By Darren Lum
This Sunday, May 16, a Minden residence will be presented with the season one episode of Scott’s Vacation House Rules on HGTV Canada.
Hosted by real estate expert, entrepreneur, entrepreneur and TV personality Scott McGillivray, the series follows him and his “design partner, Debra Salmoni, as they turn dilapidated cabins into attractive vacation rentals.”
With its own vacation property located just south of the Highlands at Kawartha Lakes, McGillivray appreciates and loves the beauty of the area and has featured the Highlands before.
“It’s nice to stay a bit close to where I’m doing properties,” he said. “And it’s a beautiful region. I think it is underestimated. There is a lot of growth potential here. Some other areas are saturated and overdone. This region is equally beautiful, but perhaps not as difficult to access.
The show will also feature the area just south of Gooderham in Trent Lakes in a future episode of House Rules.
McGillivray calls the show “inspiring and ambitious.”
“It takes a realistic approach to achieving the goals that a lot of people have through good financial decisions and hard work,” he said.
He continues, “There is nothing more rewarding than helping people achieve tough goals and that’s what this show is about, whether it’s a renovation goal, a financial goal, an investment goal or simply in general, a retirement or a deadline. [they’re] try to achieve it.
In his experience, the most remarkable aspect is balance, he said.
In the beginning, the emphasis was on creating a return on investment, so that people would have a good investment with a property purchase or renovation.
“It’s always a core part of what I do, but I’ve realized that the balance I’m talking about is finding a way to bring together both a return on investment and what I call a return on investment. way of life, ”said McGillivray.
He adds that this show is the “pinnacle of this process. It really ensures that the properties that people absolutely love and cherish and build most of their memories into are also good financial decisions for them.
The common pattern he has witnessed throughout the COVID-19 pandemic is the concept of turning what used to be a seasonal residence into something that is capable of being housed year round.
“People don’t just think of vacation properties as vacation properties,” he said. “They see them as a home.”
It goes beyond retirement and now includes a complete transition to a way of life where people move out of town to turn a seasonal home into a primary residence.
He called this an effort “fast-forward” toward meeting future goals for retirement, which includes moving to a country cottage or renting a residence to earn money for the home. goal of the future plan.
“It also gave people a chance to think about what’s important and you can see that moving forward people really double down on things that really mean something to them. That’s why we’ve seen areas like cottage country rise in value because people are realizing that, ‘Oh, my God. Life is short and anything can happen and I really want to focus on the things that bring me joy, ”he said.
The predominant challenge that he continues to see when working on these seasonal recreational properties is the inconsistency with the quality of the building.
“There’s a lot of makeshift stuff. Do-it-yourself stuff. There is a lot of outdated stuff. Some properties were built 100 years ago and others 20 years ago. Each, they can be side by side, ”he said.
He said many of these properties have no one living there full time to maintain them, so degradation can get worse and become a bigger problem than if someone lived there to notice.
The show was nominated for the Canadian Screen Award for Best Lifestyle Program or Series, which will be presented on May 17.
McGillivray said that after a difficult year of having to work with the constraints of security protocols and never knowing whether firing would be suspended or not linked to the pandemic, the award “means a lot to the team.”
After 300 TV episodes of all the shows he’s worked on for over a decade, let it be Scott Cal Houseme, Buyers Bootcamp, Income property and Move the McGillivrayMcGillivray said it’s the people, who are at the heart of everything to him. He wishes he could help more people, which he discovers through his various social media platforms.
It motivates him during the times when he can help so that he can show others.
“When I help someone, I try to make an example of it so that other people watching can learn something and potentially use it to achieve their goals as well,” he said.