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Front Porches With More Than Just Curb Appeal By Julie Achtermeier There's a lot to be said about having great curb appeal but it's a bonus when you can make your front porch, and yard, more functional as well. Following some basic guidelines can make it a more palatable task and ensure the results are stunning.
The ﬁrst step is to assess your porch's potential, and limitations. While having a full seating area on your porch may sound tempting if yours is small and conﬁned, too much seating may not be possible. You want your porch to be inviting and look like an extension of your home and gardens.
Establish a Connection Between Make the Front Door a Focal Your Porch and Yard. While a speciﬁc Point. The trend these days is to showcase
theme is not necessary, a consistent look will create a beautiful ﬂow from your walkway to your front door. Before tackling the porch itself, trim overgrown shrubs and ensure the pathway is tidy and easy to navigate. An abrupt change from your yard to your porch can create harsh lines and look disorganized. An easy ﬁrst step for blending the porch into the gardens is to use potted plants which give a seamless ﬂow and adds a punch of colour to your front entrance. For homes with rocks, stone or bricks instead of gardens, use window boxes to add depth and pizzazz to your windows and place tall urns with cascading ﬂowers on either side of your front door. Longer walkways can be edged in hostas or low-lying shrubs to add texture while shorter ones should be kept clean and simple.
Be Unique. If you’re searching for a unique feature to add to your front entrance, consider adding an arbour to the walkway, a handpainted welcome sign, a macramé plant holder or wall art. Adding your own unique touches brings a personalized feel and creates a great topic of conversation.
vibrant doors painted a different colour than the garage or shutters. Don’t be conﬁned to the tried and true “safe” colour theme of a white garage door and white front door, or likewise in black or beige. If you have a white garage door and ﬂecks of red in the brick, try a red door. Choose a colour that corresponds with the brick colour while enhancing the existing doors and windows. If a coloured front door is a bit too much change, try adding new wall sconces or an overhead chandelier.
Include a Seating Area. No matter the size of your porch, designers agree that including an area of seating immediately draws a connection between the inside and outside of your home. For a small porch, place a rocking chair with a colourful cushion beside the door. A wide porch on an older house could showcase an old-fashioned looking bench, or a modern set of two chairs and a table can enhance a newer home. Seating is also a great way to encourage you to spend more time outside engaging with your neighbours, or people-watching over a cup of coffee.
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Elegant Landscape Designs Can Greatly Enhance Property Value By Lee Flynn Elegantly designed exterior landscapes can greatly enhance the appearance, curb appeal and market value of almost any home or property. Even large-scale landscaping projects can often be completed with relatively little cost and may add several thousands of dollars to the market price of a home or other property. Advanced options, such as hardscaping installations, xeriscaping or more ambitious layouts and designs are more than able to pay for themselves should homeowners ever decide to sell their home or investment property.
The Importance of Curb Appeal Even the most attractive homes may still lack curb appeal. Professional landscaping designs and exterior renovations often provide the single most effective way for homeowners to create and maintain the level of curb appeal needed to enhance the market value of a property. Landscaping maintenance and installation services can be a valuable resource for homeowners seeking to protect their investment. Landscaping is Among the Most CostEffective Home Renovation Projects Curb appeal projects can provide a signiﬁcant return on investment for home and property owners. In addition to costing far more, interior renovations and home upgrades may do little to improve the overall impression a property is able to make on prospective buyers. While interior renovation projects can be beneﬁcial for creating a more comfortable home or optimizing the market value of an investment property, interior upgrades often fail to provide the level of results that professional landscaping designs may be able to offer. Restoring and Maintaining Existing Hardscape Installations While often less costly than interior renovations, landscaping upgrades may still come with a hefty price tag. Restoring existing stone work, professional surface and grout cleaning and other maintenance services that may improve the appearance of existing hardscape materials can signiﬁcantly reduce overall costs. Professional maintenance services can provide property owners with a more affordable way to improve curb appeal
by restoring a faded or neglected landscape to its former glory. Professional maintenance services can even be of beneﬁt for those undertaking a radical redesign of their landscape. Incorporating existing installations into a new design or restoring and reusing landscaping materials can provide a level of savings that few property owners can afford to overlook. Working with the Right Professional From basic upgrades and maintenance solutions to more ambitious landscaping designs and complex renovations, the services and assistance of a qualiﬁed and experienced professional can be a key asset. Property owners often lack the tools, expertise and resources needed to tackle large-scale landscaping renovation projects on their own. Working alongside the right professional can provide superior results and ensure that homeowners are not forced to make due with a limited range of designs, options or solutions. Dealing with the wrong landscaper or overlooking the service providers that may have more to offer can be a very costly mistake. Creating the Best Exterior Landscapes Elegant landscaping design, hardscaping installation or restoration services that make the home more attractive can all make a huge difference. Property owners who overlook the importance of curb appeal may ﬁnd themselves hard pressed to enhance the overall value of their investment. Landscaping projects that may be completed for a fraction of the cost of a room addition or other interior renovation provide a proven and effective way to add thousands of dollars to the market.
keeping your home
By Julie Achtermeier
It’s not uncommon to scramble and stress when it’s time to put your house on the market. All those little jobs and ﬁxes that never got done are now an overwhelming list of “to dos.” Don’t let the tasks pile up.
