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By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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Just completed a home inspection in Gibsons BC. House was 6 years old, nearly 3000 sq.ft. with superior custom construction. All the interior and exterior finishes were well executed. The ground floor was unfinished but prepared for future suite potential.  In my business I have seen many in-law ...

By Eugene Kanciar, Our Experience, Your Peace-of-Mind
(EKAN Home Inspection)
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Full disclosure.  My very first residence with my young family was a mobile home. It was in Labrador Canada. It was a harsh climate where the ice did not come off the lakes until June. We had mushrooms growing on the shag carpeting.  Regardless, it was ours and we were happy.I know that the corre...

By Darrell Backen, Digital Marketing
(Darrell Backen 1.855.216.6010)
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Plays written or produced by Robert MacDonald  "Signs" of Broadway  Edmonton Alberta, Calgary Alberta Winnipeg Manitoba Love outrageous primal and rhythmic Vancouver East Cultural Centre Homecare A love story Heritage Theater Gibsons BC The Writer... a Serious Comedy Heritage Theater Gibsons BC ...

By Edward & Celia Maddox, EXPERIENCE & INTEGRITY - WE TAKE THE HIGH ROAD
(The Celtic Connection Realty)
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Anthem at Merrill Ranch will have 7 model homes for sale! Located in the heart of Anthem, steps from Big Splash water park, 60 acre park, fitness center, community center and school! Some of these models face out to a greenbelt area with no homes! Examples: Dusk $159,990 2002 square feet 3 bedroo...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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Staging creates the proverbial swan from an ugly duckling, and this was no exception.   The main thing this house had going for it was the spectacular view; it needed more and staging gave it that.   Decide for yourselves. The entry was non-descript.  The grass needed mowing; the garden needed we...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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After two months on the market, the realtor for this property decided to try staging, after a nudge from my photographer colleague who was called in to take photos and said, this house needs staging!  Thank you Linda!!  She is well aware how hard it is to make a vacant property appealing to buyer...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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The real estate market in Vancouver is hopping, and has been since before the Olympics began.  Realtors and Stagers are busy and offers are being made.  Not so on the Sunshine Coast, unfortunately.   Currently, we have lots of properties for sale & the sales are not keeping up: this is called a B...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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My favourite staging instructor, DANA SMITHERS  of  PRES, is doing a training course in Victoria, BC, so I think, she is going to need some houses for the hands on part of the training on re-design and real estate staging.   This is DANA taking a shot in the house we staged in North Vancouver for...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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Today is the first year anniversary for UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES. I was thinking about writing a blog re: the accomplishments in my first year of business:  renovating and staging a home which drew lots of compliments and sold in our slow market on the Coast within 2 months renovating and staging a c...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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When the staging budget is tight, we really have to put our minds to creative thinking and find inexpensive ways to improve dated & tired looks. This bathroom was a prime example of a room needing a fresher, less dated look.  I was able to find inexpensive replacements for the vanity, sink, mirro...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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It is 2 days before deadline and it is going to be tight.  The kitchen was the biggest mess and needed the most work, which is on-going & hopefully completed late today or early tomorrow morning. I am staging a vacant 1 bedroom condo for a gentleman who turned 100 in September.  As his eyesight h...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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We don't usually get snow on the Lower Mainland or the Sunshine Coast of BC; we get rain.  However the best part of the rain is that it means snow in our mountains. We definitely want lots of snow for the Winter Olympics being held here in February, so that our athletes can get all the gold medal...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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During the summer, we are out of our homes more than in them, enjoying the sun and sand and our gardens. However in the winter, we need a cozy, inviting place to cuddle up and ignore the rain and gloom outside for those of us on the West Coast, or the snow storm outside for the rest of you in the...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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This is the question we hear from sellers, realtors, while we are marketing our services & networking the public or at a friend's party.  I think this quote sums it up nicely:   “Everything has beauty, but not everyone sees it.” ―Confucius   Home Stagers see what homeowners, realtors and potentia...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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A friend introduced me to this group's music a few days ago and I am hooked.  They are fabulous.  Their version of Auld Lang Syne is the best I have heard.  AULD LANG SYNE http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ujzd2STgfU&feature=channel I could not get link for the song i want to work; so, if this link...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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Each morning I wake up to these adorable little furballs and they help start the day off on the right foot!                               Gracie & Gigi, in the top photos, were sent to our local SPCA from an overcrowded one elsewhere in our province.  They apparently never knew their Mom.  One o...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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Whether a re-design or staging, art is an important part of creating a special look in a room. While shopping for a client, I came across some very inexpensive art which I thought would be fun to use.  It cannot be used in all homes, or all rooms; however there is a place for the wall art I disco...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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It's getting closer to the big day and many are looking for special somethings for friends & family on their Christmas lists. On the Sunshine Coast, residents are touring all of the craft fairs put on by our fabulous local artists, and checking out the local shops in Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Davis...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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There was a time when we heard the phrase, CAVEAT EMPTOR, a fair bit.  I cannot recall when that may have been; however after reading a post under the realtor section about unethical behaviour, this phrase came to mind.  I added my thoughts to the blog and then considered it was a good topic gene...

By SHARON CHARBONEAU
(UPSTAGING YOUR HOMES )
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  This ensuite bathroom had the basics in place, a lovely deep tub, a separate shower, a new lowflush toilet - however the vanity was in sad shape and the gaudy wallpaper had to go! BEFORE   Gone is the dated wallpaper.  The colour scheme came from the tub and the lovely valance I got from Arbutu...

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