Courtesy of Robert Bank

TIPSONSELLINGYOURHOME DURINGBACK-TO-SCHOOL SEASON Back-to-school season is already busy enough with everyone figuring out their new routine and shaking off the more laidback vibe of summer. Add selling a home into the mix and the sense of overwhelm can begin to feel insurmountable. However, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t list your home during the late summer and early fall months. Decluttering, easy storage solutions and involving the whole family in keeping the home tidy should help decrease the stress – and hopefully make your home selling mission a success! Depersonalize. Create a house that buyers can picture themselves in by taking down school photos and kids’ artwork and packing them away. You can display them proudly once you move to your new home. Use storage bins. Buy or make simple storage bins and keep them in your closets and under furniture. Label them by family member and instruct your kids to place their belongings in their dedicated bin whenever they aren’t using them. It doesn’t matter if inside the bin is messy – as long as the mess is contained! Don’t do it all yourself. If your kids are old enough to help out, give them specific jobs they need to accomplish in preparation for a showing. For example, it could be their job to pick up everything in their room and put it in the storage bin under their bed. Or perhaps they can be responsible for wiping down the bathroom or doing the dishes. Don’t be afraid to store things in your car. If a last minute showing has you feeling unprepared, grab a few bags or boxes and toss extra books, school supplies and toys inside – then stick them in your trunk. It’s not like the potential buyers will be looking there!

Robert Bank 250.756.7777

rob@robbank.ca | www.robbank.ca

LIVINGWALLSBRINGGREENERY INDOORS Looking to add more plants to your interior, but lack the extra space? Consider a living wall system, which you can either buy or build yourself. The most common at-home living wall is made of non-toxic felt and contains pockets where you insert plants such as herbs, lettuce and flowers. DIY versions can be constructed out of old pallets or other materials. If you’re in need of inspiration, head to Pinterest and be wowed by the endless ways homeowners have brought a little – or a lot – of green into their homes.

WEIGHTFORTHEBIRDS! Do you know how much a bald eagle nest weighs? How about a hummingbird? What do you think weighs more… a bird’s bones or their feathers? Answers to these weighty questions below! • The biggest bald eagle nests weigh up to 4,000 pounds.

• Some hummingbirds weigh less than a penny. • Many birds’ feathers weigh more than their bones.

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