Friday, 19 October 2018

Give your home new life with these tips

            Give your home new life with these tips

(NC) As the change in weather has us retreating indoors, take some time to spruce up your interiors with these design ideas.
Play with paint. One of the most budget-friendly ways to change up space is with paint. You can use it to refresh antique or dated furniture, or you can create a whole new ambiance with a new wall color. For the cooler months, try dark, nearly black walls to add depth to a room. Keep it warm and inviting with lighter furnishings and décor; the deep shade will accentuate their silhouettes for a striking finish.
Re-theme a room. Whether it’s your bedroom, kitchen or living room, switching up the style of a room can dramatically improve the overall look and feel. Try a new color palette, or a different aesthetic like rustic, contemporary or cottage to create a renewed environment.  For an affordable makeover, focus on smaller but impactful elements like textures, accents, furniture, and décor.
Frame your view. Transform a boring basic window with gorgeous shades that do more than add style and polish. Hunter Douglas’ innovative custom window treatments offer light control for the perfect amount of natural sunlight, elegant performance fabrics for energy efficiency and UV protection, and intelligent shade operating systems for convenient smart home integration. Purposeful, polished window coverings give any room a finished look.
Organize chaos. Improving your home’s organization can make your entire living space feel fresh and welcoming. So take some time to clear out the clutter and use drawer and closet organizers to find an out-of-sight place for every trinket. If you have a small space, choose smart storage solutions that work double duty. And don’t forget your entryway. As the first impression of your home, it’s essential to keep neat and tidy. Use a coat rack and bench that doubles as shoe storage for an organized and seamless appearance.

Thursday, 4 October 2018

5 Simple Ways To Get Your Home Ready For Sale

5 Simple Ways To Get Your Home Ready For Sale

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Selling your home? We’ve compiled a few simple tips to help make your home stand out in the crowd!
Maximize curb appeal
The exterior of your home is critical to selling. It is important to make a first impression to ‘wow’ potential buyers. Make sure bushes are trimmed, the lawn is mowed, and replace any dead grass. If your house has siding, use a pressure washer to carefully clean the exterior, make sure the windows are clean inside and out, and be sure to clear out the gutters. Add color to your home, by adding flowers or hanging baskets. Applying fresh paint to doors or your mailbox is a cost-effective way to make your house stand out.
Beautify the exterior of your home to maximize appeal for potential buyers.
A great way to start the inside of your home is to remove as much clutter as you can, as too much clutter is a turn-off for potential buyers. It prevents them from being able to picture themselves living in the home. Begin with taking down photos and knick-knacks; you’ll have to do it eventually, so start early. In addition, pack-up kids toys or pet supplies to help further declutter. You may even invest in a storage unit to temporarily store excess furniture. Too much furniture may hinder the buyers’ vision for space.
Put away toiletries in your washrooms and have all towels one uniform colour. This small detail can make a big difference in taking your bathroom to the next level. Organize cabinets and closets as people will look through them. In the kitchen, have counters as clear as possible. Remove small appliances like toasters or can openers, and take away any food you’d normally keep out. Clear counters are important for the buyers to visualize what they’d like to do with the space.
Keep kitchen counters decluttered to help buyers see their vision of the space.
Do a super clean of your entire home! If time is of the essence, consider hiring a cleaning company and steam clean your carpets, if necessary, it will greatly impress potential purchasers.
Make sure everything is in top condition for potential buyers. Light is key to ensure purchasers are getting a good look. Change light bulbs that have gone out, so potential purchasers know there is nothing wrong with the electrical. Consider upping the wattage in areas that tend to get dark. Replace worn carpets, cracked tiles, and other little things you may overlook on a day to day basis, so it appears as less work that needs to be done upon moving in.
Consider repainting one or two of your main rooms. While bright colors are great to live in, neutral colors like tans, taupes and greys are better for selling.
Consider repainting some rooms to give them a fresh feel.
Add Technology
Today’s homebuyers love a smart home. Use technology to boost your home’s appeal by adding a smart thermostat or other devices that can be controlled by a smartphone, attracting tech-savvy buyers. Consider adding a smart lock or smoke detectors. Make sure that your realtor knows how to demonstrate these devices, to maximize selling potential.
Consider adding a smart thermostat to give your home an extra technological element, via Consumer Reports
Stage Your Home
Try adding soft textures and colors to your home to appeal to a wider audience. Mirrors are also a great choice as they can make a room feel larger and lighter. Install a battery-powered scent diffuser, add seasonal bouquets in the dining room, kitchen or living room, or bake cookies prior to visitors to make potential purchasers comfortable and feel at home. These few small, and cost-efficient, tips can make a large difference in a room. Ask your realtor for advice or consider hiring a staging professional to try some new ideas. Also, don’t forget to check out our earlier blog on some great home staging tips.
Neutral colors to allow potential buyers to think of the space as a blank canvas.
Anyone who puts their house on the market wants to have the process as speedy as possible. You don’t get a second chance to make a first impression so maximize and beautify your space, and you’ll have buyers lining up to see your home!
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Thursday, 27 September 2018

Small makeovers, big style impact

Small makeovers, big style impact

(NC) Sometimes you want to create a major change in your home, but don’t want to shell out for an expensive renovation. Fortunately, you can use these tips to makeover any space.


