London activities for your whole family to enjoy.

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and with spring already here, it is the perfect time to get your family out of the house to enjoy some quality time together! Create memories with your loved ones while having fun at some of these London activities your whole family will enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trails
London offers over 20 walking, biking and hiking trails in and around the city and dubbed the “Forest City” for good reason. Getting outdoors in London and connecting with nature is easier than you would think. If your interests include hiking, running, mountain biking, or you just enjoy going for a stroll, you may be surprised to find that you can accomplish many of these activities locally.
Meadowlily located just a short drive from Sunlight Heritage Homes: Old Victoria on the Thames site is a 3.1 Km walking/hiking/running trail containing marshes and floodplain woods along the Thames River, old fields, shrub thickets and mature woodlands on higher, rolling land, and some active and retired agricultural fields making it one of the most visited trails in London.

Boler Mountain
A year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Perfect for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking, the Treetop Adventure Park and more! During the green time, you can enjoy brunch at the Patio Restaurant. Enjoy outdoor yoga or join the adult volleyball league.
For more information: https://www.bolermountain.com/

Covent Market
Located in the heart of London since 1845 nestles in the West End, London’s main theatre and entertainment area. The market offers fresh products, gourmet foods, unique gifts, seasonal outdoors farmers market, and events. It is renowned for its luxury fashion and beauty stores as well as award-winning restaurants and theatres.
For more information: https://www.coventgarden.london/

Storybook Gardens
Fun for all age’s family-friendly fantasyland built in 1958. The 20-acre attraction is where all your beloved magical and imaginary characters come to life and attractions are themed around nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Some seasonal activities feature themed play-structures, sand and water play area, and an interactive splash pad. The fun continues with amusements parks, music shows, stage presentations and puppet shows. Subject to admission fees and parking is free.
For more information: https://www.storybook.london.ca/

East Park
A recreation and entertainment facility Located just minutes from downtown London. Featuring an 18-hole executive golf course, with a driving range and 2 mini golf courses. Add to that London’s best waterpark including 7 waterslides, a water climber with a tipping bucket and large splash pad. Have a picnic on the grounds that can be rented for groups. Go-karting, batting cages, rock climbing, bumper cars and more. Parking is free and you only pay for what you play. Fun for all ages and activity-dependent.
For more information: https://www.eastparkgolf.com/

The Factory
Canada’s largest indoor family fun centre has a wide variety of top indoor attractions, high ropes, rock climbing, virtual reality, arcades and more. Creating endless fun things to do for the whole family. And if you’re moving to London, The Factory also offers Summer Camps for your little ones.
Check them out: https://thefactorylondon.ca/

London’s Children Museum
Provides children and their grown-ups hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. Part of the London community for over 40 years, the Children’s Museum is where more than 80,000 children and their families visit each year to dream and play. The museum encourages curiosity and experiences that stimulate creative spirits and encourage innovative thinking. If you have an aspiring anthropologist, the museum also offers the Dinosaur Galley, jam-packed with activities they can enjoy.
For more information: https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/

Elson House
The Elson House is a historical museum located on 481 Ridout Street, London, Ontario. Built 1834 by the Harris family, the house is a fine example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles and has remained virtually unchanged since the last century.
For tour and operating hours: https://eldonhouse.ca/

Fanshawe Pioneer Village
An open-air museum established in 1959 and located in the Fanshawe Conservation Area in London, Ontario. Get a closer look at London’s bygone days, then head to Fanshawe’s open-air Pioneer Village. There is often something cooking at the old family home of famed local artist, Paul Peel (1860-1892).  Watch the forge and bellows in action while observing the Village blacksmith crafting items for use on-site or for sale at the Denfield General Store. And don’t forget to stop by the Pioneer Village Café.
Fun for all ages.
For more information: http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca/

The Rec Room
Conveniently located approx. 10 minutes from Sunlight Heritage Homes Foxfield Trails Community.
The Rec Room is the place to let go, be playful and experience something new and exciting. Canada’s premier “eats & entertainment” hotspot. With Canadian-inspired cuisine, virtual reality, arcades games, live entertainment, and more. The Rec Room is the ultimate gathering place to grab a pint, host an event, or just play. Fun for all ages.
And don’t forget to enjoy some shopping later at CF Masonville Place!
For more information: https://www.therecroom.com

Find your perfect London home at Sunlight Heritage Homes.
For more information please visit us: Foxfield Trails & Old Victoria on the Thames

7 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Over Resale Homes

Things to consider when searching for your perfect home.

7 Reasons Home Buyers Prefer New Over Resale Homes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Are you in the market to find the perfect home? Deciding between new vs. resale is an ongoing debate, however, the final decision comes down to what you want out of your home. The purchase price of a new home vs. resale can be relatively comparable but are dependent on thee things: location, build and upgrades.

Cost is important but equally as important is how each home will fit with your lifestyle. Whether you are looking for a property that is “right” for you, looking to change locations, looking for an investment property or if you are a first-time home buyer, there are a few aspects to consider.

