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Protecting Your Home From Pests
Posted on Thu, 31 May 2018, 02:15:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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Protecting Your Home From Pests

Protecting Your Home From Pests

If you don't want to cope with pests inside or outside your home this summer, then you can prepare in several ways to repel insects, spiders and wildlife. It is better to begin in the spring before hot weather arrives, so make a list of the items that you need to protect your home and health from the damaging effects of pests. Use these methods to avoid having pests around your home.

 

Method 1: Sealing Holes and Crevices

Make sure to buy liquid caulking to seal the small crevices and holes around windows and doorways. You can also use caulking next to the baseboards at the bottom of the walls and your home's foundation. If there are larger holes, then use insulation material or wire mesh to cover the openings to keep rodents or other types of wildlife from entering. Keeping rats or cockroaches from entering your home can prevent extensive damage from the pests chewing on drywall or wood, and it will also protect you from any diseases that the animals carry.

 

Method 2: Plant Herbs and Flowers

By using the right types of flowers and herbs around your home, you can repel some types of insects and spiders. Here are a few plants that will repel pests:

  • Lemon balm
  • Fennel
  • Dill
  • Chives
  • Lavender
  • Marigolds
  • Garlic
  • Basil

 

It is easy for you to plant these herbs and flowers around your home to avoid having pests.

 

Method 3: Application Of Essential Oils

Today, it is easy to find an assortment of essential oils to use inside your home. You can use essential oils in diffusers to repel spiders or insects, but it is also easy to add a few drops of certain types of essential oils to a spray bottle filled with water. You can spray this type of mixture on your window screens or baseboards to avoid having insects such as ants and cockroaches. Here are some of the best varieties of essential oils for repelling pests:

  • Cinnamon
  • Peppermint
  • Lemon
  • Cloves
  • Lavender

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Planning and Organizing Your Move
Posted on Tue, 15 May 2018, 02:15:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Planning and Organizing Your Move

Planning and Organizing Your Move

Moving into a new home is a major undertaking, but the earlier you start planning and preparing, the more smoothly the process will go. The reason the process is complicated is that you need to deal with home buying, moving your physical goods, and doing substantial amounts of paperwork all at the same time. To make the process less chaotic, having a written checklist on a large whiteboard which your family can update regularly will make a substantial difference. A key tactic is to break the moving tasks down into phases.

 

While House Hunting

The best time to start planning a move is when you start house hunting. A key first step is creating a complete list of all your furniture and measuring it carefully in all three dimensions. This will help in your house-hunting as it will enable you to see if you current furniture will fit in property you are considering and it is also something that will be very useful during your actual move. At this stage, it is also useful to start pruning your possessions, throwing away anything that is not worth moving, and cutting back on unnecessary expenditures to save up some extra money for moving and new-house decorating expenses.

 

Once You Make an Offer

At this point, your time frame become tighter. If you plan to use a moving company, you should get bids from two or three different firms. If you intend to save money by packing all or some of your own goods, as you do your ordinary shopping, see if you can collect free empty boxes from stores. Most liquor stores give away large numbers of clean empty boxes every day. Continuing pruning your possessions, recycling, selling, or donating to charity anything you have not used in the past year or two. While the Canada Revenue Agency requires that you keep tax records for six years, older records should be shredded.

 

Offer Accepted

Once your offer is accepted and any contingencies are cleared, you should schedule a closing date and a move-in date. Work closely with your moving company to set a precise date as soon as possible as you may be able to save money by selecting an off-peak date or even a less expensive day of the week. Start packing seasonal or other infrequently used items and separating the things you will need immediately in your new home from those which you will entrust to your movers.

 

After You Close

Once you have closed on your new home, start address-change paperwork. Especially if you are moving between provinces, apply for a new health card and driver's license as quickly as possible. Submit change of address information and sign up for mail forwarding with the post office and inform banks, credit card companies, and other relevant organizations of your new address and contact information. You should also arrange for the utilities in your new house, including internet, water, sewer, and electricity to be turned on in your name and the utilities in your old home to be turned over to the new occupants.

 

Moving Day

Create a detailed floor plan of your new home and mark the positions of where each piece of your furniture should go. Careful measurements are crucial so you can avoid last minute adjustments. Schedule a professional cleaning service for your old home the day after you move to ensure it is ready for the new occupants. Once the move is done, order takeout and enjoy your new home.


