If you want to list your house in the summer, curb appeal is of the utmost importance. How can you improve curb appeal?
If the exterior paint may be looking out of date, don’t think twice about investing in a new paint job. Exterior paint is generally pretty cheap and it can make a huge difference.
If you have a deck, you may want to consider refinishing it or touching it up. A safe deck with a new look adds liveable space and value to your home.
Landscaping can make a huge difference to the curb appeal of your home. Trimmed hedges, a well maintained garden with edging, and freshly cut grass doesn’t cost very much, but can increase the value of your home tremendously.
It is our pleasure to introduce Lori Meyers, and her Yoga studio Bodyvida!
BodyVida by Lori Meyers is a Yoga/Pilates studio that focuses on the pure practice of pilates, the liberation of yoga, and the incorporation of natural movement and nature.Her four pillars of focus for her classes are form, breath, function, and fun. By focusing on these four pillars, Lori goal is to“improve strength, and stay within our body’s needs to maximize healthy development”. With over 20 years of yoga teach experience, Lori’s perseverance and ability to not take herself too seriously has guided her way through an impressive career in fitness. Lori has her degree in Kinesiology and holds a deep and diverse background in exercise therapy, life coaching, and leadership training.Lately, Lori has picked up baking as a hobby and has ramped up her virtual classes.
We got the opportunity to ask Lori a few questions:
1. What made you decide to live in the National Capital Region?
The big city, small city feel with great access and opportunity to the outdoors and all the activities that go with it.
2. How did you choose your career path?
I knew I did not want to sit at a desk and I like people and interacting and teaching. I taught and coached swimming in my teens.
3. What does an inspiring life look like to you?
One that involves always learning and being open, maintaining a sense of play, be it through travel or interacting locally.
4. When your business faces adversity, how do you respond?
Well this is timely. I had to switch up my business overnight to online. So how I respond is through adaptation and innovation and learning through successful models.
5. What is the best advice that you have been given?
To have gratitude. To always be ok with the plan not going according to the plan. Try something even if it is a little scary, that is where the breakthroughs happen.
Check out her website at: http://www.bodyvida.ca/
One of the hardest parts of selling your home is pricing. Everyone wants the most value for their home, which may incline them to price their home as highly as possible. This isn’t always the best approach. If your home is priced too high, it may turn off potential buyers and prolong the selling process.
If Your Price is Too High
The most crucial aspect in maximizing your home’s value is to price it correctly. Your home will likely get the most attention as soon as it goes on the market, so setting the right listing price is integral. Too high, and you risk turning potential buyers off or not even showing up in their searches. Too low, and you could lose out financially.
If a house is full of personal clutter, it may be difficult for prospective buyers to envision themselves in your home. De-personalize your home by only having out the basics and neutralizing your home as much as possible. If necessary, a professional home stager might make the necessary difference.
That being said, a house should always be ready to show. You never know when a showing may pop up, and those people may be ready to buy!At the very least you should make sure that the floors are always swept, and the kitchen and bathrooms are clean!
Health and safety should be everyone’s number one priority right now. That’s why we are taking necessary precautions to help you sell or buy a home safely! Here are some things we have started doing to help keep people safe.
1)Working From Home
We made the decision to completely work from home and avoid going into the office as much as possible to avoid necessary contact. By having designated hours on the computer in the morning and comfortable working spaces, we are striving to maintain the same level of productivity as before.
Before and after showings and inspections on our listings, we completely sanitize and disinfect the house. We do everything we can to limit exposure to our clients, and prospective buyers.
3) Virtual Tours
We have upgraded our virtual tours on all of our current/upcoming listings. Instead of just pictures and videos of certain parts of the house, we have upgraded our tours to give people the opportunity to guide themselves through the home and see every nook and cranny virtually! Check out on our social pages and website to access our current tours!
In today's post, we are highlighting Gabriella Kratchanov. Gabriella is an lawyer with Ottawa based firm Spiteri & Ursulak LLP. Gabriella poses a strong business acumen and focuses on building trusted relationships with her clients. In her off time off she enjoys going to crossfit and volunteering with local charities. As a young professional, Gabriella appreciates the lifestyle Ottawa has to offer and has belief in the future of the city.
