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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.

An Artful Guide to Hiding the Utilitarian Aspects of Your Muskoka Home, Cottage or Condo

Every cottage, condo, townhome, farm house & estate home has them, and we need them for our homes to work well and keep us comfortable. But that doesn’t mean we want to see them, yet there they are, visible and not very attractive. Not all heating vents, pipes and airducts get enclosed, in many homes they can even be an eyesore, but what can you do? Check out these ideas to help make the inner-workings of your Muskoka property disappear, or at least blend in better with your sense of style and furnishings.

Standing radiators and speakers. If you have an older home with a standing radiator or still enjoy your original surround sound speakers, but don’t want to see them, consider getting a folding screen to discreetly and artfully hide them. With a standing screen you’re also not completely covering these items up so their functionality isn’t compromised. The range of styles you can find in folding screens also gives you an easy way to make an artful statement. Another option is to encase them in an artfully designed cover so instead of an eyesore, they become a conversation piece.

Open shelving spaces. Open shelves are a growing trend, and this brings with it some great design benefits, especially if you want to show off your dishes. But not all things on shelves need to be seen. If you have a closet where the doors are long-gone, or some built-in shelves that are more utilitarian than display, hang a curtain or tapestry to hide the contents. You match the curtain to the wall color so the area blends in or take advantage of the spot to add in a colourful fabric print.

Tech gadgets and wires. These can often become the biggest eyesore, and if you have a lot, they can overwhelm a space. For gadgets such as routers or hard drives, use shelving contact paper to wrap them in something more appealing to your taste. Wherever you need to keep them, a shelf or a desk, they will blend in as a piece of décor. For wires & cords you can build a closed shelf to cover them, or for where you need more flexibility, you can get a cord cover. There are material and colour choices galore. Match them to your wood or carpeting, use fabric to blend in with curtains or furniture, or paint them to match a wall.

Thermostats and light switches. Sure, you can paint switch panels and outlets, so they blend in, but thermostats, security alarm pads and other wall gadgets are a bit harder to incorporate. A bit of creativity can literally make these pieces disappear, yet still be easily accessible. The key is to hang something that doesn’t lay flat on the wall. Add a stylish curtain rod to hang a quilt or tapestry. Or you can place a tall house plant in front of the control. A 3-dimensional wall sculpture may have the perfect section to rest in front of the area you want to hide.  Find more artful ideas to hide home essentials you don’t want to always see with this article at Realtor.com.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, The Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott Team is here to work in partnership with you. Choose a team whose local and realty experience is something you can rely on. Choose a team you can trust and let us put our 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.

February is WinterFest Season in Muskoka

February is the peak of the winter season here in Muskoka, and that means it’s time for winter festivals across the region. Listed below are just some of the community festivals which are coming up, so mark your calendar and get the family out for some winter-time fun.

Port Sydney Winter Carnival – February 1st – 3rd.  Three days of free activities await, including horse & wagon rides, snowshoeing, skating, tubing, a pancake breakfast and more. Head over to the Port Sydney Community Hall and Mary Lake Beach for this weekend of fun – the perfect way to get the month started!

Muskoka Winter Bike FestFebruary 2nd.  There’s nothing like fat-tire biking in the snow. Wider tires give better traction allowing for recreational biking all year long. This sport has continued to grow in popularity, culminating in the Muskoka Winter Bike Fest. The race will be held at the Deerhurst Resort in Huntsville and is family friendly. Whether you join the race or not, there’ll be plenty of fun on hand, including live entertainment, a big bonfire and a kids’ course for the young ones.

Dwight Winter CarnivalFebruary 8th– 10th.  Head over to Dwight for a community carnival full of fun for all ages. Both outdoor and indoor activities will be on hand at the Dwight Community Centre, but the annual dart tournament is held at the Bush Company Bar & Grill. Some of the fun to look forward to includes Kid Kapers games and winter science activities, archery demonstrations, a chili cook-off, horse-drawn sleigh rides and more will be on tap; new this year is a family skate night at the Dwight Community Rink to get the carnival started.