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Spring Porch Decorating Tips
Posted on Mon, 30 Apr 2018, 11:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Spring Porch Decorating Tips

Your porch and patio space is crucial to your home's decor. Not only does it send a clear image to visitors and passersby, it can help you plan out the decorations for the rest of your home if you are not sure where to start. Decorating for spring can be especially rewarding, as homeowners who decorate seasonally will find themselves reinvigorated with the raw potential their homes can offer. If you are ready to start decorating your home for the spring, it is strongly recommended for you to take a look at some of these porch decorating tips and see what will work best for your property.

 

Focus on the Brights and Greens

Spring Porch Decorating TipsOne of the most important aspects of the design process is to focus on colors. When you skillfully choose colors that complement the season, you invite new energy around your home. With springtime, bright, warm colors always set a welcoming tone, and implementing plenty of attractive green fixtures can be just what you need. One of the best ways to combine the two is to invest in a few floral arrangement around the patio, especially if you pride yourself on your green thumb and know you can keep the plants thriving.

 

Free Space Up

If your patio is cluttered and does not have much in the way of free space, it can be a good idea to free some space up. This may sound easier said than done in some situations, but getting a good energy flow around the patio can be just what you need to revitalize the area and bring in a fresh appearance for spring. The easiest way to do this is to actually repurpose some of the things that you may have lying around, especially if they fit the color scheme you have in mind for the area.

 

Let the Sunshine in

Find ways to focus on the sunlight in the patio. For many people, this may mean rearranging the existing fixtures and seeing where certain elements may work better when combined with the active lights and shadows on your property. Dark colors can be especially easy to work with if you have active sunlight against the area. Let the sunlight act as a backdrop and arrange fixtures in a way that will lead the eye from one section of the patio space to the next.

 

Play with Drapery

Billowing drapes are always a welcome addition to the patio. Not only can the right drapery lead the eye, but the natural flowing movements can be extremely soothing to see in the area, particularly when set with stronger centerpieces. Apply drapes to open areas and pay attention to the way the wind plays around on your property. You may be pleasantly surprised by some of the results, especially if you have not decorated with drapes in the past. Choose colors that will work with the central decor, and do not be afraid to experiment if you notice something catch your eye.

 

Invest in Some Centerpieces

What do you want your patio to say about you? Having a centerpiece on the property can be one of the most efficient ways for you to focus your decorative energy. A good fixture will not only tie the rest of the furnishings together, but it can also become a definite point of pride for the rest of the property. Tables, swings and tapestries are all attractive centerfold options that you can apply to the area, and be sure to focus on the natural shapes to determine where you want the eye to go when you set everything up.


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Seven Ways To Reflect the Summer Season With New Decor In Your Canadian Home
Posted on Sun, 15 Apr 2018, 10:55:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Seven Ways To Reflect the Summer Season With New Decor In Your Canadian Home

When summer arrives in Canada, you will want to have a home that reflects the season. After a long and difficult winter, it is essential to decorate your home with beautiful summer-themed items. You don't need to spend a fortune to create an inviting home in the summer months, and you can store your autumn or winter items in plastic totes to protect the items. Here are some ways to create a home that has a fresh summertime appearance.

 

Summer Decor 1: Houseplants or Fresh Flowers

Seven Ways To Reflect the Summer Season With New Decor In Your Canadian HomeCheck the gardening area of your favorite home improvement store to determine if it has an assortment of beautiful houseplants or fresh flowers. Having a living plant inside your home gives it an attractive ambience, but fresh flowers are an excellent alternative to create a gorgeous entranceway or dining room table.

 

Summer Decor 2: Lighter Weight Curtains For the Windows

If you have kept the heavyweight draperies closed over your home's windows this winter, then it is time to change to lighter weight curtains. Take down the heavy drapes so that you can polish the windowpanes to permit sunlight to enter. Make sure to wash your window screens and windowsills to keep your lightweight curtains clean when you open the windows.

 

Summer Decor 3: Place Slipcovers On the Upholstered Furniture

Look for stretchy slipcovers that you can place over the upholstered furniture in your home's living room. Choose a brighter color of slipcover such as yellow or orange that will make your home feel more like summer. Remember that you can always remove these slipcovers in the autumn to use a darker color throughout the holiday season.

 

Summer Decor 4: Create a Nautical Theme In a Room

If you live near the ocean or a lake, then create a nautical theme in a room. Visit a local or online home decor store to find items that have a nautical theme, including small wooden lighthouse replicas, porthole mirrors or boat paddles. By placing three nautical types of decorative objects in a room, you can change its entire appearance.

