Factors to Consider When Upgrading Your Home

If your family has been growing, you may find that you need more room in your home. Have you considered the possibility of upgrading your home as an option?

Although the thought of upgrading your home to a larger one can seem daunting, it is sometimes the best thing that can be done for your family. Here is a list of factors you should consider when you’re preparing to upgrade your home:

1. The Right Amount of Space

Before moving forward with upsizing your home, it is important to consider exactly what you need from your bigger home. Is it more bedrooms? More living space? More space for storage?

Regardless of the reasons, you want to ensure that the additional space will be used and there is room for your family to grow into the house.

2. A Layout You Love

The floor plan of a home can truly be the deciding factor for many home buyers. Although the layout can often be altered with renovations, you want to find a new home with a layout that is ideal for your family and their needs.

3. Money Matters

It is common for the majority of your money to be tied up in a particular property. Buying a home is probably the largest transaction that you will make in your entire life.

By selling your current home and upgrading to a new one, you have to consider the extra costs that come with it. Can you afford the new mortgage? Do you have enough for a downpayment on the new home? Make sure you consider these questions beforehand.

4. The Importance of Neighbourhood

If you are living in or near the city, it might be more difficult to find a home that will meet all of your needs in that particular neighbourhood. Or if you find one, it might come with a big price tag. You might have to move to a new neighbourhood with a more suburban feel. Do your research and figure out what neighbourhoods you want to live in and also where you can afford to live.

Family decides to upgrade to a new home

5. Supply and Demand

When you are deciding to upgrade, you have to figure out what your family needs in a home. Do you need a four bedroom home with the potential to add bedrooms in the basement? Or do you need a home with two living rooms, so that one can be your childrens’ playroom?

Regardless of why you need to upgrade, there is no wrong way to do it. Sometimes people look outside of their current neighbourhood, in order to get more bang for their buck. You have to do what is right for you. Most importantly, you don’t want to rush this process.

Make sure that you take your time and truly decide what is the best option for you and your family on a mental, emotional, and financial level. If you do this, then you will know when it is the right time for you to upgrade.

For more advice on deciding when to upgrade, contact the team of experts at the Paula Mitchell Group.

Ontario Hiking in Brampton, Georgetown & Caledon

The fall is one of the most beautiful times of the year. With the changing colours on the trees, the leaves falling, and the crisp air, it is the perfect time of year to go on a hike!

Many might not know it, but there are a large number of trails all throughout Dufferin County, Halton Region, and Peel Region area of various levels of difficulty and terrain that can be explored. With some of these trails are paved, it makes for a great family activity to enjoy outdoors!

Brampton Hiking

Here are some of our top recommendations for hiking in Brampton:

Chinguacousy Trail

One of the most well-known trails in Brampton is the Chinguacousy Trail. Nearby there are a lot of other fun activities to do along with Chinguacousy Trail.

The most common attraction is the Donald M. Gordon Chinguacousy Park, which features 40 hectares of park space, including a greenhouse, petting zoo, skateboard park, running track, playground, and facilities for water play, skiing, curling, mini golf, tennis and much more.

Etobicoke Creek Trail

The Etobicoke Creek Trail is another favourite that is accessible to folks on both sides of Etobicoke Creek. This is a combination cycling and scenic trail that leads from Mississauga through the downtown area of Brampton and Caledon, where you can stop for refreshment.

Don Doan Trail

The Don Doan Trail goes through Professor’s Lake, which features a beach with a swimming area, water slide, beach volleyball courts, patio, playground, pathway for hiking, biking, and inline skating. The stunning views from the trails are well worth seeing. They feature benches along the way, and most are pet-friendly!

Georgetown Hiking

Georgetown has tons to offer in terms of hiking trails. Just west of Main Street in Georgetown, there is Remembrance Park, with beautiful floral gardens in memory of those who served, benches, and a fountain. Dominion Gardens Park contains many plants and during the summer.

Further down into Norval, there is the Lucy Maud Montgomery Gardens that has many heritage plants and the Willow Park Ecology Centre that has been transformed into a place where the public can view butterfly gardens and walking trails.

All in addition to the many trails that Georgetown offers. From shorter trails like the McNab Trail, Wildwood Trail, Jubilee Woodlot, and the Arborglen Trail to the longer Chris Walker Trail, Gellert Trail, or the Hungry Hollow Trail, there are so many options for everyone.

Caledon Hiking

If you are looking for a full day event, Caledon’s natural trails are superb! They are winding and offer many amenities added to make your hike more comfortable — considering many of them are upwards of 20 km! You don’t have to hike the full trail, but they do offer picnic areas and benches and parking near most of the trails.

The 55km of the Bruce Trail in Caledon is part of the oldest and longest marked footpath and provides the only continuous public access to the magnificent Niagara Escarpment.

The Caledon Trailway is a multi-use trail, ideal for walking, cycling, and horseback riding. It follows the path of an abandoned rail line and has beautiful views with ponds and wetlands. Other favourites include the Humber Valley Heritage Trail, The Grand Valley Trail and The Elora – Cataract Trail.

