2)Pick up winter debris on lawns and gardens and rake if necessary.
3)Trim shrubs, bushes and trees. Spring is a good time if you did not do it in the Fall. Check with nursery since there are a few varieties that are not recommended for Spring pruning.
4) Refresh mulch in gardens and around trees if applicable.
5) Roll the lawn
7) Aerate the lawn and give it a good start for the season.
8) Apply Spring Fertilizer. Check with Nursery or Lawn Maintenance Company to purchase the proper mix.
8) Wash windows inside and out. Don't forget the tracks which may be clogged with winter dirt and grime.
9) Power wash the decks and sidewalks. If wooden decks, use caution with power washer. If too powerful, you may damage the wood. Stain if desired.
9) Bring out the patio furniture and flower urns.
10) Place your order for your spring/summer plants. Popular varieties sell out and you want to be ready when the weather turns and you can plant.
11) Do not plant your flowers too early. May 24 weekend or after is a good barometer. We may have a few nice days but remember the night temperatures. If you plant too early, you may have to cover the young plants or bring your planters in to avoid frost damage.
11)Give the front door and the garage door a fresh coat of paint if it looks a little weathered.
As I have written before, I grew up spending my summers at Erieau and I am a real fan of the Community.When the end of the school year came, my family packed up and moved to our cottage in Erieau. We were on the Bay side for those familiar with the village but we spent many hours boating on Lake Erie. We especially liked to maneuver our motor boats through the often choppy waters of the channel leading from the Bay to the Lake. We were members of the Erieau Yacht Club and at the time, I was the youngest child to learn how to swim when I was 3. I have great memories of those years and the friends I grew up with. My best friend and I from the United States were very proud of the fact that we could tip our little sailboat and right her back up again so quickly that she never filled with water. Great Fun in simpler days!
I was one of the proud past residents of Erieau who read about the 100th Anniversary of that special little Resort Village held just last week. Unfortunately, I missed the announcement but 200 people including several dignitaries attended. The rich history of Erieau was presented by past Reeve Jerry Dalton. Former military personnel as well as the Erieau Fire Deaprtment were recognized for their Service.
Erieau was built on the Commercial Fishing and Coal Industry. There was a railway track that ran the length of `The Bar` between the Lake and the Bay side and carried Coal fromthe waterfront and delivered by rail to various destinations. The Railway has been removed but the Fishing Industry still thrives in the Village. Each year, approximately 4000 tons of fish, worth $6 million is brought from the Erieau Harbour. As you can imagine, the signature offering at the local restaurants especially Molly and OJ`s is Lake Erie Perch or Pickeral.
We often go for a nostalgic drive on the weekend especially during the summer months. (One, I might add, my children got tired of doing when they were growing up. My wife, thank heavens, indulges me and listens to my stories as if hearing them for the first time!) The village continues to grow. The Marina has expanded bringing Chatham-Kent boaters who now moor their vessels there, as well as many visitors who enjoy the great facilities. The campsites are also popular due to the many attractions in the Village during the summer.
One of the latest additions to the Village is Bayside Brewery which will be celebrating their fifthyear in operation on July 27th this summer. Started by two couple in 2012 and serving their beer locally, they have grown and expanded by marketing their product to the LCBO and grocery stores across Ontario.Their four most recognized beers are the Brewery`s Classic Long Pond Lager, the Honey Cream Ale, the Light Lager and the Bronzeback Amber Ale. There is a great patio overlooking the Bay and their signature dish for the restaurant is their wood fired pizza. Watch for their newer Wild Cherry Beer this summer which they brewed last year to great reviews. Each week in the summer months, they host Sunday session of great entertainment and contribute to local festivals and events that take place in our area.
Erieau is one of the great Affordable Waterfront Resorts located in Chatham-Kent.Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent for all your Real Estate needs. I have been serving the people of Chatham-Kent for over 30 years and know this area. Discover Chatham-Kent. You will love it!
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You may have heard rumbling that there is a shortage of homes in the market for sale and wondered why.To fully understand todays market requires some knowledge of the generation numbers and their effects on homes for sale, buyers and the renters market.
Generation X, born between the years of 1965-1984, numbers 83 million. According to some experts, they came into the housing market at the wrong time.In 2004, Generation Xhomeowners reached an all time historical high of 49.5%. Today 10+ years later those historical averages are 7.0-7.9% below average for that generation. What happened?Manyentered the marketpurchasing overvalued properties with high-risk loans that left them overextended and vulnerable.Some,as a resultwent
Generation X Makes Comeback into Real Estate Market 2017
According to a recently released study by the National Association of Realtors (NAR), Homeowners in the Gen X Generation are making a comeback into the Real EstateBuyer/Seller pool. In recent years, the time spent in their present home was 10 years, a cycle that was interrupted by the decline of house prices experienced in 2011. This decline has caused a definite decrease in inventory which hopefully will ease as this generation once again gains momentum in the Real Estate Market. A stronger job market and a rise in homeprices is stated as the reason for this activity. It has taken this long for Gen X to rebuild their equity in their present home. Always in the forefront, Gen X has taken a backseat
HOME OWNERSHIP IN Chatham-Kent Is Now The Time??? Do you own a home today and thinking about buying another to move up or maybe just for investment? Chatham-Kent is the affordable community with many ammenitites, attractions and events taking place making this the ideal location to live, raise a family retire to, relocate to,or purchase a vacation property. Are you trying to decide if now is the time to jump in and purchase your first home? Whatever the case, NOW IS THE TIME! All indicators point to a positive market.