 Instantly make this room look sophisticated and transformed with a new backsplash. Since it’s a relatively small surface area, you can splurge on more luxurious tiles to create the aesthetic of your dreams, whether it’s sleek and modern or rustic and country. Finish off the room by swapping out cabinet hardware for a fresh and polished look.

Living room:

The right window coverings can add value, style and ambiance to your main living area. Frame the space with custom-designed window treatments from Hunter Douglas that let you choose the perfect fabric, size and style, whether you have patio or sliding glass doors or a bay window. Their shades offer both natural light and privacy, as well as energy efficiency and smart-home operating systems that move the shades automatically to their perfect positions throughout the day.


Switching up the bed linens can have a major effect on the mood in your bedroom, whether you want to go for chic and cheerful or eclectic and bohemian. Just be careful not to be too matchy-matchy with your comforter, sheets and pillows — it screams bed in a bag, which lacks style and personality. Instead, add your own flair with a variety of colours and patterns for space that is unique to you.


It’s wise to keep plumbing where it is, as moving the location of your sink or tub can be a pricey move that isn’t worth the expense. For a more affordable makeover, focus on decorative elements that can give you that home-spa feel. Add a bold frame to the vanity mirror and invest in open storage shelves. Store personal items in drawers or textured baskets, and line shelves with plush towels, candles and live greenery for a lush, comforting ambience.

Thursday, 5 April 2018

Spring cleaning tips to organize your home and life
(NC) The end of winter and beginning of spring signal new beginnings, so use this time to breathe new life and freshen up the spaces and things you use every day. Here are some ideas to get started.  
For your living space. Get ready for spring and summer by decluttering the most commonly used areas in your home. Recycle or donate things you no longer need, and use shelving, baskets and decorative storage containers to tidy the items you do need on hand while eliminating visual clutter. Encourage your kids to do the same in their rooms.
For your wallet. An ordered wallet can save you time at checkout and make carrying it around a little lighter. Throw out old receipts and coupons, and ask yourself if you really need all the identity documents you keep in there. The more documents you have, the more vulnerable you are to having your identity stolen if you lose or get robbed of your wallet. Remove any documents you don't use regularly and store them in a secure place instead.
For your devices. Need more storage space and processing power? Ridding your laptop, computer, smartphone and tablets of unnecessary apps and large files can help with this, as well as make navigating your devices and finding documents easier. While you're at it, run a full system check using reliable security software and make sure your antivirus software is up to date.
For your office. Whether you work from home or at your organization's offices, an organized workspace can boost productivity and increase motivation. Set up your monitor, chair and keyboard so you don't have to strain or twist awkwardly to use any of them. Use document trays and create a “catch-all” space that you regularly review and sort so staying organized becomes part of your routine.  
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

2018 colour and design trends

Make Your Realty Dreams Reality!
(NC) Your home is a treasured place for living, relaxing and hosting guests. Give it new energy with these trending looks.
Lovely lavenders. Move over, millennial pink — this soft shade of violet is the “it colour” this year. Lavenders and lilacs are an evolution of the popular pink, and lend an air of royal sophistication to any space while bringing out beautiful, deeper tones in surrounding accents and furniture.
Statement lighting. Overhead light fixtures make for gorgeous focal points and help you set the ambiance for the room. Choose a stand-out piece that complements your décor, like an artisan chandelier or vintage sconces or pendants.
Warmer metals. Golden brass is becoming a surprisingly warm and subtle substitute for stainless steel and polished nickel. Stay on-trend with brass accents and décor, or dive in with faucet fixtures in your kitchen or bathroom in this unexpected tone.
Bold patterns. Big and bold is the way to go for patterns right now. If you want something more feminine and seasonal, go with boho-inspired florals that look like the work of an artist's paintbrush. Hard geometrics are a fun, modern alternative — think large circles in repetitive, balanced styles. Incorporate the trend with accent pillows or graphic wallpaper.
Intelligent design. Convenience is always in fashion, so look for elements that make life easier. Window treatments with PowerView motorization from Hunter Douglas allow you to operate your shades from anywhere in the world using your mobile device. This must-have feature seamlessly integrates with other whole-home automation systems, like Google Home and Alexa.

