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Chestnut Park Real Estate Limited
1300 Yonge St, Suite 100,
Toronto, Ontario. M4T 1X3
Tel: (416) 925-9191
Fax: (416) 925-3935





  First Impressions Matter

As part of my services, I sometimes use a professional home stager to help prepare a home for sale. This service can help enhance a home’s marketability and widen its appeal to buyers. Our goal is to help potential buyers envision themselves … well … at home! 

Techniques and recommendations we use to stage a home:
Remove all interior and exterior clutter (cupboards, closets, basement, garage, fridge magnets, knick-knacks, un-necessary boxes, etc.)

Rearrange or even remove furniture to create extra floor space

Update bathroom and kitchen fixtures, and lighting
Paint walls a neutral colour
Clean the home from floor to ceiling so that it sparkles (windows, carpets, chrome)
Create lifestyle vignettes in key rooms (i.e., entertaining or family related)
Add welcoming touches (planters, guest mat)

  Real Estate Know-How: Home Inspections

You’ve just returned from an open house and can already imagine yourself lounging by the fireplace and entertaining dozens in that fabulous new kitchen and landscaped yard.  The house is perfect. Or is it?

Enlisting the help of a qualified home inspector is a must when purchasing a new home. He/she will look beyond the aesthetics of that seemingly “perfect” home and explain its structural and mechanical soundness. An inspector will identify existing and potential problem areas, suggest practical low-cost solutions and provide cost estimates for work required.  These insights ensure you’re making a sound financial investment and truly understand what’s behind all that granite, marble, drywall and paint!

Costs of home inspections vary, depending on the size, age and location of a home. For a referral to a reputable home inspector, please call or email me. 


  Good To Know!
Should You Clean Your Ducts?

In some cases, duct cleaning may help improve overall air quality and air flow if it is done in tangent with an overall system tune-up (furnace, humidifier, air conditioning and ducts). However, most households don’t require regular duct servicing.

In the 1990s, the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) and the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) conducted in-depth research on the benefits of cleaning ducts. Insights from the study revealed that duct cleaning only cleans ducts and it does not reduce airborne particles (a.k.a., “dust”) in the house (dust originates from outside dirt, human or animal skin/hair and cloth fibres).

So when should you clean your ducts?

When there is water in ducts, there may be mold. In some cases, it may be more effective to replace the affected duct

After a new construction or renovation, duct cleaning can remove drywall dust, fiberglass, sawdust and debris that may have fallen into duct passages

Poor airflow with a furnace may be caused by a duct blockage
Hairy pets and curious children can add extra hair and “surprises” to normal dust accumulation


  It's A Good Idea!

Maintaining your home adds to the value of your house. This fall, remember to:

Test your furnace before it turns cold! Book an appointment to have it cleaned and safety-checked

If you heat your home with wood, schedule a chimney clean

Ensure your fireplace is clean, there are no cracks and that your damper opens and shuts smoothly and tightly

Service/clean your snow blower … and stalk up on gas!

Clean and re-affix your storm windows
Repair threshold seals

Apply weather stripping to old windows, doors, outlets

Turn off your outside water supply to prevent freezing pipes

Clear eaves troughs of fallen leaves
Store patio furniture and outdoor planters safely in a shed or garage
Protect fragile cedars/trees from winter winds with burlap


  Smart Design

Question: We want to update our family and master bathrooms this winter. What upgrades will help re-sale value?

You’re already on the right track … according to the Appraisal Institute of Canada, a bathroom renovation or “makeover” can yield a 68% return on investment.  While any bathroom makeover should complement the overall “look” and design of your home, *Style At Home magazine also offers these suggestions to take everyday and master baths to the next level of functionality and indulgence:

Family bathrooms:

Use mall-mounted faucets to save space
Use natural stone to create a non-slip floor
Think durable! Chrome fixtures are great for family bathrooms
Install a tilting mirror to accommodate all heights
Incorporate plenty of storage to keep toiletries out of sight

Master bathrooms:

Consider furniture as an alternative to built-ins for storage or as vanity
Heat the floor with electric coils or radiated heating, depending on budget
Include a separate shower, tub or water closet to meet his/her needs
Use mosaic tiles sparingly and strategically to add a touch of indulgence to floors, walls, backsplashes and showers
Use recessed and sconce lighting to create ambiance


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