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Location, Location, Location You’ll frequently hear your Realtor talk about ‘location’ and often hear the adage ‘location, location, location’ when referring to real estate value. Does location matter?, yes, it certainly does. LOCATION is one of the most important aspects of consideration when establishing the value of a property. For example, two identical homes can be priced - and valued poles apart, location being the only differing factor. The following could affect not only how much you pay for a home, but the property’s subsequent resale value. Distance to work...How long will the rush-hour commute take? House prices generally decrease as the distance from the hub-of-activity increases. n Recreational facilities...Parks, playgrounds, community centres, arenas, swimming pools, baseball diamonds and soccer ﬁelds help establish ambience and a communitybased neighbourhood. n Schools...which schools service an area is often a high priority. n
Shopping. Support services... Everyone needs a doctor, dentist and a pharmacy. Day-care centres and religious facilities also rank high. n n
n Transportation...Accessibility to public transit and major highways.
Potential deterrents... Negative factors can include gas stations, railway tracks, airports, commercial developments, cemeteries, industrial parks and major highways. Positive attributes in close proximity can sometimes become drawbacks. For example, being near a school is important, but, do you want a school next door or across the street? The same holds true for highways, community centres, areanas, shopping malls etc. Of Consideration... After narrowing your choice of community and neighbourhood, focus on these factors. l Lot size...Street frontage is important, but don’t overlook depth. Parking and garage. Corner lots...To avoid creating a tunnel-like appearance, corner lots are wider than normal. Meaning; more grass to cut, more sidewalk to clear of snow and ice, more fencing to erect without a neighbour to share the cost. l Side of the street...Homes on the west side receive morning sun, the front and afternoon sun in back. South side homes bask in the sun at the rear, ideal for backyard enthusiasts. l l
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l Other factors...What street hardware (sidewalk, ﬁre hydrant, overhead street lamp, trafﬁc signs, hydro transformer box, super mailbox etc.) is located on or near the lot?
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Wood burning Stoves and
FIREPLACES Wood stoves or wood burning ﬁreplace inserts are a good supplemental heat source for your home. But, as with all fuel burning appliances, proper use is essential to ensure the safety of your family - and home. Safety To reduce potential problems: Inspect chimneys and ﬂues annually for corrosion, blockages and cracks that could allow combustion pollutants into your home. Loose brick, crumbling mortar joints and missing caps are warning signs that maintenance is required. l The creosote and carbon deposits that can build up in your chimney pose serious ﬁre hazards. Inspect and clean your chimney regularly - schedule an annual chimney cleaning and inspection by a professional. l Never burn trash or other material that will produce a sudden, hot, burst of ﬁre, or could emit poisonous gases. Be aware that magazines - even newspaper - give off toxic smoke. Kindling is the best choice for ﬁre-starting material. l
Good Wood If you own and operate a wood burning stove, a good knowledge of wood types is important. All wood is not created equal when it comes to ﬁrewood. Various species have different densities that impact their use and efﬁcacy as ﬁrewood. l Hardwoods such as maple, elm, hickory, apple, yellow birch, cherry and oak have a high energy content - they burn longer and at higher temperature. Hardwoods produce solid coal beds and provide a great source of heat. l Soft woods like pine, cedar, spruce, paper birch and poplar burn quickly and are inefﬁcient for burning for heat. Soft woods are best reserved for occasional use, like when you want a ﬁre for its cozy ambiance - and for kindling. l When purchasing ﬁrewood, make sure it has been properly seasoned. Burning wet (or green) wood is inefﬁcient and will result in creosote buildups that lead to chimney ﬁres. l Soft wood that has been cut, split and stacked in the early spring can be ready to burn in the fall. Hardwood requires a full year to dry.
Winter Ahead Managing your Costs...
Bad air days aren’t just a summertime phenomenon anymore. While a crackling fireplace or woodstove conjures images of romance and a warm, snug home, they also mean; pollution.
