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Wearing.PhotoshopdoneWelcome to the Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team’s blog for Huntsville real estate and lifestyle, including the communities of Port Sydney, Utterson, Baysville, Dorset, Dwight, Novar, Emsdale and Burks Falls.

Be Prepared for Extreme Muskoka Winter Weather

It takes a bit of hardiness to live year-round in Muskoka as our weather extremes bring their own challenges as much as rewards. While we have incredible ski and skating opportunities nearby, and plenty of other winter recreation waiting to happen on any given day, it’s important to plan ahead and be prepared for the weather. When temperature can get down below -30 degrees, and snowstorms can suddenly blow in, the last thing you want is to be caught in the extremes.

The District of Muskoka is an excellent resource to turn to for keeping updated on weather watches & warnings and discover resources for your seasonal needs. Check out the following Extreme Weather facts and suggestions to help get through our Muskoka winter months.

Extreme Cold Warnings are released by the ECCC should the temperature drop to -35 degrees for at least 2 hours. When this occurs Warming Centres around the District will be opened to help those vulnerable to the cold. One place to keep in mind if you’re in Huntsville is the Canada Summit Centre which is open most days, often till midnight. Our libraries are another good option to seek out when you need warming up

Be prepared if the power goes out with an Emergency Home Kit of the essentials: flashlights, batteries, non-perishable food with can openers, utensils, first aid kit, medications, extra blankets, plenty of water and a transistor radio. Find a full list of emergency kits items at Simcoe Muskoka Health.

At home have a back-up heating option available, but do not use any kind of generator inside, instead rely on heaters approved for indoor use. You want to be warm if the power goes out, but you don’t want to be exposed to carbon monoxide, which can turn from dangerous to deadly in a matter of minutes. Be sure you have a working smoke and carbon monoxide alarm installed for an extra safety measure.

Dressing for the weather is key, hopefully you have a full winter wardrobe on hand. Key accessories worth the investment include mufflers, mittens, winter boots, scarfs and down-filled parkas. Remember, when outside in extreme temperatures, frost bite doesn’t take long to set in.

Transportation and road conditions need to be taken into consideration during the winter season. If you use a bus, be sure you know snow routes. When driving, do so only when you must, take it slow, and leave plenty of space between you and other vehicles. Good winter traction devices and tires are a must. Have snow shovels and blowers along with de-icing agent on hand to take care of your drive too.

With a bit of preparedness and planning you can enjoy all that winter has to offer in Muskoka. When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, work with a team whose expertise you can rely on every step of the way. The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team are ready to give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

 

Make it a December to Remember in Muskoka

We’re into the cold season and all the winter fun which comes along with it. With December about to arrive so too are all the year-end holidays. There’s plenty of ways to celebrate the season of light, giving & caring; this time is best spent with family and loved ones. Check out the list below, these are just a small sample of the exciting winter holiday happenings you can find around Muskoka, Happy Holidays to all!

Santa Claus Parade in Baysville.  Head over to the village of Baysville on December 9th for the annual Santa Clause Parade.  Starting at 1:00 p.m., this parade goes around town, twice!  The perfect way to spread some cheer with young kids or grandkids.

Christmas Concert & Contana. Enjoy memories of holidays gone by and the traditional songs everyone loves with the Huntsville Community Chorus Christmas Concert & Contana. Two days of performances to choose from – December 14th and 15th at St. Andrews Presbyterian Church. If you love carols and holiday music, you won’t want to miss this!

Ride the Portage Flyer to the North Pole. December 22nd is when you’ll want to be at Muskoka Heritage Place for a special holiday train ride. The Portage Flyer Christmas Train Ride is the perfect family tradition to experience during the holidays. Travel along the Muskoka River to Fairy Lake where Santa will be waiting; with plenty of fun and treats along the way.

View the Torchlight Parade. Hidden Valley is the premier skiing area around Huntsville and home to a unique Muskoka holiday event. This year’s Torchlight Parade will take place on December 24th.  Enjoy hot cocoa at the Chalet while watching the amazing parade of lighted torches carried by Ski instructors and patrollers come down the Flying Dutchman run.