By making simple updates now, you can better enjoy your home while it’s still very much your home, and it will be ready to show when it’s time to list. Here are some inexpensive ways to give your home a staged appearance every day:
Complete unfinished jobs We all have that list of nagging little ﬁxes that we haven’t gotten around to yet. These often include minor repairs like replacing light ﬁxtures, repairing baseboards or painting trim. To get started, grab a notepad and wander from room to room making a list of any unﬁnished jobs you can tackle quickly to bring your rooms up to snuff. Update your door handles and knobs
Replace door handles and knobs with styles and colours that are current. Shiny gold door knobs are no longer fashionable and are not unlikely to come back in anytime soon. Update an entire ﬂoor with a brushed nickel or pewter look which is very trendy and can go a long way to updating your space. Likewise, update faded or scratched cabinet knobs and handles in your kitchen for a fresh new look.
Declutter, declutter, declutter There’s a great deal of psychology that suggests a cluttered house leads to a cluttered mind, but it can be difﬁcult to know where to start. Before tackling bigger jobs, adopt the mantra “every item needs a home.” In other words, if magazines don’t have a rack to ﬁle into, they will remain cluttered on your coffee table. Craft items without a bin will remain scattered across your dining room table. Pick an area and determine where items should go. Then invest in bins, baskets or a cupboard and put away the items you use regularly. Throw out old papers and knick-knacks that serve no purpose, ﬁle bills and important papers and ﬁnd a home for anything you want to keep. Get in the habit of putting things “in their home” instead of leaving them on the counter or kitchen table.
Easy decorating It’s easier than ever to ﬁnd cost-effective accent pieces to update a tired room. For about $100, you can change throw pillows, add a new piece of wall art or ﬁnd a seasonal tablecloth. For a simple bathroom update, replace the builder’s mirror with a pretty framed one and add new designer towel racks. A simple change can spruce up your home, and your mood. Spruce up the outside With many of us having busy schedules and constantly running in and out, it’s not uncommon to overlook the state of the outside of our homes. Simple tasks like adding a new welcome mat, pruning shrubs and keeping a seasonal arrangement in an urn by the front door are quick ways to enhance your curb appeal.
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When and How to Paint the Exterior of Your Home By Julie Achtermeier
The most critical element to consider when tackling an outdoor paint job is the weather. Spring in Canada is the best time to start an exterior project, but there are other factors to consider before you begin.
Optimal Temperature Experts agree the safest temperature is 10 degrees Celsius and above, during the day as well as overnight so the paint can dry properly. If the temperature is too cool, the paint won’t cure and can lead to bubbling later on. Also, be sure there is no rain in the forecast. Damp conditions will prevent the paint from adhering and will lead to premature cracking and peeling. As important as it is to make sure it’s warm enough, it’s also critical not to paint when it’s too hot. Scorching conditions means the paint will dry too quickly and the brush cannot smooth out the brush strokes quickly enough, creating a bumpy or textured effect. As you work through the daylight hours, move around the house to ensure you are not painting in direct sunlight. It’s always best to work in the shade, as long as the temperature is warm enough.
Risks of Lead In Canada, homes built before 1960 may contain lead-based paint inside and out. If constructed between 1960 and 1990, the exterior may contain lead-based paint. Homes built after 1990 should not contain lead because all consumer paints produced in Canada and the U.S. were virtually lead-free by this time. To determine if your home does indeed contain lead paint, consult with a contractor who has proper x-ray equipment to detect lead on painted surfaces. You can also send a paint chip to a lab for analysis. If the tests come back positive for lead, you can hire a professional to remove the paint or research safe methods for removing it yourself.
Latex vs Oil Paint manufacturers have created products to make painting projects more manageable with less mess and fewer chemicals. In today’s climate, most exterior projects can be done with latex, or water-based, paint. Latex paints with an all-acrylic binding agent will hold up better to adverse weather than those with vinyl-acrylic binders. In some cases, oil-based paints or primers are still the best options. If you are painting metal or bleeding woods, such as cedar or redwood, an oil-based product will provide the best results.
Prepare the Area Once you’ve nailed down the perfect week for painting, be sure to take some time to prepare the area. Where old paint has peeled or cracked, use a good quality scraper to remove any loose paint. Using a sanding block or electric sander with a fine grit sandpaper, sand the existing paint and any scraped areas to create a smooth surface.
When to Prime Many exterior paints now contain a built-in primer. These are ideal if you are painting over an existing colour of paint. To cover raw wood, use a separate primer first, or use the paint/primer combination paint to prime the untreated areas first, and then apply a second coat to the entire region.
