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How to upgrade your cottage AND increase its value

Rustic Model Bathroom

Unless the cottage you purchased was completely renovated from top to bottom, there are probably some personal touches you want to add. The question is: how do you increase your property value at the same time? Well, there are certain areas that are notorious for holding value. They are: kitchens, bathrooms and flooring. The first thing you want to do …

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BASIC UPGRADES FOR SELLING YOUR COTTAGE

Basic Upgrades Selling The Cottage

When you decide it is time to sell your cottage, many people will renovate or remodel in order to increase the value of their country property. The problem is that many people invest too much money in the wrong places and end up losing money when they sell. I have outlined several easy areas to concentrate on when you are …

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Winter Cottage Maintenance

Cabin Renovation

Having you cottage inspected on a regular basis and by keeping up with maintenance are the best ways to protect your investment. And yet, regular upkeep and maintenance are almost always dreaded because it is seen as such an overwhelming task. I would like to compile a list of maintenance that you might find helpful for each season in cottage …

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WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW ABOUT BUYING A COTTAGE

Buying Country Real Estate

Buying real estate in any situation can be overwhelming. Buying cottage real estate can be downright frustrating –not only do you have to ask the right questions, but you have to know what the answers mean. I have tried my best to compile what I deem to be important issues future buyers should be aware of. Accessibility Is it accessible …

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BUYING PROPERTY IN ONTARIO’S NEAR NORTH

The spring real estate market is right around the corner. That means many people will be beginning their hunt for the perfect cottage. Being able to escape the hustle and bustle of city life for cottage country is something that many people dream of being able to do. If you are thinking of buying your own oasis in the woods …

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WILDLIFE ON THE ROAD – WHAT SHOULD YOU DO?

Moose On Road

One out of every three crashes in northeastern Ontario involves wildlife. Collisions occur most often in moose or deer habitat such as forested areas and waterways. This impacts cottagers and those of us who own rural property, as our property is generally located within forested areas. Moose and deer cross roads for a wide variety of reasons, several times a …

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WHO IS WATCHING YOUR COTTAGE THIS WINTER?

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With the extreme high and low temperatures we have been experiencing around the globe, I wonder what this means for cottage country? But more specifically, what does it mean for your cottage, this winter?  The possibility of discovering something has gone amiss in your absence is very realistic. Having a neighbour up north or someone you can trust to go …

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HOW SAFE IS YOUR FIREPLACE?

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There is nothing cozier than a warm fire on a crisp winter night. Woodstoves are an excellent source of heat in the winter; however, you want to make sure you are doing everything right to avoid a tragic situation. Here are some pointers to help keep your fire burning safely and efficiently: Any new stove or fireplace should be professionally …

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ICE SAFETY – HOW PREPARED ARE YOU?

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When you live in Northern cottage country, there are plenty of fantastic winter activities you can participate in. But snowmobiling, ice fishing, hockey or snowshoeing can quickly become dangerous pastimes if you do not know how to tell if the ice is safe enough to withstand weight. With the temperatures falling to minus forty degrees last week, the lakes and …

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WINTER BBQ – IS IT FOR YOU?

Winter is a great time for comfort foods like stew and chilli. It is also a great time for barbecuing! Probably the last thing most people think when they gaze out of their cabin window at the snow covered landscape would be grilling something delicious on the BBQ. One of the greatest parts of living in cottage country is the …

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