There are 4 very good reasons to buy a home and some of them just make good sense but today more than ever with the economic climate this is the time to jump into the market. Let us examine them
You love Chatham-Kent with its Affordable Lifestyle and all the activities for young and old alike. You enjoy the many events and attractions in the Chatham-Kent area. The children are involved in sports or you are a senior taking advantage of the many activities available at the Seniors Activity Centre. Should you move to something smaller or perhaps bigger? Should you stay where you are and remodel? To make the the best remodel or move decision, it is important to understand all the reasons that you have to remodel and all the reasons that you have to move. This article reviews common reasons to move. As you read each of these reasons, consider how much it applies to you and note how strongly you feel about each one.Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage and let me make your move an easy and enjoyable experience. Visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happening and Choice properties for sale in this great area.
1. The size of your family has changed. Of the many reasons to move, the size of your current home is the most common. Many young couples have purchased a cozy two- or three-bedroom, 1,000-square foot home that suits their situation perfectly. The home has a master bedroom, a guest bedroom, and possibly a home office. A single living area with couches and an entertainment center provides the couple with ample space for the two of them and their visitors. As they start a family,
Are you a buyer or seller in today's Real Estate market? Are you confused? Who do you chose to represent you in what very well may be the largest purchase of your lifetime. You need a Professional. Someone who knows what he is doing and can make the transaction a pleasant experience. Don't get caught with mud on your face. There are plenty of do -it -yourself companies out there, covering everything from home renovation projects to selling your home. I was always taught to do what I knew best and leave the Professional to the rest. This is especially true in buying or selling a home. There are many details that Real Estate Professional know and
TheBaby Boomers 55 years and up, 76 Million of them,are one the largest segments of the population today and they areretiringor looking at retiring in the next 10-15 years. Both buyers and sellers in that age group have been waiting for the past few years for some postive signs that the time is right for them to make a move. There have been reports lately that indicate that the housing market is returning to a closer to normal market after the last few years.This could mean a more robust 55+ market, asbuyersget access to a source of cash ( their homes) that has been denied to all but the wealthiest buyer lately.
More people 55+ indicate they will continue to work. They maynot stay at their present place of employment, in many cases being forced toretirefrom their lifetime career but will look foralternate employment.This means they are looking for a specific type of community and neighborhood where their needs can be met.
WHY ARE THEY RELOCATING:
ManyBaby Boomersare finding themselvesEmpty Nesters.They have the large family home which was great when the children were growing up but today
Is staging your home a good idea when preparing to list or sell? It is a very necessary step to insure you receive the most return from your investment. For many people their home is the biggest investment of their lives. We are emotionally attached particularly if we have raiseda family there or enjoyed many happy occasions. First, you must become emotionally un-attached, prepare mentally to move on and trust your Real Estate Agent to do what he does best. He will find the right buyer at the best price for your home. Your job is to carefully select that agent and then follow a few basic steps. Prepare to show your home at it's best.
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Are you tired of the overall look of your home? Is it time for some updates. Traditionally, in the winter we all spend more time indoors and it is just human nature to want a change.You may be updating your home to put it on the Market. Spring and Fall are good times to do that. All indications point to a brisk market in the Chatham-Kent area. Or, maybe now is not the right time for you personally to sell but you wantto have a new look. There are several changes you can make without spending a lot of money and they will help you Successfully Market your home when the time is right. Remember Chatham-Kent has many exciting new Developments planned for the near future and people are watching our community. It has a very Affordable Lifestyle and is a a great place to live, retire, downsize or visit. Let's get started with some great ideas. Spring is the Season of color! We are coming out of the drab days of winter and watching for those first signs of green on the trees, shrubs and lawns. The Robins are chirping and we can even spot a bright little Bluejay bobbing around the yard.Summer is colorful and we spend a lot of our time outdoors. Fall arrives and after the bright days of summer
Many homebuyers particularly NEW home buyers fail to plan for yearly maintenace on their new home puchase. This is very important. Buyers work with their Real Estate Agent and their Mortgage Specialist, set their budget as far as monthly, weekly or bi-weekly mortgage payments but often have no idea what it costs to maintain their home in good condition.This is where a good agent will guide you to make an informed decision.He or she will advise you to have a Home Inspection by someone who works with their team. Call Me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc.Brokerage and put me to works for you with with a whole team of Trusted Professionals located in Chatham-Kent who can direct you in every decision and guide you to make an informed decision as to the viability of the purchase. A Home Inspection will provide objective information. With this report the buyer can negotiate better through his or her agent and not be facing unexpected repairs in the near future. Heating System, Roof and other large ticket items can be devastating if not expected. Home Components
The loan and mortgage process is a stressful and sometimes frustrating process. The idea is to make the entire process go as smoothly as possible. What is most important? Be prepared before you sit down with your loan officer. Here are some things you can do to help ensure successful results, as well as give you some control over your own loan process.
2. Basing your asking price on needs or emotion not market value. Many sellers base their pricing on what is termed as Subjective Value. To an appraiser, subjective value is based on emotions. For example, how much a seller paid for their home, how much they love their home, and overall pride of ownership is considered subjective value. Objective Value, is what ALL appraisers base the true value of a property.
Setting the asking price of a property should always