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Fall 2018 Design Trends

With autumn around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about updating your home to accommodate for the seasonal change. Each new season brings new colour and design trends. It’s important to stay on top of these trends, especially if you’re thinking of selling your home.

At the Paula Mitchell Group, we’re passionate about staying on top of the latest trends in home decor. Here is a list of our favourite home design trends for Fall 2018:

Navy Blue

Navy Blue is a great way to add a dark colour to your home without going black. Navy works well with just about any colour, making it very versatile. It is a colour that can be neutral or used as an accent in any room of your home.

We love navy because it tends to work with almost every style of decor!

Autumn Maple

When people tend to think about fall, one of the main colours that is often associated with the season is orange. Autumn Maple is simply that — a shade of orange that will bring warmth to any room in your home.

People love to use Autumn Maple because it is the perfect shade of orange; a brown undertone that helps to correlate with many neutral colours. Orange can often be a difficult colour to bring into a design, but the brown undertone makes it easier to pair with neutral colours.

We also find that Autumn Maple pairs really well with copper and similar metallic tones.

Burgundy

Burgundy is a go-to fall colour that is popular in this season because of its ability to add warmth to any room.

We find that burgundy can be paired with light neutrals or dark neutrals to add warmth and elegance to any room. Some of our favorite colours to pair with burgundy are golds, browns, or greys — try them out for yourself and let us know which is your favourite!

Neutral Grey

Neutral Grey has been a colour trend for a while now, and it does not look like it’s going anywhere. If you are not into bold colours and prefer a more neutral tone for your home, this is the perfect choice for you!

Neutral grey is a great option to use as the base, allowing you to add bolder colours through accent pieces and other decor. For the fall season, we recommend using accent pieces in the tones of oranges and red — for instance, Autumn Maple or Scarlet.

Since there are so many shades of grey, you can use different varieties to add depth and dimension to any space in your home.

After all is said and done, design is a personal preference! Use design trends to guide your choices — even if it is just a pop of colour or an accent piece. For help with staging your home using the latest design trends, contact the Paula Mitchell Group today.

Fall Family Fun in Halton Hills

The beginning of fall is just around the corner. Even though that means summer and all of its warm weather is coming to an end, there are still many activities that you and your family can enjoy in the crisp weather.

Here are our top suggestions for family fun activities in Halton Hills this fall:

1. See Live Music at the Georgetown Fall Fair

This year, the Georgetown Fall Fair is celebrating their 172nd year! The fall fair’s theme this year is a Touch of Country and is running from Friday, September 7th until Sunday, September 9th.

At this fall fair, there is something for everyone in the family to enjoy, including musical entertainment from David Boyd Janes Band, Marshall Dane, Pub Jugs, and Vivian Hicks, to a pet show and contest to a Demolition Derby, it is sure to be a great event!

2. Enjoy Events at the Acton Fall Fair

Have a popping good time at this year’s Acton Fall Fair for their 105th year. Events include heavy horse pull, Miss Acton Fall Fair Pageant, beef cattle show, baby show, popcorn tasting, popcorn bingo, and a lawn and garden tractor pull.

This year at the Acton Fall Fair, you can even meet the pups from Paw Patrol, Marshall and Skye, and a Minion! A great event for kids.

3. Visit Local Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ markets are a great family outing to enjoy during the fall. It is the perfect way to get outside and meet others within your local community.

The Georgetown Farmer’s Market is a great one to enjoy in Halton Hills this fall. Running from now until October 15th, there are many types of local produce to sample. There are a variety of foods from fresh fruits to vegetables to other produce. Learn about other farmers’ markets to check out in the area here!

You can also enjoy talented crafters, local community groups, and their products.

4. Go for an Autumn Hike

Why not go for a few autumn hikes this year? Hiking is a lovely way to get outdoors and enjoy the beauty of the fall foliage. Grab your camera, binoculars, some snacks, and admire the beautiful fall season in nature.

There are several great conservation areas within Halton Hills to explore this fall. No two hikes are the same! Learn more about different hiking options here.

5. Go Apple Picking at Chudleigh’s

Apple picking at Chudleigh's apple farm

What says fall better than going apple picking? This is a great family activity for children of all ages. One great orchard for apple picking is Chudleigh’s Farm.

This farm first started operating in 1967. The people at Chudleigh’s wanted families who lived in the city to be able to taste the country life and enjoy some delicious apples along the way. They currently have expanded their farm to a local 110,000 square foot bakery, just down the road from the family farm, where they are making desserts for customers with the food grown on their property.

At this orchard, there is more to enjoy than just apple picking. There are various activities for the kids to enjoy, making it a full-day family outing. From sand pits, to a hay maze, to farm animals, to wagon rides, there is something for everyone.

Here’s a helpful tip when going apple picking. Make sure you get out an Apple Picking Calendar before visiting an orchard to ensure your favourite apples are available for picking.

There is so much to do this Fall in Halton Hills. So why not go outside and enjoy what nature has to offer?

Tips for Selling Your Home in the Summer

The warmer weather has finally arrived and summer is just around the corner. If you are thinking about selling your home in the next few weeks, it is time to start preparing your home to be listed in the summer market.

