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Winter Renovations?

Completing Renovations During the Winter Months? 

The slower winter months are the ideal time to complete renovations for some homeowners, the cold months mean there is less to do outside of the home and more people focus on fixes within. We have compiled a list to help you stay within your budget during your winter renovations. 

1. Figure Out Your Main Priorities

Take your time and slowly save up if you haven’t already, it is beneficial to pay in cash so that you can avoid incurring more debt. By making a checklist of what must be done rather than what you would like to be done, you will be able to make improvements without borrowing excess money. It will make you feel good without adding more debt and having an improved living space.


2. Take a Close Look at Your Utilities

Rather than simply swapping your name onto the property’s current utility bill, be sure to shop around for a better deal. If you are able to find another utility company that can provide the same service for less money, you will have more in the long run to spend on the changes that you want made. Other than utilities, you may also be able to get a better deal on your internet, cable/satellite, or insurance provider.


3. Be Accountable

Tracking your spending and making a budget to see where your money is going is highly advised. Quite commonly, people may be spending more money monthly on things such as takeout than they realize. Create a budget and plan ahead. You may consider making a spreadsheet and planning a year ahead. You will feel great when the year is done and you have held yourself accountable.


4. When Thinking About Purchasing New

Think about what is best for you when it comes to new appliances, furniture and other large ticket items. Search online marketplaces where there are always options to buy and sell. You may have inherited a stove that you can sell, to help you afford the new one that you have been looking forward to. Or you may even be able to find the one you have been dreaming of at a discounted price. You can also check with friends, family and neighbours to see if they are getting rid of any things that you may need. There is no shame in repurposing someone else’s kitchen cabinets or using someone’s leftover construction materials. You have the opportunity to save yourself some big bucks if you are open to doing some research.


5. Remember The Important Improvements

In addition to setting aside money for your upgrades, make sure to budget for when things go wrong. The average homeowner will experience needing a new roof, furnace or maybe upgrading from your gravel driveway. Some professionals suggest setting aside 2% of your home’s value for maintenance every year.


What winter renovations are you doing this year? Do you have any tips of your own?

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Buying In The Winter?

Debating on Buying in the Winter? Pros to buying now.. 

Although the spring and fall are the most common times to buy and sell your home, there are some advantages to looking for a home during the cold winter months. While there aren’t as many homes to choose from, there are significantly fewer buyers actively shopping and therefore less competition.  Everything slows down in the winter when it comes to real estate, but for some buyers this opens up a great opportunity. 

Less Competition

It is common for buyers to put their home search to a halt during the holiday season. This is typically due to certain buyers finding it less appealing to go out in the snowy cold weather or because people would like to take a break for holiday festivities. However, you can use this to your advantage by braving the elements. With less active buyers, you are less likely to get into a bidding war and there are less showings which motivates sellers. With the contrast between less competition and motivated sellers, you are more likely to get away with offering less and saving on the overall purchase price.

Moving and Renovation Expenses

Another benefit to buying in the winter is that when it’s closing day, you have a much broader selection of moving companies and contractors. For movers, they are often busy the first of the month helping people who are renting and their busy season is the spring and fall. With less people moving in the winter months, moving companies sometimes decrease their rates to remain competitive. It is the same with contractors, once the weather gets better in the spring they get booked up quickly.

Motivated Sellers

Some people may have had their home on the market for quite a few days at this point in the year or have just recently listed. We often find sellers with their homes on the market during the winter are very eager to sell. This means the possibility of the seller accepting an offer below what they’d typically accept is much more likely. 

We are always here to help when you need us, every step of the way. Any questions you have, always feel free to reach out to us here at For Sale On Georgian Bay!

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New Year, New Home? – Seller’s Edition

Are you planning to sell your home in the near future? Regardless of season or market conditions, remember that you only have one chance to make a good first impression. Make it memorable for all the right reasons. Before listing your home, commit to these five New Year’s Resolutions to help ensure the quickest sale for the highest price.

