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How to Make the Ultimate Guest Room Basket: Checklist

There’s nothing quite like having your friends and family over at your home. But if you’re like most people, you might feel a bit overwhelmed when hosting during busy times like summer long weekends or the winter holiday season.

After all, hosting is a skill that takes practice. Thankfully, there are many steps you can take to make it easier. Curating guest room essentials throughout the year can help you feel more prepared for last-minute visitors and reduce the cost of hosting during busy times like the summer or over the winter holidays. Follow these tips to make a guest basket that will help your guest feel right at home.

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What Do You Put in a Welcome Gift Basket for a Guest?  

A guest room basket is stocked with essential toiletries and items to ensure guests’ comfort and well-being throughout their stay. Simply put, these welcome baskets are designed to anticipate anything guests might have forgotten to pack. Plus, the basket isn’t just for the benefit of guests. Having these essentials in one place is helpful for hosts, too. After all, keeping a guest room welcome basket helps you keep track of items that might be restocked and products, like hand sanitizer or toothpaste, that can be reused in the future.

What to Include in a Guest Room Basket 

  • WIFI information
  • Universal phone charger
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, mouthwash
  • Travel-sized toiletries: body wash, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, deodorant 
  • Lip balm 
  • Sunscreen
  • Comb /Brush
  • Disposable razors/ shaving cream
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Makeup remover wipes
  • Feminine products 
  • Packaged snacks like crackers, granola bars, and dried fruit
  • Two water bottles 

Guest Bathroom Essentials 

First of all, before visitors come to your home, it’s important to freshen up and get the bathroom prepared. Make sure your guests feel right at home by stocking the with these essentials:

  • Fresh Supplies: Don’t forget to check your supply of soap, hand lotion and freshly washed bathroom linens like a bath sheet, hand towel, and face towels are ready for guests’ arrival.
  • First-Aid Kit: Include essentials like pain relievers, antacids, cold and allergy medicine, and band-aids. Just remember to check expiration dates!
  • Don’t Forget: Last but not least, double-check if there’s extra toilet paper and a plunger within easy reach. Guests might not want to ask for these items directly. 

Extra Ways to Make Guests Feel More Welcome 

  • Plan a Menu in Advance: Remember to ask your guests about their dietary needs and preferences before their arrival. Find out their favorite breakfast choices, such as whether they prefer coffee or tea in the morning, and if there are any special dietary restrictions to consider for future meals.
  • Show Them to Their Room: When walking your guest up to their room, be sure to show them where the bathroom is located and point out where they can find additional supplies, such as extra towels or blankets. Let guests know about where you’ve stocked the first aid kit and over-the-counter medicines so that they can help themselves if needed.
  • Change Bed Linens: Nothing beats the feeling of clean sheets, so ensure you’ve added newly washed sheets before their arrival.
  • Add a Thoughtful Gift: Surprise and delight your guests with a small gift, like a vase of fresh flowers or a box of chocolates on their pillow.
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Open House. Open House on Sunday, April 14, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Please visit our Open House at 330 ROYAL FERN Way in Ottawa. See details here

Open House on Sunday, April 14, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rarely available. This 2 Bed, 2 Bath home offers a welcoming open concept living/dining w/HW Floors, Transom Windows & flat ceilings. With over $50,000 in recent upgrades, enjoy the new:QUARTZ Countertops w/its Ceramic Backsplash, Sink & Faucet & SS Appliances in the kitchen; WALK-IN SHOWER, ceramic floor, updated vanity top w/sink in the Main Bath & LUXURY Vinyl plank flooring throughout the lower level. The primary Bedroom located on Main Level features a Tray Ceiling, Large Windows for Plenty of Natural Light & a walk-in closet. The large 22 x 8 deck at the rear is perfect to entertain family and friends. The second bedroom on the lower level enjoys its own full bathroom. The Laundry rm offers a Convenient INSIDE Access to your garage. Extra storage completes this level. Pet friendly condo with low fees. Located in the popular Riverside South Community, steps to local Parks & Dog Park, Amenities, Schools, Greenspaces & the upcoming Bowesville LRT Station! 24 hrs irrev on all offers. (id:2493)

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Open House.

Please visit our Open House at 330 ROYAL FERN Way in Ottawa. See details here

Rarely available. This 2 Bed, 2 Bath home offers a welcoming open concept living/dining w/HW Floors, Transom Windows & flat ceilings. With over $50,000 in recent upgrades, enjoy the new:QUARTZ Countertops w/its Ceramic Backsplash, Sink & Faucet & SS Appliances in the kitchen; WALK-IN SHOWER, ceramic floor, updated vanity top w/sink in the Main Bath & LUXURY Vinyl plank flooring throughout the lower level. The primary Bedroom located on Main Level features a Tray Ceiling, Large Windows for Plenty of Natural Light & a walk-in closet. The large 22 x 8 deck at the rear is perfect to entertain family and friends. The second bedroom on the lower level enjoys its own full bathroom. The Laundry rm offers a Convenient INSIDE Access to your garage. Extra storage completes this level. Pet friendly condo with low fees. Located in the popular Riverside South Community, steps to local Parks & Dog Park, Amenities, Schools, Greenspaces & the upcoming Bowesville LRT Station! 24 hrs irrev on all offers. (id:2493)

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Open House. Open House on Sunday, April 7, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Please visit our Open House at 330 ROYAL FERN Way in Ottawa. See details here

Open House on Sunday, April 7, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rarely available. This 2 Bed, 2 Bath home offers a welcoming open concept living/dining w/HW Floors, Transom Windows & flat ceilings. With over $50,000 in recent upgrades, enjoy the new:QUARTZ Countertops w/its Ceramic Backsplash, Sink & Faucet & SS Appliances in the kitchen; WALK-IN SHOWER, ceramic floor, updated vanity top w/sink in the Main Bath & LUXURY Vinyl plank flooring throughout the lower level. The primary Bedroom located on Main Level features a Tray Ceiling, Large Windows for Plenty of Natural Light & a walk-in closet. The large 22 x 8 deck at the rear is perfect to entertain family and friends. The second bedroom on the lower level enjoys its own full bathroom. The Laundry rm offers a Convenient INSIDE Access to your garage. Extra storage completes this level. Pet friendly condo with low fees. Located in the popular Riverside South Community, steps to local Parks & Dog Park, Amenities, Schools, Greenspaces & the upcoming Bowesville LRT Station! 24 hrs irrev on all offers. (id:2493)

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Your Complete Home Maintenance Timeline, Simplified


Whether it’s your very first home or a fresh start,there’s a lot to be aware of when it comes to household maintenance. While some developers provide guides to help homeowners get acquainted with maintenance schedules, most owners have to learn on their own. That’s why we consulted Paul Justice, of Justice Construction, to compile a comprehensive—and handy!—timeline to give you a head-start on what to check, when to check it, and how to prepare for the short and long term. 