 

Summer Decor 5: Decorative Throw Pillows

When you want an easy and fast way to change the appearance of a room, then buy a few decorative throw pillows. You can place these items on a bed, chair or couch to create a summer ambience with a splash of color or a bright pattern. Remember that throw pillows don't need to have a square shape because you can find pillows that are round or that are in rectangular shapes.

 

Summer Decor 6: New Wall Hangings

If you have used the same artwork, photographs and other wall hangings in your home for several years, then it is time to update these items for the summer. Change the artwork in your home to paintings of beach scenes or summer picnics in a park. Look for vintage-style wooden signs that have slogans about the summer season, and also, change the frames of your photographs to a brighter color.

 

Summer Decor 7: Replace Your Home's Lamps

You may have old lamps that look degraded, but summer is an excellent time to replace these items. Lamps are often discounted in the summer because people don't need to turn the items on as much. Look for lamps that have clear bases that you can fill with artificial flowers or seashells to create a summer ambience in every room of your home. If you have problems with invading mosquitoes inside your home, then use special light bulbs that repel flying insects.


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What to Do When Your “For Sale By Owner” Strategy Fails
Posted on Sat, 31 Mar 2018, 02:25:00 PM  in Home selling tips
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Have you attempted to sell your home lately? If the sale isn't working out the way you planned, there's no need to give up. What you really need to do is reexamine your sale strategy in order to make it more effective. It may be that you simply don't know how to sell your home using the "For Sale By Owner" strategy. This is no mark of shame. Not every home owner is also a born sales expert. You can still adopt a new method of getting your home sold for the price you deserve to receive.

 

You'll Need to Hire a Licensed Real Estate Expert

The first thing you need to do is examine just why your FSBO strategy failed. Hanging a sale sign in front of your home just isn't enough to get the level of interest you need. It's much better to hire the services of a licensed real estate expert to handle the sale. Your first priority should be to get your home on to the official real estate listings as soon as possible. This is something that you simply won't be able to make happen from the standpoint of an independent home seller.What to Do When Your “For Sale By Owner” Strategy Fails

 

Once You're in the Listings, the Sale Will Come Much Faster

Once you hire a real estate expert and have your home in the listings, you can expect a sale to come much more quickly. This is because getting your home listed will expose your property to a much wider audience than you could ever hope to reach on your own. This is a matter of crucial important that separates a professionally sponsored sale from an amateur effort. When your home gets listed, a lot more people know about it in a much shorter amount of time.

 

A Real Estate Expert Can Help You Make the Necessary Repairs

One of the most important things you will need to attend to before you can sell your house is making the necessary repairs. You don't necessarily need to blow your entire budget just to make a few small renovations. A real estate professional can help you decide on the renovations that will entice potential buyers and add a considerable amount of resale value to your home. Simple things like changing out the faucets in your sinks and redoing the wallpaper in your kitchen could make an instant difference.

 

A Real Estate Professional Can Help You Stage Your Home

Another important detail that will require professional assistance is the staging of your home. You want your home to make the best possible first impression on a potential buyer. When they walk into your property for the first time you want them to feel at ease. A properly staged home will give them the impression of a warm, lived in environment. This is an area that a licensed real estate professional can help you quickly get up to speed in.

 

Your Best Bet is to Contact a Real Estate Professional Today

You've tried the "For Sale By Owner" route and it just hasn't led to success. If you really want to sell your home quickly and for the price you deserve to receive, you will need to engage the services of a licensed real estate expert. This isn't a cop out but a victory for simple common sense. The sooner you get your present property sold, the sooner you can move on to your new home. Any help you can get to make this happen quickly and profitably should come from a real estate professional.

 


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Why to Purchase a Home, Canadian Education System Similarity and Differences to the US System
Posted on Thu, 15 Mar 2018, 02:20:00 PM  in Home buying tips
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The Canadian Education system is very similar to the US system. Students in Canada start school typically at age 5, and attend until age 18 at which point the students have entered grade 12. The province of Quebec has an exception to the grade K-12 system: students in Quebec finish a year earlier. Provinces are responsible for all forms of education, with the Canadian federal government only being responsible for the Royal Military College.