Here are a few tips for selling your home in the summer market from the Paula Mitchell Group’s team of real estate professionals in Caledon, Brampton and Georgetown:

1. Summer Curb Appeal

Regardless of when your home is on the market, it is a good idea to clean up the exterior of your home to enhance its curb appeal. When listing your home in the summer, there are many things you can do in order to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Make sure that the lawn is mowed and watered, any hedges are maintained, flowers are alive and healthy, touch up any paint on the doors or exterior of the home, seal the driveway, and be sure clutter is neatly stored away and out of sight from potential buyers.

By adding to the curb appeal of your home, potential buyers will be in awe of your home from the moment they pull up to it.

2. Outdoor Living Space

With the warmer weather, many people enjoy spending time outside.

It is important that you bring the indoor living space outside. If your home as an outdoor BBQ, large patio, or deck area, it is important that you showcase it to potential buyers. Make sure you paint a picture of how your buyers will be able to use the space — not only to relax, but to entertain their friends and family.

Outdoor patio space for selling your home in Caledon

3. Clear the Clutter

Regardless of when you are selling your home, it is a good idea to remove any of the excess clutter from your home. A clean home will look as big and open as possible for potential buyers.

While you are clearing the clutter, we recommend that you go through your closets, clean them out, and organize your things. Potential buyers will want to see how much storage space your home has — rather than notice a lack of space!

4. Bring Light Inside

One of the great aspects of selling your home in the summer market is that the natural light lasts longer. Use the natural light to your advantage when listing your home.

Make sure that all your blinds are open and drapes are moved to the side of the window to allow natural light to flow through your home, showing off its best features.

When you open up your windows, you might realize that your windows are quite dirty. This is a good time to clean both the inside and outside of your windows.

Bright interior design for selling your home in Brampton

5. Control Air Temperature

Summer months also means warmer temperatures inside your home. When your home is on the market, it is important that you keep the air circulating throughout the home at all times, especially for showings.

The last thing that you want is for a potential buyer to come view your home and find that it’s too hot and stuffy. Having a cooler home will make potential buyers want to view the property’s unique features and details, inside of quickly glancing at everything due to uncomfortable temperatures.

6. Price It Right

Regardless of the time of year that your home goes on the market, it is important that your home is priced according to the market it is entering.

The market is constantly changing, season by season, month by month. Knowing and understanding the real estate market is the best way to accurately price your home.

The sales representatives at the Paula Mitchell Group can help you find a base price for your home, according to a comparative market analysis, which will ensure your home is listed at a rate that’s based to the market and other homes in your area.

From this point, different strategies can be used to increase the final pricing of your home and attract more potential buyers.

7. Make It Available

During the summer months, it is likely that you will have many events and gatherings in your home. However, when your home is on the market, regardless of the time of year, it is important that you make your home as available as possible for prospective buyers.

If your home is going on the market, you should talk with your sales representative beforehand about your schedule and figure out the best times for showings. Make sure the house is neat and tidy for showings — if your home is made available and kept orderly, then the chances of it selling quickly are increased.

If you are thinking about selling your home this summer, make sure to use these tips to help prepare your space for the market. If you are looking for assistance preparing a home for sale this summer, contact our team of real estate professionals today.  

Farmer’s Markets to Visit in Ontario This Summer

With the warmer weather and summer months quickly approaching, there is no better way to enjoy it than being outside. Getting involved in the local community and attending events near you is a great way to meet like-minded people in the area.

At the Paula Mitchell Group, one of our favourite things to do is to go to the local farmers’ markets around the areas we live in. If you’re new to Caledon, Brampton, or Georgetown, visiting a farmers’ market is the perfect way to soak in everything that our part of Ontario has to offer.

Here are some local farmers markets that we recommend attending in Ontario:

Georgetown Farmers’ Market

Man selling spices and nuts at farmer's market in Ontario

The Georgetown Farmers’ Market begins this year on June 2nd and will run every Saturday morning until October 15 in Downtown Georgetown on Main Street. This year marks the 25th year of the farmers’ market in Georgetown.

There is a lot to enjoy at the Georgetown market, from fresh fruits and vegetables to fresh produce. Some of the items you can expect to find at this farmer’s market include seasonal fruit and vegetables, honey, syrup, jam, deli meat, hand-made soaps and lotions, flowers and plants.

Along with all of these items, each week the farmers’ market features one talented crafter and local community group from a variety of interests at the market. This is a great place to go and get locally-crafted products. It’s also a great way to meet other people within your community.

Brampton Farmers’ Market

Woman selling drinks at farmer's market in Ontario

The Downtown Brampton Farmers’ Market has been happening in Downtown Brampton for the last 32 years. It has been operated by the City of Brampton ever since it began. In 2018, the market will run every Saturday morning from mid-June until September 1st.

The Brampton Farmers’ Market is a great place to meet others in your community, as it attracts over 100,000 visitors from local residents to tourists. This market has numerous vendors who sell a variety of local produce, crafts, baked goods, prepared foods, and handmade products.

Inglewood Farmers’ Market

Girl with basket of fresh produce from farmer's market in Ontario

The Inglewood Farmers’ Market began in 2007 and is very well-known in the community and popular with locals from nearby towns like Caledon and Orangeville.This year the Farmers’ Market opens from May 30 until October 3.

Each week at the Inglewood Farmers’ Market you can expect to find dinner on the BBQ, live music, and recipe ideas, plus an array of local fruits, vegetables, meats, honey, and baked goods.

The Inglewood Market is a great place for community gatherings, as well as a fantastic spot to find local foods to sample.

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