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3 Backyard Features That Are On Every Homebuyer’s Checklist

We all want that ‘backyard oasis’ and extending our living spaces outside is more popular than ever! The backyard is one of the most multifunctional spaces in a property. Are you looking for a pool or hot tub? An Entertaining space? Somewhere that the kids can let loose? Or maybe even an outside work space? Whatever setup you have to work with, here are 3 features that top every buyer’s checklist. 

A relaxing environment

Over the last 18 months our backyards have had to double up as a space to enjoy a staycation. Backyards come in all shapes and sizes but no matter what you’re dealing with there are many options to bring relaxation to your space. We would all love a resort style backyard setting with a pool and cabana chairs but if you’re dealing with a smaller space try introducing different seating options, hammocks, simple wooden benches, nature nooks or a classic Muskoka chair. Add in a fire pit or a small decking area and you can create instant ambiance. 

An abundance of light

Nobody wants a dark backyard! Plants and people alike want to soak up the sun when they can. Make sure you keep trees and bushes under control to maximize your sunlight at all times of the year. At night you can add lighting in all manner of styles. From LED rope lighting to solar lanterns there’s all types of lightning to create that perfect mood. If you’re really looking to step up your lighting game, take a look at smart lighting. Choose from a spectrum of colours and sync to your playlist to really impress at your next pool party. 

Nobody likes a Nosey Neighbour

Privacy. It comes in many different levels and everyone has their own comfort level for what they want, but, we all want it on some level. Whether it’s well placed trees or a full fence. There are many ways to increase your privacy. Some great options are movable elements that can block off areas when you want such as awnings, lattice screens or umbrellas. You’re not able to change the location of your home or your neighbours sight lines but you can adapt your space to create a private space that suits all needs. 

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6 Home Decor Trends To Try

Last year, many of us spent more time at home than ever before. The transition of our homes to double duty living and working spaces spawned new design and decor trends that make it more comfortable and add much-needed functionality. Embracing this transition lends the freedom to carefully consider each room and piece of furniture. Does it add to your daily life, or subtract from it? With this fresh perspective, take a spin through the six hottest home decor trends for 2021.

Remember, trends may come and go, but your home is your safe space, so skip any trends that don’t speak to you. And if you’re thinking about selling your home down the line, talk with your For Sale On Georgian Bay agent about how certain home decor trends may add value to your home by appealing to current buyers.


1. A Peaceful Aesthetic

Taking its philosophy from a mix of Japanese rustic minimalism and Scandinavian functionality, this aesthetic speaks to the peaceful intentionality many of us began craving in our spaces over the tumult of the past year. A blend of neutrals and natural materials that are simple and harmonious in feel, this design aims to restore calm and function. One perfect example—bringing a bit of the outside in with plants and potted trees illustrates the marriage of form and function by allowing us to breathe better in our homes while also grounding us by providing a connection to the outdoors.


2. Arched Doorways

Perhaps in a nod that harkens back to simpler times, old-world design aesthetics have experienced a resurgence of late. One of the most popular aspects of that has been a return to arched doorways. A timeless look that has long been found in many homes that favour traditional design, the effect can be mimicked by painting an arched shape on a wall or in furniture items like headboards and storage closets with arched elements. Make this traditional look modern by mixing in contemporary line art, minimalist design and natural fibres.


3. Kitchen Storage And Shelving

With restaurant dining off the table for much of 2020, we cooked and ate more meals from home. All that time spent on food prep, roasting, baking and air frying led many of us to rethink our kitchens, whether that meant adding cheerfully-coloured cabinets (think Pantone 2021 Color of the Year Illuminating, which is a bright and cheerful yellow, or the ultra-trendy pastel pink), open shelving or aesthetically pleasing pantry storage. The latter especially became a necessity as the pandemic meant fewer trips to the grocery store and an increased need to store canned goods and dry pantry staples. Storage typically ranks among buyers’ biggest priorities, so if you’re considering selling, put enhancing kitchen storage at the top of your to-do list.


4. Cloffices And Home Offices

In 2020, we were forced to add more functionality to our homes than ever before. Little-used spaces no longer flew under the radar, and when many people began working from home, every room in the house became fair game as office space. “Cloffices” grew out of necessity as homeowners revamped closets into offices. Fold-down desks add versatility by being there when you need them and tucked away out of sight when you don’t. For those needing more workspace than a closet can offer, guest rooms soon may be permanently outmoded by home offices as multiple members of the family—kids included—require desks and workstations.


