Monday, 27 January 2020

Cold weather increases home carbon monoxide threat

(NC) As temperatures dip and we crank up the heat, the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning significantly increases. The arrival of cold weather is a timely reminder for all of us to take the proper precautions to help protect our families from harm. Here’s what you need to know about CO: Hidden threat: Dubbed the “silent killer,” CO has no smell, taste or colour and it strikes most during the winter, when more fuel-burning appliances are used to heat homes. Carbon monoxide sources may include, but are not limited to, heaters, fireplaces, furnaces, appliances or cooking sources using coal, wood, petroleum products or other fuels emitting CO as a by-product of combustion. Attached garages with doors, ductwork or ventilation shafts connected to a living space can also be sources. The risk: Carbon monoxide is responsible for more than 300 deaths each year and is the number one cause of accidental poisonings, according to Statistics Canada. Compounding the issue and concern is that CO poisoning is notoriously difficult to diagnose, often until it’s too late. The symptoms mimic those of many other illnesses including nausea, headaches, dizziness, weakness, chest pain and vomiting. In more severe poisoning cases, people may experience disorientation or unconsciousness, or suffer long-term neurological disabilities, cardiorespiratory failure or death. Take action: Equipping your home with working carbon monoxide alarms is the only way to detect this poisonous gas. For premium protection against both CO and fire, the First Alert 10-Year Battery Smoke & Carbon Monoxide Alarm is equipped with a sealed battery that powers the alarm for a decade – eliminating the need to replace the batteries for the life of the alarm. Install CO and smoke alarms on each level of your home, including the basement, as well as in and near every sleeping area. If CO symptoms appear, or if an alarm sounds, get everyone outside to fresh air immediately and then call 911.

Sunday, 22 December 2019

5 ways to destress before the holidays

(NC) Ever feel like you need a holiday from the holidays? The last few weeks of the year can be hectic, so it’s a smart, sane move to take steps early on to prevent stress and sail through the season. 1.Prep your home now. Guests are more interested in your good company than your impeccable housekeeping. Do a deep clean before the holidays and then simply do a quick tidy before and after visitors. Go minimalist with your décor – skip the tree and elaborate lights and opt for seasonal greenery in vases instead. 2. Plan your gift list. Money and lack of time are two of the biggest stressors, so create a spreadsheet and set a gift budget for each person on your list. Shop online to avoid mall crowds and have items shipped directly to out-of-town relatives you won’t be seeing in person. 3. Make time for self-care. As you plan the perfect present or experience for loved ones, remember to reflect and take time for yourself. Plan a solo spa day or one with friends to relax and rejuvenate. Indulge and relax at the newly renovated spa at the Ritz-Carlton, Toronto or the Spa by JW, downtown Edmonton’s only luxury spa experience. 4. Prioritize unplugging. Seeing others’ social media posts can make it feel like you’re missing out and need to keep up, but these carefully curated best moments aren’t representative of everyday life. Avoid comparisons and live in the moment by scheduling time off your phone. 5. Practice saying no. One of the most important skills you can learn is guarding your time and space by only doing the things you really need or want to do. Feel obligated to attend a great aunt’s family gathering a few hours away? Send a card instead and do something you enjoy, or go on a last-minute weekend getaway with friends or your immediate family.

Saturday, 28 September 2019

Around the house – fall clean-up tips

Around the house – fall clean-up tips

(NC) As the cooler weather hits and the garden growing season ends, getting your home organized inside and out is a must. Here are some easy fall clean-up tips:
  • For the yard, trim back overgrown and dead limbs in your hedges to protect them for the winter. Don’t forget to trim your trees, especially those close to the house, garage or shed.
  • Clear old plants and weeds from your garden bed or pots to make it easier for spring planting and keep insects at bay. If not using winterized pots, bring them indoors.
  • Clear leaves from the lawn, aerate and consider a fall fertilizing.
  • Decks and garden furniture will need a good cleaning and, if appropriate, staining. Don’t forget to properly store cushions and outdoor tablecloths so that they can be used again next season. Garden tools also need a good cleaning or wipe down before storing for the winter.
  • Moving inside, plan and prepare before you start. Make sure you have reusable boxes and bags on hand and create some storage space indoors or out. If outside, make sure the space is sheltered.
  • Organize room by room. When swapping out seasonal clothes in your closet, take some time to make sure you still need or use each item. If not, recycle or donate it.
  • Keep in mind that you can donate unwanted clothing, textiles and small household items, such as small garden tools, instead of throwing them out. Charitable organizations like Diabetes Canada are always looking for donations. You can donate your wares at one of their donation bins or schedule a home pickup at

Monday, 3 June 2019

How to avoid Moiture Damage to your home?

