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Hello Autumn-Your Complete Fall Home Maintenance Check List

Hello Autumn

Your Complete Fall Home’s  Maintenance  Check List

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Keep your home warm and running efficiently with our fall home maintenance checklist. It’s time to get your home ready for winter.

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Keep your home warm and running efficiently with our fall home maintenance checklist. It’s time to get your home ready for winter.

Most of the tasks listed below are well with-in the average home owner’s ability. But if you decide on hiring a professional to take care of them, it’s worth the expense. You will save time, money and perhaps even your life.

Fall Home Maintenance Check-List

  • Roof Inspection
  • Chimney
  • Gutters
  • Doors & Windows
  • Exterior Hoses
  • Driveways & Walkways
  • Air-Conditioning Maintenance
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Furnace Maintenance
  • Wood Burning Stove Maintenance
  • Smoke Detectors
  • General Clean Up

Roof Inspection

Make sure the roof is in good condition. Check for loose or missing tiles and for any cracks in the chimney. If you’ve been putting off the task replacing the shingles over the last few years, well now’s a good time to get them replaced. Hire a professional roofing contractor to patch up any gaps and replace shingles.

Chimney

Implementing a chimney maintenance plan is always critical for insuring the safety of your home and family. The function of a chimney is to carry dangerous fireplace, wood, oil or furnace and boiler gases safely out of your home.   Chimney fires are entirely preventable with proper care and cleaning. Inspect the exterior of the chimney for sings of damage. Have the flue inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.

Gutters

Check the gutter systems outside your home. Be mindful for any broken or leaking gutters, and repair them as soon possible. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. Clear out any leaves and other debris that tend to collect over the summer and fall seasons and have them covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning. Doing this will reduce the risks of leaks and blockages during freezing weather.

Doors and Windows

Fall is a great time to get out and check the caulking around doors and windows. Proper caulking keeps moisture away and helps with drafts issues. Again caulking makes your home more efficient and helps prevent mold.

Drafts through your front doors don’t seem as much of a problem in the summer months, but the truth is it can be.  If your weather strip allows a ¼” opening around a door, it’s like a hole in the wall that is 4” x 4”.  Drafts don’t seem as noticeable the summer months because the air flows from cold to warm which is why it’s more noticeable in the winter season.

On that note, the best course of action would be replace the weather strip on your door. You can do this by going to your local building supply company and purchase a weather strip that is similar to what is currently on your door.  If you don’t see one that is similar just buy a “universal” type and install it on the door frame.  Every little bit of money saved on the Electricity Bill is a good thing and you may be pleasantly surprised next summer when you notice a difference of savings  in your electricity  bill since your doors will seal better!

Exterior Hoses

Commonly Known as hose bibs or sill-cocks, the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bib. Your garden hoses should be disconnected from the sill cocks or outside faucets and drained if stored outside.

Driveway & Walkways

Damaged walkways, drives, and steps are a hazard year round, but their dangers are compounded when the weather turns icy. Fixing problems in the fall is also critical to preventing little problems from becoming expensive headaches.

Look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Check for disintegration of asphalt, or washed-out materials on loose-fill paths.

Most small jobs are well within the ability of a do-it-yourself, but save major repairs for experienced hands.

Air-Conditioning Maintenance

Central Air conditioning systems: Take a hose with the spray head set to “jet” or the highest pressure you have and clean the fan blades and condensing coils of clear of debris and dirt. Left unprotected the condensing unit can be damaged by wet leaves and debris that contribute to rusting and freezing of internal components. Although these units are designed for outdoor use, covering them with a breathable waterproof cover made for that purpose will extending the life and efficient performance of the unit.

Outdoor Furniture

Any outdoor furniture and garden accessories, lighting, should be stored in a dry place such a shed or a garage. If you lack storage space and have the room, you may even use space in your basement to protect your items from the winter elements.

Furnace Maintenance

Fall is a perfect time to clean or replace your furnace filter. Reusable filters can be washed down and re installed. Disposable filters should be replaced with a new one. Dirty filters lower your HVAC system’s efficiency so it’s a good idea to change them accordingly.

Once a year, it’s a good idea to have your heating system inspected by a professional. To avoid the last-minute rush, consider scheduling this task in early fall, before the heating season begins.

Here are signs that you should have an inspection performed sooner:

Noisy Belts– Unusual screeches or whines may be a signal that belts connected to the blower motor are worn or damaged.

Poor Performance– A heating system that doesn’t seem to work as well as it once did could be a sign of various problems. Your heating ducts might be blocked, the burners might be misadjusted, or the blower motor could be on its last legs. One check you should be sure to conduct: Make sure your furnace filter is clean.

