Monday, October 31, 2022

How To Find A Good Painting Contractor

When you're preparing your home for sale, you may want to consider some painting. After all, painting is the quickest and least expensive way to give your property a significant makeover. Rooms always look better with a fresh coat of paint. 

If you don't want to do the work yourself, hiring a good painting contractor makes sense. Here are some tips for finding a good one: 

  • Recommendations. Ask friends and neighbours in the area if they know a good painting contractor. Local business and professionals can also be a great source of recommendations. 
  • Social media. If there is an active Facebook group for the community, post a request for recommendations for a good painter. Chances are, you'll get a few responses. 
  • Trade associations. There are several trade associations for painting contractors, nationally and regionally. Visit their websites. In most cases, you can search for member contractors in your area. 
  • Local ads. Some painters advertise. So, browse through your local newspaper and direct mail flyers. Also pay attention to lawn signs (which painters sometimes place in front of a home when doing a project). 
When you talk to a painter, be sure to ask to see their project portfolio and client testimonials. 

Monday, October 24, 2022

The Best Eco Tips To Clean Your Home

Contrary to the old myth, it actually is easy being green.

There are a few common misconceptions about cleaning with an eco-friendly mindset. Some of the biggest ones? That natural products are not as effective as their chemical counterparts. Another one is that you need plenty of paper towels and disposable products to get things truly clean. But so much has changed in the last few years. The category of cleaning has evolved, so you can take a dreaded task and turn it into a pleasant one: one that is safe for your family, their health, and the planet.

1. Make it joyful
Sure, some of us love cleaning, but for those of us who don’t, one of the easiest ways to boost your mood? Fragrance! Instead of the harmful scents of strong chemicals that can be used in cleaning, essential oils have risen in popularity, not only for their light fragrances but for their ability to break up grime and leave surfaces gleaming. 

2. Buy in bulk
Seek out products that can be refilled at a bulk station, that offers cleaning products from laundry detergent to disinfectant surface cleaner to a shampoo and a body care line. Some offer 10L box format of recycled cardboard, allowing you to refill your regular-sized bottles with—in the comfort of your home. This makes it possible to reuse thousands of plastic containers every day, so you can save on every refill.

3. Consider the planet
One way to consider the way the environment is impacted by our cleaning habits is to consider not only the packaging (is it recyclable or disposable?), but to also think about packaging and ingredients. Products that are vegan mean they contain no animal products, which is beneficial to the health of the planet. And biodegradable products means that over time, they will degrade on their own, instead of clogging up landfills and polluting our water systems, lakes and oceans.

4. Seek out multi-taskers
Forget having to purchase eight different spray bottles to clean a 5 x 8 foot space. Many cleaning products manufactured these days—particularly natural cleaning products—are designed to be used on different surfaces in different ways. For example, find a laundry detergent that can be used as a stain remover—not only will it occupy less space in your cabinets, it also means there is less waste.

5. Be thoughtful about quantity
When considering how to be more eco about your cleaning habits, one of the most simple changes you can make is how many dishes or clothing make it into the next cleaning cycle. Running those machines at half load only washes half of its contents while using the full amount of water and electricity! Be strategic about when you do this, instead of just washing items as they become soiled.

6. Go back to basics
Envision the photos from years past, where it was commonplace to hang your laundry out to dry. Do you have access to a drying rack or clothing line? Skip the dryer and hang your clean laundry instead. Not only can the sun help brighten whites and lift stubborn stains, but you’ll save on energy costs, too. If you prefer to use the dryer, make the switch from disposable dryer sheets to wool dryer balls, which smooth out wrinkles and can be scented with a few drops of essential oils.

7. Skip the paper
Paper towels and disposable cleaning products have taken up shelf space in stores for years, promising convenience and cleanliness. But much of the time, they’re truly not necessary. Aside from the expense, cleaning with paper towels is a waste of paper and money. Instead of purchasing them, take a pair of scissors to an old t-shirt, or stock up on inexpensive tea towels and launder them after every use—they have better grit anyway!

