Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Just Listed | 14 Cicerella Crescent

***Exceptional Value In Prime Bendale***

Detached 3 Level Backsplit with Large Fully Fenced West Facing Yard. Bright & Spacious, Hardwood Floors Throughout, Perfect For First Time Buyer/Renovator/Investor. Awaits Your Decorators Touch. Separate Side Entrance To Potential In-Law Suite, Quiet Family Friendly Street Steps To TTC, Parks, Schools & Shopping.

Monday, April 25, 2022

Starting a Backyard Garden

Not every homeowner is willing or able to dedicate backyard space to a big garden, but that shouldn't deter you from looking into options for a very rewarding hobby. Whether through simply growing a few herbs or flowers in containers, or by tilling a plot for bountiful harvests, gardening is known to improve physical activity and help us to develop personal resilience and learn to embrace acceptance on a psychological level. If you are a beginner, do not dismay - you will be surprised at the advice you can easily gather just by researching online or at a garden-centre. 

Start with a plan based on the time you want to invest and the results you want to achieve, such as abundant foliage or luscious fruits and vegetables. Although each type requires a specific care, indigenous plants tend to be hardiest. After determining growing schedules and sunlight requirements, you need to decide when and where to plant. Make sure taller species do not overshadow neighbouring sunlight-seekers, but also avoid over-exposing those needing shade. Before planting seeds or transplanting slips, condition the soil with recommended nutrients, and ensure water is readily accessible. 

Monday, April 18, 2022

Spring Preparation Checklist

As the weather begins to turn warm, we all have the urge to shed heavy winter clothes, refresh our surroundings, and get out of doors. After harsh weather and time spent indoors, there are plenty of chores that need to be done every spring so that our summers can be a bit more carefree.

Following a spring cleaning list of chores will help you avoid missing an important task and stay organized. Taking care of problems while they are small will ultimately save money and time.
Start Indoors, and Work Your Way Outdoors

Even before the weather is warm enough to take care of outdoor chores, you can get a head start on indoor spring cleaning. While there are always areas that need to be cleaned daily or weekly, some tasks only require seasonal cleaning or check-ups.

Change Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detector Batteries
Changing batteries in smoke and carbon monoxide detectors takes only a few minutes but is one chore that can mean the difference in life and death. Even a small kitchen or laundry room fire can cause much more damage than you can ever imagine and cost thousands of dollars to repair.

Change Interior HVAC Air Filters
If you haven't been changing the filters in your heating and air conditioning system regularly, do it now. Clean filters reduce the wear and tear on your furnace and improve the quality of the air you are breathing.

Move Furniture and Clean Hard-to-Reach Spots
We're all guilty of cleaning only the most visible dirt and skipping the hard-to-reach spots, like floors under furniture or the ceiling fan. Maybe you've even forgotten that these things can get dirty. Trust us, they are dirty and it's time to get them clean.

Inspect Washing Machine Water Hoses
Washing machine hoses, especially rubber hoses, are a ticking time bomb that will one day rupture. And because the hoses are connected to a high-pressure water outlet when they rupture, there will be flooding that can ruin floors, walls, and cause hundreds of dollars in damage.
This is the time to check hoses for minor leaks that can become big ones and better still, replace rubber hoses with stainless steel braided hoses.

Empty Closets and Store Winter Clothes
As the seasons change, so does our wardrobe. Now is the perfect time to empty each clothes closet, give it a good cleaning, and sort winter clothes. We're sure you'll find things that you haven't worn in years and maybe don't even remember owning! These items should be sold, donated, or discarded. Clothes that you want to store until next year should be laundered or dry cleaned and stored away properly.
While the closet is empty, clean it well to ensure that no harmful pests that can ruin clothes are lurking.

Do Some Pest Control
After long months of cold weather, everyone is ready to get outside, including the insects, rodents, and other pests that have been snug inside. Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, pest control is essential to keeping a clean home inside and outside.

Wash Windows and Clean Window Treatments
Even if the weather is still iffy, you can get a head start by washing the inside of your windows and glass doors. Of course, some like to tackle window washing inside and outside at the same time to check for streaks. It really doesn't matter how you do it, as long as you do it!
While you are cleaning the inside of the windows, don't overlook window treatments. Some curtains can be tossed in the washer but most drapery requires dry cleaning. Take the time to dust and clean blinds and shades, clean window screens, and wipe down window sills.

Check the Roof
Winter winds, rains, and snow can cause problems with any roof. If you are handy, do a complete roof inspection to look for loose shingles, cracks, or broken seals around pipes. If not, hire a professional.

Monday, April 11, 2022

Installing an EV Charger at Home

If you are considering purchasing an electric vehicle (EV), you'll need to determine how you will charge it. Invariably, interested homeowners, who have available space, will prefer to have their own private EVSE (electrical vehicle supply equipment), rather than needing to rely on the availability of a spot at a public station. Before deciding on an EVSE, key factors need to be considered, such as the plug design of the selected vehicle, (e.g., SAE J1772), battery charge capacity and typical trip distances. 

You may want to consider potential future vehicle purchases that will likely have greater batter storage capacity as innovations continue to develop. In the meantime, consider a minimum a "Level 2" 240-volt service, similar to the service required for a stove or clothes dryer outlet. While a standard household 120-volt plug-in may work, it will require significantly more time to fully charge the battery. As well, you should consider how an EVSE can best contribute to the value of your home. Even if you aren't planning to sell in the foreseeable future, we might all be surprised by the demand for on-site EV charging facilities in residential houses just a few years from now. 

Thursday, April 7, 2022

GTA REALTORS® Release March 2022 Stats

There were almost 11,000 Greater Toronto Area (GTA) home sales reported in March 2022, capping off the third-best March and second-best first quarter on record. Tight market conditions continued to support a double-digit annual pace of price growth, with an average selling price of $1.3 million. The average selling price dipped slightly month-over-month, bucking the regular seasonal trend.

“Now is the time for governments to govern and focus on measures that are proven to increase housing supply. The GTA population will experience rapid growth in the coming years as our region’s economic strength and diversity continues to attract people from around the world. In order to sustain this growth, we need adequate housing supply and choice. This needs to be the focus of policymakers rather than short-term and ineffective measures to artificially suppress demand. Evidence-based decision-making should inform government policies, and we encourage representatives at all levels of government to think big and act decisively to improve needed housing supply in a significant way,” said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.

GTA REALTORS® reported 10,955 sales through TRREB’s MLS® System in March 2022, representing a 30 per cent decline compared to the record result of 15,628 in March 2021. While sales were down year-over-year for all major market segments, condominium apartment transactions dipped by a much lesser annual rate.

New listings were also down on a year-over-year basis, but by a much lesser annual rate than sales. This suggests that while market conditions remained very tight, home buyers did not experience the same level of competition from other buyers compared to a year earlier.

The MLS® Home Price Index Composite benchmark was up by 34.8 per cent year-over-year in March 2022. This annual rate of increase was down slightly from February. The average selling price was up by 18.5 per cent year-over-year. The annual growth rates for the MLS HPI® and average selling price differed, in part, because the mix of homes sold in March 2022 shifted in favour of condominium apartments which generally sell for a lower average price compared to other home types.

“Competition between home buyers in the GTA remains very strong in most neighbourhoods and market segments. However, we did experience more balance in the first quarter of 2022 compared to last year. If this trend continues, it is possible that the pace of price growth could moderate as we move through the year,” said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

TRREB MLS® Sales-to-New Listings Ratio March 2022

TRREB MLS® New Listings March 2022

TRREB MLS® Sales March 2022

TRREB MLS® Average Resale Home Price March 2022