You have decided that the time is right to put your current home on the market. You may be downsizing because the children have gone off to University or perhaps you have found that dream home you have always wanted. People move for a variety of reasons. There are a few question you have to ask yourself.
Let's start with the most important question. "Who do I want to represent me in this Real Estate transaction." Chose wisely. Selling or purchasing a home is one of the biggest transactions of a person's life. You need a top notch Real Estate Company and a knowlegable Agent who knows the area. I, Wayne Liddy have been in the Industry for over 30 years serving the people of Chatham-Kent and surrounding area. I was born and raised in Chatham-Kent. Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage is the firm I represent. It is the leader in Chatham-Kent MLS Market Share consistently.
Once that is decided, now you have to examine your home and make it appealing to the buyer. I have a Stager on my team who can help but there are a few cosmetic updates you can do yourself before the sign goes up, to increase your home`s value.
1)Kitchen Cupboards are a great place to put your renovation dollars to work to receive themost return. Buyers today want updated kitchens with newer countertops, stainless appliances and the newest flooring. Backsplashes are also a eye catcher.
If your cupboards are the old wooden style with outdated hardware, invest in some paint and tackle them on a weekend. You can give your kitchen a huge facelift with just paint and new hardware. Tip: You can paint the upper cabinets white or a light shade and the lower ones a dark tone for a new look.
2)Painting: If one or two rooms are rough, you can accomplish a new look in just a weekend. The new white today for walls is lime-white and good accents are the blues, grays or purples for a real updated look. If the walls and woodwork look acceptable, just take a Q-tip and the paint can and go around and touch up corners and chipped woodwork. This little touch goes a long way.
3)If your living room or great room looks a little small or the paint edge at the ceiling is not perfect, a crown molding will hide any imperfections and amazingly give the room a larger appearance.
4)Spruce up your Curb Appeal and your Backyard Appearance. The nurseries have some great plants and bushes on sale in the Fall. Replace those tired looking overgrown shrubs, put down a few bags of new mulch and add some colorful mum pots for an invitingfront entrance. Trim the lawn in the backyard, paint the shed if necessary and get rid of all unnecessary clutter. If you have children, put the toys in the shed and create a haven in your backyard to sit and enjoy the last rays of sun shine after work. Potted mums around the deck or patio are an inexpensive way to create the look you want.
5)Bathrooms are often the clincher for prospective buyers. Your main bath might need attention. Re-tiling, new flooring, new vanity, new updated light fixtures and painting are often the areas that need a face-lift. If you are not handy, hire some one. The dollars you spend will bring you a very good return. Tip: Go to Habitat for Life to look for a vanity or a lumber store that is clearing a floor model. You can save big dollars.
If you have a small powder room, give it a new coat of paint and add a few bright colored accents. Replace the light fixture and the vanity if needed. Again, look for a sell-off.
6)Accents. My wife is a decorator and I have seen her transform a room with accents.They do not need to be expensive, just the right color. Add a little greenery. A large tree in the corner, not only fills a space but gives a comfortable feel. Invest in a few new colorful pillows and a new throw for the sofa. It is Fall so bring in some of the outdoor colors and create a cozy comfortable look.
If you are unsure of what to do first, call me today. Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage. My Team Stager can help you sort out your to-do list. Put us to work for you!
Ursuline College Production of Broadway Musical 'In The Heights" April 10-13 at 7P.M.
Be sure to attend one of this week's performances at the Ursuline College Theatre. Shows start at 7 P.M. April 10-13. Jim Dunlop, a teacher at the college and one of the directors said the students have worked especially hard on this production which can be challenging but they have loved doing it. The play, 'In the Heights' opened on Broadway in 2008 and was nominated for 13 Tony Awards and won four, including the Best Musical, Best Original Score and Best Choreography awards. There was a UCC class trip back in 2008 to attend the show.The story is centered around a largely Hispanic Neighborhood called Washington heights in New York City
The show features 28 actors, approximately 20 orchestra members and a crew of 26 behind thescenes hard working participants who handle the makeup. costumes, lighting and sound. A lot of hard work goes into each performance but according to the director, the students have loved doing it.