8. Prioritize your health 
It’s easy to want a quick fix when you’re working on a tough stain or a messy surface. But those with underdeveloped immune systems, such as children, the elderly and even pets can suffer some health consequences if they are exposed to heavy toxic chemicals. Using these problematic cleaners in order to get the job done is no longer the only option. Instead, look for a household cleaning brand that values safety and transparency, so you can enjoy your beautiful home with peace of mind.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Ways To Enhance Your Entrance

The entrance to your home has the potential to make a significant impression - so make sure it's a good one! Even without an enormous budget, there are many ways you ca give your outside entranceway a facelift that will make the space more welcoming for both you and your guests. Here are just a few ideas that might inspire you: 

  • Discover the immediate benefit of a coat of fresh paint, in a complementary colour of your home's exterior. Start with your front door and if possible, paint your from window frames too. 
  • Define your portico or stoop more clearly by marking front corners with flowerpots or decorative containers with attractive plants. 
  • Don't underestimate the impact of custom-made address numbers and a matching mailbox. 
  • Every few months, refresh your entrance by rotating a set of seasonally=themed welcome mats. 
Sometimes even small embellishments can reap rewards, in terms of both your immediate pride of ownership and long-term value of your investment. If you are considering a more ambitious facelift for your home's exterior - such as a new walkway, driveway, fencing or landscaping - don't hesitate to call for a chat about how such an investment might improve your property's value. 

Friday, October 14, 2022

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Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Choosing Vinyl Laminate Flooring

Replacing a floor used to be a daunting project, compounded by the added cost of hiring expert tradespeople. Thankfully, there are now many options, largely due to popular vinyl laminate floors that can be installed surprisingly easily. In fact, even if you're not an ambitious do-it-yourselfer and you hire professional installers, you can still save money because the interlocking pieces make the job much quicker. However, there are significant precautions that must be taken before making such an economical purchase. Beyond your new floor's colour, pattern or design, you must consider the demands you may put on it. 

For example, if your installation is on below-grade concrete, you need to be sure there is a vapour barrier that prevents moisture from damaging your floor. Furthermore, even if you are installing on above-ground concrete, such as on a high-rise floor, you will likely want a laminate that includes a layer that provides some cushion underfoot. Of course, if you have a wooden subfloor, you may expect it will offer some give to relieve fatigue. However, you ought to consider soundproofing between the wooden floors. Fortunately, there are many types of laminate flooring so you can choose the one that performs best for your situation. 

Thursday, October 6, 2022

GTA REALTORS® Release September 2022 Stats

The Greater Toronto Area (GTA) housing market continued its adjustment to higher borrowing costs in September 2022. Sales for the month reached 5,038, but were down by 44.1 per cent compared to September 2021. New listings were also down on a year-over-year basis by 16.7 per cent to 11,237. This was the lowest number of new listings reported for the month of September since 2002. This is especially troublesome given that the stock of homes in the GTA increased markedly over the last 20 years.

We must ensure that the temporary dip in housing demand is not allowed to mask the critical shortage of homes available for sale in the GTA. Candidates running in the upcoming Ontario municipal elections must ensure home buyers and renters have adequate housing options in the years to come. Municipal council decisions have a direct impact on housing affordability, in terms of the protracted development approval processes, high development fees and other related policies that preclude timely housing development,= said TRREB President Kevin Crigger.

Elected councils must also reconsider existing policies that preclude homeowners from listing their homes for sale, including significant added upfront costs like the land transfer tax. Potential new policies like mandatory home energy audits could also create unnecessary interference and delays in the home selling process and dissuade some homeowners from listing their homes for sale,= said TRREB CEO John DiMichele. The MLS® Home Price Index (HPI) Composite benchmark was up on a year-over-year basis by 4.3 per cent. Over the same period of time, the average price dipped by 4.3 per cent to $1,086,762. The average price was up compared to August 2022.

Hovering just below $1.1 million, the average selling price may have found some support during the last couple months of summer. With new listings down quite substantially year-over-year and well-below historic norms, some home buyers are quite possibly experiencing tighter market conditions in some GTA neighbourhoods. October generally represents the peak of the fall market, so it will be important to see where price trends head over the next month,= said TRREB Chief Market Analyst Jason Mercer.

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


TRREB MLS® New Listings September 2022


TRREB MLS® Sales September 2022


TRREB MLS® Average Price September 2022