Be Prepared for Power Failures

We are all vulnerable to unexpected power disruptions, but with a few advance preparations, potential inconveniences and dangers can be avoided or at least minimized.
 
As a starting point, every home should have emergency supplies that include basics such as candles and matches, flashlight(s) and fresh batteries, a first-aid kit, and at least one large jug of fresh water.
 
Wherever possible, it is also advisable to include more extensive preparations. Consider keeping a stock of dried foods and/or canned goods, all-weather emergency blankets, waterproof clothing and footwear, as well as cash for consumables such as fuel and food supplies.
 
Anyone requiring medications should always renew them before running too low to ensure sufficient supply. Likewise, all battery-powered devices should be kept charged – including radios, computers, cell phones and mobility vehicles.
 
For some, the inconveniences of a power-outage outweigh the cost of installing a gas-powered generator. Whether you’re ready to incur that expense or simply plan to stock up on supplies, it’s always wise to take steps that will see you and your loved ones through a power failure.
 
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How Much Can You Spend on Your Next Home?

Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home, you might be wondering how much of a new home you can afford. You might see a house for sale in a nice neighbourhood, for example, and think, “Could I get into a house like that? Is that even possible?”
 
Why not find out?
 
It only takes a few calculations to determine how much of a new home you qualify to buy. The calculation involves estimating how much you can get for your house on today’s market, taking a look at the type of home you want and determining what a house like that is currently selling for, and then taking into consideration your income, savings and other financial resources.
 
Once you put it all together, you’ll have a price range within which you can confidently shop for a new home. This exercise might surprise you. You might find out you can afford to get into a home and neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed about. It’s worth finding out!
 
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Outdated Plumbing Supply Lines Could Cause Problems

A burst water-supply pipe can cause enormous damage to a home, so it’s wise to be aware of conditions that may trigger such a disaster.
 
For example, some plastic or aluminum plumbing systems installed in previous decades have a history of failing without warning. They have triggered class-action law suits across North America. Another type of household plumbing system that can run the risk of failure is one that links supply pipes made of different materials (e.g. lead, copper, plastic, etc.).
 
As a homeowner, you have the responsibility to ensure the infrastructure of your property is sound and well maintained. To that end, it’s a good idea to do an annual visual check of your plumbing system, from your main shut-off to each branch and every faucet, outlet or appliance connection, to ensure it is functioning reliably.
 
If you have any doubts about the integrity of your plumbing, it’s wise to arrange for an inspection by a professional who can give you a clear and objective review of your plumbing supply system.
 
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Gaining Momentum!

Have you ever made a plan or set a goal and then, months later, realized you hadn’t made a dent in it? Ouch! That can be pretty disappointing. It’s no wonder that experts always advise you to get some momentum right away.
 
The earlier you take action on a plan or goal, the more likely you are to achieve it. If that plan or goal has anything to do with your home, I may be able to help.
 
For example, say you plan on doing a renovation this spring. You might think you have plenty of time, but the months can go by quickly. Give me a call. I may be able to recommend a reputable contractor you can talk to today to get the process started. The same holds true, of course, if you’re thinking of selling. That may be the furthest thing from your mind, but if it’s something you’re considering for some point in the coming year, the time for us to talk is now.
 
As your real estate agent, I’m here to help.
 
All the best! 416-779-8732
 
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Know the Boundaries of your Utilities

Many condo dwellers are not aware of the details of their ownership agreement with respect to utilities such as water and electricity. However, to avoid costly oversights, it’s important to understand where responsibilities lie.
 
Generally speaking, condo corporations are like municipalities that connect street houses to water and electricity systems. In other words, once your utilities are supplied to your property boundary (i.e. your walls), you become responsible for their performance.
 
In order to manage this system, it’s important to know the location of your main shut-off valve and switch for both water and power. In the event of a leaky water pipe or an electrical short-circuit, you will need to disengage your supply before you can isolate and fix the problem. Also, if you want to upgrade plumbing or electrical fixtures in your condo, it’s up to you to ensure that new parts are compatible with the infrastructure, and that the installation is compliant with building codes.
 
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Kitchen Upgrades that Make Sense

Rather than abandoning the idea of a dream kitchen because it’s too expensive or too much work, consider doing your makeover or renovation in stages. This could make a transformation affordable and simple enough to
allow you to get started sooner.
 
For example, beyond a new paint job, basic upgrades such as replacing your countertops, adding a backsplash or installing new cupboard doors could make a huge difference. There are a variety of materials to consider and many eye-catching options available.
 
If clutter is a problem, consider replacing your cutting knives and pots and pans with new attractively designed ones. Then, install wall mounts to get them out of your cupboards. Your newly displayed housewares will make room for storing countertop appliances and other items in your cupboards.
 