We asked Gabriella a few questions about her career and living in Ottawa:
What made you decided to live in the National Capital Region?
I am a native of Ottawa, having grown up in Kanata. As a teenager and young adult, I had dreamed of living in a big city such as NYC or Toronto. After university, I decided to live abroad, leaving Ottawa and moving to Canterbury, England (an even smaller town then Ottawa). After my two years in Canterbury, England, I realized how fortunate I was to come from an amazing city like Ottawa. A city that can give you that big city feeling, but also a warm, welcoming atmosphere when you hit up the local coffee shops, restaurants and trendy neighbourhoods.
How did you choose your career path?
During high school, I took two legal courses, taught by an extraordinary teacher who was genuinely passionate about law. This sparked my interest in becoming a lawyer. After completing my undergraduate in Finance at the University of Ottawa, I further realized that business and law were a great combination. This pushed me even more to pursue this aspiration. Now, I feel privileged to be able to assist people in key moments of their life.
What does an inspiring life look like to you?
A person who leads an inspiring life, for me, is someone who is well balanced. For me, this includes an individual who can find time to give back in their community through volunteer and donations; someone who has a fulfilling career which helps society; and someone who spends time with their family and friends.
When your business faces adversity, how do you respond?
I attempt to stay positive and optimistic, by also planning and preparing for the worse.
What is the best advice that you have been given?
Although this may be a cliché saying, the best advice I have received is that there is no substitute for hard work. I have never been the most intelligent person in a room, but I have always tried to be the hardest working individual. Dedication, hard work and drive will take you a long way!
Create a Designated Work Space
Staying focused is the hardest thing about working from home. Focus can be compromised if there aren’t habits to distinguish between “homelife” and “worklife”. That is why having a proper workspace is crucial to maximizing productivity while working from home.
This spot should be comfortable and somewhat isolated. Spare bedrooms and basements are great for home workspaces since it’s quite easy to make them secluded areas.
Regardless of space or location, the important part is being able to distinguish your workspace from spots you normally relax in. Avoid working on beds and couches. Try and mimic a desk as much as possible. The workspace should be designed to help associate that area with work as much as possible.
Set a Designated Work Period
Another key aspect in distinguishing “worklife” from “homelife” is setting specific hours for work.Everyday specific work hours should be set and stuck too. Flowing freely between work time and chill time can seriously damage consistency and begin a habit of procrastination.
The luxury of working from home is that work hours can be set at the person's discretion. It’s just important to stick to this designated time period to build consistency. Informing work colleagues and family members helps with staying accountable for this time period.
Make To-Do Lists
Sticking to priorities also becomes difficult when working from home. Without having any supervision, or constant reminders from superiors on what the task at hand is, it is extremely easy to get off track.
Every morning, make a to-do list of everything that needs to be completed that day. Set time limits for each task based on importance. Once a task has been completed, cross it off the list. Keep a folder with all daily to-do lists as a point of reference.
Completing a to-do list exactly as planned is often very unrealistic. The important part is documenting priorities and staying focused on the task at hand without any supervision.
Strive to “Earn” Breaks
Taking breaks is still very important. However, when working from home it is very easy to take breaks on impulse. With no supervision and being in the comfort of home it is very easy to give in to randomly watching an episode on Netflix, making a snack, or just plain-old lounging around.
Associating breaks with a specific level of productivity obtained is a great way to designate break time throughout the day and increase motivation.
On the daily to-do list, associate a break with a specific task being completed or a specific amount of time worked on that specific task. This way priorities for the day aren’t compromised by impulse. There is a sense of accountability tied to every break, which inspires a push to “earn” that break.
Dress for Success
Unfortunately, keeping bed attire while working doesn’t set the stage for maximum productivity. Taking the time to be presentable reinforces that clear distinction between “homelife” and “worklife”. Dressing for a day's work helps conditions the mind to prepare for productivity. Staying in bed attire contributes to a “one foot in one foot out” approach to work. By dressing for success the mind automatically recognizes that expectations have now been raised, and it is time to be productive.
