Your balcony is your summer extension to your family room.  Have some fun dressing it up making it appealing to sit out there on those hot summer days to soak up that summer sun. Small balconies give you the opportunity to jump out of your comfort zone and choose some bright colors and patterns to boost its visual appeal. Here are few ways to brighten up your small balcony designs and turn small spaces into something wonderful and unique.


Disguise that drab ugly concrete flooring with a bright & colorful outdoor rug or some stylish inexpensive decking tiles. If you have a wooden patio floor consider painting it for that unique pop of color.




Hang some string lights and place some decorative lanterns with candles on the ground or on tables to create a cozy intimate feeling at night




Add some lush greenery to bring life and to brighten up your balcony. You can use the over the railing planters if you’re tight on space and plant some herbs or flowers that give off a nice scent like lavender or basil.



Ornate screens are a great way to add some privacy to your balcony while keeping it decorative and fun at the same time. They come in all different patterns and designs so the choice is yours!




Create a nice cozy nook seating area or make your own corner lounge bed with lots of pillows. This will give you your own little space to go to relax and put your feet up. Your own little getaway.




Adding a small bistro table and chairs will give you the opportunity to sit down and enjoy that morning coffee, or enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved one. Select lightweight folding furniture for more room.




Hammocks can be a great piece of furniture to add, especially when you’re working with tight spaces as you can almost hang them anywhere.



Whether you have a small balcony or a large one, you can easily transform it into your dream space by following some of the tips and tricks listed above. 

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Preparing your home for sale can be at times very overwhelming and daunting. You want to make sure you’ve showcased the home’s best assets and that your home is in tip top shape to impress any potential buyers. Yes, staging is optional when it comes to selling; but in all fairness it really shouldn’t be. Your home is a significant financial transaction, you should want to help your home, in any way you can, to get top dollar for it. The easier it is for prospective buyers to envision themselves living in your home, the more likely they are to buy it. Follow these simple steps to help achieve the best possible staging for your home.

Remove Personality

It’s time to let go, you need to mentally detach yourself from your home. Start by removing any traces of family photos and personal collections. By creating a more neutral space you are making your home more universally appealing.


The one thing buyers want out of a potential property is it to be roomy and clutter free. Remove all those little out of place knick knacks so your home feels light and roomy. You want prospective buyers to envision their furniture and décor to fit in your home. The less clutter you have the easier it is for them to do that.

Little Touches

From fresh flowers, clean scents and fresh baked cookies. There’s nothing better than walking in the front door of a home to immediately smell something delightful. Add a fresh arrangement of flowers to the coffee table or kitchen island to give your home a fresh feel.


Light and Bright is your go to motto! When you’re staging your home for sale you don’t want any dark or bold in your face colors especially in those small spaces like powder rooms. You want to keep it neutral to attract a vast variety of people. Keep the ceilings white to make your walls look elongated.


When it comes to lighting in the home most people often forget about it when it comes to staging. Add some ambient lighting in those dark hallways and basements. Some new pendant lights or table lamps with do the trick and help brighten up those dark corners, making the room feel as light as possible.


Give your carpets the best maintenance possible and have them professionally cleaned before you move. This will hopefully remove any stains or marks that may defer prospective buyers. Carpet cleaning is an inexpensive quick fix to disguise the look of older flooring.

Make it Sparkle

It’s time to clean clean clean! Imagine that your mother or mother-in-law is coming to visit. Mop, dust, vacuum, and wash your walls, windows and baseboards. Do a deep clean of your home making certain that everything is sparkling clean.

Gender Neutral Bedroom

When staging your home for sale you want the master bedroom to be a retreat for prospective buyers that attracts to both male and female. White crisp clean linens, an uncluttered nightstand and matching lamps will give you that all around clean look.

Pet City

Even though your furry friends are a big part of your family, ensure that you have a pet sitter for days you have showings. Many people have allergies and/or fear of animals so do yourself and your pet a favor and relocate them during that time.


Home staging can be easy and inexpensive, especially if you focus on the small details. Once you’ve got your home in order, stand back and let your house shine and it is sure to impress potential homebuyers. 

