Inexpensive Window Draft-Proofing
During the winter months, homes can be drafty. Ideally, your place has draft-proof windows, but if not, you can limit the drafts using clear plastic sheeting. The sheeting is applied with double sided tape to the inside of the window frame and completely covers the sash. The plastic stops drafts, plus the air pocket between the plastic and the window will slow the transfer of heat to the outside and as a result, less cold in.
Buy plastic by the roll, or choose a “draft kit” at a local home improvement centre. Inexpensive and easy to put on windows, it will keep you warmer when winter really hits.
Fresher Air… Without Opening Windows
Today, homes are built so “tight” that the air can actually get stale – and that can be a problem. Of course, you could just open a window, but that would let out the air you've paid to heat. There’s a new innovation for residences - it’s a vent fitted to the furnace that periodically opens and closes an “exterior damper,” feeding fresh air to the furnace. Installing the control is not a do-it-yourself project – costs vary, but are likely in the range of $300 to $500 installed.
Is Your Home Empty-Nester Ready?
As the baby-boomer generation ages, sights are set on a different type of home. What's grabbing the attention of these now-getting-older home buyers?
• Wider doorways
• Non-slip floors
• Lighting, with even distribution
• Easily accessible electrical outlets and light switches
• Door levers rather than door knobs
• Bathroom supports and grab bars in tubs and showers
• And a big one today, in-house elevators.
YES…today some newly built and/or homes undergoing an extensive renovation are having spaces as small as 5x5 set aside as a roughed-in elevator shaft, for future use.
When you'd like to know more about the current housing trends, just call.
In a Condo - Know What's What!
What are you responsible for if something goes wrong? If a pipe breaks in the unit above and floods the bedroom, who's responsible for repairs and who’s paying for them? In many buildings, the Condo Association's responsibility stops at the midpoint between the walls of your unit, which means that anything that happens inside your unit is your responsibility.
Review your insurance coverage to confirm there are no gaps between what's covered by the Condo Association and the coverage you have.