October 1 is here and we are seeing leaves around town already starting to change colour. We are lucky to have a beautiful carolinian forest around here that delivers vast amount of colours. The highway of colours comes to life as you take the highway past the Pinery Provincial Park.
Thanksgiving is in a couple weekends and hope everyone has a chance to gather with some family and friends around a tasty meal!
Have a great October everyone and Happy Thanksgiving from The PEDLAR Team!
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10 Things To Do Before The Snow Falls
I didn't want to say the four letter S word but we live in Canada and snow is a fact of winter around here. Once October hits, you’ll want to start working your way through this fall home maintenance checklist. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.
Drain the Hose
Watering season is over, but you’re not done with your outdoor watering system quite yet. To avoid cracked hoses and burst faucets over the winter, turn off water valves in your home and drain all remaining water from the taps and hoses. Tip: Unrolling the hose down a gentle slope will let the water run out completely.
To prevent ice dams — ridges of roof ice that prevent melting snow from draining — ensure attic vents are free of debris. Poor soffit ventilation can increase mold inside the house and damage wood shingles during the winter months. Tip: A leaf blower or a pass with a pressure washer will clear them out and prep them for winter snow.
Clean the Chimney
Ahhh, there’s nothing quite like the warming atmosphere of a wood-burning fireplace in the dead of winter. But once you’ve cozied up to your 70th fire, get that chimney inspected and cleaned of excess creosote, because it may cause chimney fires. Tip: Run the point of a fire poker inside the chimney liner and if there’s more than three millimetres of gunk, call a certified chimney sweep.
Store Pots & Planters
If you decide to keep your collection of colourful clay pots outside for winter, make sure you empty the soil before you do. The moisture in the earth will expand when frozen, which can crack those precious ceramic containers. Tip: Removing the soil now will make it easier to reposition and replant the pots come springtime.
Mind in the Gutter
Backed up gutters can cause all sorts of wintertime hassles such as roof leaks, ice dams and wall-focused water damage. Before the snow comes, get your gutters cleared out by a professional — leave ladders to the insured experts. Tip: Make sure all downspout extensions run at least 1.5 metres away from your home’s foundations.
Caulked & Ready
A thin line of silicone caulking is one of the best ways to seal gaps in siding, windows and door frames. If you can see a gap that’s bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to get on it, to stop drafts and water damage in their tracks. Tip: Pick up some weather stripping for doors as well — you shouldn’t be able to see daylight from inside your home.
Inspect the Roof
Pull out a pair of binoculars and give your roof a careful once-over. Keep your eyes peeled for damage or missing or loose shingles. Hire a handyman for patching jobs, or a roofing company for larger sections in need of some TLC before winter comes. Tip: Take time to investigate the flashing around chimneys and vent stacks, too.
While it may be tempting to wrap your entire external air-conditioning unit in miles of plastic wrap, resist the urge. Doing this can cause corrosion and is an inviting spot for nesting rodents. Instead, place a piece of made-to-measure plywood over the unit during winter and protect it from large, falling icicles and snowdrifts.
Don’t wait until the thermometer dips below zero to think about your home’s heating system; prep now and be ready. A technician can inspect, test and clean your furnace or heat pump to ensure they’re in tip-top shape for winter. Tip: Ask for a carbon monoxide measurement at the same time as the inspection.
Flip It and Reverse It
If your home is kitted out with ceiling fans, check the settings for a reverse option. Running fans in the opposite direction creates an updraft, pushing down heated air, which can help reduce your energy bill. Tip: If you have high ceilings, consider switching out the fan units for ones that have this setting.
Before the temperature drops too much, make sure your home is ready to handle the cold, wet winter months. A little prep work and elbow grease now will go a long way to help your home weather the coming storms — literally.
Mortgage Interest Rates Moving Forward
Many of our clients inquire about the future of interest rates and staying the low rate they are today. We did some research and the experts all predict that the interest rates won't be touched by the Bank of Canada till mid or late 2022. It is estimated that by end of 2023 the rates will 1.5% from the current .25% rate. This is great news for Canadians as this means still rather low rates for the next couple years. Former Governor for Bank of Canada predicts interest rates likely to stay low for a generation! Here are a couple links to read and watch more input.