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I have sold a property at 5568 MT LEHMAN RD in Abbotsford.
Spectacular Mt Lehman property! 9.15 acres with lush pastures, Mt Baker views, 3000 sq ft family home, a 2nd 3 bdrm home, classic hip roof barn & 13,000 sq ft of shop/storage space. This corner property provides a high visibility location ideal for a business (winery, farm sales...). Primary home is 5 bdrm, 3 bath 2 storey w/ a bsmt & triple garage, updates include new covered deck, plumbing & electrical, new furnace, 2 gas f/p's. 2nd home is a charming 730 sf, 3 bdrm, completely updated. 34' x 40' hip roof barn w/ full loft. 2 quality metal clad shops - 65' x 120' & 50' x 100' (both 200 amp) w/ sep driveway off Harris Rd. 20' x 23' shop/garage. Beaut creek establishes the S property line, so it does not interfere w/ use of prop.
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You only get one shot at a good first impression so let’s make it count! With spring finally here and the warm weather upon us it’s time to start thinking of the outside of our homes. When it comes to improving your home’s curb appeal, there are many small inexpensive changes that can make a strong impact on the first impression. Below are some affordable and helpful tips that will help you accomplish your curb appeal dreams.


Dress up the driveway

Driveways and walkways are often the one thing that gets forgotten about the most when it comes to landscaping. To jazz up your driveway and curb appeal start with removing any weeds or moss that may be growing from the cracks and joins. If you happen to come across some large cracks try and fill them the best you can. For more of an aesthetic feel; line the driveway with some small shrubs or greenery to give it more of a vibrant look and feel.



Refresh the planter beds

Shape up your garden beds by giving them a good pruning and weeding. This will help remove any plants that didn’t quite make it or are starting to die off. Consider adding some brightly colored new plants to give your planter bed that exciting pop of color. When adding new elements to your garden, choose plants that won’t obstruct the home, you want something simple yet elegant that will frame your house. You can also add some fresh top soil or mulch to freshen it up. If you have a stone or brick border around your garden, replace any pieces that may be cracked or damaged. If you don’t have a border around your flower bed ensure that you give the grass a good edging to give it a sharp clean look. Prime spots for planter beds are in the front corners of your yard, along the driveway or walkway – think small shrubs, and right in front of your home.



The grand entry

Your front door is the focal point to your home, you want it to be appealing yet welcoming. Make a statement with giving your front door a pop of color by painting it. There are so many different color options to choose from. This will freshen up the look of your home and give potential buyers something to remember.


Inviting porch

Make your front porch welcoming to your guests. Add a few chairs with a few brightly colored accent pillows and a throw with a small bistro table to draw some excitement to your front porch. You can even go as far as having a few small potted succulents for some greenery or perhaps a pot of your favorite flowers. Adding some well-placed classic accessories can also give your front porch that added boost of curb appeal. Consider adding a seasonal wreath to your front door or even some large lantern candle holders to draw your eye in. Remember to keep the size of your front porch in mind while decorating. You don’t want to go overboard and clutter it up with too many elements. Simple and bright personality is key.




Replace old dated hardware

House numbers, door handles and overhead light fixture are quick and easy elements to update to add some personalized style and interest to your homes curb appeal.  There are lots of simple DIY projects that you can find for creating an eye appealing look for your house. Try mounting the numbers on planks of wood to give it that modern look; or keep it more traditional by placing the numbers on a small plaque to make them stand out. New drop down lighting will also give your home that wow appeal.


Paint the planters

An easy solution to give you that pop color by your front door is painting those boring planter pots. Jump a little outside your comfort zone and try a bold color like blue or purple. Once you start adding your flowers into the pots it will brighten everything up giving it a new exciting look.



Light the Way

Solar powered lighting can make a huge impact on the curb appeal of your home while adding security. Lighting up your driveway or walk way to your home can give it that nice ambiance you may be looking for while still being functional.  Solar lighting is extremely cost effective as it won’t rack up your hydro bill and the install is very user friendly – no cords!



Designing the right curb appeal may take some time, but think of it this way. Spend a couple weekends out in the beautiful warm weather and make your home look fantastic while you bask in the sunshine.  Having the right curb appeal for your home will give your potential buyers something to remember when viewing your home.

