By: Betty Durocher

Check Your Air Conditioner's Exterior Unit For Optimum Performance

Tags: summer, air conditioning,cooling,

Before the height of summer arrives, check your central air conditioning's exterior unit to ensure it is ready to provide you with maximum cooling while using the least possible amount of energy. First, confirm the power is off. Then, check that the box sits level, and remove any objects or plants that may restrict its expulsion of interior heat. Remove the outside screen(s) and clean the fan,...Read More

By: Betty Durocher

New Windows Are a True Home Improvement

Tags: windows,energy efficiency,quote,longevity,guarantee

  It's easy to think of your home's windows as being visual enablers that merely allow daylight to come in and you to look out. However, in addition to that function, windows need to perform, almost as well as walls do, in their role as barriers that protect you from the outside environment. As a homeowner, if you neglect this factor, you may be compromising the comfort and energy ef...Read More

By: Betty Durocher

At Home With Security, Even When You're Not

Tags: security,technology,affordable,smartphone,alarm

If the hallmarks of advanced technology are portability, flexibility and economy, then home security systems may provide the best examples of progress in recent times. For example, in addition to cameras and alarm systems that can be managed and monitored from your smartphone, you can now install a surprisingly affordable system that alerts your phone to motion in specific areas within your proper...Read More

By: Betty Durocher

Make Small, Darker Rooms Look Brighter

Tags: infuse light, reflective colours,glass,shiny materials,sidelights

As daylight becomes noticeably reduced late in the year, it may become more difficult to enjoy the natural ambience of smaller, darker rooms.  However, a few decor decisions can utilize both daylight and artificial light to make such rooms like larger and brighter. Infuse lighter, more reflective colours wherever possible, from highly polished floors and light coloured floor coverings to gl...Read More

By: Betty Durocher

The Benefits of Downsizing

Tags: downsizing,financial freedom,less maintenance,convenience,more options

If your home is becoming difficult to manage, you may want to consider how downsizing might help:    More Financial Freedom?: Presuming? your next home is smaller and more affordable, you'll have greater ability to address other monetary interests, whether it's enjoying travel options, helping the kids secure their first home, or establishing an education fund for grandchildre...Read More

By: From the Province of Ontario's website.

Land Transfer Tax Changes

Tags: land transfer tax,first time buyers,buyer rebate

The Province is proposing to modernize Ontario’s Land Transfer Tax (LTT) system to reflect developments in the real estate market, by: Enhancing support for first-time homebuyers; Updating LTT rates and brackets; and Restricting the refund for first-time homebuyers to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. Doubling the Maximum Refund for First-Time Homebuyers To help Ontarians bu...Read More

By: Steve Carley, AMP, Senior Manager, Mobile Mortgage Specialist TD CanadaTrust Fall/Winter 2016

New Rule Changes For Insured High-Ratio Mortgages

Tags: CMHC,mortgage rules,high-ratio mortgages,down payment,

On October 17th, 2016, Federal Government Regulators made further changes to how CMHC can qualify borrowers who have less than a 20% down-payment.  All insured homebuyers must qualify for mortgage insurance at an interest rate, the greater of their contract mortgage rate or the Bank of Canada's conventional 5 Year Fixed Posted Rate.  This requirement was already in place for High-Rat...Read More

By: Pillar To Post Home Inspectors

Plumbing Maintenance Tips

Tags: plumbing,valve,pipes,cleaners,drain

A healthy plumbing system can help lessen the chance of leaks, ruptures, clogs and other not-so-nice events.  Homeowners who take some basic precautions and implement a few simple steps can be more confident in the state of their home's plumbing, and can save on costly repairs as well. Know where the main water shutoff valve is.  This is normally very accessible so that the water t...Read More

By: Betty Durocher

Give Your House Exterior An Annual Checkup

Tags: winter,weather,roof,chimney,windows

Although we can't predict where or when it will arrive, or how severe it will be, almost every region across the country should expect some form of extreme weather this winter. So, it would be wise to prepare for it in advance. Start at the top-look for loose roofing materials and pay close attention to seals around vents, pipes and chimneys.  Also make sure your rain gutters and downpipe...Read More

By: Betty Durocher

Gentle Ways To Deal With Insects In The Home

Tags: pesticides,environmental concerns,insects,health concerns

A growing number of homeowners are uncomfortable using traditional pesticides for a variety of reasons including health and environmental concerns.  If you are among them, here are some natural ways to deal with insects in the home: A mixture of unsweetened lemon juice and water can deter spiders.  Spray the solution near doorways and window sills where these arachnoids can enter. An ...Read More