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

By: Marilyn Rogers

Worst Mistakes First Time Peterborough Home Buyers Can Make

Worst Mistakes First Time Peterborough Home Buyers Can Make

Everyone makes mistakes, but when you're talking about the biggest investment you will likely make in your lifetime, you should avoid the mistakes that can be avoided. The top mistakes people make when buying their first home include: Not hiring a buyer's agent. Not many people realize that using a buyer's agent is free! The agent is paid by the seller, and it's definitely worth it to have some extra help when it comes to navigating the purchase of something as big as a home. Our help can definitely make the difference in your home buying experience. Not knowing your budget. It says a lot to sellers and their agents when you've gotten a mortgage pre-approval. It let...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Most Canadians Would Rather Head To The Cottage Than Have A Big City Getaway

Most Canadians Would Rather Head To The Cottage Than Have A Big City Getaway

According to a recent  RE/MAX Recreational Property Report, most Canadians (68%) would rather spend a long weekend at the cottage or cabin rather than spend it in the big city, even on a getaway. Not only that, but Canadians in every region and of all ages are excited about cottage time. Some other highlights of the report include: 21 per cent of Canadians would consider downsizing their main home in order to be able to buy a cottage or other type of recreational property. Brokers and agents in almost half of the regions across Canada are seeing an increase in buyers who intend to rent out their recreational properties, which is also becoming very common in Ontario. Most buyers of...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Buying A Cottage Without A Land Survey Is Not A Great Idea

Buying A Cottage Without A Land Survey Is Not A Great Idea

  When a home buyer undergoes a land survey, an Ontario land surveyor will officially confirm the location of the cottage, the land boundaries of the cottage property and the property’s relation to nearby things like lakes or rivers.   While a land survey is also a good idea when you’re buying any home or piece of land, getting one when you’re buying a cottage, other recreational property or a home in a rural area is even more important, because official boundaries can become lost over time. It can also be a very big risk to just assume that the property boundaries and size of the land on a listing are always accurate.   In a recent column, real estate lawye...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Going Away On Vacation? How To Protect Your Home

Going Away On Vacation? How To Protect Your Home

Worrying about your house is one of the quickest ways to bring down a summer getaway. Before you head off on vacation this year, follow these tips to keep your home safe and get some hard-earned peace of mind.   Wait to Facebook   No one wants to think about it, but it’s not wise to broadcast that you’ll be away from home for an extended period of time, even among friends and family. Save posting your pictures and sharing your experiences for until you get home.   Be home…sort of   One of the best ways to prevent your home from being a target for break-ins is to  make it look occupied. Set your lights on timers and ask a neighbor to bring in your n...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Eek! Termites! What Are The Signs Of An Infestation And What Do You Do?

Eek! Termites! What Are The Signs Of An Infestation And What Do You Do?

  Termites are found across Canada and just one colony can be made up of over one million individuals – and they spend 24 hours per day eating.  It’s well-known that termites eat wood, but they also create their homes out of it. Left untouched they can destroy the structural integrity of a home’s frames, structure and floors.  If you have a home in a rural area or a cottage that has a lot of wood components, know the signs.   Signs of a termite infestation in your home   Weak, cracking wood   Termites can affect wood in many different places, from furniture to a home’s actual structure. Damage to this wood can appear insignificant &ndas...Read More

By: Marilyn Rogers

Is The Summer The Best Time To Go To The Cottage?

Is The Summer The Best Time To Go To The Cottage?

Nothing says summer like a weekend at the cottage. With the Victoria Day weekend just over, summer is officially kicking off in Ontario and many of us will be headed to a cottage, whether it’s a friend’s cottage, the family cottage or our own cottage. But is summer the best time to go to the cottage? When people are considering buying one, they can sometimes think to themselves that if they can’t go to the cottage in the summer, they might as well not go at all. But this isn’t true! While summer is an absolutely wonderful time to be at the cottage, cottages can be great year-round. And, despite how much you may want to be at a cottage on the lake right this minute, ...Read More