Repair And Replace

When planning to sell your home, assess its condition and make repairs before listing. Cracked drywall, stained carpets, burned-out light bulbs and other minor damage is easy to fix and won’t break the bank, but left unrepaired, could impact offers. TIP: It can be tough to evaluate your own home. Have your For Sale On Georgian Bay agent or a friend tour your home and offer constructive criticism.

Get Comparable’s

Three to six months before your home hits the market, ask your For Sale On Georgian Bay agent to start scanning comparable listings to get a ballpark price estimate. Keep in mind that a variety of factors may affect your home’s selling price, like lot size; landscaping and interior finishes; proximity to busy streets, public transit, schools and parks; or supply and demand in the marketplace. Your For Sale On Georgian Bay agent will assess your home just prior to listing, to ensure you set the right price to attract serious buyers.

Cut The Clutter

A cluttered home can suggest lack of space, which can impact offers. Depending on lifestyle and length of time spent in the home, this can be a big undertaking. Take it step by step, room by room, and you’ll get through it. Be honest about what you want, need and love, and what you can do without. The bonus? You won’t have to pack, move and clutter your new home with stuff you don’t want.

Stage To Sell

When it’s time to sell your home, stage it to show it in the best possible light. This includes packing up family photos and personal items (prospective buyers want to picture themselves in the home, not you!), putting the non-essential items into storage (or the donation bin!). Your For Sale On Georgian Bay agent may offer Digital Staging staging as part of their suite of services, or will be able to put you in touch with a professional stager to help get the job done.

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New Year, New Home?

The New Year always brings around feelings of change and new beginnings – are you thinking about making a move in 2023? If so, here are 4 tips to help you. These New Year’s resolutions all relate to finances because a Home is the biggest investment most of us will make in our lifetime. 

Check Your Credit Rating

This is one of the most important initial steps you can take because you can guarantee that your potential mortgage lender will be doing the same. A credit score is a number between 300 and 900 that rates your credit-worthiness. According to credit-rating company Equifax, a score of 690 or higher is considered “good”. Lenders will use this score in tandem with other factors, such as your debt-to-income ratio, to determine mortgage eligibility. 

Credit Clean-Up

Remember that phone bill you forgot to pay a couple of years ago? It can come back to haunt you. Even a one-day-late payment is still considered “late,” and can negatively affect your credit rating – and your potential to qualify for a favourable mortgage. If you’re not happy with your credit score, take some time to bring it up to par before you start the pre-qualification process.

Get Pre-Approved For A Mortgage

It’s no secret that there was a lot of media attention surrounding the rising interest rates of 2022. As we move into 2023 we hope to see some reductions over the course of the year. It’s imperative to get expert advice to understand the changes and how the mortgage horizon looks. A mortgage pre-approval is not an obligation to purchase in this time frame, nor are you committed to that particular lender. It’s just a written confirmation of the approved amount and the promised rate, so you can shop with confidence within a budget you know you can afford.

Start Shopping

Online is a good place to start your search, but nothing beats first-hand experience. With budget in mind, bundle up and hit the streets to explore different neighbourhoods and the amenities you’ll have access to. Do you rely on public transit? Is an active nightlife important to you? Daycares and schools? Parks and rec? Highway access? How close (or far!) do you want to be from family and your workplace? Think about your day-to-day needs, and anticipate how they might change over time.

Most importantly, work with a For Sale On Georgian Bay Agent who has experience in the area and the type of home you plan to purchase. They will make setting up viewings easy and be ready and on your side to negotiate the best price when it comes to finally making an offer.

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Selling Your Home During The Holidays – Everything You Need To Know

Have you been thinking about listing your property during the Holidays? Sometimes, your circumstances dictate when you have to sell – perhaps you’re relocating in the New Year for a new job. Or you found your dream home and need to sell the current home you live in.

While the thought of selling your home during the winter months may dampen your holiday spirit, the season does have its advantages: holiday buyers tend to be more serious and competition is less fierce with fewer homes being actively marketed.

