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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.

Upgrade Your Muskoka Home, Cottage or Condo with Smart Home Technology

Technology has changed and improved almost every aspect of our lives, and the way we live in our homes is another aspect in which technology is taking over for the better. A recent study has predicted that 3.4 million Canadian homeowners will be active smart-home users by 2022, and today, people all over the country are taking advantage of smart technology in their homes to improve their quality of life.

Almost half of homeowners that plan renovations or improvements to their homes opt for implementing smart technology to upgrade their entire way of life. The term “smart home” refers to anything that can be operated remotely from a smart device, like a phone or tablet. Among the popular choices in smart technology, security features, energy-saving devices, easy lighting, and various features involving control and connectivity are at the top of the list.

There are simple smart tech updates that you can opt for in your own home, and most of the time they do not require heavily-involved installation or set-up. Most smart devices, like lighting and security additions, only require that the device be plugged in and paired to a smart phone, and then it’s ready to use. Not only does the use of smart technology add ease to busy lives, it also increases your home’s value, as many people on the market for a new home find smart technology highly desirable.

Despite the interest centered around it, smart home technology is not yet a mainstream feature in most homes. This is predicted to change in the very near future, and if you choose to implement smart technology in your Muskoka home, you’ll be ahead of the curve for a short while. Homeowners in the surrounding area are going to catch onto this quickly emerging trend, and you’ll already be looking ahead for the next step in making your homelife safer and easier.

Smart technology is a highly desirable feature, whether you’re looking to get ahead in the sellers’ market, or you’re seeking out a modern approach when buying a new home.

If you’re ready to move to the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. 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.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.

 

 

Muskoka Conserves Water with Rain Barrel Program

 

Communities and residents across the Muskoka region appreciate the benefits which come from sustainable lifestyle practices. We understand the importance of protecting the environment and our natural resources. There are various ways we can help conserve and protect the environment at home. One easy way to make a difference is to install a rain barrel for your garden.

Rain barrels provide a variety of benefits including water conservation, pollutant runoff reduction and monetary savings. By collecting rain water to use around your garden, or for washing the car, you can conserve a great deal of water over time. According to the Insurance Bureau of Canada, rain barrels have been shown to save up to 27,000 litres of water in a growing season.

The use of rain barrels also helps lessen the amount of runoff pollutants which can enter into the ground water and sewer systems. Rainfall runoff water can pick up impurities such as pesticides and motor oil which have accumulated on the ground. As the rain flows these residues are carried into the water system. This can be lessened through diversionary measures such as rain barrels.

On the conservation side of this idea, instead of wasting water with a hose, and watching excess water literally go down the drain, using rain barrel water to wash your car or pets can have a significant impact towards how much water can be saved. Monetarily speaking, by using rain barrel water for lawn and garden care, you will use less water from the municipality which can directly lower your water bill.

If you haven’t installed a rain barrel in your yard or garden, you’re in luck. The District of Muskoka announced the return of the Rain Barrel Program. Now through May 21st, you can order a rain barrel online – while supplies last. Residents who didn’t purchase a rain barrel in 2017 can get one at the low cost of $25 through the program. If you want additional rain barrels or have determine you can use more than one, the cost is $46. There’s also an option for a fully subsidized rain barrel for residents who detach their downspouts from the waste water system, diverting rain water into their yard directly.

Rain barrels are an easy way for residents to make a big difference in conserving water and protecting the environment.

If you’re ready to move to

the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. 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.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.

 

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Kitchen and Bath Remodeling Trends for Your Muskoka Home, Cottage Or Condo!

 

Summer is a great time to update the most used rooms in your home, cottage or condo – the kitchen and bathrooms. If you’re needing inspiration or are planning to sell your property, it’s worth considering the latest trends in kitchen and bath design. When these rooms are updated they make for a great selling features on your listing.

Some of the latest trends may be just the thing to give your place a refreshed feeling that appeals to home buyers; especially as we are seeing more millennials buying cottages across the country, as an alternative to urban living, as noted by Cottage Life Magazine.

While the most common approach when selling your home is to go with neutral colour tones, many of the kitchens and baths are seeing a return to colour in accent features. Blue in a variety of shades has been seen at the top of many designer options, along with other natural tones of greens and yellows. Whether you go with coloured fixtures, painting the trim in an accent tone or choosing colourful cabinets and appliances, colour isn’t something to be afraid of. If you want to get away from neutral shades, opt for something from the natural world such as sage green or cornflower blue.

