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The Home Owner’s Guide To Energy Saving in the Living Room

The living room is a popular place for families to spend quality time together. Review these energy efficiency tips to ensure your living room isn’t costing you.   Program your home In the Summer, program your thermostat to cool less while you’re away on vacation, and in the Winter program it to heat less while you’re sleeping or away from home. Use A Powerbar The theme here is controlling how much energy is used in your home. A powerbar is a great option, especially if it has a timer. Use a powerbar with a timer or an auto shut-off option to eliminate wasted electricity. Tip: put your lamps on timers so you won’t have to worry about forgetting to turn them off when you go to bed. Go LED Replace your light bulbs with LED bulbs. These high-quality light bulbs last longer than incandescent bulbs. Turn Your Devices Off It’s always a good idea to turn your devices off and unwind at the end of a hectic day. Turning your computer off at night can help conserve energy. Many electronic devices, including a PVR, will use energy will on standby. Shut them down to be most efficient with your energy use. Seal The Fireplace You have less control over the air temperature and your bills if air is escaping through your fireplace. Ensure it is properly sealed and not letting outside air in. This goes for your windows and doors as well – check for any air leaks. Having control over …

The Home Owner’s Guide To Energy Efficiency In The Kitchen

Saving Energy in the Kitchen Use an Electric Kettle An electric kettle with an automatic shut-off feature will use only the necessary amount of energy to heat your water. It’s also a safety feature in case you walk away and forget about your water. Check Your Taps You would be amazed how much a little drip can add up (especially on your water bill). Check the taps in your kitchen to make sure they are properly sealed. Air Dry Dishes The drying system in a washing machine can use a lot of electricity. Let your dishes air dry over night to help lower your energy usage. According to Save On Energy, “letting your dishes air dry instead of using the heat-dry option will save you up to 50% of your dishwasher’s energy consumption”. Heat Efficiently Need to heat something up? Your microwave will use less energy than your electric stove. Put A Lid On It When using your stove top to heat water or food, cover the pot with a lid. This will keep the heat in, heating it quicker and using less energy.   Stay tuned for more Home Owner’s Guide To Energy Efficiency in the Home.   To learn more about how you can be more energy efficient, visit www.saveonenergy.ca.

How To Save Your Down Payment

Thinking about buying your first home is so exciting. You start making your wish list, thinking about the perfect neighbourhood, and even thinking about decorating. But something you have to put some thought into before the house hunt is saving for your down payment and closing costs. The first step is to do your research and understand how much you have to save. Our REALTORS ® can refer you to a great mortgage specialist who can help you obtain a mortgage that you can afford. Now it’s time to start saving for your down payment. Typically, buyers save 20% of their mortgage for a down payment. In Canada, down payments less than 20% are subject to mortgage default insurance. If you’re not comfortable saving 20%, the minimum a down payment can be in Canada is 5%. Shot Term & Long Term Goals Sit down and work out realistic goals for your savings plan. Breaking your goals down into short and long term time frames will be an easier way to create a realistic plan, rather than only aiming for the total sum. Expenses vs. Income Your saving strategy will depend on a number of variables including the amount of disposable income you have. If you have student loans or other debt repayments you are making on a regular basis, the amount of money you have leftover at the end of the month might not be enough to reach your savings goal within your timeframe. If your income is enough to …

2016 Q2 Market Update Infographic

The numbers are in! Record-Breaking Year-To-Date, Quarterly and June Sales! The Guelph and District Real Estate Market Report is in for the 2nd quarter of 2016. Sales in June, Q2 and Year-To-Date are up over the previous periods. Take a look at the infographic for a market report summary. More about the Market 2016 Year-To-Date (YTD) dollar sales: $856,285,624 (up 28% from 2015) 2016 YTD unit sales: 2,009 (up 14% from 2015) Q2 volume: $533,028,062 (up 30% of Q2 2015) Q2 unit sales: 1,220 (up 14% over Q2 2015) June dollar volume: $180,047,809 (up 34% from June 2015) June unit sales: 407 (up 16% from June 2015) Like us on Facebook and stayed tuned for the Q2 Market Update Video! About Royal LePage Royal City Realty With Royal LePage Royal City Realty, you are working with Guelph’s #1 brokerage, with 30.8% of the dollar volume and 28.6% of the unit sales. We could not have done this without the trust that our clients have placed in us. So a Big thank you to everyone! We have four convenient locations to serve you: Speedvale 214 Speedvale Ave., W, Guelph 519-821-6191 Gordon 848 Gordon St., Unit 201, Guelph 519-824-9050 Stone Road 435 Stone Rd. W., Guelph 519-821-6191 Rockwood 295 Alma St., Unit 1, Rockwood 519-856-9922