So, if you’re in the position of having to sell, here are some tips you should consider:

Hire a For Sale On Georgian Bay Agent

Using For Sale On Georgian Bay means your agent will work hard for you and won’t disappear during Christmas or New Year’s. We love listing homes during the holidays – it allows us to do some great marketing work that’s unlike any other time of the year. Having a good agent will ease your stress and give you more time to enjoy the season.

Deck the Halls, but Don’t Go Overboard

Homes often look their best during the holidays, but sellers should be careful not to overdo it on the decor. Adornments that are too large or too many can crowd your home and distract buyers. Also, avoid offending buyers by opting for general fall and winter decorations rather than items with religious themes.

We’ll Seek Out Motivated Buyers

Anyone house hunting during the holidays must have a good reason for doing so. Our agents will be using strategies to target buyers on a deadline, including people relocating for jobs in your area, investors on tax deadlines, and first time buyers. 

Price it to Sell

No matter what time of year, a home that’s priced well for the market will make buyers feel merry. Rather than gradually making small price reductions, we recommend our clients selling at this time to draw attention of serious buyers. There is no need to price at under-market value, but rather than starting high and making small reductions, price strategically and watch your home sell quickly.

Make Curb Appeal a Top Priority

When selling your home during the holidays, maintaining the exterior of your home becomes even more important. Bare trees equal a more exposed home, so touch up the paint, clean the gutters and spruce up the yard. Keep buyers’ safety in mind as well by making sure stairs and walkways are free of snow, ice and leaves.

Give House Hunters a Place to Escape from the Cold

Make your home feel cozy and inviting during showings by cranking up the heat, playing soft classical music and offering homemade holiday treats. When you encourage buyers to spend more time in your home, you also give them more time to admire its best features. 

Relax — the New Year is Just Around the Corner

The holidays are stressful enough with gifts to buy, dinners to prepare and relatives to entertain. So, don’t stress too much about selling your home during the holidays. With your For Sale On Georgian Bay agent in place and the right marketing strategies, you’ll be in good hands to ensure a quick sale at the right price for you.

If you want to learn more about how we can help you sell your home stress-free during the holidays or winter months, don’t hesitate to reach out.

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Wait!… What Does That Mean?

Everyone loves to talk Real Estate! Whether it’s with your trusty For Sale On Georgian Bay Agent or your neighbour, co-worker or even a friend there’s a lot of terminology used. Many of these terms and phrases are often not common knowledge and might leave you wondering. We’ve collected some of the most used terms so that you will be well on your way to understanding what is going on when you purchase a new home. 

These are the best terms to know. 

Adjustable-rate mortgage – There are two main types of mortgages. An adjustable-rate mortgage has an interest rate and mortgage payment that vary according to market conditions. It is less predictable than a fixed-rate mortgage but can potentially have very low interest rates at times.

Fixed-rate mortgage – Fixed-rate mortgages are more predictable. They have an interest rate and mortgage payment that remain the same throughout the term, and does not fluctuate according to market conditions.

Mortgage pre-approval – A mortgage pre-approval is a process that involves you as the homebuyer and the bank as the lender. Homebuyers will fill out an application detailing various aspects of their finances, including income, assets, and credit history. The lender will then review it to determine the debt-to-income ratio and the amount they are willing to lend to the homebuyer. This is not the same as a mortgage approval.

Appraisal – An appraisal is a process of determining the value of a particular property, so that a lending institution can determine how much they are willing to loan. In Canada, an appraisal can only be done by a member of the Appraisal Institute of Canada or the Canadian National Association of Real Estate Appraisers. An appraisal is different than a market evaluation, which is what a real estate agent will give you as an idea of the property’s worth.

Offer/Counteroffer/Backup offer – Here’s where we get to the nitty-gritty. An offer to purchase sets out the terms with which you agree to buy the home and is a legally binding contract between the seller and the buyer. However, there are different kinds of offers.

A counteroffer occurs when the seller of the property does not accept the offer you extend and makes changes to it, such as the price or the date, making the original offer invalid. A counteroffer will have a time limit within which a buyer may accept or reject it.

