Nov. 17, 2022

Staging Your Home This Winter

Staging Your Home For Sale This Winter

 

With the shifting market comes a renewed push in the area of staging homes to sell. Along with the basics, winter comes with extra opportunities to impress buyers. 

The following is a short list of our recommendations for listing your home for sale. Speak with our team today for a more in depth plan to showcase your home at its best. 

 

1. Paint Colors

Buyers want to envision their new lives in your home. A beautiful neutral palate will allow the prospective buyers to picture their furniture, artwork and decor in your space. 

Our favourite neutrals this season are Benjamin Moore’s Simply White and Sherwin Williams Natural Linen.

 

2. Decluttering

Along with a nice neutral palate, decluttering your personal belongings can really help a prospective buyer see themselves living in your home. Pre-packing or decluttering can also help ease the stress of your own move by getting some of the work out of the way in advance of the busy showing and selling process. We recommend packing away all personal photographs and souvenirs as well as any extra furniture that you won’t be needing during the sale of your home.  

 

3. Seasonal Decor

While we do not recommend decorating your home for the holiday’s in the midst of listing it for sale. The colder seasons do offer the opportunity to add some cozy furnishings to the space which prospective buyers will love. We suggest layering the space with rugs and cozy throws, plenty of lamps and soft lighting and adding some light seasonal scents. 

 

Also, don’t forget the temperature. Vacant homes can get chilly this time of year so make sure to turn on the heat for all showings.

Follow us on Pinterest for more home decor inspiration! 

 

Posted in Ask A Realtor
Nov. 2, 2022

Holiday Events in Victoria BC

 

Holiday Events in Victoria BC

 

We love that we’re able to live and work in the beautiful city of Victoria BC. The holiday season provides us with even more to love about our city. Included in this post are a few of our favorite festive activities that Victoria has to offer.

From December 1st until January 6th check out the Butchart Gardens Twelve Days of Christmas lights display. The holiday season is brought to life with traditional carolers and you can warm up after your stroll with a hot chocolate and gingerbread man by the fire in their coffee shop.

Local Craft Fairs, such as the Victorian Christmas Craft Fair (November 19th & 20th) and Calico Christmas (November 12th & 13th) provide an opportunity to purchase one of a kind, locally made gifts for your friends and loved ones this holiday season. 

Take a wander through the Bay Center and check out the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation’s Festival of Trees. Local businesses and community partners come together to decorate one of a kind Christmas trees and make an impact in the lives of BC’s kids. Don’t forget to vote for your favorite tree in support of the BC Children’s Hospital Foundation.

Bundle up and bring a thermos of something warm to one of Victoria’s magical holiday parades. Our favorites are the Peninsula Co-op’s annual Santa Claus Parade. Held on November 26th this year, starting at 5pm in downtown Victoria. As well as the Island Equipment Owners Assoc. Truck Light Convoy and Food Drive. Held on December 3rd this year. Check out their website for times and route details. www.ieoa.ca

While we love to take part in all that our wonderful city has to offer throughout the colder months, we are still hard at work here in the office. Feel free to reach out any time with your real estate questions!

Oct. 4, 2022

Choosing the Right Realtor for You

 

 

The Importance of Choosing the Right Realtor

FOR YOU

5 Tricks of The Trade

 

Are you thinking about getting into the real estate market but don’t know where to start? Are you overwhelmed at the thought of searching for a property and as a result keep putting it off?

 

Buying a home is one of the biggest purchases you will ever make in your life, but it doesn’t have to feel overwhelming. Quite the opposite actually. Searching for your perfect home should be exciting, you just need the right realtor to guide you through the process.

 

When I purchased my first home it was the most accomplished and filling emotion I’ve ever felt. I’ve since purchased 2 other properties and let me tell you, I got the same high every time. The process of buying and selling real estate can be enjoyable, you just need the right realtor in your corner. 

 

I truly believe that finding the right realtor FOR YOU is the most important piece of the process. The top real estate agent in the city or the one your friend used, news flash, MIGHT NOT BE THE RIGHT ONE FOR YOU. Don’t be afraid to do your own research, read reviews, creep their social media and conduct interviews before making your decision. Remember, this is one of the biggest purchases you’ll ever make. Don’t you want someone who is going to be the perfect fit for you?