Yearly planner

The importance of scheduling

Many homeowners overlook maintenance items until serious repairs are needed, ultimately costing more money. According to Justice, the two most commonly overlooked items by homeowners are the foundation and mould. By being aware of what to look for and establishing a habit of regular maintenance and inspections, you can stay on top of your home’s care, boosting its value and ultimately reducing stress and saving money on costly repairs or renovations.

A clean, warm family home.

Monthly

Choose one day each month for these revolving items which can easily be performed in a morning or afternoon.

  • Replace the furnace filter (if you don’t have central air conditioning, then you only need to do this during months of operation).
  • Clean your kitchen range hood filter.
  • Test your smoke and CO (carbon monoxide) detectors.
  • Wash hardwood floors (if you have them).
  • Clean your shower heads and faucet aerators.
  • Inspect and clear out all sink and tub drains.

Pro tip: The best way to prevent drain blockages is with a fine filter drain insert in your kitchen and bathroom drains. This ensures your drains never collect sediments, hair or food waste. Never rely on liquid drain cleaner to clear blockages. 

Storing your tree in the attic


Semi-annually

These tasks should be performed twice each year, once when preparing for winter and again each spring.

  • Replace smoke and CO detector batteries.
  • Check your attic for evidence of water incursion, rodents and confirm your insulation is in good shape.
  • Inspect your windows and doors (ensure frames, sweeps, stripping and caulking are in good shape).
  • Test your hot water tank’s pressure relief valve.
  • Inspect your eavestroughing, gutters, and flashing.
  • Clean your baseboard heater grills (turn off any breakers beforehand and be sure the grills are dry before re-engaging them)
  • Vacuum your air return ducts
  • Pull out appliances like your fridge and stove to vacuum and dust behind 

AC units


Annually

Annual maintenance and inspections usually happen in the spring or fall with a few exceptions that are not season-specific.

Spring:

  • Inspect and pressure wash your home’s exterior.
    Pro tip: Keep an eye on the caulking used to seal your siding.
  • Inspect your roof, eaves, and flashing each spring.
    Pro tip: If there’s any sign of curling, cracking or disintegration, we recommend calling  a roofing inspector immediately.
  • Inspect and clean your AC.
    Pro tip: You only need to use a garden hose to clear dirt and debris from the unit. Remember to disconnect the power first!
  • Check your deck or porch, and wood fence for damage or rot and replace boards as needed.
  • Pressure wash your deck and fence. Watch your pressure settings though so you don’t accidentally gouge your wood!
  • Inspect your asphalt driveway. If you see the colour and definition of individual pebbles, then you know it’s time to reseal.
  • Have your carpets professionally cleaned. You can also rent a carpet cleaning machine.
  • Have your chimney and fireplace/wood stove inspected and cleaned.
  • Check for mould: Inspect your home’s interior, especially places you don’t see often, and check for musty or dank odours.
    Pro tip: If you discover mould, do not stop until it’s safely cleaned and the source identified and corrected—this may require a mould remediation expert.
  • Inspect horizontal runs from your gutters.
    Pro tip: Ensure water is being directed away from the house so it does not collect and soak into the foundation.
  • Inspect your foundation for cracks and moisture.

Fall:

  • Test your home’s thermostat.
  • Inspect and clean out your eavestroughs and gutters.
  • Check your septic system (if you have a septic tank, it’s important to have a professional inspect it annually).
  • Drain and shut off exterior faucets.

Pipes under a sink

Any time of year:

  • Inspect your plumbing for leaks or sweating.
  • Review your electrical system. Whether you live in an older home, or a new build, identifying potential problems early can save a lot of stress down the road.
  • Call an HVAC professional to service your furnace each year.
  • Inspect your flooring for wear and tear.
  • Check your toilets-if they start to rock, prevent damaging leaks by replacing the flange.
  • Check for wiggly door handles and squeaky hinges

Here’s how to replace your toilet’s flange:

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Preparing for the long-term

You know that rainy day you’re always told to save for? Putting money aside for any eventual repairs is a smart way to avoid unnecessary shocks down the road. With modern building materials and warranties, it may be decades before repairs are needed, but it’s best to be ready. 

Five years:

  • Have your ducts cleaned
  • Replace carpet in high traffic areas. A long-term, economical solution is to install laminate flooring, which can last upwards of 15 years with little maintenance.
  • Paint your home’s interior. 
  • Replace the gaskets and washers in your faucets to prevent leaks.

Ten years:

  • Re-paint your home’s exterior. Depending on the type of paint and materials used for your siding, you should budget to repaint every 10 years. 
  • Refinish your hardwood floors. This may need to be done sooner—or later—depending on how highly trafficked your floors are.

15 years:

  • Be prepared to replace all or part of your roof, depending on the materials used and any warranties applied. 
  • Laminate flooring may need to be replaced.
  • Siding may need to be replaced on your home’s exterior.

25 years:

  • CSA approved windows reach the end of their lifetime at 25 years, and will likely need to be replaced.
A family making food in their family home.

It’s never too soon to start your own household maintenance schedule, and to start saving for those larger eventualities down the road. The savings to your pocket book as well the peace of mind that comes with preparedness will go a long way to ensure long-term enjoyment and comfort in your home.

