Burlington Events in August

 Wednesday, August 15, 2018     Marion Goard     Community News and Events

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Burlington is sizzling this summer with all sorts of free and exciting events that will keep folks of all ages entertained. Whether you’re looking to dance, twist, or shout, downtown Burlington is without a doubt hosting some great events!

Jazz on the Plaza, The Burlington Performing Arts Centre
August 11 and 12, 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.

Don’t miss two-time JUNO-nominated musician Shirantha Beddage, a baritone saxophonist, composer and educator from Toronto. The Mike Downes Quartet caps off this FREE jazz event in downtown Burlington. There is nothing like original live jazz performances under a clear summer sky. Prepare to dance the night away at Jazz on the Plaza this August in Burlington!

The Rotary Club of Burlington Ribfest, Spencer Smith Park
August 31 - September 3

Burlington is home to the nation’s largest Ribfest! Canada’s Largest Ribfest, hosted by the Rotary Club of Burlington, lights up Spencer Smith Park from August 31 - Sept 3, Labour Day! This is the perfect end of summer event for locals and Halton regional residents. Let the kids forget about school for one last afternoon and you don’t even have to cook! It’s a win/win at Canada’s Largest Ribfest since 1996. For more information surrounding Ribfest visit http://www.canadaslargestribfest.com/

Gimli #489 Golden Rescue 5K Run/Walk Spencer Smith Park
August 18

This first time event is a run for rescued retrievers and dogs in need. The event takes place at Spencer Smith Park at 8 a.m., Saturday, August 18 in downtown Burlington. Dogs can join their owners and make friends at this great fundraiser for pets! Contact Kelly Arnott (905-512-2488) for more information.

Children’s Festival Spencer, Smith Park
August 19

The City of Burlington Children’s Festival is a top 100 event in Ontario and another great reason to live in the city! The downtown park turns into everything a kid could ever want. Games, activities, magic, face-painting, live performances and so much more! Be a kid again at this late summer festival at none other than Spencer Smith Park.

Open House - Taoist Tai Chi, 3390 South Service Rd.
September 6

Try something new this September! A free demonstration of Taoist Tai Chi will happen Thursday, September 6 at 3390 South Service Road in Burlington. Learn more about Tai Chi by interacting with instructors and find out how to join a beginners class. Contact the Burlington Branch - FLK Taoist Tai Chi at 905-634-4990 for more information.

Burlington is a top tier location without a doubt. A fantastic shopping scene, a beach, assorted types of real estate and restaurants plus, all sorts of huge free festivals!

Contact me anytime to find out how I can help you on your real estate journey! Email me at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808.


Sprucing up the Driveway

 Tuesday, August 7, 2018     Marion Goard     House and Home

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Sprucing up the driveway

Most times we settle for a ‘traditional’ driveway that’s plain old asphalt. Even though it’s practical and economical, there are many other ways to add more interest and elements of design. Take a look at these ideas for your pathway:

Concrete

Many options are available with concrete.  Stamps, patterns, and colours make these options almost limitless. A smooth texture looks very sleek but can be slippery in the winter. To prevent slipping most companies recommend a ‘broom finish’, which creates a rougher surface for better traction. For a more modern look, create a pattern with strips of grass between the concrete.

Interlocking Stone

A wide variety of colours and stones are available in different sizes and materials. Formed concrete pavers are the least expensive whereas higher-end granite cobblestone pavers are more expensive. Interlock can be cut into many different shapes to fit your driveway and can be assembled in a wide variety of patterns; including geometric, angles or circles.

Gate Ways on Edge

Add a gate to the end of your driveway for a distinguished look. Instead of plastic edging, use pavers to edge your driveway as an attractive way to keep planting areas neatly contained.

Cool Heat

In the winter, wouldn’t it be nice to have a driveway without ice? Heated driveways can be created with radiant floor heating systems and can be controlled with the flip of a switch from inside your home.

Lighting

Add warmth and charm by installing pathway lighting. LED lights recessed into the driveway cast a warm upward glow and highlight your home’s exterior. They’re also a practical safety feature for your home.

If you’re considering a new driveway and your budget calls for more than just repaving with asphalt, consider one of these options for added curb appeal.

Contact me anytime to find out how I can help you on your real estate journey! Email me at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808


Exclusive Listing - 38 Charterhouse Cres. Ancaster ON L9G 4E5

 Wednesday, August 1, 2018     Marion Goard     Just Listed

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Great curb appeal! Lovely 2 storey, 4 bedroom/2.5 bathroom home with numerous updates including kitchen, flooring, baths, roof, A/C, rear decking and lower level family room.

