Home Inspections – why you should attend yours


Since purchasing a home is likely the biggest purchase you will ever make, many buyers, particularly in recent years, choose to include a home inspection as a condition in their Agreement of Sale and Purchase.

Once you’ve hired a qualified and certified home inspector, make arrangements to attend the home inspection. Your presence isn’t required but it’s definitely in your best interest to be there, for a number of reasons.

Your home inspector is a wealth of information. An expert on all things home related, they will be able to offer tidbits of advice that may not be included in the written report. Being present also gives you the opportunity to ask follow-up questions to your inspector’s suggestions, such as how long before a repair is required and how much it will cost. If these are big-ticket items, they can be used to negotiate the price of the property to cover the cost of repairs.

Up until this point, you’ve likely only spent 15 or 20 minutes touring the home you’re purchasing. A home inspection gives you the opportunity to spend a couple hours in the home, closely examining aspects and areas you may have missed. You can also use this time to take measurements and make a list of landscaping that is needed, rooms to be painted, windows coverings that are required, etc.

During the inspection, take notes, ask questions and clarify anything you don’t understand. Remember that this will be your home and it’s an opportunity to learn about the inner workings of the property. Attending the home inspection is the best way of getting to know the property and feel confident in your purchase.

Jennifer Birch – Realtor

Understanding how light affects paint

Choosing a paint colour for a space in your home is tough decision. Some homeowners can spend hours agonizing over those tiny paint chips at the hardware store before deciding on the perfect one. How frustrating is it then to spend all that money on paint, not to mention the time spent painting, only to discover the colour looks completely different than you imagined on your walls. The culprit could be lighting.

Avoid decor disappointment by doing a little research into how lighting affects paint colour. You need to consider a variety of factors when selecting your paint, including the direction the room faces and the natural light it receives throughout the day, plus the type of artificial lighting you have in the room.

According to Houselogic.com, a north-facing room will have a cool and bluish light, meaning that bolder colours that will amplify the sunlight will look better than muted shades.

A south-facing room will complement both light and dark colours well, but keep in mind that dark colours will look brighter and light colours will be luminous.

An east-facing room is ideal for reds, yellows and oranges. Colours will be warm and yellowish in the morning and take on a bluer tinge in the afternoon.

Finally, a west-facing room will produce many shadows, making colours look muted in the morning before they take on a beautiful, warm glow in the evening.

Keep in mind that the sheen of the paint you choose will also affect the colour. Glossy paint will reflect light, while a matte finish will allow the true colour to shine through, especially under bright lighting.  Check out Farrow & Ball‘s website to see their article on how light affects certain paint colours.

When it comes to choosing light bulbs, traditional incandescent bulbs give off a yellow light that makes warm colours more intense and cool colours look dull. The new energy-efficient LEDs can be purchased to emit a warm or cool colour. You can even purchase “smart” LED lights with colour that can be controlled wirelessly. Fluorescent lights tend to create a cool, blue light that complements greens and blues well.

If you’re still undecided, purchase a paint colour sample and paint a small section of the room. Check in periodically throughout the day to see how the light in your space is playing up the colour.  Or check out Benjamin Moore to see what colours are suggested for different types of light.

Jennifer Birch – Realtor & Accredited Home Stager

Tips on Purchasing a Cottage

Ahhhh, the cottage life – sitting back and relaxing in the sunshine by the lake, is there anything better? If this is a dream that you’re hoping to turn into a reality, here are a few pointers before you purchase a recreational property.


First things first, make your wish list. Know what it is you are looking for. There are many things to consider and decisions to make. Do you want a property that is waterfront or within walking distance to the water? Do you plan to use the cottage all year or just during the summer? What location do you have in mind and how far are you willing to drive? What type of lake would be ideal – a smaller or larger lake? Your answers will help narrow your search.

Then, find a good realtor to work with. Recreational properties are a lot harder to find than residential ones and there’s only so much lakefront property available. So in most cases you’ll have to act quickly (but also cautiously) when purchasing your dream property. Once you find the one you want, don’t hesitate, because most cottages do move quickly.

Know your price range and determine how much you want to spend. Get your financing in order in advance. It’s important to know ahead of time that mortgages for recreational properties may be subject to different lending requirements and higher interest rates than your home. Getting pre-approved from your bank will make your cottage purchase go more smoothly.

The same as you do with buying a residential home, you’ll want to have a home inspector go through the cottage prior to buying. Also, do your research about the property including looking into its amenities and utilities, as well as possible issues with shoreline, water and wildlife. Check also for things you may need to be aware of like cottage and property boundary line issues, survey issues, zoning, septic system failures and the water well supply.

Once you get the property of your dreams, sit back, relax and enjoy!

Jennifer Birch – Realtor

Specializing in the Crystal Beach Cottage area – contact me for listings to some gorgeous properties!

Creating a Healthy Lawn


After all the snow we’ve seen this winter, most of us are ready to welcome the rain showers with hopeful thoughts of May flowers. Your lawn has taken a beating over the past six months and April is an excellent month to tackle your backyard maintenance. Here are some great tips to help you get your lawn in optimal growing form!

A healthy lawn is a happy lawn

Raking is the first step to a healthy lawn this year. Even if you raked last fall, your lawn has developed a layer of “thatch” over the winter – it’s the dead vegetation between the healthy grass and the soil. A deep raking will pull up the thatch, allowing for a thicker, healthier spring lawn.

With the first signs of new spring growth and plants coming back to life, you can be sure a variety of weeds are also lurking. As soon as the soil is thawed – even a couple of weeks before the last frost – you can start cultivating the surface soil in areas prone to weed growth. Pull weeds as soon as they appear – it’s often easier to pull them in the spring because the ground is damp and soft.