A backup offer happens when a buyer is interested in purchasing a property that already has another offer in process with someone else. If the original offer falls through for any reason, the backup offer will be next in line to purchase the property. There can only be one backup offer on a property at any time.

Principal – The principal is the amount you borrow from a lending institution. It does not include the down payment that you would have contributed, and it does not include interest. Your mortgage payments will always be applied toward the interest first, so you need to consider that when budgeting for a mortgage payment. The interest is typically calculated on a daily basis, but you will pay it with your monthly mortgage payment.

Debt-to-income ratio – Also known as DTI, the debt-to-income ratio is a number that is determined by the buyer’s total debt, plus the monthly house payment, divided by the gross monthly income and multiplied by 100. The resulting number helps lenders determine the amount of risk they are taking with a particular buyer. Lenders typically look for less than 28 per cent of the total monthly income spent on housing, and less than 36 per cent contributed to debt payments.

Mortgage loan insurance – If your equity or down payment on the property is below 20 per cent, you will be required to purchase mortgage loan insurance. Offered by CMHC, Genworth and Canada Guaranty, mortgage insurance protects the lender against losses if you fail to pay your mortgage.

Equity – Equity is the difference between the market value of your property and what you still owe on it. If you sell a property at a profit, then equity is the amount you will receive after paying off the mortgage.

Closing Costs – Closing costs are those associated with the actual purchase of the home and not with the value of the house itself. They can include legal fees, realtor commissions, lawyer fees and land transfer fees. These are all due on the closing date once the purchase of the property is finalised.

Real estate lingo can be confusing sometimes, but if you look up some of the terms ahead of time, you will be well on your way to understanding what is going on when you purchase your home. Still have questions?… Let us know!

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4 First Time Home Buyer Facts To Help You Overcome Your Fears

If you’re on the market to purchase your first home, making the transition from renter to homeowner can be overwhelming and scary. Over the last couple of years it has been a challenging market for Buyers to enter into, pair that with media hype over rising interest rates and there might seem like there’s a lot to be fearful over. However, those who live the most fulfilling life base their decisions on facts, not fears. 

We’ve outlined four powerful facts to help aspiring homeowners move towards fulfilling their real estate dreams.

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Fear: “I can’t afford to buy a home right now”
Fact: Until you do the math, you don’t know you can or can’t afford. 

If you are currently paying rent, generally you can afford to buy. Additionally, depending on your credit score, you can end up affording more than you realize.

Note: The credit scores used for mortgage lending tend to take on a much larger picture of your overall credit score. Finally, although there may be a higher initial cost to buying a house, if you’re planning on staying in one place for a few years, the equity you build can end up being a financial boon.


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Fear: “I should wait until the real estate market gets better”
Fact: There is never a wrong time to buy the right home. 

Whether “right” means the right price or the right property for you, waiting for the perfect market timing seldom works to your advantage. The fact of the matter is, even the biggest economic downturns are, well, normal. Even when there were some events that threatened to dampen the economy, like the COVID-19 pandemic, the housing market still continued to thrive.

In the end, there are two ways to make money in real estate: timing and time. That is you happen upon the right moment to purchase your home before the price appreciates, or you hold it for a long enough time so that appreciation makes your purchase investment right. If you miss the first, you can most certainly count on the second.


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Fear: “I don’t have the money for a down payment”
Fact: There are a variety of down-payment options available to you. 

While many people believe that making a home purchase requires a substantial down payment, as much as 20%, this is seldom true. Options are always available to you that require much less than this number, as low as 5%; some even less.

House-hacking can also be a great way to make homeownership a more affordable option. House-hacking is when you purchase a piece of real estate and lease out one of the bedrooms or units. This rental income can then be applied toward your mortgage.

Or, you can participate in home rental programs like Vrbo or Airbnb. While it may not be ideal all of the time, you could always make your month’s mortgage payment by renting your place while you’re on vacation.


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Fear: “I can’t buy a home because my credit score isn’t good”
Fact: A less than perfect credit score won’t necessarily prevent you from buying a home. 

