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February 2021

Did you know that there are many homeowners who are considering selling their homes over the next few months? In fact, you might even be considering making a move yourself.

Why do we bring this up? Well, it’s conceivable that, while chatting with a neighbour or friend, you might be asked, “Do you know a good real estate agent?”

If that happens, we hope you’ll feel confident in recommending us.

We build our business through referrals. So, we work hard to earn those recommendations by providing excellent client service and doing everything else we can to be referral worthy.

In fact, that’s one of the reasons we send you this e-newsletter, containing helpful updates, tips and articles.

So, if you get asked to recommend an agent, and want to suggest someone who is committed to going the extra mile for clients, please give them our name.

We would really appreciate your support!

And, of course, we’ll give anyone you send our way the VIP treatment.

Balancing the Emotional and Practical Sides of Buying a Home

Imagine this scenario...

You’re shopping for a new home. You drive to visit a recent listing. As you walk through the front door, you’re impressed. Every room looks fantastic. You see yourself relaxing on the spacious patio, cooking in the modern kitchen, and enjoying evenings with the family in the cozy living room. 

Your emotions are on overdrive. This is your dream home!

Should you make an offer? Probably. In fact, you should make that decision quickly in case there are other interested buyers.

However, your decision shouldn’t be guided purely by emotion. You want to make sure you take practical matters into consideration too.

For example, you’ll want to consider:

- Is the property within your price range?
- Does it have everything you need?
- Do you like the neighbourhood?
- How old is the property? Are there items, such as the furnace, that may need to be replaced soon?
- Will it need any major repairs or upgrades?
- What are the average monthly costs of carrying the home? (Property taxes, utilities, etc.)

Once you’ve considered the purchase of the home from a practical standpoint, you’ll have a lot more confidence in your decision when you make an offer.

Need help? Call today!

Avoiding Moisture Problems in the Home

There are many hidden sources of moisture in your home that can lead to serious problems, such as mould.
 
To keep moisture levels in check, consider these tips:

- Bathrooms are an obvious source of moisture build-up. Contractor and TV personality Mike Holmes recommends keeping the fan going for at least half an hour after a shower.
- Check regularly for water infiltration around window and door sills, as well as other intakes into the home, such as dryer vents and cable wiring.
- Determine the humidity level in your home. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, it should be 30-60%. (Keep in mind that humidity may vary greatly from room to room.)
- Regularly inspect caulking around sinks, tubs and showers. Even a tiny break can cause water to leak gradually into the wall or floor, causing damage you may not notice for months.
- Clean up wet spills as soon as possible. Be particularly careful with hardwood floors, as water can seep through and become trapped.
- Repair leaking faucets and pipes immediately. Even a small drip can add significant moisture inside a vanity or kitchen cupboard.

Being mindful of moisture today can help you avoid potentially high repair bills later on.

Take 5: Smart Kitchen Products

As technology continues to evolve year over year, new products hit the market
that help make our lives easier. Check out these five amazing innovations that
can assist you in the kitchen!

- Instant Pot Smart WiFi 8-in-1 Multicooker. This handy appliance is an electric pressure cooker, steamer, rice cooker, warmer, and more. It’s compatible with Alexa and connects to WiFi, allowing you to access more than 1,000 recipes,
control cook settings, and check on your meal’s progress with their free app or
voice assistant.

- NutriBullet Balance Bluetooth Enabled Smart Blender. Using Bluetooth to
connect the blender to your smart device, you can use the free NutriBullet
Balance app to set your health goals and select from hundreds of recipes. Then
the blender counts calories, proteins, carbs, and more based on the volume of
each ingredient you add.

- Hamilton Beach Smart Coffee Maker. By pairing this smart coffee maker with
an Echo Dot, your morning routine becomes a little easier. Ask your Alexa app
or the smart speaker to start brewing up to 12 cups of coffee, switch between
regular or bold brew, or turn the coffee maker off.

- Qi Aerista IoTea Brewer. Not a coffee fan? Not to worry, we have you covered.
This smart tea brewer has 9 automatic tea programs for different types of tea
and can be controlled with the free Qi Aerista app.

- COSORI Smart WiFi Air Fryer. Combining the power of this air fryer with the
Echo Dot, use the voice assistant or the VeSync app to cook your favorite meals
or choose from 100 pre-programed recipes.

For Sale! 

 
4512 Fox Ridge Trail, Sydenham.  Stunning 3+1 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, hillside water view, last home on the beautiful cul de sac. 
Coming to MLS on Feb.3; offers held Feb 9.  $599,900.

Mark Your Calendar!

Mark Your February Calendars!
No Politics Day (1st)
Eat Ice Cream for Breakfast Day (6th)
Valentine's Day (14th)
Random Acts of Kindness Day (17th)
Be Humble Day (22nd)
(I am the GREATEST at this!)
National Chili Day (28th)

Keep an eye out on Facebook and Instagram for our monthly giveaways!

Sigi Scholten - Sales Representative - EXP REALTY, BROKERAGE
(613) 985-0120 - sigi@sigischolten.ca - www.sigrunscholten.exprealty.com

Larry Eastman - Sales Representative - EXP REALTY, BROKERAGE
(613) 540-4190 - larry@larryeastman.ca - www.larryeastman.exprealty.com
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