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I have sold a property at 3016 ROYAL ST in Abbotsford.
Spacious 5 bed on 2 level home was built by original owners. This home features over 2600 sqft of living space. It includes 3 beds up, 2 beds downstairs with large rec room and 3 (4pc) bathrooms in total. The house is well kept with water heating, with radiant heating in bsmt floor, a large vegetable garden in backyard. Nice size sundeck, very centrally located, close to schools, recreation, bus stop, etc. It has recieved many updates recently like: new doors and bifolds, new locks, new paint throughout, including outside facia boards, some new floorings. Very good neighborhood. Please call for an appointment to see it for yourself.
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I have sold a property at 2264 OTTER ST in Abbotsford.
Meticulous clean 2 level home, with many updates, 3 bedrooms up and 3 in bsmt. Master bdrm has a 2 piece en suite. Enclosed deck for your comfort and enjoyment, tons of storage under the deck. Backyard fenced in, with some fruit trees,it also features a nice size garden with a good grape production and also has a 7'x12' greenhouse for tomatoes or other items. Great for first time buyers or investors. Furnace is a year old, hot water tank about 5yrs, roof around 12yrs. Wood stove in the bsmt family room, gas fireplace upstairs living room. New concrete block retaining wall at front of house.
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I have sold a property at 405 3190 GLADWIN RD in Abbotsford.
PROFESSIONALLY UPDATED, with a balcony enclosed to an extra office room. This open layout with 2 bedroom CORNER UNIT, features an open floor plan with rich laminate flooring, kitchen has granite counter, movable island in kitchen finished w/mexicane tile, wall has been removed between kitchen and dining room & banks of windows to capture lots of light. Centre wall has been decorated with wainscotting. Large master bedroom has a full 4 pc ensuite. Second bed has a Queen size Murphy bed, for your family and friends. 2nd bath has a large walk in shower for easy access. Located in a resort style complex, with indoor pool, exercise room, guest suite, ample visitor parking and some RV parking. Great location. Age 25+.
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I have sold a property at 302 3176 GLADWIN RD in Abbotsford.
Beautiful Corner Unit! Quietly tucked away 1395 sqft (2nd largest condo in this bldg). One owner on the 3rd floor, with 2 bdrms & 2 baths offers open plan concept, large kitchen with lots of counterspace, adjoining the kitchen is a familyroom complete with fireplace. Large living room with lots of windows and another fireplace with huge bay window adjoining the dining area. Master bedroom with his and hers sliding closetse, with entry to full ensuite. From the dining room it leads you through a sliding door to a private 10x6'8 deck, overlooking Horn park with views of treed area and nature at its best. Great unit with amenities including: indoor pool, hottub, recreation room, gym, 2 guest suites. Age 19+, pets allowed with rest.
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I have sold a property at 407 33731 MARSHALL RD in Abbotsford.
Top floor corner unit with a huge deck (346 sqft). Very spacious and bright open floor plan. It is in Immaculate condition with 2 beds, 2 bath and large windows at 'Stephanie Place', is a great place to call home. The kitchen boasts a verylarge wrap around counter/eating area bar style, overlooking the living and dining rooms. Fantastic location, close to the new Hospital, UCFV, shopping, restaurants and Freeway. Tile flooring in entrance, kitchen and bathrooms. Laminate flooring in dining, living and bedrooms. This is a 19+ age restricted building, no pets and no rentals allowed. New fireplace insert. Within waling distance to Doctors offices, Pharmacy, Laboratory, restaurants and others.
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I have sold a property at 308 2626 COUNTESS ST in Abbotsford.
Luxury at its best, a 4 storey building with an open 40' ATRIUM and a waterfall, greets you at the entrance as you walk in. The Wedgewood offers many extras rarely found in other complexes. This unit features 2 bed, 2 bath with gas fireplace and air conditioning. The kitchen features an open view towards dining/living rooms. There is access to the 7'11 x 10'2 balcony from the living and master bedrooms. It also boasts baseboards, crown mouldings and new paint job throughout. This complex also offers storage, woodworking shop, exercise room, 2 guest suites, 2 elevators, swirlpool, library, recreation room w/complete kitchen etc.
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I have sold a property at 3135 PRINCESS CRT in Abbotsford.
Beautiful well maintained home, one owner, builder built for himself, clean house, backs on to greenbelt in a cul-de-sac. Close to Middle and High schools, Matsqui recreation facility, Columbia Bible College, library, etc. New backstairs, new toilets, roof 2 years old. Some fruit trees, healthy grape production and a garden at your disposal. Furnace had a recent major services performed. Covered patio 8' x 20'. New laminate flooring has been installed throughout the basement, some rooms have received new paint jobs, 3 insulated exterior new doors, hardwood, exterior posts and fascia board have been painted. Quick possession possible. Great family community area. One block from the famous DISCOVERY TRAIL.
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I have sold a property at 408 2626 COUNTESS ST in Abbotsford.
