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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home
Posted on Wed, 31 May 2017, 12:00:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips
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10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New Home

Planting flowers in Canada can be one of the best ways to break in and personalize your new home. Once you have signed on the dotted line with your sales representative, then you can start planning all of the beautiful flowers that you would like to accentuate your yard with upon moving in.

Do not feel limited by the 10 flowers on this list. There are literally hundreds of flowers that grow in Canada both in the wild and those that can be planted from seed packets or small plants in yards. If you are lucky, you will get a wonderful mix of both.

 

Roses

If you love flowers, then you are likely thrilled that roses bloom very well in most places of Canada. Roses are actually one of the toughest flowers that you can plant in your yard, and they have one of the best scent payoffs for the price it costs to plant them. Roses are a perennial plant that will bloom every year if properly taken care of.

 

Dahlias

10 Of The Best Flowers To Plant When Moving Into Your New HomeDahlias are a beautiful flower that are sure to wow and inspire. These beauties should be dug up in winter and stored indoors to avoid freezing in the cold Canadian winter climate. They can be grown and planted outside again when it warms up in late April and throughout May. If cared for, these flowers will bloom for many years.

 

Foxgloves

Foxgloves are a uniquely designed flower that is sure to draw attention from anyone that sees them. These flowers can be planted in spring as seedlings and will bloom throughout the summer and into fall. They will appear in spring the following year after planted and will hit peak bloom that following summer.

 

Day Lilies

If you are a beginner and want to start planting flowers in Canada than you should plant day lilies. These are very beginner friendly and will grow in a variety of soil conditions. They are easily kept and can withstand missing a day of watering every now and then. The bonus of planting day lilies is that they come in a wide variety of beautiful colors.

 

Poppies

Many flowers grow well in the warmest months in Canada. Poppies are another very hardy flower that grow in early Spring. These flowers can also be grown by simply spreading them anywhere that you like to fill in any awkward gaps. You are sure to love this bold pop of color in the early Spring.

 

Purple Coneflowers

Purple coneflowers have incredibly bright color and are simply stunning to look at. These flowers also help to attract bees and butterflies so they make excellent additions to every garden while simultaneously supporting these dwindling insect populations.

 

Blue Flag Iris

The blue flag iris is actually the official flower of Quebec, and for great reason. These flowers are actually naturally growing wildflowers in Canada that tend to prefer the wetter conditions of wetlands, swamps, and watery meadows in lower Canada. If watered enough, these are also excellent additions to personal gardens.

 

Canadian Columbine

The Canadian columbine flower is another flower that is native to Canada. It was so beautiful that it was was actually one of the first flowers sent back to Europe after European settlers first arrived in Canada. It is one flower that tends to keep away deer if you have a problem with deer eating your gardens. In addition, it will attract Canada’s most unique and beautiful butterflies and hummingbirds.


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4 Renovations that Could Have the Best Return On Investment
Posted on Fri, 31 Mar 2017, 03:05:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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 Remodeling may seem like a lot of work and wasted money, but it could actually earn you money in the long-term. The renovations not only make the home better for you to live in now, but the changes could look very attractive to buyers if you decide to sell your home in the near future. Here are some of the home improvements that could provide a good return on investment.

 4 Renovations that Could Have the Best Return On Investment

New Siding

Replacing the old siding of your home with new vinyl is an improvement that will be well worth the costs. Many homeowners get back a significant percentage of their money on this type of renovation when it’s time to sell the property. Adding the new vinyl to your home will increase its curb appeal and attract more buyers. Most homeowners do not think about replacing old siding unless it is damaged. Other sellers will clean it with a power washer. Keep in mind that this is a recognizable feature that should be upgraded when you have the time and money. When replacing the siding, take your time to choose the best color. White can show dirt more easily; taupe is a popular color amongst homeowners.

 

Install a New Garage Door

Although a lot of people may be accustomed to using the front door or other entrances, most homeowners will want to utilize the garage. Upgrading this feature is one of the highest returns on investment that homeowners can make. You should think of the garage as part of the face of a home; it is one of the first things that potential buyers will see, and it is something that they will take a further look at once they walk through the property. This means the “face” of the garage should look nice, and the garage should be in good working condition. Some of the current trends include garage doors with windows or carriage-style doors. Facsimiles and natural wood are popular amongst new buyers.

 

New Floors

Wood floors are becoming more popular amongst young buyers, in comparison to carpeted floors. Therefore, installing wood floors is a great selling feature that could recoup almost all of its cost. Oak is one of the most popular wood floors that sellers should install. It is best to use hardwood floors instead of engineered products because those products typically contain formaldehyde. You want to choose high-quality floors that will last longer and remain in great condition, despite normal wear and tear. Wood floors are easier to maintain, which is why homes with these floors sell better than homes that have carpeted floors. Young homeowners do not want the task of constantly having the floors professionally cleaned or pulled up and replaced, which is necessary with carpet flooring.

 

A New Roof

This is one of the top home improvements that could recoup its costs in the long-term. In fact, installing a new roof could actually earn homeowners more money than they spend on the renovation. Although a new roof does not lead buyers to choose a house, it could be the reason that they decline on the property. The fact is that most buyers do not know if a roof is in good condition or not. However, almost all buyers will have an inspection done prior to making an offer. The roof would need to pass the inspection, and if it doesn’t, the buyer could decline on the property or negotiate a significant drop in the asking price.

When you are ready to make some improvements to your home, consider these upgrades. The changes will not only make your home look better, it will attract potential buyers in the future, offering a great return on investment.


