspection and review it in detail.

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6. Easy fix: Repurpose a room. Just because a room is shown as a messy kids’ room or workout space doesn’t mean that’s what will make the most sense for you. As you tour potential new homes, think creatively about the spaces you see and try to imagine your own furniture in them. One person’s overstuffed home office could be your perfect sun room.

Not-so-easy fix: Adding on. Remodeling costs get a whole lot bigger whenever you talk about changing the footprint of a home, so try not to be seduced by talk of how “easy” it would be to tack a room on to the back of the house. Although there are always exceptions, your best bet is usually to find a house with a footprint you can work with.

How to Build a Renovation Plan to Match Your Budget

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7. Easy fix: Remove or cover up popcorn ceilings. Not much dates a house like the lumpy, bumpy texture of a popcorn ceiling. Thankfully, fixing it isn’t too complicated, and you’ll soon have a nice, smooth ceiling. The most common method is simply scraping it off, but if there’s any chance that lead and-or asbestos might be present in the paint or the popcorn material itself, you’ll need to cover it up with drywall instead.

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8. Easy fix: Add architectural interest. If you love the look of older homes with lots of original architectural details but haven’t been able to find the right one at the right price, it’s still possible to get some of the detail you crave, even in a newer build. Crown molding, baseboards, picture rails and even built-in features like bookcases and bench seating can be added by a carpenter to give a boxy new build added character. It’s an extra cost, but it’s not especially difficult, and it can make a big difference in how you experience a home.

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9. Easy fix: Refinish floors. If you’re lucky enough to spot a house with real wood floors, don’t let a dull finish turn you off. While engineered hardwood can usually be refinished only a few times during its life (the number depends on how thick the veneer is) solid hardwoods can take a lot more, so you can have gorgeous, glossy floors (or artfully beat-up floors if you desire) for years to come.

What to Know Before Refinishing Your Floors

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10. Easy fix: Add landscaping. Yard looking a little bare? Adding landscaping, whether a simple DIY job or a landscaping pro’s design and installation, is something that can make a huge impact on curb appeal and, more important, how you feel when you come home each day.

Read This Post Before Raking Up Those Fall Leaves

Bring the beauty of fall into your home with these easy DIY decor projects.

Ahh Fall Foliage…so beautiful but also SO messy!

For those who live in parts of the world that get to experience fall foliage you can relate to the love/hate relationship that comes with the turn of the season. On one hand the beauty of the changing leaves is something we look forward to with the first cool breeze that returns each year. On the other, cleaning up our yards seems like a never ending task. Before you break out your rake and drag that pile of leaves to your curb check out some creative ways you can add the beauty of fall to your home with these DIY leaf decor projects.

Throw Pillows | Butiksofie

This DIY project is so incredibly affordable and allows you to create gorgeous one of a kind fall decor that is subtle yet spectacular. Learn How Here

Leaf Bowl | diyncraftpriscilla

This autumnal bowl brings nature into your home and provides the perfect place for small treats (like Halloween candy). Watch Below

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This project is an awesome one to do with children and makes a great hostess gift for any fall house parties you are attending. Learn how here

Leaf Wreath | DIYMood

Treat yourself to a warm welcome home from the moment you walk in the door with a dried leaf wreath (I know you are impressed with my rhyming skills :) ) Watch Below.

Framed Pressed Leaves |witandwhistle

Swapping out pictures is a great way to keep your home decor fresh and this project will give you beautiful decor that you can bring back each year. Learn how here

So there you have it, five fall projects that will leaf any auntumn fan happy at home. Happy Fall Y’all!

Light The Way To A Successful Sale!


When presenting your home for sale, the value of curb appeal can’t be emphasized enough. Here are some ways to shine a light on your selling opportunity.

  • Illuminated address sign. Make your address easy to find with an illuminated address sign or at least a spotlight shining on your house number. This is a great idea even if you’re not selling your home, as it allows everyone, from the pizza delivery person to emergency first responders, to find you quickly and easily.
  • A well-lit path. Once the potential buyer finds your house, make sure their trip to the front door is clear and well lit. This is an attractive feature that also doubles as a safety measure for both you and your visitors, who need a clear view and safe access to your home’s entrance.
  • Highlighted landscaping. A lot of time and money goes into creating a beautiful lawn and garden. Consider how to best highlight your outdoor efforts using uplights to illuminate trees from below, and quality solar lights to cast a magical glow to the garden.

In many cases, the evening hours are the only time available for potential buyers to view your property. Make sure you present your home in the best possible light with attractive path, patio and landscape lighting systems, no matter what time of day it is!

