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MID YEAR MARKET UPDATE 2018

Mid Year Market Update 2018 Calgary- Creb Video


The Top 10 Selling Mistakes To Avoid in Calgary

Want to Sell Your Home? – Here is Where We Can Help You


Don’t Price It Too High 

Price is everything. Overpricing does more to discourage buyers than any other single factor. When you overprice, you put your home in competition with homes that may be newer, larger or have more going for them than yours. All you will achieve is to help sell the others!. 

         Poor Condition 

A home that needs lots of work doing to it, does not excite buyers. A home like this is looked at by buyers as a work project and like the old Tom Hanks movie – The Money Pit. Having your home in good shape and great showing presentation will significantly improve your chances of a sale at top dollar value.


            Poor Curb Appeal 

Most buyers today will always want to drive by. If your home is an attractive drive-by, it will gain more attention and more showings. Doing the little things to help your home's curb appeal. Clearing snow in winter, cutting the lawn and cleaning the yard in summer will make a huge difference.


          Drab Dark Homes Don't Sell 

Buyers like Space and Light ! At showing time open the blinds and curtains -  " IT’S SHOWTIME". Go through your home and remove all clutter; touch up paint and wall dinks, fix counter tops, and carpets. Smells are offensive from pets and smoking smells are also huge turn-off.  If the weather is good open a few windows and let the air through before showings. The most important rooms to concentrate on are the living room, family room, kitchen and master bedroom. As they enter the home they will          have their first impression! Don’t have a dirty front door - Make it sparkle !.


        Don't Over-improve 

Get your home in good showing shape, but don't over-do it. Huge projects such as complete remodels of kitchens, adding decks, and expanding room sizes may not pay back your investment. Before you jump into a huge improvement project, ask us for our advice.


          Be Financeable 

Bad roofs, exterior paint, or structural problems may make your home un-financeable. The wider the scope of financing that your home can qualify for, the higher the overall market value.


          Get Good Advice and Good Market Exposure 

As professional agents with over 16 years experience we will help you get your home priced right, and will also get you started with the best fix ups. We will get your home exposed to the largest number of potential "Qualified" buyers. Paying the agent fee is often the least expensive part of selling your home. 


          Don't Be In At Showings 

When your home is being shown, go for a drive or a walk. Take yourself, your family, and pets and let the agent and their clients have the freedom they need. An agent can always do their best job of showing your home when you are not underfoot. Buyers will spend longer looking at your home's features and the benefits when you are not there.


         Let Us Do The Negotiating 

If there is ever a good reason to have an experienced agent working for you, it's during the negotiation of your home sale.  A good negotiator can mean thousands of dollars to you, and will protect your interests. Don't let your emotions run wild during negotiations. Try to separate your emotions from your business side. Remain cool and calm during    this time.


        Act Fast With Offers

 We contact you as soon as an offer comes in and  we need to act quickly and decisively to arrive at the best price and conditions. Letting offers sit around without acting can be a huge mistake, buyers think you  don’t care. Things can change quickly in the mind of a prospective buyer  so let us help you set up the strategy – what is your best finished price and through negotiations how do we get there.


  • The Team Is Ready To Go! Call for a no obligation Market Consultation: 403-850-0669


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10 Tips to Prepare Your Bedroom

(Photo Courtesy of Hastens)


10 Tips to Prepare Your Bedroom!


1)    Rotate the Mattress – This will distribute the usage more evenly.

2)    Put on the winter Bedding – Time to put that heavy winter bedding on.

3)    Wash Pillows – Most are machine washable.

4)    Clean Ceiling and Walls – This includes air vents, light fixtures, and switch plates.

5)    Dust Your Ceiling Fans – Be careful not to fall.

6)    Curtains and Blinds – Wash curtains and dust the blinds.

7)    Clean your Closets – Sort through your clothes, shoes, and all accessories.

8)    Donate what you have not used in the past year.

9)    If you have not used it in the past year, you will probably not use it in the future.

10)  Store your summer clothes.


They say by making space in your Closet you are letting the universe know you are making room for new clothes. How cool is that !

