I’m sure you love your home… after all, if you didn’t, would you have really made such a massive purchase in the first place? The question is: Are you still IN LOVE with your home? Lets face it… Things change and so do people! As time goes by you may find that your once perfect 2-bedroom bungalow is no longer meeting the needs of your changing lifestyle. Here lies a common dilemma for many ‘growing’ homeowners in today’s marketplace: Do we renovate our existing home, or buy a new or recently updated property instead? Indeed, no easy conundrum…. Here are some things to consider: Location- This is a huge determining factor when it comes to value and ultimately determining a
Fall seems to be a popular time of year to tackle kitchen improvements. I’m not sure if it’s the thought of all that upcoming holiday cooking, or the thought of doing increased amounts of entertaining in the home in general, but either way, it seems as though many people out there get a little antsy in the fall about the state of their kitchen and end up looking for ways to make it more functional, organized and well, for lack of a better word, nice-looking. Whether you plan on doing a complete re-model and spending thousands, or you just want to spruce things up on the cheap-n-cheerful, there are plenty of things to consider when redesigning one of the most-used
In my last blog I touched on some great tips for getting your property ready for the fall weather, yet while somewhat wet, the temperatures in the GTA are still sitting at comfortable highs during the day. That being said, it may not feel that much like ‘Autumn’ to you yet, but rest assured, the bitter chill of the season will soon be here. For that reason, I thought I’d take the chance to remind you of some other fall ‘homework’ you should be finding time to get done in the upcoming weeks, because after all, Mother Nature is an unpredictable woman who likes to show up with a vengeance when we are ill prepared. So while the outside chores
It’s the first week of autumn and while the days have still been sunny and mild, the nights have been chilly, with many people having already turned on the furnace once or twice to ease the transition. Pretty soon we’ll experience the first frost (I know, Ouch!) and dare I say that 4 letter word? SNOW?!? While I personally hope that the fluffy white stuff is still at least a few weeks (if not months) away, the reality that summer is over is really setting in, and along with it a sense of responsibility to start getting our homes ready for the colder temperatures. Here are a few things a responsible homeowner will want to take care of within the next couple
When it comes to buying and selling real estate, the completion date on an agreement of purchase and sale refers to the date that both parties (buyer and seller) exchange funds, keys, possession and title on a home. This is commonly referred to as the ‘closing date’ by most people familiar with the typical real estate transaction. Sometimes this date isn't kept… What?? It didn't close? What does that mean? Why? What the heck happened? What about the keys? The buyer's money hasn't come through???? What do we do with all our stuff that is sitting in the moving truck outside the new house? What now? Well, it can cause a domino effect. If your buyers don't close, you can't.