How to make sure your home is winter ready

 Monday, November 12, 2018     Marion Goard     House and Home

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The cooler nights and shorter days are a sign that it’s time to make sure your home is winter ready. We may not be able to predict what the winter will bring but we can definitely prep our home for whatever comes our way. 

Seal the windows

Sealing the windows is a very important task and for good reason. With the cold months quickly approaching you’ll want to keep the elements where they belong…outside! To prevent icy cold drafts from coming through the windows you’ll want to get a good quality silicon sealant. By sealing the windows you’ll save money on energy bills as your heater won’t have to work as hard to keep the house warm.

Service the furnace

After resting for the warm months it’s almost time to put the furnace back to work but before you do you’ll want to make sure to service it first. Tune-ups help to make sure everything is in good working order to ensure the most comfort for you and your family throughout the winter. By staying on top of furnace maintenance you will increase its life span, catch any potential problems and in the long run save time and money. 

Protect the pipes

Don’t forget to turn off all outdoor pipes and store away the hose. With below freezing temperatures, outdoor pipes can crack or even burst if left on during the winter. You’ll also want to make sure to store your hose properly too. All you have to do is drain it, coil it, and store it in a warmer area such as the garage or basement. If you forget to put away the hose, accumulated ice can create pressure in your pipes and cause some serious damage. To erase a major headache in the spring, be sure to include these simple tasks in your winter preparations.

Run fans in reverse

A great winter tip is to change the direction of your ceiling fan. By changing your ceiling fan to move in a clockwise motion (when you’re looking up at it) you will be creating an updraft. This helps the warm air that has risen to the ceiling to be pushed back down to those using the room. Don’t turn the fan up too high, a gentle and slow speed is all you need to do the trick. 

By following these simple tips, you’ll enjoy a warmer and stress-free winter.


November fun in Burlington

 Wednesday, November 7, 2018     Marion Goard     Community News and Events

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Burlington has a steady line up of family fun events this November.  Across the city, holiday lights and swag are bringing joy to residents and visitors!

The Well Event & Holiday Marketplace

Sunday, November 18 from 8:30 a.m.  - 4:30 p.m. 

For $5 this exclusive Holiday Marketplace takes over the Oakville Conference & Banquet Centre.  This holiday market has 40 hand picked artisans and exclusive vendors, geared specifically to women! From jewellery, fashion items, gourmet ingredients and every thing in between, you won’t want to miss this holiday shopping market!  Get together for your November girls day at The Well Holiday Marketplace!  Visit www.thewellevent.ca for more information.

The Burlington Performing Arts Centre

The Burlington PAC is loaded with world-renowned performances all throughout November.  Whether you love theatre, comedy, live music or children's performances, the centre may just have something for you. Plan your visit to this state-of-the-art facility located steps from the shore in downtown Burlington! Visit www.burlingtonpac.ca for event listings and ticket information.  

Downtown Burlington

It’s holiday season in Burlington and there’s no better place to shop, dine and stroll!  Walk to the peak of the Joseph Brant Pier along the shores of Lake Ontario followed by lunch at many fantastic downtown dining venues! Sip on a cup of exotic joe from several top tier coffee shops near the lakefront.  Hold hands along the beach boardwalk and browse the boutique shops for holiday exclusives.  

Royal Botanical Gardens RBG Fest of Ales 

December 6 and 7, 6 - 10 p.m. 

The holiday season will begin to flow December 6 at the RBG! The celebration of Ontario`s independent craft breweries continues with the 4th annual Fest-of-Ales inside the botanical garden venue. Spanning over two nights, patrons can try some of the best beer around Burlington! Entrance to the event includes your own mug, six five-ounce samples and access to the brewing experts. Enjoy DJ sounds and craft beer at this Fest of Ales.

Visit www.burlingtontour.ca for all sorts of festive family fun this November in Burlington!

If you want to learn more about Burlington and Hamilton and the wonderful properties available in these communities, contact me anytime! Email me at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808. I'd be happy to help you on your real estate journey!


Is your home a smart home?

 Wednesday, October 31, 2018     Marion Goard     House and Home

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Smart home technology is making big waves in the home industry. It seems as though there’s always a new home gadget to try or buy. 

If walls could talk

Many companies have released smart devices that answer questions, play music, and tell you the weather. These smart speakers are small enough to hide so they aren’t noticeable. They are so discreet that when they talk and converse it seems as though the walls are talking. Google, Amazon, and even Apple are all up on the trend. Ask for recipes, traffic updates, the weather, or even to play music on command. Just speak to your device and it will do anything for you…except maybe not the dishes.

