Prepping your Home for the Winter

Since we can’t all live in gingerbread houses, we’ve got some extra responsibilities to take care of! The -30 days will be here before you know it, so let’s get your home prepared.

As we get ready for this winter season, it will be important to remember a few key things you can do to ensure your heating costs won’t blow through the roof come February. Not only will these steps help to avoid short term costs, they will also help to maintain your property in the long run.

1 – Check your plumbing
Identify any potentially problematic pipes that are prone to freezing and consider using heat tape to keep them warm. Drain water from any outdoor faucets and garden hoses and make sure in-ground sprinklers are blown out.
2 – Ensure your heating systems are ready to go
If you have the pleasure of enjoying a chimney during your winter nights, make sure it’s inspected and cleaned by a professional before the frosty days arrive. Consider getting a routine check of all your heating systems, vacuuming your vents, and checking the state of your furnace. To save on heating costs, consider getting a setback thermostat that keeps your home at a cooler temperature when you’re away.
3 – Keep drafts at bay
Installing storm windows and doors can help to minimize drafts. Don’t forget basement windows! If doorstops and/or weather stripping around doors and windows are worn, consider replacing them or caulking any gaps. If you have any pipes or ducts that travel through an exterior wall, make sure to use caulking and weather-stripping around all entry points.


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Your Outdoor Space & Home Garden


As the warmer months begin approaching, it may be time to start thinking about re-vamping our outdoor spaces. Maybe you have a backyard project that needs finishing up or you’d like to finally dig into growing your own produce. Whether you have a patio or a balcony, it’s important to create our own little sanctuaries, especially during this time. Enjoy some outdoor space and home gardening tips below.


1. Treat your outdoor space like your living room and incorporate inspiration from your dream vacation spot

We go to great lengths to make the insides of our homes feel inviting — try adopting the mindset you would use when arranging your living room as you consider your outdoor seating area. Set the scene for relaxation by styling your outdoor seating area with design details that remind you of being on holiday.

2. Create a sense of privacy

Make your backyard seating area feel like a secluded zen retreat, rather than a place where you’re on display to neighbours, with the use of hedge plants, trees, fencing and arbors. Screening can be key in making small urban gardens feel inviting. In larger gardens, increasing the privacy around an outdoor seating area — such as surrounding a dining table with hedges and lush borders can help make a space feel more intimate.

3. Design for your group size

Whether you often have a couple of friends over after work, host dinner parties or prefer to keep your garden as a private retreat for one or two, design your seating area to best accommodate your group size.

4. Keep it casual

Outdoor seating areas don’t need to look professionally designed to be inviting. In fact, the opposite is often true. Casual outdoor seating areas can often feel more laid-back and encourage relaxation.

5. Bring on the glow

Instantly change the mood of your outdoor seating area in the evening from shadowy to alluring with the addition of subtle outdoor lights. Consider a combination of light sources to create the effect you’d like.



Starting your Home Garden


Many garden centres have reopened their doors, and it’s a great opportunity to start your garden while buying local. The following steps will help you make your garden a reality.

1. Location

Pick a location, remembering that your plants need a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight each day. Choose an area that is flat enough to drain water properly and far from trees so that their long roots don’t invade your vegetable garden. Having a water source nearby makes for easier watering.

2. Raised or not?

There are three main approaches to organizing your green space.

A. In ground
The first approach involves turning the soil to a depth of about 30 cm. This traditional vegetable garden requires good-quality soil and can easily become overgrown with weeds, which means more work for you.

B. Raised with border
First, mow the grass then lay newspaper (about 10 sheets thick) or unwaxed cardboard over the desired area to kill the plants that were growing there. Next, build a frame for the vegetable garden with planks and add a layer of soil at least 30-cm deep. Use newspaper and mulch to keep the perimeter weed-free. This method lets you choose the quality of the soil, keeps weeds down and ensures proper drainage.

C. Container
Build the box out of wood or cement blocks, making sure it is at least 30 cm deep. Fill the bottom with a 10- to 15-cm layer of stones for drainage and cover with soil. This method is generally recommended for amateur gardeners as it is easy to put together and will produce good results wherever you install it. Container beds provide better protection from the cold, retain sufficient moisture and prevent erosion and weeds.

3. Choosing the soil

Use good-quality soil specially blended for growing vegetables—not black soil, as it isn’t intended for this purpose. Enrich your soil with compost if possible.

4. Deciding what to plant and when

It helps knowing which hardiness zone you are in so you know which plants are best-suited for your climate. These areas are determined by Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, and you can easily find yours on gardening sites.

Be sure to plant after the last expected frost date in your area. If buying local seeds, ask store clerks for advice—they know what will work in the climate. In Quebec, tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs and carrots are often good choices. Finally, make sure to space your plants appropriately.


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Will we continue to work from home?


Although uncertain, it is possible that working from home may become more of a new normal for many of us in the coming months. Here are some tips to make the best out of your home office space. Please reach out if you have any other proven work from home strategies you’d like to share. Let’s make this work!

1. Find the perfect area

It’s important that you choose the location of your office carefully. Whether you have an entire room dedicated to your office or a small work area in the corner of a room, there are some essential elements to take into account. It’s best to set up your office in a quiet, secluded area. By removing yourself from household distractions and noise, you will have an easier time concentrating.

2. Electrical outlets and internet

Make sure you have enough electrical outlets to plug in all of your devices. Your Internet connection should also be strong enough in the area of the house where you set up your office. You can always use an Ethernet cable to connect directly to the port of your router, to improve your Internet access. Your provider can help you with this.

3. Organize your equipment and supplies

Make sure you have enough room for a desk, a chair and storage. If you have a lot of computer equipment, such as a second monitor or printer, be sure to take this into account. Plan to have storage solutions for your office supplies so that your space doesn’t get too cluttered. A filing cabinet or piece of furniture with drawers can be very handy for storing your papers. You can also install storage boxes, shelves or a bulletin board to pin your notes. A clean environment makes it easier to find what you’re looking for.

4. Natural Light

If you have a choice, set up your home office in a place with lots of natural light. If this is not possible, a desk lamp will work just fine.

5. Comfortable furniture

Now it’s time to determine the furniture you will need. To be comfortable for many hours at a time, your desk should be as ergonomic as possible. The chair must be comfortable and allow you to have your feet flat on the floor. Otherwise, use a footrest.

6. Add a personal touch

Finally, decorate your office space the way you like. Personal touches are known to increase productivity, creativity and mood. Embellish the room with plants, artwork or picture frames.


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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.


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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?

Here are some recent articles and fun links to click on.


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.


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.


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

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