The leaves have turned and are falling along with the temperature. Although I am a summer fan, I really do enjoy this season. We, here in Chatham-Kent, are very fortunate to live in an area that has a bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables. I hope you enjoyed all the locally grown fresh fruit and vegetables like strawberries, cherries, peaches, that delicious corn on the cob and asparagus this summer, just to mention a few of my favorites.
Fall always brings back the smell of apple crisp, or apple pie baking in the oven for me. My mother baked a mean apple pie! I remember when our children were young, they often had field trips out to the local orchards to witness the processing of the apples and the making of apple cider.
Delhaven Orchards Ltd. located on Talbot Trail just west of Blenheim produce many of these great local crops on their 400 acres. They grow 16 varieties of apples, 12 varieties of peaches, 6 varieties of sweet cherries (my personal favorite), 3 varieties of pears, 4 varieties of apricots and nectarines as well as 6 varieties of strawberries, a trial crop of kiwi, soybeans, tomatoes, corn and wheat. Talk about a full scale operation.
If you have not taken a ride out there to sample their products and get a supply for yourself, you are missing a real treat. This great plus in our Municipality is just another reason that my Motto for Chatham-Kent is `IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR`Call me, Wayne Liddy at 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for Chatham-Kent events, happenings and choice properties for sale in this desirable area.
Today, there are so many TV show about renovating that homeowners get the bug totransform their own homes. If you like your neighborhood and your home has possibilities for expansion, it is a good option. The experts however,make it look easy and their pricesseem to be pretty good! The problem is that many of us do not have the expertise to handle a major renovating project. If you have to hire everything done, the project could get very expensive. Hire experts for specific areas that are not your expertise such as electrical issues and save the unskilled jobs such as demolition, for yourself. This can save money and make you feel a part of the outcome. Set your budgetand them go to work getting 2 or 3 prices for each project being done. Some homeowners get inspired, charge forward and do not do their homework. Check the basic structure of your home and its ability to handle the changes. Here are a few tips if you have decided to charge ahead!
1) Basement renovation can add additional living space for the family, a cozy theatre room and even added income if you have the space to add a rental suite. However before you begin, check that the basement is waterproof. Always inspect the interior foundation to ensure there are no moisture issues or mold problems before beginning. Examine the outside grading to make sure water runs away from the foundation.
Insulation is key. You want your new lower level space to feel comfortable. Make sure yousoundproof it. You want your new space to be quiet and private. Safety is also an important issue. Evaluate the exits in case of a fire. You may have to add a large window or another door. Educate your self on fire resistant materials and alarms and know your local fire codes.
2) Kitchens are often the last area to be upgraded. You can put in a whole new kitchen withcustom cabinets but there are ways to upgrade without breaking the bank. If the basic structure of your cabinets are satisfactory or due to the layout cannot be changed, then consider refacing them. There are several companies out there that will come in, paint the bases and add new wood doors. Ask around and get referrals. We are currently using Heritage Cabinets. They manufacture their own doors in their own factory and they turn out quality work! If refacing is not for you, you might just consider new hardware and an upgraded counter top. This alone will make a huge difference.
3) Consider creating an Open Concept look which is very popular today. Find out which walls are non-load-bearing walls and remove them to create large living spaces. This can give your home a spacious feel, improve flow, lighting and overall function.
4) Garages are being used today for much more than overflow storage or car parking. If insulated properly, your garage can become a rental unit, a home office, a guest suite forcompany or a gathering place for the family. Carpet, quality thermal insulation and a couple of windows can transform your space into added value for you home.
5) Re-evaluate the lighting in your home. If you have opened up spaces by removing walls, you may have to add French Doors or addition lighting to enhance that light open space feel. Color can be a real asset here. Light tones, especially greys are big this year and really do a great job.
