Saturday, May 19, 2018

Know Your 'Hood: Pinedale


Pinedale Community

Burlington, ON

Do you live in the Pinedale Neighbourhood?  
Wondering what you might be missing?
Maybe you, or your Friends or Family, are interested in the area!
We've pulled together some highlights of the neighbourhood!


Enjoy...













Something we've missed?  Let us know in a Comment.

Visiting Friends or Family?  Viewing homes?  Attending Open Houses?  Maybe you're just looking for something to do... check out area events on our website.



Know Your 'Hood: Palmer


Palmer Community

Burlington, ON

Do you live in Palmer Community?  
Wondering what you might be missing?
Maybe you, or your Friends or Family, are interested in the area!
We've pulled together some highlights of the neighbourhood!
Enjoy...




 








Something we've missed?  Let us know in a Comment.

Visiting Friends or Family?  Viewing homes?  Attending Open Houses?  Maybe you're just looking for something to do... check out area events on our website.


Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sellers Were Asking: Landscaping

Landscaping

Okay, so last week we talked 'House Plants', and maybe that is just not your thing.  However, keep in mind, sometimes what grows out, grows in... and vice versa!  

With Spring having arrived, it's the time when a homeowner's heart turns to thoughts of landscaping.  Landscaping is about more than good looks.  Done properly, it can both increase the value of your home and make it sell quicker by adding curb appeal that will make prospective buyers want to see more.  But, it can also be a daunting task if it's a venture you're undertaking alone.  Here are a few helpful hints to get you started:

  • Decide on a budget and stick to it!
  • Draw and picture of your house and yard.  Include storage areas, driveways, walkways patio and existing garden areas.  Walk around your property to decide what you want to go where. 
  • Assess your family's needs. A family with young children may want to include areas for play, while the retiree with a green thumb may want more gardening area. 
  • Consider how foliage will look year round.  You don't want something that only looks good for two weeks out of the year.  Also, consider group plantings and flowers that bloom at different times, for a visually appealing design that will last the entire season.  
  • Consult a landscaping professional.  They are a wonderful resource as are garden centre staff. 
  • Remember, you don't need to do this all in one year.  Accenting and improving over time, helps you stay within budget and create the yard you've dreamed of.
I'd be happy to put you in touch with some creative landscapers.  Have a look at our website resource.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

Sellers Were Asking: House Plants

House Plants

Heathy house plants, properly displayed can do wonders for the appearance of a room.  If you're thinking of listing your home, this an inexpensive way to give your home a warm and inviting look.

Many people give up on growing house plants because they think they lack a "green thumb".  Their problem often centres on watering.  In fact, the single biggest reason house plants die is due to over watering.  There are so many planters on the market today that will help in ensuring your plants stay happy and healthy!

A 'self watering' pot with a waterfall or a 'wick' system will keep plants watered for two to four weeks.  Or, if you're intent on watering, why not grow plants in water?  Simply cut a stem from a friends plant and stick it in a container of water, where the cutting will develop its own root system.  

There are several plants that readily adapt to life in water; arrowhead vine, dracaena, ivy and philodendron.  The main advantage to growing pants in water is ease of maintenance.  Water should be changed weekly.  

Worth a thought... what're you growing to add warmth to your home?

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Sellers Were Asking: Where Buyers Always Look

Where Buyers Always Look
Here are the MOST likely spots buyers will look:
  • Garage.  Clearing the garage so that you can park a car in there is important to give a buyer a proper perspective of the amenities offered in your home.  If the garage is full of sports equipment, and overflow from the house, it will show there is not enough room, making the home itself appear too small.  Less is more. 
  • Oven.  Do not store your pots and pans in the oven.  This makes it appear as if you are short on kitchen space.  If possible, the oven should be totally empty, and, of course, clean.
  • Closets.  Yes, one of the things buyers tend to remember about the houses they see, and to either comment favourably or unfavourable upon are the closets.  Avoid cramming the bedroom closets with extras.  The more space that shows in your closets, the better.
  • Laundry Room.  A nice, neat laundry room is often a pleasant surprise in a home, and something that buyers tend to remember.
  • Kitchen Pantry.  Like the laundry room, the kitchen pantry is often the 'dumping ground' for all kinds of odds and ends.  The less cluttered the pantry is, the bigger it looks.
As you can probably tell, the secret to hide and don't seek is to keep those places that are usually used for storage as clear as possible.  This gives the buyers the distinct impression that they will have plenty of room for all the stuff they have.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

You Were Asking: Spring Has Sprung

Spring Has Sprung

With all of the emphasis put on curb appeal and first impressions when selling your home, it's important to remember the back yard. Many families, especially those with young children, spend a lot of time there during the summer months in particular, so it's important to make the rear yard an appealing place; a place where families can kick back and relax. 

Most of the work is the same as that done on the front. Mow the lawn, pull weeds, keep garden areas neat and rake leaves. Put away lawn mowers and other garden tools. Make it easy for potential home buyers to view and walk around. 

If you have the space, create conversation areas with patio furniture, highlighting various areas, but make sure the furniture is clean and in good condition. Otherwise, all people will notice is furniture that's past its prime. 

Show off areas that are perfect for the kids to play, but keep toys to a minimum, especially if you have a small back yard as the effect will be a cluttered look. 

If you have a deck, fix and loose boards or rails and throw on a coat of stain. Make sure the pool and surrounding areas are also clean and in good repair.