Make sure you support all their hard work and enjoy a spectacular evening out right here in our own city. Tickets are $20.00 and can be purchased at the UCC Box Office or by calling 519-351-2987
Most of us are aware that April is Personal Income Tax Return month. By now you probably have all your T4 `s and are ready to finalize your return. if you have no financial experience and have never done your own taxes you may want to consider hiring a professional. In many cases, they are aware of deductions that may lower your taxes due or result in a return. This will often save you money in the end even though you will have to pay to have the return done. If you do hire a professional, you can save yourself some money by getting everything itemized for him or her.
If you have done your taxes in the past and feel confident in doing your own return, you may want to google two areas on the Internet. One is `Free Tax Resources`which can be very helpful and `Free copies of income tax returns"
Good luck with the paperwork and enjoy the Spring Weather. I think it is finally arrived.
If you are considering a home purchase at this time, the spring market has arrived. Call me today, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent.
You love your home and your neighborhood. However, you are not adverse to adding a few new touches, here and there to give it some pizzazz. Spring is just around the corner and it is a good time to add a new look.
Let's cover a few key areas.
Front Entrances: This is the first impression visitors have or your home. Make it welcoming and convenient.
1) Mirror You can either hang a mirror over a table or if possible mirror a wall. This is a great optical illusion for small entrances. and it will give a feeling of spaciousness.
2)Table Place to drop your keys or visitors purse, phone or gloves while guests are removing their coats and shoes.
3) Bench or chair Someplace to sit while removing boots or shoes.
4) New entrance flooring to present the Wow factor.
5) Wallpaper is making a comeback. Check out some of the new patterns and create a whole new look.
Family Room: With open concept great rooms being so popular today, this is the room where the family gathers and spends most of their time. Separate living rooms although still found in some homes are not the place where families watch television and congregate. If this is the case in your home spend the bulk of your budget on a comfortable sofa with love seat/chairs or a sectional. Be sure to pick a fabric that is good for everyday use. If it is possible, you may want to take a wall out between the living room and family room and create a large great room.
Fireplace: This adds warmth to a family room and a great focal point. Televisions can be mounted above which solves the dated problem of where to place the TV. If a gas fireplace is not feasable try an electric fireplace. The cost is much less and you can achieve a similar result.
Glass Tables: Accent tables or a glass dining room table or desk will give the illusion of space.
Clutter Removal: If you have numerous books, or other items sitting around, consider a wall cabinet to show your accessories in a more organized way.
Area Rug: Search for a color scheme or pattern that pulls the room together.The rug does not necessarily have to be expensive. It is the overall look that is important.
Color: Monochromatic can be very attractive but not for everyone. If you like color, use it. Add splashes of your favorite tones to that monochromatic room and it will be transformed. This can be accomplished through accessories such as pillows, throws, wall and table art. The beauty of this inexpensive makeover is that when you tire of the look, you can remove the color and enjoy the serenity of that monochromatic room again.
Bedrooms: Chose colors that flow. If the hallway is a cool color( blue base) keep the bedrooms which you can see from the hall in the same palette. It does not have to be the same color or even similar but if it is also cool, the space will appear larger.
Chair/Table Desk: If space allows, a reading corner is a welcome addition especially to the master bedroom. In a child's room, a desk and chair are often needed for homework. If you are on a budget, watch the garage sales or the kijiji ads. You can slip cover a chair inexpensively or use a wooden chair like a rocker and put a throw and/or cushion on it to match your bedspread. Place a small table for reading beside and the room has a perfect place to read or spend some quiet time. For the child's room search for a compact desk and chair and some wall units if possible.
In all of the above remember greenery! It will add warmth to a room, fill empty corners and be your most inexpensive way to complete the look of your home. Have fun!
New Catholic Elementary School Under Construction on McNaughton Ave. in Chatham
Construction is underway for the new Chatham north side Catholic Elementary school on McNaughton Ave. The new school will bring students together who are now attending Our Lady of Fatima, St Agnes and St. Vincent Schools. The two-story school will be 68,000 Sq Feet and accommodate 568 students. Plans revealed the school will have a double gym, an atrium and a childcare space.
