Top 10 Tips on Prepping Your Home for the Photographer

Getting your home picture perfect can make such a difference in the quality of your photographs. These Top 10 Tips will give you some ideas on how to prep your home for photo shoot day!

 

  1. Remove all unwanted or unnecessary debris and garbage from both the front of back of the property. 
  2. Create a clear passage, or clear the walkway from the front or back for the safety of the photographer.
  3. Remove or store away any children’s toys if possible,  both outside and inside.
  4. Remove all personal photos from the home, especially any of young children.
  5. Remove all items from counters such as kitchen & bathrooms to keep a clear view of the counters for potential buyers to see all of the space.
  6. Consider hiring a professional cleaning crew to give your home that extra cleaning that may be missed by regular cleanings. Most dust marks show up in the photos.
  7. Your agent may also suggest this. Get a home stager to professionally stage the entire home or specific rooms. This service helps potential buyers visualize the potential of the home.
  8. If there are any pets in the home, please remove or secure your pet while your home is being photographed.
  9. Add fresh flowers to the home. This adds beauty and colour to your professional photos.
  10. Make sure to replace any burnt out light bulbs in the entire home before the photographer arrives and also have some spare ones on hand just in case one burns out the day of the shoot!
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New Pricing Announcement

Please be advised that as of March 1st, 2018 all packages will be going up by $25.00 per package.

Exciting news to share!!!
I have expanded my business services.
Further information on all new services can be found on my website, on my facebook page, my twitter account and Instagram.
The following are the newest additions to services at Phelan Photography:
  • Seasonal/Holiday Mini Shoots
  • Family Portraits and celebrations
  • Award Ceremonies – Business, Corporate, Real Estate, Commercial, Private Sector
  • Sports – Team Group Photos or Individual photos
  • Home Builders/Contractors and Home Owners – Before and After photos of projects
  • Community and Vendor Events – capture the memories, photo-journal your vendor tables and attendees or capture a special moment
Please watch my Facebook business pages for updated information and upcoming events!!
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Holiday Wishes & Holiday Hours

From our family to yours, We Wish you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!

Thank You to all past, and new clients for all your continued support and trust. We look forward to servicing you in the new year!!

Please note the dates we will be celebrating with our families and friends:

December 27th, 2017 thru until January 6th, 2018, to return to work on January 8th, 2018. Please email us if you have any questions or concerns during these dates.

Merry Christmas from Anne Marie and Bill Phelan and family!

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How to Remove Winter Ice Around Your Home Safely

When it comes to winter ice around your home, the best defense against property damage and personal injury is to know how to make things safe, especially when you are selling your home as traffic will be increased and so are the chances of someone getting hurt. If you are a real estate agent, these are some great tips to pass along to your clients!

Keep Things Under Control
When shoveling snow, the key is to do it early and do it often so that the snow doesn’t have a chance to build up or melt! Nothing is worse than removing wet, heavy snow! If you let it build up and temperatures warm up, snow melts turning into a mush mess, and then it can even freeze again turning your property into a skating rink.

Remove the Icicles
Take an extension pole or a long broom and simply knock them down. Do NOT stand directly under the icicles when you do this. That’s the whole point of using the long pole. Try to avoid swinging wildly around windows (for obvious reason), and if the icicles are near an electrical line, then just don’t do it!

Invest in an Easy-to-Push Snow Scoop
A snow scoop is ridiculously easy to push when the snow is nice and fluffy and it makes clearing larger areas of snow a breeze. When in a hurry a driveway (if the snow is not too heavy) can be cleared in an instant without having to start the snow blower! Tip: If you find snow to be a bit sticky in the scoop, feel free to squirt some WD40 inside of the scoop. It should help the snow slide off more easily.

Keep Plenty of Salt on Hand
Depending on the winter, it can be a great idea to have large buckets of salt on hand. Ideally, you would remove the snow before it has the chance to turn into an ice skating rink, but sometimes it’s just not possible.

Use a Heavy-Duty Ice Scraper on Solid Ice
This is a great and easy to use tool to chip away at small sections of ice as to reduce accidents. If you tend to get areas where ice forms, this tool is a must-have item!