#calgaryhometracker  #bedroomcleaning 

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Keep your bathrooms in ‘sparkling condition’

Most sellers under estimate how much their bathrooms play a role in how their homes are judged by buyers. It’s true, it may not be as ‘public’ as your living room, your home’s exteriors, landscaping, etc., but your bathrooms can make or break a good sale.


Just imagine a guest who’s impressed with everything he has seen on a tour of your home, but is confronted with a less than clean bathroom Yuk!  An sparkling bathroom contributes enormously to how your home is ‘scored’ by visitors. Here are some ways to keep your home in sparkling condition.


Soap scum is a no no for buyers especially on shower doors, etc.  Here's a tip, coffee filters can be used as an effective cleaner for bathroom mirrors. A simple toothbrush dipped in a solution of baking soda and vinegar can be used for cleaning the grout between tiles.


The combination of baking soda and vinegar works well even for clogged drains – pour a cup of each down the drain, cover the drain with a drain-cover or cloth, followed by pouring boiling water down the drain. Make your taps sparkle by wrapping them in paper towels soaked in vinegar, followed by using a dry paper towel to buff the taps.


We are always willing to give clients tips on what they need to do to "sharpen" the appearance of their home but remember that keeping your bathroom in ‘sparkling condition’ need not be a chore – just make sure that you go about it regularly so that stains do not get a chance to build up.


Email us if you need any advice  info@calgarydreamhomes.com  


 #calgarydreamhometips  #calgaryhometracker  #bathroomtips

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Tips for Your Calgary Kitchen -

Don't Always follow the latest trend



As a home owner, you might be tempted to follow certain trends in kitchen design. However, there are certain kitchen trends which you would be better off not following.


Let us look at some of them.


A previous popular trend that you should maybe avoid is installing the microwave over the cooker. Many builders used it because it was seen to save space. The main problem with doing that is accessibility and it makes it difficult for short individuals, children and the disabled to use their microwave. A more ideal place to put it is under the counter.


Another older trend was putting pot racks over the island in your kitchen. It is better to store away pots and pans in drawers than go for pot racks. With the pot racks gone there is more of an open feel to the kitchen.


Also it is better to go for warm neutral finishes. Not only do such finishes look good, they will never go out of fashion.


Brass kitchen hardware looks great. However, if you want a more ‘modern’ feel,  it would be better to go for satin or brushed nickel finish on your hardware.


A good kitchen has a combination of smart design and high-quality materials. Whether it’s building a new kitchen or renovating an existing kitchen take your time. Don’t make the kitchen too dark with dark floors, dark granite and dark units. Keep it light, fresh, open, and a joy to be in.


Remember white cabinets are making a comeback! Just don’t cheap out on the modern hardware.


Enjoy where everyone gathers at parties!


#kitchenreno  #kitchentips  #calgaryhometracker

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A LITTLE PAINTING CAN HELP YOUR HOUSE SELL  FASTER!


New paint makes the entire home smell clean and neat, and can bring sellers the best price. If your home has chipped paint, exposed wood, or surfaces that looks faded, it's time for new paint. If your carpet is worn, dirty, outdated, or an unusual color or style, you might consider replacing it. And it will make the buyer present a lower offer!


Many houses do not sell because of these problems. Don't think that buyers have more money than you to freshen up a home. They typically don't. They will simply look elsewhere for a home that needs less work.


Please let us know when you are ready to start the process of selling and we can help you prep your home for today's market.


We are always here to help with questions & advice on areas of your home that you need to focus on.  info@calgarydreamhomes.com


#diycalgary  #calgaryhometracker

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25  EASY FIX UP's FOR YOUR CALGARY HOME


The condition of your home will have a huge impact on how fast it sells, and its eventual selling price. Preparing your home for sale can pay you huge dividends. Many fix ups cost very little and consist mostly of time and some elbow grease. Here are some simple tips to help your home show its best.