Wood smoke contains over 100 dangerous pollutants, including carbon monoxide, carcinogens and toxic fine particles that can cause respiratory problems, allergies and asthma. Burning wood safely If you see smoke coming from your chimney, you’re throwing away your money. The wood is not burning completely and is being wasted producing not only pollution, but also coating your chimney with highly flammable creosote deposits. You can help reduce air pollution from wood smoke and burn wood safely and efficiently by following a few easy tips. 8 Burn small, hot fires, don’t allow fires to smoulder. A hot fire produces much less smoke than a smouldering one. Keep in mind... Smoke = Pollutants and Creosote. 8 Burn dry, seasoned wood only. Burning green or wet wood produces lots of smoke because the fire can’t get hot enough. 8 Store wood outside to help prevent the development of moulds and mildew in your home. 8 Split wood into pieces 10 to 15 cm (four to six inches) in diameter. Fires burn better with more surface area exposed to the flame. New Technology to reduce pollution Look at the new high-efficiency wood stoves, fireplaces and inserts. These low-emission units, certified by CSA International and /or the EPA, mean less smoke, less creosote build-up, less air pollution (by up to 90%). An added bonus...you’ll burn a third less wood and get the same amount of heat!
The level of heat in your home is one of personal choice, but here are some guidelines for setting your thermostat for cost effective winter energy management. ACTIVITY
21°C (70°F) 20°C (68°F) 18°C (64°F) 16°C (60°F)
Working or Exercising Sleeping or Away for the Day Extended Time Away
The Official Canadian Temperature Conversion Chart 10° Celsius (50° Fahrenheit) Californians shiver uncontrollably Canadians plant gardens 2° Celsius (35° Fahrenheit) Italian cars won’t start Canadians drive with the windows down 0° Celsius (32° Fahrenheit) American water freezes Canadian water gets thicker -17° Celsius (0° Fahrenheit) New York City landlords finally turn on the heat Canadians have the last cookout of the season -51° Celsius (-60° Fahrenheit) Santa Claus abandons the North Pole Canadian Girl Guides sell cookies door-to-door -78° Celsius (-110° Fahrenheit) Carbon dioxide freezes makes dry ice Canadians pull down their earflaps -114° Celsius (-173° Fahrenheit) Ethyl alcohol freezes Canadians are frustrated...they can’t thaw the keg -273° Celsius (-460° Fahrenheit) Absolute zero; all atomic motion stops Canadians start saying ‘cold, eh?’
Around the House
TIPTALK Frozen Pipes Winter is hard enough - we shouldn’t have to contend with frozen pipes, too! When it comes to frozen pipes, the best defense is a good offense. Here’s some advice along the prevention line so you can relax knowing that in the event of an extreme deep freeze or a prolonged power failure, frozen pipes are less likely to occur.
When planning a renovation to your home (or cottage), avoid placing any plumbing against an outside wall, especially one that isn’t (or may not be) well insulated. n Insulate pipes that might be susceptible to freezing. This is easier than you think, foam pipe insulation, sized to the diameter of your plumbing, is readily available. It is slit along one side and simply snaps into place. Seams should be sealed using duct tape. n If your house will be empty for weeks at a time over the winter, consider shutting off the main water supply. Keep under-sink cabinets open to take advantage of warmer household air. Don’t let the indoor temperature drop below 10°C (50°F). And, its always a good idea to have a neighbour, or a family member who lives close by, check your home if you plan to be away for any extended period of time, in fact, check with your insurance company - many have now set guidelines. n
Now is a Good Time to... Think about what is important to you about the holiday season. It could be...get-togethers with family and friends, or decorating the Christmas tree, or cookies, or sending Christmas cards, or... Have a family discussion about the holiday season and what matters to each of you. Decide to focus on those aspects of the holiday season that have meaning to you and your family. Focusing on what matters makes it easier to say ‘No’ to many of the stresses caused by trying to do it all!