Avoiding Moisture Damage
Today's energy-efficient homes are built tightly to seal out the cold weather in winter and keep in the air conditioning in summer. Because of this, it is possible that a new home can be severely damaged by lack of ventilation or by excess moisture.
It is important to remember that moisture damage caused by improper or inadequate use of your ventilation system, is not covered by the new home warranty.

What causes moisture damage?

Your home can be damaged if weather-related water is allowed to enter and remain in the structure. Water from leaking pipes or fixtures that is not immediately cleaned up, and indoor humidity levels that are not properly controlled, can have serious consequences. Sometimes this damage is easily seen, at other times the damage is hidden inside wall and roof spaces. Regardless of where it occurs, moisture damage can lead to serious problems, such as rot, mould, and even structural failure.​

How can I control moisture?

Always use your home ventilation system to control moisture. In a typical home, over 20 litres of water are added to the indoor environment every day. That’s 7,300 litres in a year, enough to fill a medium-sized swimming pool. Bathroom fans, kitchen range hoods and packaged ventilators such as heat-recovery ventilators are specifically installed in your home to help you control moisture and contaminants. Regular use of your home ventilation system will exhaust excess airborne moisture caused by bathing, showering, doing laundry and cooking.​

What else can I do to control moisture?

Here are some extra tips you can follow to help prevent moisture damage to your home.

Outside the Home

  1. Keep flowerbeds or landscaping at least six inches or 150 mm away from the top of the foundation. Placing soil near or above the top of the foundation allows moisture to come into direct contact with the structure of the building.
  2. Ensure that land adjacent to the foundation slopes away from the home so that rainwater and snow melt will run away from the foundation.
  3. Clear eavestroughs of debris regularly and extend downspouts so that water is directed away from the building. Water flow can erode the ground near the foundation and create depressions where water collects. Standing water near the foundation can force its way into the basement.
  4. Fix the caulking around windows and doors and on the roof if it becomes cracked or separated.
  5. Have your roof inspected regularly to ensure shingles, flashing and chimney caps are in place and sealed properly.

Inside the Home

  1. In the winter, keep the relative humidity in your home in the range of 30-45%. Lower humidity levels may affect your health and cause things made of wood to shrink. Excess humidity can cause condensation on windows and damage the surrounding wall. When using a humidifier, follow the manufacturer’s instructions.
  2. In the summer, dehumidify the basement to avoid condensation buildup on the cool foundation walls. Relative humidity levels should not exceed 60%.
  3. Repair leaky pipes and fixtures immediately. Clean and completely dry any areas that are dampened or wet within 48 hours.
  4. Store organic materials such as newspapers and clothes away from cool, damp areas. Keep storage areas tidy so that air circulates freely.
  5. Purchase a “hygrometer” to monitor the relative humidity in your home.
  6. If you are adding a hot tub to your home, or have a large collection of plants, consider the amount of moisture they will add to your indoor air and ventilate accordingly.
  7. Never vent your clothes dryer inside your home. If you have a gas- or propane-fired dryer you may also be venting carbon monoxide inside your home!
  8. Investigate and identify any musty smells and odours. They are often an indicator that there is a hidden moisture problem.​
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Tuesday, 28 May 2019

What makes Reunion Crossing such a great investment with such strong ROI potential?

Something GREAT is happening along St. Clair street.

The tired and old is replaced with NEW, Modern and Functional.

5 years from now this entire area will be unrecognizable!

Will you be one of the early ones to see and profit from the Vision and Change or will you wait until prices are sky-high?

Register for your unit now!

What makes Reunion Crossing such a great investment with such strong ROI potential?
An outstandingly low $815 average PSF - making it one of the last sub-$1,000 PSF areas near the Downtown core
A massive 17% neighborhood price appreciation (compared to the rest of Toronto at 10%)
No shortage of renters with a streetcar right outside the front door, new transportation options, and being one of BlogTO's most desirable neighborhoods.
8.09% annual growth for condo rentals over the past five years indicates continued strong ROI and growth
💲Future Price Appreciation will be Significant.💲

Call: 647-760-7061 to get details.
This excellent west Toronto location also offers easy access to many of the GTA's top destinations.

Steps to Streetcar

Reunite with great local shopping

Reunite with A+ Transit & Highways!

Reunite with Nature!

Call: 647-760-7061 to get details.