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Tips For Organizing Your New Bathroom
Posted on Wed, 30 Nov 2016, 01:00:00 PM  in Marketing strategies
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Organizing your new home is a great way to start fresh and upgrade your vibe. You can organize as you unpack and take care of both tasks at the same time.

The bathroom is a room you use every day, so it is important to organize this room as soon as possible. Here are several tips for organizing the bathroom in your new home.Tips For Organizing Your New Bathroom

Start With The Medicine Cabinet: The medicine cabinet should be used to store the items you use frequently, such as medication and grooming supplies. Start by going through your items and discarding anything that is expired or broken. You may have done this before the move, but it never hurts to double-check your items. The items you do not use frequently can be stored in a labeled bin to be placed inside the closet.

Divide Your Drawers: There is a good chance your sink has a drawer, and it may be tempting to just toss your grooming supplies into this drawer. It is better to divide and conquer so you do not have to rummage for a specific item. You can organize your grooming tools, cosmetics and other small accessories with a drawer divider.

Tackle The Hair Products: Invest in a smaller plastic container for the supplies such as combs, curling or straighten irons, hair dryers and sprays. Place the container under the sink to pull out when you are ready to style your hair.

Invest In A Shelving Unit: Invest in a narrow shelving unit or small bookcase so you can store items without taking up too much space. The top shelves can be used for items such as toiletries and grooming supplies. If there is more than one person in your household, consider designating everyone to their own labeled bin. The bottom shelves can be used for towels and extra toilet paper.

Use A Vanity: If you do not want to place a shelving unit inside your bathroom, you may decide to invest in a small vanity. This allows you to sit down when getting ready for your day, grooming yourself or removing your makeup. A vanity is ideal for smaller families or bigger spaces because you can use it to store your grooming essentials.

Over The Shower: The key is to organizing your bathroom is to maximize every space. One idea is to invest in an organizer designed to hang over the shower. Use the organizer for essentials such as your body wash, shampoo and loofah sponge.

Over The Door: Invest in an over-the-door hooks for towels and bathrobes. You can also use it for the sweater you plan to grab on the way out, or you can use it for a hanging organizer full of cosmetics.

Glass Apothecary Jars: Did you know you can organize and decorate your bathroom at the same time? All you have to do is head to the store for glass apothecary jars. Use the jars to organize your cotton swabs, toothpicks, bath beads and decorative soap. You can even create a fun vibe by looking for the jars in different shapes, sizes and colors.

Get Creative With Towels: It is always fun to get creative with the storage in your bathroom. Are you planning to throw out the wooden wine rack you used for your housewarming party? You can recycle and organize by using it to store rolled towels.

Moving into your new home gives you the opportunity to improve your organizational system. You can invest in items such as drawer dividers and over-the-door hooks, or you can get creative with a wooden wine rack or apothecary jars.


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Windows May Not Appear As They Seem and Doors Can Open Up A Lot Of Problems
Sunday, 15 May 2016, 10:00:00 AM
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It’s often said that purchasing a home is a major milestone for a family, that comes with pride and happiness. In all the organized chaos that comes with the closing of a residential real estate transaction, sometimes the most little noticed, but important issues, go unnoticed. Such a problem is the windows and doors.


Door Functionality
It’s imperative you check all the windows and doors for efficiency. If they’re not efficient, they can become an expensive to replace, not just the doors and windows themselves, but in terms of household energy consumption. A walk through of the home’s interior should show that the doors line up with their frames, and close tightly, without any rattling or stickiness. Door knobs and handle hardware should be firmly attached, twist and turn without hesitation, and locking mechanisms lock, and unlock with ease. Inspect the door frames for gaps when the door is closed. Visible gaps are a highway for cold air to enter during the winter, and exit during the summer. Left unrepaired, your utility bills will skyrocket.

They same holds true for windows. Older homes most likely are single pane windows. Exposure to the elements will crack, and dry out perimeter caulking. When his happens, windows will shake and rattle during wind, rain and snowstorms. You risk a loose window pane cracking, or shattering, and like doors, your heating,windows and cooling costs will swell. 

Take note of the direction of the living, and recreation rooms of the house face. If they face the South, you can expect an abundance of natural lighting, yet the opposite happens if the living room faces the North or East, If so, there may be a significant decrease in sunlight. Are shrubbery, and trees in front of the windows, stopping the sun from shining through? Abundant sunlight brings warmth and happiness into a room. 

Age and Condition
Get close up and personal with the window panes. Window panes and storm windows have are spaced apart with an air barrier in between. A thermal window is a single insulated pane which provides greater energy efficiency. Make sure there are screens in the window assembly. Not set in place and visible during the Winter months, when Spring and Summer roll around, you’ll take notice real quick, if there are screens in the window assembly, once bugs and mosquito begin invading your home.

Window and Door Style
With the technical elements of the doors and windows checked for functionality, look closely at their styling. Are the doors smooth or full of nicks, and gouges? Does the initial appearance appeal to you? Is the door flat or have and engraved panel design? Is is painted a dark color? Is the door paint chipping and flaking? If the answer is yes, then you’ll either be spending your free time stripping the doors, resanding, and refinishing them to suit your appearance. If you don’t have the time, then purchasing new doors become a bit expensive.

Bad windows are a homeowner's nightmare, but homes that have bay windows, and sliding glass door windows have some curb appeal to them. Bay windows add a bit of romance to a home's appearance, and sliding glass doors make it easy for family members to go in and out of the house, and into the backyard for playing, skimming or barbecuing. Invest some time in the inspection of the doors, and windows and you'll feel confident about purchasing the home of your dreams.

 


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