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New property listed in Ottawa

I have listed a new property at 330 ROYAL FERN Way in Ottawa. See details here

Rarely available. This 2 Bed, 2 Bath home offers a welcoming open concept living/dining w/HW Floors, Transom Windows & flat ceilings. With over $50,000 in recent upgrades, enjoy the new:QUARTZ Countertops w/its Ceramic Backsplash, Sink & Faucet & SS Appliances in the kitchen; WALK-IN SHOWER, ceramic floor, updated vanity top w/sink in the Main Bath & LUXURY Vinyl plank flooring throughout the lower level. The primary Bedroom located on Main Level features a Tray Ceiling, Large Windows for Plenty of Natural Light & a walk-in closet. The large 22 x 8 deck at the rear is perfect to entertain family and friends. The second bedroom on the lower level enjoys its own full bathroom. The Laundry rm offers a Convenient INSIDE Access to your garage. Extra storage completes this level. Pet friendly condo with low fees. Located in the popular Riverside South Community, steps to local Parks & Dog Park, Amenities, Schools, Greenspaces & the upcoming Bowesville LRT Station! 24 hrs irrev on all offers. (id:2493)

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New property listed in Ottawa

I have listed a new property at 330 ROYAL FERN Way in Ottawa. See details here

Rarely available. This 2 Bed, 2 Bath home offers a welcoming open concept living/dining w/HW Floors, Transom Windows & flat ceilings. With over $50,000 in recent upgrades, enjoy the new: QUARTZ Countertops w/its Ceramic Backsplash, Sink & Faucet & SS Appliances in the kitchen; WALK-IN SHOWER, ceramic floor, updated vanity top w/sink in the Main Bath & LUXURY Vinyl plank flooring throughout the lower level. The primary Bedroom located on Main Level features a Tray Ceiling, Large Windows for Plenty of Natural Light & a walk-in closet. The large 22 x 8 deck at the rear is perfect to entertain family and friends. The second bedroom on the lower level enjoys its own full bathroom. The Laundry rm offers a Convenient INSIDE Access to your garage. Extra storage completes this level. Pet friendly condo with low fees. Located in the popular Riverside South Community, steps to local Parks, Amenities, Schools, Greenspaces & the upcoming Bowesville LRT Station! 24 hrs irrev on all offers. (id:2493)

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Open House. Open House on Saturday, March 30, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Please visit our Open House at 330 ROYAL FERN Way in Ottawa. See details here

Open House on Saturday, March 30, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rarely available. This 2 Bed, 2 Bath home offers a welcoming open concept living/dining w/HW Floors, Transom Windows & flat ceilings. With over $50,000 in recent upgrades, enjoy the new: QUARTZ Countertops w/its Ceramic Backsplash, Sink & Faucet & SS Appliances in the kitchen; WALK-IN SHOWER, ceramic floor, updated vanity top w/sink in the Main Bath & LUXURY Vinyl plank flooring throughout the lower level. The primary Bedroom located on Main Level features a Tray Ceiling, Large Windows for Plenty of Natural Light & a walk-in closet. The large 22 x 8 deck at the rear is perfect to entertain family and friends. The second bedroom on the lower level enjoys its own full bathroom. The Laundry rm offers a Convenient INSIDE Access to your garage. Extra storage completes this level. Pet friendly condo with low fees. Located in the popular Riverside South Community, steps to local Parks, Amenities, Schools, Greenspaces & the upcoming Bowesville LRT Station! 24 hrs irrev on all offers. (id:2493)

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Open House. Open House on Sunday, March 24, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Please visit our Open House at 330 ROYAL FERN Way in Ottawa. See details here

Open House on Sunday, March 24, 2024 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Rarely available this 2 Bed, 2 Bath home offers a welcoming open concept living/dining w/HW Floors, Transom Windows & flat ceilings. With over $50,000 in recent upgrades, enjoy the new: QUARTZ Countertops w/its Ceramic Backsplash, Sink & Faucet & SS Appliances in the kitchen; WALK-IN SHOWER, ceramic floor, updated vanity top w/sink in the Main Bath & LUXURY Vinyl plank flooring throughout the lower level. The primary Bedroom located on Main Level features a Tray Ceiling, Large Windows for Plenty of Natural Light & a walk-in closet. The large 22 x 8 deck at the rear is perfect to entertain family and friends. The second bedroom on the lower level enjoys its own full bathroom. The Laundry rm offers a Convenient INSIDE Access to your garage. Extra storage completes this level. Pet friendly condo with low fees. Located in the popular Riverside South Community, steps to local Parks, Amenities, Schools, Greenspaces & the upcoming Bowesville LRT Station! 24 hrs irrev on all offers. (id:2493)

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New property listed in Ottawa

I have listed a new property at 330 ROYAL FERN Way in Ottawa. See details here

Rarely available this 2 Bed, 2 Bath home offers a welcoming open concept living/dining w/HW Floors, Transom Windows & flat ceilings. With over $50,000 in recent upgrades, enjoy the new QUARTZ Countertops w/its Ceramic new Backsplash, new Sink & Faucet & new SS Appliances in the kitchen; new WALK-IN SHOWER, new ceramic floor, updated vanity top w/sink in the Main Bath and new LUXURY Vinyl plank flooring throughout the lower level. The primary Bedroom located on Main Level, features a Tray Ceiling, Large Windows for Plenty of Natural Light & Sizeable walk-in closet. The large 22 x 8 deck at the rear is perfect to entertain family and friends. The second bedroom on the lower level enjoys its own full bathroom. The Laundry room offers a Convenient INSIDE Access to your own garage. Extra storage completes this level. Located in the popular Riverside South Community with steps to local Parks, Amenities, Schools, Greenspaces and the upcoming Bowesville LRT Station! 24 hrs irrev on all offers. (id:2493)

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Latest Kitchen Trends for 2024

In recent years, the kitchen has gone from simply being a place to make food to a spot where you can inject style and personality into your home. 

“Kitchen spaces are very personal and given how much our lives have been altered in the past few years … clients are always looking for spaces that bring calm and peace even in its most sophisticated state,” explains Orienta Di Pietrantonio, an interior decorator with Emerald Interiors in Toronto, Ontario. “

As we head into 2024 with new design and décor trends, here are seven kitchen design trends we’re looking forward to.

Create a warm and comforting atmosphere with cozy shades

Cozy shades

According to Di Pietrantonio, 2024’s colours are all about warmth and comforting hues. 

“Whites will never be a thing of the past,” she explains. “Some may dispute cooler whites are still the way to go, but, in 2024, you can look forward to warmer whites instead.”

The rich jewel tones that were popular in 2023 will still be a key feature in kitchen designs

She notes the rich jewel tones that dominated 2023’s design trends will continue to be a defining feature in kitchens. This means we’ll be seeing shades of green, red, and burgundy. Orangey topaz and blue are making a comeback and, perhaps due to the massive popularity of the movie Barbie, so is pink. Additionally, brown, Di Pietrantonio reports “is the new black.”

