Escape the City & enjoy your oasis in beautiful Springwater Township. This 3-bed, 2.5 bath home is perfect for the nature & wildlife lover on just over 20 acres. Enjoy the professionally landscaped yard with large deck & the newly updated kitchen with quartz countertops & new appliances. The oversized 2-car garage has 100amp electrical service & is connected to the house through an enclosed porch.
Have you ever wondered how to organize your closets when selling your house? Are you just not sure what to do to create the best first impression?
Do your closets look like this?
Below are some helpful hints on how to declutter your closets and get them ready for potential buyers to see just how much storage space your house actually has. On the contrary, if a potential buyer opens your closet doors and stuff falls out, or there are so many clothes that you can’t even squeeze another hanger in, then you’re giving the impression that your closet is just too small for everyday living.
Take a look at the wall surfaces in your closets. Are there black scuff marks all over the walls from shoes? Have your kids used the closet as a clubhouse and drawn on the walls with crayons? If this is the case, I suggest a good scrubbing of the walls to clean it off. If necessary, think about adding a fresh coat of paint before you go any further. I recommend a good coat of stain-covering white primer for the inside of the closet. Primers are generally less expensive than the top-coat paint. Plus, a nice bright white on the inside of the closet will make it appear just a little bit bigger.
Make sure that the doors are operational. Nobody likes a closet door that won’t open or won’t close. Sometimes a few tweaks of the hinges or knob can fix the problem. If you have sliding doors, make sure the tracks are cleaned out for a smooth slide.
Closet organizers can make a huge impression and don’t have to cost a lot of money. My favourite system is the Rubbermaid Configurations® which is available at most box building stores. It’s simple to install and can be reconfigured in many different ways to suit your needs.
If installing closet organizers isn’t in your budget or timeline, then decluttering your closet will make a huge difference. Here are some helpful tips:
· Your closet should only be about half-full of clothing, spread out across the rods. This is the perfect time to start packing the seasonal clothes that you’re not wearing right now, or to donate some of your unwanted clothing to charity. If you want to go that extra mile, consider organizing your clothing by colour or by clothing type. Most of us may not actually do this in our daily lives, but it will definitely create that “Wow” factor when a potential buyer opens your closet doors.
· On the top shelf, try to keep your stored items to a single layer. For example, if you have shoe boxes, hat boxes, purses, etc., try not to stack them all the way to the ceiling. A nice and tidy single layer will show potential buyers how tall the ceiling is and allow them to see just how spacious your closet is.
· On the floor, again, keep stored items to a single layer, if possible. Keep your shoes lined neatly against the wall and stack any boxes off to the side.
· If you have a walk-in closet, make sure that you can actually walk in. Keep your personal items along the perimeter of the room.
If you’re like me, you long for a home that is organized and has a place for everything. My buyer clients are always impressed by a well-organized closet and sometimes the little things can make a big impact in helping them make their buying decision.
$375,000 | Studio | 1 Bath
Spacious studio condo in the iconic Merchandise Building with 12 ft ceilings, polished concrete floors, granite counters in kitchen & ample storage space. The separate bedroom area makes this suite large enough to be a 1 bedroom. There is a full wall of windows with a quiet atrium view. The extra large terrace is perfect for indoor/outdoor living and ideal for entertaining! Steps to Eaton Centre, Ryerson University, Dundas Square, Metro grocery, TTC, St. Lawrence Market, Financial Core and much more! A great investment opportunity! Includes 1 parking spot.
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We see city folks migrating north these days; yes, you read that correctly. It’s happening! Torontonians moving to Barrie is becoming more and more common. In the summer of 2015, I moved back to Barrie after living in downtown Toronto for 14 years and I have no regrets about my decision. If you’re not familiar with where Barrie is located, it’s about an hour north of Toronto, located on the western shores of beautiful Lake Simcoe.
Barrie is more than just that small city you pass through on your way to the cottage or Wasaga Beach. With a population of almost 144,000, Barrie is a fast growing city with an array of positive features to highlight upon.
First of all, Barrie has some of the most affordable housing north of the GTA. In April 2016, the average price for all homes in Barrie was $403,785, an increase of 12.5% from April 2015. In Toronto, the average price for all homes in April 2016 was $739,082 which was up by 16.2% from the year before (stats courtesy of Barrie & District Association of REALTORS® Inc. and Toronto Real Estate Board). These statistics make the Barrie housing market much more affordable, especially for first time home buyers looking to get more for their money.
If you work in Toronto, how will you get there? There are many commuter options for those that don’t drive like the GO train and GO bus. With Metrolinx’s proposed improvements and expansion of the Barrie GO train line, commuters will reap the benefits of increased services times and faster trains within the next 10 years. Think that’s a long time to wait? Think about the increase in your property investment once the GO changes are implemented. Now is the perfect time to buy in Barrie!
Now that summer is around the corner, it’s the perfect time to highlight some of the fantastic things to do in Barrie during the warmer seasons.
Barrie has a beautiful waterfront, Kempenfelt Bay, that you can actually swim in! For the water lovers, there is never a shortage of activities to enjoy on the water.
For those that like Shopping, there are a wide variety of shopping venues including Georgian Mall, Bayfield Mall, Park Place, The 400 Market, Barrie Antiques Centre, Downtown Barrie and just south of Barrie are the Tanger Outlets in Cookstown.
There are also so many tasty restaurants in Barrie to choose from for every type of foodie.
And for those nature lovers, there is an abundance of green space with hiking and biking trails, like one of my favourite spots, the Ardagh Bluffs. For dog owners, like myself, you’d love the off-leash dog park at Sunnidale Park.
So, if you’re a Torontonian who doesn’t want to be house poor and is looking to move outside of the City of Toronto, let me show you what your money can get you in Barrie – I know you’ll be pleasantly surprised.