Winter Curb Appeal: An Interview With One of REALTOR® Magazine's Editors

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Home Stager with Dezigner Digz

 

 

Winter will soon be upon us, but that doesn't mean you should neglect the outside of your home if you are selling.  Even though you are somewhat limited in what you can do over the winter months to enhance curb appeal to your home, it's still very important to make that first impression a good one.

A couple of months ago, I was interviewed by one of the Editors of REALTOR® Magazine for an upcoming article she was writing on winter curb appeal.  She asked me to provide her with some helpful tips for their readers.

The article was published in their November/December hardcopy edition.  If you'd like to read the online version, click here to learn more about how you can make an impact on your home or listing at this time of year.

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Dezigner Digz is Burlington Ontario's premier home staging, styling and redesign firm servicing Ancaster, Hamilton, Burlington, Waterdown, Stoney Creek, Oakville and surrounding areas.  The owner, Charlene Storozuk, is a member of the Real Estate Staging Association and currently serves on the Executive Committee as Regional Vice-President, Canada.  Her work has been featured in the book FabJob Guide to Become a Home Stager, 2009 edition.  Charlene has written several articles on home staging, some of which have been published by the International Business Times and the Women's Council of Realtors.  She is also a Contributing Blogger for REALTOR Magazine.  For more information about us, visit our website at www.dezignerdigz.com.

 

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Rainmaker
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Linda D. Pufford
Stage with Divine Style - Home Staging - Novato, CA
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Charlene,

Curb appeal is so important to get the buyer to enter the home.  It's the key first impression!  Congratulations on your interview with Realtor Magazine too.

Nov 18, 2010 03:55 PM #1
Rainmaker
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Hi Charlene - My REALTOR® Magazine magazine was in my mailbox today and there you are on page 14.  Your name was mentioned in 6 out of the 10 paragraphs.

You get an average 51 inches of snow in Burlington???  The army must be very busy out there each year, eh? ;)

Nov 18, 2010 04:58 PM #2
Rainmaker
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Sandi Gerrard
Saint Thomas, ON
It's all about colour

Good article, Charlene.  I love the green and purple combo outdoors any time of year.

Nov 18, 2010 11:42 PM #3
Rainmaker
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Karen Otto
Home Star Staging - Plano, TX
Plano Home Staging, Dallas Home Staging, www.homes

Fabulous tips Charlene! I love the idea about the birdbath, never thought of that. What great exposure for you to be featured in this magazine, you go girl!

Nov 19, 2010 01:45 AM #4
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Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
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All good tips Charlene. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one that tells sellers to shovel the deck/patio if it snows ;). Congrats on the article.

Nov 19, 2010 01:56 AM #5
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Sally Weatherley
EXIT STAGE RIGHT - Vancouver, BC
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Charlene - Congratulations on being featured in REALTOR® Magazine!  It's fun to hear Marc's feedback, too!  You gave some great tips.

Nov 19, 2010 02:29 AM #6
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Linda - Thank you! You're right, curb appeal is the first impression.

Nov 19, 2010 04:17 AM #7
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Marc - It's the first time I've been in the print edition other than a couple of mentions in the section that recaps posts from their Styled, Staged & Sold blog.  I'm not sure where they found the info on 51 inches of snow though.  I had a chuckle over that.  Army for sure ;-)   

Nov 19, 2010 04:21 AM #8
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Sandi - Thank you!  I like that colour combination too.

Nov 19, 2010 04:22 AM #9
Rainmaker
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Karen - Thank you!  I try to use as many interesting pieces as I can that will withstand our winter to make the outside area look interesting. 

Nov 19, 2010 04:24 AM #10
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Janice - Thank you!  Yes, it's very important to shovel the deck/patio.  Not only does it help show that the homeowner is maintaining the home well, it also lets potential buyers see just how large the deck/patio is.

Nov 19, 2010 04:27 AM #11
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Charlene Storozuk
Dezigner Digz - Burlington, ON
Home Stager - Burlington Ontario

Sally - Thanks so much!  It was really neat to hear from Marc.

Nov 19, 2010 04:28 AM #12
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