The St. Clair Catholic School Board received $26.7 million from the Ontario Ministry of Education to build 2 new schools in Chatham, one on the north side and one on the south to replace 6 existing schools.This new direction for the Catholic Elementary Schools is the Board's slution to declining enrollment and aging facilities.
Renovations are also being done at Our Lady of Fatima site, as this school will now operate the French Immersion Program formerly at Monsignor Uyen School on Lark St.
It is still early in the construction phase to determine if the new north side school will be open for student returning for classes in September 2019. A committee has been established by the school board consisting of representatives from the 3 closing schools as well as from the parishes. The committee will decide on a school name, colors and facilitate in bringing the 3 communities together.
The site for the south side school has not yet been determined and the board is continuing its search for the proper location. The South side school will replace St. Joseph's, St. Ursula and George P. Vanier.
Chatham-Kent is the ideal location to live, work and raise a family. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate need and visit my website for Chatham-Kent Events, Happenings and Choice Properties in this desirable area.
I am always writing that Chatham-Kent is the perfect location to live, work, retire or vacation. This of course, from my viewpoint because I am a Real Estate agent, is the Affordable Lifestyle we have in Chatham-Kent. If you live here you are probably saying what affordability? However if you are coming from other areas, you will agree with me. Someone for instance, from the Greater Toronto area or for that matter any large area like Vancouver can sell their family home there, buy a nice retirement home in Chatham-Kent and still have funds left for their retirement. Prices are crazy and rising in the major centres but Chatham-Kent has remained fairly stable
Chatham-Kent is located in the middle of the Great Lakes and affords us many ammenities such as fishing, hunting, boating, bird watching , wind surfing as well as great beaches and area resorts.We have9 Golf Courses in Chatham-Kent and although this year was snowy and frigid, we are called the Banana Belt of Ontario since our temperatures are usually mild, offering a longer season to enjoy golfing. Read my articles on these great pastimes right here in our own community of Chatham-Kent.
I reported in the past that the Chatham-Kent's Senior Advisory Committee were holding several Focus meetings across the municipality to find out what can be improved to better accommodate those residents who are 65 years or older. They are always open to suggestions about age-related issues in Chatham-Kent. The senior segment is growing and if the trend continues Chatham-Kent's citizens, 65 or older will make up 25% of our population. The Committee is working behind the scenes to make Chatham-Kent an even more inviting destination.
Chatham-Kent has a great variety of activities that are directed to the seniors.
The Active Life Centreon Merritt Ave. in Chatham now includes a new 3000 square foot addition. At the latest count, membership had now grown to 1200 people plus, all of them seniors, 50 years or older. However they are not the stereotype older parents or grandparents, this group want to remain active and busy. The Active Life Centre has something for everyone.. Membership is nominal, $50.00 for a the year and a flat $2.50 per day when members visit the Centre. There are so many activities available,classes, day trips even a wood working shop. All the programs have free entrance once you have a membership.
if you have never visitedthe Centre, do yourself a favor and put that on your calendar. My wife has run a few programs at the Centre in past years and she can attest to the friendly atmosphere that greets new and old visitors. It is a great way to meet new people and enjoy those Golden Years. It sure beats TV and you will definitely feel better.My wife praises the Chair Yoga and the Gentle Yoga sessions.
Visit my website for Events, Happenings and Choice Properties for sale in this great community of Chatham-Kent. I am always blogging on what is taking place in the community.The Capitol Theatre, the Mary Webb Centre in Ridgetown, the Kiwanis Festival and the Cultural Centre in Chatham have hosted many great shows and there are many more to come. Visit the Cultural Centre at 75 William St. South in Chatham and pick up a schedule of events. The St. Clair College Capitol Theatre in Historic Downtown Chatham also has a program of upcoming events. "IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR" is My Motto for Chatham-Kent. Don't miss out!
Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate Needs.
