Updating Windows to Prevent Winter Drafts?
As you comparison shop, look beyond materials and design, and evaluate the A, B, C ratings.
A) Air Tightness – rated A1, A2 or A3 to reflect increasing levels of air tightness. Fixed windows tend to have higher ratings. Sliders tend to be “leakier” than casement windows.
B) Water Leakage – resistance to wind-driven rain is rated from B1 to B7. The higher the number, the more resistance to wind-driven rain penetration.
C) Wind Resistance – Ratings range from C1 to a high of C5. CMHC advises a minimum of a C2 rated window.
Also consider: Glazing – Triple-glazed windows help reduce noise transfer from outside, and tend to be better insulators than double-glazed windows.
Low-emissivity (Low-E) windows enhance energy efficiency. Low-E windows have a thin coating of metal oxide on the inside window pane that filters UV rays and blocks interior heat from escaping through the glass.
To find out about available government grants and incentives for making energy-efficient home upgrades, check out: https://showmethegreen.ca/how-to-guides/save-energy-water-at-home/government-rebates-for-window-replacement-2018/
CANADA’S ECONOMY…FEELING THE WARMTH
What else can be said – housing markets have maintained unpredictable strength. Government leaders and even bankers have been, what’s termed as, “jawboning” the housing market, in attempt to limit what seems like unending price changes. Is it working? Is it levelling? It’s too early to tell. But they continue to talk a fine line, with a goal of “calm”
For sure, there has been a lack of homes and even condos for sale in many neighbourhoods. Supply and demand affects so much. Even if you’ve just toyed with the idea of selling, it’s a terrific time for us to be in touch.
As for interest rates… inflation continues to peg on the lower side of the BoC’s parameters, which likely means stable interest rates. Steady rates are good for home buyers, sellers and good for businesses. The pain point for some is the weak Canadian dollar compared to the U.S. green-back. However, the silver lining is that economists are looking at our low dollar to strengthen exports.
According to Export Development Canada (EDC), higher commodity prices will fuel a 6 per cent increase in our overall export performance for 2017. Plus, they’re looking at global growth to further boost Canada’s international sales by 5 per cent next year.
There are no crystal balls, but positive indicators here and in global major markets continue to point to an upswing in economic growth momentum.
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Mortgage Loan Insurance -Typically required by the mortgage Lender when a homebuyer has a down payment of less than 20% of the purchase price. This type of insurance helps protect Lenders against mortgage default, and fees can range from .3% to more than 6% – the greater the down payment, the lower the fee. Continue reading “Mortgage Insurances – What are they? And why consider them?”
1. Maintain your lawn. Mow, pull weeds and make sure your walkways are free of debris.
2. Keep your hedges in check. Well-maintained hedges and shrubs improve the look of your property.
3. Clean your windows and gutters. This isn’t just for aesthetics; it’s good home maintenance as well.
4. Maintain your home’s exterior. Keep your home looking like new with a new coat of paint every few years, replace your roof when necessary and make repairs on time.
5. Spring for new home accents. Spice things up with new house numbers, a fresh coat of paint on your shutters or colourful plants and flowers in your window boxes or garden beds.
If you’re thinking of listing your home, pricing it right is an important step.
After all, many buyers have come out of their winter hibernation eager to look for a new home. Below are just three benefits of a well-priced home.
3 Benefits of Pricing Your Home Right Continue reading “3 Benefits of Pricing Your Home Right”