Although it’s valuable to have a good credit score, a poor one shouldn’t necessarily prevent you from talking to lenders to explore your options. You can expect that a

good mortgage specialist will be able to help you resolve your credit challenges, often simply by showing you how to move or consolidate your debts, or by referring you to a credit counselor who will put you on a plan.

If you’re facing the challenge of having no credit history because you are new to the workforce or have not made regular purchases on credit, there are still possible

solutions that you may want to explore. One is to secure financing with the help of a cosigner, such as a parent or close relative, who is willing to stand by your ability to make the payments. Another can be finding a lender who is willing to use alternative forms of history such as student loans, rent, and utilities.


What are some fears that you have about entering the market? Remember above all, the most important thing you can do is talking to a professional and receiving relevant, up to date information. Talk to your For Sale On Georgian Bay agent to start your path to home ownership!

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5 Shortcuts To Summertime Energy Savings

It’s been a long, hot and humid summer so far. Along with special summertime staples like trips to the pool, lazy afternoons and all the watermelon you can eat, the hottest time of the year can also leave you with cooling bills that could make you sweat. Thankfully, when the days start heating up, there are tried-and-true strategies you can implement to help keep your energy bills down while your AC unit works overtime to cool your home. Here are five ways to save a little energy and keep your bills from burning a hole in your wallet this summer.

Insulate Window And Door Cracks

Just like drafts in winter, heat will take advantage of any openings in window and door frames to steal its way into your home. A quick fix to keep the cool air in and the hot air out is adding weatherstripping tape to fill those pesky gaps. Gain extra protection from the elements by installing sweeps at the bottom of all doors and caulking around windows. Don’t forget to inspect attic and basement doors as well to see if any cool air might be escaping.

Fire Up The Fans

AC units and fans go together like peanut butter and chocolate — you can have one without the other, but they’re much better together. To make the most of the pairing, switch fans on so they can keep air circulating around the house, which lifts some of the burden off your AC unit. Plugged-in fans excel when directed low to the ground to head off hot air before it can rise. Now is the perfect time to make sure your ceiling fans are chugging along in the right direction — counter-clockwise for summer, which forces air downward.

Update Your Thermostats

As the temperature climbs, don’t forget to optimise your thermostats’ scheduling function for summer. The goal is to keep your AC unit from working so hard during the hottest part of the day, so try pre-cooling your home before the afternoon heats up. Keep comfortable while also giving your HVAC system a bit of a break between the peak hours of 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. If your thermostat doesn’t offer scheduling, make a habit of turning the dial each morning, or consider upgrading to a smart thermostat, which may increase your property value as an added bonus.

Get Creative With Shades

Natural light can be a blessing in the doldrums of winter but a liability in the summer heat. Minimise its effects on your cooling bill by installing shades to your windows and doors. From blinds and curtains to interior shutters (built-ins can boost your home’s value!), keeping your windows covered keeps the heat out. Also, when it comes to shade, don’t forget to think outside your home as well. Structures like pergolas, gazebos, patio covers and even sun sails not only block the sun’s rays in your yard, but can also reduce the heat that reaches your home’s interior as well, depending on placement. The same goes for Mother Nature’s original sun shades — trees!

Clean Air Conditioning Vents And Units

To keep your HVAC system running lean and mean, give the units and vents a little TLC with an annual deep clean. Hose off the outdoor elements of your system to get it free of debris, and give all interior vents a wipe down to remove any trapped lint or pet hair. Sticking to a regular schedule of switching out your filters (many HVAC manufacturers recommend monthly filter swaps) can help your AC run as efficiently as possible. And, just like your car needs regular tune-ups, your HVAC system can benefit from a little maintenance each year before the mercury starts to climb.

Do you have any other ideas on how to keep yourself cool whilst keeping your bills on ice too? Let us know below!

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Your Patio, Your Sanctuary – 9 Ways To Create The Outdoor Space Of Your Dreams

Longer days, warmer nights… Summer is here, and with it, the great outdoors beckons your name. If you are the proud owner of outdoor space, whether it be a small balcony or an expansive patio; summer is the perfect time to focus on making this space your own, and creating a homey environment that will bring you, your family, and your friends immense joy. Here is how to create the patio space of your dreams.