  • Clean the entire home thoroughly. Shampoo carpets, wash walls, clean sills, window screens and blinds. Clean out light fixtures and dust shelving. Get detailed here.
  • Clean the clutter from all closets, cupboards and cabinets.
  • Make your rooms look as spacious as possible. Store unnecessary furnishing items that make your home look crowded.
  • Arrange furnishing so that it is easy to walk through your home.
  • Scale down the number of photos, pictures, portraits and posters hanging on walls. Make sure you patch all nail and screw holes.
  • Keep your curtains and draperies open as a rule. You will want your home to show very light and bright. Find ways to screen any unappealing views.
  • Make your kitchen shine. Remove clutter from counter tops and cabinets and store it. Keep your sink clean and clear of any dirty dishes.
  • Clean your refrigerator, inside and out. Make sure that you do the simple things like putting an open box of baking soda in your fridge. Also, remove unnecessary clutter from the door.
  • Clean your oven. Degrease it and keep it looking as good as possible.
  • Keep scented candles burning in the kitchen and bathrooms. Pleasant fragrances will entice buyers to stay longer in your home.
  • Keep bathrooms scrubbed and tidy with fresh soap and neatly hung towels. Try to color coordinate your bathrooms.
  • Keep all sinks in the home clean and repair leaks or slow drains.
  • Go through your entire home and touch up paint. Pay close attention to corners where there is traffic wear. Touch up baseboards, trim and cabinets and cupboards.
  • Place plants or flower arrangements in strategic parts of the home. A splash of color from plants, flowers, pillows or small rugs can give your home some real flair.
  • Make sure that your home is well lit. Put higher wattage bulbs in dark areas or corners. Keep all lights on during showings, even in mid day.
  • Use mirrors on walls if necessary to reflect light and make rooms look larger.
  • Make sure that all door knobs and keyed entries are working. Replace any worn knobs or handles.
  • Clean up all around the house. Remove any debris piles such as wood, firewood and landscape trimmings. Trim all hedges, bushes and shrubbery away from the house. Keep all garden beds weeded and mulched.
  • Put some color by your home's entrance with potted flowers. Keep them watered and looking attractive.
  • Keep all walkways clear, clean and in good repair. This includes your driveways and any parking areas.
  • Keep all outdoor furniture clean and in good repair.
  • Clean your gutters and roof. Keep moss or algae from growing on, in or around them.
  • Keep your yard and lawn areas clean and in good health. A green lawn makes a home look great. Keep your lawn edged and free from weeds.
  • Repair any broken windows, screens, shutter or awnings.
  • Clean your garage area. Remove clutter and make it look organized and as spacious as possible. Try to have nothing in your garage but cars.

By following these 25 fix up tips, you can do a lot to increase the perceived value of your home and make it stand out above the competition!


Call or Text Stu or Lora for your marketing Consultation 


Lora: 403.512.1316

Stu: 403.850.0669



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Buying a Calgary home:

 

1:The Pre Approval

Arrange a meeting with your Mortgage person and get things moving by filling out your application. Be prepared and take with you income verification, an employment letter and confirmation of your down payment.  Be sure ask exactly what the lender will need ahead of time and once approved, ask for a Pre Approval Letter of confirmation.


2: View Homes & Condos

Work on which are your preferred areas and what is your maximum budget and we will email you the active listings within those areas and parameters. At a time/date that works for both of us we will set up a tour of all the properties that fit your criteria and you want to see.


3: Selecting Your New Home

Most people go with their “gut feeling” when they enter the home they really like. Once they are inside then we start to tick the boxes. The location will of been decided beforehand and logistics for work, schools etc already decided. Once we we the short list we can second view and be “objective” does it REALLY work and shall we make an offer.


4:  Putting In The Offer

Our offer will be based on relevant comparable sold’s in the area, time on the market and upgrades to the property. We will have a “Starting Point” this can’t be too low because you want the seller not to dismiss your offer, but to work with you so that both sides are happy. Our goal is to achieve the best terms and  price for our clients, based on our combined 24 years experience.


5:  Offer Accepted

The offer is firstly accepted on price, we add to that our conditions and possession date. The most common conditions are usually Financing, Home Inspection and (or) Condo Document Review, and sometimes review of Bye-Laws if applicable. In a Rural Property Purchase we could add to this Septic Inspection, Well Inspection & Water Analysis (or Co-op Water Analysis if applicable). Usually our length of condition period would be 10-14 business days before we remove our conditions after we are satisfied.


 After all is accepted we are in the condition period and need to set up all inspections and reviews.



