Burlington Real Estate Agents

Moving In The Winter

Tips for Moving In The Winter

Moving in the winter can be a challenge, you have to deal with unpredictable weather and cold temperatures. It’s helpful to make sure you’re prepared for whatever might happen. Moving in the winter is sometimes necessary and can’t be avoided. But that’s fine and I’m here to help with some tips to help the day go a little more smoothly.

Confirm All Details

It’s always best to make sure all details are confirmed with your moving company ahead of time. Because you might run into unexpected weather changes or there might be a lot of snow where you are. You might need extra time with your moving company. But the one nice thing about moving during the off season is that you’ll have lots of dates to choose from. However, it’s a good idea to keep your eye on the weather.

Keep Checking the Weather

In Canada we know that the winter can sometimes be difficult and unpredictable. That doesn’t have to stop you from moving. Watch for the weather and if it changes, call your movers and make sure they are aware. Check the weather conditions everyday the week leading up to your move. Things will be ok, we’re Canadians and we’re tough when it comes to the winter weather.

Protect Your Floors

Of course winter means wet boots and shoes and you don’t want to have people damaging your floors. A great way to protect them is to have floor mats at every entrance and to purchase some cheap plastic tarps and cover any floors you want to protect. It can get wet and you don’t want to have a mess, it might also be a good idea to have some towels on hand as well.

Packing Fragile Items and Electronics

When it’s cold outside it can be possibly damaging to fragile items and to electronics. When you leave electronics in a cold truck over night or in a car it will freeze. Once that item is brought back inside it will thaw and can cause water damage. To avoid that I recommend that you keep your electronics close and somewhere warm.

Same goes for an fragile items, since the cold makes them more fragile, they’re more likely to break. Keep that in mind when you’re packing and be aware of what you’re putting in the moving truck. That also goes for any extra warm clothing, you don’t want that to end of packed in a moving truck. Stay warm and dress for the weather.

Tip The Movers Well

We know how hard the movers work and how much harder they often have to work during the winter months. Dealing with mire difficult driving conditions and possible snow and ice to navigate through. Therefore it might be good to be a little extra generous when tipping. Show the movers how grateful you are for their hard work.

Let’s Find Your Dream Home

Give me a call today and we can start the process of finding you the home you’ve been dreaming of. You can also check out all of my new listings and maybe you’ll see something you love. I’m Looking forward to meeting you and get the process started.

Interior Decorating Trends 2019

Decorating Trends 

We all love to try and stay on trend when it comes to our homes. And so therefore it’s fun to read about what’s going to be popular and what is currently on trend. There’s so much going on for 2019 Decorating trends, so I decided to just choose 6 that I’m loving. I’m sure you’ll love them as well! Colours and textures are important for interior designs for 2019. Here’s what caught my eye and what I loved.

Blush Tones

Blush is the new natural and looks amazing with greys and naturals. There’s a lot you can do with blush whether it’s as an accent colour or the main event.

Cozy Beds

There really isn’t anything as wonderful as crawling into a cozy bed. And the cozy bed is a trend for 2019. With upholstery head and foot boards to ad extra coziness to your room.

Curvy Designs

That 1970s look is coming back in little pieces or in big ways depending on what your room needs. Rounded chairs are a chic way to bring this curvy style to your home. There are many pieces out there that have that 1970s feel.

Homemade Custom Pieces

What’s more unique than something made just for you? It’s nice to know that you have something in your home that no one else will have and that’s why this trend is going to be seen a lot in 2019. Lots of modern crafted pieces that tell a story about your home and your taste.

Antiques

Bringing back some history into your home is a beautiful way to decorate. Have a room with a modern design and then an antique is something special, if that’s your style. Check out your local antiques shops or online shops. It can be a fun Sunday afternoon activity, to explore different shops and see what unique pieces you can find.

Brass taps

They can seem like a piece of jewelry for your kitchen or bathrooms. They add a timelessness to a bathroom that has marble countertops, as well as giving the room an edgy industrial feel.

What Will you Try This Year?

There are so many more trends to discover for 2019, we only talked about 6 on a much larger list. And depending on what designer you speak with, they might have an entirely different list of trends. It can feel so good to change a room and make it more personal, what will you do to your home this year?

Give Me a Call

If you’re thinking about selling your home, give me a call and I would be happy to answer any questions you might have. There are lots listings for you to see and if you see something you like, contact me. I hope to help find you the home you’ve been searching for. 

To Sell or Not to Sell – during the Christmas holidays

Photo of Christmas Decorations
During the holidays keep the decorations to a minimum. Don't block or cover up important selling features such as fireplace mantels, stairs, stained-glass windows.

With the Christmas holidays quickly approaching people ask me every year: Is it a good idea to list and sell my home in the month of December?

Typically, I would suggest to my clients to wait until the new year if they can, because a lot of potential buyers have their minds on other things like: shopping, baking, numerous Christmas parties, etc.
Having said that, each year can vary.. This year, and I mean like right now, I would actually say it is still a good idea to list and sell your Burlington home because there is a shortage of nice Townhomes, Condos and Detached Homes on the market. Low supply and high demand still exists in Halton Region in December 2012.

Buyers are still seriously looking and ready to buy. So, as a seller you have very little competition – which often means quick sale and top dollar! Timing is always crucial in any market, so if you’re thinking of listing your home do it now and you’ll have 2 solid weeks before things really slow down.

One other thing – people out looking at this time of year and through the holidays, tend to be more serious buyers. If you do decide to go on the market, here are some quick tips on Decorating you Home for “Selling”.

  • Remember you never get a second chance to make a first impression
  • Keep your front entrance clear of snow, a nice welcome mat and an urn(s) with a fresh evergreen arrangement by the front door
  • Tone down the size of tree, if you have a really BIG Christmas tree – consider going smaller (slimmer) for this year
  • Only have a few nicely wrapped gifts, under the tree and put the rest under a bed or in a closet
  • Use more splashes of red than green because red is an emotionally appealing color
  • Use greenery instead such as fresh evergreen or rosemary garlands
  • Display centerpieces made from pine cones or other wintry pieces of nature
  • Set a plate of cookies on the counter, next to festive paper napkins for guests
  • Simmer spicy apple cider in a pot on the stove then turn it off and leave it sitting for the fragrance to linger

If you do decide to wait until the next year, try to get your home listed as soon as possible after the holidays. The longer you wait, the more competition you may have. Trusting this has been helpful info and feel free to contact me if you have any other questions and remember – I would be delighted to “Help You Make The Right Moves” any time of the year!

Have a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

– Lori VanDinther and Team, Burlington Realtor