Norm Merz

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Purchasing quality furniture for your home

Purchasing quality furniture for your home

Sometimes it feels like the easiest choice to go with is the most affordable option when buying furniture, but not all furniture is created equal. With a lack of durability the cheapest choice doesn’t always hold up. Here are a few things to look for to make sure you purchase long-lasting, quality pieces of furniture:

It is important to test the feel of the couch by sitting on it to first test its comfort. The springs should be hand-tied coil springs that are close together and have even resistance. If the cushions are removable, unzip a seat cover and look inside. You should see a block of foam that’s wrapped with padding and preferably with a protective inner cover. Foam-only cushions are both less durable and less comfortable. The denser the foam the longer it will last.

Dining table and chairs
Check the quality of the dining table by making sure it sits firmly on its feet and does not wobble when you apply pressure. Poor quality tables may just be screwed together or stapled and you want to make sure it has dovetailed or dowelled joints. You also will want to go with solid wood instead of veneer.

Before you buy your chairs check them out to make sure they are structurally sound by moving it around to ensure the legs, arms, and back do not sway or move. If it has a wood seat it should be all one piece, not pieces glued together.

Furniture is a big investment, so be sure you’re making the right decisions!

Watch your business blossom in Haldimand County

Watch your business blossom in Haldimand County

Life on the water in the spring is vibrant. Flowers are blooming and seasonal business starts to blossom. Finding, outfitting and booking space is a big step for any business.  Haldimand is fortunate to have such great investment spaces for new and existing businesses. Local and international business is a part of every day life in Haldimand.  Investing today could secure your business access to all four major forms of transportation.    

If you’re a business owner looking for riverside or lake front property, Haldimand County is a great place to look. Haldimand is home to four different industrial parks, so finding space for your business is often easily achievable. Looking for manufacturing or clients around Lake Erie can be quite simple for Haldimand entrepreneurs!

Bordered alongside Norfolk County, Haldimand County’s Lake Erie Industrial Park in Nanticoke was developed and is currently owned by U.S. Steel Canada. A 4,500 acre space with heavy industrial lots are available from one to 2000 acres.

Caledonia is home to two industrial areas – Haldimand and Bothwright Industrial Park.  Bothwright is minutes from the John C. Munro Hamilton International Airport and the 400 and 403 highways. Have your products moving on land, sea and air when you make a move to Bothwright. Rail access is available at the privately-owned Haldimand Industrial Park. This just-over 50 acre lot is also only 30 minutes outside the US border, so you could have your products south of the border before the Caledonia sunset!

Finally, Frank A. Marshall Business Park is a nearly 12 acre investment-ready site in Dunnville. This diverse business area offers distinct cost savings and is worth a look if you’re in the market. Modern build with high visibility gateways give Frank A. Marshall a cleaner look then older or heavy industrial areas.

Negotiating – Why a Realtor is the Best Person for the Job

Negotiating – Why a Realtor is the Best Person for the Job

Buying or selling a home is a complex process that involves different issues, multiple parties, conflicting interests, and emotions. So having a real estate agent on your side to do your negotiating is your best bet!

Negotiations begin with a written offer, and the agents for the buyers and sellers go back and forth. It’s not just the price – everything is negotiable, including closing date, repairs, appliances, and inspection.

When choosing to work with a real estate agent, their negotiating skills are an important factor. They can help persuade and influence the other party to accept your terms and handle any conflicts that come up through the negotiation process.

Agents are trained and can use their skills to negotiate well because they can remove themselves from the emotional side of things. They bring a more professional approach to the negotiations and in the end they achieve better results with faster sales and a higher net profit.

Agents have confidence in their skills and have the experience behind them. They come to the negotiations prepared for whatever objections may come up through the process and they know how to handle them to get you the very best result. This is their expertise and they know the market well and all of the ins and outs.

So remember, when heading into this process, negotiation skills are fundamental to success. Choose a real estate agent to help you get the best results possible in the sale or purchase of your property.

Celebrate Winter in Haldimand County

Celebrate Winter in Haldimand County

All along the shores of the Grand River, great community programs are scheduled weekly for residents of Haldimand County. Nordic sports, clubs and a historic museum keep locals well entertained throughout the coldest seasons!

For those who love to play hockey in Haldimand County, there are scheduled Adult and Women’s Shinny programs happening across the area. You can lace up in Hagersville, Dunnville and Caledonia on a convenient date for you, without having to commit to a whole season. Haldimand County offers free public and open figure skating, and is a great place to learn how to skate this February. For more information on arena programs visit: www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/residents.aspx?id=18339

Book a community hall this winter for your next special event. Haldimand County supports 27 different community halls. Visit: www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/residents.aspx?id=46 for more information on how to rent, and for guidelines about your next company bash.

Snow day? Visit Edinburgh Square Heritage & Cultural Centre, built in 1857. The former Caledonia Town Hall and Lock-Up was designed by noted architect John Turner. Don’t miss your opportunity to tour this historic building and its current exhibit – A Soldier’s Christmas At the Front. Located at 80 Caithness St. in Caledonia.

You can knit, build LEGO buildings with your children and throw down your best words at the Scrabble Club all February in Haldimand. Expand your horizons in the Selkirk or Grace Book Club on the last Monday of the month. There’s nothing like a great read to get you through the month of February! Discuss plots, get out of the house, and have a ton of recreational fun!

Visit: www.haldimandcounty.on.ca/calendar.aspx for the county calendar and make the most of winter in Haldimand!

Resolutions for your home

Resolutions for your home

As we begin a new year and make our lists of resolutions, you may want to include some for your home as well! There are several easy ways to improve your home to make it more beautiful, organized and clean this coming year:

Declutter your space

Add cleaning out the clutter to the list! This is an important step in improving your entire living space. Clutter makes a house look and feel dirty and busy. It is so easy to acquire too much stuff. Start purging room by room. Go through all closets, drawers and shelves. If you don’t wear it or use it anymore, donate the item or throw it out. As you are organizing, make note of the storage needs you have in each room to ensure everything has a proper home moving forward. Pick up some plastic bins and shelves to expand your storage. Remember, decluttering your home takes time, so be patient as you work away at it.

Deep clean the whole house

Next give the whole house a good cleaning from top to bottom. The goal is to keep it clean! A messy house can lead to other more serious issues like mould and having a clean house makes everyone feel happier and more at peace. Make a weekly plan and set realistic goals to help achieve a clean home. Work on one type of cleaning at a time. This is a faster way of doing things and it will feel good as you cross each thing off the list.

Complete simple fix-ups

Another good thing to do is to go through your home and do any simple fix-ups the house may need to keep it in good shape. Improvements such as paint touch-ups or caulking windows and doors are easy ways to fix up your home.

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