Category Archives: Maintaning Your Home

Why Having A Clean Garage Is Important

Our garage is one part of the home that at some point, everyone has vowed to keep clean and organized. It also has a tendency to become the homes storage centre. As many of us can probably attest, it’s not uncommon to see cars parked in the driveway due to a cluttered garage filled with yard tools, bikes, toys etc. What many don’t realize is that an organized garage will not only look great, but it can help the resale value of your home down the road, should you choose to sell.

While organizing a garage will take some time and effort, it can be easily achieved with some quick fixes.  If you were ever thinking about having a garage sale, now might be the perfect time.  After all, they’re called “garage sales” for a reason.

The first recommendation would be to familiarize yourself with what exactly is in your garage.  Do you need the old newspapers in boxes from your last move?  Have the kids grown out of those bikes?  Will you ever use they dusty table saw in the back corner? Once you establish what it is you want to purge and what is you want to keep, you will be able to move on to the next step; organization.

Try to group your items into categories like: toys, seasonal, lawn care, automotive etc.  Once that has been established, you can decide how you want it organized.  Stores like Walmart, Home Depot and Canadian Tire offer many different storage products that are not only affordable, but customizable.  Consider placing shelving along the ceiling of the garage to open up floor space for your vehicles.  Storage bins are also a great idea. Consider defining a garbage and recycling area that is convenient and out of the way.  If you really want to take organization to the next level, consider a label maker so that you know exactly what everything is and where it is.

If during your clean-up you find that you have hazardous materials such as old paint cans, car batteries etc. that you need to dispose of, please visit the City of Burlington’s website at https://www.burlington.ca/en/services-for-you/garbage-and-recycling.asp to find out where and how to properly get rid of such materials.

When all is said and done, you will not only find your garage more accessible – when you’re ready to sell, it’s one last task you’ll be facing.

Home Spring Cleaning and Organizing Tips

Cleaning SuppliesAlthough winter is still lingering around Burlington, spring is officially here and the temperatures should be getting warmer soon! One of the joys of the spring season is the spring cleaning of your home. That’s right! It’s time to wash everything and clean those hard-to-reach places..

As a Burlington realtor and a homeowner myself, I understand the importance of spring cleaning. Besides the obvious–it makes your home more appealing and enjoyable, it’s also very important for your health and mental well being. Although it can seem daunting at first, it can be a lot of fun if you break it down into manageable chunks. It’s only once a year! Here are some of my favourite spring cleaning tips. If you have some to share, just post it in your comments below..

First of all, do you have:
Anything in kitchen or bathroom that’s expired? get rid of it!
Anything in kitchen or bathroom that you never used and don’t plan to? get rid of it!
Anything remaining that needs organizing? get to that first.

Next you can tackle your:

Clothes – look at your winter clothing, what didn’t you wear at all? get rid of it – you probably wont be wearing it next year either. The items you did use, put them away.

Beds – inspect the mattresses, flip them, perhaps it’s time for new pillows?

Appliances – clean behind your fridge, stove, dishwasher. Microwave – don’t forget to wipe the inside. Vacuum the fridge coils, and clean the drain pan – your fridge will last longer.

Heating/Cooling – clean the main air filter and all the small air duct filters in each room

Ceiling Fans – wipe down the dust from the blades before you turn the fan on and spread all that dust everywhere

Windows and mirrors – clean your windows inside and outside, wash your blinds/drapes/curtains, shine that mirror

Floors – vacuum and wash your carpets, wash the floors, dust the ceiling corners etc..

Patio and fence – check their state, clean up your grill, clean up patio furniture, soon as the weather gets even nicer, you’ll be spending a lot of time here so you want to enjoy it

Getting the whole family to help would make this whole experience easier, make sure you include a task for everyone and throw in a reward at the end for getting the job done!

Dealing with Mould in Your Home

Black Mould on a Wall

Black mould growing on a wall

We spend a lot of time in our homes, and the state of our homes can have a direct impact on our health. That is why the “mould issue” should never be overlooked. Nobody wants to buy a home and then find out it has a mould issue. It can be time consuming and costly to fix, not to mention negative on your health. That’s why ever responsible Realtor should always represent their client’s best interest and ensure that the home they’re interested in is tested by a certified professional, for mould and air quality before signing the final papers.

Almost all homes, especially the older ones have a certain degree of mould inside. Basements are notorious for mould. Over the years the insulation weakens and allows for moisture to get in, creating the perfect environment for mould growth. Other times pluming leaks, heavy rain, melting of snow in spring, wet location, poor air circulation and moisture flow are the causes of this dangerous health hazard.

What is mould?

  • Mould is any fungus that grows on food or damp materials.
  • It can be black, white or almost any colour.
  • It often looks like a stain or smudge and it may smell musty.
  • It needs moisture and a material it can live on.

Effects of mould

As the mould grows it releases tiny little “spores” into the air. As we breath them in they can negatively impact our health. Some of the effects are:

  • Eye, nose and throat irritation
  • Coughing and phlegm build-up
  • Wheezing and shortness of breath
  • Symptoms of asthma
  • Allergic reactions

Detecting mould

  • Most common places for mould to grow indoors are on window sills, fabrics, carpets, and walls in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas.
  • Look for stains or discolourations on floors, walls, window panes, fabrics, carpets and other indoor surfaces.
  • Also use your nose to identify if there is a musty, “earthy” odour.

Getting rid of mould

  • Clean the mouldy surface with water and dish detergent. There’s no need to use bleach.
  • Fix the underlying cause, whether due to water damage or excessive humidity.
  • When removing mould, you should wear proper protective equipment, including rubber gloves, eye protection and a dust mask.
  • You might consider hiring a professional if there is a large amount of mould or if the mould keeps coming back after you clean it. A large amount of mould is often also the result of a larger problem, such as a leak in the foundation or a major flood, which may require professional help to fix.

Home buyers! Rememebr to always hire a certified and licensed mould inspector to test for indoor air quality and mould before you sign the final papers. You can’t afford to gamble with your family’s health. For more information on mould, how to clean it and prevent it, visit Health Canada website.