Packing a Punch – Balconies

If you don’t have much to work with in terms of physical space, don’t fret. When maximised, smaller spaces not only pull their weight, but have the ability to feel particularly homey. If you live above the ground floor of an apartment building, there is also an extra layer of privacy which can be enhanced through decor. Before diving into revamping your smaller balcony space, if you do live in an apartment community, check in with community management to become aware of any restrictions on outdoor space furniture or accessories that may be in place. Let’s get to work!


01. Lighting: For a smaller space, it is best to get creative and add lighting solutions that will not occupy a lot of area on the ground. Get your nails ready and hang up some moody string lights (or, opt for the renter-friendly version of adhesive hooks). You can also get creative with wrapping string lights against your balcony’s railing, or, for a sleeker look, employ the help of LED wall lights.

02. Seating: Your space may be compact, but that does not mean it has to be boring. For a balcony, your seating has the potential to transform your outdoor experience. Firstly, decide on how you envision spending your outdoor time: Will you be sipping your morning joe and reading the newspaper on the balcony, or is it an area for you to curl up with a good book or a loved one? For the first option, a foldable table and chairs set in a colour that speaks to you may be the way to go. If your plans include lounging, a loveseat, small hammock, or a floor cushion packed with comfy pillows and cosy blankets will do the trick.

03. Details: For the grand finale, give your space some personality and pizzazz with accessories that won’t clutter. Play around with textures and patterns in choosing the finishing touches for your seating, such as pillows and blankets, drape curtains over the railing or hang them a bit higher for an extra layer of privacy, and channel your inner plant parent with a few smaller succulents or hanging plants in order to save space. If the flooring of your balcony is unattractive, consider the renter-friendly interlocking deck tiles to beautify the space.

A Cosy Haven – Small Outdoor Patio

Not all patios are created equal, but all outdoor space has the potential to be an oasis as long as you create a space that fits your lifestyle and aesthetic desires. If you are the proud owner of a small outdoor patio, read on for ways to ensure that you are creating a place that will keep you and your family entertained for years to come.


04. Lighting: A patio space, however small, offers a few possibilities when it comes to lighting. String lights can make an outdoor patio feel welcoming and intimate, but if you are craving a different aesthetic, the extra space that a patio offers allows for intriguing portable and floor lamp designs, and enhancing the mood with candlelight. 

05. Seating: A smaller patio can get lost in bulky outdoor furniture, so focus on smaller-scale options with clean lines when populating your space, such as a chaise-style bench. Multifunctional furniture, such as a pouffe ottoman that can serve double-duty as a side table or seating, are a great way to ensure you are getting the most out of your patio. Include a cosy dining nook into your decoration efforts with the help of a bistro table. And, if you have space to spare, consider adding in a compact swing to the mix. 

06. Details: Complete the look of your small outdoor patio with the help of accessories. An outdoor rug and curtains will give the space extra oomph, while a hung mirror adds depth and makes the area seem more expansive. Planning on entertaining on your gorgeous new patio? A rattan bar cart brings the entire space together and adds an air of sophistication.

The World Is Your Oyster – Large Outdoor Patio

A large space provides endless opportunities for creating a relaxing and entertaining sanctuary. From large-scale furniture, an intricate grilling and dining area, and variety in the surface of the patio itself, here are the aspects to consider when putting together your dream large outdoor patio.


07. Lighting: Show off a larger space by lighting the path leading up to it. Brighten up your walkway by installing path lighting – whether it be low-voltage or solar LED options. Complete the look by adding standard-voltage, LED deck lighting, and lanterns that offer a soft look to your outdoor space. For an extra feeling of safety, add outdoor wall lighting to your patio. These can be mounted on any vertical surface.

