Nov. 28, 2022

Downsizing In Oshawa

Downsizing In Oshawa

Are you someone who's been thinking about downsizing but just haven't taken the plunge? If so, then this blog post is for you! In it, we'll take a look at some of the benefits of downsizing and some of the best ways to go about it. So if you're ready to simplify your life and free up some extra space, read on!

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Posted in Oshawa
Nov. 11, 2022

The Ultimate Guide To Buying Your First Home

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Are you in the market for your very first home? If so, then congratulations! Buying a home is an exciting milestone in anyone’s life. But before you can take the plunge and sign on the dotted line, there are a few things you need to know. That’s where this guide comes in. In it, we will walk you through every step of the process, from getting pre-approved for a mortgage to getting the best deal on your new home. So whether you’re just starting to think about buying a home or are already in the thick of it, this guide is for you.

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Posted in Buying
Oct. 28, 2022

The 5 Best Home Builders In Pickering

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Pickering, Ontario, is a great place to choose if you are looking to build a new home as they have a wide range of builders in the area with tons of experience. Whether you are looking for a large rustic cabin-style home or a smaller modern home, there is a builder in the Pickering area that can help you out. If you have thought about building your dream home in Pickering, have a look at this list to see 5 new home builders that will make your dreams a reality. 

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Posted in Pickering
Oct. 14, 2022

The 6 Best Home Builders In Oshawa

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Oshawa has started to become a popular city for those who want to live in a great suburb of Toronto. The city has about 175,000 residents and it's less than an hour's drive from Toronto, which could be one of the main reasons people have started to flock there for their new homes. If you have thought about building your new home in the Oshawa area, have a look at this list to see the top builders in and around Oshawa, Ontario.

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Posted in Oshawa
Oct. 3, 2022

The 6 Best Home Builders in Whitby

The 6 Best Home Builders in Whitby

Whitby has become one of the hottest Toronto suburbs for people to get a new home, and that could be why so many great home builders are in the area. If you are looking for a custom home build or a new home on a developed lot, you have plenty of great choices in Whitby. If you have been thinking about building a new home, have a look at this list of the best home builders in Whitby so you can find the one that suits your building needs. 

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Posted in Whitby
Sept. 30, 2022

The 7 Best Home Builders in Ajax

The 7 Best Home Builders in Ajax

Ajax is a gorgeous city with so many incredible features, which is probably why so many people have started to consider Ajax a place to build their new homes. Luckily, there are plenty of excellent new home builders in the city that would love to help you turn your dream into reality. If you are considering building a new home, look at this list to see the top 7 best new home builders in Ajax. 

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Posted in Ajax
Oct. 21, 2021

10 Ways to Maximize the Curb Appeal of Your Home

Maximizing Curb Appeal

It’s time to put your house on the market. You’ve diligently prepared each room, paying attention to even the smallest detail. Perhaps you’ve upgraded the plumbing and electric service, making sure everything from “the bones” out will appeal to potential buyers.

But, as they say, “You never have a second chance to make a first impression.” And when it comes to selling a house, that first impression begins at the curb. No matter how beautiful your home is on the inside, you want to create anticipation before visitors to your open house step out of their car.

Here are 10 ways to maximize the curb appeal of your home and give a positive first impression:

Have New Shingles Installed

If your shingles have seen better days, it may be time to have them replaced. A new roof will increase the value of your home. Plus, it will assure those considering making an offer that they won’t have to factor in the cost of a new roof for many years to come. 

(Metal roofs are becoming increasingly popular, but you’ll want to check with your real estate agent before investing in one. Ask if it will increase the value of your home more than the cost of installation.)

Apply a Fresh Coat of Paint

Do your soffits and fascia need painting? How about your window frames? Maybe the entire exterior of your home? A gleaming coat of fresh paint makes a world of difference to the curb appeal of your home. If you don’t have the time or inclination to tackle this job on your own, there are professionals who can make short work of it.

Maximize Curb Appeal with Paint

Wash the Windows (and the Shutters)

Sparkling windows set off by freshly painted frames and freshly laundered window coverings will attract attention—the good kind.

And if you have shutters, you’ll want them to appear as clean and well-maintained as possible, whether that means a new coat of paint (wooden shutters) or a good scrub (vinyl shutters).

Spruce Up the Driveway

Depending on the condition of your driveway, it may need repaving, resurfacing, or just a good hosing down. No matter how long or short your driveway, if it’s stained and cracked, it will take away from the curb appeal of your house. However, if it’s clean and looks new, your home will look significantly better.

Wash the Car

Whether there will be a car parked in the driveway or the garage, it’s a good idea to take it through the carwash or handwash it before each scheduled open house. It’s a little detail, but sometimes it’s the little things that make a lasting impression. Even an older model looks better when it’s clean.