As many of us know, the Retrofest Classic Car Event usually takes place the 3rd weekend of May each year in downtown Chatham. It is a weekend our family always looks forward to and it never disappoints. This year since it is the 40th Anniversary of RM Auto Restorations, who have been the driving force in Chatham-Kent'sdesignation as 'The Classic Car Capitol of Canada'. Plans for the spectacular Weekend were announced during a media conference at the Company's Blenheim headquarters. Many of us remember their 25th Anniversary with the Tour D'Elegance in Tecumseh Park featuring many rare automobiles complete with drivers and passengers in period dress.
RM Founder Rob Myers says he remembers the event well and hopes to make this celebration even bigger.He encouraged everyone involved to spread the word to out of town car enthusiasts. Myers has always been a great supporter of Chatham-Kent and is planning to raise money for local charities including the Chatham Hospice and Children's Treatment Centre.
More details will be announced as the time get closer but the Kick off will be Friday June 21st.The Annual Retrofest Parade will take place as usual, coupled with a special RM 40th Anniversary Parade. This will be followed by a performance by Sam Roberts Band. Tickets will soon be available and proceed will go to local charities. Saturday June 22 the Classic Cars will line King St. as in former years with special awards and celebrity judges including Wayne Carini of the Chasing Classic Car television series. A once in-in-a-lifetime collector car display will take place behind the Civic Centre presented by RM Sotheby's and featuring some of the rarest cars in the world with ticket proceeds to benefit the Children's Treatment Centre. An evening of entertainment will follow at the Capitol Theatre in Downtown Chatham Proceeds again going to benefit local Charities.
Wow! What a fantastic weekend and one you do not want to miss. Get the word out. Invite friends, relatives and all the car lovers you know or have heard about. They will certainly thank you. Myers hopes to have a few thousand cars and if anyone can make it happen he can. See you there. Watch for further details on this site and in our local media as well as the radio.
New Housing Project will Support St. Clair College's Growth and Development
Everlast Group has committed to a $9 Million Investment into Chatham-Kent to develop student Housing at the former YMCA building on King St. The complex called La Residence will, on completion, house 200 International Students. Construction began in November and the first stage is scheduled to be completed by the end of March, consisting of one unit containing 4 bedrooms, two baths, a full kitchen, a living room and dining room. Phase 2 will be completed by June with the final stage slated to be finished by the end of 2019.
Some of us are familiar with the Everlast Group who are the developers of the Downtown Boardwalk On The Thames Condo complex on King St. which began in 2012. There have been several delays in the construction but Victor Boutin, Owner of Everlast recently announced that the project will be completed in July with occupancy in August. Despite the lengthy delays in this development, Boutin still believes in Chatham-Kent and the benefits his complex with bring to Downtown Chatham with the influx of 90 Families.
Chatham-Kent is the ideal location with a wide variety of amentites. We are located in the middle of the Great Lakes and offer an Affordable Lifestyle Location with lots to see and do. It is the perfect place to live, work, raise a family, or purchase a resort location for those great vacations. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Events, Happenings and Choice listings in Chatham-kent and surrounding areas
Chatham-Kent has once again shown it is a compassionate caring community. You only have to read the papers to understand how many charitable causes the residents of Chatham-Kent support, from the Goodfellow's successful Drive at Christmas to the many Organizations who give freely of their time and money to help those less fortunate than themselves through the year.
The Shelter opened its doors November 20/2017 and men of all ages and in differing situations have stayed at the facility. Some only need one night while others stay longer. Director Joe Simpson, says the men not only get shelter but also receiveemotional and spiritual support. There have been nights, according to Simpson when they have had to turn some away since the shelter only has 10 beds available at this time but plans are already underway to increase the capacity to 40. Police Chief Gary Conn credited Hope Haven Volunteers for helping a vulnerable marginalized sector of society. Way to go Chatham-Kent, the organization and the volunteers who are making this outreach in our community a success. They are helping to make a difference in many men's lives.
Chatham Hope Haven is located in the basement of the New Beginnings Ministries on Wellington St.West.
