Protect Your Investment! How to winterize your home

 

As temperatures begin to dip (drastically), your home will require maintenance to keep it in optimum shape throughout the season. From the furnace to the gutters to the landscaping—and many places in between—winterizing helps protect your investment while keeping you comfortable. You can take many steps to winterize your home.

 

1. Furnace Inspection

Your first order of business is to call a professional to inspect your furnace and clean ducts. It’s also a good idea to stock up on furnace filters and change them monthly. If your home is heated by a hot-water radiator, bleed the valves by opening them slightly and when water appears, close them. Remember to remove all flammable material from the area surrounding your furnace.

2. Check the Exterior, Doors, and Windows

This step is critical for your health and safety. Inspect the exterior for crevice cracks and exposed entry points around pipes; seal them. Use weatherstripping around doors to prevent cold air from entering the home, and caulk windows. If your home has a basement, consider protecting its window wells by covering them with plastic shields. Remove summer screens.

3. Inspect Roof, Gutters, and Downspouts

Adding extra insulation to the attic will prevent warm air from creeping to your roof and causing ice dams. Check flashing to ensure water can’t enter your home. Consider replacing worn roof shingles or tiles. Make sure to keep receipts for the resell of your home. Clean out the gutters and use a hose to spray water down the downspouts to clear away debris.

4. Service Weather-Specific Equipment

These measures help you keep tools ready when you will inevitably need them. Service or tune-up snow blowers. Replace worn rakes and snow shovels. Sharpen ice choppers and buy bags of ice-melt or sand. For equipment that you use in the other seasons, like a lawn mower, make sure to drain the gas to avoid rust.

5. Check Foundations 

Rake away all debris and edible vegetation from the foundation. Seal up entry points or cracks to keep small animals from crawling under and into the house. Mice can slip through space as thin as a dime. Secure crawlspace entrances.

6. Prevent Plumbing Freezes

Locate your water main in the event you need to shut it off in an emergency. Drain all garden hoses. Insulate exposed plumbing pipes. Drain air conditioner pipes, and if your AC has a water shut-off valve, turn it off. If you go on vacation, leave the heat on, set to at least +14 degrees.

7. Prepare Landscaping and Outdoor Surfaces

Trim trees if branches hang too close to the house or electrical wires. Seal driveways, brick patios, and wood decks. Remember to move sensitive potted plants indoors or to a sheltered area. You can also plan ahead for spring. Plant spring flower bulbs and lift bulbs that cannot winter over, such as dahlias, in areas where the ground freezes.

8. Prepare an Emergency Kit 

Predicting a long winter. Buy indoor candles and matches or a lighter for use during a power outage. Buy a battery backup to protect your computer and sensitive electronic equipment. Store extra bottled water and non-perishable food supplies (including pet food, if you have a pet), blankets, and a first-aid kit in a dry and easy-to-access location.

Now, not only are you prepared but you’ve also unknowingly covered all the important bases as you should every year to maintain your home and ultimately your investment!

Article courtesy of The Balance.

 

What are your real estate goals for the new year? Whether you have questions about your home or if you’d like to discuss your next move, I look forward to hearing from you.

 

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Your Fall 2019 Market Guide

 

Your Guide to the Montreal Market

Inform yourself with everything you need to know this fall with my newsletter. Learn about supply and demand, how Quebec’s demographics are influencing the real estate market and whether or not we will continue to experience a strong sellers market. Learn the importance of having a notarized will and testament as well as what goes on behind the scenes during a typical day as a real estate broker!

Get a sneak peek into what’s to come in the next few months, including upgrading my website with info on the latest new construction projects and what you need to know about our Montreal neighbourhoods. Browse through my info-packed guide and contact me today for an evaluation, or if you’d like to make a move in buying, selling, renting, or investing in real estate.

 

 

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Your Spring 2019 Market Guide

Your Guide to the Montreal Market

Inform yourself with everything you need to know this spring with my newsletter. Learn about supply and demand, the strength of this year’s market, the increase of overall sales, prices and mortgage rates. Learn about the strength of this year’s market and increase in overall sales, as well as how to weigh the pros and cons of condo life.

Most importantly, get a sneak peak into my newest strategy of the year, expanding my team to include two residential real estate brokers. I have expanded my reach to serve you better. Browse through my info-packed guide and contact me today for an evaluation, or if you’d like to make a move in buying, selling, renting, or investing in real estate.

 

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Interior Design Tips and Tricks!

 

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What small updates can you make to your home before putting it on the market? How can we achieve an open concept feel without breaking the bank? Click here to view 2 videos discussing the answers to these questions with interior designer Maxine Foldiak of Maxine Foldiak Design!

