Should you buy a fixer-upper?

Should you buy a fixer-upper?

After dedicating months to searching for the perfect house that checks off every box on your want and need list, it might be time to pursue another avenue. We’ve all seen the reality shows where homeowners purchase an old, run down house and then at the end of the hour you see it transition into a spectacular, dream home. If they can do it, why can’t you?

It is important to remember that you don’t always see the good, the bad and the ugly while watching a TV show, so be prepared for some hard work and possibly unexpected situations. Here are just a few things to consider before signing on that dotted line:

You don’t have to out source everything – One of the best and easiest ways to save some money when working through an expensive renovation project is to get your own hands dirty and take on some of the work. Whether you are taking on a larger demolition, refinishing hardwood floors, painting or assembling cabinetry, any task you take on yourself saves you money on labour costs.

Living in chaos – If you are forced to live in your house while renovating, be prepared to live in chaos, especially if you have children. Dust, microwavable meals, take out and living out of boxes are just some of the crossroads you may cross. But if you can fight through the undesirable for a short time, you will have memories to last you a lifetime in a new space you will love!

Budget and then budget some more – If you are a fan of HGTV you know that something unexpected almost always happens, which results in unforeseen expenses. Any number of issues can come up whether it be plumbing, electrical or foundation, so be sure to set aside some money in a reserve fund should something come up.

Sometimes the only way that you can find the house of your dreams is to put in some old fashioned hard work, but be sure you understand everything you could be getting yourself into before finalizing the deal.

It’s time for festive fun in Haldimand County!

It’s time for festive fun in Haldimand County!

The snow has fallen, Christmas music is playing, and here in Caledonia and surrounding area, the holidays are in full swing. What better way to take advantage of this beautiful time of year than at one of these exciting events?

Christmas Tours at Ruthven Park National Historic Site

Enjoy an afternoon stroll through the principle rooms of the Thompson family home. Visitors will experience a variety of time periods that the family celebrated over the years. On December 10, don’t miss the Scottish Tea and Tour beginning at 2 p.m. There will be a Tia McGraff Christmas Concert on December 15 at 6:30 p.m. Back by popular demand, the Christmas at Ruthven Candlelight Tours will take place on December 17 and 21 beginning at 7 p.m. Price of admission varies for each event. Call all 905-772-0560 or visit the website at www.ruthvenparknationalhistoricsite.com for more info.

Hagersville Santa Claus Parade – December 8

Line the streets with family, friends and neighbours to help usher in the holiday season! The parade will begin at 6 p.m. The procession will follow Parkview Road to King Street East to Main Street South.

Breakfast with Santa – December 9

Meet the man in red at the Jarvis Community Centre and enjoy a delicious breakfast with family, neighbours and friends. Hosted by the Jarvis Lions Club. Call 519-587-4849 to register.

Cottonwood Mansion Christmas Dinner – December 17

Step back in time at beautiful Cottonwood Mansion and enjoy a fabulous catered meal just in time for Christmas season. Price per adult is $25 and $12.50 for children twelve and under, and includes a full Christmas dinner. Reservations are required. Call 905-776-2538 before December 12 to book your table at the mansion!

Caledonia Christmas Farmer’s Market – December 21

Shop local for all sorts of local products at the final Farmers’ Market of 2017. Held in the Canadian Tire parking lot from 3 – 7 p.m.

Tim Hortons Free Public Skate – December 23, 24, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31

Head to arenas in Caledonia, Dunnville, Cayuga and Hagersville to ring in the New Year with a free family skate! Check the website at www.haldimandcounty.on.ca for skate times.

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