Office: 778.432.4611 |

Categories

Winter is a great time to freshen up your home, regardless of whether you are trying to make your new home your own or planning to sell. Here are some great DIY home projects to consider tackling this winter!

 

1. Paint

  • Applying fresh coats of paints can instantly brighten up a home and make it feel new again. If you're planning to sell, this is one of the most cost effective ways to get more money for your home. We always say paint is worth $35 in the can, and $1000 on the wall.
  • While some people prefer to slap samples of a few different paint colours on the walls to determine which one they like best, Benjamin Moore takes some of the guesswork out of selecting a new wall colour with its Personal Colour Viewer web-based program, where you can upload a photo of the room you want to paint and see what different paint colours would look like on the walls and with your furniture.
  • We recommend using a high quality paint that covers over your previous wall well. Time is money, and if you can do the whole room in one coat, it'll save you a lot of time!
  • What colour?! Pinterest and Houzz are great websites and apps to look for inspiration for wall colours. If you're planning on selling, go with a light neutral colour that will appeal to most people. 

 

2. Backsplash

  • In additional to paint, a quick and easy way to brighten up a kitchen or bathroom is with a tile backsplash. Not only is it more hygienic and easier to clean, a tile backsplash can add colour or lighten up a room. Best of all, it can be easily done in a weekend. Here’s a video to show you how. 
  • If you're not up for learning how to do a new project, you can easily higher a handy (wo)man to help you with tile. It doesn't have to cost you a lot, and the finished product is more polished than a plain kitchen or bathroom.

3. Declutter

  • Removing clutter in one’s home can help with feeling more relaxed and settled. Even if you only devote a couple of hours a week to decluttering, it can make a big difference. 
  • Purge clothes you haven’t worn in years! If you look in your closet and see clothing you haven't worn for the last year, it may be time to donate it. We recommend Women in Need (WIN)
  • Shred paperwork you no longer need! 
  • Take time to organize your garage, crawl space, or storage locker so that what you have in there is clearly labeled and easy to access. 
  • This is usually a good time of year to find plastic totes on sale, which are then waterproof in the basement or crawlspace. 
  • If you're planning to sell, you can take your de-cluttering to the next level by also de-personalizing. When you sell, you want your home to be as neutral as possible to the eyes of the buyer. This can mean taking down certain pieces of art, removing family photos and pairing down on personal items. 
  • We always include a home staging consultation as part of a listing package for our sellers. Working with someone who can be objective in how they view your space can be an invaluable resource! It will also make a huge different to your bottom line. 
Read full post

Mould is a topic that is very important to me because I am someone who suffers health issue when I’m exposed to it.  Not everyone will have the same symptoms from mould exposure, but I want to share with you what mould can do to your health, where it shows up in your home, what to do about it, and a checklist of how to prevent mould from being an issue in your home. I also want to tell you why it’s important to get an inspection when you buy a home!

 

1. What mould does to your health

According to the Health Canada website

“People living in homes with mould and damp conditions are more likely to have:

  • eye, nose and throat irritation coughing and phlegm build-up
  • wheezing and shortness of breath
  • worsening of asthma symptoms”

2. Where is mould showing up?

It’s important to note that mould can grow anywhere it is damp, and especially where water damage has occurred. In your home, you could find it in the attic, behind walls, above ceiling tile, below floor boards, in cupboards, on window sills, or in common household items. This could include: water bottles, travel coffee mugs, coffee pots or kettles, children’s toys, shower curtains, bath mats, and garbage bins.

 

In short, anywhere where there is moisture, there could be mould.

3. How to remove mould

For hard surfaces such as window sills, wood, or tile, you can simply wash the mould away with a soap and water mixture. Some people swear by bleach, but it’s not necessary to remove mould.

 

For walls, you can use a soap if it is only on the surface. If there is mould beneath the paint, the drywall will need to be removed. Painting over mould will not kill the mould, it will only hide the problem.

 

For washable materials like fabric, shower curtains, plush toys, etc – wash in the washing machine. If you find mould in or on a couch, mattress or other furnishings, you should throw these away.

 

If you find a largely affected area, you may consider calling in a professional! We recommend Medallion Healthy Homes as a great local contact. http://www.medallionhealthyhomes.ca/

 

4. Preventing Mould in your home

 

The key to mould prevention is to eliminate excess moisture and control humidity. There are so many ways you can do this around the house and below is a prevention checklist.

 

Prevention checklist

 

BATHROOM

- Make sure your bathroom fan is working properly and have it on when you're taking a shower or bath. Keep it running for 30 minutes after you shower

- If you see a small patch of mould developing in a bathroom (on the ceiling or walls), scrub the patch to ensure it doesn't get larger.

 

KITCHEN

- keep air flowing by ensuring your range hood is on when you cook.

- crack a window while you're cooking and cover pots with a lid

 

Laundry

- ensure your dryer vents to outside

- clean the lint tray after every use

- have your dryer vents cleaned out by a professional once per year.

 

Windows and rooms

- me mindful of heavy curtains or blinds that don't allow air flow - keep them open to ensure moisture doesn't build up

- Wipe down wet window sills every day to prevent mould from growing

- leave indoor doors open for good airflow

- keep furniture away from heating vents

 

Basement/crawlspace or garage

-          Run a dehumidifier if moisture is present in the garage, basement, or crawl space

-          Have your perimeter drains flushed and inspected every 5 years to ensure water is flowing away from your home

-          Check pipes for condensation and insulate them if necessary

 

5. Always inspect!

 

If you are purchasing a home, we hope you understand the importance of discovering moisture issues or mould in the home.  A prudent inspector will look for moisture and evidence of mould in places like the attic, the basement or crawlspace or anywhere else it could be present.  Some inspectors offer infrared scan to detect signs of moisture where you may not be able to see it, like behind the walls.  We also suggest having the systems of the home that prevent water from entering the home inspected. Our building inspectors will inspect the building, but you need a separate company to inspect the perimeter drains, which ensure water is not collecting under the home or permeating the basement or crawlspace walls. We have several building inspectors that we trust, so if you need a reccomendation, please do not hesitate to contact us!