Erratic Behaviour– This could be caused by a faulty thermostat or a misadjusted furnace.

Wood Burning Stove Maintenance

Wood burning stoves are a great way to add atmosphere and warmth to your home. But regular inspections are needed to ensure that these devices don’t become a safety hazard. Here’s how to check them.

 Cracks in stovepipes attached to wood stoves can release toxic fumes into your home. Throughout the heating season, you should check for corrosion, holes, or loose joints. Clean the stovepipe, and then look for signs of deterioration or looseness. Replace stovepipe if necessary.

 Smoke Detectors

Test your smoke alarm monthly and clean it every 6 months.  Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.  Things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:

  • Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.
  • Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
  • Even alarms with a pilot light that indicate power is being transmitted, should be tested regularly.
  • Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing.   Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
  • When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
  • Remember, your smoke alarm can’t protect you if the batteries have been removed or a plug has been disconnected.
  • The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
  • To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it.  Frequently, the alarm will sound while the unit is being cleaned.

General Clean Up

Rid your home of accumulations of old newspapers and leftover hazardous household chemicals. (Check with your local Municipal Hazardous Waste or Special Waste Agency about the proper way to discard dangerous chemicals.) Store flammable materials and poisons in approved, clearly labeled containers. Keep a clear space around heaters, furnaces, and other heat-producing appliances.

 

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Your Fall Home’s Maintenance Check List-Don Of All Trades

It’s hard to believe that summer is almost over. Keep your home warm  and running efficiently with our fall home maintenance checklist. It’s time to get your home ready  for winter.

Most of the tasks listed below are well with-in the average home owners ability. But if you decide on hiring a professional to take care of them, it’s worth the expense. You will save time, money and perhaps even your life.

Fall Home Maintenance Check-List
  • Roof Inspection
  • Chimney
  • Gutters
  • Doors & Windows
  • Exterior Hoses
  • Driveways & Walkways
  • Air-Conditioning Maintenance
  • Outdoor Furniture
  • Furnace Maintenance
  • Wood Burning Stove Maintenance
  • Smoke Detectors
  • General Clean Up
Roof Inspection

Make sure the roof is in good condition. Check for loose or missing tiles and for any cracks in the chimney. If you’ve been putting off the task replacing the shingles over the last few years, well now’s a good time to get them replaced. Hire a professional roofing contractor to patch up any gaps and replace shingles.

Chimney

Implementing a chimney maintenance plan is always critical for insuring the safety of your home and family. The function of a chimney is to carry dangerous fireplace, wood, oil or furnace and boiler gases safely out of your home.   Chimney fires are entirely preventable with proper care and cleaning. Inspect the exterior of the chimney for sings of damage. Have the flue inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.

Gutters

Check the gutter systems outside your home. Be mindful for any broken or leaking gutters, and repair them as soon possible. Clogged gutters can lead to damaged exterior surfaces and to water in your basement. Clear out any leaves and other debris that tend to collect over the summer and fall seasons and have them covered with mesh guards to keep debris from returning. Doing this will reduce the risks of leaks and blockages during freezing weather.

Doors and Windows

Fall is a great time to get out and  check the caulking around doors and windows. Proper caulking keeps moisture away and helps with drafts issues. Again caulking makes your home more efficient and helps prevent mold.

Drafts through your front doors don’t  seem as much of a problem in the summer months, but the truth is it can be.  If your weather strip allows a ¼” opening around a door, it’s like a hole in the wall that is 4” x 4”.  Drafts don’t seem as noticeable  the summer months  because the  air flows from cold to warm which is why it’s more noticeable in the winter season.

On that note,  the best course of action would be  replace the weather strip on your door. You can do this by going to your local building supply company and purchase a weather strip that is  similar to what is currently on your door.  If you don’t see one that is similar just buy a “universal” type and install it on the door frame.  Every little bit of money saved on the Electricity Bill is a good thing and you may be pleasantly surprised next summer when you notice a difference of savings  in your electricity  bill since your doors will seal better!

Exterior Hoses

Commonly Known as hose bibs or sill-cocks, the exterior faucet needs to have its water supply turned off inside the house, and you also need to drain water from it by opening up the exterior faucet. You may also want to consider an insulated cover for the hose bib. Your garden hoses should be disconnected from the sill cocks or outside faucets and drained if stored outside.

Driveway & Walkways

Damaged walkways, drives, and steps are a hazard year round, but their dangers are compounded when the weather turns icy. Fixing problems in the fall is also critical to preventing little problems from becoming expensive headaches.