Consider new placemats or table runners in forest green or burgundy, but be careful to balance the red and green scheme—you may run the risk of looking a little too Christmassy. If you’re looking for a weekend project, painting your cabinets or redoing your backsplash could be a bold way to inject 2024’s colours into your kitchen.

Bring a touch of nature to your kitchen with greenery

Extra touches of greenery

A few years ago, herbs were the most common plants you could find in kitchens. Greenery of all kinds is now being welcomed into these spaces. Di Pietrantonio loves this trend because it’s an easy way to create atmosphere you can change whenever you want. Whether you prefer to make a statement, or keep the décor understated, there’s no limit to the shades and textures you can explore simply by getting a new kitchen plant.

Consider hanging plants in front of your windows, or putting them on your kitchen island. Just be sure they have enough sunlight—and that you still have enough counter space. You can also opt for fake plants, which might be better if your thumb is a little less green than others, or if you have pets who are prone to eating things they shouldn’t. Just make sure you have plenty of space between the plants (real or fake) and your stovetop.

Expect natural tones and textures to stay trendy in 2024

Natural tones and textures

Natural materials will continue to be the tones and textures of choice in 2024. Materials like the ever popular rattan, bamboo, and wicker are still having their moment. Light wood tones, reminiscent of Japandi design, will be used to complement this look. 

As for how to incorporate this trend, Di Pietrantonio recommends you keep it simple. Switching out your chairs and stools with bamboo and rattan, for instance, will give the kitchen a new look without a total redo. You could also look for wooden accessories, like napkin holders or bread boxes. 

Open and versatile spaces will remain fashionable

Communal kitchens

“Open, multifunctional spaces continue to be in style,” Di Pietrantonio says. “The pandemic has changed relationships so people are looking for more ways to connect. With more people working or studying from home, kitchens are more important than ever given they’re a common communal space.”

You can adopt this trend by switching out your countertops for something shallower, creating more room for people to gather and move around, though admittedly this is a big project. One simple way to embrace a gathering-space kitchen is by adding stools around your island so it can double as a place to eat and relax.  

Get ready for a '70s vibe with browns and vibrant jewel tone colors

Retro vibes

We’re going back in time.  

“‘70s vibes are coming forward with browns and wonderful jewel tone colours,” Di Pietrantonio explains. “Retro or vintage-modern vibes are still popular. We’re looking forward to seeing more floral patterns and small geometrical designs in 2024.”

It’s the perfect trend for pattern lovers, especially those who frequently change their kitchen’s backsplash. All you need is peel-and-stick wallpaper and some free time.

Homeowners are opting for eco-friendly choices, like using upcycled or thrifted items in their decor

Stylish sustainability

Homeowners are looking to reduce their environmental footprint, which means upcycled or thrifted items in their décor. Using recycled or reclaimed wood is becoming increasingly common, due to the increasing popularity of a less ‘polished’ décor. You can also achieve this by visiting a local antique or thrift store to find accessories that match the aforementioned retro vibes. 

Another way to introduce sustainability into your kitchen design is by making items like recycling and composting bins a part of your kitchen décor. Get a stylish recycling bin that complements your theme. Similarly, create a set space for your composting bin that’s hidden yet easy to access. 

“There are affordable ways to achieve these trends without breaking the bank,” Di Pietrantonio says. Her top recommendations? “Paint one accent wall and dress it up with wall art that reflects trending colours and textures. Switch a main light fixture with a bolder statement piece. Get more plants, and accessorize.”  

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In the ever-evolving realm of home design, 2024 brings a fresh wave of trends that redefine the way we perceive and enhance our living spaces. From sustainable solutions to cutting-edge technology integration, homeowners are increasingly seeking innovative approaches to revitalize their homes.The top home renovation trends of 2024 are not just about aesthetics; they represent a complete approach to creating homes that are functional, sustainable, and tailored to individual lifestyles. Let’s explore 7 of the top home renovation trends gaining momentum in 2024.


1. Sustainable Living Spaces


Sustainability continues to be a driving force in home renovations. Eco-friendly materials, energy-efficient appliances, and water-saving fixtures are becoming staples in modern homes. Homeowners are increasingly aware of their environmental impact and are incorporating green building practices into their renovations to create more sustainable living spaces.


2. Smart Homes, Smarter Renovations



The integration of smart home technology has reached new heights. From intelligent thermostats and lighting systems to fully automated security features, homeowners are embracing the convenience and efficiency that smart home solutions offer. Renovations now often include the installation of interconnected devices that can be controlled remotely, providing homeowners with greater control over their living environments.


3. Multipurpose Spaces



The concept of multifunctional spaces has gained traction as people look for ways to maximize the utility of their homes. Homeowners are opting for open floor plans and flexible room designs that can serve multiple purposes, such as a home office that can transform into a guest room or a living room that seamlessly integrates with a dining area.


4. Introducing Nature into your Home 

 

Bringing the outdoors inside is a trend that has evolved into a full-fledged design philosophy. Biophilic design incorporates natural elements, such as plants, natural light, and organic materials, to create a connection with nature within the home. This approach not only enhances aesthetics but also contributes to improved well-being and mental health.


5. Statement Kitchens


Kitchens have always been the heart of the home, and in 2024, they are making bold statements. Homeowners are opting for unique and personalized kitchen designs, featuring statement backsplashes, high-end appliances, and creative storage solutions. Open shelving and mixed-material countertops are also on the rise, adding character and functionality to these essential spaces.


6. Luxurious Bathrooms 


Bathrooms are transforming into luxurious retreats. Homeowners are investing in spa-like features, including freestanding tubs, high-tech showers, and premium finishes. Smart mirrors with built-in technology are becoming increasingly popular, offering features such as integrated lighting, touchscreen controls, and even voice-activated assistants. 


7. Neutral and Earthy Colour Palettes 



Neutral and earthy color palettes are dominating interior design choices in 2024. Soft tones, such as warm grays, muted greens, and earthy browns, create a calming and timeless atmosphere. These colors serve as a versatile backdrop for other design elements and allow homeowners to express their personality through furniture, artwork, and decor.