Steps to The Streetcar 🚋
The St. Clair Streetcar is one of the easiest ways to get across the city from Reunion Crossing. A ride east provides connections to St. Clair West Subway Station, and continues all the way to Avenue Road. It's perfect for heading to work, or just going out on the town!
GO Train & UP Express 🚆🚉
Just south of Reunion Crossing, Bloor Station offers residents access to GO Transit and the Union Pearson Express. Both are excellent options for getting into the city and getting out to discover the world. Travel to Union Station in as little as 11 minutes, or head to Pearson International Airport in about 20 minutes. Two amazing options to get literally anywhere you want to go! There are also plans to open a future SmartTrack GO station even closer to home right at the southeast corner of St. Clair West and Old Weston, which will make it even easier to travel across the region!
Hop on the Hwy. 🛣
Travel north from Reunion Crossing for an easy connection to Hwys. 401 and 400 just up Black Creek Drive. This is some of the most convenient highway access in the city, providing effortless connections to many of the GTA's top destinations.
Bike with Ease 🚲
Head south down Old Weston Road and you'll soon find access to some of the best biking infrastructure in the city. Options here include traveling along the West Toronto Railpath from Osler St. just south of St. Clair all the way south to Dundas Street. Heading east? Take the Davenport Bike Lane right into The Annex, with easy connections to additional bike lanes throughout the downtown core.
Call: 647-760-7061 to get details.

Monday, 22 April 2019



White walls are a tried and true decor option found predominantly in our bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens. There are many versatile styles associated with white space, including scandi and pared-down minimalism – these are styles that flourish most in areas with an abundance of natural light.
To gain a better appreciation for the simplicity and beauty of white space, here are 7 ways to integrate this timeless décor trend in your home.

1. White with Pastels

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Use chalky pastel accessories, art, and furniture to soften stark white walls. You can even try using patterned vintage floral designs to create more of a statement.

2. Wallpaper Accents

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If you like taking décor dares and are looking for a quirky look, try putting some funky wallpaper accents up to dress up your white space.

3. Modern White Kitchen

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Create a modern kitchen by spicing up white walls with black light covers, dark colored flooring and dark window trims. The contrast looks so chic!

4. Scandinavian Black and White Bathroom

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Scandi décor style consists of a large amount of white space broken up by high contrast tones and statement accessories (like marble countertops or a bright pink bathmat). Bold and dramatic, this décor style works great in bathrooms and gives off a very modern ambiance.

5. Purple Highlights

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A purple combination (especially on the walls) will make your all-white bedroom more charming and personalized. This is a great, youthful style suitable for teenager bedrooms and dorm rooms.

6. All White Living Room

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Try an all-white living room look, interspersing colorful paintings, pillows, couches and a glass table within the space to create a cozy space that’s perfect for entertaining.

7. Simple All White Bedroom

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We love the tranquility and simplicity of a white-walled bedroom. Be sure to use dark accents, artwork and furniture throughout the space, too!

Which white wall look is your favorite? Let us know on Facebook or tweet us at @HomeLifeIntl.

Saturday, 16 February 2019

5 savvy renovations to make your kitchen look like new

5 savvy renovations to make your kitchen look like new

(NC) The kitchen is the heart and focal point of any home. But if yours is looking a little tired, a few simple renovations can change the feel of the entire space.
Whether you’ve just moved in, have been meaning to update for years or are experiencing life changes, remember that a kitchen uplift doesn’t have to come with a huge price tag. These small-scale projects could be the change your kitchen needs: 
  1. Brighten it up. Adding LED lights below your cabinets will brighten your backsplash and counter and provide a warm glow. Place your favorite containers below to act as focal points – those copper canisters that are hiding under the island and the marble coasters you couldn’t resist can now all be on display.
  2. Swap the old with the new. The backsplash is the first thing you see, so replacing it can be enough to give the space a whole new look. Try a unique shape or color to change things up, like turquoise or patterned tiles, hexagon-shaped tiles or even a full slab of stainless steel.
  3. Rework what you have. People often think new cabinets are necessary for a kitchen reno, but a lot can be done with what you’ve got. Repainting the cabinets and switching out the knobs to chic new handles will do wonders for a makeover.
  4. Don’t hide away. Try adding some open shelving in an unused spot, such as above the sink or window, or next to the cabinets. Display your most beautiful dishes and add some decorative pieces to give the space a modern, airy feel.
  5. Add new materials into the mix. Changing the island to a butcher-block counter adds warmth and practicality.
Taking on a renovation can often feel overwhelming. But if you talk to your contractor about budgeting and spreading out payments through services like The Home Depot Project Loan, it can be easier than you think. The service allows you to finance any home projects, big or small and is available at locations across Canada.

Cold weather increases home carbon monoxide threat

(NC) As temperatures dip and we crank up the heat, the risk for carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning significantly increases. The arrival of cold ...