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FALL Maintenance Checklist For Homeowners



Check exterior finishes for damage

Check garage door tracks, weather stripping and lubricate bearings

Check caulking for air and water leaks

Check fireplace and chimney inside and out

Check basement and crawl spaces for moisture or cracks

Check clothes dryer duct (should not use plastic) and vent

Check and reset ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)

Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors

Check windows and screens

Shut off exterior water supply, drain lines and remove hoses

Check roof including shingles, flashing and vents

Winterize landscaping and remove leaves

Clean furnace filter and HRV filter (yes the air exchanger has filters)

Check eavestroughs and downspouts

Clean humidifier

Check attic for leaks and signs of animals


Tips To Cut Your A/C Bill Almost In Half!

You don’t have to trade high heating bills for extreme cooling expenses every 6-8 months.

When you settle into a regular cycle of cooling your home this summer, it doesn’t have to cost nearly as much as it did last year.

These simple tips can almost cut your air conditioning expenses in half without forcing your family to sweat it out on the hottest days.

Make the changes today so you save all summer long.

Use your blinds and drapes when the sun is out

The beaming sun in your living room adds several degrees of heat to the entire house. Blasting the air conditioner to counter that heat is an inefficient way to keep the house comfortable.

Even sheer drapes reduce the heat transfer through windows when the sun is shining.

If you aren’t using the spare bedroom or the office, draw your window coverings. In fact, do it all over the house on whichever side the sun is.

Your air conditioner will have to work less (and sometimes not at all) to maintain the temperature inside on a hot day.

Don’t let gaps drain your wallet

The cool air inside your house can seep out small gaps between window and door frames rapidly.

You turn off the faucet when you finish washing your hands because dripping water can add up over time. The same happens with cool air. Every bit seeping out costs you money.

  • Look for gaps around your windows (inside and out).
  • Look for space between your door and the frame (inside and out).
  • Close the flue on your chimney (or use whatever apparatus is available to stop airflow).
  • Measure the depth of your attic insulation. It should be at least 14 inches deep.

Run ceiling fans counter clockwise

Your old ceiling fan doesn’t have to gather dust again this summer (and that fancy new ceiling fan isn’t just a decoration).

A ceiling fan can actually make your house feel up to 5 degrees cooler at only around 10% the cost of running the air conditioner to achieve the same result.

Run the ceiling fan counter clockwise to blow air straight down into the room and create that cool breeze.

Your thermostat won’t show a lower temperature, but you’ll feel much more comfortable.

Move your thermostat to a better wall

Where does the thermostat hang in your house?

If it sits on the wall opposite a big, sunny window, it will send your air conditioner signals to run more often than it should.

Move your thermostat to a location:

  • In a room your family uses often.
  • On an interior wall.
  • Elevated to chest height.

These 4 tips are usually enough to half most families’ air conditioning expenses.

When you think about how much you paid the utility company every month last summer, that’s every reason you need to give it a try.

If your air conditioner is more than 10 years old, it might be the main reason your cooling bills are so high.



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10 Budget-Friendly Improvement Tips to Increase Your Home’s Market Value 


Renovating your home will increase its value and make it a nicer place for you to live. But many people don't have the money to spend on expensive housing upgrades. Here is a few budget-friendly projects to add beauty, value and selling appeal to your home.Painting Helps

1.Give your kitchen a facelift 
The kitchen is the heart of any home, so spend a few hundred dollars to spice it up. You can replace the kitchen faucet set, add new cabinet door handles, and update old lighting fixtures. If you have a dark or small kitchen, make it look larger and brighter by using a lighter finish on the cabinets.

If the kitchen countertop is outdated, consider using a Laminate countertop. They are inexpensive and come in all types of colours and patterns, some of which resemble much more expensive solid surface materials, such as stone or tile.

2. Liven up the bathroom
Buy "expensive-looking" hardware for taps and showers and get a sophisticated new look without cleaning out your wallet. Like in the kitchen, soft lighting and warm colours here can go a long way in increasing home value. Add vases and plants as design elements and make sure vanity mirrors are at an accessible height for every member of the family.

