Congratulations! You are purchasing your new home! You are probably experiencing a variety of different emotions - happiness and excitement, but you may also have some worry and wonder if you are making the right decision - Am I right? Keep on reading to learn 4 ways you know you are purchasing your dream home.Read More
We wanted to take this time to reflect on the past year and welcome 2017 with open arms and a fresh start!
Simplicity Home Staging & Design was founded in 2016, so the year will always be very special to us. This past year has taught many lessons - the main lesson being perseverance. Starting a business is no easy feat and one that requires constant motivation and self-action. Growing as an individual and a business requires big dreams and goal setting.
Moving forward to 2017, We are very excited to to share some goals we have for Simplicity Home Staging & Design. This year is going to be BIG!
- Monthly Newsletter - We've dreamed up a newsletter and it is chock full of information! Beginning January 2017 our clients, realtors, family and friends will be receiving a monthly newsletter with tons of valuable information! If you would like to sign up for our newsletter please click here (trust us, you won't regret it!)
- Weekly Blogs - We want our clients to feel connected to home staging and design to see how big of an impact it has! Each week we are going to post blogs with exciting design ideas, staging tips, organization help and the list goes on.
- Lunch and Learns/Investor Workshops - We want to help as many people as we can - and we're going to do this through providing first hand knowledge to realtors and investors!
Simplicity Home Staging & Design is very excited for what 2017 has in store. We wish all our readers a Happy Holiday and a very Happy New Year!
I get it, pets are family. When you are selling your home, parting with a family member is hard. I understand - I have a silly yellow lab named Milo. I know how much fun all pets are and how hard it is to part with them, even for a little while. In fact, I'll show you how cute my fur-baby is, just because.
Cute, right? How can you say no to that furry face.
The reality is pets bring in a lot of dirt, shed lots of hair and leave paw prints everywhere they go. To us animal owners (and animal lovers) it is part of life. But to others, this is a huge turn-off when purchasing a home.
This time of year, our pets are shedding, getting ready to put their winter coats on. What does that mean? Hair. Everywhere. You can sweep 2-3 times a day and still sweep up a wad of hair.
However, when selling your house, your home needs to be in pristine condition at all times and needs to appeal to the widest number of buyers possible. Having a pet isn't everyones cup of tea, no matter how cute they are.
Below, you will find 3 suggestions of what to do with your beloved pets throughout the listing, staging and moving process.
1. Boarding - The number one suggestion I have as a home stager is to board your pets. As an avid animal lover, please do some research on boarding facilities prior to dropping your pet off. Most boarding facilities will allow you to view the rooms available and allow personal items to help your pet feel at home. If they do not allow you to view the facility, move onto a different one.
Personally, I've used Country Paws Boarding, located in Breslau and my lab loved it there. Country Paws has two locations in the area. One in Breslau and another in London. They have a super convenient system to book your pets in online and drop off is a breeze.
2. Doggy Daycare - If boarding isn't an option for you, drop your pup off at daycare during the day. This will burn off excess energy while you are away at work, leaving one tired dog for the evening. Again, do your research on daycare facilities. My personal favourite is Dog Haus, located in Kitchener. The staff are knowledgeable trainers and the daycare itself is open concept which allows the dogs to be together all day and are not crated at any time.
3. Dog Park - Getting your dog out of the house for viewings and open houses is a must. If you are looking for something to do with your dog during viewings, take them to the dog park. Kitchener-Waterloo has a number of different dog parks, all of which are off leash. When you are done, just make sure to clean your pup of any dirt collected at the park prior to re-entering your home.