Here are the benefits and perks of buying a new build as your next home:

  1. Better Build: New builds are up to date with structural building standards. When you purchase a home with us you can feel comfortable that you are going to pay less on your monthly utility and energy bills.
  2. Little to Zero Renovations and Upkeep: Although home construction does allow you to customize your space after your purchase, a property that needs constant TLC can weigh heavy on your wallet and mind. It is important to factor in any plumbing issues or water damage that will occur through wear and tear which will come at unpredictable costs.
  3. Mess-Free: When buying a new home, you can ensure that there is no mess that you cannot tell the story behind. This means no wine stain on the carpet which probably carries a great story for the previous owners, but in your new home, not so much. Same can be said for any dents in the walls or damages to the floorboards.
  4. New Community Development: Location is an important aspect while finding a home that fits with your lifestyle. New builds are typically located in the suburbs where fresh new communities are springing up. These communities attract new restaurants, stores and entertainment close to your home.
  5. Custom Designs: Your car and your clothing reflect your personality, why shouldn’t your living space? In a new home, you can show off your personal taste to reflect your unique style. Depending on the current progress of a new home and desired possession date, you will have the ability to customize your finishes from the flooring to cabinet colours to the backsplash on your walls.
  6. Higher Resale Value: Unexpected and expected changes happen, new jobs, kids leave home. Sometimes a home simply does not work with our lifestyle anymore. If by chance you want to move a few years after you move in, your resale value will be much higher on a new build that utilizes new technology and moderns finishes.
  7. New Home Warranty: After the purchase of the home, you will not need to budget for annual maintenance within the first few years. With the Tarion Home Warranty you have 7 years of major structural defects, 2 years – plumbing, heating, and electrical systems and building envelope, and
    1 year – all other items.

Your new home purchase should be the perfect complement to your lifestyle. Overall, the cost could be greater in an older home; from energy escaping out of the home to the physical upkeep. With more money in your pocket and less time spent at the hardware store; a new build is worth the consideration.

Thinking about buying a new build?
Talk to us about moving into your New Perfect Home.
Sunlight Heritage Homes

Avoid Damaging Your Home on Move-In Day

Moving into a new house is both exciting and overwhelming. You’ve been dreaming of this day, and can’t wait to get settled into a fresh new start. There are so many steps involved, so much planning, that it can be easy to forget about preparing your new home for the move. After all, the last thing you want is to chip new paint, scratch or stain the floors, or gouge a railing on move-in day. So, while you’re carefully packing, stacking, and transporting all your belongings, take some time to plan how you’ll move it all in without destroying your home.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Plan a moving strategy.

Taking the time to plan your move strategically is key in maintaining order and patience. There are some precautions you can take to ensure you’re minimizing scratch, bump, and scrape damage. These tips will also make the moving process so, so much easier:

When packing up your belongings, be sure to pack up boxes by room. Clearly label these boxes and keep them together in your moving truck. Not only will this keep the packing process organized – letting you go from one room to the next – but it will also help when unpacking in your new home.

To minimize traffic through your new home (and potential bumps, scratches, and scrapes), plan to move from back to front. Bring in furniture for areas farthest from the front door, like for upstairs bedrooms. Your move will go faster, and you can reduce traffic in and out of your new home.

Protect Your Floors

When you move into your new home, you’ll likely be re-arranging furniture all day. People will be coming in and out bringing boxes and furniture to every room. With so much to do, you’re likely not being as gentle or careful as you’d like. The last thing you want in your new house is scratched floors or chipped paint from move-in day.

  • Use carpet protectors, drop cloths, or flattened cardboard boxes to protect both your floors and walls.
  • Place moving blankets or cardboard boxes underneath furniture so you can slide them around with ease.
  • Add felt pads to the bottom of chair legs, tablets, and other hard furniture to avoid scratches or scuffs to your floor or buy moving pads/sliders. You can find most sizes at your local dollar or home improvement store.
  • Protect your walls and railings
  • Like your floors, walls and railings can get damaged during moves. This is especially true for tight corners or narrow staircases. Luckily, you can use the same materials to protect these areas that you used on your floors.
  • Wrap railings or banisters in bubble wrap or flattened cardboard boxes
  • Secure protections to your walls using painter’s tape to avoid peeling off the paint
  • Use corner guards or cardboard boxes around easy-to-bump wall corners

Keep Your Furniture Safe

As much as you want to avoid damaging your new home, it’s also essential to protect your furniture.

Wrapping your furniture makes it easier to transport and keeps surfaces from getting scraped up.

Wrapping furniture in moving blankets keeps it safe and helps prevent scratches or scrapes against your floor and walls. Even better, you can stack bundled up furniture without worrying about scratches.

Whenever possible, disassemble furniture. Keep track of the pieces and make sure they’re moved together.

As you can see, a quick trip to your local hardware store can go a long way in easing tensions while moving furniture and belongings into your new home. Taking the time to protect your walls, floors, and furniture will ensure a smooth move and keep your home looking fresh and new.

Until it’s time to unpack…but we’ll talk about that later.

Getting ready for the Holidays!

Oh Christmas tree Oh Christmas tree… Its that time of year again when our homes will soon be filled with greenery, tinsel and eggnog.  When is the appropriate time to put up your Christmas tree?  Some people say Dec 1, others just go with family tradition.  I say anytime after Halloween is acceptable.  Its such a beautiful time of year, why not start as early as you can.

Here are some of my unique Christmas Tree favorites that I have gathered together. Enjoy! Feel free to share your Christmas Spirit and trees with us.

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Lilly Cordeiro
Sunlight Heritage Homes