 

Plenty of Tertiary Options Abound Following Grade 12Why to Purchase a Home, Canadian Education System Similarity and Differences to the US System

Following grade 12, Canadian students have the option of attending post-secondary education. There are a wide range of schools, colleges, trade schools, universities, and graduate schools that students can choose from.

 

Large Investments In Tertiary Education Made By Canadian Government

Canada is known for making large investments into its tertiary education system. They spend roughly $20000 per student in tertiary education. As a result, Canada is also known for high levels of tertiary education among their students. Canada has a rate of 53% attainment of tertiary education which puts Canada at the top of the world for post-secondary attainment.

 

Plenty of Vocational Education Opportunities

Vocational education in Canada takes 2-3 years. Students pursuing a vocational path are able to take classes in beauty, business, culinary, fashion design, HVAC, health care, and various other areas. These vocational certificates can be very popular as a means of allowing young people to enter the workforce.

 

High Quality Universities

For those moving on to traditional universities, there are also plenty of high quality options as well. Approximately 16 of the 200 top universities in the world are Canadian. These universities have large endowments and are punching above their weight in their respective fields of influence.

 

Progressive in Advancement of Research

Canada is also known for being progressive in areas of advancing science and technology. Canada is also known for space research. In the days of the space shuttle, the robotic arm for the shuttle was the Canadarm which was made in Canada. Canada is also active in areas of medical, environmental, arctic, agricultural, communications, and defense research. The Canadian federal government has funded several small and large research institutions scattered throughout the country.

 

Fast Tracked Process For Foreign Students Becoming Permanent Residents

The Canadian government has also fast-tracked the process for foreign students looking to become permanent residents of Canada. Once foreign students become permanent residents, they are easily able to work for any employer and eventually acquire Canadian citizenship.

 

Consider Purchasing a Home In Canada

Many people choose to move to Canada for educational reasons because of the attractive environment that the country offers for prospective students. Students can choose from a wide range of universities and different options for courses of study. If you are planning to move to Canada for study, then you will likely want to purchase a home in the country first. In order to do so, you will need to locate a REALTOR® in your desired area first.

 


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What You Need To Do To Sell Your Home Faster
Posted on Wed, 28 Feb 2018, 10:35:00 AM  in Home selling tips
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What You Need To Do To Sell Your Home Faster

Canada continues to experience high demand for housing. However, some homes seem to stay on online property listings for long periods before the sale. Your house can sell in a month or even shorter period if the right marketing of the home is carried out. Others stay on listings for more than 90 days. Lowering the price might improve the attractiveness of the house and fasten the closing of the deal. Here are six things you should consider before listing your home for sale.

 

Do a thorough Property Market Research on Pricing

What You Need To Do To Sell Your Home FasterOne of the main reasons homes stay longer before is due to incorrect or high pricing. Check on significant property listings with similar houses to gauge the correct price of your home. Importantly, consult an experienced real estate agent who will guide on the appropriate value of the home. The agent can compare similar homes in the local area and come up with an attractive valuation of your home.

Despite upgrade and renovations to your house, inappropriate or too high pricing slows the selling of your home. Remember lowering the price below market rates will not guarantee the sale of the property. Ensure the pricing is the fair price for prospective buyers and is in line with other comparable homes in your locality.

 

Renovate and Upgrade your Home

In today’s property market, buyers are searching for ready houses which require minimal or no repairs and renovations. Fix the kitchen, upgrade the bathroom, replace broken windows, and paint walls in the house. Additionally, carry out repairs on doors; fix appliances, electrical and plumbing items in your home. Buyers will be impressed with the house which requires little funds for repairs. The buyers cannot afford to carry out renovations after paying large sums of cash to buy your house. Renovating your home not only improves the attractiveness, but quickens the sale of your house, but it also boosts the value of the home.

 

Professional Home Inspection

Another way to ensure your house sells faster is to invite professional to assess your home. You can ask designers, real estate agents, architects, and friends among others to inspect if there is any defect in your home that might derail the sale. Additionally, invite home buyers to carry out their evaluation of the home before closing the deal. The buyers will be interested in verifying that the house is in excellent condition and meets the needs of the buyer.

 

Utilize Social media to Advertise your Property

To shorten the listing period of your house on significant listings sites, you can showcase the photos and descriptions of your home on social media platforms such as Facebook. Advertise on real estate pages and join groups dealing with sale and purchase of properties. Social media has a massive following, and you are likely to reach out to a person interested in buying your house.