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Green and Safe: The Best Pet-Friendly Plants for Your Home

Transforming your home into a lush and vibrant oasis doesn’t have to pose a threat to your furry friends. Many common houseplants can coexist peacefully with pets, adding a touch of nature to your living space while ensuring the safety and well-being of your beloved animals. Let’s explore some of the safest houseplants for animals, allowing you to create a pet-friendly haven that nurtures both your plants and your pets.

Spider Plant:

Spider plants are not only resilient and easy to care for but are also non-toxic to both cats and dogs. These graceful plants, with their arching leaves and air-purifying qualities, make a wonderful addition to any pet-friendly home.

Boston Fern:

Known for its lush, feathery fronds, the Boston Fern is a favourite among plant enthusiasts seeking a pet-safe option. This plant is non-toxic and can thrive in low to moderate light conditions, making it an excellent choice for various areas of your home.


Areca Palm:


The Areca Palm, also known as the Butterfly Palm or Bamboo Palm, is a pet-friendly choice that can add a tropical touch to your space. These palms are non-toxic and are known for their air-purifying properties, creating a healthier indoor environment for both pets and humans.

Calathea:

Calatheas are a family of plants that come in various striking patterns and colours. They are safe for pets and add a touch of elegance to your home. The Prayer Plant is a popular member of the Calathea family, known for its fascinating leaf movements.


Friendship Plant:


With its unique coin-shaped leaves, the Friendship Plant is a safe and attractive choice for pet owners. This low-maintenance plant thrives in indirect light and can be easily propagated, making it a great option for sharing with friends or expanding your plant collection.

African Violet:

Growing African violet: Care And Planting Advice | BBC Gardeners World  Magazine

For those looking to add a splash of colour to their homes, African Violets are a perfect choice. These flowering plants are safe for pets and come in a variety of hues. Place them in a bright, indirect light spot, and they will reward you with their charming blossoms.

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HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR CREDIT SCORE

If you are planning on applying for a mortgage, one of the most important factors that lenders will consider is your credit score. Your credit score is a numerical representation of your creditworthiness, and it is used by lenders to determine your risk as a borrower. A higher credit score can lead to a lower interest rate on your mortgage, while a lower credit score can result in a higher interest rate or even a denial of your mortgage application. If you are looking to improve your credit score in order to qualify for a better mortgage rate, here are five tips to help you get started:

1. Check your credit report and score

The first step in improving your credit score is to check your credit report and score. You can get a free copy of your credit report from each of the three major credit bureaus (Equifax, TransUnion, and Experian) once a year by visiting annualcreditreport.com. In addition, there are also various websites and apps that can provide you with a free credit score. By checking your credit report and score, you can identify any errors or mistakes that may be negatively impacting your credit score and take steps to correct them.

2. Use credit responsibly

Building a good credit score takes time, so it’s important to use credit responsibly from the start. This means only borrowing what you can afford to pay back, paying your bills on time, and not maxing out your credit cards. By using credit responsibly, you can establish a good credit history and improve your credit score over time.

3. Pay your bills on time

Payment history is one of the most important factors that contributes to your credit score. By paying your bills on time, you can demonstrate to lenders that you are responsible and reliable when it comes to paying your debts. Set up automatic payments or reminders to ensure that you don’t miss any due dates.

4. Reduce your credit card balances

Credit utilization is another important factor that affects your credit score. This is the ratio of your credit card balances to your credit limits. A higher credit utilization ratio can indicate to lenders that you are using a large percentage of your available credit, which can be seen as a risk. To improve your credit utilization ratio, try to pay down your credit card balances as much as possible and aim to keep your balances below 30% of your credit limits.

5. Don’t close old credit cards

If you have credit cards that you no longer use, it may be tempting to close them in order to simplify your finances. However, closing an old credit card can actually have a negative impact on your credit score. This is because the credit card’s age is a factor in your credit score, and a longer credit history can help improve your score. Instead of closing old credit cards, consider keeping them open and using them sparingly to maintain a good credit history.

6. Dispute errors on your credit report:

If you find errors on your credit report, it’s important to take action to correct them as soon as possible. Credit report errors can occur for a variety of reasons, and they can have a significant impact on your credit score. By disputing errors on your credit report, you can help ensure that your credit score reflects your true creditworthiness.

7. Monitor your credit regularly

It’s important to monitor your credit regularly to ensure that your credit score is accurate and up-to-date. In addition to checking your credit report and score once a year, you can also consider signing up for a credit

monitoring service or setting up alerts to notify you of any changes to your credit. By monitoring your credit regularly, you can stay on top of any potential issues or mistakes and take action to correct them.

8. Don’t apply for too many credit cards at once

Every time you apply for a credit card, it results in a hard inquiry on your credit report, which can temporarily lower your credit score. To avoid too many hard inquiries, try to limit your credit card applications to only when you really need them.

9. Consider a secured credit card

If you have a low credit score or a limited credit history, a secured credit card may be a good option. A secured credit card is a type of credit card that requires a deposit as collateral, which is used to secure the credit line. By using a secured credit card responsibly and paying your bills on time, you can build or improve your credit score.

In conclusion, improving your credit score can be a key factor in getting approved for a mortgage and securing a better interest rate. By checking your credit report and score, paying your bills on time, reducing your credit card balances, avoiding too many credit card applications, and considering a secured credit card, you can take steps to improve your credit score and increase your chances of getting approved for a mortgage.

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THE BEST CONDO AMENITIES FOR YOUR LIFESTYLE

Living in a condominium offers a unique lifestyle, combining the convenience of urban living with the comfort of a private home. One of the biggest advantages of condo living is the access to a wide range of amenities that enhance the overall living experience. It is important to understand the wide variation in amenities offered before buying your condo. In this article, we will delve into the world of condo amenities, exploring what they are, why they are important, and highlighting the essential and luxurious options available.

UNDERSTANDING CONDO AMENITIES

Condo amenities refer to the shared facilities and services available to residents. These can include anything from fitness centres and swimming pools to security features and pet-friendly spaces. The purpose of these amenities is to enhance the quality of life for residents and create a sense of community within the condominium complex.

As shared spaces, condo amenities are usually maintained and improved by the condo corporation. Residents contribute towards these ownership and maintenance costs via monthly common expenses.

WHAT ARE CONDO AMENITIES?

Condo amenities encompass a wide range of services and facilities that are designed to cater to the diverse needs and preferences of residents. They serve as an extension of your living space, providing additional convenience and enjoyment. Whether you’re looking for a place to relax and unwind, socialize with your neighbours, or maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, condo amenities have got you covered.

