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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Urszula- Your Real Estate Connection
If you’ve ever been involved in a house hunt, either for yourself or someone close to you, you’ll know that there are many different types of houses. Of course, there are differences in colour, location, materials, lot shape, and more, but there are some general construction types that describe the shape and layout of the home.
Each type has its pros and cons, and each has its own base of fans, depending on their preferences and their needs in a home.
With Earth Day just around the corner, it’s worth having the discussion about how we can do more to protect our plant. The good news is that there are many little fixes you can make around your home that can make it more eco-friendly, and most of the time, healthier for your pocket as well!
The opportunity to buy greenfield new builds is quickly slowing down due to the growth boundaries put on the Region of Waterloo. However, there are still many options for home buyers wanting something that hasn’t been occupied before, from infill townhouses to condos in the downtown core. So if you are looking for something new- you totally can have it.
But for those looking for something older with character and in a more established neighbourhood, Kitchener Waterloo has those options too! From our tell-a-tale yellow brick Victorian houses, cute little bungalows on the East End, to the old, winding roads of Colonial Acres and the stately homes of the 60’s, there is a housing type for everyone.
The question is: what are you looking for?
Couples don’t have to agree on everything in life, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. However, when home hunting, there are some basic points on which a couple must agree if they are to happily spend the next few years living under the same roof.
After going on home hunting trips with several dozens of couples, I’m confident that I have nailed down the key points on which couples buying homes have to agree on before they make an offer on anything. Otherwise, figuring out where the opinions overlap can take a lot of time and grief, leading to missed opportunities and potential for tension in the future.
Whether you have just moved in and consider your new yard a clean slate, or really want to update your garden this year, the landscaping trends of 2018 have inspired me to start planning early and keep an eye out for the items that I need to turn my property into an oasis.
It seems like everyone gets worked up on preparing for the big move, but how do we best deal with the aftermath?
Not quite sure if you are ready to downsize your house for a smaller, more manageable size? Answer the following questions to find out if it’s time to face the truth and move!
When selling a home, the goal is to get the highest offer price (and profit margin) possible with the best conditions for you. Everyone has their own way of trying to attain this, from first completing extensive renovations, to doing almost nothing and hoping that the market carries them through.
Most often the best course of action is to do some sprucing up before the “For Sale” sign goes on the lawn. However, the key is to do things that don’t cost too much yet bring a significant increase to the listing price, or at least the price that buyers are willing to pay for your home.
Here are 6 ideas that I have seen work in the past and could be something for future sellers to consider doing before putting up their properties for sale: