By: Arie Buzilo

How Long Will Your Home Appliances Last?

Tags: Life of Appliances, How Long

If you’re paying a lot of money for a new washing machine, wouldn’t it be nice to know how long you should expect it to last? There is, of course, no exact formula for figuring that out. Every brand and unit is different. There are however, some broad estimates. According to an article in Consumer Reports, a washer and dryer will hum along just fine for about 10 years, with a lik...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

Important Things to “Fix Up” before Selling

Tags: To Do List Before Selling, Things to Fix Up

When you’re preparing your home for sale, it’s not unusual to need to fix up a few things around the property. After all, you want your home to look its best to buyers, so that you get good offers, quickly. What do you need to fix? Here are three categories that will help you create and prioritize your list. 1. Anything that squeaks or creaks. Is there something in your home ...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

How to Cut Your Electricity Bill in Half

Tags: Reduce Electricity Bill

You don’t have to freeze in the winter or start reading by candlelight to reduce your electricity bill. There are many simple ways to use less power with little, if any, impact on your lifestyle. A good place to start is with your electronics. According to the David Suzuki Foundation, “Any gizmo that has a clock, digital timer, remote control or standby mode is sucking energy w...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

Making an Offer in a Competitive Market

Tags: Competitive Market, Making Offers

Imagine finding a home you love, making an offer, and then finding out there are other competing offers on the table. Ouch. If you’re looking for a property in a competitive market, it is likely that there will be multiple offers. Even just one can create the risk that you’ll lose the home. So how do you make sure your offer is enticing enough to win over the seller? Here are som...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

Your Exit Plan in Case of a Fire

Tags: Fire Exit Plan, Home

In almost every movie featuring a house on fire, the actors seem to be able to move around the house and see just fine, while beating back flames with a shirt or coat. Of course, that’s not what happens in real fires. When there’s fire in a home, there is typically complete darkness (because the power goes out) and a cloud of spreading thick, black smoke makes it difficult to see...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

Will an Open House Help Sell your Home?

Tags: Open House, Help Sell Home

You’ve probably seen signs around the area for Open Houses. You may have even attended a few. These are open invitations for potential buyers to drop by on a certain day and time, to check out the property and get more information. When you’re listing your home for sale, you might wonder whether you’ll need to have an Open House. To answer that question, you’ll need...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

How to Watch Out for Poisons in Your Home

Tags: Poisons in Home, What to Look For

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of exposures to poisons occur inside the home. Almost all are preventable, if you follow some simple guidelines. Look for the poison label on products you buy. Visually, it’s a skull and cross bones, often (but not always) with the word POISON above it. Don’t make assumptions. Sometimes a seemingly i...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

What Does a Property Surveyor Do?

Tags: Property Surveyor, Their Role

Property Surveyors, sometimes referred to as land Surveyors, play a vital role in the real estate world. They are the professionals who determine or confirm the exact boundaries of a property. Will you need to deal with a Property Surveyor when selling your home? You might. Sometimes the mortgage lender will ask for a land survey, especially if your property is older and hasn’t chang...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

Knock, Knock. How to Avoid Door-to-Door Scams

Tags: Avoid Scams; Door-to-Door

It’s early in the evening and there’s a knock on the door. You answer and are greeted by an official-looking man who claims he needs to see your utility bill to confirm you’re getting your energy rebate. Do you let him in? While he may be legitimate, he may also be using deception to sell you something you don’t want. Here are some suggestions for finding out: ...Read More

By: Arie Buzilo

Are You Ready to Buy Up?

Tags: Upgrade Home, Buy Up

No matter how much you love your current property, you may be dreaming of the day you can buy up into a better home in a better neighbourhood. Is that day today, or, is it a few years down the road? Here’s a quick way to make that assessment. First, make a list of all the practical reasons why it might be time to move up. Those reasons might include features such as: more bedrooms, p...Read More