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271 Nassau Street. Oshawa

Income Generated each month, in this Property, Close to Schools, Transit and Shopping. Main Floor has two units, and one upper unit. Yearly rental income is $ 33684. . Expenses are: Taxes $3428, Water $1096, Gas $1555, Hydro $5670.39. Home is fully rented, and ready for a new owner to collect the rent cheques.  Call Today!


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5 Walk-Through Surprises and How to Avoid Them

A house may look one way when it is decorated and furnished, but once vacated, bumps and bruises may show that could cause a wrench in the closing. Here are five common issues that arise during a walk-through and how to handle them.

The following is a guest post from Cara Ameer, an agent with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida.

You’ve survived the inspection and loan approval process. You are almost to the closing table and ready to sign on the dotted line, but before you arrive, there is one last hurdle to climb known as “the walkthrough.” Whether you are a buyer or seller, this process can be nerve-wracking – as a buyer, you may be thinking: Will the house will still look how I thought it did? Will everything be empty and in good condition? And as a seller, you could be worried whether the buyer will be satisfied with what they see, and what if they raise concerns?

First, it is important to understand what a walkthrough is as well as its purpose.

A walkthrough is when a buyer walks through the property either the day prior or on the way to closing to ensure all is in substantially the same condition as it was before.

You may think this is a quick process that should take no more than 10-15 minutes at the most, but it is the buyer’s last look at the house before making what is likely the single largest purchase in their life. They will be closely scrutinizing everything. Additionally, because in all likelihood this is their first time seeing the house completely empty, this could raise some issues not previously seen.

A house may look one way when it is decorated and furnished, but once vacated, bumps and bruises may show that could cause a wrench in the closing. Here are five common issues that arise during a walkthrough and how to handle them:

1. Flooring – discolorations on wood or carpet. This happens as a result of furniture and rug placement over long periods of time, coupled with sunlight that could cause fading or discoloration of the exposed flooring around it. The buyer doesn’t initially see this, as a seller’s belongings are never moved for showings or inspections. Consequently, on a walkthrough of a vacant house, this could result in visibly noticeable variations in the floor finish as well stains, particularly on carpet. As a seller, you may have forgotten about some stains that are on the carpet where furniture and/or area rugs have sat on top of it for years.


Before putting your house on the market, check any areas of your home that have had furniture and/or rugs sitting on top of floor surfaces. If there is discoloration, consult with a wood flooring specialist on how to address, call in carpet cleaners or consider possibly replacing/repairing the flooring in question before going on the market. Note any issues upfront to establish condition at the time the home goes on the market to a buyer and on a seller’s disclosure so as to avoid any surprises later on.


2. Walls — Once the artwork and flat screen TVs comes down, the walls are often left with nail holes, brackets and possibly discoloration where objects were previously hung. While it may seem premature when an offer is received to even think about dismantling the house, discuss with your agent a plan for “spackle management” when finalizing contract terms. Better to deal with this upfront vs. trying to figure out what to do right before closing because nothing was mentioned in the contract. Setting realistic expectations at the outset as to what you as a seller will do, such as spackling, will hopefully avoid a buyer’s request for you to repaint walls entirely. It may be that the buyer likes the existing placement for artwork and your television and will want these areas left as you had them.

3. Leftovers – While these are always appreciated after a good Sunday dinner, your left over house stuff is not always wanted or needed by the buyer of your home. Moving always brings a “don’t know what to do with pile.” It may be a stray chair, file cabinet, old lawn hose or other various odds and ends. Don’t assume the new owner will be glad to have these items. Check with the buyer first, if they don’t want them, play it safe and have them removed BEFORE the final walkthrough.

4. Garbage – Speaking of removal, don’t leave garbage cans full of trash for the new owner to take out. The buyer has enough to deal with as far as coordinating movers, getting utilities turned on, waiting for the cable guy and all that goes along with setting up a new home. This is usually a surprise not discovered until the walkthrough or their first trip to the house as the new owner. A pile of trash either in the garage or on the driveway is not a closing gift that should be left behind.

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5. Mover Damage – With a moving crew transporting furniture and boxes out of your house, the opportunity exists for unintended damage to occur. Drywall dings, nicks, scratches or gauges can be left, often not discovered until a buyer does their walkthrough, or of course right after they go to the house after closing. Once the movers are finished, do your own “move-out” walkthrough with them to check for any damage. Discuss with your movers ahead of time the plan for handling any damage and have a trusted repair person on standby to take care of any issues should they occur.

Kitchen Makeover On A Budget


Looking to breathe some new life into your kitchen? Whether it’s for your own enjoyment or to spruce up your home for resale, you’ll be interested in finding out how to renovate at a reasonable cost.

