By: Brandon Grant

Snowy and Windy February

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A few reminders: 1. Please make sure that if you are going away for a few days, leave someone in charge of ploughing your driveway and checking your home. 2. It might be a good idea to take a look at your roof incase shingles have not blown off during one of our nasty wind storms. 3. It will not be long before we have some warm days that will melt the snow quickly. Put extensions at the end of you...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

Heading South for a Holiday?

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The wind, surf and sea are calling many of us to go on a tropical vacation this time of year. We leave our home behind and sometimes our pets as well. It is a great idea to have someone in charge of your home and your pets while you are gone away. Here is a checklist of some of the things that can help:  1. Have your special someone pick up your mail and check on your pets daily. 2. Have some...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

Seasonal Wreaths

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One of my favourite things to see as we head into the fall and the season of merriment, is arriving at someone’s door and seeing a wreath. For as long as I can remember my mother-in-law Lorraine has displayed wreaths on her door to celebrate the holidays. I see this as an act of warmth, love and welcome and that is exactly what is exuding from inside. Can a wreath do all of that? It does for...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

Fall Maintenance Check List

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Six essential maintenance chores that will help to keep your home safe and protect your investment. 1. Change the filter in your furnace, and replace it each month during heating season. 2. Vacuum all fans in your home:  this includes Dryer Vent (outside), Range Hood Fan, Ceiling Fan in Bathrooms. 3. Change all smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries.  4. Ensure that your downspout...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

Our Landscape Is Changing

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Have you noticed that there are an increasing number of solar panels in our fields? Perhaps, our farmers can’t make a living nowadays with livestock or cash cropping so they need to lease their fields out for the harvesting of energy? I am concerned, mainly because I wonder what will happen when the leases runs out. Who will remove these solar panels? What is the longevity? A homeowner ask...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

Fall Maintenance Check List

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Six essential maintenance chores that will help keep your home safe and protect your investment. 1. Change the filter in your furnace, and replace it each month during heating season. 2. Vacuum all fans in your home: this includes Dryer Vent (outside), Range Hood Fan, Ceiling Fan in Bathrooms. 3. Change all smoke and carbon monoxide detector batteries. 4. Ensure that your downspouts are directing...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

Estate Taxes on Contents

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The Ontario Government announced in their 2015 budget that the total value of a person’s belongings of the deceased will be taxed. The estate is required to hire an appraiser to come into the home and give an estimated dollar amount of the contents. The estate will then have to pay tax on that amount. Follow the link to find out more about estate taxes. ...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

Oil Tanks

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Oil tank spills have been on the rise this past decade and insurance companies have spent billions of dollars on clean ups. You will notice that your home insurance will include a rider if you have an oil furnace and tank. You may also want to read your insurance policy to be informed on what it will cover. The home owner must take precautions when they own an oil tank. Here is a brochure from the...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

How Important are Notices?

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From time to time you may receive a notice from your City or Township that will inform you of changes and what you can expect. Information disclosed in these notices could range from your neighbour severing a piece of property, to a developer filing for a ‘Plan of Subdivision”.  As a home owner you may also receive a notice that trees tagged with red ribbon at the front of your pr...Read More

By: Brandon Grant

Do Kitchens Sell Homes?

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The kitchen the most prominent feature that Buyers look upon once they arrive at a new home. Most often they have out grown their current kitchen and are looking for a larger, better quality kitchen in their new home. If the kitchen doesn’t satisfy the appetite of the Buyer, nothing else seems to make up for that with the rest of the home. There are numerous specialty kitchen stores that ca...Read More