5. Elevated Home Libraries

Everyone’s favourite Zoom background shone a spotlight on an oft-ignored area of our homes and offices—bookshelves. No longer just a place to store books, home libraries can add major design oomph. Think comfortable seating, an injection of greenery from some well-placed plants and something that shows off a bit of your personality, whether that’s framed family photos, artwork or displaying a collection. Don’t forget the books themselves when it comes to styling your home library. Rainbow bookshelves remain beloved on social media, but try experimenting with organizing by size, genre or orientation to turn your home library into its own piece of art.


6. Eco-Friendly Design

Simple swaps can allow you to incorporate innovative eco-friendly design in ways that help offset your carbon footprint. Consider ditching your incandescent bulbs for smart lighting you can control from your phone or home automation device (like the Amazon Echo or Google Home) so your lights are only on when you truly need them. (Bonus: Home buyers love automation and smart features when shopping for houses.) Buying furniture secondhand or saving for “forever” pieces also benefits the environment by minimizing short-term consumption. And if you’re still reeling from the great toilet paper shortage of 2020, consider cutting down on purchasing all those disposables by installing a bidet.


Have you seen any Home Trends this year that you’ve implemented into your own home? Let us know!

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7 Home Interior Upgrades That Can Pay Off Big In Resale Value

Over the last year, we’ve all spent a lot more time at home. Many of us have utilized that time to do some upgrades around the house. But when it comes to getting top dollar for your property, an upgraded home interior can make the difference between a middling offer and achieving a price that will help you move onto your dream home.

Before you list your home or even consider putting your house on the market, it’s worth the time to have a conversation with your For Sale On Georgian Bay agent about tackling some popular home interior upgrades that can make a splashy impact on your property’s resale value.

Here are seven common home interior upgrades that have proven to be hot tickets with buyers, giving you the most bang for your buck:

1) Complete Kitchen Renovation.

Topping most buyers’ wish lists would be the kitchen of their dreams. Year after year, a complete kitchen renovation ranks number one on the lists of both projects appealing to buyers and of projects likely to increase home resale value. Although it’s a big undertaking, the popularity of the project among buyers means you could earn your money back and then some by committing to a major kitchen overhaul.

If a full renovation would break the bank or seems overwhelming, talk to us about trying small tweaks to the kitchen, like refreshing the backsplash, painting the cabinets, or installing updated appliances. Upgrading worn-out surfaces, finishes, or materials can still have a big impact on the look of the kitchen – and your listing price. A whopping 40% of Realtors suggest sellers upgrade their kitchen in some capacity before listing, and 20% think a kitchen upgrade helped close a sale.

2) HVAC Replacement.

Energy efficiency is a top draw in the home market today, so it’s no surprise that buyers are looking for a recently replaced HVAC unit when shopping for homes. Replacing the HVAC unit to a more current model improves energy efficiency, the home’s heating and cooling capabilities, and lowers energy bills – a winning trifecta.

If you want to lean harder into energy efficiency, maybe consider upgraded insulation as well, which can help the home stay more comfortable during the extreme temps of the summer and winter months. Homeowners agree, with 66% having a great desire to be home after replacing their HVAC system.

3) New Main Suite.

When it comes to expected value when selling the home, a new main suite ranks just behind a kitchen renovation/upgrade and replacing the HVAC unit. Depending on the footprint of the home, you might want to think about annexing less desirable space, like formal living areas or dining areas, into a bigger main suite. If the main bedroom doesn’t have its own bathroom, maybe a closet or other storage space could be used to add en suite facilities. For homes that already have a distinct main bedroom and bathroom, you could update the finishes to add modern appeal.

In the bedroom, you could consider new flooring and fresh paint, while in the bathroom, swapping laminate counters for marble or quartz, switching plumbing fixtures to brass or copper, and painting cabinetry all can create a new, luxe look. The most important benefit for homeowners is better functionality and livability with 65% reporting an increased sense of enjoyment when they’re at home.

4) Bathroom Renovation.

Powder room looking dated? Giving a half bath a quick renovation can add major ground floor appeal to a home since such small spaces often lend themselves well to trendy and bold design flourishes. Or, if a home is lacking that all-important second bath or half bath buyers are looking for, you may consider repurposing closets or other less-used spaces into another bathroom. 

5) Basement Conversion to Living Area.

A big way to improve livability in a home is to increase the usable square footage. Without building on an addition, a basement conversion is a shortcut that turns unused space or space formerly relegated to storage into a new living area. Converting a basement to a living area makes a house more livable and seem more spacious, which is why it ranks high on the list of what today’s buyers are looking for. 

6) Flooring Renovations.