Baysville WinterfestFebruary 18th.  Being held at the Lake of Bays Community Centre & Arena, the activities and treats are free at the Baysville Winterfest, such as ice skating, kids’ crafts, a pancake breakfast, hot chocolate, campfire marshmallows and entertainment. Live music and comedy shows will highlight this winterfest along with donut and pie-eating contests and a local business chili challenge. Also returning this year is the ‘Zoo to You’ exhibit, with more than 20 exotic animals you can interact with.

Don’t stay cooped up this winter, get out and have some fun at our winter festivals this February.

When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, make the process an easier one with the help of a realty team you can count on for expert representation.  Whatever your Muskoka property dreams may be, let us, Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott put our 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.

 

2019 Kitchen Trends

The start of a new year is a wonderful time to begin planning a kitchen update. Checking out the latest in design trends can provide inspiration for such a project. For 2019, the latest trends point towards what we in Cottage Country already know, that a tranquil home is a happy home, especially when it comes to our kitchens, the heart of any home or cottage.

According to a review of 2019 home design trends by Real Simple, many of the emerging trends work well in creating a serene and comfortable kitchen, as well as a practical one, always an added plus for cooking meals and entertaining. One prevalent design element found in Muskoka homes & cottages is once again being embraced by designers – wood finishes and accents are making a comeback.

Minimalist-modernism with a focus on metal isn’t holding sway as much as it once did. The return of wood finishes along doors and windows, in cabinetry, chair rails and crown moulding among other design elements answers the call to return to a closer relationship with nature; something many of us readily embrace with our Muskoka lifestyle.

Another home design trend connects to the tranquil side of nature through colour. The 2019 Benjamin Moore Colour of the year may have an urban name, Metropolitan – is a shade of gray set to calm and inspire a meditative mood. As a neutral tone, this is a colour which can be incorporated into most any kitchen with ease.

Gone are the days of pure white cabinets too. Instead, lighter shades of greens and blues are on the rise in kitchen cabinet designs. Another design trend gaining in popularity also focuses on cabinets, with open shelving. Having an open-shelf design for your upper kitchen cabinets helps keep the room more open and provides an excellent space to make a decorative statement with dishware, vases and other kitchen accessories.

Sometimes top-quality materials can be costlier than budget allows, but with today’s technology and innovation, new options have been brought to the design market. Porcelain tiles are a great example. With an endless range of designs, title backsplashes and accents in the kitchen make a statement and work well to tie an entire room together. Now “faux” porcelain tile makes this creative design element more readily available.

When you’re ready to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo, work with a real estate team who love where they live and understand the local market. Let us, Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott put our 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.

It’s a Winter Recreation-Land in Muskoka

We’ve said it before, life doesn’t slow down around the Muskoka region once winter arrives. The snowfall and gorgeous parks, trails and forests provide the perfect background for winter recreation fun. Even if it gets a bit too cold to be out for long, we also have indoor sport options to experience. Listed below are some of our top recommendations for winter fun, check them out and enjoy the season of cold and snow in Muskoka style.

Go mobile and enjoy the woods in winter in a variety of ways. For the more adventurous there’s fat-tire biking, with wider tires for trekking through snow and ice. Motorized sleds and dog sleds offer two different experiences for snow-bound transport. For a romantic night out, or the perfect way to create a family memory of a lifetime, take a sleigh horse ride through the forest.

Ice Skating. Not only can you skate on your choice of various lakes and ponds around the area, there are indoor skating options such as at the Canada Summit Centre in Huntsville. There’s also another unique way to enjoy a round of skating. Head over to Arrowhead Provincial Park for a 1.3k frozen trail where you can literally ice skate in the woods.

Games on ice. There’s nothing like winter team sports. Hockey is a Canadian pastime, and the kids love to play Shinny, a variation on the game. Both of us, my wife, Sandra and myself (Rick), love another Canadian winter pastime, curling. If you’ve not tried curling before, you are in for a treat. Teamwork, good reflexes and coordination all come together as players aim to have the curling stone to slide as far as it can, accurately on the ice with one push. Check out the Huntsville Curling Club and join in the fun yourself.

Snow Skiing. One of the oldest modes of winter transportation is also a lot of fun, and a great workout. All around Muskoka you can find skiing trails, perfect for downhill skiing or cross-country trekking. You can go skiing by day and night, which ever you fancy. Close to Huntsville you’ll find Hidden Valley Highlands Ski Area, ideal for getting in a good run down the hills or explore the trails.