A lovely 4 storey building with an open 40' ATRIUM and a waterfall. The Wedgewood offers many extras rarely found in other complexes. This upper unit features 2 bedrooms, 2 baths with gas fireplace and air conditioning. It also has a skylight for extra light, a double sliding door in the 2nd bed to walk to the sundeck, the kitchen has open view towards dining/living room. This complex also offers storage, woodworking shop, 2 guests suites, exercise room, 2 elevators, swirlpool etc.
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I have sold a property at 305 2626 COUNTESS ST in Abbotsford.
A lovely 4 storey building, with an open 40' "ATRIUM" and a water fall. The Wedgewood offers many extras rarely found in other complexes. This unit features 2 bed, 2 bath, with gas fireplace and air conditioning. It also offers additional storage, woodworking shop, library, 2 guest suites, exercise room, 2 elevators, swirl pool, etc. This 45+ gated community is close many amenities, like shopping, public library, eateries, public transportation, and many more. Completely repainted. A pleasure to view.
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I have sold a property at 3514 MIERAU CRT in Abbotsford.
East Abbotsford cul-de-sac location. 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, den and family room. Lots of renovations with lamiante, ceramic tile, quality carpets, crown moldings, gas fireplace with limestone surround, heritage doors and frames, baseboards, kitchen cabinets, countertops, lighting, custom blinds, roof, facia boards and gutters (replaced in 2007). Still a couple of items to be renovated. The fenced backyard is extremely private with mature trees and features a 11x30 concrete patio for grilling and lots of room for a trampoline or pool. There is also a 9x11 workshop. Parking is plentiful with over 80' beside the driveway for the toys. Within walking distance to all 3 levels of schools. Running trails, playground and off leash park just down the hill at Bateman Park. All of this in such a quiet neighborhood.
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I have sold a property at 106 32124 TIMS AVE in Abbotsford.
LOCATION: Close to schools (high school, middle school and Columbia bible college). Also shopping, Recreation center and library, all in walking distance, from 2-4 blocks. Great for investors or first time buyers, no age restriction. Norental restriction. Features: 2 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, with a total of 977 sqft. In-suite storage (10'x3'4) and laundry. All appliances included and window coverings. Quick possession possible. New roof in 2008, new carpets (completed) in common area halls and stairways in 2009. One of the 2 hot water tanks has just been replaced as well. Currently vacant ready for immediate occupancy!
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I have sold a property at 202 33280 BOURQUIN CRES E in Abbotsford.
Beautiful 2 bedrooms, 2 bathroom condo, on 2nd floor in desirable Emerald Springs. Close to bus route, Mill Lake and 7 Oaks Shopping Mall. It also has many eatery places within walking distance. This clean, well maintained home has many updates, like laminate floorings in both bedrooms. living room, dining room and hallway, gas fireplace, walkout small balcony which offers alot of value to the future owners. Good size laundry room, large master bedroom, storage at the garage level, age restricted 35+, gated community. Building features recreation centre, workshop area, etc. Newer fridge,stove,dishwasher,light fixtures,faucets,basins,toilets and painted. Water filter,retractable screen door. Roof completed June 2009.
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I have sold a property at 108 33280 BOURQUIN CRES E in Abbotsford.
Beautifully updated 2 bedroom, 2 bath, close to shopping Mall and Mill Lake. Spacious unit with big windows, "High End Laminate" flooring in kitchen, dining and living room, high end tiles in bathrooms and foyer. Kitchen cabinet doors have been professionally upgraded and new countertops which adds a touch of class to the kitchen decor. Huge southern exposure patio for your BBQ needs and enjoyment, the backyard backs onto greenbelt for your relaxation. The large master bedroom has his and hers closets, and an ensuite with a walk-in shower. All new stainless steel 'clean' appliances, new lights and lots more. Age 35+. All this is waiting for you to come and move in without having to do any renovations for a long time.
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I have sold a property at 101 2626 COUNTESS ST in Abbotsford.
A stunning 4 storey open entrance "ATRIUM" complete with waterfall. The Wedgewood offers many extras not found in other complexes. This 1 bedroom, 2 bathrooms unit offers oak kitchen, insuite laundry room. Locker room, wood work room etc on garage level. This 40+ gated complex is attached to Clearbrook Plaza. This unit also has a 16x32 deck with a separate east facing entrance from outside to the inside court yard. Crown moldings, large laundry room and Safety fire sprinklers.
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I have sold a property at 202 DAVIS CRES in Langley.
Beautiful starter home. Spacious 2 bed up and 1 bed in bsmt, 2 bathrooms in family oriented neighbourhood. Ideal location with in walking distance to park, schools, transit and shopping. Some updates like laminate flooring in living room, dining room and hallway. New pair of steel doors leading from dining room to outside balcony [7' x 9']. Private fenced backyard, single garage. All appliances are included. Also has a front balcony 11' x 4' that leads out from the living room.
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