08. Seating: Without major square footage constraints, the seating you choose for your patio is a matter of preference. But first, it is worth thinking through patio style and adjusting seating options accordingly. Fancy a gravel patio? A park-style bench might be a perfect addition for it. A concrete patio offers more longevity and is the perfect backdrop for chunky furniture with ample seating room. A pavement patio pairs beautifully with wooden furniture and picnic tables. And, a tile patio has a chic air that can be enhanced through mosaic pieces and sleek designs.

09. Details: Your patio is the ideal playground for water accents and fire pits. If you seek to create a tranquil space, a cascading water wall or a terra-cotta water fountain are the ideal backdrops for a relaxing afternoon or evening on the patio. If you choose to add a firepit to the space, consider turning it into the centrepiece of your design efforts. A minimally designed open-basin cast iron fire pit offers a clean look, whereas a traditional fire pit offers a hint of nostalgia reminiscent of summer camp days. Think about the feeling you would like your space to evoke, and work backward to find your perfect fire fixture.


Share with us the patio spaces that you have set up. Or let us know what you’ve got planned!

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Top Cleaning Tips To Get Your Home Sold!

It may feel like Summer outside right now but we still have a few more weeks of Spring time to enjoy. The Summer market is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to freshen up your space in preparation for getting your house listed on the market. 

With this in mind, we rounded up the hottest cleaning tips that will not only transform your space into a swoon worthy dwelling but also attract buyers looking to purchase their next home before the following school year begins.


Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind

First things first: declutter your home. No prospective buyer wants to step into a house filled with perceived junk. Go around the house to identify items that have been taking up precious space for months and years. Perhaps it’s your collection of novels you’ve been meaning to read. Or clothes you’ve held onto for special occasions or “just in case” situations that never quite materialised.

Once you figure out what needs to be donated or boxed up and stored in your garage, you’ll breathe easier knowing that you’ve created a perfect space for the next owner to manifest their dream home.


Keep Your Windows Sparkling Clean

There’s nothing like dirty windows, screens, and sills that signal “Don’t look inside” to prospects. Tackle this moderately intense project by starting with the inside of your home, as you’ll have more control over the outcome.

To clean the windows outside, hose them down and remove excess water by using a squeegee. As for cleaning solutions, there are plenty of eco-friendly products that will yield sparkling, streak-free results. More of a DIY person? Mix distilled white vinegar with water for the same results.


Get Your Floors Spick And Span

Chances are, you already sweep, dust, or vacuum your house every week to keep your floor looking and smelling fresh. Despite your best efforts, stubborn dirt, dust, and allergens get deeply embedded in your hardwood floor or carpet, leaving behind a less-than-pleasant appearance and odor. Whether you live in a large compound or a smaller, cosier house, it’s well worth the money to enlist the help of a professional floor cleaning service to ensure every square inch of your place looks and smells brand new. 

Want to maintain the freshness without added chemicals? Use an air purifier in lieu of air fresheners to eliminate funky smells.


Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

Beautifying your outdoor space is just as important as cleaning the interior of your home. Take a mini-tour of your yard and garden; does your lawn need a proper cut? Are there any pesky weeds sprouting throughout your otherwise pristine yard? Take care of the landscaping duties yourself or hire a professional to tidy things up while you bask in the sun and sip on a refreshing glass of Arnold Palmer. If neither of these applies, enjoy a weekend of embellishing your garden with fresh flowers and lush plants conducive to thriving in your city. Or try adding a fresh coat of paint to your front door for a quick, inexpensive way to make the right impression. (Pro tip: Stick to neutral colours as they appeal to most home buyers.)


De-Gutter And Mend Your Roof

After months of snow-ridden winter days firmly in the rearview mirror, chances are your gutter and roof took some weather-induced wear and tear. Remove the collection of dead leaves and debris from the gutter to prevent any unwanted critters and insects from inhabiting the space and potentially clogging it. While you’re at it, inspect your roof for any holes, leaks, and other damages incurred during the previous season.

Taking these steps will not only save you hundreds if not thousands of dollars in costly repairs, but whoever is lucky enough to snag your abode will have a sturdy yet comfortable roof over their head.


Do you have any cleaning tips that you would like to share with us? Let us know below.