A relaxing deck gives you the great outdoors without the need to venture too far from the comforts of home. When done right, a deck improves the appearance and utility of your home and can add to its resale value.
Homeowners should pay special attention to the plan for any new deck. To ensure the structure enhances your property, both now and in the future, a good design and quality materials should be your guiding principles.
Whether you plan to build it yourself or hire a contractor, consider the following:
How will you use your deck? Barbecuing, sunning and lounging, supervising the children at play, enjoying nature and setting off a pool or spa are popular functions of a deck. Think about how you would typically use the space and plan your deck accordingly.
How can you enhance your house and yard? A deck usually sits against your house and alters the landscape of your yard. Always keep the surroundings in mind and consider the combination of visible elements. Think about the view from the deck, and if it is raised, how it will look from ground level.
How large and what shape? The deck should suit the scale of your house and yard. Going too large or too wide for the space can visually overwhelm and detract from the setting. Avoid a plain, boxy rectangle by adding interesting angles or changing the orientation.
What materials will you use? Cedar and redwood are popular choices, but for the budget-minded, look for pressure-treated pine and select your pieces with care. Composite deck materials are growing in popularity in some areas.
With careful attention to your needs and landscape, a deck creates a welcome transition between your indoor and outdoor spaces. And, it might clinch the deal when it comes time to sell.
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You have decided that now is the time to make a move. The market is brisk but theproper preparation will make the difference between a good transaction or a very disappointing one. First you have some work to do. Then you have to contact aknowlegable Real Estate Profession to help you. He or she will know the market you are looking in and and make the search much easier.
1) Get your finances in order. Calculate your monthly payments and determine the amount you can comfortably pay on a mortgage. It is nice to own your dream home but if you are house poor, it can tarnish your enjoyment. A Mortgage Specialist can help with this.
2) Save for a Down Payment. If you are a First Time Home Buyer there are special considerations. Be informed. Your job is to have the funds available.
3) Research the interest rates and decide on the term you are most comfortable with. For instance, if you have a 20 year mortgage and you double your payments you can pay it off in approximately 7 years.
4) Prepare for property taxes. If you are moving up in homes or into a new area, you may find the property taxes are substantially more than you are paying or more than other areas you are researching. Always consider this in you monthly costs.
5) Get pre-approved for a Mortgage. Again, your Mortgage Specialist can help with that. This is dependent on your credit rating and will help narrow your search.
6) Decide on the type of home you want: a rancher, a two-story, split level, raised rancher.How many bedrooms do you need, is a finished basement a must.
7) Consider renovations costs and determine if you want a move-in ready home or one that needs some upgrading. if you are not handy and have to hire for every improvement this may not be the way you want to go.It can be costly.If you can do the work yourself, have the time and are patient, the costs of renovations will be considerable less and you may be able to get more house for your budget.
8) Decide on the neighborhood that best suits you or your family needs.Consider amenities such as waterfront, golf courses, proximity to the downtown, shopping, banks, schools.
9) Check the MLS listings and familiarize yourself with what is out there in your price range and with your requirements.
9) Contact the Real Estate Agent of your choice.Do your homework. Be sure you chose a knowlegable agent who knows the area and can make your transaction an enjoyable one.
Now you are ready! Get out there and put your agent to work for you. Call me, Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage, Chatham-Kent. I pride myself on Good Old Fashioned Service with the Latest Technology. I have been serving people in this Industry for over 30 years and I know Chatham-Kent and its surrounding areas. Call me today at 519-436-4810 and put me to work for you. Happy Hunting!
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!
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!
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.
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
Festival of Nations, a Welcome Addition to Canada Day Celebrations in Chatham-Kent
For many of us The Festival of Nations held at Tecumseh Park and the Armories holds fond memories. As you will recall, it was a very successful event taking place over several days and showcasing different communities, their special foods, culture and entertainment. It was always a real highlight for our family. We were boaters in those days and we used to bring the boat up to the city docks and enjoy the festivities. Each day we would wander the park and try various food delights. Former Mayor Bill Erickson chaired the event for many years and was the driving force behind its great success.There were dance troupes in their traditional costumes and the weekend always ended with great entertainment at the band shell. It was well attended and a great place to meet friends you had not seen for a while and meet new ones.