6:  Removing Conditions

All our conditions have been met, if a few smaller things pop up during the Home Inspection we will amend the contract to have the seller put them right before our “Walkthrough” prior to possession. (usually 48 hours)


7:  All documents To the Lawyers Office

We will see that all documents are sent to your lawyer’s office as soon as possible. You will then arrange to meet with your lawyer, usually 7-10 days before possession to sign all the required paperwork. Make sure you bring a check or your credit card as the lawyer will be making adjustments for down payments and work done as previously agreed with them.


8:  Keys are Releasable

We will make arrangements to meet you at your new home for the “Walkthrough” and we also meet you there when Keys are released by the Sellers Lawyer on possession day. The only thing we suggest is not to book your Telus /Shaw or removal company until the next day, in case there are any hold ups, it doesn’t often happen, but it can.


Then you can just enjoy your new home!!


Call us to discuss your options 403.850.0669


Stu Lowe & Lora Greco

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Great seeing my client Sam Shariff at his new Custom Cabinet Workshop on 38th Ave last week. Making amazing handmade cabinets and lots more.

The business is already thriving and we wish Sam and his team all the very best. 




Bay 9, 1236 38 Ave NE, Calgary, AB T2E 6N2


https://www.pieszakcustomcabinets.com

A Brief History of Pieszak Custom Cabinets

A true devotion to the craft stems from an intense satisfaction of turning conception into reality.  Pieszak Custom Cabinets was founded over 20 years ago as a platform to showcase and sell quality handmade products. Sometimes in today’s modern world we can forget the beauty in the natural, beautiful, and handmade. Get in touch to start your project today.

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City of Calgary, Aug. 15, 2018 – Stricter lending criteria, higher rates and a slow economic recovery weighed on housing demand over the first half of 2018.

This is causing sales to ease more than originally anticipated.


"Easing sales combined with rising inventories has pushed the market into an oversupply situation for all products, affecting pricing for all products, which include detached, semi-detached and row, and apartment," said CREB® chief economist Ann-Marie Lurie.

Overall, prices are expected to ease by over one per cent across the city, with expected declines ranging from 2.5 per cent in the apartment sector to nearly one per cent in the detached sector.


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BATHROOMS


Many sellers under estimate how much their bathrooms play a role in how their homes are judged by visitors. It’s true, it may not be as ‘public’ as your living room, your home’s exteriors, landscaping, etc., but a bathroom can serve to make or break a good impression.


For example, just imagine a guest who’s impressed with everything he has seen so far only to be appalled on seeing grime in the corners of your bathroom. An ultra-clean bathroom contributes enormously to how your home is ‘scored’ by visitors.


So let us look at simple ways for keeping your home in sparkling condition:


One of the elements that detract from a bathroom’s appearance is soap scum on the walls, shower door, etc. You can use dryer sheets, just slightly moistened, to remove soap scum from bathroom surfaces.


Here is a tip - coffee filters can be used as an effective cleaner for bathroom mirrors. A simple toothbrush dipped in a solution of baking soda and vinegar can be used for cleaning the grout between tiles.


The combination of baking soda and vinegar works well even for clogged drains – pour a cup of each down the drain, cover the drain with a drain-cover or cloth, followed by pouring boiling water down the drain. Make your taps sparkle by wrapping them in paper towels soaked in vinegar, followed by using a dry paper towel to buff the taps.


A well-designed and well-maintained bathroom can leave a good impression on visitors as well as prospective buyers. 


Keeping your bathroom in ‘sparkling condition’ it need not be a chore – just make sure that you go about it regularly so that stains do not get a chance to build up.

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Stu Lowe and Lora Greco just reduced the price on this fabulous home in Royal Oak backing onto a ravine. Fully finished with an amazing walkout.  C4189834


https://calgarydreamhomes.com/mylistings.html/listing.c4189834-181-royal-elm-road-nw-calgary-t3g-5v7.76438928

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A buyer’s market can refer to the point in the market where sales have been low inventory is still low, but maybe sales are on the way back up. You need to step in and purchase whilst sellers are still more realistic.