Get out rain’s stains Splattered silk or wool. Heat your iron to the highest steam setting. Hold the iron 2 inches (5cm) from the water marks and allow the wafting steam to penetrate the fabric. If the spots don’t dissipate immediately, use the ‘burst’ option, but aim the iron away from the fabric on the first burst to rid the appliance of potential spatters. l Waterlogged leather. Pat sopped shoes, boots, and bags well, inside and out, with a clean towel. Stuff with crumpled newspaper to protect shape and absorb moisture. Air-dry away from direct heat sources. Polish shoes as usual, and treat bags with a neutral leather conditioner. l Mud-spotted suede. Don’t scrape at fresh mud - it’ll smear and worsen stains. Instead, let it dry completely, then whisk off clumps and dust with a soft brush. Rub out any darkened spots with a soft kneadable art eraser. To lift matted nap, gently buff with a fine-grit emery board. l
Carbon Monoxide When inhaled carbon monoxide replaces the oxygen in your blood, depriving your body of oxygen. One of the major causes of carbon monoxide buildup in the home is poor draft for fuel-burning appliances - meaning the products of combustion are not being safely carried outside; instead, they are backing up into the house. In addition to having all fuel-burning appliances inspected once a year, install carbon monoxide detectors in each room where there is a fuel-burning appliance. If a detector goes off, immediately ventilate the house, (open doors and windows), call the ﬁre department and evacuate everyone from the house.
Now is a good time... It takes only a moment to test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. It could save your life. Test at least once a month - replace batteries according to the manufacturer’s recommendations or minimally, at least once a year. Pick a day (maybe the day you switch your clocks to, or from, daylight-savings time) to replace, or recharge, your alarm/detector batteries each year.
cherish each other’s hopes. Inspiration TheyFriends are kind to each other’s dreams. You may never know what results come of your actions, and if you do nothing, there will be no results. Giving, whether it be of time, labour, affection, gifts, or whatever, is one of life’s greatest pleasures. We cannot hold a torch to light another’s path without brightening our own.
Quick and simple ways to relax, de-stress and regain your calm. Smell the Roses
Perform a Kindness Whenever you see an opportunity to do something that brings peace or kindness into the world, do it. Hold a door open for someone. Thank a sales clerk. The more you practice this exercise, the more opportunities you’ll see.
Take 2 minutes ﬁrst thing in the morning and look at ﬂowers (they need not be fresh), you’ll feel cheerier and more energetic throughout the day!
Say Thank You
Pause during your day and devote a few minutes to seeing everything in your life, right now, as a gift. Once you adopt this perspective, you’ll ﬁnd the positive lesson, outcome or potential in any situation you face.
Simply say ‘thank you’ from the heart whenever the chance arises. You’ll be surprised by how differently even total stangers will respond to these words when they are spoken with sincerity.
See everything as a Gift
Roasting Times for Whole Turkeys Oven Times 160°C (325°F) Weight
Barbecue Times Unstuffed
(3.0 - 3.5kg)
3 - 3 1/4 hours
2 1/2 - 2 3/4 hours
(3.5 - 4.5kg)
3 1/4 - 3 1/2 hours
2 3/4 - 3 hours
1 1/2 hours
(4.5 - 5.5 kg)
3 1/2 - 3 3/4 hours
3 - 3 1/4 hours
1 3/4 hours
12 - 16 lbs (5.5 - 7.0 kg)
3 3/4 - 4 hours
3 1/4 - 3 1/2 hours
16 - 22 lbs (7.0 - 10.0 kg)
4 - 4 1/2 hours
3 1/2 - 4 hours
Blues Beating the
Tis the Season The season of runny noses and barking coughs presents quandaries for the wellmannered but ill person. Just because you’re sick and feeling sorry for yourself does not let you off the hook when considering how your actions affect others. Of course, the best thing to do when you are sick is to stay at home, well away from the rest of humanity. If that’s just not an option, here are a few suggestions:
Let people know you’re sick There’s nothing worse than greeting someone with a warm double-cheeked kiss, only to be told moments later that she’s got the worst cold she’s had in years. If you’ve made social plans with friends and you feel sickly, but well enough to go out, give them a heads-up. Allow others the chance to avoid you if they choose, and be gracious if they decide their health is more important than this particular visit with you this applies to your sick children as well.