Gone are granite counters, as quartz has taken the lead in the most sought-after material. Quartz is quite durable and comes in a wide variety of colour options. In addition to quartz counters, stone sinks are also in high demand. These add a great sense of design drama without being overwhelming; many bathroom and kitchen sinks can be seen as a unique piece of functional art in the home.

Texture is another growing trend, especially when it comes to tiles in the kitchen or bath. It seems basic subway tiles are on the way out and textured tiles are in high demand. Uniquely designed tiles with raised textures are what many home buyers are now looking for. Make a statement with the tile you use to update your kitchen or bath, another wonderful way to incorporate art into your cottage, home or condo.

The latest kitchen and bath designs are about choices on how and where you want to make a statement within your home. This is great news for those like us who live in cottage country and want comfort, style and function to comingle well together. For more ideas, Pearl Sinks, a leading Canadian manufacturer and seller of kitchen and bath fixtures has published a great photo review of the latest trends.

If you’re ready to move to the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. 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.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.

Discover a Classic Muskoka Family Home in Woodland Heights

This home was listed last week, had eight showings over the weekend and was conditionally sold Monday morning!

Huntsville is an incredible place to call home all year round. Anyone who lives here will tell you the scenic beauty and variety of recreational resources available provide ample opportunities throughout the year to get out and enjoy this corner of Muskoka. Huntsville itself is a hub of artistic, cultural and community enrichment; there really is something for everyone. Once you fall in love with the area, the next step is to find the ideal home.

We currently have a listing on the market which is sure to please any nature-loving family. Surround yourself with the beauty of Muskoka in this Woodland Heights expansive family home on the top of a knoll at 16 Birchwood Drive. This 2,941 square foot, multi-level home has a commanding view of the natural landscape within the Woodland Heights neighbourhood and is ideally situated to access the best of what Huntsville and the Muskoka region have to offer.

Accents of stone surround the yard, from the stone walkway to the front porch, to the exterior stonework on the home and the natural landscape dotted with rock, this home on the knoll is in the heart of Muskoka woodland. The grand stone chimney at the back of the home is set off with a large deck, ideal for barbequing and entertaining. The surrounding hardwood forest is primarily deciduous, providing an ever-changing seasonal beauty which accents the mature landscaping of the property itself; this truly is a home in the woods, and so much more.

When you step inside the home at 16 Birchwood Drive, you’ll discover an expansive floor plan with a variety of options to meet your needs and desires. The main level not only has a large kitchen which is open to the breakfast area, there is also a formal dining room, ideal for dinner parties, and the living room which is set apart by the gorgeous stone woodburning fireplace. What you see of the chimney on the exterior is brought inside, enhancing the home-in-the-woods feeling.

The kitchen is roomy with plenty of cabinetry for storage and a centre island, along with granite countertops. This is an ideal place for creating memorable family dinners together. Add in a large laundry room and a 2 pc bath in the main living area of the main floor, all your daily living needs are easily taken care of on the main level of this home.

This is an ideal home for a multi-generational family as there are 3 bedrooms and 3 full baths. On the main level there is a master bedroom with an ensuite bath, and a second large bedroom with a full bathroom next to it. Both of these rooms are at one end of the main floor plan, allowing for privacy and quiet from the rest of the house. The upper level includes a second spacious master bedroom with ensuite bath, alongside an open den area, perfect for a home office or extended retreat space.

The lower level provides ample room for the kids/grand kids to play or the family to gather together for movie nights within the main rec room. Add in a large workshop/storage area ideal for storing seasonal recreational equipment as well as a cold room, this home has plenty of space, so overcrowding will not be a concern.

Whatever your family needs may be, 16 Birchwood Drive is also ideally located to access the best of the region’s resources and recreation. The 500 acre Woodland Heights neighbourhood is located on the outskirts of Huntsville and is home to many gorgeous country estate properties.

Although the homes in Woodland Heights are not waterfront properties, you can enjoy the benefits of Muskoka living without the higher property taxes of waterfront living.  Most of the aspects of waterfront living are within reach from this neighbourhood from boating, swimming, fishing, ice fishing to running, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, Nordic & alpine skiing, skating, snow shoeing, curling and so much more. Outdoor enthusiasts will be happy to be surrounded by so many options in all four seasons. Access points to various lakes are not far away for boating, swimming & fishing or ice fishing during the winter. For those who want to hit the slopes in the winter months, Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area is just up the road.