Look for cracks more than 1/8-inch wide, uneven sections, and loose railings on steps. Check for disintegration of asphalt, or washed-out materials on loose-fill paths.

Most small jobs are well within the ability of a do-it-your self, but save major repairs for experienced hands.

Air-Conditioning Maintenance

Central Air conditioning systems : Take a hose with the spray head set to “jet” or the highest pressure you have and clean the fan blades and condensing coils of clear of debris and dirt. Left unprotected the condensing unit can be damaged by wet leaves and debris that contribute to rusting and freezing of internal components. Although these units are designed for outdoor use, covering them with a breathable waterproof cover made for that purpose will extending the life and efficient performance of the unit.

Outdoor Furniture

Any outdoor furniture and garden accessories, lighting, should be stored in a dry place such a shed or a garage. If you lack storage space and have the room, you may even use space in your basement to protect your items from the winter elements.

Furnace Maintenance

Fall is a perfect time to clean or replace your furnace filter. Reusable filters can be washed down and re installed. Disposable filters should be replaced with a new one. Dirty filters lower your HVAC system’s efficiency so it’s a good idea to change them accordingly.

Once a year, it’s a good idea to have your heating system inspected by a professional. To avoid the last-minute rush, consider scheduling this task in early fall, before the heating season begins.

Here are signs that you should have an inspection performed sooner:

Noisy Belts– Unusual screeches or whines may be a signal that belts connected to the blower motor are worn or damaged.

Poor Performance– A heating system that doesn’t seem to work as well as it once did could be a sign of various problems. Your heating ducts might be blocked, the burners might be misadjusted, or the blower motor could be on its last legs. One check you should be sure to conduct: Make sure your furnace filter is clean.

Erratic Behaviour– This could be caused by a faulty thermostat or a misadjusted furnace.

Wood Burning Stove Maintenance

Wood burning stoves are a great way to add atmosphere and warmth to your home. But regular inspections are needed to ensure that these devices don’t become a safety hazard. Here’s how to check them.

 Cracks in stovepipes attached to wood stoves can release toxic fumes into your home. Throughout the heating season, you should check for corrosion, holes, or loose joints. Clean the stovepipe, and then look for signs of deterioration or looseness. Replace stovepipe if necessary.

 Smoke Detectors

Test your smoke alarm monthly and clean it every 6 months.  Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.  Things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:

  • Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.
  • Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
  • Even alarms with a pilot light that indicate power is being transmitted, should be tested regularly.
  • Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing.   Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
  • When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
  • Remember, your smoke alarm can’t protect you if the batteries have been removed or a plug has been disconnected.
  • The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
  • To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it.  Frequently, the alarm will sound while the unit is being cleaned.
General Clean Up

Rid your home of accumulations of old newspapers and leftover hazardous household chemicals. (Check with your local Municipal Hazardous Waste or Special Waste Agency about the proper way to discard dangerous chemicals.) Store flammable materials and poisons in approved, clearly labeled containers. Keep a clear space around heaters, furnaces, and other heat-producing appliances.

Have a question about your home improvement? Leave a comment below!

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Welcome Spring-Exterior Home Maintenance Tips

 

 

As we say good bye to this past winter’s bitter cold that seemed like it would never end, nothing motivates homeowners more like sunny days and warmer weather.

Get a head start and welcome Spring with these great exterior home maintenance tips by Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services.

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 Chimney

Implementing a chimney maintenance plan is always critical for insuring the safety of your home and family. The function of a chimney is to carry dangerous fireplace, wood, oil or furnace and boiler gases safely out of your home.   Chimney fires are entirely preventable with proper care and cleaning. Inspect the exterior of the chimney for sings of damage. Have the flue inspected and cleaned by a certified chimney sweep.

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 Downspouts  and Gutters

Routine gutter and downspout maintenance can save a homeowner on repair costs. Get prepared before the Spring Rains begin.  You will be amazed at how much debris has collected over such a short time. Clean out any leaves and tree branches that could cause an issue. Often, clogging occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. This can be easily inspected by taking it off and looking for any debris that can cause it to clog.

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Garden Hoses

An inspection of the outside hose faucets checking for any  signs of leaks is important, especially in colder climates where hoses have been left on the hose bib over the winter.  If the water supply pipe has frozen, the pipe can expand and crack. This pipe will leak and should be replaced a soon as possible by a certified plumber before costly water damage occurs.

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Caulking

Spring is a great time to get out and  check the caulking around doors and windows. Proper caulking keeps moisture away and helps with drafts issues. Again caulking makes your home more efficient and helps prevent mold.

