By: Marilyn Rogers

Be Sure To Do Your Research Before Building A Dock or Boathouse

Be Sure To Do Your Research Before Building A Dock or Boathouse

Ontario Real Estate lawyer Bob Aaron writes informative columns for home buyers and sellers in the Toronto Star. However, one of his columns touches on problems surrounding cottage ownership. The issue described in the column stems from the fact that the Ontario Crown technically owns the bottoms of most rivers and lakes in the province. In most cases, a cottage owner is not allowed to erect a large boathouse or a dock the foundation of which would be sitting on the bottom of the body of water. The case in the column, however, deals with both a large dock and boathouse that aren’t resting on the bottom, but that were attached to the shore using a steel cable. The neighbours of the co...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Are You Buying A Home Or Cottage in Peterborough This Spring?

Are You Buying A Home Or Cottage in Peterborough This Spring?

It’s often no surprise to anyone that the spring real estate market can be rushed, competitive and hectic. However, even with this atmosphere, a home is one of the biggest investments you’re likely to ever make and the process being a little hectic shouldn’t stop you from getting all of the information you need to make a sound buying decision.   Arm yourself with a checklist of questions to ask the sellers or their agent so you can really ensure this is the house for you: What is the neighbourhood like? (Asking neighbours or local business owners can also be a great way of getting honest information about a neighbourhood). Have you recently redecorated or painted? ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Spring Maintenance For Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage

Spring Maintenance For Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage

It's almost spring, despite how it feels outside. Spring is the time when the real estate market is the most active, so if you're planning on selling your home in the coming months it's a good idea to get started on any minor spring maintenance chores as soon as possible.  Here are a few things you can do to help your home sell and to avoid unpleasant surprises later on: Fix any chipping paint. Any painted wood that's chipping or flaking is at risk for moisture intrusion and rot, plus it doesn't look very nice. Make sure that the exterior surfaces of your home or cottage have been power washed, and if necessary sanded and re-painted. Undergo a roof inspection. Whi...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Going On Vacation? Keep Your Home Safe!

Going On Vacation? Keep Your Home Safe!

There is nothing (nothing!) like the peace of mind and relaxation you feel when you finally get to grab a much-needed vacation. But if you’re a homeowner, it can be hard to escape that nagging feeling that something might be going on at home no matter how hard you try to relax. Read on for ways you can make extra sure that your home will be just fine if and when you want to leave for a week or two.   Make friends with your neighbours   Nosy neighbours can be both a bane and a blessing at the same time. In this case, they really are a blessing because they’ll be the first to notice if something isn’t quite right – day or night. Let any neighbours you trust kn...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

A Home’s Listing Price Makes A Big First Impression On Ontario Home Buyers

A Home’s Listing Price Makes A Big First Impression On Ontario Home Buyers

  The Ontario Real Estate Association has released new research that shows the listing price of a home has a big impact on whether prospective buyers want to see more of a home. According to the research, 75% of people living in Ontario who are planning on buying a home in the next two years say the listing price of a home has the biggest effect out of anything as to whether they want to see more. Other factors that affect wanting to see more include: The listing sheet (56%) Interior photos (55%) The least important factors include: Proximity to a highway (29%) Neighbourhood age distribution (23%) Average neighbourhood household income (22%)  “The first few week...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Don’t Let The Snow Damage Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage

Don’t Let The Snow Damage Your Peterborough Home Or Cottage

As beautiful as it is, snow can actually pose a huge problem for homeowners and cottage dwellers. We have a few tips for you to ensure that you protect your home or cottage from the snow below. You can do some simple maintenance to keep your home safe, and you can also keep these tips in mind for next fall.   First, snow is guaranteed to melt more than it’s even guaranteed to fall every year. If snow collects near your entryways, windows, stairwells or exterior walls, it can cause leaks when it melts in warmer weather. Be sure the keep the snow away from your home as the winter progresses, and give it one final go in the spring just to make sure you (and your basement) are in the ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Five Things That Can Lower The Value Of Your Peterborough Home

Five Things That Can Lower The Value Of Your Peterborough Home

When you're selling your home or cottage in Peterborough, your might be focusing on what you can do to increase your home's value and put more money in your pocket when it sells. But what are you missing that's actually lowering the value of your real estate? Here are five things that can lower the value of your real estate:  Appliances Consider updating your appliances if they aren't very modern. While this is one of the more expensive ways of staging your home, nothing says money like stainless steel appliances. In addition, you can build the cost of these appliances into your asking price. A messy garage Many working families have two cars, or prefer to keep their ...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

Tips For Selling Your Home In The Fall

Fall is a favourite season of many Canadians, especially those living in the Peterborough and Kawarthas area. The colours of the changing leaves are some of the most beautiful in the country, and what a backdrop for those who are looking to sell their home! There are a few things home sellers should keep in mind during the autumn months when it comes to curb appeal. Clean, clear and cut. While fall is known for pretty colours, it can also be a pretty grey time of year. The days are getting shorter so there’s sunlight, and overcast clouds become more frequent. To make your home stand out, remember, “clean, clear and cut.” Clean the exterior of your home. Use a pressure wa...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Before You Close Your Cottage For The Winter

Before You Close Your Cottage For The Winter

It’s that time of year again! It’s that time of year again! Most cottage owners will be closing down their cottage for the winter months, if not already done – but not before taking advantage of their property to watch the leaves change before it’s really over for the year. Closing up your cottage for the winter can leave you with peace of mind and an easier time next year when cottage season starts again. Here are some of the things your should keep in mind: If you keep any valuables at your cottage, pack them up and take them home over the winter months. Ensure your windows are locked and blinds or curtains are drawn. It’s even a good idea to cover any wi...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Summer's Not Even Close To Over: What You Need For The Cottage

Summer's Not Even Close To Over: What You Need For The Cottage

  If there’s one thing cottage owners know how to do, it’s having fun by the lake. While some people need nothing more than a good book or a bathing suit to enjoy summer lakeside, there’s a ton of amazing gear available to jazz up the cottage experience that much more.   For example, did you know you can buy an entire inflatable trampoline and water park setup for the lake? There’s also inflatable coolers for when it’s just not reasonable to actually leave the water and go back inside to get a cool drink.   There are also waterproof smartphone cases to help you avoid the worst of the waterfront scenarios as well as telescopes and specialized glov...Read More