Winter is a beautiful time of year, stay safe and keep things safe for your potential buyers!

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Getting Your Home Ready for Sale in the Fall

The fall real estate market is almost always a hot season. Home selling in autumn or fall is the second best time of the year to sell a home. Families have returned from summer vacations. Kids have gone back to school. The holidays aren’t yet upon us to slow down sales! In our part of this country with four seasons, we watch leaves change colors as for sale signs pop up.

Here are 10 tips for attracting home buyers in the fall:

Clean Up the Yard
Rake dead leaves and debris in your lawn. Don’t let overgrown vegetation block the windows or path to the entrance. Cutting bushes and tree limbs will let the sun inside and showcase the exterior of your home. Cut away summer vines and cut down dead flowers. Make the most of autumn weather in the fall real estate market.

Create Fall Curb Appeal
The most popular autumn flowers are chrysanthemums (or mums) and they bloom for a long time. Marigolds are also beautiful for fall. Both mums and marigolds are available in yellow which is a colour that pops from the road as driver as passing by checking out homes for sale!
You may want to plant them in pots and place on steps and along the sidewalk and for an added fall touch, accent with pumpkins.

Clean the Windows
Rain and wind from over the summer months can make your windows dusty and streaked by the tie fall rolls around. Remove screens and spray them down as well so your windows sparkle.

Replace Furnace Filters
You want the air inside your home to smell fresh. When was the last time you changed your furnace filter? Have the HVAC system checked before you need to turn on the heat as the buyer will ask a home inspector to look at your HVAC. If you discover problems with your furnace, it’s better to fix them before your home goes on the market.

Clean Out the Fireplace
Ah, nothing smells more like fall than smoke from a wood-burning fireplace.  If the fireplace is filled with cobwebs because it hasn’t been used for months, vacuum it out and wash it down.  If you have a gas fireplace, light it when buyers come through

Bring on the Fall Scents
Speaking of autumn scents, you might set out freshly baked pumpkin cupcakes or simmer hot apple cider on the stove. Put a tray of cinnamon sticks on the counter, dotted with whole cloves. One of my Prop open a cookbook to an autumn stew. Fill a bowl with crisp red apples.

Utilize Fall Accent Colors
Accessorize with bright red, orange or golden yellow pillows. Toss a quilt or autumn-colored throw over a chair. After you’ve cleared away the clutter and depersonalized each room, bring a little bit of autumn hues to each room by placing bold-colored accent pieces in odd groupings such as 3’s and 5’s. Create an autumn centerpiece for the dining room table by arranging pine cones and nuts around orange candles, stick in a few leaves from the yard.

Turn on the Lights Everywhere
Bring in the light. When days get shorter, the sun sets lower in the horizon and casts wider shadows. Pull up the blinds, open the shutters, push back the drapes on every window. Turn on every light in the house, including appliance lights and closet lights.

Offer Parting Treats to Potential Buyers
Potential buyers will feel more welcome if you leave them a gift like Fall treats, packets of candy corn or a snack-sized candy bars or even something as elaborate as a caramel apple, tied with a fall colour ribbon!

Making fall buyers feel welcome and at home is the key to selling a home in the fall. Everyone loves the colours of fall!

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Tips for using Pinterest in Real Estate

By following these tips, you’ll be on your way to creating a huge presence on Pinterest and you’ll be reaping the benefits soon!

Create Eye Catching Graphics

In order to be successful on Pinterest in real estate, you need to create graphics that will catch people’s eyes for your content.  Since Pinterest is all visual, no graphics results in no opportunities for your content to be pinned.  It’s vital to your success on Pinterest in real estate that you create at least 2-3 memorable graphics that relate to the topic you’re writing about.  There are several user-friendly websites and programs that are available that make it easy to create great, eye-catching graphics.  One easy way to create graphics for Pinterest is Canva. If you use 3 graphics that are 800px x 1200px they will perform very well on Pinterest.  It’s important to remember to use Royalty free photos and not do a Google Search to find images.  If you don’t have the rights to use a graphic, you’re opening yourself up to potential legal problems.