Ice Skate with the Family. There’s fun for all ages to be had on New Year’s Eve during the free Family New Year’s Eve Skate Party. Bring your blades and a non-perishable donation to help support families in need and skate the night away on December 31st at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville.

No matter how you celebrate the season, we hope you have a joyful and safe holiday, from our family to yours.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka Home, Cottage or Condo, you want a real estate team that cares and has the expertise that will serve you well. Myself, Rick Wearing and my wife, Sandra Parrott are such a team and we’re ready to give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Life is Better at the Lake in an Algonquin Park Cottage

You know the sentiment, “Life is Better at the Lake.” This is certainly the case when it comes to Muskoka living, and we have a rare and exciting opportunity for one lucky buyer to set up camp with their own summer cottage retreat within Algonquin Provincial Park. Yes, it’s true, you can have your cabin in the woods within a provincial park – the land is leased but the charming and rustic cottage with sleeping cabins can be yours. This is the perfect chance to have that special place to get away from it all and enjoy the tranquility of the woods.

If you’ve ever been to Algonquin Park you know the dramatic beauty of the landscape and how easy it is to fall in love with it. If you’ve not yet been there, one visit and you’ll be hooked for life. With the property at 99 Canoe Lake, Algonquin, you’ll be able to enjoy all that the Park has to offer during the summer season with an ideal ‘base camp’ to return to when it’s time to relax in the quiet of the woods.

“Being by the Lake is where I want to be”, so says songwriter, Louise Laurier in her song At the Lake. Once you see the cottage at Canoe Lake, you too will understand why this is the place you’ll want to be. The summer months are ideal for picking raspberries and blueberries to make your own freshly baked pies. The lazy days of summer can be filled with fun while you canoe on the lake, float upon the waves on an inner tube and catch frogs with the kids.

Enjoy a rope swing or hammock between the trees as you listen to the cries of loons and get into the rhythm of the gently lapping waves. Imagine the memories to be created by a campfire with s’mores and the stars of the night sky; you’ll want to have a telescope on hand to take in all the grandeur of cosmos above.

Owning a cottage on a leased lot within a provincial park comes with unique parameters which need to be adhered to, including the environmental needs of the land. The small community of cottagers who have a cottage lot in Algonquin Park are part of a legacy of families who have long loved the land. Each cottager is responsible for keeping invasive plants out of their lot while ensuring the naturally forested land remains as much intact as possible. There are specific procedures to follow when replacing any part of a cottage property such as a deck or sleeping cabin, the goal being to keep disruption to a minimum. These cottages are not meant for year round residency, they are however the perfect spring, summer or fall getaways. Check out the Algonquin Provincial Park Cottager Tool Kit to learn more about what to expect and what you’ll be responsible for as a cottager.

The cottage itself sits at the shore of Canoe Lake, accessible with its own dock, and ready for a swim on a warm summer’s day – just a few steps and you’ll be right in the cool waters of Canoe Lake. A lakeside firepit allows for special evenings by campfire firelight. The land where the cottage is located is heavily treed to retain the majority of the natural landscape. Evoking the feeling of treehouse living, whether you’re in the main living quarters or one of the sleeping cabins, it’s easy to feel like you’re a kid again enjoying summer camp once more.

The property has a main cottage with an open kitchen, living and dining spaces. Designed with simplicity to provide all the comforts of home in a rustic setting, the kitchen is fully equipped with appliances and a breakfast bar overlooking the living room.

The exposed beam rafters enhance the rustic appeal of this cabin in the woods. One look from the view in the fully screened dining area will have you wondering if you are in fact in a tree house as it overlooks a panoramic wooded skyline lake view.

With two sleeping cabins large enough to sleep a number of adults and children per space, anyone staying over will be in for a treat as they fall asleep to the sound of gentle waves lapping along the shore just a few feet away. Relax to the tranquil sounds of calling loons and other Algonquin wildlife. There’s also a separate outhouse and outdoor shower.