Positioned on a quiet, sought-after Ancaster crescent. Over 2400 sq. ft. of living space and large enough for a growing family. Separate living, dining and family rooms, plus a fabulous kitchen with large centre island and walk out to very private rear deck with hot tub. Generously sized bedrooms including a spacious master bedroom with updated 3 piece ensuite bath and his/her closets. Additional living space in the lower level family room. Hardwood floors in all principle rooms. Main floor laundry with access to garage and side yard.

Don’t miss your opportunity to purchase this home before it hits realtor.caon later this week! Call to book your private showing today!

Open House:

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Saturday August 11 & Sunday August 12, 2018

EXCLUSIVE

Price:            $847,900

# Rooms:      9

Bedrooms:     4

Bathrooms:    2.5

Square Feet:  2330+/-

Garage:         Double

Basement:     Partially finished

Taxes:           $5708 (2018)

Lot:              60.04 ft. x 111.55 ft.

38 Charterhouse Cres. Ancaster ON - Living Rm 

 38 Charterhouse Cres. Ancaster ON - Kitchen

38 Charterhouse Cres. Ancaster ON - Back Deck 

 38 Charterhouse Cres. Ancaster ON - Back Deck 2


Weeding Tips and Tricks for Your Home

 Monday, July 30, 2018     Marion Goard     House and Home

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Weeding Tips and Tricks

Weeds can be aggressive and invasive to your beautiful lawn so it’s important to learn how to best get rid of them and keep them away. Even though it takes some work, it is worth it, in the end, in order to enjoy your lawn and gardens without pesky weeds.

Uprooted
First, the most important rule to remember when weeding is to not leave the roots behind. After you pull it out, if the roots are left the weeds will grow back. So be sure to grab it close to the ground and not leave any behind.

Tug of war
Another key trick to help make weeding easier is to do it when the grass is wet after the rain. This helps the weeds to pull out easier. If there is no rain in the forecast, you can water your garden and lawn yourself before you start pulling.

Clean fill wanted
When planting your garden remember to not leave bare spots for the weeds to move in. Space plants apart as recommended and fill in unused spaces with a liberal amount of mulch. Use mulch as much as possible as it retains the moisture and doesn’t let weeds grow.

Natural weed killer
To kill tough weeds you can make a solution with vinegar and water in a spray bottle, which works as a weed killer. Just be sure to only spray the weeds and not the plants.

Keep away
The last tip is after you pull the weeds out, do not throw them in a compost pile as any seeds that have already formed might spout. Keep on top of the weeding to make it a less tedious job and achieve that desirable weed-free yard you’ll love.

Contact me anytime to find out how I can help you on your real estate journey! Email me at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808.


Why Selling Privately Could be a Mistake

 Monday, July 23, 2018     Marion Goard     House and Home Real Estate Market

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Many people are tempted to sell a home on their own because they like the idea of saving that four to six per cent commission they’d otherwise pay a real estate agent. However, selling privately is a lot harder than you think and there are many downsides to offering your home as ‘for sale by owner’ (FSBO). 

No mediation

Consider all the aspects that go into selling a home yourself and know exactly what you’re getting into. Selling a home is hard work and will take up a lot of your time. You’ll need to book appointments and show the property to buyers, hold open houses, negotiate the offers, market the home and deal with all other administration required for the sale. It can be a full-time job, except it’s not! 

Benefits of hiring a Realtor

Real estate agents are the professionals who know exactly what your home needs to be the most appealing to potential buyers. They have the knowledge and experience to handle all aspects of the sale. They can guide you in choosing the best, most appropriate price at which to list your home. Agents have market knowledge and aren’t emotionally attached to the property. Going the FSBO route can lead to overpricing which could mean your house will sit on the market for too long. Negotiating the sale can be an awkward and difficult thing to do. A good Realtor can negotiate more favourable terms, price and conditions for you than you’ll likely be able to do on your own.

Hiring a real estate agent also means you’ll benefit from the services they offer including, staging, professional photography and video, social media and exposure to a wide network of other Realtors through multiple listings services. 

Think twice about skipping a real estate agent when you sell your home. They’re there to help!

Contact me anytime to find out how I can help you on your real estate journey! Email me at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808.