  • Cupboards. While ripping down and replacing older cabinetry can certainly give your kitchen an instant upgrade, it’s an intrusive and expensive venture. Instead, consider refinishing the cupboards or simply freshening up their look with a good-quality, washable paint, and swapping out the cabinet hardware with new knobs and handles.
  • Counter tops. Counter tops can be more easily replaced than cupboards, but there are cheaper and easier ways to change their appearance, including painting a faux texture on them, covering them with an overlay, or even tiling over them.
  • Flooring. Wood can be refinished, old floor tiles painted and laminate replaced, all without breaking the bank.
  • Appliances. Assuming your appliances are all in good working order, you may want to consider painting them with specially formulated appliance paint, which is available in stainless steel too.
  • Back splash. From ceramic tiles to stainless steel to paint and more, there are back splash replacement options to suit any budget and décor.
  • Faucets. Basic kitchen faucets can be easily upgraded to shiny new replacements – there’s always a kitchen faucet on sale somewhere.
  • Lighting. New lighting fixtures can completely transform the character of your kitchen, while installing under-cabinet lights is a practical and impressive addition.

Coldwell Banker Brand is 110 Years Old … Look What Happened Over That Time Period

110 Years of Smart Home Technology: 1906-1950

To celebrate the 110th anniversary of Coldwell Banker Real Estate, we’re taking a trip down memory lane to reminisce about some of the greatest innovations in home technology over the past 110 years. In this post, we’ll highlight some key inventions from 1906 to 1950.

We’ve got an anniversary to celebrate – Coldwell Banker Real Estate turns 110 this year! In its lifetime, the company has seen real estate evolve, not only in terms of the market for homes, but also in terms of the things inside of our homes. To celebrate the 110th anniversary, we’ve cracked open and dusted off a few history books to learn a bit more about the biggest “smart” home innovations since 1906.

In this post, we’ll look at the biggest breakthroughs from 1906 to 1950. This period saw the introduction of household appliances and machines, ranging from vacuum cleaners to food processors, all of which made Americans more comfortable with using electricity to cook and clean within their homes.

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In 1939, soon after domestic technology took off, Popular Mechanics Magazine predicted what would be inside the “Electric Home of the Future.” Within their crystal ball, the publication predicted that the home would center upon its power supply and appliances. The issue predicted television, lighting control, central air conditioning and video recording – all of which we know now have become staples of homes across the U.S. Imagine how the 1939 Popular Mechanics writers would have swooned at the sight of a Nest Thermostat or Lutron Lighting System!

Want to learn the birthdates of some of your favorite home appliances? We’ve broken down a small timeline of the early 20th century’s best “smart” home innovations!

1909: Electric Toaster – Frank Shailor of GE first filed a patent for the electric toaster, however, it only heated the bread on one side, so you had to turn the bread halfway through to get an equally crunchy slice of toast.

1913: Refrigerator – Refrigeration devices for commercial use were around in the 1800s, but it wasn’t until 1913 that refrigerators for the home were invented.


1915: Clothes Dryer – Around 1900, the electronic washing machine was invented by a Ford Motor Company worker from New Jersey. It took another 15 years for the electric tumbler clothes dryer to be introduced.

1924: Dishwasher – The first-ever dishwasher was invented in 1886. However, the first dishwasher that remotely resembles modern models was created in 1924.

1926: Electronic Garage Door Opener – The overhead garage door was invented in 1921, but it had to be lifted manually. A few years later, in 1926, the electric garage door opener was invented.

Late 1920s: Electric Oven – Electric ovens were invented around 1880 – 1900, but they did not become common until the late 1920s as electricity technology improved.


Late 1940s: TVs – An electronic TV was first displayed in 1927, but it wasn’t until after World War II, in the late 1940s, when TVs really became prevalent.

Check back tomorrow for Part Two: key inventions from 1950 to the present and our predictions for beyond.

Get Smart About Move-In Ready

Our latest survey found Americans and probably Canadians are thinking differently about move-in ready properties – they want homes that have smart tech already included.

Who says you can’t teach an old home new tricks? Today, Coldwell Banker unveiled the results of a survey it conducted with Parks Associates, which found that 44 percent of people who want a move-in ready home said smart home technology should already be installed. Another 57 percent would consider an older home “updated” if it had smart home technology.

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Smart homes are getting popular among just about every age group. If given a choice between two homes where one was smart and the other was not, more than half of survey respondents would opt for the smart home. And it’s not just Millennials who want a smart home (although 61 percent would choose the smart home). 52 percent of Gen Xers and 50 percent of boomers also agreed.