As a seller, you do not need to be unhappy that it is a buyer’s market. A buyer’s market does not mean that your home won’t sell. It just means that your home may not sell for what you are expecting for it. Therefore, if you are planning on selling your home in a buyer’s market, abandon all sentiments and set realistic expectations by looking at recent sales of comparable properties.


If you are not happy with the statistics regarding recent sales of comparable properties, you might want to wait until the market turns in your favour. As a seller in a buyer’s market, you need to be very motivated from the beginning itself, otherwise your property may end up languishing in the market. Only put your home up for sale in a buyer’s market if you are a very serious seller.


As a buyer, you will get to pick from many options in a buyer’s market. However, this does not mean you should skip your research. Evaluate all your options – in fact, during a buyer’s market, prized locations which were earlier not available within your budget may open up. You could choose to seize the opportunity and enter the best areas while you have the chance.


Our advice is that you should move forward with deals in a buyer’s market after having a team talk with us, we can provide real time data that will help you find the best deals in today’s market.


#calgarydreamhomes #calgaryhometracker  

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Clutter can eat away into a home’s space, and it can certainly leave a bad visual impression. Some areas of your home are prone to clutter more than others - Lets take a look.


You might not of thought of it but your kitchen is often one of the most cluttered areas in the house. Home owners usually don’t think of their kitchens as ‘cluttered’ because many of the items occupying their kitchen cabinets and counter top are ‘Utensils’. . Keep on the counter tops only items that you really need.


The living room is another clutter place because this is one space used by all members of the family. Keep newspaper baskets to conceal all these items from public view if possible.


Clutter also often finds its way to the bathroom – many of us are accustomed to the vision of old shampoo bottles, hair brushes, toothpaste tubes, etc., cluttering the bathroom counter top. Throw away what you rarely use, and store away the rest neatly in cabinets or on shelves.


Too many personal family photos in frames or hanging on walls can be a "turn off" for a buyer, they don't see it or can't visualize it as "their home"


Good designed homes can help with preventing clutter build-up, but in the end it is all down to you.


We can help you though - 403-850-0669

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You’ve done your research with us and narrowed your showings down to the top six. It could be yours – as long as you make the right offer!


So how do we make the right offer? That’s a very important question to consider.

If you offer too low, you risk the seller turning you down flat. You may even not get a chance to make a second offer, no counter from the seller, your offer is dead. If there are multiple offers yours may be at the bottom of the pile!

If your offer is too high, you could leave a few thousand dollars on the table... money that you could have been used for other important things, like renovations or a family vacation.


So before deciding how much to offer for a home you want, we need a team talk! With our 16 years in Calgary Real Estate you can have the comfort of knowing you are in good, experienced hands.


We will discuss what goes into a good offer and other ways to strengthen your offer, sometimes a slightly lower but clean offer is more appealing to the seller if it has less conditions or terms. A pre-approved mortgage letter from your lender is huge when you have a finance condition.


We need to talk

Stu:   403.850.0669

Lora: 403.512.1316

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TOP 10 SELLING MISTAKES TO AVOID


