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Let’s Get WETT!!!

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After months of searching, you’ve finally found the escape you have been looking for. You are gearing up to enjoy long hot summer days by the water with a nice cool cocktail or maybe you are getting ready to cozy up to your wood stove with some mulled wine and a good book. BUT WAIT! Did you have your stove …

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OPENING THE COTTAGE – THE BARE BASICS

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After the winter that we had this year, many people are a bit nervous as to what to expect when they finally make their way to cottage country to open their cottages for the season. Although the May long weekend has come and gone, I have noticed that not very many cottages have been opened this year. I will chalk …

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Winter Visits – Do they harm your cottage?

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The snow is now on the ground throughout cottage country and it will undoubtedly stay here until the spring. Many cottagers venture up to their un-insulated or lightly insulated summer cottages to enjoy the beauty of nature during the winter months. What you do not realize is that these sporadic winter visits can actually cause quite a bit of damage …

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Keeping Your Cottage Safe

How To Keep Your Cottage Safe

It is definitely the season for winterizing summer cottages and recreational homes in cottage country. Ensuring your cottage deters crooks in the off season is an important, and often ignored part of winterizing any home.  There are several universal tips for making your cottage as safe from break ins as possible. Here they are: 1. Lock Everything It sounds straight forward …

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Closing the Cottage – Indoor Edition

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Closing you cottage for the winter is always an ordeal. It is a weekend process that requires the whole family. But if it is not done properly, opening the cottage in the spring will be a nightmare. Thanksgiving is normally the time people will close their cottage. But this year, since the fall has been so beautiful in the Near …

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Don`t Let Ants Destroy Your Investment

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For those that own recreational real estate in Ontario, every summer can be an intense battle against Carpenter Ants at the cottage. Carpenter ants are the big black ones that nest in moist, rotting wood. They can cause a lot of damage if they move into your cottage. These ants will hit their peak in late June and early July. …

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How Important is Cottage Landscaping?

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Landscaping your house in the city is a no brainer – it adds curb appeal and value. Landscaping cottage real estate is no different. First impressions happen quickly so improving the appearance of the property is definitely something to think about – especially if you want to sell your cottage. In a city house where you have a private backyard, …

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Grilling A Great Steak – Trade Secrets

How To Cook A Steak On A Grill

Because it is finally summer in Ontario cottage country and because I love a good steak, I thought I would pass along some helpful tips to preparing and (most importantly) enjoying a great steak up North at the cottage. The most important part of eating a delicious steak is buying the right cut of beef. If you end up buying …

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Getting A Handle On A Mouldy Cottage

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Most cottages can smell a little musty, especially when they have been closed up for the winter. Combining a cottage that has been shut all winter, the Muskoka flood and the rainy season that cottage country has seen this year, it is safe to say that many Ontario cottagers are going to be dealing with water damage and mould this …

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The Inspections You Need On Your Cottage

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Home inspections are one of the most important things a buyer can do to protect them-selves from making a bad investment. What an inspection will do is provide an examination and evaluation of a residential structure. The inspection report will highlight problems or potential problems the house or cottage has. The inspection will provide you with information so you can …

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