If you’re more ambitious, you could escalate your renovation plans to include new plumbing and electrical arrangements to accommodate a change in layout and/or an upgrade to your major fixtures and appliances. But, before you dip into your budget, take time to investigate the latest options. Many can save you money, time, energy, and space.
 
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4 Good Reasons to Consider Selling your Home

Why do people decide to move? Unless it’s a requirement, such as job relocation, the research tells us that many homeowners decide to sell for one or more of the following reasons:
 
• Your home is no longer a good fit. You may have outgrown your house and need something bigger, maybe with an additional bedroom. Or, the opposite may be true. You may want to downsize into something smaller – and cash in some of the home equity you’ve built up.
 
• You’ve got your eye on a different neighbourhood. Have you ever driven through an area and thought, “I’d love to live here”? You might think that it’s out-of-reach for you at this time. But is it? You never know until you work the numbers. You might, in fact, qualify for a home in that neighbourhood today!
 
• You want to be closer to something. Many homeowners would love to live closer to work, family, favourite hobbies, downtown, the country, etc. Moving to a house that’s near to one of these “somethings” can have a positive impact
on your lifestyle.
 
• It’s time for a change. Sometimes a homeowner just wants a change: new surroundings, a fresh start. Who says you need a “practical” reason to sell? If you’re looking to get into a new home just because you feel like it, that’s your choice. In fact, that may be the best reason of all to sell. You may simply want to move.
 
Do any of these reasons resonate for you? If so, now is the time to start preparing. Even if you don’t anticipate moving for several months, start the process today.
Call me at 416-779-8732!
 
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Be Prepared for Power Failures

We are all vulnerable to unexpected power disruptions, but with a few advance preparations, potential inconveniences and dangers can be avoided or at least minimized.
 
As a starting point, every home should have emergency supplies that include basics such as candles and matches, flashlight(s) and fresh batteries, a first-aid kit, and at least one large jug of fresh water. Wherever possible, it is also advisable to include more extensive preparations.
 
Consider keeping a stock of dried foods and/or canned goods, all-weather emergency blankets, waterproof clothing and footwear, as well as cash for consumables such as fuel and food supplies. Anyone requiring medications should always renew them before running too low to ensure sufficient supply. Likewise, all battery-powered devices should be kept charged – including radios, computers, cell phones and mobility vehicles.
 
For some, the inconveniences of a power-outage outweigh the cost of installing a gas-powered generator. Whether you’re ready to incur that expense or simply plan to stock up on supplies, it’s always wise to take steps that will see you and your loved ones through a power failure.
 
*Morris Marketing*

How Much Can You Spend on Your Next Home?

Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home, you might be wondering how much of a new home you can afford. You might see a house for sale in a nice neighbourhood, for example, and think, “Could I get into a house like that? Is that even possible?”
 
Why not find out?
 
It only takes a few calculations to determine how much of a new home you qualify to buy. The calculation involves estimating how much you can get for your house on today’s market, taking a look at the type of home you want and determining what a house like that is currently selling for, and then taking into consideration your income, savings and other financial resources. Once you put it all together, you’ll have a price range within which you can confidently shop for a new home.
 
This exercise might surprise you. You might find out you can afford to get into a home and neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed about. It’s worth finding out!
 
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Finding a New Home on a Tight Schedule

Wouldn’t it be nice if you had all the time in the world to find your next dream home? You could leisurely browse the current listings, select homes you’d like to see, schedule visits on dates that are most convenient for you, and make an offer on a property only after you’ve had plenty of time to consider all the alternatives.
 
Sure, that sometimes happens, but it’s not typical. Often, people shopping for a home are on a timeline. Sometimes a very tight timeline. So how do you find your next dream home when you don’t have all the time in the world?
 
First, you need to develop a clear picture of the home you’re looking to buy. How many bedrooms? What size of property? What type of structure (two story, back split, etc.) Then, you need to list your preferences. These might
include “large kitchen” or “main floor office”.
 
Once you’ve completed that exercise, you’ll have a more detailed profile of the type of property you want. That will make it easier to decide which of the listings on the market you want to see. You should also narrow down the area in which you’d like to live. If you have three or four targeted areas, and only consider listings in those areas, your home search will be much faster.
 
What if you don’t know the neighbourhoods well? Visit a few. Drive around. Explore. Get as much neighbourhood data as possible, such as demographics, recreational activities, parks, shopping, schools, etc. Then choose the neighbourhoods that fit your lifestyle.
 
Finally, the best way to find a new home on a tight schedule is to work with the right real estate agent — someone who, like me, is experienced in the local market!
 
Call me anytime at 416-779-8732
 
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