THE IMPORTANCE OF QUALITY AMENITIES

Investing in a condo with top-notch amenities can significantly impact your daily life. Quality amenities not only add value to your property, but they also enhance your overall well-being. Having convenient access to amenities eliminates the need to travel elsewhere for basic services, saving you time and effort. Moreover, amenities provide opportunities for social interaction and community engagement, fostering a sense of belonging and creating lasting memories.

Condo corporations usually make their best efforts to make sure these facilities are clean, functional, and operational. Occasionally, this duty can entail a renovation of the common areas. This can be done via budgeting or charging the owners in a special assessment. Before buying a condo, it's important to understand the improvements planned or scheduled, which will be detailed in the Status Certificate.

ESSENTIAL CONDO AMENITIES

When it comes to essential condo amenities, a few options stand out as must-haves for any prospective homeowner. Let’s explore these amenities that are crucial for a comfortable and convenient living experience.

SECURITY FEATURES

Your safety and peace of mind should be a top priority when choosing a condo. Look for buildings equipped with robust security features such as 24/7 surveillance, access control systems, and professional security staff. These measures ensure that you can enjoy a worry-free living environment.

PARKING FACILITIES

Convenient parking facilities can make a world of difference in urban living. Look for condos that offer designated parking spaces or even underground parking garages. Parking spaces can be owned, exclusively assigned, or first-come first-served. Parking ownership or assignment eliminates the hassle of searching for parking and provides added security for your vehicle.

Ensure that the building has sufficient visitor parking too, and double-check the overnight parking policy. Should you have family or friends spend the night, you don’t want to wake up to a ticket or a tow!

FITNESS CENTRES AND POOLS

Maintaining an active lifestyle is essential for your physical and mental well-being. A well-equipped fitness centre within your condo complex allows you to work out conveniently without having to travel to a gym. Additionally, having access to a pool provides a refreshing way to cool off and stay fit during the summer months.

PET-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

If you’re a pet owner, it’s important to choose a condo that accommodates your furry friends. Look for properties that feature pet-friendly amenities such as designated dog parks, dog-washing stations, and easy access to outdoor spaces for walks and playtime. Your pet will appreciate the additional love and attention they receive in their new home!

LUXURY CONDO AMENITIES

If you’re looking for a touch of extravagance and sophistication, luxury condo amenities will exceed your expectations. These amenities elevate the condo living experience to unmatched levels of comfort and luxury, ensuring that every moment spent within your home is pure bliss.

SPA AND WELLNESS CENTERS

Imagine having a luxurious spa right at your doorstep. High-end condos often feature spa and wellness centres where residents can indulge in rejuvenating massages, facials, and other wellness treatments. These spaces provide a retreat from daily life and promote self-care and relaxation.

ROOFTOP DECKS AND OUTDOOR SPACES

There’s something magical about enjoying panoramic views from a rooftop deck. Luxury condos often offer expansive outdoor spaces where residents can unwind, entertain guests, or soak up the beautiful surroundings. These rooftops serve as an oasis in the bustling city, allowing you to reconnect with nature and escape the urban chaos.

PRIVATE DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT AREAS

Luxury condos often provide private dining and entertainment areas to impress your guests. These spaces allow you to host elegant dinner parties or intimate gatherings without having to leave the comfort of your building. Imagine the convenience of having a fully equipped kitchen and a stylish dining area just a few steps away from your front door.

ECO-FRIENDLY AMENITIES

As sustainability and environmental consciousness continue to gain prominence, many condo developers are incorporating eco-friendly amenities into their projects. These amenities aim to minimize the ecological footprint of the building while providing residents with a healthier and greener living environment.

ENERGY-EFFICIENT APPLIANCES

Choosing a condo equipped with energy-efficient appliances is not only environmentally friendly but also cost-effective. Energy-efficient appliances consume less electricity, reducing your carbon footprint and helping you save on utility bills. Look for condos that prioritize sustainability by using appliances with high energy-efficiency ratings.

GREEN SPACES AND GARDENS

A touch of greenery can transform a condo complex into a serene oasis. Developers are incorporating green spaces and gardens within condo complexes to offer residents a connection to nature. These spaces not only improve air quality but also provide opportunities for relaxation, exercise, and gardening.

RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING FACILITIES

Reducing waste is a crucial step towards a sustainable future. Condos that prioritize environmental responsibility often provide recycling and composting facilities for residents. These amenities make it convenient for you to dispose of waste responsibly, minimizing the impact on the environment.

Condo amenities play a significant role in enhancing the quality of life for residents. From essential amenities that provide convenience and security to luxurious and eco-friendly amenities that elevate the living experience, there is a wide range of options. When buying a condo, it’s essential to consider your lifestyle preferences and prioritize the amenities that align with your needs. Whether you value an active lifestyle, crave luxury and indulgence, or seek a sustainable living environment, there are condo amenities out there that will cater to your desires and make your condo truly feel like home.


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Home Organization Tips for the New Year

Have you stuck to your New Year’s resolutions so far? Whether it’s eating healthier, keeping the house clean, getting more exercise, or something more personal, New Year’s resolutions can be tricky to keep.

More often than not, people try to get on top of their home organization at the beginning of the year, making a vow to keep things tidy all year round. We spoke with Nina Duque and Hillary Tan-Ortiz of Overdue Solutions, a cleaning and organizing service from the Greater Toronto Area, and they gave us some of their best tips on how to keep your home organized this year—and where to start. 

“Most people would go for the areas that are an eyesore (out in the open), but we recommend tackling your hidden spaces like closets, cupboards, or cabinets,” says Tan-Ortiz. “These spaces generally hide things you haven’t touched in a while—and will likely never touch for weeks, months, or years to come. Clutter builds up in those spaces because you’re not looking at the mess everyday and we often fall into the trap of ‘out of sight, out of mind.’ You’d be surprised to find things have accumulated overtime.”

What should you ask yourself when decluttering?

It’s not uncommon to build emotional attachments towards your stuff, but it can become a hindrance when you’re trying to declutter your space. 

