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Do I need a Home Inspection?

Collingwood Real Estate tip: When buying a home clients often will ask, do I need a home inspection, can I do it myself, what is best? As your Real Estate Agent we always strongly suggest yes, a professional Home Inspector should be used.

In most cases buyers do not have the background or knowledge to be able to look at their potential home to see any defects that may exist. It is in your best interest to have a professional one done. Of course there are issues that most people will be able to list, it needs a new roof soon, has old windows, old furnace, moisture in the windows, etc. but a home inspector will be looking at all systems in the house from heating & hvac, to plumbing, wiring & electrical, insulation, appliances (if included), fireplaces, windows & doors, structure, exterior, roof, grading & drainage, and more. Don’t forget, a Home Inspector can’t see behind walls (and doesn’t have permission to open them up), but they look for indications of things that could be hidden from them.

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All home inspections will find things to be pointed out, if you are lucky the home inspection will find only normal age / maintenance related items like the furnace filter needs to be changed, down spouts should be extended away from the house, a carbon monoxide detector is required… And home inspections can act ask a reminder for what to tend-to on a regular basis, like emptying the leaves from the eaves, making sure all grading goes away from the house, checking smoke detectors regularly, running a dry sump pump yearly to make sure it works…

But things can be discovered, if they do exist hopefully they are small issues like GFI’s need to be replaced or installed, recaulking of Windows, tightening of a loose bannister, etc. these are items that a buyer should tend to.  In some cases some could be requested by the Buyers Realtor to be completed on/by closing, these are usually of a safety nature or something the Seller had claimed /advertised, but upon inspection didn’t work. For example including a dishwasher in the sale but it is actually broken, or no smoke detectors on the premises. Paying for a home inspection is one the best investments you can ever buy, especially when your end up not purchasing a home due to costly issues.

Sometimes home inspectors find something more serious in homes for sale, luckily not very common, but it does happen… to be continued

If you are looking for homes for sale in Collingwood please contact me, I would love to help you with buying your new property.

– Jill Does

Real Estate Sales Representative, Realtor ®

Royal LePage Trinity Realty Brokerage


Summertime, Live where you Play – Collingwood Real Estate

Summertime in Collingwood, Live where you Play! Buy Collingwood Real Estate…

Collingwood Real Estate – Summer time in Collingwood has many different faces. The sun is shining and Georgian Bay is filled with sail boats, windsurfers, water skiers and families having fun at the beach. If water sports aren’t your thing, Collingwood is surrounded by several top notch golf clubs with beautiful fairways, breathtaking views & challenging greens for all skill levels. Collingwood is also known for it’s incredible 60 kms of trail systems that connect the downtown core to neighbourhoods throughout town, Sunset Point Park, Millennium Park, the boardwalk, Arboretum, the museum and more. Further the Georgian Trail is a trail system for hiking, jogging, sking & biking starts in Collingwood and runs 34 kms along the water all the way to Meaford, it has beautiful scenery & wildlife, it passes through parks, beaches and past restaurants & shops. There are also several mountain biking trails in the area, including 3 Stage, Kolapore and Loree Forest. Blue Mountain Village always has something happening from outdoor bands & entertainment, movies under the stars, zip-lining, mini-golf, paddle boating on the pond, eating on a patio and more! If your looking to slower pace, Collingwood has several music arts and food festivals all year round. One of the biggest festivals in Collingwood is Elvis Fest July 24-26, join in on the fun as 1000’s of Elvis fans fill the streets and enjoy nostalgic music of Elvis.

Come visit Collingwood this summer to see what the area has to offer. As many have discovered, Collingwood is a great place to live, Georgian Bay really comes alive with boating, sailing, fishing, windsurfing and swimming in the summer. More and more people are moving to Collingwood because of the great lifestyle, Live where you play. Collingwood offers small town charms big city amenities.  Contact Jill Does today to see what homes are waiting for you in the Collingwood.

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Jill Does, Sales Representative, Royal LePage Trinity Realty Brokerage



Top 10 reasons to move to Collingwood

Why you should consider living in Collingwood?


Are you thinking about moving to the Collingwood area? It is a fantastic place to live, with a relaxed outdoor lifestyle balanced by great restaurants & shopping. Here are the top ten reasons to move to Collingwood;

  1. Fresh Air & Clean Water – The second you step outside you will feel the difference…. Fresh air, even on hot summer days smog is not a concern. The water is also clean & fresh. The beach at Wasaga Beach has been awarded the Blue Flag designation, an eco-label awarded to beaches in 49 countries, and just 24 beaches in Canada.
  2. Affordable house prices…. half the price of the GTA! According to the Toronto Real Estate Board the average price for a single family home in the GTA in April 2015 was $635,932, during the same time period a single family home in the town on the Collingwood real estate market was $334,067.
  3. Outdoor Adventure –While driving around town on any given Summer day, you will see roof racks loaded down with bicycles or kayaks. On any given winter day, you will see those same roof racks loaded down with skis and snowboards. You’ll soon realize the people of Collingwood live and play outside.
  4. Great Schools – Collingwood has some of the highest rated schools in Simcoe county, Public, Separate & Private both English & French.  They are also planning new specialized schools like Notre-Dame-de-la-Huronie.
  5. Top Rated Golf Courses -Collingwood is has several top rated golf courses all within a 15 minute drive. Monterra Golf, Batteaux Creek Golf Club, OslerBrook Golf and Country Club, The Georgian Bay Club, and Lora Bay Golf Club are second to none.
  6. Sailing and Boating – The Collingwood area has many Marinas to chose from, Ruperts Landing, Cranberry Resort, Thornbury Marina and the Collingwood Downtown Harbour Front. The latter has big plans of revitalization of the water front, that will drive the Market up in the near future.
  7. Cycling Trails – Whether  it’s casual bike ride on the Georgian Bay Trail or an extreme Down hill at Blue Mountain, you will not find a better variety of places to go biking to suit all skill levels.
  8. Living on Georgian Bay – Georgian Bay is one on Ontario’s most photographed bodies of water, for good reason.  There are several enclaves of homes scattered along its beautiful shoreline, from Craigleigth to the North, and Blue Shores to the South, there is  a home to suit you waterfront living dreams.
  9. Shopping & Restaurants – Collingwood’s quaint downtown has beautiful shops, boutiques and delicious restaurants. With highend clothing, sporting goods & home decor, specialty stores featuring cheese, olive oil, meat & desserts and finally restaurants with menues you’d find in downtown Toronto, people from all the neighbouring towns come to eat & shop here.
  10. The People – It might sound cliché but its true. As you walk downtown, in the parks or on the water, the people are friendly, greeting you with a smile and a friendly hello.  Its hard to beat its small town charm & outdoor lifestyle with all the amenities.

If you are trying to decide if Collingwood is right for you, spend the weekend and enjoy everything there is to offer.  It wont be long before you know what the locals know… it’s awesome here. SO much to offer in all four seasons. Call us today at 705-331-3341 to book a Collingwood Real Estate showing.

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Jill Does

Real Estate Sales Representative

Royal LePage Trinity Realty