For golf lovers, there are many golf courses in the area. Deerhurst Resort itself has two distinctive 18-hole golf courses, the Deerhurst Highlands and Deerhurst Lakeside. Provincial Parks, Arrowhead and Algonquin with all of the activities they offer as well as The Limberlost Nature Reserve are all within close proximity.

Don’t forget, there’s also easy access to fine dining, theatre and performances at the Algonquin Theatre in downtown Huntsville, as well as the Huntsville Public Library and recreation and activities at the Canada Summit Centre.

The charming and classic woodland home at 16 Birchwood Drive is an ideal family home for year round living in the Muskoka region. Discover more about this property for yourself with our extensive 3-D Virtual Tour.

If you’re ready to move to the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. 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.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.

 

The Finer Points of Staging Your Muskoka Home, Cottage or Condo!

Staging has become a standard ‘buzz word’ in the world of real estate. Staging can help potential buyers envision themselves living in a particular space. There are the basics to home staging such as decluttering and deep-cleaning each room, painting with neutral colors, and boosting your yard with some extra curb appeal. It also helps to pay attention to the finer points of staging. Sellers who take extra steps to ‘set the stage’ around their Muskoka property can help make their property stand out in a memorable and positive way. The better an impression you make on buyers, the greater a chance you have at selling your home, cottage or condo quickly and for the price you want.

Put out the Welcome Mat. You want people to feel comfortable as they tour your home. By making them feel welcome, you can encourage a sense of hominess and belonging, which most buyers are searching for. Whether you have a large porch, or a small stoop leading into your home, set up some potted plants and flowers, a new welcome mat and if you have the room, a small table with a couple of chairs. If your exterior lights have seen better days, opt to update these as well, creating a bright and cheery entrance is an ideal way to welcome people to your home.

Take advantage of lesser used rooms to set the stage. How often do you use your dining room? Do you have a spare room which has become an oversized storage unit? As you prepare your property for listing, consider staging these rooms to showcase their function or possible uses. Set the table so it’s ready for a dinner party for four, and don’t forget to include fresh flowers or a seasonal centerpiece. Turn a spare room into a guest bedroom or an office and set the room so it looks ready to be enjoyed. New linens and pillows, a reading lamp and a few books on a night stand for a guest bedroom, or a neatly organized desk with shelves for an office for example.

Consider your extra spaces. If you have ‘extra’ spaces around your property, turn them into positive possibilities. Space under a stairway, an enclosed mudroom, a large landing or even a classic Muskoka room should be incorporated with your staging ideas. A bookcase, sitting area or work bench can make a big difference.

Accent the positive and encourage exploration. You want potential buyers to fall in love with your Muskoka home, cottage or condo. When staging, look at transition areas within your home and use them to help guide visitors from room to room. A strategically placed accent table with a nice lamp and a piece of local art just beyond an entryway will encourage people to see what’s in the next room. Enhance long hallways with wall hangings, and a small bookcase at the far end. Area rugs on wood floors help attract the eye to a space and make a room stand out.

The finer points of home staging can help you sell your Muskoka property quickly by creating a lasting and exciting impression of your property. For more ideas check out this list of tips from Houzz.

If you’re ready to move to the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. 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.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.

It Takes a Village to Create a Home

In case you missed it, March 25th was designated as Huntsville Day in honour of our commemoration as an incorporated community back on March 25th, 1886. The Town of Huntsville was formed by 750 unique individuals who persevered with the ideals of independent living with compassion and support for one another. Since then our town has grown and changed over the years, but we’re still here and thriving with a strong sense of community. In honour of this commemoration, the annual theme for Huntsville was announced: It Takes a Village.

As we move through 2018 there will be a variety of special programs and offerings for residents and visitors to enjoy, with the goal of enhancing our community connections alongside our individual paths of expression. The idea of an annual theme came about as a way to connect with our past while creating a positive future for everyone in the Town of Huntsville.

So, what can you expect to experience in 2018? Listed below are just a few ways the theme of It Takes a Village will be engaged and supported by our community.

On the arts & culture side of things, the Algonquin Theatre, a community focal point in Huntsville will be expanding its presence by hosting a free Wampum Belt History session as part of National Indigenous People Day on June 21st.  Muskoka Heritage Place Museum will hold this year’s Canada Day Celebration on July 1st and the Downtown Huntsville BIA will host the first ever Macaroni Festival in September.

