By: Maurice King

Chemical-Free Pest Control

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With the environmental-focus these days, there's a push to go chemical-free when controlling garden pests. A few ways to get started: • Use plants to attract beneficial insects such as mini-wasps, nematodes, and ladybugs that attack pests. Or, build a bat box or birdhouse to attract larger pest-eaters. • Mix a spray with strong odours (garlic or pepper). Oils like neem or citrus w...Read More

By: Maurice King

Deciding on a Driveway?

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f you're in the planning stages of resurfacing the driveway, you may be weighing the advantages and disadvantages of concrete and asphalt. Compared with concrete, an asphalt driveway: • Is less expensive • Is less prone to frost damage • Is easier to DIY fix • Is easier to clean • Can be re-layered Both need to be sealed every few years. And both are good for snow r...Read More

By: Maurice King

Considering a Retractable Screen Door?

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There are many inexpensive options available, from magnet click n' stick to higher-end retractable screens. When it comes to this type of home upgrade, paying more means better performance, as well as options like:  • Pet Resistant Mesh - heavier gauge that resists shredding.  • Deep Track - to securely hold the screen in place.  • Slide Bolt - that holds the in-a...Read More

Cool Tips to Beat Summer Heat

By: Maurice King

Cool Tips to Beat Summer Heat

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1) If you haven’t already: change the direction of the ceiling fan. It should rotate counter-clockwise. In this direction, the air is pushed downward creating a wind chill effect that can make you feel as much as 4 degrees cooler than the room actually is.  2) Open windows in the evening to let cool breezes in. Close them and lower the blinds in the morning to keep out the summer sun.&n...Read More

Happy Summer!

By: Maurice King

Happy Summer!

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Golf season, barbeque season, vacation season, friends and family season … with the Canada Day kick-off…yes, it's summer! A time when many of us hit the beach. Some people spend time building sandcastles, and other people build their dream homes in the sand… complete with moat. When it comes time to buy or sell your own "castle", we are here to assist with a str...Read More

By: Maurice King

Money-Wise Hot Water

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A tankless water heater warms-up water only when it's needed, unlike a conventional water heater which heats and reheats the same water 24 hours a day. No holding tank means a tankless water heater:  • Takes up less space than a conventional hot water tank.  • Is energy efficient - no heat loss from water "waiting" to be used - it could save up to 30% from the hot...Read More

By: Maurice King

Chattels & Fixtures. Know What's In The Contract

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When looking at a property, sometimes it’s not easy to figure out what’s included in the purchase price. Rule of thumb is – if it takes a tool to remove it, it’s a fixture and should stay with the property. If it’s not attached to the home, then it’s a chattel, and would leave with the Seller. But today the difference is becoming cloudy. For example, a grey are...Read More

By: Maurice King

Lower Humidity by the Bucket. Without The Bucket.

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Even with the unusual weather, the calendar signals that Summer weather is coming. It’s not just the summer heat, humidity also makes our homes feel hotter. A dehumidifier removes moisture from the air, so it feels cooler. Even if the house doesn't feel humid, the basement could always benefit from a separate dehumidifier to remove the extra moisture basements always seem to have. A dow...Read More

Murder and disclosure: recent case law

By: Maurice King

Murder and disclosure: recent case law

Tags: homesellers, real estate, legal issues

Your son is shot and killed in front of your house. When you sell, must this be disclosed? Recent case law provides the answer to this, and disclosure obligations generally, for agents and sellers with regard to emotional vs physical situations that may have occurred at the property. Every time I lead a discussion on disclosure it becomes an emotional exchange with people...Read More

Bank of Canada holds key interest rate steady at 1.75%

By: Maurice King

Bank of Canada holds key interest rate steady at 1.75%

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    Canada's central bank is keeping its benchmark interest rate right where it is, suggesting it views the recent slowdown of Canada's economy as "temporary." The Bank of Canada on Wednesday maintained its target for the overnight rate at 1.75 per cent, citing accumulating evidence the economy was showing signs of slowing down in the latter half of last year an...Read More