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How to Cozy Up Your Home for the Holiday Season

Thinking of ways to warm up your home decor for holiday hosting?

These 5 tips will help to get you started! Hosting during the holidays can be stressful, but if prepared, you’ll be able to fully enjoy the food and company. A few added details make all the difference!

1 – Candles : Warmth, light, and ambiance. Any candles displayed on your table while food is being served should be unscented, while having scented candles around the rest of the home is great way to make any room in the home feel cozy.

2 – Bring nature indoors : For before and after the holidays, simple house plants and flowers can make big impact, like lilies, green hydrangeas, and orchids. For the big holiday events, a pot with birch logs, evergreen clippings, and berries adds a warm touch.

3 – Stick to a colour scheme : For some, a neutral palette with pops of red and green is a go-to option. Others may choose to have pastels or metallics as their main focus. If you’re not sure, a natural scheme with browns and warm beiges will always be a classic choice.

4 – Add extra lighting : There are several options to add extra lighting in areas and corners that don’t get as much love. Tall pillar lights stacked on top of old books, lanterns with candles, and string lighting can all do the trick.

5 – Think small : It really is all about the details, and this way it will be easier to add a touch of the holidays into every room. Whether it’s a seasonal candle in the washroom, or some natural elements added to the window ledges, your guests will notice these extra efforts and feel more in the holiday spirit.

What’s going on in Montreal real estate?

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How is Montreal helping businesses affected by on-going construction? Montreal is known for it’s endless construction projects and rue baree signs scattered throughout the city. The article below outlines plans to help businesses who suffer as a result.

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Villeray is welcoming a new project into it’s ever-growing market. Giantonio is a residential condominium project of 16 doors, 15 two-bedroom apartments, 8 penthouse units with 17 feet clear height ceilings on two levels, underground parking and  2 commercial units on the ground floor.

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Should you buy a single family home in 2019? Shupilov gives some points to consider as you’re making this decision. Single family homes have appreciated in price across all boroughs on Montreal Island except for one.

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Q&A with Home Inspector Carol Mose!

 

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Should you have your condo inspected? What’s the purpose of a building inspection?  Click here to listen to our discussion and to have all of your home inspection questions answered by Carol Mose of Mose Home Inspection Services!

Carol Mose

Email: carol@inspectionmaison.com
Phone: (514) 426-1095
Website: https://www.homeinspectionmontreal.com/

 

 

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Home Staging Tips!

 

The Do’s and Don’ts of Preparing your Home to Sell

by Maxine Foldiak

The first thing you should do when starting to prepare your home to sell is to DE-CLUTTER! There is nothing worse than walking into a room and not knowing where to look. This rule applies to both furniture and objects. A mantle above a fireplace should only have 3 to 5 items at most, unless it’s a multitude of small picture frames or certain valuable pieces that one may have collected over time. Your life doesn’t need to be on display. I suggest having a garage sale, this will help you not only de-clutter your current home, but it will allow you to trim down ahead of a move. People need to be able to envision themselves living in your home, and if you live in chaos and clutter, it is very hard for people to see past all that mess. Getting rid of items throughout a home that either don’t belong within the space or items that do not serve a purpose will allow for a better viewing experience and hopefully will allow for you to sell your home quickly.

Number two is to neutralize the palette of the home. In some cases, people love a vibrant blue dining room paired with a ruby red bedroom and a powder room covered in floral wallpaper. But when selling your home, you want to appeal to more than a few potential buyers.  And yes, people say that a little paint can fix anything and as a designer I very much agree. When you are selling you want people to walk in and remember how amazing the finishes were, how beautiful the original wood work is, the original moldings that carry throughout, the hardwood floors and large tiles, the size of the rooms etc.…Unfortunately, many people cannot see past the aesthetics of a home and they harp on things that can easily be changed.  It is your job as the homeowner to help showcase your house in the best light.  If you have a neutral palette that carries throughout the home, people will focus more on the character of the home and the things that truly matter.

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What’s going on in Montreal Real Estate?

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Intrigued by the luxury lifestyle of Tour des Canadiens 3? Contact me if you have any questions about the townhouse and penthouse suite properties in TDC 3. The surroundings of the Bell Centre and Windsor Station will be entirely transformed by the luxurious design of the future Quad Windsor Skybridge of TDC 2 and TDC 3.

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‘Plexes are officially the most in-demand property in Montreal.  Montreal’s ‘plex market is performing better than any other property type and the real estate market as a whole currently sits firmly in seller’s market territory, according to the latest Centris stats.

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Looking for new retailers who sell affordable trendy furnishings?  Apartment Therapy has you covered with 7 unexpected sources for all your furniture needs. If you’re searching for some elevated decorative accents that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, click below!

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