The Huntsville Library will continue to provide innovative community access to resources and services for everyone, including a 3D printer and other eServices as well as their education program to help close educational gaps through the STEM Village program. We all know art is an important aspect of education, be on the look out for the Village Art Project. Organized by the Huntsville Art Society, this project will feature student art work on display at Partners Hall.

The Huntsville Festival of the Arts will take things up a notch with a special feature presented by the Muskoka Concert Band. Live music and a visual display will merge together into a piece called “Brilliance” which will be performed later this year. New this year for the 2018 Culture Days, will be the Ontario Culture Trek, aimed to get even more participation within this summer celebration.

Through community organizations focused on business, the arts and our various cultures, Huntsville has grown from a small group of 750 spirited people to a diverse community looking forward to a bright future. People love life here because it really does Take a Village to thrive. Check out the Town of Huntsville Media Release for more details about the theme of 2018.

It Takes a Village, and this village is a town which truly does care. If you’re ready to move the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. 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.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 Attribution:

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

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

Informed Buyer / Seller April 2018

Get the Most Out of Viewing Muskoka Properties Before Buying

 

When you’re ready to buy your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, chances are you’ll be viewing several properties before you find just the right one. We all know it’s best to be respectful of the seller and their property.

Be on time. If you have an appointment set, give yourself some extra time to ensure you don’t arrive late. Everyone has busy schedules. Be on time, but also be respectful and communicate with your agent if something has deterred you. For Open Houses, be sure to arrive within the time frame specified.

Ask appropriate questions, provide appropriate information. An open house or home viewing is a great time to ask important questions such as if the appliances come with the sale or, whether any offer have been made already. Don’t ask for how much though, it’s good and fair to know if there have been any other offers, but further probing isn’t favourable.

Asking pertinent questions about the property is a good thing, it shows your interest in the house and is an ideal way to learn more about a property. Asking personal questions such as how many live in a home currently, is too invasive. It’s also important not to overshare information about yourself. Doing so can actually hinder your position in the negotiation process, remember, the agent at an Open House is not working for you, but the seller.

A Polite Tip to Remember: Taking photos without permission is an invasion of privacy. Before you pull out the cell phone to take a shot of the incredible built-in shelves you love, ask the agent present for permission first.

Look but don’t snoop. When touring a property, you should look into closets, open drawers and cupboards, and walk through every room observing the features carefully. However, you shouldn’t snoop or dig through clearly personal items such as digital device or toiletries. Chances are the seller will remove identifiable items such as mail or medications, but if something is left behind, leave it be. If you do see something, you can show the ultimate respect by discretely mentioning the sighting to the agent, so they can remove the items.

Plan for your day. If you have several appointments in one day or are enjoying a weekend afternoon looking for open houses, be sure to dress comfortably. A long day of walking around houses doesn’t become so tiring when you do so in comfort. It’s also best to leave the kids at home, and don’t bring the dog. You are a guest within a seller’s home, they may not want pets inside, and while we love our kids, young ones in particular can be a distraction, keeping you from focusing on the property.

These simple home touring guidelines can help you get the most out of your home search. Find more tips with this HGTV article.

If you’re ready to move to the area, or it’s time to sell, discover the care and expertise of The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team. 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.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.

 

 

Executive, Luxury, Custom Build on Fairy Lake!

Executive, Luxury, Custom Build on Fairy Lake!

16 SCOTT’S POINT ROAD HUNTSVILLE, ON P1H 1E8     $1,595,000

Stunning, custom built luxury home on the shores of Fairy Lake. South exposure, 180 degree views all around. Sought after neighbourhood & location situated in an enclave of other fine homes. Friends & family will be impressed with the gorgeous lake views from all principal living spaces. Bright, airy, spacious open concept living – perfect for entertaining or hosting family gatherings. Youll find first-class craftsmanship & detail throughout. Plaster crown mouldings, custom kitchen with granite counters, 2 fireplaces, including lower level double-sided gas fireplace, solid oak flooring & so much more. Muskoka Room overlooking the lake opens onto deck area. Perfect spot to sit & contemplate with your favorite beverage & enjoy the beautiful lake views & surrounding scenery. Exquisite bathrooms on all levels. Lovingly cared for & maintained home. Youll notice pride of ownership when viewing this home. Ask for the feature sheet, floor plans & be sure to view the interactive video tour.