Whether you're house-hunting or working on updating your current residence, it's important to keep an eye on the important parts of your home and when they are required to be updated.
You may be wondering- who (or what) is Tarion?
Tarion is the is a non-profit, private corporation that protects the rights of new home buyers and regulates new home vendors and builders to ensure we meet a province-wide standard of technical competence. All of this enhances fairness and confidence in Ontario’s new home building industry.
When you're looking for a home, you're going to hear different terms to refer to the style and type of home and the grading. If you're not familiar with the language and the definitions, it can be quite overwhelming. And even if you're a seasoned pro, a little refresh couldn't hurt.
When you're looking for a house, it's important to identify the items that are a priority to you; things that you are less likely to want to compromise on.
We are all finding ourselves home a little bit more these days- and while you should take the opportunity to a) create a balance between working (from home) and your free time, or b) get some outstanding projects done while not going crazy- this is a great opportunity to refresh your space with the items you already have. (Plus, we're all probably watching more HGTV than usual.)
It doesn't have to be difficult to ensure your home is both pet friendly AND stylish! No matter the type of four-legged family member, your home's floors, rugs, and furniture can take a beating.
Aside from being steeped in history and masquerading as make-believe small towns at Christmas-time, you may have also heard by now that Grimsby was named one of Canada's top cities by MacLean's.
Are you planning for your retirement? Overwhelmed with the maintenance required for your current home? Realizing that you don't need as much space now that the kids have moved out?
Planning for a long-term vacation? We have two questions for you:
1. Can we come?
2. Have you prepped your house?
From custom renovations to beautifully crafted communities, Phelps Homes has had the pleasure of helping homeowners create their dream homes in Niagara for over 40 years.
On February 12th, 2020, we welcomed our 1500th happy homeowner into their home! Nothing beats seeing their smiling faces as their moving day becomes a reality.
After Cora's hard work designing a beautiful home at Legacy, we were so honoured to welcome her to the community!
We have been proudly building in Niagara for over 40 years and sometimes (all the time), we like to reflect on some of our past communities that we really enjoyed constructing.
Let's build together! Our Phelps trained Sales Advisors are here to help find the right home for you. Alleviating the stress of house hunting and providing real answers is key to our approach.
Feng Shui - the ancient Chinese practice of arranging physical objects to attract positive energy.
Have you ever driven past a street and wondered where its name came from? Why it was decided on?
Why Legacy? Grimsby's Last Bungalow Community
Legacy is Grimsby's exclusive community of bungalow towns, with price points starting in the mid-$500s.
The ongoing maintenance required for a large home and property is the one of the many reasons homeowners think about downsizing. The desire to live comfortably with added services for your property is why buyers look for condos.
The Town of Grimsby was named Second in Maclean Magazine's annual Best Community rankings.
"Grimsby, a town on Lake Ontario between Hamilton and St. Catharines... boasts great weather, an engaged community and a fast-growing population. Residents of Grimsby enjoy access to the region’s strong economy and quick driving times to the border as well as the benefits of life in a smaller town on the waterfront."
Grimsby, second only to Burlington, has unique distinctions that make it a truly amazing place to live. The charming town of Grimsby has every amenity including; walking trails, parks, beaches, community centres, restaurants and shops, and healthcare services. Grimsby is also close to the Bruce Trail, Wine Country, Niagara Falls, outlet shopping, and so much more.
The Niagara Independent notes "The top three features for Grimsby were wealth and economy, culture and community and weather. https://niagaraindependent.ca/grimsby-second-best-community-in-canada/
Live Your Legacy in Grimsby
Legacy is Grimsby’s exclusive collection of bungalow towns. One of Phelps Homes’ premier communities, this is the perfect location for buyers looking to downsize.
Centrally located in a beautiful and established neighbourhood just 20 minutes from Burlington. Buyers don’t have to compromise their lifestyle! These upscale craftsman-style bungalows and bungalofts, boast generous space for living, with lot sizes approximately 2,600 sq ft.
Perfect for snow birds or travellers, this community offers homeowners care-free living at its best. With lawn maintenance, snow removal and even driveway clearing, you can lock and go as you please!
Your maintenance-free lifestyle starts here at Legacy. Rich in elevated features like 9ft ceilings, granite counters, hardwood floors and quality finishes - you’ll love your home for years to come.
You'll enjoy all of what Grimsby and Niagara have to offer!
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Whichever type you choose to purchase, it's important to read the condo rules and declaration (if applicable) which should be provided to you once your offer on the home is accepted. Look for rules regarding pets, parking, barbecues and any other restrictions that could potentially impact your lifestyle.
There are two main types of Condos; Freehold and Leasehold.
Freehold: Freehold Condos fall into three categories and offer a lot of benefits. The ownership of the property is collective and so the homeowner contributes fees for the ongoing maintenance and improvement of the property and common elements.
Leasehold Condominium: With a Leasehold condo, you purchase the home you will occupy, but you and the builder are just leasing the land, which is usually owned by a government municipality. The homeowner owns their unit and also shares any common elements owned by the condo corporation for that development.
As the land is only leased by the builder or developer, they're paying rent towards it and therefore your condo fees will contribute towards the rent being paid to the landowner.
Condominium Apartment (Strata): A condo apartment is a self-contained housing unit within in a building that includes other similar units. They range is size from studios (bachelor apartments) to multi-bedroom suites. Each unit has its own kitchen, bathroom, heating and cooling system. These buildings usually feature a number of amenities for the homeowners to share like a pool, gym and community room.
Townhome: A townhome is the same as a Row house or Townhouse. These are more than two, similar single-family homes, attached side-by-side. Exterior units refer to the homes at the ends of blocks where only one side is attached, while Interior units are those in the middle, attached on both sides.
Stacked Townhome: These are townhomes stacked one on top of the other and are attached side-by-side, but are also stacked vertically with 3 or 4 units on top of each other. While each unit has a front and back, the lower units tend to have a patio or balcony and the upper units may have rooftop access.
Single-family Detached: One home or unit that stands alone on its own lot. These are normally freehold.
Single-family Semi-detached: A home that is attached on one side to another home, unlike townhomes, these are only in groups of two. These are normally freehold.
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The builder may also be offering purchaser incentives (extra things you get). If you love the incentives too, you've found the right one.
2. The timing is right
The right home for you, also has a closing date that works for you. You may be renting, staying with family/friends or need time to sell your current home and you'll want to plan for when you're new home will be ready to move into.
If your schedule matches up with the projected closing date and you'd still be comfortable in the rare occurrence a delay impacts your move in day, you know you can proceed with the home purchase.
3. The floorplan is right
The layout of the rooms and overall flow of the spaces makes sense. You'll know the home is right for you, if the planned layout works for your real life.
Look at the floorplans for storage spaces like linen closets and cabinets, so you know that you'll have room for everything.
- Can you visualize where you'd place furniture?
- Do you know where you'd put your TV?
- If something doesn't work for you, can you change it for the build?
If "yes" to all of these questions, then you've found your ideal home.
4. The location is right
Location is everything! Since the location of the home is something you can't change, make sure you'd be happy there.
Sometimes with new builds, you'll be part of a growing community where your investment will pay off in the long run. You may need to be close to highway access for your commute or good schools for your children; be sure the area offers all of the amenities you'll need.
If you can picture yourself living in the neighborhood, you've found the right home.
5. You are excited to move in!
You've had that moment when you are ready to stop house hunting. You should feel excited, after all it's a brand new home, built just for you, with all of your personal selections.
If the home checks off all of the other boxes and you can't wait to move in, you've found the right home!
At Phelps we know that we’re not just building homes… we’re opening doors and building dreams.