Royal City Home Buyers’ Glossary Quiz

As a home buyer, it’s important to know and understand the key terms that will come up. Your REALTOR® is there to help you whenever you have a question, and to help explain key concepts and terms for you. Whether you’re thinking about buying, are in the process, or just want to brush up on key terminology, take our Home Buyers’ Glossary Quiz. Below are key definitions and terms. Match them up and check your answers at the bottom of the page. Hint: if you get stuck, the terms are mixed in with other key terminology below. Good luck! Test Your Knowledge Home Buyers’ Glossary Abstract Of Title – A complete historical summary of the public records relating to the legal ownership of a particular property from the time of the first transfer to the present. Agreement of Sale – Also known as contract of purchase, purchase agreement, or sales agreement according to location or jurisdiction. A contract in which a seller and buyer agree to transact under certain terms spelled out in writing and signed by both parties. Amortization – The process of reducing the principal debt through a schedule of fixed payments at regular intervals of time, with an interest rate specified in a loan document. Appraisal – A professional appraiser’s estimate of the market value of a property based on local market data and the recent sale prices of similar properties. Assessed Value – The value placed on a home by municipal assessors for the purposes of determining …

DIY Upgrades Under $200

DIY Upgrades Moving into a new home can result in a long list of to-dos; tasks you want to complete to increase your home’s value, functional upgrades to make your day-to-day tasks easier, and décor changes to increase your home’s aesthetic appeal. This list can become a taunting lineup of time and expenses, so why not start with a few little changes that will make a big difference in your home. These do-it-yourself home upgrades won’t break the bank but they will give you an updated feel. $30 Bold Front Door Give your front door a bright coat of paint to impact your home’s curb appeal. A gallon of house and trim paint should do the trick. You can go with a muted colour for a subtle yet fresh update, or go bold and make a change no one will miss. A semi-gloss or high-gloss enamel paint will have a durable finish and be a good option for the outside elements. Prices range from $20-$40 per gallon. $190 Crown Molding Add some flare to the edge of your ceiling with crown molding. There are a number of colours and cuts to choose from so you can find the design that best fits your style. Keep the DIY simple by adding crown molding to one room, or expand the project and install it throughout your new home. The cost of this project will vary depending on the size of the room. 8 foot pieces start at $25 and corner/edge molding is …

Storage Solutions For Small Spaces

Staying organized in a small space can be challenging, especially if you’re used to a larger space or have a lot of possessions. We’ve outlined some storage solutions for small spaces to help you stay organized. 1. Let It Go Living in a small space will teach you how to let go of items you’ve become attached to. Take a few minutes to look around each room, and pick of the items that don’t fit…or that you don’t really need. If it’s not contributing to your life (either function or decor), it’s just taking up space. Get rid of it! 2. Every Item Should Have A Home If you don’t have a place for something, think about whether you really need it. If you can’t find a home for an item, then you’re probably going to have to get rid of it. Think about this when you’re out shopping as well. Don’t bring more pillows into your home if you don’t have room for them…or use the “one in, one out” strategy. 3. Organize Your Cabinets You’ll be surprised how much room there is in an organized kitchen cabinet. Buy inexpensive solutions like shelving dividers, uniform shaped containers, and a lazy Susan. You’ll double the cabinet space you thought you had. 4. Store Items In The Logical Place Think about it; if you’re storing a new waffle maker under your bed, then you’re probably not going to be making waffles. Each item’s home should be where it gets used, otherwise it’s going to take up …

Psychology of Colour Infographic

Psychology of Colour In Your Home Red Red is a very stimulating colour. It brightens up a room and increases energy levels and even appetites. The increased energy can add excitement and stimulate conversation. Although, too much red has been known to make people feel irritable and has even been associated with high blood pressure. Where to put it in your home: Red is a great colour for your kitchen.Consider using it as an accent colour for cupboards or decor accents. Orange Like red, orange is a bright, bold colour. It increases a room’s energy, adds excitement and can stimulate enthusiasm. Where to put it in your home: Orange is the perfect choice for a home gym; the room where energy and enthusiasm is welcome. Yellow Bright colours create the illusion that a space is bigger than it actually is. Yellow can be used to create space. It’s a very optimistic colour, encouraging creativity, happiness, and communication. Yellow can also help activate your memory. The setbacks of too much yellow are that it can become irritable, bringing on frustration, tempers and emotions, so it might not be the best option for a baby’s room. Where to put it in your home: Do you want to make a small room feel bigger? Use a light yellow to brighten the space. Green Let’s call this ‘The Many Moods of Green’. Green is a very versatile colour, bringing with it balance, concentration, and rest. This harmonious colour can be brought into a room …

First Night In Your New House Checklist

    The First Night In Your New House As a family, spending the first night in your new house together represents the beginning of a new chapter of your lives. You’ve searched far and wide for the perfect home, and you’ve finally moved in. Moving, especially with a family, is a busy task, and it’s not over until the last box is unpacked. But make sure you take some time to enjoy your first night in the home. We’ve put together a checklist of everything you’ll need the first night so you won’t have to spend your time digging through boxes for your tooth brush. The Basics Bring sheets and pillows for your bed so your first sleep is a comfortable one. If your furniture hasn’t made its way to the house yet, pack an inflatable mattress. It’s likely that you’re going to have a lot going through your mind the first few days. A notebook and pen will come in handy when you need to create a to-do list or remind yourself what groceries you need. Other essential items like toilet paper, scissors, chargers and cleaning supplies might not be on the top of your list of things you need to pack…but you’ll miss them when they’re not there. Emergency Items A First Aid Kit is a great thing to keep close, especially if you have young children exploring the new home. Full-sized garbage bags will give you a place to toss your take-out containers (and bring along …