Sunday, 11 February 2018

Your first home may not be your forever home
(NC) Home ownership is a goal for most of us, and millennials appear to be the most optimistic group. According to an RBC poll, two in five millennials said they intend to buy a home in the next two years. But the cost of home ownership and things like regulatory changes can make saving for a downpayment more difficult and, for many, put the dream of homeownership out of reach.
Sometimes, however, first-time buyers may not be looking at all their options. A little flexibility and compromise can help make ownership more accessible when considering the following:
Begin with a starter home. Few people spend 50 years in one home these days. Think about your lifestyle for the next five to 10 years and make a decision based on that. Your dream home in your dream neighborhood may still be yours, just a bit later in your life.
Get a renter. Could you afford the home you want if you rented out part of it? Many people create a basement apartment or rent out the second bedroom as a way to offset their mortgage payments.
Consider co-ownership. Buying a property with family or friends is a great way to get your foot in the door. Discuss options with your mortgage specialist and be sure to establish a solid contractual agreement that will help avoid or mediate any future disagreements when selling the property, renegotiating terms or buying each other out.
Be realistic. Don't expect perfection. Every home has some issues and you may have to compromise or decide what you can and can't live with. What is a permanent feature versus something that's an easy aesthetic fix? Set your priorities, but be realistic and flexible.
Be patient. Style your home slowly and resist the temptation to furnish it from top to bottom the day after you move in. Get creative with chic but less expensive, gently used furniture or pieces that may not last a lifetime but will save you money today.
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Sunday, 21 January 2018

The 7 Things You Need To Know About Duct Cleaning


The 7 Things You Need To Know About Duct Cleaning

How much do you really know about the importance of maintaining the ducts in your home? For many Canadian homeowners, the answer  is “very little”. That’s why sat down with duct cleaningextraordinaire Dave Reyes of Dave’s Duct Cleaning, a GTA industry leader in duct maintenance.
We asked Dave seven questions on the most pressing topics in duct cleaning to make sure that everyone leaves today’s article feeling educated and empowered on a topic that often goes under the radar.
All question responses courtesy of Dave Reyes – Dave’s Duct Cleaning.

1. What is the #1 reason why someone should have their duct cleans? What are some of the secondary reasons?

a)  Prevention – The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says if not properly installed, maintained, and operated, components of forced air systems may become contaminated with particles of dust, pollen or other debris. When moisture is present, the potential for microbiological growth, mold, increases and spores from such growth may be released into the home’s living space. Some of these contaminants may cause allergic reactions or other symptoms in people if they are exposed to them.  Our customers have their air ducts cleaned typically after a major renovation or when they assume new ownership of their home.  They don’t know what type of cleanliness existed prior to occupancy and would like to have peace of mind that whatever they can’t see is clean and more importantly – allows for their equipment to operate as designed.
b) Maintenance –If there is debris or contamination within the HVAC system; your HVAC equipment isn’t operating at its optimal or peak efficiency.  For example, if there is accumulation of dirt anywhere that the air stream touches, then air flow becomes restricted.  Areas of your home may not receive sufficient air flow because of this buildup of debris.  Over time, debris will accumulate in the duct work of your workplace or home.  Just like an oil change in your car, it’s ideal to maintain the delivery system of heating and cooling in your home as well.

 2. Can duct cleaning improve the air quality in a home?

Yes.  However, in order to maintain a high level of clean air – other filtration products would need to be introduced.  At the onset, a proper and thorough air duct cleaning service by NADCA* certified technicians would improve the air quality of your home as all dirt and debris would be removed.  Over time, contamination is inevitable but the rate of contamination could always be mitigated with the introduction of HEPA filtration.
*NADCA – North American Duct Cleaning Association

3. How much does the average job cost?

Our rate is $349 + HST up to 16 vents with each additional vent is $5.  We always send 2 NADCA certified technicians and always take before/after pictures.

4. How long does a job take, what’s involved?

Every job site is different, however – on average, with 2 NADCA certified technicians, we budget approx. 1 hr for every 1000 sq ft.  There is typically 1 vent for every 100 sq ft.  Therefore, if your home is 2000 sq ft, it would take approx. 2 hours to complete with 2 NADCA certified technicians.  This also depends on accessibility.  Finished basements typically take longer than unfinished basements due to access.

5. What should I look for when hiring a duct cleaner?

The technicians providing the service should have earned their own NADCA certifications.  The team should be taking before/after pictures to illustrate to their customer the level of cleanliness they were able to achieve.  And online sentiment is important.  Is the company reputable and what do other customers have to say.

6. What are some of the benefits ( financial or otherwise) of annual duct cleaning? 

None. When done properly, air duct cleaning is a service that need not be done again for at least 5-7 years per NADCA standards.  In fact, if clean air is important to you then introducing a regular cleaning routine and HEPA filtration products should prolong the need for air duct cleaning up to 9-10 years depending on environmental factors such as mature trees and proximity to high traffic areas (highways, major intersections etc).

 7. Anything else you want people to know about duct cleaning or your company in particular?

The company was started as a direct result of being scammed by an unscrupulous air duct cleaning company that held no certifications or had any integrity regarding the services they claimed to be doing – it’s been the goal of this company ever since to educate and to simply provide an honest and professional experience to those customers looking for a proper and thorough air duct cleaning service.  In the past 6 years, I believe we’re doing that.

Give your home new life with these tips

            Give your home new life with these tips (NC) As the change in weather has us retreating indoors, take some time to spruc...