Avoiding Moisture Problems in the Home

There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mould.
To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips:
Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up. Contractor and TV personality Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going for at least half an hour after a shower.
Check regularly for water infiltration around window and door sills, as well as other intakes into the home, such as dryer vents and cable wiring.
Determine the humidity level in your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it should be 30-60%. (Keep in mind that humidity may vary greatly from room to room.)
Regularly inspect caulking around sinks, tubs and showers. Even a tiny break can cause water to leak gradually into the wall or floor, causing damage you may not notice for months.
Clean up wet spills as soon as possible. Be particularly careful with hardwood floors, as water can seep through and become trapped.
Repair leaking faucets and pipes immediately. Even a small drip can add significant moisture inside a vanity or kitchen cupboard.
In Rainy Victoria being mindful of moisture can help you avoid potentially high repair bills later on.

Create More Space in your Kitchen

Need more storage space in your kitchen for your growing collection of cookware, tableware, and supplies? You don’t have to do a renovation or even add a new table or cupboard. Here are a few simple ideas:
Pantry dividers. These enable you to store baking sheets, cutting boards and platters in an upright position, effectively doubling the storage capacity of that area.
Removable wine rack. This is simply an X made with wood and then slid into a cabinet space. You can make one yourself or find one that’s the right size at a kitchenware or home improvement store near you.
Hanging baskets. These are ideal for storing cooking utensils, fruit, vegetables, pasta and other items.
Hanging rod. This is similar to a towel rack, except you use S-shaped hooks – which you can find at any home improvement store – to hang pots, pans and other items. Restaurant kitchens often use these.
High shelving. A shelf installed high up the wall – near the ceiling – that wraps around the kitchen and dining area, can easily double your storage space.
There are many other products on the market that can help you make the most of your kitchen space. Look for options at your local home improvement or kitchenware stores.

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A Look at January 2021 Real Estate Statistics!

 

Today on He Said, She Said, They Said, Andrew and I take an in depth look at the Real Estate statistics for January 2021. We also have Mortgage Broker Jen Lowe on our show today talking about the mortgages and the real estate market. 

Balancing the Emotional and Practical Sides of Buying a Home

Imagine this scenario…
You’re shopping for a new home. You drive to visit a recent listing. As you walk through the front door, you’re impressed. Every room looks fantastic. You see yourself relaxing on the spacious patio, cooking in the modern kitchen, and enjoying evenings with the family in the cozy living room.
Your emotions are on overdrive. This is your dream home!
Should you make an offer? Probably. In fact, you should make that decision quickly in case there are other interested buyers.
However, your decision shouldn’t be guided purely by emotion. You want to make sure you take practical matters into consideration too.
For example, you’ll want to consider:
* Is the property within your price range?
* Does it have everything you need?
* Do you like the neighbourhood?
* How old is the property? Are there items, such as the furnace, that may need to be replaced soon?
* Will it need any major repairs or upgrades?
* What are the average monthly costs of carrying the home? (Property taxes, utilities, etc.)
Once you’ve considered the purchase of the home from a practical standpoint, you’ll have a lot more confidence in your decision when you make an offer. These are things we can guide you through.
If you are thinking about buying a home call or email me 250-744-0775 or briarhillgroup@gmail.com
Even if you are a year or two away from purchasing we can help you prepare by putting you in touch with the right people as well as giving you information about the real estate market. It is never too soon to prepare yourself with information and expectations.

How Much Can You Spend on Your Next Home?

Even if you’re not thinking about selling your home, you might be wondering how much of a new home you could afford. You might see a house for sale in a nice area, and think, “Could I get into a house like that?”

Why not find out?

It only takes a few calculations to determine how much of a new home you qualify to buy. The calculation involves estimating how much you can get for your house on today’s market; determining what type of home you want and establishing what a house like that would currently sell for; and then taking into consideration your income, savings and other financial resources.

Once you put it all together, you’ll have a price range within which you can confidently shop for a new home.

This exercise might surprise you. You might find out you can afford to get into a home and neighbourhood you’ve always dreamed about. It’s worth finding out!

I recommend meeting with a mortgage broker to crunch some numbers for you as well as getting a current market evaluation. I would be happy to work with you. Call or email me for more information 250-744-0775 or briarhillgroup@gmail.com

New Listing at 1235 Montrose Ave, Victoria BC!