Located in the south end of Ottawa, Alta Vista has a special residential charm with a community-orientated atmosphere. With a perfect combination or urban amenities and residential living, Alta Vista provides a perfect situation to raise a family.
The neighbourhood is very attractive to both potential homeowners and renters. With a wide range of property types to fit a variety of real estate needs. Historically Alta Vista is know to be a family neighbourhood, the neighbourhood is very appealing to young professionals. With a short transit commute to downtown, Alta Vista in an ideal location for people who are employed downtown.
The nice part about Alta Vista is how it has an old-fashioned suburban feel but also lies in close proximity to Ottawa’s downtown core. Bank Street being merely minutes away almost goes unnoticed.
Most Alta Vista homes are in excellent shape. However, this versatile neighbourhood is popular for new builds. Some people want the proximity and love the neighbourhood but want a newer home. Often times you can find homes that have been renovated to better suit the way modern families live.
While the majority of homes are in excellent shape and move-in ready, this versatile neighbourhood is seeing some new builds from homeowners who want the location but also want a newer home more suited to them. That’s because when originally built, these homes weren’t designed to be open concept. Often, however, you can find one that’s been renovated to better suit the way we live now.
Energy Efficient Appliances
An energy efficient home will reduce your carbon footprint and minimize your bills. By choosing an energy efficient washer, drier, and fridge, you can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint all while saving money.
Changing Laundry Habits
Washing your laundry with cold water and hanging it to dry significantly reduces your carbon footprint. In the summertime your clothes will dry very quickly anyway! The sun also acts as an antibacterial and bleaching agent. In the winter, consider purchasing a drying rack to hang up your clothes inside instead of using the dryer, which uses a considerable amount of energy.
Solar Panels are one of the biggest ways to combat climate change and reduce carbon footprint. Solar power are one of the cleanest and most readily available sources of energy. Though they are expensive to install, the benefits of solar panels certainly outweigh the costs.
Energy Efficient Insulation
Efficient insulation is relevant in Canada due to our extreme weather conditions.Install energy efficient windows. For a more cost-effective alternative, hang heavy curtains for added insulation to ward off winter’s chill and keep warmth inside.
'Neighborhoods across Ottawa usually have a little bit of everything. Luxury can be found anywhere! Ottawa has opportunities for beautiful, large, custom homes pretty much everywhere. However, Ottawa does has some high-end areas. Listed below are some of Ottawa’s most luxurious areas, but do keep in mind that moderately priced homes are available in these areas as well. Like all Ottawa neighborhood's, each of these areas offer unique opportunities. Work with an agent who find you the right property, or that unique opportunity!
Historically, Rockcliffe Park is Ottawa’s most prestigious neighborhood.
The area is zoned as a Heritage Conservation District. The community is made up of primarily large and opulent 19th Century residences on large properties. The area is also home to a variety of political residences including the Governor General’s residence and Stornoway, the residence for the leader of the opposition.
Cedarhill is an enclave of stunning luxury homes in Ottawa’s west end. It is comprised of approximately 100 custom built homes, all sitting on 1 acre lots and it was established in 1979. Ceaderhill has a strong community association who ensure landscaping is always maintained. Ceaderhill has some of the cities most expensive homes!
Located in the city’s south-west end, Manotick is one of the most prestigious areas of Ottawa. Home prices are high in comparison to other parts of the city but there area wide range of opportunities for everyone. Some of the Manotick’s most stunning luxury homes, are located along the Rideau River. With a combination of large old historical homes and new modern mansions, there are opportunities for everyone.
In Westboro, 71% of the houses are detached. With a population of 22,000 this area continues to grow year over year! High-end boutiques, new condos, and trendy restaurants now lining Richmond Road, Westboro homes have had tremendous price increase in the last few years. Most homes in the area were built between 1900 and 1970. However, with large lot sizes, infill housing is a very popular practice in Westboro.