Kitchener-Waterloo Real Estate Market June 2022
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K-W MULTICULTURAL FESTIVAL & RIBFEST
Enjoy some fun in the sun this summer at beautiful Victoria Park!
After a two-year hiatus, the Kitchener-Waterloo Multicultural Festival is finally back!
This year, it will be held on Saturday, June 25th and Sunday, June 26th in beautiful Victoria Park from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.
At this family-friendly event, you’ll be able to sample an array of delicious food from all over the world while enjoying a variety of entertainers that represent over 30 countries.
There will also be an assortment of unique vendors along with various community organizations in the International Marketplace.
Another local event to mark your calendar for this summer is the Kitchener Ribfest & Craft Beer Show! Also held in Victoria Park, this fun-filled event takes place between Friday, July 15th and Sunday, July 17th.
If you haven’t yet experienced Ribfest, now’s your chance to come out and enjoy the delicious barbecued chicken & ribs, corn on the cob, funnel cakes and freshly squeezed lemonade.
While you’re enjoying an endless variety of fabulous food, there will be a fantastic lineup of live entertainment to enjoy as well as a variety of tasty craft beer to sip on.
There’s no charge for admission to Ribfest but donations to the Food Bank of Waterloo Region will be accepted at the gate. Hope to see you there!
PLANNING A SUCCESSFUL OPEN HOUSE
If you’re having an open house, it’s important to dress your home for success!
Open houses are slowly starting to make a comeback in Kitchener-Waterloo, but they’re not always necessary as they can sometimes attract unqualified buyers or those who are just curious.
There are instances though where an open house can lure that perfect buyer or perhaps spark a bidding war. It can also motivate buyers to act quickly if they know there’s an open house coming up.
If you and your agent decide that an open house is the way to go, it’s important to get it right so here are a few tips that’ll help dress your home for success:
Open up the windows and blinds to let in as much fresh air and natural light as possible. Flowers also brighten things up and they’re a great way to draw attention to features such as a bay window.
Potential buyers shouldn’t feel as though they’re intruding so remove any personal items such as family photos or the kids’ artwork that’s hanging on the fridge.
Back It Up
Showcasing the beauty of your backyard is important as buyers, now more than ever, are looking for a tranquil outdoor space to relax in so cut the grass, trim the hedges and clear away any clutter.
If you have an open house in the winter or on a dark rainy day, be sure to showcase your garden by displaying photos of your yard during the spring, summer and fall when it’s at its best.
Spread the Word
Tell the neighbours about your upcoming open house so that they can spread the word to any friends and/or family members who might be interested in moving to the area.
The Nose Knows
Baking cookies just before an open house will leave a pleasant aroma that’ll remind people they’re in a loving family home rather than just a house. You can even leave some out for your visitors to enjoy!
It’s always best if the homeowners aren’t around during an open house as potential buyers need to be able to relax and envision themselves living in your home while also feeling comfortable enough to voice their objections.
On the day of your open house, your home should be sparkling clean and completely de-cluttered. You only get one chance to make a winning first impression when you open your doors and showcase your home to potential buyers, so it’s important to take the time and do it right.
NO MORE WALLPAPER WOES
Wallpaper used to be all the rage, and it’s starting to make a comeback.
You can now buy peel & stick wallpaper that’s a breeze to put up and just as easy to take down.
This new type of wallpaper is a great way to quickly create a stunning accent wall. It’s also perfect for covering up “problem walls” that are starting to show cracks and other imperfections.
If you’ve got some of the older-style wallpaper hanging around your home that you’re looking to get rid of, here are a few environmentally friendly solutions that’ll help you easily scrape and peel it away:
Mix equal parts of white vinegar and hot water. Use a paint roller or large brush to apply the solution to your wallpaper.
Soften It Up
Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of fabric softener and hot water and spray it evenly on the wallpaper.
Wash It Away
Mix 1 part dishwashing liquid and 3 parts warm water. Make sure to use a dishwashing liquid that includes a degreaser.
Once the wallpaper has been removed, wash the walls with warm water and let them dry thoroughly before painting them or hanging your new peel & stick wallpaper.
If you do it right, that old ugly wallpaper can be easily removed, so if you find the home of your dreams but it’s buried under a layer of hideous wallpaper, don’t let it deter you from putting in an offer!
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