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Being left at home with an empty nest can be a major adjustment.
When your children finally leave home, you’ll be presented with a new found freedom and a variety of unexpected challenges.
Many empty nesters find their homes are too large once their kids move out and therefore opt to buy a smaller home in order to gain capital and reduce maintenance costs. These days though, some parents are hedging their bets in case their kids decide to move back in.
Deciding to downsize your Port Elgin home or stay put depends on your unique situation as downsizing isn’t always the right move, pardon the pun. It pays to closely examine your finances and motivations. Here are a few tips if you’re thinking of downsizing: be clear about your reasons as it’ll help with your new home search
- consider a condo if you plan on traveling as there’s very little maintenance
- plan ahead for the years when stairs will become a challenge
- make sure your new abode has room for future grandchildren 🙂
It’s a huge adjustment when the kids fly the coop but it’s also a great opportunity to pursue new hobbies and think about your own needs. If you’re not quite ready to sell up and move on, consider transforming an old bedroom into your very own personal retreat.
Whether you decide to sell your Port Elgin home or not, it’s a great time to declutter your home when the kids move out so go through every room and get rid of anything you no longer need. Whatever you do, just make sure you turn your new found freedom into a positive experience by focusing on yourself.
Your Port Elgin garden will spring to life with the addition of birds and butterflies!
Creating a haven in your garden for birds and butterflies takes a little planning but it’s well worth the effort. The following simple tips will help you turn your Port Elgin garden into a sanctuary:
- Go Natural – Avoid using pesticides as they’re harmful to both birds and butterflies.
- Water Works – Install a bird bath or fountain for your feathered friends to bathe and drink from.
- Food & Shelter – Trees and shrubs that bear fruit, nuts and berries not only provide food but also offer shelter.
- Bloom Boom – Butterflies are attracted to pink, orange, yellow, red, purple & blue shades while butterfly larvae feed on dill, fennel and milkweed.
- Sun Seekers – Butterflies like sunny locations that are sheltered from the wind. A few flat stones will give them a place to rest while warming in the sun.
If you’re looking to breathe some new life into your Port Elgin garden, just take a few steps to rally up some winged wildlife! Not only will you provide a place for them to call home but you’ll also create an oasis that the whole family will enjoy.
Storage space sells so don’t forget to clean out your closets!
When selling your Port Elgin home, it’s often the small things that make a huge difference. Storage can be a critical factor for buyers so here are two simple tips that will make your home seem larger:
- Remove at least half of all items from closets and cupboards so they appear larger and get rid of anything on the floor. Use the same hangers (no wire!) throughout.
- Organize the remaining items so your closets and cupboards look tidier. Make sure to neatly fold up towels and linens and use attractive bins and boxes to organize any loose items.
The points above may seem obvious but they’re often overlooked. Remember that storage space sells and if buyers see your closets bursting at the seams, they’ll assume your home isn’t big enough for you…or for them.
386 Sunset Drive, Kincardine
Lakeside cottage retreat. Lakefront road between. Located along the shore of Lake Huron, just 10 minutes South of Port Elgin. This property is the ideal location to relax and unwind. The cottage features an open concept living/kitchen area with high vaulted ceiling, wooden beams/walls and a massive wood burning stone fireplace, large master bedroom with skylights and plenty of windows to take advantage of the lake views and patio doors leading to a large entertaining deck, second bedroom, 4pc bathroom. If you need extra space for guests there is the 2 story Bunkie which has a single car garage and a main level room that can be used for a bedroom or a recreation area, stairs lead to a very large bedroom, complete with deck that overlooks the lake. Act fast and enjoy the summer at the lake. Offered turn-key, completely furnished. Septic system has been replaced; newer drilled well, shingles recently replaced. Waterfront travelled road between.