Just as described in the song At the Lake by Louise Laurier, time spent on Canoe Lake at your own cottage will be time cherished and full of memories. Imagine yourself at the lake, hearing the ancient call of the loons, taking in the scents of hemlock, cedar and pine. The lake is like a mirror reflecting its peace. At night, watch the campfire flickering colours to brighten the night sky as a ribbon of moonlight shimmers on the lake. At the lake is where you’ll want to be!

Take a virtual tour of the cottage at 99 Canoe Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park. Then contact The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team to show you this listing and discuss this special offering and answer any questions you might have. Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott are the team you want to help you with your Muskoka cottage dreams – we’re here for you every step of the way. Please call us at

705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Tips for a Muskoka Home, Cottage or Condo Listing During the Winter Months

If you’re planning to list your Muskoka Home, Cottage, or Condo during the winter season, paying special attention to key areas around your property will help appeal to potential buyers. Keep in mind that chances are buyers who are house/cottage hunting during the winter are looking for a property that they can live in year-round. While snow isn’t likely to deter them, you’ll want your home or cottage to be in top running condition and giving off a welcoming, cozy atmosphere.

First you need to be sure viewers can access your property and safely get into your home or cottage. Whether you live in town or out in the country, you’ll need to keep your driveway clear of dangerous ice and snow. Be sure to keep all walkways, stairs and entryways free and clear as well.

Having lived in and experienced a Muskoka winter yourself, we’re sure you know what is needed to keep your home  or cottage accessible during the winter – it’s a part of life lived in this region. Just be sure to plan ahead and keep needed supplies on hand, be it de-icing salts, a working snow-blower, or extra fuel –  have a list and keep everything well stocked.  If it would be helpful, we have a number of reliable contacts we can refer you to who will help keep your property accessible for showings during the winter season.

Environmental Tip: While rock salt is a common material to use for melting ice, it’s important to use it in such a way as to lessen the impact on the environment. Depending on where your property is, sand may be the better option to help avoid too much salt getting into our waterways. There are also other materials you can choose from, each with pros and cons. Learn more about environmentally friendlier ways to keep your property free from ice through the Muskoka Watershed Council.

Once potential buyers make it through your  home or cottage door, you want them to feel welcome and to experience how comfortable and cozy your Muskoka property is, even at the coldest of times. This is not a time to be stingy with the heat. Keep the interior a comfortable temperature and regularly clean out your fireplace or woodstove. A routine check of your heating system and components will help ensure everything stays in good working order.

Some key staging ideas can readily create the cozy and inviting atmosphere you want guests to experience. Throw blankets on couches and chairs or hanging quilts on a rack near a sitting area are an excellent touch, as are warm tones of rich reds, deep oranges and browns & muted greens. These colours emit a feeling of comfort and cheer and can help keep the dark of winter at bay.

Keeping out the dark of the season is another key way to show off your property in the winter. Bring in as much light as you can, filling in darker corners so each room feels bright and airy. Be sure to have all the lights on for each viewing and keep plenty of bulbs in stock so there’s no problem replacing any that go out at the last moment.

It’s also a good idea to brighten up the exterior. With our shorter days there’s a good chance you’ll have viewings with little to no daylight. Additional lighting outside can not only ensure better visibility for safety concerns, you can also highlight your winter yard or garden with strategically place spotlights.

Selling your Muskoka home, cottage or condo during the winter isn’t impossible, it just takes a planned approach to keep your property ready.   Find more tips with this article published by RealtyTimes.com.

When you’re ready to sell or buy your Muskoka  Home, Cottage or Condo, choose a team with the care and expertise ready to help you enjoy the experience from start to finish. The Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott Team are your Muskoka realty resource, ready to give you their support every step of the way. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Life Hacks for Your Muskoka Home, Cottage or Condo!