Ontario Hiking near Brampton, Caledon and Georgetown

Hiking Tips

If you are going for a hike with a family, especially if you are not an experienced hiker, here are some helpful tips:

  • Stay amongst the marked trails and paths
  • Research and learn the terrain and local weather conditions
  • Tell others where you are going and when you plan to return
  • Know your limitations.

It is important to remember that you can always postpone your hike and the trail will be there another day. Whether you are postponing as a result of weather or fatigue, it is always better to stay safe.

From the team at the Paula Mitchell Group, we wish you happy hiking for this fall season!

Paint Trends for Your Home in 2019

Although there are still three months left in 2018, the home design world has already begun to discuss home decor trends for 2019.

Here’s what is predicted by the experts in the world of colours and paint trends:

Lilac Grey

Different shades of grey have become a neutral paint colour in many homes and that is predicted to continue throughout 2019.

If you haven’t already tried looking for the perfect shade of grey for your home, you will quickly realize that there are a multitude of different shades that can often make the choice more complicated. The lilac grey shade is one that brings warmth to any room and highly recommended by trendsetters.

Muted Pastels

Muted Pastels are the perfect colour choice for gender neutral rooms and common areas, as they easily conceal marks and nicks. These shades complement bolder colours and accessories. They are also great colours for walls in your home, as you can change the accent colours seasonally or whenever you need a change.

Mustard Yellow

Mustard Yellow is a great way to add a pop of colour to any room. Although many feel painting a room yellow is risky, it brings a sense of warmth and happiness if it is used properly. Deep yellow or mustard is a great alternative to gold, as it makes the room feel rich or ostentatious.

New Blues

The blue colour tones are predicted to be a big design trend in 2019. There are a multitude of shades of blue including charcoal blue, ice blue, grey blue, green blue, dusky blue, and pastel blue. Blue is a great colour to pair with a variety of accent colours.

Green Blues pair perfectly with orange accents, as it packs a punch in a saturated green space.

Dusky Blue is intended to recall the colors of the ocean. The beachy shade used in this part of spectrum is great for highlighting homes with high ceilings.

Powder Blue is a great colour to use if you want to take a risk in a room. These traditionally summery shades feel sophisticated when grounded with dark wood floors and brass accents.

2019 Behr Colour of the Year: Blueprint

The Behr colour of the year is Blueprint. This colour is a mid-tone blue, which is said to be universally appealing to homeowners as it is quite versatile. Blueprint is a paint colour that can be used in the bedroom, bathroom, kitchen, or even used to paint accent pieces of furniture.

Behr has even created 4 different colour palettes to guide homeowners into integrating this colour into their home. You can access this resource on their website.

Whether you decide to paint your walls, buy new accent pieces, or refinish something old, these colours are all the rage this year and the perfect way to bring your home to trend in 2019.

For more advice picking the right colours for your home, contact our team today!

Caledon Apple Picking: Pick Your Own Apples This Fall!

Fall has officially arrived. The air is crisp and the leaves are starting to fall. With the autumn season coming in, it’s time to get out and enjoy this gorgeous weather before it becomes cold and gloomy. What better way to enjoy fall with the family than going apple picking?

Apple picking is a wonderful family day trip for those looking to enjoy a fun outing in the country. If you have yet to try apples right from the tree, you’re in for a truly amazing experience. Few things beat picking sweet apples on a fine autumn day, so get your fall outfits ready, bring along your camera, and get ready for the perfect start to the fall season.

The Caledon, Halton, and Brampton area offers locals a wide variety of apple orchards and pumpkin patches. Here is a list of some of the most popular orchards and patches, which have various activities to enjoy while going apple picking and exploring pumpkin patches:

Downey’s Farm

Location: 13682 Heart Lake Road, Brampton, Ontario

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9AM to 5PM (7 days/week)

Cost: None ($5.00 minimum for apple picking)

Toddlers picking apples at orchard in Caledon

Downey’s Farm has been owned and operated by the Downey family since 1920. It originally began as a roadside corn stand and the Downey children used the money to buy their hockey equipment. Since then, it has been renovated to a farmer’s market and the family has even established an award-winning winery.

Downey’s Farm is just across the street from their well-known pumpkin patch. At the farm, you can find 13 popular varieties of apples for you and your family to enjoy, including:

  • McIntosh
  • Cortland
  • Gala
  • Honeycrisp
  • Empire
  • Ambrosia
  • Golden Delicious
  • Jonagold
  • Mutsu
  • Northern Spy
  • Red Delicious
  • Red Fuji

The apple picking season is currently open and will remain open until early November. For this apple orchard there is no entrance fee, the farm just ask that a minimum of $5.00 worth of apples is picked per person.

Have a favourite type of apple? The Downey’s Farm website actually has a harvest calendar where you can plan the best time to go pick your favourites.

There is a lot to see and do at Downey’s Farm this time of year. Starting September 22 and running until October 31st, you can enjoy Downey’s Farm’s Annual Pumpkin Fest. There will be a multitude of activities for everyone in the family to enjoy at this event, including unlimited wagon rides, farm animals, puppet shows, an 8-acre corn maze, duck races, inflatables, face painting and much more.