“Purging can be both nerve-wracking and therapeutic at the same time, but it’s all about practicality,” Duque shared. “If you’re trying to decide on if you should keep or get rid of an item, there are some questions to ask yourself such as:

  • When was the last time you used this item? If the answer is more than a year ago, it might be worth reconsidering if you’ll ever use it again.
  • How often have you used this item since purchasing it and was it being used enough for you to say it was worth the purchase? If the answers are no, then we’re sorry to say you might have been a victim of an impulsive purchase. (We’re all guilty of it!)
  • Take an inventory of your items—do you really need four different hair straighteners? Sometimes you don’t even realize you have multiples of the same item and if you do, it might be worth donating to others who could use your extras.

We’re not going to ask you if it sparks joy, but it’s definitely worth asking yourself if it serves any purpose in your current environment. Sometimes an item that worked well in your old apartment might not have a home for the new house you just bought. Again, think about practicality.

What are the best home organization tips?

Just like buying a home or a car, there aren’t any one-size-fits all solutions to keeping your home organized. According to Overdue Solutions, it’s all about customizing your solutions to your lifestyle and what makes the most sense for your space. That being said, there are a few key strategies you can consider. 

“We often recommend the items you use the most be the easiest to access, and the rest should go into proper storage areas,” Tan-Ortiz explained. Otherwise, here are some other tips to help you out:

  • Group liked things together—arts and crafts supplies in a bin, cleaning supplies in the same area, electronics stored together, etc.
  • Use clear plastic bins because they help immensely for easy identification if you’re looking for something. Avoid bags! 
  • Get into the habit of storing your items in designated spots as soon as you bring them into a new space. If you’re not much of an art décor person, maximize wall space by hanging up items or setting up shelves instead.

What are the areas people tend to forget when organizing?

When you take a look at your home and assess what needs the most attention, odds are you’re focusing on the areas you can see. Bookshelves, coffee tables, the living room, and other highly visible areas are often the first places we start when trying to get organized, but there are a few areas we tend to forget. 

“Kitchen cabinet drawers, shoe racks/cabinets, and bathroom cabinetry (especially under the sink) often get neglected even though they’re wildly overused,” Duque shared. “These storage spots are in high-traffic areas and usually get overly stocked up with various items. We highly recommend purging those areas every season to make sure the stuff that’s not really needed is taken out.”

The best way to organize…

Armed with the knowledge of where to start and what to ask yourself, it’s time to begin organizing and decluttering! Nina and Hil shared their tips on organizing four main areas of your home. 

Bedrooms

“Tackle the closet first!” Duque explained. “A big part of the average person’s bedroom is actually their closet space and/or storage for clothing. Clothing needs to be arranged so the most used outfits (and undergarments) get placed in an easy access area. Seasonal arrangement also helps so you’re not constantly grabbing the wrong things—no one likes reaching over a winter coat when trying to grab a fall sweater.”

Kitchens

“Clear the counter space!” Tan-Ortiz stressed. “It helps immensely when you’re actually trying to use the kitchen to…cook (gasp). And when organizing your pantry, do it by product similarity and what you use most. For example, if you’re a coffee/tea person, that’s definitely the first thing you’ll want to grab rather than some canned goods.”

Playrooms and basements

“Bins, bins, bins,” Duque shared. “Basements are sometimes the go-to extra storage space in households and are often forgotten about. Dust tends to collect faster in basements so bins are your best bet at maintaining storage. Clear bins go a long way in helping you identify things easily.”

Linen closets

“It all depends on your personal preference but we recommend organizing linen closets by colour so it’s easier to identify what matches,” Tan-Ortiz explained. “Plus, it’s always good to know if you’re running out of white towels and will need to do a load of whites, for example.”

In the end, home organization comes down to what works best for you. While there are concepts and tricks to getting started, your home should be set up to best suit your lifestyle and routine—whatever that may be!

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Ontario Property Taxes and Value Assessments: A Comprehensive Guide for Homeowners in 2024

The Background

The COVID-19 pandemic brought about various changes and delays to just about everything, and Ontario’s property assessment was no exception. To adapt to the circumstances during the pandemic, the Ontario government postponed the 2020 assessment update. As a result, property assessments for the 2023 and 2024 property tax years will be based on the fully phased-in January 1, 2016 current values. This decision allowed the government to extend the postponement of a province-wide reassessment through the end of the 2021-2024 assessment cycle.

The 2016 Benchmark

In 2016, the Ontario government mailed a Property Assessment Notice to every property owner in the province. This notice reflected the assessed value and classification of each property as of January 1, 2016. Remarkably, this benchmark will serve as the foundation for calculating property taxes for 2023 and 2024. So, what does this mean for homeowners?

If you were a property owner in 2016, you may wonder how the property’s value from seven years ago is relevant to your current tax bill. It’s a valid concern, as property values can fluctuate significantly over time. The answer lies in understanding that the 2016 benchmark as a snapshot in time, serving as a reference point. However, prepare yourself for a possible and maybe even significant increase on the next assessment. 

Ongoing Property Review

The Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) continues to review properties during non-assessment update years. Even though the 2016 benchmark serves as the starting point, many factors prompt a reassessment. According to MPAC, these changes could include:

  1. Change in Property Ownership or Legal Description: If there has been a change in the legal ownership of your property, meaning you bought and/or sold, you might receive a notice from MPAC.
  2. Value Changes from Appeals: If you’ve previously filed a request for reconsideration or had an assessment review board decision, and it resulted in a change to your property’s assessed value, this will be reflected in your assessment.
  3. Structural Changes: Any additions, renovations, or demolition of structures on your property can impact your assessment. A new structure, the removal of an old one, or significant modifications will be considered.
  4. Classification or Tax Liability Changes: If the classification of your property changes, it can affect your tax liability. Understanding the classification of your property is crucial as it determines your property tax rate.

What to Expect in 2024

As 2024 fast approaches, it’s essential for homeowners to be aware of these factors. With the 2016 benchmark serving as the base, any property changes made since then can lead to increases in your property assessment. 

Property taxes are also influenced by municipal budgets and tax rates, which can fluctuate from year to year. Understanding your property assessment is a vital step in the process, as it allows you to make informed decisions about your financial planning and property ownership.

If you’re a prospective buyer entering the market in the coming months, this information is equally important for you. When considering a property purchase, it’s vital to understand not only the property’s current value but also its potential for changes in the near future.