Consult the Experts Consult with a paint expert whether you’re hiring a professional or tackling the job yourself. Most paint manufacturers employ in-house experts to advise you on which product will yield the best results within various price ranges. This is helpful if you are doing your own painting and want to ensure you are using the right products. Even if you are hiring a professional, it’s still worth consulting with a paint expert to make sure the type of paint they are using is suitable for your project.
WORTH THE INVESTMENT?
Statistics Canada released figures in 2015 showing that crime rates have been continuing to decline over the past ten years. While there are many theories about why this trend is occurring, one is the widespread adoption of home security systems. But are they necessary? The question is not an easy one to answer. Deciding to purchase a home security system is an intensely personal one and goes far beyond a simple cost analysis. Putting a price on peace of mind is hard to measure, especially if you have children in the home. While there are many reliable systems on the market at various price points, take time to do the research and also examine your reasons for wanting one in the first place. Depending on where you live, perhaps your concerns could be addressed with some simple improvements to locks on your doors and windows and by adopting a few new habits to ensure your home is not inviting unwanted intruders.
Identify Your Goals
Consider what a security system means to you and why you think you need it. If your goal is deterring burglary, it’s easy to see that security systems make a difference, specifically in areas where crime rates are high. If you are also looking for better smoke alarms and carbon monoxide protection with alerts to a monitoring company, make sure you find a company that offers a solution that takes all of your needs into consideration.
Understand All the Costs
Most home security systems have an initial set up cost for the equipment, and then a monthly fee for use. Be sure you understand the full commitment and whether you’re signing up for month-by-month usage, or for an extended contract period.
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Protect Irreplaceable Values
No security system is 100% fool-proof, so if your neighbourhood has a low rate of home invasions, you may be satisfied to keep heirlooms or other sentimental items in a safety deposit box or fireproof safe. While home security systems will significantly reduce the likelihood of a robbery, the cost may not be worth the risks if you live in an area that experiences very few break-ins.
Check Your Insurance
Most major insurance companies in Canada offer significant discounts for homes that are electronically protected against theft, vandalism and fire. A reduction in your insurance costs can help offset the cost of a security system and make its purchase more affordable if you do decide it’s is the right decision for you. Before you choose a home security solution, ask your insurance company about their discounts.
Local Law Enforcement
It would be worth a quick phone call to your local police service to find out their response times when a security system alarm is activated, and whether there are any charges or fines for false alarms.
Improving Your Home Security Without an Alarm System
Putting your mind at ease could be as simple as taking the time to ensure your home is not a target for a potential thief. Local police departments can provide a checklist so you can perform a safety audit of your home. They also offer tips online to improve your door and window security, reduce risks of a home invasion while you’re away and how to give your home an appearance that deters thieves. For a full review of the best home security systems in Canada, by Province, visit: www.reviews.org/home-security/ best-security-systems-canada/
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BUYING A RENTAL PROPERTY IN THE Current Market By Julie Achtermeier
Purchasing an investment property in 2018 raises some questions about the stability of the current market. With tighter mortgage lending rules and rising interest rates, many buyers can’t afford to buy the home they could have afforded in 2017. For many buyers, the reality is looking at homes that cost 20% less than they could have purchased a year ago. Experts anticipate that the competition for cheaper properties could force the cost of condos and townhomes to climb. On the ﬂip side, many areas are experiencing record lows in the availability of affordable rentals so if you can afford to jump in; the beneﬁts may be well worth it. When thinking of real estate as an investment, it’s critical to consider long-term. While housing prices may ﬂuctuate short-term, over a more extended period, prices tend to increase. Despite the less than favourable outlook for 2018, for buyers who can invest in real estate, some key areas are worth noting: Prince Edward Island Buying a vacation rental on Prince Edward Island may be one of the best investments you can make. While home prices saw a jump by almost 20% from 2016 to 2017, they have since leveled off bringing the average home price to an affordable $200,000 range.
Greater Toronto Area, Ontario House prices in Toronto are well above the national average, and despite the recent introduction of foreign investor tax and the new stress test, prices are still holding strong. If you can afford to invest here, you’ll see your property value rise.
Saguenay and Trois-Rivières, Quebec Unlike Ontario “cottage country,” vacation homes in the Saguenay region of Quebec average just under $200,000, making them a sound investment for a second home or vacation rental.
Winnipeg, Manitoba If you’re looking for a home on the Prairies, Winnipeg is the area to be. Prices continued to increase by about 5% per year, whereas in Regina and Saskatchewan, the market is in a steady decline.
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Vancouver & Victoria, BC Real estate in the greater Vancouver area is still the most expensive in Canada, with prices only slowing down at the beginning of this year. Buying a rental property here is an excellent investment if you have about a million dollars to spare. In Victoria, the average home price is in the 600s which makes the investment in a B&B very affordable.
Niagara Region, Ontario Another great investment option in Ontario is the wine region of Niagara. Besides being a stunning vacation spot, housing prices are still currently very affordable in the 300s. They saw record growth from 2016-2017 with housing prices continuing to climb.
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