 

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Walkways

Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. Take advantage of the warmer weather approaching to patch cracks and replace any loose bricks and pavers. Power washers are a great tool to clean out that embedded dirt, grime and stains in asphalt, concrete or stone.

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Air-conditioning Units

Hire a qualified heating and cooling contractor to clean and service the outside unit of the air-conditioning system.  An annual maintenance service call will keep the system working at peak performance levels and work more efficiently.

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Mr. Don D’Orazio,  President/CEO Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services

Summary  By being pro active and executing home maintenance procedures inside and out once Spring comes around, you’ll be able to enjoy more outdoor activities with friends and family member this summer. Enjoy peace of mind by getting a head of the game before costly and timely repairs become an issue.

Do you take the time to prepare your house properly for spring?

Did we miss an important tip? Let us know in the comments below or on our Facebook Page.

If you live in Durham Region and are looking for a Home Improvement Service that can assist you will All of your Home Repairs at Affordable Rates, please get in touch with us. We’d love to hear from you! Book a Complimentary Consultation or visit our website at www.donofalltrades.ca to find out more about our services.

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2014 Recap of Local Business Events In Durham

 

What a busy and exciting year 2014 has been  for our team here at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services!  We are proud to say that although our company has been busy catering to our clients and their home improvements, we still managed to set time aside to participate and attend important events that went  on in our communities.  Below, is a recap of the 2014 Local Businesses Events In Durham that we were invited to and happy to attend. Just another great example of how Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services supports other local businesses in the Durham.

 

March 5, 2014

2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show

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Photos courtesy Don Of All Trades

Our Team at Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services had a blast at the 2014 Local Biz Expo and Trade Show held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was an exciting event we participated in and although it was a long tiring day, it was so worth it to be involved alongside other fantastic local businesses in the Durham Region.  We were featured in Snap Magazine-Ajax Edition! How exciting is that! Click the link  to read all about it below.

2014 Local Biz Expo & Trade Show

March 8, 2014

Celebrating International Women’s  on Day March 8, 2014 with Staples Canada

I was pleasantly surprised to find out that Staples Canada was celebrating International Women’s Day at their store locations. Not only where the Staples locations offering great discounts, door crasher specials and free refreshments in store, they were offering networking opportunities for entrepreneur’s!  We quickly jumped at the opportunity to meet these incredible business women and found out more about their services and their business. Kudos to Staples on showing their support to local businesses in their community! These type of events are very important to all  entrepreneurs. Even more of a reason to shop at Staples!

Staples Celebrates International Women’s Day On March 8th With Discounts + Goodies

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Photos Courtesy of  Don Of All Trades

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Photos Courtesy of  Don Of All Trades

Our Team at Don Of All Trades  wants to thank 2 special women in businesses. I entered my name for a draw and to my surprise I won their prize! My favorite piece? The novel by: Living Underground. Thank you Ruth Walker and Gwynn Scheltema from Writescape. Offering writers workshops, retreats and inspiration…escape to write with Writescape. Check out their website www.writescape.ca

 March 2, 2014

Skin Cellutions Advanced Skincare & Laser Centre Grand Opening

We showed our support by attending this truly special Grand Opening for entrepreneur Marilyn Nickerson owner of Skin Cellutions and what a fantastic event . From free reiki demos, prize giveaways, special grand opening discounts, food and beverages and the fun and interactive Spin the Wheel to win game. My favorite moment was when Marilyn gave a wonderful speech that personally touched my heart.  A ribbon cutting ceremony with Mayor John Henry was held along with  other local businesses owners who also attended.  We wish Skin Cellutions much success! Want to find out more about SkinCellutions and their products and services? Visit www.skincellutions.ca.

Now Located at 1626 Brock St South, Whitby within PinUps & Pompadours!

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Photo Courtesy of Skin Cellutions

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March 27, 2014
Carberry DIY Demo Series
 The Carberry Soap Company is one of Durham Region’s best kept secrets.  Located at 629 Liverpool Road, Pickering, Ontario.  Yes even  Don from Don Of All Trades Professional Home Maintenance Services attended the DIY Demo Series. Being the only male for this particular event didn’t stop Don from learning how to hand-made soap with store owner Margo Stinson.
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Sue Pitchforth, owner and principal decorator of  Décor Therapy Plus  offered tips, ideas and advice on Dollar Store Decorating & Entertaining for Spring that fits anyone’s budget.  A big thank you to Carberry Soap Company owner  Margo Stinson  for an incredible evening of learning! We are DEFINATLEY coming back!
 