6)The finishing touches are vital.Furniture and accessories will be the icing on thecake. Avoid pieces that overpower the space. Large pieces such as wall units can often shrink a room simply by its proportions. Develop an eye for chosing lower profile or smaller scale furniture. Investigate dual purpose pieces such as ottomons which double as storage units for throws, books or even knitting.
Have fun but watch the budget. You do not want your home to turn into a money pit. If you are in the market for a new home to transform into your own space, by using some of theses ideas, call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Inc. Chatham-Kent today, for all your Real Estate needs.
The Annual Boothill Country Jamboree August 2- August 6-2018 held in Bothwell has become one of the Biggest Country Music Festivals in South Western Ontario. In its 10th successful year, the Jamboree offers 5 days of camping, 3 days and 4 nights of Country Music featuring some of the Top Country Music Stars. The Highway Men Tribute Band, Washboard Union and Aaron Goodvin plus many more great artists will entertain for the weekend.There will be Red Neck Games, Karaoke, Beach Volleyball and even prizes for the Best Decorated Campsite and Wagon. Fun and Music!
This Summer Country Festival was the dream of one man and his family and has grown into an event that attracts visitors from all over the country. Another example of what we in Chatham-Kent have to offer right in our own backyard.
Visit their website for more details on this exciting weekend and make plans to attend the whole weekend or one day.
Art On the Boulevard is taking place Saturday August 4/2018 in the Quaint Lake Erie Village of Erieau with live artist demonstrations happening throughout the day. Over 100 artists are scheduled to show their works at the annual one day event taking place from 10 A.M.-4 P.M. Wander along the tree lined boulevard and enjoy some of our local talent's unique creations. Expect to find everything from paintings to pottery, jewelry, woodworking, stained glass and even a few pleasant surprises. Musicians will entertain the crowd during the event and food will be available for purchase. There will not be a Home Cottage Tour his year. You may want to sample the food booths fare or while you are in the village, visit the local Bayside Brewery overlooking Rondeau Bay with their great ales and delicious food or Molly and Oj's for some great local perch or pickeral, always a favorite!
For you History Buffs, as you know Chatham-Kent is one of the famous stops on the Underground Railway. Uncle Tom's Cabin Historic Site near Dresden commemorates the life of Rev. Josiah Henson (1796-1883).He became famous after Author Harriet Beecher Stowe's book, Uncle Tom's Cabin acknowledged his memoirs as a source for her book. Henson's dramatic experiences in slavery and his abolitionist work in Canada helped make him renowned throughout the world. Emancipation Day Celebrations are being held on Saturday August 4 from 10-4 P.M. Fun for the whole family with an animated Film on Harriett Tubman, Hands on Art for the children, "Flavour of Africa" cooking demos and tasting, a review of Jared Brock's latest book, Road to Dawn on Josiah Hensen, Music by The Motown Boys, and ending with the documentary film "Josiah" featuring the life and achievements of Hensen who risked so much for those caught in that terrible web of Slavery. Emmanciation Day commemorates that special day in history, August 1/1834, marking the end of Slavery in the British Empîre.Free admission.For more information call 519-683-2804
These highlighted events are just a few of the many activities that can make your holiday weekend memorable. We have museums, parks, beaches, water sports and great resort areas to picnic and just relax. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Community . The ideal Location to live, work, raise a family. retire to, relocate to, visit or purchase a vacation property. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal Le Page Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs and visit my website for events, happening and choice properties for sale in this ideal location. I have been serving the great people of Chatham-Kent in the industry since 1986.My Motto is : `IT`S ALL HERE ALLYEAR! `
Business Park Development Sparks Interest in Chatham-Kent
I read an article in the paper last week about the new construction at theBloomfield Park Development along the 401 just outside of Chatham. I thought I would recap since many are not aware of the progress of the Development and what it can mean to our Community! The site of the Bloomfield Business Park and its location has been a topic of question for some Chatham-Kent residents for some time. However, Stuart McFadden, acting Director of Economic Development, is happy to report that interest in the site from new Business' is exactly what the Municipality was counting on and it is happening!