If your bathroom requires any plumbing or electrical fixing, get a professional to do it.

3. Add a fresh coat of paint 
New paint makes everything look clean and bright, and you can do it yourself relatively inexpensively on interior walls.

Paint with a neutral colour such as beige. It will make the house seem larger, and it will be inoffensive to buyers. And don't forget the ceiling. Paint the trim a contrasting colour.

4. Add wood trim and cornicing
These are cheap and easy do it yourself, but can add tons of "WOW" factor to the look of your home. Simple ceiling trim and armchair railing are the easiest and most typical upgrades found in newer homes.

To make an even bolder statement, paint the walls a neutral, flat colour and paint the trim a high gloss white.

5. Consider your flooring options
If your home has hardwood floors covered with carpeting, consider restoring the original hardwood floors, particularly if the carpeting is old and worn.

If not, you can shampoo or steam clean your carpets, or use a dry cleaning system, which requires no water or steamer, and dries instantly while killing virtually all mold and bacteria. Apply according to the manufacturer’s instructions, and then vacuum. If all else fails, get a professional to do the carpets for you. You'd be surprised how much better your carpet will look after a good cleaning.

6. Enhance the lighting
Consider replacing the dining room lights with an eye-catching chandelier. Create a comfortable ambience with recessed lighting that is controlled with dimmer switches to provide the appropriate amount of light for different activities.

Use indirect lighting focused away from television and computer screens to reduce eyestrain.

7. Install modern light switches and outlets
Some of the new style switches can be easily installed using the wires already running to the old switches. Turn off the power to the room or entire house before doing any work. The new outlets look nice, and give the impression that the electrical wiring in the house is newer than it really is.

8. Create more storage
Extra storage is always a plus. You don't need to renovate to add more storage space, you can create more space for free and without remodelling your home! Revamping your existing closets can do the job.

Many old houses lack closet space. If you have cramped storage areas, add do-it-yourself wire and laminate closet systems to bedrooms.

Make your closets serve a variety of purposes. Try adding a shelving unit to a clothes closet where you can store pantry goods and other items.

9. Reframe your front entry
The front door is the statement that you make in your house, and a front door in need of work gives a wrong first impression.

Refinish the front door with a new coat of paint. Replace that worn, flimsy little knob on your main entry door with a more substantial-looking handle-and-lock set. A nice, big piece of hardware signals newcomers that this is a solid home.

While you are preparing the door for the finish coat, be sure to check the weather stripping for damage. With soaring energy costs, adding some new weather stripping can quickly pay you back in utility savings.
Placing planters on either side of the front door will also enhance the image of your entry.

10. Landscape the front yard
A nicely mowed lawn, a few well-placed shrubs and a swept walkway make a great first impression. Get your green thumb on, install some new sod, plant a few evergreen shrubs, and give your front yard a good cleanup. This will draw attention to your home and change people's perception of your home.

Today, there are dozens of choices of plant materials that can add colour and style to your front yard. Stop by your local landscaping centre — they'll have dozens of ideas for you.
Ready to renovate but on a tight budget? Spend money on what can be seen versus what can't be seen. Think new door handles, not new doors, and spiffed-up appliance fronts, not new appliances. Fix up the exterior first, then the interior.

If you put some of these tips in action, you will boost your home's value and live happily ever after in your dream home. Enjoy!

“A home is a house brought to life.”


How do you make your house your own?
The answer is different for everyone.

What is universal is that when we buy real estate, we’re really adopting a particular lifestyle as well.

That’s what makes buying and selling real estate such a difficult, complicated process... and in the end such an enjoyable, satisfying one.

I can provide insight into every aspect of Oakville real estate, but also into the often-overlooked aspect of the transaction: adjusting to your new home.

I’ve provided a few helpful hints and reports that I thought you might find useful.

When you call me to represent you, know that the business aspect of your transaction will be treated with the utmost importance... but that the human element will never be forgotten.

I look forward to chatting,
Steven, your Oakville Expert

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