Monday, April 14, 2014

It's Spring - Come Out of Hibernation

  Other than on the ski slopes and up on top of the escarpment, the snow is almost gone and the ice coverage is retreating from the Bay.  It's been a long cold winter and most are glad to be getting back outdoors to partake in warm weather activities.

  I have been assessing some of the clean up work needed around my own home and it is extensive!  With all the snow we've had this winter there is an abnormal amount of sand on my lawn thanks to the liberal amount of sanding that was needed on our snow covered streets this winter.

  Many of you may be thinking about getting back out into the yard for clean-up and other gardening chores.  Not where to start?  My Home Cents Help Tip titled "Spring Out of Hibernation" may help you.  

  If you are perhaps thinking of selling this year, creating strong curb appeal is an important aspect of getting your home ready for market.  It not only creates a positive image and feel when prospective buyers arrive to look at your property but a well kept home appearance-wise suggests that it has probably received due care relative to other maintenance task.  A neglected home in terms of its appearance suggests that other aspects of the property such as the mechanical systems may have been neglected as well.  Buyer are fussy and with three times the number of homes listed for sales versus those that sell, they have plenty of choice.  

  Make sure that your property "stands out" from the rest of the competition.  Start by improving the exterior to create a good first impression and a positive story about the rest of the property.  

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Rick relocated to Collingwood from Toronto in 1985 through a transfer with Goodyear Canada. In 1987 Rick was recruited by a major client of Goodyear’s, managing their Canadian business based in Barrie before moving to Chicago in 1992 as Vice President of Sales & Marketing. Upon returning to Canada in 1996, Rick ran an industrial products manufacturing company in Stratford, Ontario. In 1998 Rick returned to Collingwood with his two children. Rick is a licensed real estate Broker with Royal LePAGE Locations North in Collingwood and holds his MVA designation (Market Value Appraiser-Residential). He is an active volunteer in the community serving several years on the Board of Directors with the Collingwood Chamber of Commerce as Treasurer, 6 years on the Board of Directors for the Southern Georgian Bay Association of REALTORS® of which he is the Past President (2008) and currently serves on a committee with the Ontario Real Estate Association. Rick is a diverse executive manager with extensive experience in strategic planning, manufacturing, finance, human resources and quality assurance management.