By being proactive and understanding the factors that affect property assessments, homeowners can plan and prepare for any changes that may come their way. Whether you’re a current homeowner or a future property buyer, knowledge is your greatest ally in navigating Ontario’s property assessment system, be prepared. 

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Fire Safety and Prevention Tips for Your Home.

Fire safety in the home is essential throughout the year, though extra attention is encouraged during colder seasons as we fire up our heating systems and turn to candles to create warm atmospheres. There are simple, yet preventative, steps you can take to reduce the risk of fires in your home to keep you, your loved ones and your belongings safe.

This article will assess some of the key hazards in our homes we tend to overlook as well as the major, life-saving effect of working smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Fire Hazard Guide

Fire hazards in your home you may not realize

Some fire hazards are easily identifiable, including unattended cigarettes or fire-burning candles, but there are some less obvious dangers we often overlook. Be sure to add these areas to your fire mitigation plan, too.  

Dryer lint

When it comes to fires caused by home appliances, dryers are at the top of the list. Make sure you’re regularly clearing lint from the trap, vent, and exhaust pipe. The lint trap should be cleaned after every cycle, while your vent and exhaust pipes should be at least once a year or when you notice clothes are taking longer to dry. 

Forgetting pots and pans on your stove

The Canadian Red Cross lists unattended stoves as one of the leading causes of home fires in Canada. Turn off your stove if you aren’t there to attend to it, and if you’re leaving something to simmer or stew all day, don’t leave the house with the stove on. Be sure to clean flammable grease and grime off your stove as they can catch fire and ignite nearby combustibles like kitchen cloths and towels, as well as cabinets and curtains. 

REMEMBER: Never use water to put out a grease fire. Turn off the heat source, use a metal lid to cover the fire, and use a fire extinguisher. If the fire feels unmanageable, evacuate and call 9-1-1. 

Overcrowding electrical outlets

Electrical fires can be caused by overloaded outlets. When outlets carry too much electricity, they generate an increased level of internal heat that could ignite a fire. Ideally, appliances should have their own outlet, and never plug more than one heating appliance into a single outlet. 

Dust building up around electrical outlets

Dust bunnies appear well before a spring clean, which is why it’s so important to dust your home regularly. Dust is highly combustible, and when it’s collected near electrical outlets or space heaters, it’s susceptible to igniting and spreading.

Flammable items on or near heat sources

Clothes, furniture, stuffed animals, towels, or other flammable materials could start a fire when placed on or too close to radiators, lamps, stovetops, lights, or space heaters. Double check there is adequate space between flammable belongings and heat sources. 

Leaving styling devices connected

Straighteners, curling irons, and flat irons all have the potential to start a fire if they are left plugged in and unattended. Adopt the habit of unplugging them immediately after use, and look for styling tools that have automatic shut-offs after a certain period of time. 

Christmas trees

Both artificial and real trees present fire hazards. Real trees should be watered daily to avoid becoming dry and highly flammable, especially with lights strung along the branches. Trees should also be kept far away from open fires or space heaters and electrical sockets should not be overloaded with Christmas lights. As noted above, overloading outlets is hazardous and could spread through a flammable Christmas tree quickly. 

Smoke Alarms & Carbon Monoxide Detectors

How often should you test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors? 

We expect our smoke alarms to be ready at any time to alert us of a fire, which is why it’s crucial to check them regularly. Smoke alarms come with manufacturer’s instructions on testing and maintaining your alarm, but First Alert recommends smoke detectors be tested on a monthly basis.

If your alarm is powered by a nine-volt battery, it’s recommended the batteries be changed every six months. Similarly, hardwired smoke detectors should have their backup batteries replaced every six months and be replaced entirely every 10 years, though it’s best to refer to the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Carbon monoxide detectors are mandatory for your home in most provinces, and strongly recommended even where it’s not law, as they catch dangerous levels that come from gas or wood-burning fireplaces, gas stoves and ovens, furnaces, boilers, and water heaters. They should ideally be replaced every five to seven years, and checked monthly to ensure they’re working properly. 

The placement of smoke and carbon monoxide detectors is again regulated by the province or municipality. In Ontario, for example, detectors must be located adjacent to all sleeping areas of the home if you have a fuel-burning appliance, fireplace, or an attached garage. If you’re unsure of your local or provincial laws surrounding carbon monoxide detectors, check with your local fire department.

Fire safety tips for homeowners

Tips for fire safety as a homeowner

It’s important to be aware of all possible escape routes from your home, which is why a personalized home emergency evacuation plan is strongly advised by First Alert, among other fire safety organizations. Though ideally you’ll never have to use it, the plan should be in place and practiced at least twice a year to avoid heightening the panic or confusion in the event of an emergency. 

When making your escape route, consider the following: 

  • identify multiple exits in the event your main exit is blocked during an emergency—First Alert recommends two exit routes from every room in your home;
  • consider keeping escape ladders in rooms on the second floor for additional exit options;
  • assign a meeting spot for the family in the even you’re evacuating separately; and
  • assign one person to assist pets, children, or anyone else who may need help evacuating.

It’s also important for everyone in your home to know how to properly use a fire extinguisher. Think of the acronym PASS. Pull the pin, Aim the nozzle, Squeeze the handle, Sweep the area. First Alert recommends checking your fire extinguishers on a monthly basis to ensure the pressure indicator is pointed in the green zone of the dial. If it’s not, your extinguisher needs to be serviced immediately. They also remind people most fire extinguishers only last five to six years before they need to be refilled, so keeping track of those dates in something like a homeowner’s journal is key. 

Here’s a handy checklist of preventative measures and tips, in addition to your smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, on how to proceed in the event of a fire:

  • map out an escape route, making note of anyone who will need assistance and establish a safe place to meet outside of the home where everyone can be accounted for;
  • make sure to completely stub out fire burning candles and any other lit items before leaving them unattended;
  • keep flammable liquids or items like curtains, paper, and clothing at least three feet away from appliances like space heaters or radiators;
  • if there’s a power outage, consider using a flashlight instead of candles; and
  • as well as keeping matches, lighters, and flammable liquids out of reach of children, have regular conversations with them about the dangers of fire and ensure they’re aware of the “stop, drop, and roll” technique should their clothing catch fire.

While you may not be able to prevent fires completely, being prepared in the event of an emergency is key when it comes to keeping you and your family safe. If you’re ever curious about how you can make your home more fire safe, contact your local fire department for details. 

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