According to data, floors can pay off in a big way in terms of recouped earnings from an initial investment. New wood flooring has a recovered project cost of 106% with refinished hardwoods trailing a close second at 100%. This means that, for an estimated $4,700 investment in installing new wood floors, the seller could recoup $5,000 at sale.

For refinishing wood, a cost of $2,600 would likely be recouped at $2,600, as well. Replacing tile or carpet with new wood flooring can instantly modernize a space, or if the home already has hardwood floors, consider refinishing the wood to restore it to its former glory. By sanding out those scratches and putting a dent in those dings, refinished hardwoods bring back that brand-new look.

7) Attic Conversion to Living Area.

Just as with a basement conversion, an attic conversion can take storage space and add to the footprint of livable space in a home. By converting an attic into usable living space, a home can gain a bonus room (or bonus rooms!) that can be used as an additional bedroom, office, game room, or for any other purpose. When it comes to possibilities for the extra space, the roof is the limit.

Do you have any other ideas on how you would upgrade your property before selling, let us know!

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Say Goodbye To Lockdown Blues

6 tips to keep your moods in check

So many things happen during lockdown. It’s easy to lose that cheer that time with family and friends can bring, those hard-earned vacations get cancelled and our day to day routines are thrown out of the window. You might find yourself or those around you experiencing some mood changes – here’s 6 different ways that you could tackle that. 

1. Move your body every day

One of the most important commitments you can make to yourself is keeping your body in motion. According to Harvard Medical School, getting in 2.5 hours of moderate aerobic activity per week and two days of muscle strengthening activities is a sensible goal. This can look like a 21 minute daily walk, or, if you find it is impossible to to find the time to move every single day, a 30 minute burst activity five times per week. A walk or run are great free ways to get some movement in, but if your schedule and finances permit, you can pour in some creativity to your workout, even from home. Research whether your gym or studio offers online classes or simply do a quick cardio circuit search on YouTube. 

2. Chase the daylight

Soaking in vitamin D is essential for your health, both mental and physical. By exposing yourself to sunlight, your body increases its levels of serotonin – a mood-boosting chemical which lowers levels of sadness or depression. Spending time outdoors can also increase levels of melatonin, which lower stress, and help strengthen your immune system. 

3. Invest in a sunlamp or day light bulbs. 

Special light that mimics nature. Invest in ways to bring a bit of daylight into your life if you’re stuck in an under lit home office. While there is nothing that can replace the vitamin D king himself, keeping a sunlamp nearby can positively affect your body’s sleep cycle and provide a mood boost. If you’re feeling gloomy, purchasing a sunlamp can be an easily accessible solution. 

4. Prioritize Sleep

it’s no secret that maintaining a consistent sleep schedule has a plethora of health benefits. When we’re stuck at home, it’s easy to stay up too late or sleep in and get out of sync. Keeping up with restful slumber (yes, event on the weekends) keeps your body’s internal clock in check and can actually help you fall asleep and wake up more easily. Not to mention, getting quality Z’s can dramatically improve your mood. At the University of Pennsylvania, researchers found that subjects limiting their sleep schedule to 4.5 hours per night for one week reported feeling stressed, angry, sad and mentally exhausted. When increasing their sleep intake, their mental state received a huge boost. 

5. Keep a regular routine

A consistent routine lets your body when it is time to wind down or prepare for activity. After a long day at work, whether you’re an essential service or you’re at home, set some time aside to treat your body and mind to a relaxing act of kindness. In your routine, especially if you’re at home looking at screens – make sure you make time to distance yourself from your work environment or put the devices away for a set time. 

6. Lose yourself in a new hobby

Research has shown that people with hobbies are less likely to suffer from low moods and depression. Being cooped up indoors during lockdowns and stay at home orders is the best time to try something new. It could even lead for heartwarming bonding moments among family members with a new shared interest. 

Some ideas for new hobbies

  • Baking
  • Virtual lessons
  • Knitting
  • Learning a new language
  • Calligraphy
  • Embroidery 
  • Soapmaking
  • Art
  • Hiking
  • Board Games
  • Lego Kits
  • Puzzles

Do you have any tips for surviving another Lockdown? Let us know below!

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Selling Your Home This Fall Doesn’t Have To Be SCARY!

Halloween is just around the corner! However, that doesn’t mean you have to ‘SCARED’ to sell your home this Fall. In fact, now is a great time to list your home for sale. We’ve compiled 4 ‘Tricks’ that will help you enjoy all the ‘Treats’ of a Fall Sale!

THE MARKET IS STILL HOT!
Sale prices are up across our community and properties aren’t staying on the market long. It’s the perfect time to cash in on your investment. What would you do with the extra money?

