Open House in Goldstream, Langford

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 2921 Trestle Pl on 27 Aug 2022, 11:00 AM

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Home Energy Saving Tips that Won’t Leave You Shivering or Sweating

If you want to reduce your home energy costs, the easiest way is to turn the thermostat up or down. In fact, you probably won’t notice a difference of 2 degrees either way — and the savings can be substantial.
 
However, if you want to lower your bill even further each month, here are some additional tips that are relatively easy to implement:
 
* Plug or fix the drafts. Even in newer homes, air filtration can occur at windows and doors. So, check around your home for drafts. Windy or cold days are the best days to check. Then, get any drafts you find repaired or, at least, temporarily plugged.
 
* Check the attic. Heat rises and can escape through the attic. So, once a year, check the attic insulation for thin or bare spots. The insulation should be even across the space.
 
* Get smart with your thermostat. Most thermostats these days are programmable. Program yours to reduce the heat at night and when you’re away in the winter. In the summer, be easy on the A/C during the day and save the cooling for nighttime.
 
* Unused rooms? Close the vents to reduce heat or A/C. You might be surprised by how much that will lower your energy bill. (Think about rooms, such as a rec room, that you only use on weekends.)
 
*Harness the sun. It’s free energy! Whenever possible, keep curtains open during cooler seasons to take advantage of this heat source, even on cloudy days. Do the opposite during hot summer days.
 
Try some of these ideas over the next couple of months. Then, look at the impact they’ve had on your energy costs.

Open House in Jubilee, Victoria

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 2715 Shelbourne St on 14 Aug 2022, 02:00 PM

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Open House in Tillicum, Victoria

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 588 Whiteside St on 7 Aug 2022, 02:00 PM

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Open House in Sidney, Sidney

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 2070 Amelia Ave on 6 Aug 2022, 11:00 AM

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Open House in Tillicum, Victoria

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 588 Whiteside St on 4 Aug 2022, 05:00 PM

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Open House in Sidney, Sidney

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 2070 Amelia Ave on 28 Jul 2022, 05:00 AM

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Extending the Life of Cut Flowers

There are few things more beautiful than cut flowers in a vase. They instantly brighten any room. That is, of course, until they wilt and die. So how do you make cut flowers last as long as possible? Here are some ideas:

* Cut the bottom of the stems before you put the flowers in the vase. An angled cut is best as this will enable the flower to draw in more water.

* Add a fertilizer to the water. Most flower shops include a pouch with the order. Follow the directions carefully. Don’t use too much.

* Make sure the vase is high enough to support the flowers. Too much strain on the stems will cause the flowers to die sooner.

* After a couple of days, re-snip the stems. This will add an additional day or two to the life of the flowers.

* Flowers last longer if you put them in the fridge (in water) overnight. That’s why florists store cut flowers in cool rooms.

Finally, watch the water level and top up as required. Older cut flowers will die quickly when starved of water — even for just a couple of hours.

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Getting your Home Hunting Ducks in a Row

Say you’re shopping for a new home. Your goal is to find the ideal property, in a neighbourhood that is just right for you, within a price range that you can afford

What do you need — at minimum — to get started?

If you’re looking for ways to get your ducks in a row, here are some things to prepare:

  • A property wish list. What does your ideal home look like? How many bedrooms does it need to have? Do you require a spacious recreational room? A large deck? A pool? A nice view? Get your wish list down on paper.
  • A neighbourhood wish list. Where you live is just as important as what you live in. What qualities are you looking for in a neighbourhood? A nearby park? Walking distance to a good school? Hiking trails? A shorter drive to work? Write it down.
  • A pre-approved mortgage. Getting the financing handled up front takes the guesswork out of what you can afford. Home sellers will also take any offers you make more seriously.
  • Realistic expectations. 99.9% of homes sell at or near the current market value. So, don’t expect to find a bargain that no one else has noticed.

Looking for more advice on finding your next dream home? Call today 250-744-0775

 

Open House in Thetis Heights, Langford

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We invite everyone to visit our open house at 462 Phelps Ave on 24 Apr 2022, 01:00 PM

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