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Spring Into Action: Household Advice

Spring Into Action: Household Advice

Did someone say spring cleaning? This season is often known for its high ambitions of cleaning, decluttering and organizing. Are you preparing to move? Need to get ready for an open house? Have to show your house to potential buyers? Perhaps you’ve just moved into a new home and don’t know where to start? Now is the right time to get your house in order, one step at a time. Below is some advice on spring cleaning for anyone deciding to take the plunge.

Take It Slow

Your house does not need to be perfect immediately. Give yourself enough time before a deadline (such as a moving date) to clean, declutter and pack. Going through the house one room at a time to clean and decide what to keep, donate and throw away is a good strategy.

Get Inspired

Spring cleaning feels much easier if you feel inspired and energized. Try not to burn yourself out all at once, leaving time to take the cleaning and decluttering at a manageable pace. Find some inspiration to keep you going, whether that’s the image of a spotless kitchen or someone you know who will help you reach your cleaning goals. A good inspiration is Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing consultant and author. Check out her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Remember To Deep Clean

Although it may be easier to just clean the surface of your home, making sure you thoroughly clean is very important. Cleaning every nook and cranny can be a challenge but a beautifully clean home is the perfect reward. Deep cleaning can include washing carpets and upholstery as well as cleaning walls, doors, cabinets, windows, lighting fixtures, fridges and ovens.

Update Your Décor

Sometimes all your home needs is a little update to feel fresh and re-energized. This can include anything from new furniture to little touches like new doorknobs, cabinet handles, lamps, throw rugs or welcome mats.

Finishing Touches

To keep your home from looking tired and worn, sometimes it only takes a little effort. Some tips include paint retouches, fixing broken steps and rails, or even replacing old lightbulbs.

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How To Increase Your Winter Curb Appeal

How To Increase Your Winter Curb Appeal

Whatever the season, your home’s curb appeal should make a good impression on potential buyers. Curb appeal can mean anything that makes your home more attractive to potential buyers, such as a tidy yard or ample outdoor lighting. Below are some helpful tips for increasing your home’s curb appeal during the winter season.

Keep It Light

Making sure your home has enough light will help the property seem more inviting for potential buyers. Outdoor lighting by your front door and front pathway, as well as lighting any unique features of your home are good ideas to increase your home’s curb appeal.

Plan For Bad Weather

Depending on where you live, winter can often include heavy snow, wind and rain. As well as protecting your home from the elements, there are many benefits to keeping your home tidy and well-maintained. Some tips include having a cleared driveway and walkway and some type of cover for your front door. Snow and ice can also be a safety hazard, for you and potential buyers. Try using salt to melt snow and ice, as well as clearing any sharp-looking icicles.

Add Plants

A garden doesn’t just have to flourish in the spring and summer. Adding winter-blooming plants to your front garden can add some much needed colour to your home’s winter look. There are many types of winter plants and flowers to try, including witch hazel, winter jasmine and pansies.

Update Your Front Entrance

The front entrance of your home is especially important, as it is one of the first aspects potential buyers will notice. Some tips to freshen up your front entrance include repainting your front door, replacing your welcome mat and cleaning your house numbers.

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Canada Ranks #1 for Global Quality of Life

Canada has the best quality of life around the world, according to the 2019 Best Countries List.

The Best Countries List is put together annually by U.S. News & World Report, with research and analysis done by Y&R’s BAV Group and Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Countries are ranked on a series of categories, including entrepreneurship, adventure, citizenship, cultural influence, heritage, power and quality of life.

Canada has been ranked #1 for best quality of life, followed by Sweden as #2 and Denmark as #3. Canada’s excellent quality of life was attributed to its high rankings in education, health care, retirement, gender equality, religious freedom, infrastructure and public safety. Beautiful scenery and dynamic cultures also helped raise Canada’s ranking. The list also covers challenges for the future however, such as concerns of Indigenous peoples and French-speakers in Canada.

Switzerland was ranked as the best country overall in the world for 2019, with Japan, Canada, Germany and the United Kingdom making up the top five countries. Below is a complete list of the top ten countries, ranked in order.

Results of the 2019 Best Countries List:

  1. Switzerland
  2. Japan
  3. Canada
  4. Germany
  5. United Kingdom
  6. Sweden
  7. Australia
  8. United States
  9. Norway
  10. France
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Home Projects To Do During Summer

Home Projects To Do During Summer

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy life, as well as enjoy your own home. Below are some ideas of home projects to do during summer that can help improve your home’s style, summer potential and curb appeal.

Paint

Good weather can make painting your house a much easier task, whether that’s painting the exterior, interior or even small touches like a new colour for the front door or trim.

Fix The Fence

Have you been meaning to fix your fence, porch or that one loose step? Summertime is the perfect time to haul out the toolbox and get to work fixing your house.

Enjoy The Garden

Nothing says summer like a beautiful, well-maintained garden. To enjoy your garden fully, consider weeding and adding new soil, flowers or other plants.

Upgrade The Patio

Sometimes just relaxing outside in your yard or on your patio can make the perfect summer day. To upgrade your patio consider adding new patio furniture, lounge chairs or even a hammock.

Clean The BBQ

This task may not be the most enjoyable, but cleaning your BBQ and getting it ready for summer is good maintenance and makes it that much more enticing to throw a summer party.

Clean Windows

With bright sunlight it becomes much easier to see and clean the windows in your house, which is a time-consuming but beneficial task.

Get Ready For Summer

Nothing says summer like a yard full of lounge chairs, hammocks and maybe even a small pool for the animals, the young and the young at heart.

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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Yard This Summer

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Yard This Summer

During the winter, your yard can often get ignored due to the weather. But spring and summer are the perfect times to start on some home improvement and have a yard that’s perfect for fun and relaxation. Below are some ideas of how to make your yard ready for summer.

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