Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

Spring is well here, even tough with all that rain, Burlington residents got this week, has made it feel more like it’s fall or something. Basically, we got a month’s worth of rain in a week!

Nevertheless, the spring is here, so put away winter shovels, ice salt bags, heavy boots and winter jackets! To help homeowners with their spring home maintenance chores, we’ve put together a small list of main things to check as you go along. A little prevention goes a long way.

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Outside

  1. Check your siding for weathering and clean it up with pressure water. If you see any paint chips get those fixed. While you’re at it, check the outside caulking for any deterioration.
  2. Examine your windows, doors and wood trim around those, fix is necessary.
  3. Tune up your AC by calling a qualified professional HVAC contractor. Small maintenance now will ensure that your AC operates optimally. Chang the air filter as well while you’re at it.
  4. Check your gutters for any leaks or blockage.
  5. Use compacted soil to fill the areas around your home foundation. You don’t want any favourable ground for insect breeding.
  6. Examine your roof shingles for any damage that might have occurred during the winter
  7. If you have a chimney now is the time to inspect that too. Perhaps consider getting it cleaned by a pro.
  8. Check your foundation, concrete slabs for any cracks, movement or chips. Fill it the cracks if you have to, as long as it’s not a structural issue.
  9. Inspect your outside faucets for any plumbing issues and your garden hoses.
  10. Check all your lawn equipment to ensure it’s ready for yard work.
  11. Clean and fire up your BBQ, get it ready for another season.
  12. Check your deck and patio for any damage or issues. You may have to get your deck treated. Bring out your patio furniture.
  13. Time to do some Lawn care, and gardening preparation, trim overgrowth. If you have a sprinkler system, time to check that too.

Inside

  1. General cleaning – move furniture around, appliances, get all that dust and dirt out. Here is some more info on home spring cleaning and organizing tips.
  2. Clean out your air circulation vents, you’d be surprised how much dust accumulates.
  3. Basement check for dampness, leaks, insects, mold.
  4. Check your attic for any signs of insects or mold.
  5. Check taps for any water leaks.

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Ontario Introduces Fair Housing Plan

A week ago the government of Ontario announced a new “comprehensive package of measures” to cool off the hot real estate market in the GTA, work on increasing housing supply and help protect renters against unfair rent increases.

Greater Golden Horseshoe

Greater Golden Horseshoe

Here is a brief summary of what the Ontario’s Fair Housing Plan includes:

  1. Introduce a 15% Non-Resident Speculation Tax (NRST) on the price of homes in the Greater Golden Horseshoe, if purchased by individuals who are not citizens or permanent residents of Canada or by foreign corporations.
  2. Expand rent control to all private rental unit, even if build after 1991. Meaning the annual rent increase is a caped at 2.5%.
  3. Establish timelines for elevator repair, as more and more residential high-rise buildings are being constructed, making elevators more reliable is a must.
  4. Crack down on unfair and unethical real estate practices like “paper flipping” or “double ending”, ensuring that Ontario is leader in real estate standards.
  5. Ensuring property tax for new multi-residential apartment buildings is charged at a similar rate as other residential properties.
  6. Allow municipalities to introduce a Vacant Homes Property Tax to encourage property owners to either sell or rent.

Looking to sell your home? Or buy a first time home, or move up, or downsize? Let Lori VanDinther, RE/MAX Sales Representative guide you through the process and help you make the right moves. With over 23+ years of successfully selling real estate in Burlington/Hamilton area, Lori has the experience and market knowledge. Contact Lori today.

Record March Sales; Low Inventory Continues in 2017

The REALTORS® Association of Hamilton-Burlington (RAHB) reported 1803 sales were processed through the RAHB Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) System in March. The month’s all-property sales set a new high for the month of March, surpassing the record set just last year by 22.2 per cent.

“This is the sixth month in a row – beginning October of last year – that we’ve seen a new monthly record for sales,” said RAHB CEO George O’Neill. “While there was a good increase in new listings, it doesn’t quite balance the number of sales, so the end-of-month listing inventory is 35 per cent lower than last year at this time – that’s less than a month of inventory.”

“Year to date, residential sales are up by 18.4 per cent and the average sale price by 22.9 percent over the same period last year and listing inventory is 35 per cent less than a year ago,” noted O’Neill. “In this market, where homes are selling quickly and buyers are competing for so few listings, a buyer’s and seller’s best ally is a REALTOR® – a real estate professional who can offer the best advice for navigating the market.”

Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of March, 2017

Seasonally adjusted data for residential properties for the month of March, 2017

Source: http://www.rahb.ca/2017/04/record-march-sales-low-inventory-continues-2017/

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