April 11, 2014
First Annual Pickering Wing Fest
  
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Had a blast at the 1st Annual Pickering Rotary Wing Festival. Great to See some new and old faces! This place had an amazing ribbon cutting ceremony and the food was TO DIE FOR!!! Not to mention it was a full house! Wow! Did I mention Spider Jones host on AM640 was also present for this event?
I believe this was a huge success!!!
April 26, 2014
Grand Opening of Whole body and Mind Family Health and Wellness Centre
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Don Of All Trades got to the Grand Opening just in time to witness the ribbon cutting ceremony from Mayor Steve Parish to celebrate owner Michelle Berentschot  of Whole Body and Mind Family Health and Wellness Centre ceremony today! Another fantastic local business in the Durham Region! Congratulations on your grand opening!
  July 08, 2014
Celebrating with Cupcake Junkie and their Grand Opening
So glad we were able to make it to Cupcake Junkie Bakery & Cafe’s grand opening. It was a day of celebrations and congratulations to owner Jessica Kula Trinier  and the Cupcake Junkie Bakery & Café  team! Located at 404 Brock St. South in Whitby,  local residence enjoyed the complimentary coffee, cake and specials.  Specialty cakes, coffee, teas, cupcakes, sandwiches and wraps are just a few of the delicious items available at this location.
Want to find out more? Check out www.cupcakejunkiecafe.ca.
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September 2, 2014
Durham Home & Small Business Association 20th Anniversary
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Don Of All Trades attended the celebrations event for Durham Home & Small Business Association 20th Anniversary last night at the Abilities Centre. The Durham Home &  Small Business Association  hosts affordable monthly meetings that provide an excellent opportunity to network with local small businesses and so much more.    A thank you goes out to  President Stefan Hettich for the invite.  Guest speaker Kerri King of Durham Region Tourism gave a glorious presentation on ” How to Take You Community Event to the Next Level.” Great turn out, food and networking!

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Pam Little, CGA from Pam Little Accounting, Don D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades Home Maintenance Services and Kellie Doiron from Zip Dandy were just a few of the many that attended last night’s Durham Home & Small Business Association’s 20 th Anniversary.
September 9, 2014
2014 Business Expo
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Our team at Don Of All Trades had a fantastic opportunity to connect and network with other local business in Durham Region at the 2014 Business Expo held at the Ajax Convention Centre. It was quite an interesting and exciting evening to be able to browse the exhibitors booths and find out what these business, services and products were all about.
September 13, 2014
 Brooklin Harvest Festival
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So what is the Brooklin Harvest Festival About?
Great event going on this weekend for the entire family to enjoy. Browse the Harvest Marketplace overflowing with fruits, vegetables, flowers and plants. Children can participate in crafts, games, and interactive activities. Step back in time and enjoy a horse and wagon ride and entertainment throughout the day. Stroll through the Downtown shops for unique gifts and sidewalk sales. For more information visit: http://www.whitby.ca/en/residents/brooklinharvestfestival.asp
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First time attending the Brooklin Harvest Festival.
Got a chance to visit Sales Representatives Rhonda Lee
Axhorn and Sales Representative George Zois from
Island Heritage Realty Inc. Came home with some
fresh local produce and baked goods :). What a great event  for the entire family! Lots of activities and local businesses in the community. Will definitely be returning next year!
 October 22, 2014
Third Annual  Purplicious Event
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Last night’s Third annual Purplicious Event Taste the Fares Of Durham was an incredible event for such a great cause! Raising awareness and funds to ensure that Epilepsy Durham Region will continue to impact the quality of life for those living with epilepsy. A big thank you to Jacqueline Bos and all of those who participated including restaurant’s Jack Astor’s, Boston Pizza, Lone Star and Trinity Irish Pub. It was nice to see Jacqueline Bos, Howard Haslett from Legal Shield, Yolanda D’Orazio from Don Of All Trades and of  course  Rhonda Lee   Axhorn  SRES Sales Representative from Island Heritage Realty Inc. Of course it was great to see everyone else that showed their support as well.
October 25, 2014
Learning Disabilities Awareness Day
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I was very happy that I attended the Learning Disabilities Awareness Day yesterday. Thank you for the invite Shannon Sheppard and to The Learning Disabilities Association Of Durham Region for holding such a great event! The presentation by: Dr. Joan Flood about ADHD was TRULY informative and educational. Loved it! Learned so much about something I’ve heard about but never really knew much about.
October 25, 2014
Mango Reclaimed 1 Year Anniversary Celebration
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We had an opportunity to attend  Mango Reclaimed 1 year anniversary celebration.  Owner Melanie Curley studio is incredible!  This studio is located at 2001 Thickson Road South, Studio 18 in Whitby. So many beautiful pieces of  vintage furniture, milk paints, chalk paints and more! Free demonstrations were held, tasty treats and great deals were available to all who attended.   Would definitely recommend anyone dropping by to see what Mango Reclaimed has to offer. Wishing you many, many  more years of success Melanie! Happy Anniversary!