This is in part to the new construction of the impressive 47,000 square foot facility which will be the new home for IATGlobal The project is scheduled to cost $6 million and according to reports will be a gorgeous building which should attract other Business' to Chatham-Kent. IATGlobal combines high-precision machining business with automated manufacturing solutions. The Regency Group, which owns the company has 39 local employees who will move to the new site this summer when the project is completed.
Attracting interest in Chatham-Kent's location and Business Diversity was the Goal of the municipality officials all along. With 23 acres to be finished and 73 acres still available, Chatham-Kent is showing the Business World that we are ready for new development along this convenient corrider of the 401 HWY. The visibility is important to many Companies as well as the access to transportation and the 401 Highway. Chatham-Kent has a large farming sector but is can also be a very viable Business Centre as well!
Chatham-Kent is moving forward and our belief in our Municipality and its future is vital to our future as a growing thriving community. We all have to do our part. Positivity is contagious and each of us can be an asset to this development. Chatham-Kent is the Affordable Lifestyle Location. Visit my website for the Latest Chatham-Kent Events and Choice Listings for sale in this great area. Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 RLP Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Inc.
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 pizazz.
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
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 servicable sofa with loveseat/chairs or a sectional. 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 achive 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 keep the bedrooms which you can see from the hall in the same pallette. 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 wamth to a room, fill empty corners and be your most inexpensive way to complete the look of your home. Have fun!
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!
Thinking of selling your home or considering a purchase? A modern stylish kitchen makes everybody's favorite place much more inviting. It is where family and friends often congregate for a meal, a cup of coffee, a friendly chat, a game of card or your favorite board game when friends visit. You may not want to, or are able to, change the architecture of your kitchen but there are plenty of remodeling ideas that will transform that tired space and add value and appeal to your home. If you are considering selling and want to increase your home's value or if that new home purchase just does not have the kitchen of your dreams consider one or more of the following ideas.
1) Open Floor Plan: Is your kitchen a little cramped for space? Open floor plans where the kitchen opens up to the dining room, living room or family room without walls obstructing the view are very trendy today. Hire a contractor to discuss the possibility of removing a wall or two if they are not supporting. It may be easier than you think.This is your first priority before selecting cabinets, counter tops, flooring or paint colors.
2) Cabinets: Kitchen cabinets are a major focal point for potential buyers, not to mention something we look at and use every day. There are three options depending on your budget.
A) Custom Kitchen Cabinets are a major expense and can vary from as low as $5000 to $50,000 depending on your choice and the quality of the wood or materials used. If this is the route you want to go, hire a professional cabinet company and get 2 or 3 prices to compare. They will be able to show you the latest in layouts, styles, materials and hardware.
B) Replacing your existing cupboards with stock cupboards purchased at your local lumber store or someplace like Habitat For Humanity. You can install them yourself or hire someone experienced to do the job. This option can save you a lot of money.
C) Refacing existing cupboards. If the base of the cupboards are in good shape, replacing the doors and drawers and adding new hardware can transform your kitchen. Lumber and Cabinet stores have a variety of finishes to chose from.
2) New Flooring: Explore the possibility of installing new floor covering which looks like wood or tiles but is vinyl, easy to install, just clicks in and is guaranteed for 25 years. Linoleum, laminate and hardwood? There are lots of choices. Hardwood may be the material of choice for a decorator but cost wise, the laminate ( floating floor) with a hardwood look are becoming very popular. They come in a range of colors, qualities and therefore pricing to suit all budgets.
3) Counter Tops: Your counter top is definitely the main feature in your new kitchen. It is what creates the WOW factor and is the star of the show. If you plan to stay in your home and are happy with the lay out of the kitchen then go crazy! Granite ranges from $40.00 to $100.00 per square foot. If you are looking to add value to your home or are on a budget, stick with the more affordable granites and manufactured stone. There are also great laminates that are granite look alikes and are very reasonable. Be sure to take into account the durability of the product you chose.