5 Tricks of The Trade: 

  1.  The right realtor will not only be knowledgeable about real estate, but they will feel the need to get to know you on a personal level. They will ask you several questions initially as well as along the way to really figure out what your wants and needs are in a property. 
  2. They won’t BS you. If they don’t know the answer to something, believe it or not that’s a thing, they will tell you and find someone who does or do the necessary research to get you the answers you need.
  3. They will have contacts to refer you to the appropriate professionals iie, a mortgage broker, inspectors and trades people.
  4. They won’t always tell you what you want to hear. Sometimes the truth hurts and being told you can’t afford a property or hearing the hard facts might save you from making a purchase that you will regret in the future
  5. But most of all, the right realtor FOR YOU will make you feel a sense of comfort and you’ll feel confident that they are going to help you make the right decisions and guide you through the transaction in a stress-free manner. 

 

Once you find the right realtor FOR YOU, I promise the stress will alleviate and you will become excited to start searching for your new home.

Posted in Tips and FAQs
Sept. 29, 2022

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March 17, 2022

PETS & HOME SELLING:

It’s official, pets are a factor into home sales!

We love our pets..and we love yours too. Most people consider their animals members of the family! They’ll always be a part of our households, smells and all. So, how does our love affair with furry friends affect how we buy and sell homes? 

 A recent study by the National Association of Realtors found that a pet’s needs are important to buyers. Pet-friendly features such as fenced yards and pet doors were among those on many a buyer’s wish list. So, when doing outdoor landscaping or adding features to your home, it’s important to think about how they can function long term. Some of the most requested pet home features include a Fenced yard, large enough home for household and pet, hardwood flooring rather than carpets, Mudroom, animal washing station, built-ins for food dishes / animal beds and so on. 

When it comes to selling, just remember that not everybody like pets, and some are even allergic! It’s never good when potential buyers start having a full on allergic reaction during the showing and go running out. Just because you love your furry friends doesn't mean everyone will. It's important to erase evidence of pets when showing homes. That includes removing the pets themselves, in addition to their toys or beds that harbor odors, and any wear they’ve caused. Pet damage is never attractive when selling a home. 

 

Here are some tips & tricks we recommend:

 

-Unless you’ve got a hairless cat or a non-shedding dog, you’re going to have fur in the house. Make sure that you’re staying on top of vacuuming and sweeping.

 

-Keep cat litter boxes and doggie pads clean and out of sight and impeccably clean – always. Nothing turns off buyers faster than opening the door to a full or stinky cat box. Make sure you have a litter box with a cover or a lid so that  will help to contain the smell. Hide it away as best you can!

 

-Imagine viewing a home to notice you've just stepped in dog poop in the front yard… YUCK! When you're showing your home, and when you move out, make sure the yard is super clean, and keep on top of it!

 

-Before listing your home for sale you should give it a thorough clean from top to bottom and eliminate anything that gives out any pet related odor. Here are some suggestions: Get the carpets and upholstery cleaned and thoroughly wash the floors. If your pet has history of accidents on a particular area rug, get rid of the rug. Feed dry food instead of canned (the smell lingers longer than you know). Put away the dog and cat beds, any pet rags / blankets, toys, or anything that may look less appealing. The litterbox... keep it clean, and not out in the open. Pack up cat trees and all cages / carriers.

 

If your furry friends cannot be relocated, then make sure that they are not present at the showings and open houses. For example, take your dog for a walk during all showings and gain some extra steps on your fitbit at the same time!

 

Just remember, the key is to highlight the pet-friendly positives while eliminating the negatives when you show your home!

Posted in Tips and FAQs
March 17, 2022

BRAND NEW LISTING - Don't miss out on this one!

 

Located minutes from downtown and looking onto the Inner Harbor is The Bayview, one of Victoria’s most luxurious developments! This open concept suite has the perfect layout and is complete with HW flooring, granite countertops, laundry, spa-like bathroom w/soaker tub & shower. Take in the view on your balcony while sipping your morning coffee. Take advantage of building amenities including; a common hot tub, sauna, and steam room . A beautiful lobby with concierge service, fitness center, business center, media lounge and games room. Having a social gathering? Take it to the common outdoor deck! Complete with roomy lounge chairs, a center fire-pit, and BBQ area. The perfect atmosphere for those warm summer evenings. This unit comes with a secure underground parking stall and your own oversized storage locker. There’s even fully-equipped car washing and dog washing stations, as well as bike and kayak storage. Don’t miss out on this, a rare opportunity to own in the heart of the city!

