Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Make your backyard something special

Old shed to focal point of fun

Find somewhere else for the lawnmower, rakes and shovels and let your creativity go wild with an incredible change to your old shed.  The Bar Shed, Pub Shed, Wine Shed  (whatever you decide to call it) can transform the average outdoor living space into the talk of the neighbourhood.

Party place or peaceful getaway

Shed creations are not just for man cave enthusiasts. An old shed can be decked out to create a great private getaway to enjoy some peace and quiet.

Not as expensive as you might think

A storage shed suddenly comes alive with a paint job and by cutting in a new entertainment window.

Mood lighting

Add some special lighting for late night gatherings and suddenly even the smallest garden shed becomes a strong focal point for summer fun.


Get more ideas and  tips here for giving your old shed a real lift.

Added value

When a home and yard feel inviting to buyers it adds real value to the property and a growing number of homeowners are rethinking what can be done with an old shed.

Get Jack

If you have anything you would like to discuss concerning buying or selling in real estate, contact me here for a free and confidential review of the marketplace and answers to questions concerning your future plans. 


Monday, May 22, 2017

Important and often forgotten

It doesn't matter whether your home is 1,000 sq .ft. or 5,000 sq. ft., there is one thing that is often ignored by sellers that creates a negative feeling for potential buyers. By not decluttering closets you create a feeling of a lack of space.  

Yes, buyers open closet doors and the sight of too many clothes crammed into a single closet instantly gives a buyer a feeling of an overall lack of storage space in the entire home. 

It won't cost you a dime, only a little time.


Decluttering closets by packing away unused clothing is another step in the right direction to secure offers from potential buyers.      

If you haven't worn something in a long time, perhaps it's time to sell it, give it away or at least pack it away.  Also, with spring here remove all clothing that won't be used until next fall/winter.  This will not only make your closet look sufficient in size to potential buyers, but you're one step closer to a smooth moving day by starting your packing now.   

Coming to grips with the stuff we keep


Saturday, May 20, 2017

Check your well water

Higher than average risk of contaminants for wells

With high water levels over the past month it's important to have your water checked. Right now Public Health Ontario warns that there is a higher than average risk of contaminants for wells.

Public Health Ontario encourages all residents on private wells to have water tested at least weekly while flood and rain water levels are high to ensure water does not contain the bacterial indicators of contamination. 

What to do to protect yourself

If your water tests as contaminated or you suspect there is contamination before you can confirm the quality of water through a test, you are encouraged to boil your water before consuming it in any way (including use in food preparation, brushing teeth, etc.) or use bottled water or water from a municipal supply if available.

Use the proper test kit for samples

Water tests for Ontario residents with a private well are free of charge, but use the proper test kit which is available at Ontario Public health labs.  The Orillia Public Health Lab is located at 750 Memorial Avenue and serves Simcoe County, Muskoka, Nipissing, and Parry Sound.  Get more details about Public Health Ontario water tests.