4) Back Splashes: Mirrors add depth but are a bit pricey. There are some small tile mirror-look back splashes that are new and come in sheets for easy installation. The variety and colors are amazing!
5) Lighting: Chosing the right lighting and installing it in the proper place is the key. It will set the mood of the room and make working in your kitchen much easier. Be sure to highlight areas where kitchen tasks such as chopping vegetable, meal preparation, and stove top stirring are done.If you can't put in new lighting, consider changing the fixtures or adding dimmers over the table or counters to control light volume for intimate dinners or late nights.
6) Painting: Remember that dark colors will make your space appear smaller especially if the area is small to begin with. Chose a bright cheery hue for this favored place in your home!
There you have it! Lots to do and you can keep to your budget. Have fun!
With much attention to home prices these days, property owners are increasingly curiousabout the value of their homes.According to the Royal LePage House Price Survey, Canada’s residential real estate market showed strong year-over-year price increases in thefirst quarter of 2016. The Greater Vancouver and Greater Toronto Area (GTA) real estate markets continue to lead the country in home price appreciation while Quebec shows promising signs of renewal, particularly in the Greater Montreal Area.
The median price of a home in Canada increased 7.9 per cent year-over-year to $512,621 in the first quarter of 2016. The price of a two-storey home rose 9.2 per cent year-over-year to $629,177, and the price of a bungalow increased 6.8 per cent to $426,216. During the same period, the price of a condominium increased 4.0 per cent to $344,491.
“A glance at our national House Price Composite points to a very strong Canadian real estatemarket, yet the findings contain extreme regional disparities of the kind we haven’t seen in over a decade,” said Phil Soper, president and CEO, Royal LePage. “Like an economic triumvirate, the impact of rock-bottom interest rates, the low Canadian dollar and a rapidly expanding U.S. workforce are stimulating economic growth and housing demand in our largest metropolitan areas. Conversely in cities like Calgary, the ongoing drags in depressed energy prices and worrisome employment trends have taken a material bite out of sales volumes.
”To view the chart with aggregated regions and markets visit royallepage. ca/houseprices This site provides historical house price data as well.
It may not be a huge increase but it is definitely a trend. The latest survey done in March of this year 2016, by the National Association of Realtors ( NAR) shows the millennial generation, those born between the early 1980s and the early 2000`s are moving from renting in urban areas to purchasing single family home is suburban areas. The average home buyer in that group is 30 years old. In 2015, 35 percent of all homebuyers fell within the Millennial Generation. The percentage was up from 2014 and has increased again. This change according to the 2016 Home Buyers and Seller Generational Trends Report could be due to several factors including rising rental costs in urban areas and agrowing need for more space. There are still those in that generation who do not want the hassle of owning their own home, yard maintenance and the necessary commute (if living in large metropolitan areas ). However, according to the latest statistics, a rising percentage of the Millennials are changing their preferences.
The second largest group of homebuyers is Generation X (Born between the late 1960`s and the early 1980`s) They are an average age of 42.
Reasons for Millennials to purchase homes today.
1) Rental costs to live in urban areas are increasing.
2) As Millennials age, they often marry and have children and the need for more space and a yard are high on their list of priorities.
3) Interest rates are low and the gap between monthly rental costs and a mortgage payment is shrinking.
4) Down payment requirements are lower and according to Loan Depot 17% of parents are helping out with that obstacle.
Chatham-Kent is the ideal location to live, work raise a family and retire to. Our affordable lifestyleis what the millennials as well as Generation X are looking for. We are located in the middle of the Great Lakes with several Resort Areas offering many amenities. The suburbs do not require long commutes and the neighborhoods are diverse from single family homes to townhouses and condominium developments. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Peifer Realty Inc. Brokerage Chatham-Kent.