We may enjoy the relaxing and quiet life of cottage country, but there are still times when days are hectic, even in Muskoka. One way to help keep daily life in the comfort zone at home is to take advantage of ideas and tips designed to make life easier. There’s a lot of life home hacks out there. Below we’ve listed a selection of creative ideas, some of which may surprise you. All of them are also quite practical in application and with benefits to spare, you’ll wonder why you didn’t think of these home projects yourself.

Where ever you have cabinets, cupboards and drawers, make the space work better for you by installing pull-out shelves. These are simple in design while maximizing your useable storage space. When you can readily reach the back of a shelf it’s easier to stay organized allowing for more to be kept in each one. Increase the number drawers you have by including tilt-out drawers in cabinets where there’s limited yet usable room.

 Let the Laundry slide. If you have 2 or 3 storeys with the laundry room in the basement and bedrooms upstairs, installing a laundry chute is an excellent way to keep dirty laundry out of the way and ready to clean. Families with kids and grandkids will readily turn laundry into something fun with sliding clothes and linens down the chute. Laundry as a chore will be more efficient and fun to get done.

Many home woes come from a lack of storage. Another creative solution for storage can be found where you can sit, literally. Building a window seat bench with a hinged lid to give access to the space within will greatly expand your storage capabilities. Keep linens, board games, or toys for pets and kids in these dual-purpose spaces. No space to build a window seat? Ottomans can serve the same purpose and bring mobility into the picture as well.

Chances are you have an area for winter coats, hats and boots. Set up this area with a shoe bin and hooks for coats and you have the start of a family hub station. Add to it a corkboard message board and a tiered hanging basket for mail and you have a family station that’s ready to be put to work.

Last but certainly not least, is a simple life hack ideal for pet lovers, especially cats. If you prefer to sleep with your bedroom door shut but also love to have Fluffy sleeping nearby, invariably you deal with ‘Kitty In & Out Syndrome”. It seems when the door is shut, the cat wants out, then in and out again. Make life easier for everyone by installing a cat door in your bedroom door. With the freedom to roam, gone will be the days of kitty scratching at the door while you’re trying to sleep.

Find more life hacks for around the home with this list from Supermoney.com. When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, having a realty team who understand the process and the market will make your experience an easy and enjoyable one. The Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott Team are here to put their care and expertise to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

 

Attribution- pullout drawer- https://www.flickr.com/photos/chalonuk/6207241130

Cat door- https://www.flickr.com/photos/colmmcsky/5317645503

Keep it Local to the Extreme with Muskoka Firewood   

The forests of Muskoka are a large part of what makes this region so special and uniquely beautiful. Those of us who live here or come to visit need to work together to help care for our land, both public and private. When we’re responsible in what we do, we can help keep this corner of the world thriving. This includes what we use for firewood in our Muskoka homes and cottages.

The health of a forest and trees in general can be negatively impacted by invasive species, in particular certain types of bugs or fungi. We can help reduce the chance of invasive species taking hold in our trees by using only locally sourced firewood. The transportation of firewood from as little as 30 kilometres away can impact an ecosystem.

If you live part time in Muskoka, not only is it better to leave your supply of firewood from your other residence behind, it’s also better to not take any wood from your cottage with you when you go. When you’re in the area, or if you live here year-round, take some time to find nearby sources for firewood. If you live in Huntsville, it’s best to bring firewood home from close to home as opposed to a lakeside stand 50 kms. away.

Because natural areas around the world are in essence micro-environments, when something such as firewood, which can house insects and fungus spores, is moved from its original habitat, there’s a risk of organisms living off the wood as a host migrating to ‘virgin territory’. When this happens, an invasion can quickly grow out of hand.

Like with many health attributes, prevention is the key. If we can prevent invasive species from coming into the area in the first place, we can help ensure the vitality of our forests. Studies have shown that firewood transportation is one of the biggest ways tree infestations are able to migrate, so it really is better to buy wood to burn from local sources.

But how do you know if you’re getting local wood? The key is to ask outright where the wood has come from. If a supplier doesn’t know or won’t say, it’s better to walk away and find someone else. If you want to be 100% certain of where your firewood comes from, cutting your own wood is another option, be it from your own property or other lands where you have permission to do so. If you opt for going into the woods off your property be sure to get the appropriate permit.

