Wednesday, April 21, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Devices, appliances, and environmental systems around our homes have become WiFi and internet enabled as the Internet of Things (IoT) has grown exponentially. This has resulted in smart home technology, which allows you to control nearly everything electrical in your home from a single device (typically a smartphone or tablet), regardless of whether you are inside or outside.
This is an understandably complex and perplexing new world. It is, however, simple to embrace with a simple start. Let's look into the fundamentals of setting up a smart home.
What is a smart home?
Smart homes are made up of all the devices (including appliances) that can be controlled and automated remotely over the internet via a home wireless (WiFi) network. From home security systems and kitchen appliances to something as simple as a lightbulb or an electrical outlet, smart home devices are everywhere.
Your smart home system can be controlled using an app installed on your computer, tablet, or smartphone ...
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Welcome to the month of April. By the time you are reading this, you will be deep into it. That means I can’t play any April Fool jokes on you. Never been a fan of those anyway.
Another BIG deal in April is TAX day! Deadlines for filing those personal income tax returns. I don’t think most people mind paying taxes as long as they are being put to good use. I think it’s the waste that bothers most of us.
Both days I mention above are for sure conversation starters, one full of funny stories, the other maybe not so much, but there are few days more memorable than the day you buy your dream home. That day is supposed to be fun, exciting and great feeling of accomplishment.
Therefore, we offer guarantees and assurances to our clients. We call this Our Risk Removal System. Like our Guaranteed Sale Program: If you're not satisfied with your home in the first two years, we will sell it for free!
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Thursday, April 8, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
With winter fading behind us, many cottagers are eye-balling warm weather projects to maintain, improve, or even grow their favourite summer retreats. In Canada’s thriving cottage market, ample sleeping space for family, friends, and guests has become increasingly important. One Muskoka-born concept is inspired by the larger bunkhouses used on some farms and ranches. These are known as a bunkie (AKA a cottage bunkie or bunkie cabin), and could be the perfect project to upgrade your cottage this summer.
What’s so special about a bunkie?
Originally designed to serve as extra sleep space for cottages, bunkies are traditionally small enough to be constructed without a building permit. They tend to be outfitted with a few bunks, minimal furnishings, and can comfortably sleep six people (or more!) when loft space is used.
What makes bunkies so popular is their compact footprint, which falls below 108 sq. ft. (approx. 10m2), meaning municipalities won’t issue buil ...
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Now that we've made it through the first few months of 2021, we can see how the new year's housing market compares to that of the previous year.
Despite a drop in sales in the spring of 2020 and the unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada's housing market performed exceptionally well in 2020, making it the best-performing year on record.
With the first quarter of 2021 coming to a close, all signs point to a continuation of the strong housing market conditions seen in the second half of 2020.
According to the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA), 701,000 properties will change hands across multiple listing services (MLS) systems in 2021, with the national average home price rising 16.5 percent annually to just over $665,000.
According to Davelle Morrison, the market will be active again in 2021. After another round of winter lockdowns, buyers who didn't move last year and are now working, schooling, or exercising from home will likely crave a change of s ...
Thursday, April 1, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Moving day, oh my. It can be a happy occasion or an excruciatingly stressful ordeal. No matter how well we plan, something always seems to slip through the cracks. Let's take a look at the subtle art of planning and managing a (hopefully) flawless relocation.
Is everything worth moving?
Have you ever tried carrying a queen-size box spring up a flight of stairs with 90o landings? Furniture that barely fits into one home may become a stumbling block in another. Measure your largest items ahead of time, then test those measurements in your new home's entries, stairs (especially around those corners and low suspended ceilings), and doorways to see what will fit and what won't.
On the other hand, unnecessary clutter tends to follow us from place to place, making moving the ideal time to de-clutter and prepare for a smoother transition.
Think outside the box
We've always scrounged empty boxes from local stores or purchased new ones. In recent years, more environmentally friendly opt ...