Advice tips and ideas for home owners


A fresh coat of paint is a great selling tool

 Tuesday, May 22, 2018     unknown     House and Home Buying and Selling

Painting is one of the most affordable and easiest ways to make a difference in your home when it comes time to sell. Adding a fresh coat of paint can make the house more appealing and it looks great in photos and videos on listings. But you’ll want to make sure you choose the right colours. 

A general rule is to go neutral. You want to have the house feeling natural, fresh and look newer as well. Choosing a light shade is important to brighten it up and make it look more spacious. Keeping it neutral helps potential buyers to better envision themselves in the space. 

Some of the most popular shades to choose are beige, cream, soft white or “greige” - a light grey and beige tone. You can also add in other neutral tones such as warm browns, including oatmeal and taupe, and pale blues, which look especially good in bedrooms and bathrooms. 

Choose areas of the home to paint that give off first impressions and are high-traffic, like your entranceway and main hallway, kitchen and family room. You’ll also want to include any rooms in the home that stand out as needing an update. In the kitchen, this might include an update to the cupboards and trim as well. This fresh new colour can make all of the difference to update the look of the kitchen. 

Consider also the exterior of the home and front door. Darker shades on the door look great such as navy blue or a dark grey. 

So grab a paintbrush as you prepare your home to sell, as it’s one of the most efficient ways to update your home.


New Listing - Unit 20, 2282 Orchard Rd. Burlington ON L7L 0B5

 Thursday, May 10, 2018     Marion Goard     House and Home Buying and Selling Just Listed

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20-2282 Orchard Rd. Burlington ON  L7L 0B5

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Stunning and exceptionally well maintained 3 bed/2.5 bath end-unit town-home, across from green-space in a quiet Burlington ‘Orchard’ enclave. Plenty of natural light in this extensively upgraded home where the quality workmanship is apparent throughout.

Main level features a custom ‘Selba’ kitchen with ample work/storage space, quartz counters, deep sink, touch-less faucet & quality stainless steel appliances. Separate dining area & bright living room with walk-out to a private patio - perfect for family gatherings. 9 ft ceilings & pot lights on main floor, custom Levelor ‘Silhouette’ sheers in living & dining rooms, inside access to the garage.

Hardwood floors are found in the bedrooms & upper hallway. The king-sized master bedroom with large walk-in closet features an exquisite 5-piece ensuite bath with a generously sized shower, stand alone soaker tub & his/her vanities. Two additional bedrooms (one will also accommodate a king-size bed) are with double closets. 4-piece main bathroom has also been updated.

The list of quality features goes on - upgraded light fixtures, designer window coverings, ceiling fans with timers, tankless water heater (owned) & natural gas line for the BBQ. The basement is unfinished.

Low condo fee includes building insurance, grass cutting, in-ground sprinkler system & common area maintenance.

Conveniently located within walking distance to schools, close to shopping & highway access.

Don’t miss this wonderful, move-in ready home. Contact Marion today to arrange your private showing!

Price:            $710,000

# Rooms:      6

Bedrooms:     3

Bathrooms:    2.5

Square Feet:  1703 +/-

Garage:         Single

Basement:     Unfinished

Taxes - $3,426 (2018)

Condo Fee - $163.45/month


Spring cleaning made easy

 Friday, April 20, 2018     unknown     House and Home

spring cleaning

When the weather warms up and the fresh spring air arrives it has become an annual tradition to take care of some spring cleaning. Often this includes the chance to do the chores we ignore on an everyday basis. But with busy schedules it can seem overwhelming. So here are a few ways to keep it simple while you get the job done.

A good place to start is to create a plan. Knowing ahead of time what you need and want to accomplish will help you achieve those goals. Write down your list and make sure you allow enough time to get them done. Tidy your house first and pick up before you begin to clean. Once you begin, be sure to stick to one room and finish it before moving on to the next. This helps to be more efficient and stay focused. Clean from top to bottom - the floors are best left until the end!

Here are some of the things that are good to include in your spring cleaning:

  • Clean the windows and wash the curtains
  • Dust all surfaces in the house
  • Vacuum upholstery and furniture
  • In the kitchen clean the oven and clean out the fridge
  • Wash all walls, cabinets and baseboards
  • Don’t forget ceiling fixtures and cobwebs on the ceiling 

Don’t forget about outside too! Tidy your garage, clean out your car and get your gardens and grounds spring-ready. You can even clean up and put out your outdoor furniture. It’s so exciting to have a clean house and be ready for this lovely new season!


Your home’s first impression

 Tuesday, April 10, 2018     unknown     House and Home Real Estate Market Buying and Selling

We know how important first impressions can be and the same goes for your home! Giving your guests a warm welcome and making them feel great when they arrive at your home leaves a lasting impression. Make sure it’s a good impression you leave with the help of these tips. 

The first place they will see when they arrive is your door and entryway. So the first step is to make sure this area is clean and welcoming. The door itself will make an impression. You’ll want to make sure it’s not in rough shape and worn down. It might need a fresh coat of paint and the colour your choose is important to set the tone for your entire home’s feel. The colour will say a lot about your style and personality. 

Next, the entrance should be inviting! It needs to be clean, clutter free and well lit. Also make it comfortable by including a chair or bench for your guests to be able to sit to take off their shoes. 

As people enter your home the small details will make a great impression. Having fresh flowers and plants around will add a fresh feel. Add comforting scents with diffusing essential oils or by burning candles. Playing some soft music in the background also adds to the perfect welcome. 

Lastly, make sure to have your home in great shape - from keeping it clutter free and clean and making sure you keep on top of fixing things when they are broken. A well taken care of home definitely leaves the best impression.

With these few small touches you will be certain to leave people with your home’s best first impression. 


Selling your home with pets and kids - what you need to know!

 Monday, April 2, 2018     unknown     House and Home Buying and Selling

Pets kids

Selling your home when your family consists of pets and children is not always easy. However, there are some things you can do to help it go more smoothly and not have these beloved family members negatively affect the sale of your home. 

Many homebuyers do not like when you have a pet. Animals make some people uncomfortable and nervous, so you do not want them to be present for any viewings. But even when they are out of the home, you’ll want to remove all evidence that they live there to leave a better impression with viewers. Clean up all fur by vacuuming floors and furniture and make sure there are no animal smells left behind to put people off. You might not notice the smells anymore, but they are there! Also put away any food dishes, litter boxes and toys laying around. 

As for your children, first start with their safety and remove any photos of them or papers and schedules that might have their names etc. on them. Kids certainly come with a lot of mess! The best way to keep this at a minimum is to keep one area of the home designated for their toys and playing in, which can be easily tidied up at short notice. Keep only a minimal amount of their toys around during the sale of your home and pack away others out of sight. You don’t want lots of toys cluttering things up and making the home appear smaller. 

Give the house a deep cleaning as pets and kids definitely know how to make a mess, like sticky fingers, scuffed walls and stained carpets. Do not let these things put off potential buyers!