Finally, if you’ve never aerated before your lawn might be crying out for help. Aeration is needed when the soil becomes so compacted over time that water and nutrients have a difficult time making their way down to the grass roots. Aeration involves the removal of small plugs of soil using….an aerator, of course! The plugs of soil are left on the surface of your lawn and will eventually work their way back into the dirt. For small lawns, you can buy or rent a manual aerator. Power aerators are also available for rent or purchase. To save some money, ask your neighbours if they want to share the cost with you and pretty soon the whole neighbourhood will have healthy, green lawns!

Jennifer Birch – Realtor

Spring Cleaning Checklist


It’s that time of year when we get busy cleaning our house in and out. By letting the fresh air in, and making our homes clean, healthy and efficient, we make our homes a happy place to be.

Start on your Exterior:

The outside of your home has taken more wear and tear from the harsh winter, than the interior.

• Wash windows: Use a squeegee and dish soap with water.

• Replace old or cracking caulk and replace weather stripping.

• Inspect the roof for broken or missing shingles, or tiles, and clean out gutters and downspouts at the same time.

• Replace cracked or old garden hoses, and rake away leaves, tree limbs and debris from sidewalks, plant beds and surrounding areas.

• Pressure wash concrete and paved areas that have become dirty and power wash vinyl siding, brick walls and vertical surfaces on your home if need be.

• Clean entryway – Wash doors, mailbox, porch and clean or replace mat.


Now the Interior: Begin each room with tidying, then dust, clean, and vacuum, in that order.

• Declutter! Start here. Clear out any junk or unused items from all closets – then clean and organize them. Start fresh each spring!

• Windows and Sills: For glass use a squeegee and dishwashing soap and water

• Curtains: Dry-clean velvet, tapestries, brocades, chenille, and interlined curtains. Cotton and similar textiles can be washed.

• Upholstery and Carpets: Hire a carpet cleaner or rent a carpet-cleaning machine should you not have the right equipment.

• Thwart Moths: Clean the inside of your drawers and wardrobe, and then wipe the insides with cedarwood oil.

• Lighting & Ceiling Fans: Remove their shades, globes and bulbs or blades and wash with soap and water.

• Bathroom Fans: Remove and clean

• Exhaust Fans,Vents: Remove grids and clean

• Freshen Beds: Turn, sprinkle with baking soda…then vacuum your mattress on a low setting. Launder all of your quilts, duvets, and pillows.

• Upholstery: Loose upholstery covers should be washed or dry-cleaned and then placed back on the furniture while still damp to reshape. Use upholstery cleaner for fixed fabric furniture.

• Picture Frames, Mirrors and Artwork: dust

• Appliances: Clean oven and fridge inside and out. Move for washing behind and underneath.

• Smoke Detectors & Alarms: Take down, clean and check batteries.

• Ducts & Furnace: Get ducts cleaned and clean or replace furnace filter.

Jennifer Birch – Realtor


Single Family at 221 TEDDINGTON Place BURLINGTON

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This stunning SOUTHEAST Burlington home is nestled on a quiet court in a family friendly neighbourhood and just 2 blocks from Lake Ontario! This elegant and spacious home offers an interlocking brick driveway, double car garage, 4 large bedrooms and 5 bathrooms (3 of which are ensuites), This home has a wonderful layout for entertaining, potlights, crown molding, hardwood floors, 9 foot ceilings on all 3 levels, separate dining room and formal living room, a large custom kitchen with granite counters and a double sided fireplace – the perfect place to unwind after a long day at work. The basement has a media room with a projector and another double sided fireplace. The basement a lso features a wet bar area, a prep room, an 830 bottle wine cellar and a large bonus room as well as a new bathroom with heated floors. The backyard is a summertime oasis with a heated in ground pool that is surrounded by an inte rlocking brick patio and professionally landscaped perennial gardens. Don’t miss out on your chance to own this home on one of Southeast Burlington’s most sought after court locations!

$1,379,000 –







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Floor Type Dimensions
Main level Living room/Fireplace 19′ x 13′
Main level Dining room 16′ x 12′
Main level Office 13′ x 9′
Main level Eat in kitchen 17′ x 12′
Main level Kitchen 14′ x 10’8
Main level Living room 14′ x 12′
Second level Master bedroom 19’6 x 12’6
Second level Master bedroom 10’6 x 7’8
Second level Bedroom 18’4 x 14’2
Second level Bedroom 15’2 x 13’4
Second level Bedroom 16’6 x 12’6
Basement Media 15′ x 15′
Basement Games room 20′ x 15′
Basement Exercise room – x –
Basement Wine Cellar – x –
Basement Workshop – x –

For inquiries, please contact:


Keller Williams Edge Realty

1 (905) 407-3274


Haber Recreation Centre


Burlington residents and families are surrounded by great amenities, fabulous parks and exciting recreation options like Haber Recreation Centre.

Located in the Alton neighborhood in Burlington’s northeast corner, Haber Recreation Centre is a partnership between the City of Burlington, Halton District School Board and the Burlington Public Library.

Haber Recreation Centre includes a three-storey public high school, integrated public library branch and a massive, fully accessible recreation facility. Designed for the active community, Haber Recreation Centre is equipped to support regional and provincial tournaments like basketball, volleyball, badminton and disabled sports. The centre also boasts four 40′ high competitive-size gymnasiums, two community rooms, meeting rooms, change rooms and a sports square for events and award ceremonies.

For more information, visit www.burlington.ca and discover the many classes, activities and amenities offered at Haber Recreation Centre in Burlington!

Jennifer Birch – Realtor