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It was nice to catch up with Marta Raptis owner of Kalina Naturals at Mango Reclaimed 1 Year Anniversary yesterday. My wife was very happy to purchase some more of Marta’s incredible soaps . Did we mention that Kalina Naturals produces 100% natural, pure and luxurious, handmade soap and body care products? Visit www.kalinanaturals.com to find out more!

 November 16, 2014

iDaybreak Grill Celebrates It’s Grand Opening

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Photo by  Snapdajax

Located at 279 Kingston Road, Ajax, this iDaybreak Grill restaurant has a lot of delicious menu choices that will satisfy every member of your family. On this day we ordered the sample breakfast. Let me tell you that sample was a HUGE portion of bacon, eggs, and home fries.  Our waitress was fantastic! We arrived at 10am  we were fortunate enough to find a seat as it was definitely a full house with local residences that were excited to try the food as much as we were. SnapdAjax  and the Mayor Steve Parish of Ajax attended as they all celebrated with a ribbon cutting ceremony. To all the staff and owner of iDaybreak Grill, we thank you for your excellent food and service. Congratulations on your Grand Opening and we will be  definitely be coming back!

An event, grand opening, anniversary or re-opening is an important scope for all small businesses. It’s the perfect opportunity to have some fun and get involved with your community. For many small businesses, these events are a critical part of their long-term success. They also encourage consumers to “Shop Local” and support small businesses in their  communities. 

For locals who live in these communities, these events are an ideal moment to drop in with friends and family members to find out who these new businesses are, where they are located,  what  products or services they have to offer and to show your support as a consumer.

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Handyman For Your Home Improvements

 

 

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Hiring A Handyman

Not all home repair jobs need the assistance of a general contractor or specialised service provider. A handyman may be employed for a wide range of small home improvement projects. This subsequent article explains how a handyman can fix your to-do-list while saving time and cash along the way.

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So What Is A Handyman?

handyman  is someone who will perform a good assortment of small tasks and odd jobs. Handymen may be found in communities all over the planet, offering affordable services from gardening  to home repair for their clients.

It’s typically straight forward  to search out a handyman; several advertise in phone books and with fliers around city, and it’s also possible to trace one down through word of mouth recommendations.  Some clients become quite attached to their handyman, since an honest one may be exhausting to search out.

A handyman or home improvement company, usually charges the client by the hour plus material prices, despite the task at hand.

Many home owners can produce an inventory list of repairs and hire a handyman to complete the list during a single visit.

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Do I Hire A Handyman Or A Contractor?

The scope of the work and skill level of their trades  needed to complete it ought to confirm whether or not you hire a handyman or contractor.

When making an attempt to work out who is the right choice to hire for your specific job, contemplate the task. If it’s a specialised trade, make sure you hire that tradespersons such as a plumber or electrician, as an example. If it’s very little things that you are capable of doing  yourself, a handyman is possibly the right choice  to go with.

A handyman isn’t the most effective choice for an outsized or difficult project that would take an extended period of time to complete and need the assistance of multiple staff. A contractor or specialist ought to be used for remodeling work,  area additions, projects that need industrial equipment or licensed professionals like electricians.

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The Advantages Of Hiring A Handyman

You’ve got an ever-increasing  list of home enhancements like changing out a toilet regulator,  missing shingles on the roof and painting a room wall. You could hire plumber, roofer and painter that  could  have conflicting schedules of handiness and their own service charges. Or  you could hire  a handyman to complete all 3 projects in 1 day  for one hourly rate.

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 Save Money. A homeowner will save cash on home improvement projects by hiring a handyman as a result of it eliminates the requirement for multiple service suppliers and contractors. Several handymen charge by the hour therefore a homeowner solely pays for one employee  that will complete a good vary of projects . A service fee from a roofer or plumber to come to your home may equal or perhaps surpass the value to hire a handyman for a couple of hours.

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 Lower Rates. Hiring a Handyman additionally prevents waste and overcharging, because the handyman will charge you for hours worked. A contractor or specialist’s price may include taking into  consideration the amount of  time it’ll take to  complete the job. Handymen are able to keep their rates low as a result of they do not need to pay extra employees and have lower overhead prices than contractors or massive corporations.

