Tuesday, October 26, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Buying a house in the dead of winter can be a really relaxing experience. The (typically) off-season market can lend more serious offers from motivated purchasers who benefit from less competition. Buying in the winter can be beneficial for both home buyers and sellers—with a smaller buying pool, the off-season market can lend more serious offers from motivated purchasers who benefit from less competition. Winter weather, on the other hand, might make evaluating a home difficult because you can't see the state of the property through layers of ice and snow.
Don’t overlook the home’s exterior
A home's first impression from the sidewalk is always important to consider when buying, and it’s no different during the winter.
Travassos and Rushforth agree it’s crucial to inspect the outside of the home in the wintertime. Travassos notes you want to make sure the property’s driveway, outdoor stairs, and sidewalks are shoveled so you can clearly see thei. ...
Friday, October 15, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Congratulations! You’re moving into your first place and it’s time to start loading up on essentials. Figuring out the essentials for every room can be a bit overwhelming, so it’s best to take things one room at a time. The kitchen is a great place to start since you’ll need to be nourished as you get settled in your new place.
From brûlée torches to dish drying racks, what exactly is considered “essential” in the kitchen? With hundreds of gadgets, tools, and appliances on the market, it can be hard to make those decisions. Things like dishes and drinkware are the obvious choices, but there are plenty of others you’ll want to have on hand.
Whether you’re a student moving into residence, or a young adult moving into your first apartment, this kitchen essentials checklist will help guide you through the process.
Cookware and bakeware essentials
You’ll need a variety of cookware and bakeware for different cooki ...
Wednesday, October 13, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
The kitchen might see the most foot traffic in your home on a daily basis. Three meals a day, not to mention snacks, can make for a messy eating area that doesn’t always get the attention it deserves. Having a clean kitchen is crucial when you consider the amount of build-up that could be hanging around when you’re prepping sandwiches on the counter or leaving produce in the sink to dry. You wouldn’t want to eat at a restaurant whose kitchen wasn’t cleaned properly, so it should be the same for your own home!
1. Some items need to be cleaned more frequently
The messes you can see are, of course, the ones you tend to focus on. However, McCormack says there are a couple of spots people end up neglecting when cleaning their kitchen.
“Behind the sink is a big one,” she shares. “And in the crevices of the actual tap on the sink. Spray it down with your favourite all-purpose disinfectant and if you take one square of paper towel and ...
Tuesday, October 5, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
Rental homes have been increasingly popular in recent years, with many homeowners opting to purchase and manage them as a long-term investment. Some people choose to buy a separate rental property to manage, while others consider dividing their homes to make room for a second unit or a basement apartment. If you're considering of turning your basement into an apartment, you'll need to give it a lot of thought and preparation to make it a safe and legal area for future tenants.
Secondary unit vs room rental
A secondary unit, or secondary suite, is a living accommodation separate from the main living area of a residential building—usually a single-family home or row-house—existing either above or partially below ground level (some are even built in attics).
While the second unit can share utility connections with the main residence, it must contain a bedroom with a dedicated bathroom and kitchen area to be considered a legal apartment. Extras like in-unit laundry ...
Thursday, September 23, 2021 / by Earl Gaddi
The bathroom needs to be cleaned. It must be done, but no one wants to do it. It may be difficult to get the enthusiasm to scrub the shower walls and clean the toilet, but bathroom maintenance does not have to be difficult! You might be amazed at how swiftly the process can go if you stick to a schedule and clean efficiently. Work smarter, not harder, as the saying goes.
When it comes to cleaning your bathroom, how often should you do it?
You shouldn't wait until the grime has piled up before giving your bathroom a thorough cleaning. You should work on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, according to McCausland.
“I personally clean and wipe down my bathroom every day if I can, simply to keep it sparkly,” she explained. “How often you clean your bathroom is entirely based on how often it is used. Bathrooms with a lot of traffic always need a bit more love and attention. It usually works after a week or two!”
What is the most important aspect to concentrate on? ...