HALIBURTON COUNTY REAL ESTATE STATS UPDATE
Residential (off water)
January 1 – September 1 comparisons (2018 vs 2019)
- Average selling price increased 13%
- Sales volume up 9%
January 1 – September 1 comparisons (2018 vs 2019)
- Average selling price increased 3%
- Sales volume up 6%
Average price for Waterfront over the last 5 years is up 42%!
FALL IN THE HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS
One of the most beautiful times to visit Haliburton County is the Fall Season. The colours are stunning right now. Come up and enjoy the sparkling reflections on our lakes and delight in the prism effects as the sunlight filters through the leaves.
The 2019 Studio Tour dates are:
Oct-05-2019 to Oct-06-2019 AND Oct-12-2019 to Oct-13-2019 – 10 am to 5 pm
Visit their website at https://thestudiotour.ca for more information.
See you here!
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Hello, cottage owners! With fall on our doorstep, I would like to share some recommended tips/suggestions in regard to winter closing/preparation. I have gathered this information from my own personal experience, experts and cottage owners themselves.
BOATS WITH ENGINES: Simply running your engine until the gas runs out and the engine dies is not enough. Bad fuel can be left in the fuel bowl, where it can create a problem in the spring. Although, some people add fuel stabilizer at the end of the summer. Drain the gear oil from the lower unit collecting the used oil and check for water and metal bits (if this happens, you should take it to an expert). Add fresh oil. On 4-stroke motors, change the engine oil. Drain the gasoline by disconnecting the fuel line and opening the drain plug in the bottom of the carburetor.
NON-MOTOR BOATS: Stand-up paddle boards can suffer from a lot of wear and tear, often on the sides of the board, (rails). Hard hits can endanger the board’s moisture-sensitive core. Fall is a good time to inspect the foam pad on the surface. Clean out any debris where there is any lifting and glue down.
Classic wood and canvas canoes require annual fall maintenance. Simply rinse the canoe with warm, soapy water. Lightly sand wood trim and gunwales and add a coat or two of clear varnish to the finish if required. Composite fibre glass and Kevlar canoes with metal trim, require little maintenance. Store in a sheltered location or keep covered. Wooden gunwales and decks should not be in contact with the ground – try to rest your canoe on an apparatus of some sort.
DOCKS: Rectangular floating docks may be able to be left in the water, secured somewhere sheltered. If you have docks that are attached, take them apart and arrange into one shape. If you’re removing your docking system, store each piece in order, ensuring access to each section as required in the spring, and try to store in a sheltered area (preferably not under a tree with the possibility of a branch falling on it) or cover with tarp (keep sections vertical so any moisture can drip off). Try to have lots of help with heavier docks (invite the family or work with other cottagers). If you are not able to do this yourself, there are several businesses you may hire to prepare your docks for the winter. Fall is a good time for any maintenance or repair – new boards or bumpers, loose bolts/screws, sand any rough areas, clean stains…
SEPTICS: Don’t pump your tank empty right before winter. Some matter in your tank as you go into winter is highly recommended by the experts. Leaving it empty through the winter could end up with the tank popping out of the ground during any spring flooding, both plastic and concrete.
PLUMBING VENT STACKS can become blocked by nests, leaves, or other debris which can cause issues during winter because they cannot properly vent, possibly causing odours (eg. sewage smell). During winter, vent stacks can also become blocked by snow or ice. If this is the case, try opening them up with boiling water. Your vent stack could also be too short. And, don’t forget to clean your eaves troughs, clearing any drainage areas of leaves/debris.
PREVENTION: Sensors can help monitor variables such as moisture in the basement, presence of smoke, sump pump failure etc,, possibly preventing a fire or flooding..
Burglars and vandals can be present during the winter months while cottages are vacant. Remote cameras (wired or wireless) are readily available and easy to install. You can monitor your cameras with Wi-Fi through either your smart devices or computer. You are also able to determine whether there is a break-in or if a tree has fallen on your cottage. Motion-sensitive cameras send messages when anything moves in their range. The presence of cameras can prevent crimes and/or assist law enforcement in the event of a break-in or vandalism.
It may be worth your while to hire a professional monitoring service or a cottage watch company/individual. The presence of activity around the cottage can deter criminals and any physical concerns may be recognized at the onset.
IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE IN ANY OF THESE IMPORTANT TASKS, PLEASE HIRE AN EXPERT TO MANAGE THIS FOR YOU. CONTACT ME FOR RECOMMENDATIONS.
DON’T FORGET TO VISIT US IN THE WINTER. HALIBURTON HIGHLANDS HAS MUCH TO OFFER!