Call now to book your viewing!

 

The Agency Oak Bay (250) 592 1042

Posted in Market Updates
March 17, 2022

Scents that Sell

When you’re selling your home, there are many things that will appeal or not appeal to potential buyers. One of them is the way your home smells!  You do not want to be remembered as the “house that smelled funny." ​​Getting rid of bad odours in your home is important but, instead of covering up the scent with potentially harmful chemicals or using a scent that is obviously trying to mask another smell… you should start with understanding why your home smells the way it does. Once you know where the odour is coming from, you can take action to eliminate the source entirely.

Give your home a good clean!

 

How to Clean a New Home

 

The biggest contributor to odours is dust. Dust is made up of all kinds of gross things: dead skin, pollen, pet hair and dander, insects, insect droppings, and dirt. And that’s just the start. Not only does dust make your house  look and feel dirty, it also affects the quality of your air and can cause a musty smell.  This will also help to determine where the odours are coming from, and if it was just needing a good dusting, then you have solved the problem.

 

Open your windows!

 

The Best Window Styles for Optimizing Natural Ventilation

 

Inside your home, there is a plethora of pollutants, all confined in a relatively small area. Despite what many people think, the air from outside can be a lot healthier than the air inside your home — even when you consider outdoor pollutants like pollen and smog.  Opening your windows allows fresh air to break up any stagnant air that’s trapping unpleasant odours in your home. If you have allergies or live in an area with high levels of smog, maybe check the Allergy Index for Victoria first.

 

Add something fresh and fragrant!

 

95 Potpourri Ideas | potpourri, potpourri bag, potpourri recipes

 

Adding fragrant plants like jasmine, lilies, or roses is a nice touch and always assists with staging. Or, you can make potpourri or herbal sachets from natural ingredients like rose petals or lavender. Another recommendation is to use organic or natural essential oils like peppermint or orange. 

You can make your own scents with these Simple Room Spray Ideas

Any one of these ideas will help in getting your home ready to receive potential buyers!

 

For more information, please check out our Sellers Guide!

Posted in Tips and FAQs
July 15, 2021

Easy Interior Design Cheats

So you’ve put in an offer, subjects have come off, and now you can let yourself daydream. Or have you just decided it’s time to move on and are staging to sell? Just because you don’t fully own your home yet, or if you are in those initial stages of selling, doesn’t mean you can’t think of the best way to show it off!

When planning how to decorate any space it’s essential to start by choosing a few key pieces, aiming for adaptability, low-maintenance materials, and neutral tones. Here are a few of our tips around making the house feel and look its best for anyone who may be coming by:

 

 

1. Greenery

A space filled with the different textures and hues provided by plants can actually allow you to personalize rooms without leaving a mark. Choosing ones with various maturity levels, heights, and the pot colours and designs can do the same job as walls full of art. The placement really allows you to stylize each room and make it feel spacious.

 

 

2. Rugs

If you’re lucky enough to have floors in great shape that act as a focal point of their own accord, then use that to your advantage. But, usually, putting down area rugs (not full carpet) can do wonders for a space. They add warmth, colour, ambiance, and depth. They tie with your furniture to create spaces within bigger spaces, protecting your floors, soundproofing between stories, and grounding you to that particular place.

 

 

3. Modular Furniture

Furniture does not need to be expensive, formal, heavy, or remotely permanent! Nowadays, most homes have open concept floor plans and modular furniture really allows you to flex and customize when your lifestyle needs change. Additionally, if you’re planning to make structural changes at any point you’ll have the ability to modify your setup time and time again.

This type of furniture can be easily built and taken apart, is often affordable, environmentally friendly, and cost-efficient! You can easily find pieces that are to your taste, look good, but suit the space and make potential buyers feel at ease with how they might live in the same space.