How Soon Can You Sell A Home After Buying It In Ontario?
The easy answer is the second the home is in your name you can sell it BUT these are some things you should consider before seller in the first few months of ownership. Unfortunately life can throw us some unforeseen circumstances and one might be forced into this tough situation so this is why we bring this list to your attention.
- Mortgage Prepayment Penalties - Can't Hide Sale Price From Potential Buyers - Likely To Lose Money On Extra Fees - Tough To Avoid Capital Gains Taxes - Save Money Where You Can
FOR SALE 10379 Christie Boulevard Listed at $849,000
Wonderful family cottage just steps to the sandy beaches of Lake Huron, here in Southcott Pines. Only a 5 minute walk to the shoreline or you can stroll to the Main strip of Grand Bend, from this private setting. Surrounded by nature and the mature oak trees of this Carolinian Forest you can see sunsets like nowhere else and enjoy the beauty of this unique area. The home features 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, a spacious sunroom and lots of space for the whole family, with over 1450 sq. ft. of living area. The large 23'x16' cedar deck at the back of the home is a great place to watch nature and enjoy the privacy of the area. Southcott Pines features access to the private "Sun Beach" on Lake Huron, The Community clubhouse overlooking the Old Ausable River and a great play area for the kids, plus there are lots of nature trails as well. This home comes fully furnished including appliances, so you are all ready to enjoy the Lake instead of having to worry about buying that couch or bed. Grand Bend features a Blue Flag Beach, large Marina, Huron County Playhouse, local Craft Breweries, Golf Courses and numerous other attractions to keep everyone busy plus the Pinery Provincial Park is just down the road.
FOR SALE 193 Bethany Street, Parkhill Listed at $650,000
Family home in Parkhill situated on a quiet street with great curb appeal and wonderful landscaping. Over 3300 sqft of living space with stucco and brick exterior, covered double column entrance, paver stone 6 car driveway, oversized 1.5 car garage with heated shop. Inside you have an 1815 sqft open concept design that was built in 2005 with hardwood flooring, oak trim and 9 foot ceilings. Kitchen with maple cabinets and center island overlooking the eating area with patio doors leading to the back yard. Living room with built in cabinets, gas fireplace and large picture window for lots of natural light. Two bedrooms on the main floor including the master with large walk in closet. Spacious main floor bath with heated floors, soaker tub and shower. Heated tile floor in the front foyer and laundry room. Downstairs includes a large family room with 2 additional bedrooms, full bathroom and cedar lined hot tub room. In floor heat throughout the lower level. Garage is 16’ x 27’ with doorway to attached 30’ x 22’ heated workshop that includes its own bathroom. The ultimate workshop, man cave or spot to work on the cars. Bonus the home includes a stand by generator so you’re never in the dark. The back yard completes the package with a large shed, green house, water feature, vegetable gardens, concrete patio and lots of room for the kids to play. Parkhill is close to London but has all the small town amenities including groceries, bank, playground, community center, schools, churches, arena and sports fields.
It is the hope that this card will encourage you to choose local businesses, more often. They've been quietly adding new businesses, new offers and TWICE as many draws! As lovers of Grand Bend, we need to stick together and keep our businesses OPEN. These Local businesses who are unable to provide specific offers, have stepped up to help provide MORE CARDHOLDER Draws! More Draws = More Winning & More Local Spending. Let's support them, for all they do to support our community.
Looking to move outside of the area and not sure who to call? As always call The PEDLAR Team with any of your real estate needs! We are closely connected with a group of realtors that cover Southwestern Ontario. Along with our involvement in the Re/MAX community we are sure to line you up with a trusted knowledgeable real estate agent to make your plans a reality anywhere in North America, or the world for that matter because Re/MAX is global!
A new initiative started by the Lambton County & Huron County Economic Development groups was uploaded recently. They each created a virtual mapping website to show all the businesses and store fronts across the counties. These were created as an idea during COVID and will become a great tool for locals and tourists alike after COVID. Any business can be posted in the respective area if you go to the proper link below for each county.
The municipality of Lambton Shores is starting a new initiative of making municipality information easier to find out. Check the link out and see what things you didn't know about this awesome municipality.
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