Want to Sell Your Home? – Here is Where We Can Help You


  1. Don’t Price It Too High: Price is everything. Overpricing does more to discourage buyers than any other single factor. When you overprice, you put your home in competition with homes that may be newer, larger or have more going for them than yours. All you will achieve is to help sell the others !. 
  2. Poor Condition: A home that needs lots of work doing to it, does not excite buyers. A home like this is looked at by buyers as a work project and like the old Tom Hanks movie – The Money Pit. Having your home in good shape and great showing presentation will significantly improve your chances of a sale at top dollar value.
  3. Poor Curb Appeal: Most buyers today will always want to drive by. If your home is an attractive drive-by, it will gain more attention and more showings. Doing the little things to help your home's curb appeal. Clearing snow in winter, cutting the lawn and cleaning the yard in summer will make a huge difference.
  4. Drab Dark Homes Don't Sell: Buyers like Space and Light ! At showing time open the blinds and curtains -  " IT’S SHOWTIME". Go through your home and remove all clutter; touch up paint and wall dinks, fix counter tops, and carpets. Smells are offensive from pets and smoking smells are also huge turn-off.  If the weather is good open a few windows and let the air through before showings. The most important rooms to concentrate on are the living room, family room, kitchen and master bedroom. As they enter the home they will have their first impression! Don’t have a dirty front door - Make it sparkle !.
  5. Don't Over-improve: Get your home in good showing shape, but don't over-do it. Huge projects such as complete remodels of kitchens, adding decks, and expanding room sizes may not pay back your investment. Before you jump into a huge improvement project, ask us for our advice.
  6. Be Financeable: Bad roofs, exterior paint, or structural problems may make your home un-financeable. The wider the scope of financing that your home can qualify for, the higher the overall market value
  7. Get Good Advice and Good Market Exposure: As professional agents with over 16 years experience we will help you get your home priced right, and will also get you started with the best fix ups. We will get your home exposed to the largest number of potential "Qualified" buyers. Paying the agent fee is often the least expensive part of selling your home. 
  8. Don't Be In At Showings: When your home is being shown, go for a drive or a walk. Take yourself, your family, and pets and let the agent and their clients have the freedom they need. An agent can always do their best job of showing your home when you are not underfoot. Buyers will spend longer looking at your home's features and the benefits when you are not there.
  9. Let Us Do The Negotiating: If there is ever a good reason to have an experienced agent working for you, it's during the negotiation of your home sale. A good negotiator can mean thousands of dollars to you, and will protect your interests. Don't let your emotions run wild during negotiations. Try to separate your emotions from your business side. Remain cool and calm during this time.


        10. Act Fast With Offers: We contact you as soon as an offer comes in and  we             need to act quickly and decisively to arrive at the best price and conditions.                    Letting offers sit around without acting can be a huge mistake, buyers think you        don’t care. Things can change quickly in the mind of a prospective buyer so let us help you set up the strategy – what is your best finished price and through negotiations how do we get there.


  • The Team Is Ready To Go! Call for a Market Consultation: 403-512-1316
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CHOOSE A NEIGHBORHOOD THAT REFLECTS PRIDE IN ITSELF 



If you are looking for that new home, always check out the neighborhood – or one that you can see has pride of ownership. Here are some things to look for:

  • People who have pride in their homes. Take a walk around the neighbourhood, get familiar with it. Looking at the homes, do you get a sense that people take good care of them? Are the yards looking good, with lawns mowed, landscaping trimmed and flowers planted? Remember homeowners are more likely to look after their properties when they like where they are living.
  • Home Improvements. What about home owners spending money fixing their homes? Maybe they are getting their driveways re-done or putting in new windows. This is a clear indication that homeowners like the area enough to invest in their properties.
  • Recent  Home Sales. Is the neighborhood in demand from buyers, and are the prices steady with homes selling quickly. If people want to live there, it's a desirable area.
  •  Retailers Setting Up. What about businesses are they investing in the area? Is there an increase in the number of upscale shops, health clubs, restaurants, and other commercial enterprises that often locate near desirable neighbourhoods?
  •  Community Events. Another good sign is community activity. Look at the lifestyle of the area. Are there neighbourhood picnics, garage sales and other get-togethers? Go onto Facebook and if the neighborhood you are interested in has a community page!
  • City Improvements. Has the City got plans for the area? Have there been road improvements done, or are there any major construction projects coming up, new schools or maybe a community centre?


  • We are always here to advise you on the best neighborhoods, and give you the information on past home sales and those currently on the market.

info@calgarydreamhomes.com  or direct  403-850-0669

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  1. Rotate the Mattress – This will distribute the usage more evenly.
  2. Put on the winter Bedding – Time to put that heavy winter bedding on.
  3. Wash Pillows – Most pillows are machine washable, but they can also be hand washed in a tub.
  4. Clean Ceiling and Walls – This includes air vents, light fixtures, and switch plates.
  5. Dust Your Ceiling Fans – Be careful not to fall if you are using a ladder.
  6. Curtains and Blinds – Wash curtains and dust blinds.
  7. Clean your Closets – Sort through your clothes, shoes, and accessories. Donate what you have not used in the past year. Chances are, if you have not used it in the past year, you will not use it in the future. Also, store your summer clothes.
  8. They say by making space in your Closet you are letting the universe know you are making room for new clothes!
Photo Hasten Superior Beds
#bedtips  #bedding
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