Create Local Boards

Pinterest provides an excellent opportunity to prove you’re a local expert.  As you’re building your Pinterest presence, you need to make sure you’ve created local boards. Your local boards shouldn’t only be filled with your greatest and latest listing.  These local boards should provide people who are interested in learning about your communities some helpful information.  Pins about the local dog parks, events and important news in your area will help position you as a local expert!

Join Powerful Group Boards

One of the best ways to effectively use Pinterest in real estate is to join powerful group boards.  There are dozens of excellent real estate group boards on Pinterest.

The primary reason group boards are so beneficial to join is because they improve the reach of your pins.  For example, if a group board has 10,000 followers, any Pin you share with the group board will now have the ability to reach these 10,000 followers.

Follow Other Successful Real Estate Professionals on Pinterest

Regardless whether you’re looking to build your Pinterest presence or another social media network, it’s highly recommended that you follow those who are having success.  One of the best tips for using Pinterest in real estate is to seek out and find those professionals who are having great success on Pinterest. As you discover these real estate professionals on Pinterest, evaluate how they are using Pinterest.  In most cases, these professionals are more than happy to answer questions you may have about Pinterest.

Don’t Forget About Your Pins!

One of the most common reasons why real estate professionals don’t succeed at Pinterest is because they publish a piece of content, shares it all over the place right away and never share it again.

Only pinning a pin once is a missed opportunity to reach the a large portion of the potential followers of these boards.  Unless these group board followers happen to log in to their Pinterest account in the near future, your pin will likely go unseen by them so re-purpose your pins and share them often so after you pin something share the same pin to a couple different group boards for the next few days, keeping in mind to space the Pins apart a few hours.  This greatly improves the chances that more people will see my graphics, which will hopefully result in them Pinning my graphics to their own boards. Do not be afraid to go back even in a month, 3 months or 6 months and share it again!

Happy Pinning!

Sherry Simoes, Marketing Mentor

www.sherrylynnsimoes.com

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A Family Affair a wedding is in the air August 12 2017

 

Celebrating a bridal shower with family and friends

Matthew and I

 

The future Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Delisle Matthew and Lauren

In just a short few weeks we will have one of our 4 boys getting married. These moments are both exciting and hard for this moma bear! The fact that your children grow up and become exceptional young men, we encourage they to be good to others, as well as to themselves. Hopefully they can find someone who they can share every moment with, who truly loves them for themselves and be able to enjoy each other’s company.

Matthew and Lauren met while in high school, being together, getting to know one another and getting those calls in the middle of the night that one of them needs help or has been hurt, has been nothing but scary in those moments, but also lucky that they have found each other. They suit one another. Both are sports orientated, both are caring and loving and family orientated. Although sometimes they may not want to be around family, they know they can always rely on us on any given moment for anything.

Love is unconditional, internally inside and out, makes your hands sweaty and your heart hurt when they are not there anymore. Love is such an emotion that together they can grow, mature and make a life with each other that will make any parent proud.

Matthew at age 4 playing tee ball

Lauren is a little cutie here

going for a tube ride.. is she ready?

 

Lauren’s beautiful eyes that tell you everything will be ok

As we begin to countdown the weeks into days, we take the celebrations as they come, for some are no longer here on earth to share these moments with us. We never take anything or anyone for granted and enjoy every day as it comes.

Congratulations to my son Matthew Delisle and finding your soul mate, Lauren Cartwright!!

Congratulations Lauren Cartwright for surviving our families and becoming a beautiful addition!!

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Europe-Czech Republic World Ball Hockey International Competition 2017

Andrew and Matthew

candles lite for Matthew and Lauren’s upcoming wedding this year

St. Charles Bridge entrance

Murdoch and I at one of the games enjoying some food and beverages

The team’s cheer team! Tracy, Chantel, Tom and Anne Marie

Gordy and Chantel meeting her uncle in Czech Republic for the first time!

The town the boys played ball hockey at.

our view from our hotel windows overlooking the town

Great Britain team mates at one of the games

The boys earned these drinks as they had just had a hard game

Steve Morris and Matthew Delisle with Anne Marie

Alex and the mascot for the games

the boys enjoying the win at the game and expressing great joy!

Drew and Steve

Tracy and I exploring Prague

the guys with team usa

sun setting in czech republic was so beautiful. It was weird to have almost 16 hours of daylight

SCORE!!!!

