OPEN HOUSE: 187 CUMMING DRIVE SUN MAY 29 1-3PM

WARM & INVITING HOME NESTLED IN A DESIREABLE NEIGHBOURHOOD.  3.1 SPACIOUS BEDROOMS, MASTER AND ENSUITE. EAT IN KITCHEN, BRIGHT & INVITING MAIN FLOOR FAMILY, GAS FIREPLACE. OAK HARDWOOD, CERAMICS, POT LIGHTS, INSIDE ENTRY FROM DOUBLE GARAGE. FULL FINISHED BASEMENT WITH EXTRA BEDROOM AND FULL BATH, LAUNDRY FACILITY. NEWLY SEALED.

CLICK TO SEE VIRTUAL TOUR 

????????????????????????????????????
KITCHEN
????????????????????????????????????
EAT IN KITCHEN
????????????????????????????????????
BACKYARD

DRIVEWAY, LANDSCAPED, DECK/PATIO, FULLY FENCED PRIVATE YARD, I/G SPRINKLER SYSTEM & ALARM

OPEN HOUSE: 11 HIGGIN COURT, BARRIE SAT. MAY 28 1-3PM

GORGEOUS HOME ON CUL-DE-SAC, STUNNING CURB APPEAL, IMPRESSIVE INTERLOCK FRONT & STAIRS WITH ILLUMINATED WALK WAY. NUMEROUS UPGRADES. BACKYARD PARADISE & ENTERTAINING WOW FACTOR W/SALT WATER, GAS HEATED IN GROUND POOL, CEDAR DECK, INTERLOCK, TIKI BAR W/CEDAR SHAKE ROOF. POOL MECHANICS HIDDEN AWAY. COMES W/SAFETY COVER, NEW POOL PUMP (2015). FULLY FINISHED BASEMENT & REC. ROOM, WET BAR, STONE GAS FP, EXTRA BEDROOM

CLICK TO SEE VIRTUAL TOUR

????????????????????????????????????
KITCHEN
????????????????????????????????????
EAT-IN KITCHEN
????????????????????????????????????
BACKYARD
Open House: 35 Lillian Cres. Barrie

SUN MAY 28 1-3PM  DIRECTIONS: CUNDLES RD W TO LILLIAN CRES

SPECTACULAR RAISED BUNGALOW WITH WOW FACTOR APPEAL. FULLY FINISHED AND REMODELLED, FINISHED BSMNT W/POTLIGHTS. NEW FURNACE AND UPGRADED ELECTRICAL WIRING, OPEN CONCEPT, CONTEMPORARY KIT, S.S APPLIANCES, ISLAND AND PANTRY UNIT 2 FULL BATHS, 5PC MAIN BATH, 3.1 SPACIOUS BDRMS, SEP. BSMNT ENTRANCE. MULTI LEVEL DECK AND LANDSCAPED PRIVATE YARD.

????????????????????????????????????
kitchen
????????????????????????????????????
finished basement
????????????????????????????????????
backyard/deck
21 Golden Key Tips To Selling Your Home

Let your home welcome Buyers, with a little effort, you can make your home ready to sell more quickly and at a better price!

  1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS ARE IMPORTANT: Remember, when a prospect comes to look at your home, the first thing they will see is your home’s front door! Be sure that it is fresh and clean and that your yard is free of refuse and leaves. Be certain that you’ve removed the ice and snow from walk and steps if it has snowed.
  2. WHAT YOU SHOW IS WHAT YOU GET: Faded walls and worn woodwork will reduce the appeal of your home. Why tell a prospect how your home could look….when you can show him by a reasonable amount of redecoration? A quicker sale at a higher price will result. Invest in wallpaper, or a fresh coat of paint, it will pay dividends for you.
  3. LET THE SUN SHINE IN: Open those drapes and curtains all the way, so the prospect can see how bright and cheerful your home is.
  4. FIX THAT LEAKY FAUCET: Since dripping water discolours sinks and suggests faulty or worn-out plumbing.
  5. LITTLE THINGS MEAN A LOT: Take a few minutes to check to be sure that your doors don’t stick or have loose knobs on them. Don’t forget your windows and cabinet drawers. Get all those minor flaws fixed since they detract from your home’s value.
  6. SAFETY FIRST AND ALWAYS: Keep stairways clear and clean since this will avoid injuries around your home, as well as avoid detracting by distraction.
  7. FROM THE TOP TO BOTTOM: Display your attic, basement, and other utility space (including crawl spaces) by removing all unnecessary articles. A coat of paint can do wonders if your basement is dark and dreary.
  8. BIG CLOSETS: Make them look bigger by having them neat and well-organized to show that your home has ample closet space.
  9. BATHROOMS SELL HOMES. Make these room sparkle! Check and repair any damaged or discoloured caulking in the bathtubs and showers, and be sure that the towels and area rugs are bright.
  10. BEDROOMS SHOULDN’T SLEEP: Keep these rooms bright and cheerful. Remove any excess furniture and be sure and use attractive and colourful bedspreads and fresh curtains.
  11. SHINE ON: Your home’s illumination can be a “welcome” sign to the prospective buyer. Turn on all of your outside and inside lights when showing your home during the day and especially when it gets dark outside.
  12. TWO’S A COUPLE AND THREE’S A CROWD: Don’t have too many people present during a showing, it will make the prospect feel like an intruder and want to hurry through your home.
  13. MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST: But not the potential buyer. When showing your house, turn off the blaring radio or television and let the Agent and buyer talk freely and not be distracted.
  14. CURB YOUR DOG: A dog is “man’s best friend” but not when showing your home. Keep all pets out of the way and not under foot.
  15. SILENCE IS GOLDEN: Be courteous and friendly, but don’t try to “force” conversation with the potential buyer. He is there to inspect your home.
  16. BE IT EVER SO HUMBLE: There’s no place like home. Never apologize for the appearance of your home. If any objections or derogatory comments are offered, let the experienced salesperson answer them….that is their job.
  17. STAY IN THE BACKGROUND: An experienced Agent will know the buyer’s needs and desires and can better emphasize the virtue of your home when you’re not “tagging along”. If there are any questions, they will call on you.
  18. DON’T PUT THE CART BEFORE THE HORSE: Trying to sell the prospective Purchasers any of the furniture or furnishings which you’re not taking with you, before they’ve purchased your home, can often lose the sale…so “cool it”.
  19. A –WORD-TO-THE-WISE: Let your Agent discuss the selling price, terms, possession and other factors with the customer/Buyer’s Agent. That’s why they were hired, they’re trained and experienced, so let them bring your negotiations to a satisfactory conclusion.
  20. GO AHEAD AND USE YOUR SALESPERSON: They will recommend that your home be shown to prospective buyers only by appointment through their Real Estate office. This will be sincerely appreciated and will help them make the sale more quickly and less stressful.
  21. THANK YOUR LUCKY STARS: You entrusted the Barrie Home Source Team into making your “House HOLD a House SOLD”
5 Must-Do’s Before A Home Showing