 

 

 

Read full post
Categories:   advice | apps | Assessed value | avoiding penalties | banks | BC | BC Assesment | BCREA | best time to sell | British Columbia | bubble | buyers | Buyers Agent | buying | buying a home | buying in BC | buying real estate | charity challenge | chickens | CMHC | Co Lagoon, Colwood Real Estate | Co Royal Bay, Colwood Real Estate | Co Triangle, Colwood Real Estate | Co Wishart North, Colwood Real Estate | Colwood | Colwood, BC | CR | CRD | credit reports | CS Brentwood Bay, Central Saanich Real Estate | CS Tanner, Central Saanich Real Estate | decor | decorating | DIY | Dog Parks | Dogs | Dollar Divas | downsize | Energy efficiency | Es Esquimalt, Esquimalt Real Estate | Es Gorge Vale, Esquimalt Real Estate | Es Kinsmen Park, Esquimalt Real Estate | Es Old Esquimalt, Esquimalt Real Estate | Es Rockheights, Esquimalt Real Estate | Es Saxe Point, Esquimalt Real Estate | Events | Fall | february | festive | Finances | financial advice | fine print | First impressions | First time buyers | float homes | flowers | free money | fundraiser | garden | gardening | GI Piers Island, Gulf Islands Real Estate | Government rebates | Heating | holidays | home | home maintenance | Home Ownership | Home values | Hou | house for sale | house with suite | housing market | housing starts | HST | Humor | inspection | inspectors | interest rate | Investing | iPad | La Bear Mountain, Langford Real Estate | La Florence Lake, Langford Real Estate | La Happy Valley, Langford Real Estate | La Jacklin, Langford Real Estate | La Langford Proper, Langford Real Estate | La Luxton, Langford Real Estate | La Mill Hill, Langford Real Estate | La Olympic View, Langford Real Estate | La Walfred, Langford Real Estate | La Westhills, Langford Real Estate | lenders | listing | Live Smart BC | market correction | Market News | mayor | Mayor Ken Williams | Me Kangaroo, Metchosin Real Estate | Me Rocky Point, Metchosin Real Estate | ML Cobble Hill, Malahat & Area Real Estate | ML Mill Bay, Malahat & Area Real Estate | ML Shawnigan Lake, Malahat & Area Real Estate | modern | mortgage | mortgage broker | mortgage rates | Mortgages | Moss removal | mould | moving | moving to BC | moving to Victoria | new home bonus | new homes | NS Ardmore, North Saanich Real Estate | NS Bazan Bay, North Saanich Real Estate | NS Sandown, North Saanich Real Estate | Oak Bay | OB Estevan, Oak Bay Real Estate | OB Henderson, Oak Bay Real Estate | OB North Oak Bay, Oak Bay Real Estate | OB South Oak Bay, Oak Bay Real Estate | options | organic gardening | Paperless | Personal | property | Property transfer tax | Races | rates | RBC | real estate | real estate market | Real estate write ups | realtor fees | Recipes | recycling | renovations | rental | retirement | royal lepage shelter foundation | Running | Save money | SE Arbutus, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Broadmead, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Cadboro Bay, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Camosun, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Cedar Hill, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Cordova Bay, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Gordon Head, Saanich East Real Estate | SE High Quadra, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Lake Hill, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Lambrick Park, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Maplewood, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Mt Doug, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Mt Tolmie, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Quadra, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Queenswood, Saanich East Real Estate | SE Swan Lake, Saanich East Real Estate | selling | service | shelter | Si Sidney North-East, Sidney Real Estate | Si Sidney South-West, Sidney Real Estate | Sk Broomhill, Sooke Real Estate | Sk East Sooke, Sooke Real Estate | Sk Sooke Vill Core, Sooke Real Estate | spring market | staging | SW Gateway, Saanich West Real Estate | SW Glanford, Saanich West Real Estate | SW Gorge, Saanich West Real Estate | SW Interurban, Saanich West Real Estate | SW Royal Oak, Saanich West Real Estate | SW Rudd Park, Saanich West Real Estate | SW Strawberry Vale, Saanich West Real Estate | SW Tillicum, Saanich West Real Estate | Tablet | Tasha Noble | taxes | Tech tips | The Highlands | Tips | Tweed Magazine | unemployment rate | Uplands Park | urban farming | vacancy rates | Vi Burnside, Saanich West Real Estate | Vi Burnside, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Central Park, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Downtown, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Fairfield East, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Fairfield West, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Fernwood, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Hillside, Victoria Real Estate | Vi James Bay, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Jubilee, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Mayfair, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Oaklands, Victoria Real Estate | Vi Rockland, Victoria Real Estate | victoria | victoria event | Victoria Market News | Victoria Real Estate | VR Hospital, View Royal Real Estate | VR Prior Lake, View Royal Real Estate | VR Six Mile, View Royal Real Estate | VW Songhees, Victoria West Real Estate | VW Victoria West, Victoria West Real Estate | Walking Trails | Warm | Willows Beach | Winter | yyj | Z03 Duncan, Zone 3 - Duncan Real Estate