MOTIVATED BUYERS
We have motivated buyers that want to be in their new home for Winter. These buyers are in decision making mode! Many Buyers have been missing out in competition across our communities recently.

LESS COMPETITION
It’s not always the best decision to list your home during the most popular selling seasons. Right now, there are fewer new properties on the market meaning you’ll have less competition – which can pay off big time!

CURB APPEAL
Take advantage of the season by dressing up your home with warm, fall coloured plants, decorative door wreaths and seasonal items like Pumpkins.

Happy Halloween from everyone at For Sale On Georgian Bay!

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4 Ways To Keep Your Home Healthy This Flu Season

We’ve all noticed the days are getting shorter and the temperatures are dropping – October marks the beginning of the cold and flu season for many of our local communities. Add a pandemic, and seasonal allergies to the mix, and you can see why it’s so important to protect the air inside of your living space. Below are some helpful tips for keeping your home — and yourself — healthy until spring. 

1. Filters matter.

Air filters come in all shapes, sizes, and most importantly, strengths. No matter which rating system your filters follow (MERV, MPR, FPR, HEPA, etc.), a higher number means better performance. While low-strength filters may be cheaper, they’re usually only successful at trapping large air particles like loose hair and dust bunnies. The highest-rated filters can trap everything from mold spores to virus-carrying aerosols. If stronger air filters fit your budget, they could be a worthy investment this year.

2. There’s a reason air purifiers are so popular.

Move over, pressure cookers. The hottest home appliance this year is the air purifier. These handy devices are capable of removing allergens, bacteria, viruses, odors, and even toxins directly from your air. There are numerous manufacturers on the market right now, so it shouldn’t be too hard to find one that fits your decor and budget. The real challenge at the moment is finding one in stock. And, if you can’t, there are tutorials online that show you how to make your own with a box fan and a furnace filter.

3. Go with the airflow.

One of the easiest ways to freshen up the air in your living space is to keep it circulating by running fans or opening windows. This is especially true when preparing a big home-cooked meal. Fumes from kitchen activities like baking and sauteeing can spread harmful toxins throughout your house. Blow them out by turning on your exhaust fan and opening a nearby window. For additional airflow, place a box fan facing outward in your window to send the particles outdoors.

4. Another reason to love houseplants.

In addition to giving any room in your house a natural feel, house plants have also been shown to boost the indoor microbiome of your living space. And while this may not remove virus particles and most allergens, it can help reduce the number of potentially harmful bacteria in your home. On top of that, maintaining houseplants has been shown to improve the mental health of plant owners.

What’s your favourite way to protect your indoor airspace? Let us know below, share your tips, or ask us any other real estate questions that may be on your mind. Stay safe, and breathe easy.

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3 Tips For The Ultimate Virtual Meeting

2020 will go down as the year virtual meetings take center stage. As concerns over COVID-19 continue, we are all reevaluating how to conduct business in a virtual world.

Executed well, virtual meetings can enable us all to collaborate, solve problems, and get work done as a normal. Inefficient meetings, however, become a waste of time and nobody wants that!

If you’re looking to sell your home during this time of social distancing, with the need to discuss many topics with local service providers, then you’re going to become a pro at virtual meetings! Here’s 3 tips we’ve compiled to set you on your way.

  1. Have A Plan
    Just like any regular meeting, you’re going to need to approach the meeting with a plan. Make sure you’re prepared to be on time, have relevant documents on hand, something to take notes and a list of questions to ask your agent.
  2. Test Your Environment
    When it comes to virtual meetings, there can be many hurdles, especially if you’re not used to conducting yourself in this manner. Make sure that you check your device is ready to host a meeting – is it charged or plugged in to a power source? Do you have a stable internet connection? Do you have the right software on your device or need an access code? Finally, remember to test the physical environment for your meeting. You need to have a well lit area, but don’t put direct sunlight behind you. You’ll also want to make sure that there isn’t obtrusive ambient noise.
  3. Meet Face to Face
    Ensure that every member at the virtual meeting can see one another. 55% of communication is body language, while another 38% is tone of voice, according to research. Meeting face-to-face on video is much more personal than meeting with a disembodied voice on the phone, and it helps build more of a rapport with your agent too. It also allows participants to pick up on body language and cues, such as when someone has finished speaking or if they are just taking a pause.
3 Easy Steps to Success

These are 3 easy steps to set you on your way to having a great virtual meeting. We can’t wait to see you…. virtually, soon! Get in touch to arrange your virtual meeting with Eric, Adam or Kelly.

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