Learn more about why where your firewood comes from is important, and why it’s best to burn it where you buy it at DontMoveFirewood.org. Here you can find maps for accessing local firewood, learn about different types of invasive species which can impact trees and how you can help protect our woodlands.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, having a realty team who cares about the place they call home will make all the difference in your real estate experience. Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott have long called Huntsville and the Muskoka region home, this is an incredible place to live.  The Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott Team are here to put their care and expertise in the local market to work for you. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

Different Ways to Give Back in Huntsville this November

The holiday season has begun, and the spirit of giving is alive and well. As we head into November and closer to the big winter holidays, Huntsville has several ways you can give back and help those in need, along with some family-friendly community events to enjoy.

Give the gift of life, donate blood at the next Huntsville Community Blood Donor Clinic, coming up November 10th. Head over to The Canada Summit Centre & The Active Living Centre between 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and give a pint, there’s always a need for donations; make it a day and go with a friend or co-worker.

As one of the largest towns in the Muskoka region, Huntsville is an excellent hub for resources including all your shopping needs. The next time you head over to the Huntsville Place Mall to find some holiday gifts, check out the different ways you can help the less fortunate. MuskokaRegion.com has the following fundraisers listed for the mall:

Food & Clothing Drive, November 12th

Teddy Bear Fundraiser & The 2nd Annual Babes & Tots Fundraiser, November 17th.

Bring your gently used clothes and non-perishable food donations and your teddy bear gifts to help the Table Soup Kitchen Foundation give some happiness, warmth and meals to folks in need. You’ll also find a great vendor market being added to the mall in support of the Babes & Tots Fundraiser, not sure what to get? You’ll find something there to be sure!

Enjoy a night out with a good ol’ southern meal while supporting the Fairvern Nursing home on November 15th with 3 Guys & a Stove. A Night in New Orleans will give you an incredible culinary experience with a 4-course Louisiana meal. There will be 2 seating sessions with tickets available through the Huntsville Chamber of Commerce. Add in a silent auction and plenty of fun in support of the Fairvern Initiative to rebuild this vital resource for our senior community.

What better way to head into the end of the year than a parade? Be sure to be in Downtown Huntsville on November 30th for the annual community favourite, the Santa Claus Parade. The whole town will be out along Main Street  & King William Street for a lot of family fun; you won’t want to miss it!  Show up at 6:00 p.m. for the tree lighting ceremony and live music before the parade begins at 7:00 p.m. This is a perfect way to get into the holiday spirit.

As a visitor or year-round resident there’s lots of wonderful ways to get involved with the Huntsville community and have plenty of fun too.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Huntsville/Muskoka home, cottage or condo, you want to work with a team who is ready to put their care and expertise to work for you. The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team are here to give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

 

Photo One Attribution: By Huntsville Ontario [CC BY 2.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Live Up-Close with Nature with Your Own Cottage in the Woods

The Muskoka region offers many opportunities to escape from it all and live life in the peace and tranquility of the forest. With your own woodland home, you can experience the beauty of nature up close every day, yet still be able to enjoy an amazing community whenever you want to.

There are not many properties like this around Huntsville; such an oasis is currently for sale, with a sizeable amount of acreage to ensure the ultimate level of privacy. If you’re dreaming of escaping to the woods, this home at 108 Concession 4/5 Road E is one place you’ll want to tour in person, where you’ll fall in love with all that this property has to offer.

94 acres with trails and trees galore await exploration with a custom designed raised bungalow as your home base. This well-built residence includes finely appointed amenities and features such as an expansive screened porch and deck which overlook the charming yard with a waterfall garden. Imagine reading your favourite book, working on an art project or simply taking an afternoon nap to the alluring and comforting sound of your own, private waterfall -serenity awaits.