 

Relist your Home

In case your house has stayed on listings for a while consider removing from the market and listing the property afresh. Remove the listing after a month and wait for 1 or two weeks before posting again. A new listing ensures new and old real estate agents have a chance to check on property enhancing the prospects for sale of the home.

 

Offer to Cover some Costs

Offering to deal with some of the property costs is another attractive way to quicken the sale of your property. You can promise to pay part of the closing costs for the purchase of your property. Remember buyers and dealers are on the lookout for the best deals in the market.

In conclusion, offering best deals in the market, relisting your house, posting your house on social platforms, renovations, home inspections, and correct pricing will boost the fast sale of your house. Try the tips, and you will get an offer within a short period.


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Canada's New Mortgage Rules and How They Affect a Homebuyer
Posted on Thu, 15 Feb 2018, 10:30:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Canada's New Mortgage Rules and How They Affect a Homebuyer

Canada’s new mortgage rules will cause hardship for some new and existing borrowers. These rules went into effect on January 1 and applied to all new or refinanced home loans. Anyone who applies for a new or refinance loan will have to pass a stress test to ensure they can afford the mortgage.

In January of 2017, applicants who did not put at least 20% down when buying a home are required to have mortgage insurance. With these new rules, applicants who put 20% down or more are required to still face a stress test. These rules make it seven times since 2008 that the mortgage market has seen new regulations to limit the amount of debt a Canadian can assume.

Canadas New Mortgage Rules and How They Affect a HomebuyerThese guidelines will affect people in a variety of ways. If an individual is purchasing a home with a down payment of at least 20% or more, he or she will need to pass a stress test. This stress test requires the financial institution to qualify the application by using a minimum qualifying rate.

This rate must be equal to the greater of the Bank of Canada’s five-year benchmark rate. This rate can also be the Bank of Canada’s contractual rate increased by two percentage points. This stress test may require the buyer to wait to purchase the home with a more substantial down payment or choose a less expensive home. The average reduction would be around $31,000 or approximately 6.8%.

If the individual is renewing a mortgage, he or she does not have to face a stress test. However, if he or she do not pass this stress test, it limits his or her choice in lenders. He or she will have to stay with the current financial institution and will not be able to look for a lower interest rate. It is even possible that individuals who do not pass the stress test will be forced to agree to the uncompetitive rates from their current loan providers.

If the person is refinancing a current mortgage, he or she will have to qualify at a higher stress-state rate than the current contractual mortgage rate. An example is a home purchased for $500,000 with only $50,000 is owed. A person wants to borrow $20,000 for home repairs and renovations. The current loan was financed at 5.0% and is a fixed rate mortgage.

The lending institution would evaluate this loan using the new mortgage rules. The investment would be for $70,000, but the individual would have to be able to pass the stress test at 7.0% instead of the 5.0%. If the person does not meet this requirement, he or she may not be able to get the loan, or he or she may have to decide on a smaller loan amount.

People who signed a purchase agreement before January 1, 2018, will not have to pass this stress test. This fact is true even if the mortgage is not applied for until after January 1, 2018. This loophole applies to new construction and pre-construction sales also.

If the individual was pre-approved before January 1, 2018, he or she might receive 120 days starting on January 1 to purchase a home without the new rules being applied. If a mortgage refinancing commitment was signed before the last day in December, the borrower might receive this same consideration. The only way to ensure a person gets the home of his or her dreams is by successfully passing the stress test which means he or she needs to be able to financially afford the loan or have a more substantial down payment.


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Real Estate Market Interest and Growth
Posted on Wed, 31 Jan 2018, 02:30:00 PM  in Marketing strategies
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The real estate market is seeing a very big surge in interest and growth. Many real estate investors as well as the general public are finding that there is a great deal of money to be made in the field and the growth that is being experienced may last for quite some time. Because of current market relations, acquiring one’s own home or staking a claim in the field of real estate can be very easy. The expansion of the market as well as people buying and selling rapidly allows for anyone to jump in and find the home that they are looking for.

 

Real Estate Market Interest and GrowthThe real estate market in North America hasn’t always been great. It is only until recently that we have seen an upturn from past years of recession and decline. Many people who choose to enter the field find that it can be welcoming and easy to pick up. However, the part that makes it challenging is that it can be very hard to master. Knowing the intricacies of the market can make a huge difference in turning a profit, no matter if you are someone who is new to the field or someone who is a seasoned veteran.