Monday, February 18 from 11-2 P.M. at the Spirit and Life Centre on Wellington St. West, throngs of people turned out, either to help or enjoy the 22 different varieties of delicious soups donated by area restaurants. There was entertainment and lots of fun for the children with balloons, face painting and crafts. Believe me, everybody was having fun. It was a free will offering and first reports are that over 600 people attrended and over $8000.00 was raised. It is the first fundraiser of its kind to benefit the Shelter and not the last according to CK Realtor president Steve Carroll. A meeting is already scheduled to plan next years bigger and better event.
Sponsored by the Chatham-Kent Association of Realtors and assisted by area K of C and Catholic Women's Groups, the events was a full house. I was there helping for a while and there was no shortage of willing hands. Congratulations to all those who made the event possible and thank you for your hard work. Chatham-Kent is the ideal location to live, work and raise a family. It has once again shown its big heart for those less fortunate than ourselves and need a helping hand.
Chatham-Kent Events Celebrating Black History Month
February is Black History month and it is only fitting, since Chatham-Kent is steeped in Black history, that there are several local events to celebrate.
First, it is important to note that Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site in Dresden received the Harriet Tubman Award, Commitment to a purpose by the Ontario Black History Society. The award recognizes dedication to Black History preservation, programming and historical site stewardship. The society elevates the stories of African Canadians and how their lives help us to understand and appreciate their race, identity and their fight for freedom and how precious our individual freedom and that of our country is. to all of us. A plaque was presented to Beth Hanna, CEO of the Ontario Heritage Trust which owns and operates Uncle Tom's Cabin Site. The site commemorates Reverend Josiah Hensen, his tireless efforts as a abolitionist and his many contributions to The Underground Railroad and the lives of the many slaves who fled to this area fighting for their freedom.The site is an excellent source of history and one that would be a great stop to add to your adventures.
In addition to Rev. Hensen's original home,there is an Interpretive Centre, a visitors Centre and Museum with 19th century books and artifacts related to abolition and Hensen's Life. There are also educational films to view.The Underground Railway Freedom gallery features the geographic journey and history of enslaved people in the United States, from their path from Africa through slavery in the United States, and on to freedom in British North America. The gallery also exhibits the life and times of Josiah Hensen. The outbuilding include a sawmill, a smokehouse and even an 1850 pioneer church complete with Rev. Hensen's original pulpit.
The surrounding area was originally part of the 300 acres Dawn settlement where many fugitive slaves found freedom and free blacks settled. It was the largest of its kind in the 1800's. The freed slaves and their brothers made and changed history, helping to build our city and towns. Without their contributions Chatham-Kent would not be the community it is today.
Chatham-Kent Tourism hosted travel writer Heather Greenwood Davis in the fall of 2018. She wrote an article as well as an on-line tribute to Uncle Tom's Cabin which was recently released.
Uncle Tom's Cabin, Buxton National Historic Site and Museum and the Chatham-Kent Black Historical Society & Black Mecca Museum are also featured in the January/February edition of Canadian Geographic.
Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site is holding a workshop on February 15 to encourage the teaching of Black History. The workshop reaches out to educators and parents to encourage them to incorporate the history of African Enslavement into Canada in their grade 3 to grade 10 History curriculum. The site is also hosting "A Chatham-Kent Tapestry: A Visual History to 1950 by Jim and Lisa Gilbert" February 18.
The Thames Art Gallery is featuring a new exhibit through March 10 by Allyson Mitchell and Madelyn Beckles which focuses on Black Feminism. The Gallery will screen a National Film Board movie called, Sisters in the Struggle at the Kiwanis Theatre on February 15. On Family Day Feb 18 the Gallery will host a poster-making workshop from 11 A.M. to 4 P.M. in Studio One. The participants will take creative action by visual interpretation of an issue they feel is important to them.
Bring the family to some of these great events and celebrate Black History month and Chatham-Kent`s past.
Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location with many amenities to enjoy. It is the perfect place to live, work, raise a family, retire or visit. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs. My Motto for Chatham-Kent is " IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR! "
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