This beautifully crafted home includes a custom designed kitchen with large island as the main focal point. The light hardwood flooring coupled with light coloured wood cabinets enhances the airy, open feeling of the kitchen which opens to a dining nook and the living room. A stylish pot-rack/chandelier hangs above the kitchen island providing convenient and expanded storage space for cookware, adding an extra touch of decorative flair to the room.

The dining room is perfectly situated as it opens onto its own deck at the side of the home, perfect for BBQing with convenience. The main living areas on both levels were designed with an open floor plan, ideal for entertaining and enjoying family gatherings. The woodstove on the lower level keeps the entire home warm and toasty year round when needed.

On the upper level you’ll find an incredible, spacious master suite ready to pamper the new owners with a 4-piece ensuite bath including a corner tub and separate, expansive, walk-in shower. The tub is situated with windows overlooking the sprawling acreage, perfect for a tranquil soak. The master bedroom has an extra special treat with its own private access to the screened porch section of the wrap-around deck.

The screen porch leads onto the rest of the deck with its own door for easy access to the exterior of the property via deck stairs leading down along the waterfall garden and to the lawn area with established fire pit. You can also access the landscaped yard from the lower level of the home where a cozy family room, 3rd bedroom and 4-piece bath are located. In addition to these rooms, there’s a gorgeous, infrared sauna room ready for your use.

In addition to this charming and spacious home there’s a special treat waiting in the woods; a short walk or ATV ride will bring you to a quaint cabin in the woods, perfect as a base for making maple syrup in the spring or as a camp-base during hunting season This property with its trails and hilled landscape makes for a winter wonderland with a great sliding hill near the cabin as well; cozy up to the woodstove for some hot chocolate after tobogganing in the snow.

Serenity in the woods can be yours with this wonderful bungalow home at 108 Concession 4/5 Road E. The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team can show you this listing directly, but don’t wait too long, such a gem is sure to sell soon. Whether you’re buying or selling, we’re here to work for you and give you the best experience when it comes to fulfilling your home dreams. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.comtoday!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.

When Did You Last Check Your Smoke & Carbon Alarms?

Even though Fire Prevention Week is wrapping up October 13th, keeping your Muskoka home, cottage or condo safe from fire or carbon monoxide never ends. In an article recently published by the Huntsville Doppler, Muskoka Fire Departments have put out a call to know your alarms and check them regularly.

It’s easy to forget which beeps and siren sounds mean real danger as opposed to a fading battery in need of a change. With regular checks you’ll know how your alarms work and that they’re ready to do their job should the need arise.

Using Fire Prevention Week or the end of Daylight Savings Time in the fall as reminders to check your alarms can be an easy way to remember these important checks. But more often is better. Four easy days to remember are the Equinoxes and Solstices as another example. Whether you set a reminder every 3 – 4 months in your phone, or mark your family calendar, a seasonal review will ensure your alarms are in good working order throughout the year.

If your smoke alarms are more than 10 years old, it’s time to replace them – after this long they’re at the end of their lifespan. Carbon monoxide detectors have a typical shelf life of 5 -7 years. Any model of alarm with a battery backup will need to have those batteries replaced at least annually if not more often. If your alarms begin to chirp regularly, this is a sign that the battery is near the end of its life. Whatever type of alarms you have, it’s best to review the owner’s manual to know how the unit works.

It’s also important to place your smoke and carbon monoxide alarms in the right locations around your home. Avoid placing detectors near bathrooms and vents where steam, hot air and dust can impact how they work. You should also keep these units at least 5 feet away from any fireplaces, wood stoves or other burning appliance.

Keep your family safe and living in comfort year-round with seasonal inspections of your smoke and carbon alarms.

If it’s time to buy a Muskoka home, cottage or condo or sell your property, work with a team ready to help you every step of the way. You can rely on The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. Let us put our care and expertise to work for you whatever your real estate needs may be. Please call us at 705-788-3535 or email at info@WearingParrottTeam.com today!

This information is taken from sources deemed to be reliable. The Wearing Parrott Team does not guarantee accuracy; we recommend information be validated independently.