Unfortunately after Mayor Erickson passed the event was cancelled and has been absent since1998. Tracy Callaghan and Dava Robichaud will co-host the 2019 event this year in conjunctionwith the Canada Day Celebrations. The two are excited and looking forward to bringing back this successful event where we can all celebrate different cultures and traditions. Canada Day is the perfect time to highlight those cultures that have made Canada what it is and stands for today!
The chairs will be asking for volunteers to help, so lend a hand if you can. Chatham-Kent is the ideal locations to live, work, raise a family, retire or visit. My Motto for Chatham-Kent is 'IT IS ALL HERE ALL YEAR!' Call me Wayne Liddy 519-436-4810 Royal LePage Pefier Realty Inc. Brokerage for all your Real Estate needs.
Flooring costs are always a large part of a renovation budget. Don't rush the decision and pick the first material you see. Do your homework and decidewhat materials will suit your needs the best. I know that both our children did renovations in the past year and they spend a great deal of time chosing just the right material for their family's needs. Our daughter has small children and the durability of the product was a number one factor with them. They chose a laminate throughout the entire home and it has been a very good choice for their lifestyle. Our son and his wife on the other hand are almost empty nesters and they decided to go for hardwoods througout.They both look great and suit their individual needs perfectly.
I will say, if you are not up on the latest materials, get some help. Hire a decorator or visit your local lumber or flooring store and speak to one of the experts. They will be able to lead you to the best product for your budget and your needs.Your flooring should last for years if taken care of properly and not need to be replaced.
Now to a few choices for you to consider.
Hardwood: This material is durable, warm and achieves a very traditional look. If used in the entire floor space, it can give a very open concept view. There are several choices to pick from including oak, maple and cherry.The prices vary from imported options, obviously on the high price side to the more traditional ones which are more economical. Sold wood floors can be refinished but remember they do show scratches and dents so chose wisely.
Engineered Wood: This seems to be a very popular choice today with young families. It is less susceptible to temperature changes and humidity and is easily installed for do-it-yourself renovators since the material is available in self-locking parquet, planks or squares that can be installed without glue or nails.
Bamboo: This flooring is often popular with the eco-conscious homeowner as it comes from plants that regenerate quickly and is therefore classed as a sustainable material. Bamboo is strong and able to resist the negative effects of changes in humidity making it a good choice for tropical or warm climates and non climate controlled environments.
Laminate: This is among the less expensive options to buy and install.The floating laminate flooring system can even be installed over an existing floor without glue or nails. There are several varieties available and are improving as we speak. Many are hard to tell from real wood,
Cork: Cork is a very sustainable flooring material and often the flooring of choice for those wishing to make their homes eco-friendly. It has a very different look, having a speckled finished thanks to the unusual grain of the trees from which it is harvested. Cork is very popular in bathrooms and bathrooms due to its non-slip surface.
Have fun with your new look. Just do your homework and make sure you haven selected the best option for your home and family. Enjoy!
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.
Chatham-Kent Economic Development Services Announces $1 Million Land Sales
Good new for Chatham-Kent. 2 new land sales at the Bloomfield Business Park are expected to add 200 + new jobs to the Municipality. 26 acres, $1 Million in land sales has been finalized bringing the total land available down to 43 acres from the original 105 acres when the park was formed.
Twenty acres have been sold to Lloyd Star Global Network for cold and dry storage. Development is planned for the Spring and the Company will employ 200 people on completion. 6 acres has been sold to a Scottish Whiskey Company for storage and packaging and will employ 15 people. Development for the venture will begin within 60 days. A key component of the Business Park's plan was to make a portion of the park an Ontario Investment Ready: Certified Site, which gives companies the advantage of being able to begin development almost immediately.This was obviously a plus for the two latest purchasers. IAT Global who is already in the Bloomfield Business Park is also expanding at this time. The Economic Development Services is confident the Park is poised for complete development of all available acreage in the near future.
Companies are choosing Chatham-Kent because of the proactive initiatives put in place to make our community ideal for investment.Chatham-Kent has created a selection of Business Parks with affordable land, outfitted that land with the infrastructure needed for development and then added tax benefits, making building here in Chatham-Kent ideal!
Chatham-Kent is in a great situation. Business development bring more community investments in other areas including housing, retail and increased tax assessments. Call me, Wayne Liddy 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. I have lived in this area my entire life and been involved in the Real Estate Industry for over 30 years. Let me help you discover the hidden secrets of Chatham-Kent!
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