Curb Appeal Clean Car

Put Away the Bikes and Other Yard Clutter

Whether potential buyers have children or not, when considering making an offer on a new house, they’ll almost always prefer a minimalist approach to the exterior and interior of your home. So, put away the bicycles, rollerblades, trampoline (if practical), and other items that are “cluttering” your yard.

Cut the Grass 

The smell of fresh cut grass can do for potential buyers what the scent of fresh baked goods can do for them when they walk through the front door. It can stir up all kinds of pleasant memories. Plus, a neat and tidy yard is one of the most important ways to increase the curb appeal of your home. 

Trim the Hedges & Overgrown Bushes

A well-manicured lawn will make a great first impression, but hedges that are overrun with new growth and overgrown bushes can distract from the appearance of your yard. Remember that this, and any other task you’re not able to complete on your own, can be done by professionals. If you plan to do the job yourself but are concerned about damaging the plants, it’s advisable to do some research or get a professional opinion about how best to trim back overgrowth without damaging hedges, bushes—and possibly, trees.

Clean Hedges Curb Appeal

Sweep or Blow Off the Sidewalks (and Driveway)

When you’re cutting the grass and trimming the hedges, it’s common to get clippings on the sidewalks and driveway. Even if you’ve spent hours working on the appearance of your property, grass and leaves on these surfaces give the appearance of an incomplete project and may be difficult to overlook. Have a blower? You can make short work of the task? If not, you can still bring out the straw broom and give everything a good sweeping.

Weed the Flower Gardens

Fresh paint. Clean windows. A well-manicured lawn. Trimmed hedges. And … gardens overrun with weeds. No. Just no.

Some tasks can be accomplished in an hour or two. Some in an afternoon. However, weeding the gardens can take several sessions, especially if you have extensive gardens—or this is the first time you’ve gotten to them since last year. Pace yourself. Weeding gardens can be one of the most physically demanding tasks you have on your list.

Once all the weeding is done, you may also want to spread several bags of mulch over the gardens and fill in the gaps. Talk about increasing curb appeal!

A Word about Selling Your Home in the Winter

When possible, plan your move several months ahead, especially if you’ll be moving in the winter. In this way, you can tend to outdoor tasks that are weather-dependent. It’s unlikely you’ll be able to get your roof reshingled or the house repainted once the weather turns cold. And while you may be able to tidy up the gardens, depending on how much snow you get, you may not even be able to get to them. 

And one of the most important things to remember if you’re selling your house in the winter is to keep the driveway, sidewalks, and stairs free of ice and snow. It doesn’t matter how much curb appeal your home has if potential buyers are looking at it from their back after having fallen.

Posted in Market Updates
Oct. 13, 2021

The Top 5 Restaurants in Oshawa You Need To Try

Restaurants Oshawa

Oshawa is a city in Ontario that lies right along the shoreline of Lake Ontario. Oshawa is sixty kilometres east of downtown Toronto and is a vibrant city with many parks, playgrounds, walking paths, museums and marvelous restaurants to eat at. The restaurants in Oshawa are very diverse and feature dishes from all over the world. It's easy to find various restaurants such as Italian, Indian, and good, home-cooked family restaurants. Many restaurants in Oshawa, Ontario source their ingredients from local farmers' markets and local gardens, making their dishes stand out in freshness and taste. Below are the top five restaurants in Oshawa that you need to try!

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Posted in Oshawa
Sept. 22, 2021

The 5 Restaurants in Pickering You Need To Try

Pickering Restaurants

Pickering is a great place full of exciting activity, a diverse demographic, beautiful surroundings, and of course, a multitude of fantastic dining options! The city has everything from classic old-school diners to hot new restaurants. Want some recommendations? We've got you covered! We've compiled a list of the top 5 restaurants you just have to try in Pickering, each one offering a unique dining experience to suit all taste buds! 

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Posted in Pickering
Aug. 19, 2021

Ranked: The Best High Schools In Whitby, Ontario [2021 Edition]

The Best Highschools in Whitby, ON

Whitby is a city in the Greater Toronto Area, part of Durham Region, and has a population of approximately 130,000 residents of all ages. Whitby borders Oshawa and Brooklin to the east in Durham Region; Ajax and Pickering to the north; and the town of Georgina to the west. It's primarily composed of residential areas with some industries near Highway 401 and Highway 407 on the southeastern outskirts of town.

With such a growing population, there are obviously a number of schools in the area. Since the school system in Whitby is highly regarded, it's no surprise that there are several top-rated school options to be found within the city.

The public schools offer an excellent and affordable education for your children. The Catholic Schools are also renowned for providing top-notch academics and moral values. There are several schools dedicated to high-quality French immersion programs as well, offering the opportunity for the students of Whitby to expand their language skills in a fully immersive program. Finally, there's always private schooling if you're looking to invest more money in your child’s future education. You can't go wrong with any of these great options! 

The following are some of the very best high schools in Whitby, Ontario, to give you an idea of what to expect when it comes to education in this region of the Greater Toronto Area. 

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Posted in Whitby