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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Looking for an investment opportunity?

 

Looking for an investment opportunity that can be easily rented by students going to McGill, Concordia or Université de Montréal?

Please contact me today about potential opportunities and take a look at some current options below!

 

1288 Av. des Canadiens #1811 (McGill and Concordia Students) Stunning 1 bedroom + den condo in one of the most sought-after buildings in downtown Montreal. Pictured top.

3300 Av. Troie #907 (Université de Montréal Students) Welcome to Onyx. Sleek and modern condos in an ideal location. This unit features large windows, high ceilings, and a large private balcony. Pictured bottom left.

441 President Kennedy #209 (McGill and Concordia Students) The Concorde – Superb, upscale condo situated in the heart of the Quartier des Spectacles. Fabulous central location across from the metro. Pictured bottom right.

 

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Reminder : School Taxes are Due Today!

 

Don’t Forget! 1st Installment of School Taxes due Today

Just a quick reminder that your School taxes (1st installment) are due August 2nd 2019 (today). If you have not received you school tax bill you can retrieve the bill online. If you are having trouble retrieving the bill, please let me know and it would be my pleasure to send it to you.

*The bill may not be in your name if you are a new home owner, however you can still pay (and must pay). If you are not familiar on how to pay the first installment, please click here for more information.

Note that the second installment is due October 31st 2019. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions.

 

Why I Work by Referral

As a real estate broker, I not only have the privilege of assisting you with one of your most precious assets but also helping you find a place to call your own personal sanctuary. I don’t take a transactional approach to sales.

A huge component of my long-term success relies on satisfied clients and the referrals that those satisfied clients bring. If someone you know is looking to sell or buy a home, I would be happy to provide them with the same expert advice and service you received. I would be very grateful if you could take 30 seconds to complete a short survey.

 

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Making your Move a Smooth One : 6 Things to Remember

 

Making your Move a Smooth One : Organize & Think Ahead!

It is easy to get caught up in wanting your move to go by fast. Remember that organizing ahead will make your life easier later.

 

1 – Label your moving boxes with detail- what is inside and for which room. This ensures that you and your movers will know exactly where to put them.

2 – Prepare an overnight bag to keep in your closet that you can go back to throughout the move with your go-to items. (Pyjamas, change of clothes for the following day, toothbrushes, cosmetics, medication, toilette paper, wipes, towels, phone chargers.)

3 – Kitchen: Bring biodegradable plates, forks, cups and napkins to limit messes, and to keep things easy. Remember: If your new home didn’t come with appliances, make sure you do not plug in your fridge right away. Allow the fridge to stabilize for 24 hours.

4 – Pets: If you have any pets, ask a loved one to take care of them for the day, to ensure they don’t get trampled by accident, or get confused amongst all the movers and guests. 

5 – Call your new municipality to figure out which days the garbage and recycling pass, so you can organize what to put out and when. Don’t forget to pack ample garbage and recycling bags.

6 – Stay fueled: Most importantly, pack a cooler with water bottles, snacks, and your milk of choice for cereal and coffees.

 

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Thinking of Becoming an Airbnb Host?

The idea of passive income for renting your home sounds appealing to many. Across the globe, Airbnb has become an increasingly popular method for homeowners to get some extra cash for hosting tourists within their own country. In the province of Quebec, Airbnb is legal and flourishing. However for those interested in pursuing the path of temporary rentals, there are rules and regulations they should learn as to not traverse into unwanted territory (to the tune of a potential 50,000$ fine for non-conformity). So to all renters, be aware, before choosing the path of room and board.

Rules and Regulations

If you’re thinking of renting out a property that is not your primary residence as an Airbnb host, an application must be done for a “Certification of Classification.” Essentially this means that an inspection must be done by the Corporation de l’Industrie Touristique du Quebec (CITQ), which concludes whether or not your dwelling is adequately clean, safe and of quality to rent to tourists. Hosts must also obtain 2 million dollar liability insurance.

Taxes

Airbnb automatically collects lodging tax. It is then remitted to Revenu Quebec. Make sure to verify with the provincial and municipal administration to verify what tax on lodging you may be subjected to for each time you rent your home.

By Laws

If you are the owner of a condo or a co-op, it is important to confirm the rules and regulations of your co-ownership agreement. Many buildings in Montreal do not have the same by-laws, and some are stricter than others. Your goal to rent via Airbnb might be forbidden in your building, and there are various consequences to breaking the rules drawn up by your board. Sometimes, rules also extend to what borough you reside in. For example, in some parts of Ville Marie, Airbnb rentals are restricted. So it is important to not only check your building by laws, but the by laws of your borough.

Insurance

The moment a “guest” of your home gives you money for the roof over their heads, your insurance policy as a basic home owner must change. Most home owner insurance policies cover family and friends as your guests, but once access to your property becomes something that generates money, this is considered a higher risk, and thus puts you in a different risk bracket. It is vital to do your insurance research before renting out through Airbnb to ensure that you are fully covered, and covered properly.

 

Overall, contact the CITQ, the Regie du Logement, a lawyer or tax professional to determine whether your Airbnb rental is legal, before sealing the deal online by yourself!

 

Spring is here, contact me today for a home evaluation! What are your real estate goals for 2019? 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 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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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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Real Estate Law Q&A with Stephanie Chouliareas

 

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Who has the right to the home? What do you do in the event of divorce? Listen to our discussion and have all of your questions answered by Stephanie Chouliareas of Popovici Chouliareas! Popovici Chouliareas is a boutique law firm located in Montreal, Canada that offers legal services in Business Law, Family Law and Litigation.

Stephanie Chouliareas

Email: chouliareas@pclegal.ca
Phone: (514) 526-5939
Website: https://www.pclegal.ca/

 

 

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