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Where to Start

New garden design which looks as if it has been there for years.

Sit in your new garden area with your tea or coffee, lawn chair and your thoughts. Decide several things before you start. For instance, how big you would like to make your garden? Do you want paths through it or grassy areas? Is there a patio or deck to consider? In other words, sit in the area to figure out the size, shape, and location of your garden.

In addition, take into consideration is the type of plants you want to plant. Are they mostly shade or sun plants? Are they perennials or annuals? Do you want a perennial garden which doesn't need much watering? Perhaps, you like the bright colours of annuals and enjoy watering? In conclusion, pre planning is a must and will save you a lot of heartache later.

Shade or Sun in your New Garden

Garden with native plants

After that, check your local gardening maps to see what types of plants thrive best in your local climate.

Garden Design

Formal garden design

Are you a person who likes organic design or more a more formal design. What shape would go best on your property? Do drawings to help figure out your design. Consult online or books on garden design. In conclusion, you will find there are specific rules to follow for your garden design.

Building Garden over Grass

Here is a great trick to cover grass without digging it up and having to get rid of it. Outline exactly where you want the garden. Use spray paint in a bright colour. Next, cover your lawn with newspaper of cardboard right out to the edge. I suggest doing this on a windless day. Make sure theat you overlap the paper or cardboard so no weeds can grow through. Once that is laid down, water the paper or cardboard thoroughly. In other words, make sure to soak the area.

Laying Down the Dirt

Once the paper or card board are thoroughly soaked it is time to add the earth. I use a combination of triple mix and compost. Cover the paper with about 2 feet of earth. Do this right to the edge of the garden. This will give enough depth for the plant roots.

How to Arrange my Plants

As you might expect there are simple rules to follow when planting. There is the odd number rule. Plant either, one, three or five of the same plants in a grouping. This is very soothing to the eye.

Gardens add intrinsic value

Landscaping around a home can add value to the home. In addition, they add value when doing a home evaluation. People look at the aesthics. In other words, landscaping and gardens can add the WOW factor to a home! This means more money.

In conclusion, landscaping can be done for fun or to create an impression.



Home staging is the process of making your home look lived in. If you’re still living in it while we’re showing it, that’s not something we’ll have to do. However, if you’ve already moved into your new home, most houses will sell for more if potential buyers can envision what it may look like to live in it.
When needed, we’ll set your old house up to appear lived in. This will get you a better selling price when your house sells.

What is a Free Home Evaluation

A free home evaluation - is a tool homeowners seek for different reasons. For instance, the use depends on the age of the owners, length of time spent in the house, family size, economic circumstances, renovations, or rental units.

As in most things you should get a home evaluation done by a professional. Ask a local realtor to provide you with a current free home evaluation.

Think of it this way, when you need electrical work done, you go to a professional electrician. Get a local realtor to develop an accurate home evaluation of your home.

Reasons for a Free Home Evaluation

Bungalow where sellers want a free home evaluation
Seller would like a home evaluation.

Homeowners never think of their home as anything but a place to live until it comes time to make a move. They look to the news to get an idea of the real estate market. The difficulty with news is there can be conflicting reports. Therefore, the seller comes away not clearly knowing what the market is actually doing. How can home owners learn what is really going on?

Get a realtor to provide an accurate free home evaluation. It will answer the question; what is my home is worth in today's market?

Why do we need a Free Home Evaluation?

Sellers need to know how much they have to spend on their next home. They can obtain this information from the free home evaluation. In other words, stop wondering what their home value might be and see concrete facts. After that, they have the ability to make informed decisions.

Sellers must know what improvements, if any, need doing. Sometimes, small tweaks can bring a huge return. For example, a house painted in different dark colours can be freshley repainted in a light modern decor. Resulting in a fresh updated brighter house.

Realtors can help decide what really needs to be done in order to sell the house by giving their informed opinion. After all, they know what buyers are looking for in local homes.

Life Changes

Divorcing couple sitting in their house need a free home evaluation to find out what it is worth
Divorcing couple need a free home evaluation.

Life changes, separations and divorces occur. Both parties need to know what the up-to-date accurate value of their largest asset. After that, agreements can be written up based on informed knowledge.

Investment Properties Defintely Need Free Home Evaluation

Investors seek up-to-date free home evaluations so they can take equity out of their currently owned properties. An Investment evaluation can be more involved than a normal residential evaluation, especially if apartments and rental income are to be considered.

Refinancing an accurate home evaluation is a must. We will talk about this type of evaluation in another blog.

Finding out what you can Afford

Real estate today is very expensive. It takes a huge income for a single person to have the ability to carry a mortgage for the average home. Resulting in several new avenues buyers utilize to obtain the needed down payment in obtaining a mortgage.

Parents Downpayment Help

Parents can help their kids with the down payment. This has never before happened to the degree we are seeing in today's market.

Parents are taking equity out of their homes to help fund their children’s purchases. Reportedly, the average amount parents give to kids in the GTA is around $130,000. Wow! Now, you can see why homeowners need to know the current value of their homes.

Free Home Evaluation for Estate Planning

Beautiful condo where sellers need a free home evaluation for estate planning
Beautiful condo with older sellers.

The home’s value can also, become a part of an overall financial plan. The matrimonial home is most likely the largest asset in the estate. As a result, an up-to-date free home evaluation a must when estate planning.

For example, is there enough equity in the home to help the kids and leave enough equity to fund an adequate retirement.

Just a Nosey Neighbour

We all know nosey neighbours. These people just need to keep up with the selling activity in their neighbourhood. In other words, they want to know all the latest sale prices in the area. That is why they get a free home evaluation.

Different Types of Free Home Evaluations

A Comparison Free Home Evaluation

Free home evaluations involve comparing similar homes. Similar features such as lot size, house square footage, number of bedrooms and bathrooms, finished basement are compared. Similarily, renovations, and upgrades etc. are compared in the recent sold prices.

Other Home Assests

Buyers pay more for aesthetic values. Some homes just shine! They are extremely clean and well designed. They may be bright and airy in feel. Or, they may be located on a lovely lot. Any of these factors can push buyers to spend more money.

Beautifully maintained homes or ones located within walking distance to a particular school receive better value. These special qualities can impress buyers so much, they are willing to pay top dollar for that home. In conclusion, these qualities can’t be judged through brick-and-mortar comparisons. But they can add huge value to a property! Aesthic values can deginitely a bonus to any home.

Intrinsic Value

Homes that back to conservation areas, green space or have waterfront access, usually have a higher free home evaluation. Similarly, all the different features are factored in either up or down in the final pricing. This is verified through recent local sale information.

Accurate Free Home Evaluation

An accurate home evaluation takes time to do. This is where a local realtor will help. They know the local homes. As well as, what adds value to the homes in that particular area.

Puting all factors together in the free home evaluation will give a very clear idea of what price the home will bring.

In conclusion, a free home evaluation is a useful tool for many different reasons. Call us when you want an accurate evluation done on your home.

Barrie bungalow where sellers are wanting a home evaluation
Barrie home where sellers are looking for an accurate home evaluation
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