Recharge and recharge 

Sit back, relax and recharge…your phone. Furniture is now being designed to include built-in charging pads. Just place your phone or tablet on the secret spot and, voila, it’s being charged! No more worrying about finding a plug that reaches your favourite spot on the couch. Just place the phone beside you and let the furniture work its magic. This smart technology can be found in tables, desks and even lamps.

Clean freak

One of the most dreaded home chores is vacuuming. It’s loud, clunky and time consuming but did you know you can enjoy clean, hassle free floors with an automatic vacuum cleaner? These robots can navigate around spaces that often get missed. You can even schedule them to automatically start and finish the vacuuming before you get home from work! 

Who let the dogs out?

There are many smart home technologies geared to your furry friends. Automatic treat and food dispensers can include microphones, speakers and videos that you can control from your smartphone and allow you to chat and reward your pet from anywhere.  Attach a tracker to your pet’s collar and watch their whereabouts from an interactive map on your smartphone. This is great for those pets that like to wander. Hate cleaning the litter box? With a self-cleaning litter box you no longer have to worry about this stinky chore. This box automatically rakes through the litter and stores droppings into a closed container that’s easy to remove and empty.

There is new smart home technology for all of our wildest dreams. It is easier now than ever to live smarter not harder.


Top tips for hiring a home inspector

 Monday, October 22, 2018     Marion Goard     House and Home Buying and Selling

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Just because the home you have your eye on looks perfect at a glance, doesn’t mean that there aren’t any issues that need closer inspection. By hiring a home inspector you’ll get peace of mind and a full report on the home rather than being unpleasantly surprised by any costly issues that could occur after closing.

Get Referrals

Ask friends, neighbours and family whom they’ve hired for home inspections – and don’t forget to get recommendations from your own real estate agent. Your agent has likely worked with the same inspector(s) several times and can give them a good review.

Interview the Inspector

You should interview two or three inspectors before deciding on one. Spend some time chatting with the inspector to get to know them, and get a feel for whether or not you’ll want to work with them.

Are they Insured?

While surprisingly not mandatory to have, look for an inspector that has errors and omissions (E&O) insurance. An inspector that carries this insurance is likely to have more on-the-job experience.

Hang out in the Home

An inspector shouldn’t have any issues with the future homeowners – and their agent, too – wanting to be present for the inspection. Tell the inspector that you insist on accompanying them from room to room and have them point out features – and potential issues – as the inspection occurs. Also feel free to ask questions at the same time. After all, it will be your property and the inspector is supposed to work for you!

Remember, a complete home inspection should:

  • Give you the peace of mind with your purchase
  • Reveal repairs and improvements needed before you buy
  • Provide invaluable details about every aspect of your purchased home
  • Reduce the risk of unpleasant “surprises” after closing.

It’s the home inspector’s job to check the safety of the home and focus on the structure, construction, and its mechanical system. They should point out any issues or repairs that should be done so you’re not left emotionally and possibly financially frustrated after buying your dream home.

Contact me anytime to find out how I can help you on your real estate journey! Email me at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808.


Preparing your house for new homeowners

 Monday, October 15, 2018     Marion Goard     Buying and Selling

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With the commotion of a move, it’s easy to forget that someone will shortly be moving in to what was once your space. You’ll want to make sure a few things are done in time for the new homeowners.

Squeaky clean

While preparing to move out of your house, keep cleaning supplies handy. You will notice how quickly dust can accumulate when packing. Give the house a good sweep, wipe down surfaces, and clean the windows before you move out to ensure a bright and sparkly space for the new homeowners. 

Curb Appeal

Before packing up the lawn mower, give the yard one last quick cut. A fresh cut lawn is a lovely welcome home for the new owners. If the new owners aren’t moving in right away, trimmed grass will give neighbours a pleasant sight to see! 

Throw away garbage 

Between bags, boxes and bubble wrap, there’s sure to be a lot of garbage laying around after you’ve packed everything up. Grab a garbage bag and toss it away. Double check basements, sheds and garages for unwanted and forgotten items that the new owners wont want to deal with.

Forward the mail

Cancel all of the utilities on your current home and switch them over to your new home. Don’t forget to arrange to have any mail forwarded to your new address. Over the next couple of months make sure to change addresses on any mail subscriptions that you have. If you’re comfortable with it, consider leaving a forwarding address with the new owners in case any deliveries are made when you no longer live there.

A good rule of thumb when moving is to leave the home the way that you’d want it to be if you were moving in. It’s always nice to go above and beyond to make the new homeowners feel right at home.

Contact me anytime to find out how I can help you on your real estate journey! Email me at mariongoard@kw.com or call 905-335-8808.