This immaculate & very cute 1920’s Arts & Crafts home has views from the hillside and is renovated top to bottom while maintaining its charming character. The main floor has a beautifully updated kitchen with city views, new appliances and quartz counter tops. It opens up to the formal dining room with picture window and walkout to large view deck. The living room has wood fireplace. On the main is also a large bedroom and a 4-piece bath. Upstairs is the primary bedroom with ensuite bath & walk in shower, and third bedroom. Downstairs is a sunny 2 bedroom suite, with French doors leading to the yard. Behind the house is a 400 square-foot garage with shop including a large storage loft and a 220 V plug, set up for someone wanting an active workshop or needs an electric car plug-in. Additional parking is behind the garage and there’s also a carport over the driveway, suitable for a third car. Whoever purchases this beautiful home will be acquiring a gem.

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Be Prepared for Power Failures

 

We are all vulnerable to unexpected power disruptions, but with a few advance preparations, potential inconveniences and dangers can be avoided or at least minimized. 

 

 

As a starting point, every home should have emergency supplies that include basics such as candles and matches, flashlight(s) and fresh batteries, a first-aid kit, and at least one large jug of fresh water.

If possible, it is advisable to have an even more extensive emergency kit. Consider keeping a stock of dried foods and/or canned goods, all-weather emergency blankets, waterproof clothing and footwear, as well as cash for consumables such as fuel and food supplies.

Anyone requiring medications should always renew them before running too low to ensure sufficient supply. Likewise, all battery-powered devices should be kept charged – including computers, cell phones and mobility vehicles.

For some, the inconveniences of a power-outage outweigh the cost of installing a gas-powered generator. Whether you’re ready to incur that expense or simply plan to stock up on supplies, it’s always wise to take steps that will see you and your loved ones through a power failure.

4 Good Reasons to Consider Selling your Home

Why do people decide to move?

Unless it’s a requirement, such as a job relocation, the research tells us that you, like many homeowners, may decide to sell at some point for one or more of the following reasons:

  • Your home is no longer a good fit. You may have outgrown your current home and need something bigger, maybe with an additional bedroom. Or, the opposite may be true. You may want to downsize into something smaller – and cash in some of the home equity you’ve built up.
  • You’ve got your eye on a different neighbourhood. Have you ever driven through an area and thought, “I’d love to live here”? You may think that it’s out-of-reach for you at this time. Is it? You never know until you work the numbers. You might, in fact, qualify for a home in that neighbourhood today!
  • You want to be closer to something. Many homeowners would love to live closer to work, family, favourite hobbies, the country, etc. Moving to a home that’s near to one of those “somethings” can have a positive impact on your lifestyle.
  • It’s time for a change. Sometimes a homeowner just wants a change: new surroundings, a fresh start. Who says you need a “practical” reason to sell? If you’re looking to get into a new home just because you feel like it, that’s your choice. In fact, that may be the best reason of all to sell. You may simply want to move.

Do any of these reasons resonate for you? If so, now is the time to start preparing. Even if you don’t anticipate moving for several months, this is the best time to get the process started. Call or email me fore more information 250-744-0775 or briarhillgroup@gmail.com

What’s Happening in the Current Real Estate Market?

 

CLICK HERE to watch my video going over the current Real Estate market in Victoria BC!

Window Treatment Ideas that Help Sell Your Home

If you’re selling your home, your window treatments – curtains, blinds, etc. – will often be included with the property. They are an important selling feature. So, when a prospective buyer views your home, looks at the front window with its gorgeous draperies, and says, “Wow!”, that’s a good thing.

If you’re thinking of upgrading your window treatments in preparation for selling, here are a few ideas:

  • Buyers love to see vertical blinds on sliding patio doors. Installing these is a DIY-friendly project.
  • You may have a window that, for whatever reason, doesn’t need a curtain or blind. That’s fine. But, if you want to dress it up, consider a nice-looking valance.
  • If you have a window that looks dark, heavy or otherwise “over curtained”, strip it down.
  • Removing an inner curtain, for example, can dramatically lighten up the window as well as the entire room.
  • Replace any worn or stained curtains. There are many affordable, mid-quality curtains available that look terrific. Alternatively try sending stained curtains to the cleaners.

Window coverings may seem minor when preparing your home for sale, but they make a difference in how your home looks overall.