Christmas is generally a slow time for selling real estate as potential buyers are busy organizing their Christmas and many budgets are strained, but there are always some determined house hunters braving the elements. Having a stylishly decorated home can make all the difference! Decorating your home at Christmas is a very personal thing, but if your home is on the market over the Christmas period, make your decorations as neutral as possible. An example of this would be to step away from inflatable snowmen and big light displays. I think that some of the bright decorations i see around look very festive, but if your home is on the market you want simple lighting to show off the properties architecture or draw attention to the gorgeous fir tree in the yard!

Inside your home before you put up any Christmas decorations ensure your home is de cluttered and staged. Adding Christmas decorations to an already cluttered looking space just ads to the overcrowding! Don't go overkill on the decorating and ensure that your Christmas decor compliments your homes decor. If you have a gorgeous view from a window don't block it with stick on snowflakes! If you have a gorgeous fireplace don't hide it behind Christmas stockings!

A tall Christmas tree can really show off an open to above space, but make sure that the tree isn't so wide it overwhelms the space! I recently saw a friends Christmas tree in their home and it looked great. It was simple but effective and looked really nice! It had small white icicle lights and pale blue and white glass balls which looked really effective!



Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about decorating during the Christmas period or if you have any other real estate questions!


Take care, Julie.

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Hi, with the cold weather it is important to winterise your outside taps....even if they are frost free ones. The reason I say about frost free ones, is because if they were not installed at the correct angle, they can still freeze, causing burst pipes.


Close the shut off valve inside the home, you may have multiple shut off valves depending on how many taps you have. Most homes however will have all outside taps leading to one shut off valve.


Open the outside taps and allow them to drain. Leave it open incase the tap pressures up due to a faulty shut off valve. Check throughout the winter to make sure no icicles are forming due to a leaky shut off valve.


Go back to your shut off valve inside the house with a bucket, place the bucket underneath the shut off valve and open the bleeder valve. This is a little screw valve normally located at the shut off valve. Opening this valve will remove any remaining water from the pipe in the wall. Close the bleeder valve and your exterior water taps are winterized.



Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions!


Stay warm, Julie

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