Mckenzie kicking butt

team work is what you get when you work together

the local signs in the area

Chantel and Gordy

Great catch Gage!

Congratulations Great Britain team mates!

player of the game


This was such a great experience to witness to be able to share this adventure in the Czech Republic with my son Matthew and his team mates and new family members as they call themselves. 

The buildings and area is so beautiful and full of history, there is not one place that has some kind of history attached to it. Even visited a Concentration Camp in Theresienstadt, Czech Terezín, town in northern Bohemia (now in the Czech Republic), founded in 1780 and used from 1941 to 1945 by Nazi Germany as a walled ghetto, or concentration camp, and as a transit camp for western Jews en route to Auschwitz and other extermination camps. (1)internet info.  This site was so cool and eerie at the same time.

It was the first time ever in Europe for most of us and a learning experience at that, getting use to all the customs and the food let alone the lack of anything cold to drink there. The weather was very hot and not a day that was bad weather wise. But the lack of air conditioning was another rude awakening or the fact that they don’t use wash cloths. The staff would not let us have drinks with our food, something we were use to as if we were home. After a few days with the heat, we got the drinks anyways. The variety of food is very different to get use too for sure. Breakfast was different too, they eat alot of pastries, warm milk, cheeses, meats, tomatoes, cucumbers, as well as some soft boiled eggs and juices. The first few days there we explored the area and found falfal’s we all liked and ate those! The grocery store wasn’t too far away too. We found ice here!! YEAHH!!! To have cold drinks!!

Being involved in the games was interesting! Knowing that these players were ages 20 years old on up to 40 years up, playing against one another took on another level of stress too. Being this was world international ball hockey the rules were a bit stricter THANK GOD!! The way some of them were playing would make you think you needed a doctor or a nurse on staff at all times!

I can tell you the best day was when we all 25 of us, got to experience Prague with a guided tour on motorized scooters! So much fun! We were split up into 2 groups, with each group and guide took off exploring the areas. Our guide was so fun we went to the top of the mountains and down again, even with a few wipe outs! me included, we all survived a great day!!

Now that the month has come and gone and we look back at all the photos and see the social media posts, the websites for stats and game reviews, the guys can look forward to the next years game in Russia or Solavakia, another great experience for the team mates to enjoy and possibly take home some medals!

Being 4th in the worlds is now small feat, but a well accomplished one and earned for each of the guys on the team.

Until next time, enjoy your time together and remember the time aboard.

Congratulations to @greatbritainteam2017 

 

 

 

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A summer trip to Europe-Czech Republic June 2017

Here are some of the pics from Czech Republic of various sites I visited while attending my son’s World International Ball Hockey Tournament.  Prague is the capital of Czech Republic, it is very beautiful here. Stay tuned in for more stories and photos of the entire trip and find out the outcome of the championships!

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Attractive Curb Appeal Increases Interest in Listings

I am sure you have heard about the importance of “curb appeal”, and know that first impressions are HUGE in real estate. Encouraging your clients to pay some attention to their curb appeal can greatly increase interest in your listings.

Here are some easy and virtually cost free things you can suggest:

  • New Mulch – The fastest way to freshen up your landscaping is new mulch. Spread a layer of it all throughout your landscaped areas. This is inexpensive and requires very little time commitment.
  • Colourful Flowers  – An even better first impression can be made by planting some colorful flowers which will make your new mulch stand out even more.
  • Hedges and Bushes – Trim any over grown plants and bushes.
  • Weeds  – there are most likely some weeds that have been ignored. Weeds growing in the sidewalk cracks can easily be taken care of.
  • Windows & Screens –  Make sure the windows are clean and in working order.  Replace any screens that have been damaged.
  • Gutters – Clean the rain gutters out
  • Siding – Wash any dirt, mold or mildew from the siding.
  • Shutters – Fix any shutters and repaint if paint is peeling
  • Porches – Fix porch railings and steps and replace boards that may be rotting.
  • Fences – Fix any broken fences, latches or hinges.

For a welcoming touch suggest that they hang a welcome sign on the front door!

Here’s to a successful Summer!

Anne Marie

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