There also longstanding winter traditions like Ice Fishing and Snowshoeing, both of which can be enjoyed in Muskoka.  Ice fishing brings friends and family together – huddle up in an ice fishing hut for a relaxing day and catch some large or small mouth bass, perch or pickerel. Snowshoeing offers another way to get an excellent workout along winter trails. They’re so quiet as you move through the snow, you can really get in touch with yourself and nature.

We really do enjoy life year-round here, and so can you. When it’s time to buy or sell your Muskoka home, cottage or condo make the process an easier one with the help of a realty team you can trust and rely on.  Whatever your Muskoka property dreams may be, let us, Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott, put our 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.

The Gilchrist House – A Piece of Huntsville Living History Could Be Yours!

Huntsville is full of history, shaping the landscape of the Muskoka region. Once in a while a piece of living history comes onto the market, providing a special opportunity for the right home buyer looking for a unique home full of charm and character; a rare find indeed. The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team have just such a gem of a listing, The Gilchrist Home, located at 22 Hanes Street, Huntsville.

Situated on an expansive lot which runs down towards but doesn’t quite touch the Muskoka River with views including Lion’s Lookout across the river, this home is not only a sight to behold, but provides amazing vistas to take your breath away.  While the property is near downtown, the mature landscaping provides privacy from the roadway, so is an ideal in-town retreat.

Huntsville has long been a supporter of the arts and music – such as is witnessed by the history of the property at 22 Hanes Street. This was once the location of The Morley College, Conservatory and School of Art in the late 1800s. The school itself had an unfortunate fate when it burned down in 1899. Soon after the property changed hands, a new stone home was built in 1901. This home saw some changes in ownership over the years, eventually becoming known as The Gilchrist House when it was purchased in 1931 by Evelyn and John Gilchrist. Their influence can still be noted in the home today.

Key elements of this historic stone home were added by the Gilchrists, including the stone fireplace which is the heart of the home, and the addition of a fully-functional apartment on the top floor. These details along with the basic floorplan have been retained with the latest renovation efforts, offering an old-world, farmhouse architectural style steeped in the history of the region. If you have a passion for older homes, this could be just what you’ve been waiting for.

There has recently been extensive work done to the property by the current owners, who wanted to see it restored to its former glory. There had been several decades of water exposure and degradation issues which resulted in significant damage. This has all been rectified and the home once again showcases the style and comfort of a home from the early 1900s.

The original stone home has been enhanced with a reconstructed large front porch which opens into a cozy entry way, leading to the spacious living room, where you’ll be drawn in to get warm next to the gorgeous, large stone fireplace and hearth. This is the centerpiece of the home with large windows and garden doors that lead onto a flagstone patio and spacious yard.

Following the old-European style of home design, the home has solid wood framing around windows and doors. From the living room you step into to a separate large dining room with a deep-set bay window overlooking the front of the property. There’s also a modest kitchen accessed from the dining room with a side door leading outside. Through the central hallway on the main floor, there are three bedrooms and full 5-piece bath, as well as a back staircase leading up to a bonus room on the second storey.

The second level of this stone home is ideal for multi-generational living with its own dine-in kitchen, 3-piece bath and up to 3 bedrooms, one of which is fully large enough to be used as a living room. Here’s where you’ll also find a true gem of this renovated home, an enclosed sunroom rests above the front porch – the perfect place to spend some time relaxing the day away.

Details such as the stone chimney which runs exposed through the home, the ‘trapdoor’ entrance to the back stairs from the top floor, and the use of dormer spaces help retain the historical feel of this renovated home. The stained-glass panel in the front door, beadboard paneling in the dining room and rich, deep paneling of the living room also harken back to another time as do the shelves and cupboards. If a home with historical character is something you have longed for, now’s your chance to make this home your dream come true.

As with any major renovation, there was a vast amount of work which was done. There are still some interior changes that could be made by a new owner.

Contact The Rick Wearing & Sandra Parrott Team for an extensive engineering report, then let us show you this listing directly. An historical stone home such as The Gilchrist House is a one-of-a-kind home. Whatever your Muskoka home dreams may be, let us, Rick Wearing and Sandra Parrott put our 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.

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.