Also one of the biggest attractions to this fest…the pumpkins themselves. With thousands of pumpkins at the farm, there is sure to be one there that is perfect for you and your home.

Albion Orchards

Location: 14800 Innis Lake Road, Caledon, ON

Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10AM to 6PM | Saturday & Sunday, 10AM to 5PM | Closed Mondays

Cost: $18.00 fro 10 Ib. bags (max. 2 persons)

Albion Orchards was established in 1967 and is located in Caledon. It is listed on the Food Network and Chatelaine Magazine as one of the top apple orchards in Canada.

The most famous apples to pick are Paula Reds, which can be picked in the orchard or purchased in the country market. Other varieties of apples that can be picked at Albion Orchards include:

  • Spartan
  • McIntosh
  • Royal Gala
  • Empire
  • Golden Delicious
  • Golden Russet
  • Cortland
  • Crispin
  • Northern Spy
  • Red Delicious
  • Jonagold
  • Ida Red

Enjoy the fall colours along with the fall flavours when you visit Albion Orchards. Along with the many varieties of apples available for picking, there are many opportunities to make treasured family memories going apple picking.

For example, check out the pumpkin patch at Albion Orchards, which is open to the public beginning in October. There are hundreds of pumpkins to choose from in a variety of shapes and sizes.

Hand gently twisting apple to pick from a tree in Halton Hills

Apple Picking Tip:

When picking an apple right from the tree, you want to gently twist the apple and continuously turn it until it detaches from the tree itself. If the apple does not detach itself, then it’s probably not ready to be picked yet. Do not try to pull the apple off the tree, as this tends to damage the tree along with the remaining fruit on it.

Dixie Orchards

Location: 14309 Dixie Road, Caledon, Ontario

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 10AM to 5PM (7 days/week)

Cost: $3.00 per person (ages 3 and up)

Dixie Orchards is a family owned and operated farm in southern Caledon. You can enjoy apple picking with the family from early September until the end of October.

The farm also offers a range of other activities including a country bakery, pick your own pumpkin, meet-and-greet with farm animals, corn maze and straw jump, and — you can’t forget — wagon rides through the orchards. Also, remember to visit the market during your visit to see what it has to offer. Some of Dixie Orchard’s specialty items include freshly baked pies, butter tarts, pure maple syrup, decorations, and honey.

Chudleigh’s Farm

Location: 9528 Regional Road 25, Halton Hills, Ontario

Hours: Monday to Friday, 10AM to 5PM | Saturday & Sunday, 10AM to 7:30PM

Cost: $15.00 per person | $52.00 per family of 4

Chudleigh’s Farm has been in operation since 1967 and they continue to invite people to visit their family farm year after year. Today, they have an 110,000 square foot bakery, just five minutes away from the family farm, where they bake desserts for customers from across North America.

This orchard has various types of apples, some of which have already been picked and are available for purchase, and others where you can pick your own. The farm offers an apple picking calendar to help you determine the best time of year to visit and the full range of apple types include:

  • Tydeman Reds
  • Sunrise
  • Gingergold
  • Wealthy
  • McIntosh
  • Silkin
  • Gala
  • Cortland
  • Kerr Mini’s
  • Empire
  • Honeycrisp
  • Red Delicious
  • Northern Spy
  • Russet
  • Golden Delicious
  • Creston
  • Ambrosia
  • Fuji
  • Granny Smith

Apple picking isn’t the only thing you can do at Chudleigh’s Farm. Enjoy a fun-filled day with a huge hay maze, sand pit, natural trail, farm animals, and pony rides. Your visit is sure to be one that everyone in your family will enjoy!

Wheelbarrow Orchards

Location: 8277 10 Sideroad, Milton, Ontario

Hours: Monday to Sunday, 9AM to 5PM (7 days/week)

Cost: None ($23 for 10 lb. bag, $40 for 20 lb. bag)

Older couple going apple picking with truck in Brampton

Located in the town of Halton Hills, just north of Milton – Wheelbarrow Orchards & Harvest Goodies pride themselves on using mainly local, high-quality ingredients in their products. Their food reminds you of ripe fruit, sweet and juicy at the peak of harvest!

They also offer pick your own apples and have a detailed schedule for picking different types of apples. Their full selection of apples types for picking includes:

  • Ginger Gold
  • Sunrise
  • Jona Mac
  • Gala
  • McIntosh
  • Spartan
  • Cortland
  • Empire
  • McCoun
  • Golden Delicious
  • Mutsu
  • Red Delicious
  • Wealthy
  • Honey Crisp
  • Northern Spy

With this beautiful fall weather arriving, you should make sure to go outside and enjoy it before it is gone. Apple orchards and pumpkin patches are great places to take your kids and get them outside while still participating in fun festive activities. Read this blog for more tips on other fun fall activities in Halton Hills!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our team at The Paula Mitchell Group.

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 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?

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