Variety of Skills.  Many homeowners consider the idea of a  handyman once they have  repairs, however do not know who to contact.  Handymen are better-known to try a variety of work  from assembling outdoor sheds and gas grills to hanging Christmas  lights and decorations.

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Hiring a handyman to complete your “To Do List” type of home repair work is a good option and the following projects below are ideal for most handymen.

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Minor Plumbing Work

Many handymen are capable of finishing minor plumbing work,  putting in new fixtures or repairing a leaky faucet. However, more advanced assignments or jobs that need plumbing to be relocated inside the house should to be left to an authorised and licensed plumber.

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Caulking And Weatherproofing

Adding a recent application of caulk to gaps between windows, doors and siding could be a good way to boost energy capacity and lower utility prices.

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Patios, Decks and Porches

Over time, weather will take its toll on wood decks, patios and porches. A repairman will replace broken boards, apply an end or sealing material and create general enhancements or repairs to upgrade your deck or porch’s safety and look.

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Maintenance and Gutter Cleaning

Although it’s an easy enough task, cleaning up gutters is messy and involves ascension on the roof. Avoid the chance of injury by hiring knowledgeable repairman with the correct tools and skill for the task. A repairman may also install gutter guards to forestall seasonal preventive .

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Home Exterior Repairs

If you’ve got minor damage to your home’s exterior, like a loose piece of siding or a missing shingle, hiring a handyman to repair those things could  be a more cost-effective than hiring a specialist.

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Interior And Exterior Painting And Repairs

A handyman can be employed to repaint a wall or garage door, touch-up trim and scoff marks and repair little holes with compound. Remember, a handyman usually charges by the hour, thus larger jobs are typically better suited for an expert painting crew.

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Installing Light Fixtures, Pictures, Mirrors And Window Treatments

These small tasks can  simply be accomplished by a home-owner, however by hiring a handyman with the proper tools and skill will give you peace of mind that these wall-mounted objects  are safely and properly installed without damage.

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Useful Hiring Tips

Check out some of these tips below BEFORE you hire someone to do your project:

1- Google Search.  Look up a variety of Handyman Services and Contractors in your area on the internet and popular social media sites like face book, twitter and pintrest.

2- Questions & Concerns.  Ask lots of question! There’s no such thing as a “bad” question. The more you ask, the better!

3-  Quotes & Estimates. Ask for quotes, the more the better but be leery, sometimes “cheapest” doesn’t always mean better.

4- Are they legit?  Find out if the company is legitimate. Are they a  registered company?

5-Are they insured?  Does this company have insurance? Find out. Again, ask the question.

6- Ask to see their work. Ask for a portfolio to show you some of their work. In this particular industry, photo’s tell the truth. This is what they have to offer as a source to prove what kind of projects they have done. Ask   for   before and after pictures.  Anyone can copy a photo off the internet but is their work legitimate?

7- Ask for testimonials. Previous satisfied clients will have no issues giving a positive testimonial of their own completed projects. Why would they? They will want to share this information and let others know what a great job this company has done and would definitely recommend them. Of Course, testimonials will also warn other potential clients “not” to use their services either from their own bad experiences. So either way, you can get some piece of mind.

8- Look at company websites. See their work. A lot of them are on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn , Word Press, exc.  You can get a sense of who they are, what they do, latest specials and events, how they connect with their clients and how these companies are involved in your community!

9- First Impressions.   Company representatives are an example of their work and the company they own or work for. Representatives that come to your home for a quote, should be experienced, organized  knowledgeable in the field of the business, polite, well-groomed,  answer your questions and concerns and make you feel confident and comfortable.  Trust your instincts. They’re always right.

10- References. Ask your handyman about his work experience, and his former clients. If he has a successful business doing odd jobs, he’ll most likely have a list of clients. You should call at least a few of these clients to get a good sense of his work ethic and the quality of his work.

 

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Spring Home Maintenance Tips: Inside and Out

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Now that winter has come and gone and you’re like most of us who welcomes Spring with open arms, keep in mind that this is the perfect opportunity to consider getting your home ready for spring.

Enjoy some helpful tips below on how to get  your home ahead of the game as the warmer weather approaches.

Indoor:

Furnace Maintenance:

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Spring is a perfect time to clean or replace your #furnace filter. Reusable filters can be washed down and re installed. Disposable filters should be replaced with a new one. Dirty filters lower your HVAC system’s efficiency so it’s a good idea to change them accordingly.

Air-conditioning Maintenance:

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It’s a good idea to check your #air-conditioning system before the hot summer season approaches . You’ll be glad you did. Summer is high peak season for air conditioning installs and  service technicians which means you might be on a long waiting list. Why sweat it out? Be prepared and ready now so you can focus on enjoying the warmer weather without having to worry about repairs and maintenance.