No hand shaking Germs travel more effectively by a handshake than a peck on the cheek. In business situations, own up to the cold and explain that you won’t be shaking hands in order to avoid spreading the bug. Also, keep your hands off other people’s stuff during cold and ﬂu season. This is especially true of food and drink. Most experts agree that handwashing is the single most effective practice to prevent the spread of germs.
Direct your sneezes Try to sneeze - and cough - into tissues, or your sleeve. Keep tissues handy and use them! Cotton hankies may look good but they are not as sanitary as using paper tissues that are thrown away. Remember to wash your hands after smothering a sneeze, or blowing your nose.
Fending off a cold Drink plenty of ﬂuids. l Eat a balanced diet that includes fruit and vegetables. l
Stay well rested.
Wash your hands frequently.
Discard tissues after each use.
Here are a few ideas to help you avoid putting on extra pounds this winter. At the ﬁrst hint of cold, set aside time to plan a ‘realistic’ exercise routine. l Relax, most people gain from 5 to 7 pounds (2.25 - 3.25 kilos) during winter, then come spring, easily lose it when we are naturally more active. l Summerize your surroundings as much a possible. Wear brightly coloured clothing, post a few summertime photos on the fridge door, once a month put on your favourite shorts or bathing suit. l Help combat winter’s typical symptoms; fatigue and carb cravings, by keeping your home as bright as possible every morning, open curtains & blinds and let in the light! l
l Eating to beat the blues. Get a breakfast boost. In winter, the natural thing to do in the morning is to load up on carbs, but that causes weight gain. Instead, increase your protein intake. Opt for an egg-based breakfast, or a slice of whole-grain bread with peanut butter.
At lunch, think healthy and light. Make soups your winter staple - choose soups containing lean protein that will ﬁll you up. Snack from the fridge, not the pantry. Kitchen cupboards usually contain high calorie snacks...cookies, cereals, chips - all of which should be eaten sparingly. The healthiest foods are often found in the fridge...yogurt, fruit, veggies.
WinterDRIVING 8 Get your vehicle ready for winter conditions before the first snow storm of the season! 8 Having four matching tires improves vehicle handling. Don’t mix tires with different tread patterns, internal construction or size. Winter tires have been designed for use in snow, they carry a pictograph on the sidewall of a peaked mountain with a snowflake. Snow tires meet high standards for winter traction performance and should not be confused with Mud+Snow (M+S) rated snow tires. Winter tires are a good idea, and may even be legal requirement in your municipality or province. 8 Check tire pressures often, especially before highway driving. Properly inflated, high quality tires provide the best traction on winter roads - and improve fuel economy. A tire that has good pressure when checked in a warm garage will be under-inflated when it is below zero outside because tire pressure goes down in the cold. Never go above the pressure shown on the tire sidewall.
8 Pack an emergency kit (see below for a handy checklist of what to include in your emergency kit). 8 Learn and practice winter driving techniques. 8 Plan your trip, check road and weather conditions. 8 Remove all snow from your vehicle before each trip - that means snow and ice from windows, mirrors, bumpers and the roof of your vehicle. 8 Give yourself extra travel time in bad weather conditions 8 Avoid using overdrive and cruise control on slippery roads. 8 Ensure your windshield wipers are in good condition. Use wiper blades designed for winter use.
Weather Watch Snow and ice are more slippery at 32°F (0°C) than at -4°F (-20°C) or below. Watch for black ice at temperatures between 39°F (+4°C) and 25°F (-4°C), where the road surface ahead looks black and shiny. It is often found on shaded areas of the road, bridges and overpasses long after the sun has come out.
Winter Survival Kit
The CAA recommends you keep the following items in your vehicle. Be safe! Be well prepared. l Matches and a Shovel, ice scraper and snow brush ‘survival’ candle in Sand or kitty litter or traction mats a deep can (to warm hands, heat a l Flashlight, warning light or flares drink or use as an emergency light) l Booster cables, tow chain/rope l Small fire extinguisher and first aid kit l A compass (if you drive in remote areas) l Extra windshield washer fluid l Paper towels or cloth l Fuel line antifreeze l Extra clothing, gloves/mitts & footwear l Reflective vest l Blanket (survival blankets are best) l Charged cell phone l Emergency food pack with water l l
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