A Landscaping Plan for Curb Appeal
The best landscaping plans usually don’t start in the garden, they start with a great layout. Some careful planning can help you maximize your enjoyment and avoid costly mistakes.
► Map it out. Start by mapping out all your property’s green space. Whether you do it on your own, or opt for some landscape planning software, it’s worth the effort to set out your plan before you buy.
► Sun or shade. Take note of what areas receive sun at different times of day and then designate the areas by three categories: full sun, partial sun and full shade. This will help you choose plants that are likely to thrive in each area.
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Hanging up Holiday Lights? Here’s a simple home check.
For many homeowners, the holiday season is a time to break out the ladder. While you’re up on the roof stringing lights, it’s a great opportunity to check out it’s condition and avoid costly future repairs.
Look at the condition of your shingles. Are any missing or damaged that need replacing? Check the flashing around drain pipes, vents and skylights to ensure there are no leaks. Inspect your chimney for loose bricks or mortar. And don’t forget to clear debris from your eavestroughs to ensure they’re draining freely. Then enjoy your holidays with some extra peace of mind!
Strong market forecast for 2018
Industry forecasts predict that 2018 will be another strong year for Canadian real estate, although not at the record and near record levels seen in 2017. According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) national MLS® sales in 2018 are expected to exceed 495,000 units, due in part to tightening mortgage regulations and increased mortgage rates. Home prices are expected to stay strong, with CREA forecasting a national average price of $503,500 in 2018.
While it’s interesting to review national trends, home sales and prices can vary dramatically between communities, or even on the same street. That’s why it’s so important to get data that’s specific to your market. For a local perspective, contact your Coldwell Banker professional.
Affordable holiday gifts to make your home smarter
There’s growing interest about smart home technology, but some homeowners have the impression it’s an expensive undertaking. Actually, there are a number of very affordable ways to make your home ‘smart’ that you might consider for gift-giving season. Smart plugs let you control your electronic devices such as lights, fans, heaters and more from your phone or tablet, when you plug into an electrical outlet, using a free app for your Wi-Fi network. Mini home devices let you use your voice to control your favourite compatible home devices. Programmable Thermostats help you save money while keeping your home comfortable day or night, whether you’re home or away.
Check out your local electronics store to learn how affordable it can be to make your home ‘smart’.