 

The market fluctuates and there is no surefire way to predict success. However, there are ways to ensure that you have a net to fall back on or ways to recover from any problems you run into. Networking is vital for creating not only your customer base but strong relationships with other people working in the field. Many people do not recognize the value and take for granted many of the connections that they make throughout their careers. However, nurturing these connections can create a safeguard against pitfalls that are common in the industry.

 

Many people in the industry find that without these safeguards, they fall into trouble. Luckily, it can be easy to acquire connections and make sure that they are there when you need them. Much like many other kinds of relationships, communication is key and it’s important to keep in mind that it is a two-way street. Much like many other types of social interaction, gravitating to places where lots of other like-minded people gather allows for networking to flourish. People can exchange information and call upon each other for favors or to work together to reach common goals.

 

It is important to maintain a professional relationship and make it clear that it is all about business. Having a number of these connections can be extremely helpful not only in growing your business, but helping others to grow theirs as well. A mutual relationship where everyone helps each other aids in market growth and can be a great way to foster even more potential for revenue and customer base building.

 

Getting ahead and being successful in the world of real estate can be very difficult. However, with the rising growth and popularity happening in the Canadian market, many people are seeing the potential to make a sizable profit and stake their claim. If you are someone who is interested in breaking into the real estate market or someone who is looking to sharpen their skills, now is a great time to take advantage. While the real estate market can fluctuate wildly, getting a foothold and making connections can be a surefire way to success.


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Prepare Your Home For Freezing Temperatures
Posted on Mon, 15 Jan 2018, 02:25:00 PM  in Home buying tips,  Home selling tips, etc.
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In the autumn, you should inspect your home to make repairs to the foundation so that snowmelt doesn't seep into the flooring. You can fill small holes with liquid caulking, or you can mix cement to cover the foundation's entire surface. Autumn is also the perfect time to place formfitting foam devices over a home's exterior faucets and to wrap adhesive insulating tape over the exposed pipes.

 

Have Several Ways To Heat a Home

Prepare Your Home For Freezing TemperaturesInside your home, you can prepare for winter by cleaning your furnace and fireplaces so that you will have enough heat to prevent frozen pipes. Professional chimney sweeps recommend having a building’s chimneys inspected and cleaned once a year to remove layers of creosote or other debris that can cause an internal fire. Make sure to clean your home’s ductwork and replace a furnace’s filter so that climate-controlled air can circulate optimally. It is a good idea to have an alternative source of heat in your home such as electric space heaters or stoves that burn wood pellets.

 

Keep Climate-controlled Air Circulating

Despite having heat in your home, you should protect the plumbing fixtures and pipes by opening the doors to utility rooms so that the climate-controlled air can circulate properly. In addition, open the cabinet doors underneath kitchen and bathroom sinks. When temperatures drop in your region, turn on the faucets occasionally so that water runs through the pipes to prevent any freezing. You should also flush the toilets in a home during the night to keep water from freezing in the sewer lines. When you are shopping at a hardware store, look for plumber’s antifreeze that is formulated for using in bathtubs and sinks to prevent clogs of ice in the water pipes of your home.

 

Prevent Cold Drafts

Walk through your home to verify that the windows are closed and locked to seal out cold drafts. You can apply stick-on insulation caulking around the window’s frames, and you can also apply adhesive window film to the inside or outside of the windowpanes. To prevent drafts around exterior doors, place a draft dodger at the bottom of the door. These items are made of fabric and thick fiberfill to keep cold air from entering underneath a doorway. Alternatively, you can roll a blanket, towel or rug to place at the base of a door.

 

Maintain Your Home’s Water Heater

Maintain your home’s water heater in the winter by making sure that climate-controlled air is circulating around the appliance. Verify that it isn’t leaking in hidden locations on the floor or along the walls. You can find a specialized insulation blanket to place over a water heater to keep the water hot and to protect the appliance from cold temperatures. If you don’t have enough hot water during the winter, then you can turn up the water heater’s thermostat a few degrees, but this will increase the cost of your monthly bill.

 

Use a Roof Rake To Protect Your Home’s Rooftop

Walk outside of your home to make sure that the snow is melting from the rooftop. If there is a lot of ice or snow on a building’s roof, then the weight can damage the structure, leading to moisture problems or a total cave-in. You can buy a roof rake with a long handle that you can use to dislodge a buildup of snow or ice from the edge of a roof. Use caution while removing the snow because the debris may dislodge quickly, falling on you or items near a home.


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