 

 

4. Lighting

This one is pretty obvious, but it also tends to be something a lot of us don’t focus effort on. Invest in stand out pieces that give that “homey” feeling and tie the other elements of the room together without being too unique or attention-grabbing. Light is something that soothes and balances–it sets the tone or mood of a space and helps us feel more comfortable. It can also be used to showcase the best features of any room, and can generally be done at a fairly reasonable cost. The bonus? You can move it around and take most of these fixtures with you.

 

 

With that, you have a good start. These elements can make a room feel lived-in without being saturated by personal mementos and collectables. You can tell a story that has an unwritten ending, and invite visitors to imagine how they would finish it off. Most especially when you know you’ll be living here for some time, the best advice we can give is to start with some key bigger items that are practical, and then only add pieces as you come across them that really, truly, bring you joy.

Posted in Tips and FAQs
June 21, 2021

Here Comes The Summer

As summer kicks off, we can’t help but relish in the many options that Victoria, BC offers for a lakeside weekend, be it a getaway or an easy breezy lake day, we have lakes near wineries, hiking trails, and some of the dearest towns north of Victoria.

Having spent as much time exploring outside as we could this year, we thought you might want to know a little more about our favorite lakes to cool off in during the Summer.

 

 

 

1. Shawnigan Lake

An easy 30 minute drive out of Victoria, BC this is a great spot to rent a home for a week or two during the summer season. Most homes feature private docks and allow motorized sports so get out those water skis, wakeboards, and even a trendy SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board)! If you want to treat yourself or the family to some top-notch dining, the local go-to is The Lakehouse.

 

  

Pictured: Our newest listing at 2415 West Shawnigan Lake Road | $1,499,000

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2. Cowichan Lake

This one is a little bit further out from Victoria, BC but it’s another top spot for locals to head to. In the centre of town, many folks like to rent a tube at The Tube Shack and dedicate the day to floating casually down river. The lake and river are mostly great for kids, but there are parts of the river that are notoriously tricky and even dangerous so it’s best to do a little bit of research to be safe. We always love jumping in just by Jakes at the Lake, which is also a perfect spot to break for lunch too. Homes can be rented in Cowichan for a holiday right on the lake and you’ll be a hop, skip away from Duncan, BC!

 

 

3. Day Tripping

If what you really want is a day spot to visit, there are some absolute classics in Victoria, BC. Elk Lake, Beaver Lake, and Thetis Lake all offer some beach area to throw a blanket down and that can be in or out of the shade–your call. These are well maintained public areas, often with bathrooms, fountains, parking, and bordering trails to walk about if you wish! All are relatively close to the city centre, and Sophia herself often walks around them with her pups as the loops range from approx. 5K to 10K and are used by many locals. Some other classic hotspots include Durrance Lake, Pease Lake, and the Sooke Potholes.

 

 

June 9, 2021

We Love Our Local Magazines

There are so many incredible publications in Victoria BC, and they can usually be found in shops and cafes all over the place. Why? Because small businesses here are each other's biggest supporters–one of the many reasons we choose to operate here. 

Every community in Victoria has honed in on the art of shopping locally, most locals leading by example for their family and friends. But especially in the last decade, there has been a clear social movement toward slow food, craft brews, artisanal products, and the like. As such, local publications have welcomed the breadth of brands, goods, and services, to advertise and promote. One of those, is our own. 

We are proud to be featured four times a year in YAM Magazine. The local expertise, and passionate drive, of the team at Briggs & Stratton and Associates is regularly showcased in this high quality and popularly read magazine. YAM celebrates the vibrant personalities, trends, and tastes that make Greater Victoria such a desirable place to live. Produced by independent media company Page One Publishing, the magazine shares the expertise of some of Victoria's most prominent and successful residents and also documents current trends and new haunts to experience through features, profiles, and how-to articles.

 

Front cover of YAM Magazine, May/Jun 2021

If you haven't received or picked up a copy of your own yet, you can click the cover image above to see it on Issuu along with our other publications for more information on how we can help you in your Real Estate endeavours!

For another great read, Page One also publishes SPRUCE Magazine–a content-rich, beautifully photographed read that publishes thrice per year (Spring, Summer, and Fall/Winter). The magazine showcases Victoria's most interesting and innovative homes, as well as ideas and resources around home and design that make this unique region a sought-after place to call home.

Read Spruce Magazine Spring 2021 on Issuu

Posted in Press