Caulking:

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Spring is a great time to get out and  check the #caulking around #doors and #windows. Proper caulking keeps #moisture away and helps with #drafts issues. Again caulking makes your home more efficient and helps prevent #mold.

Smoke Alarms:

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Test your #smoke #alarm monthly and clean it every 6 months.  Mark it on your calendar so that you don’t forget.  Things to remember when testing your smoke alarm:

  • Ensure that power is being transmitted to the alarm and that it will activate in the presence of smoke.
  • Test your smoke alarm by pressing the test button.
  • Even alarms with a pilot light that indicate power is being transmitted, should be tested regularly.
  • Battery-operated smoke alarms will warn you when batteries need replacing.   Despite this, make it a habit to change the batteries yearly.
  • When you’ve been away from home for a few days, check your alarm on your return to ensure it is working properly.
  • Remember, your smoke alarm can’t protect you if the batteries have been removed or a plug has been disconnected.
  • The lifespan of a typical smoke alarm is about 10 years, but some models last as little as 5 years.
  • To clean the alarm, open the cover and gently vacuum the interior of it.  Frequently, the alarm will sound while the unit is being cleaned.

Outdoor Lighting:

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Change Outdoor Bulbs:

Take the time to safely clean  your outdoor #lighting fixtures and replace any burnt out# bulbs with energy-saving CFL replacements.

Restoring Luster To Your Front Door:

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Your entrance is the first thing people see when they come by, so why not make your home stand out from the rest? Although painting your entire exterior would be a big to-do, giving just your door a new look is a doable DIY — and it packs a lot of punch. Put out a clean, new welcome mat — and make sure the doorbell works.

Repairing Your Walkways:

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Nothing says curb appeal like an inviting walkway leading to your front porch. Redoing your walkway is an easy way to add value and clean up the appearance of your home. Snow and cold can wreak havoc on your walkway. Take advantage of the warmer weather approaching to patch cracks and replace any loose bricks and pavers. Power washers are a great tool to clean out that embedded dirt, grime and stains in asphalt, concrete or stone.

Planting Foliage and Shrubbery:

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Shrubs are one of the many  essentias to every garden. For starters, shrubs provide year-round interest. Many also have berries that are attractive to birds or flowers that draw butterflies. Because they have structure from season to season, shrubs can provide crucial shelter for wildlife during autumn and winter. And of course, shrubs supply beautiful foliage, wonderful bark texture, and amazing blooms, too. There are lots of shrubs to choose from — dwarf species to more mature sizes as well as different growth patterns and structures.

Drawing up a plan on where to place your plants before you plant is a great way to get an idea of how your shrubs and foliage design plan  is going to look. And if you don’t like it, you can easily change your plan around before you’ve already completed the job. Less work and headache. You can easily hide unattractive aspects of your home or yard for example air-conditioning units, by planting bushes or hedges around them. Don’t forget to add colour and curb appeal to your home all summer long  by adding hanging baskets and window boxes on your front porch.

Prune and Mulch:

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Pruning may be good for plants, but bad pruning can be tough on both the plant and your hands. Be sure you choose the right tool for the task, to avoid tearing and damaging a plant. Prune dead branches, trim back overgrown shrubbery and remove any obstructive plantings. Spreading mulch around trees, shrubs and flowers for a weed-free, well-kept look and can help minimize weeding.

Freshen Up  Outdoor Furniture:

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Today, we live in what seems to be a “disposable” society. Bring back your outdoor furniture by giving it a new, clean and fresh vibrant look.  Try spraying  a fresh coat of paint on furniture and replace the damaged cushions.  If you have the space, try filling  an empty spot on the porch or stoop with a modern bench or porch swing.

Keeping It Clean:

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Winter may be gone but there are still reminders  of debris left over under that melted snow. Sweep the sidewalk and stoop, clear away cobwebs.

Cleaning Gutters:

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Checking your downspouts and gutters can save you a lot of money and repair costs. Get a head of the game before the Spring Rains begin.  You may have a lot of collected debris. Clear out any tree limbs, leaves, branches and any other debris that could cause an issue. In a lot of cases, clogging occurs at the elbow in a drainage system, where the downspout connects to the gutter. Make sure to take time to take it off and inspect it for clogging. You’d be surprised what you’ll find inside!

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Being pro active and executing home maintenance procedures inside and out once Spring comes around, you’ll be able to enjoy more outdoor activities with friends and family member this summer. Enjoy peace of mind by getting a head of the game before costly and timely repairs become an issue!

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