Thoughtful home staging is more than just tidying up and cleaning every room. It could mean a quick sale and higher selling price if done right.

Here are five ways you can leave a positive impression on potential buyers:

Eliminate Clutter — Clear the clutter from around your home. It’s easy to overlook things you see every day, so try to approach all spaces with fresh eyes. Consider having a friend come over to help point out unnecessary items. Larger pieces like coat racks and side tables can make a room feel smaller.

Clean Out Storage Spaces — Make space in kitchen and bathroom cupboards, closets and other storage areas. Pack up items you don’t regularly use, and put them out of sight or donate them. Leaving these areas completely full may give potential buyers the impression that your home doesn’t have enough storage space for their needs.

Clear the Way — Make sure potential homebuyers can move through your house easily. Remove furniture that blocks the natural flow of traffic or hinders sight lines into other rooms.

Remove Personal Items — Family pictures, children’s artwork and other personal items should be removed or pared down to avoid distraction. Personal belongings can also make it hard for potential buyers to imagine themselves living in the house.

Remember Curb Appeal — Make a strong first impression by sprucing up your front yard and entryway. Replace the house numbers and exterior light fixtures if necessary. Keep the lawn mowed, the yard free of clutter and toys, and the plants well maintained.

Calculating Value With Home Renovations

Home renovation reality shows have inspired many homeowners to consider costly upgrades for their own homes. While many home improvement projects are worthwhile, it’s important to know which ones are worth it from an investment standpoint.

Here are a few key considerations to keep in mind when you’re deciding on a renovation project.

Value Added (or Subtracted) for Future Buyers
Think of your renovation project in terms of what will appeal most to potential buyers, even if you’re not considering selling anytime soon. Converting a garage into a living space or eliminating a bedroom or a closet may cause future buyers to cross your home off the list; these spaces are among the most important to potential homeowners.

Many buyers won’t even look at homes that lack the right number of bedrooms, and a garage ranks as one of the most popular amenities in newly built homes.

Project Payoff                                     
Be cautious when undertaking large-scale renovation projects. While smaller DIY touch-ups and proper home staging can yield big dividends for sellers, large projects may not always pay off.

Remodeling magazine’s 2016 cost vs. value report showed that replacement projects, like changing a front or garage door, offer serious gains.

Which large projects pack the most punch when it comes to adding value? Two-story additions, master suite upgrades and major kitchen remodels top the list.

Your Neighborhood’s Market Conditions
Consider the resale market in your neighborhood before deciding on a renovation project. This is particularly important if you’re considering large-scale projects, like a full kitchen renovation or converting an attic space into an extra bedroom.

Every neighborhood has a price threshold of what buyers are willing to pay, so a $75,000 kitchen remodel may not be worth it in a neighborhood where home values top out at $200,000.

Garden Ideas From Around The Globe

Beautiful garden inspiration can come from all parts of the world. From the neat and pristine gardens of France to the peaceful meditation gardens of Japan, there are many design styles to help you create a pleasing outdoor space that suits you best. Here are some international ideas to help you get inspired this spring:

Traditional English — “Romantic” and “dreamy” are words often used to describe classic English gardens. They typically feature meandering pathways, sculpted shrubs and abundant sweeping flowers, like climbing roses. Recreate the look with plenty of climbing greenery and bright pops of color.

Formal French — Indulge your inner neat freak with the clean lines of a formal French garden based on order, symmetry and geometric shapes. Arrange sculpted trees in straight lines, add a small fountain with a round or rectangular pool, or create a mini courtyard with neatly trimmed boxwood hedges for a French-inspired garden.

Japanese Zen — Serene Japanese gardens often feature water, rocks, sand and gravel, all of which represent spiritual or philosophical ideas. They’re characteristically minimalist, asymmetrical and elegant. Plant a symbolic cherry blossom tree as the main focal point, or create your own tranquil setting with a stone pathway, bamboo fence, and backyard waterfall or koi pond.

Fragrant Tuscan — Delight your sense of smell with a Tuscan-style garden. These traditionally include aromatic herbs such as lavender, sage, rosemary or flowering thyme. Ornamental grasses add soft texture while low-maintenance, native plants do just fine in the hot summer sun.