Getting your home ready for a new season

Save money with minimal effort this season with these handy tips, for your home. 

Taking care of these simple tasks now, could prevent costly repairs later for your home.

  1.  Replace batteries in Smoke and CO detectors – with daylight savings time ending next week, it’s a good reminder to change your batteries.  These devices are your safety backup in case the power goes out.
  2. Clean and store outdoor furniture.  Winter precipitation and sun can ruin your beautiful Muskoka chairs, patio set, and pillows.  If you don’t have storage space, cover everything with waterproof furniture covers.
  3. Close down the Barbeque.  Even if you indulge in the occasional “blizzard BBQ”, it’s a good time to clean the grill.  Secure and store propane tanks, and cover the barbeque or move it into your garage or shed.
  4. Drain and Shut off Outdoor faucets.  Disconnect hoses and drain standing water.  Frozen or burst pipes are not fun to deal with and flooding could cause electrical problems.
  5. Fix pavement cracks.  Water expands when it freezes so small cracks in your driveway and walkways can become bigger problems.
  6. Prune back trees and hedges.  Remove dead branches and anything that may touch your property or power lines in a windstorm.  If you have tall older trees, hire a tree service to take care of these and avoid accidents.
  7. Apply Weatherstripping – Save yourself hefty heating bills by sealing off drafts around exterior doorways and windows.

Remember, a few preventative measures can help you dodge damage and keep your house and family safe.

Getting your home ready this fall

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Home Buyer – Buying your first home

For most of us, the purchase of a home is the most important financial commitment we will make in our lifetime.  Casually mention that you’re thinking about buying your first home and get ready for a plethora of “expert” advice from friends & family.  You will hear an abundance of conflicting information and views on the subject.  One person will caution you to wait for prices to “adjust”, another person will tell you move quickly before it’s too late.  The most important thing for you to do is ensure that you are getting relevant and up to date information in order for you to make educated decisions during this exciting time.  Here are 5 tips to get you started as a first time home buyer. … More Home Buyer – Buying your first home

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