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Owning a home can be a lot of work but very rewarding! In this section I will write about everything a homeowner in BC needs to know including maintaining your home, protecting your property value, upgrading your home plus energy efficient and cost saving tips.

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The Farmer’s Almanac prediction for a cold, snowy winter is proving to be true! We have definitely seen colder-than-normal temperatures with more precipitation (snow) than usual – as predicted. Were you prepared for each snowstorm that hit?

In this article, I have compiled a number of great tips on how to prepare your house and property for a snow storm.

Snow Removal On and Around Your Property

Did you know that in many BC municipalities it is the homeowner’s responsibility to remove snow and maintain the sidewalk surrounding their property?

In the City of Surrey, for example, you must clear snow from the sidewalks surrounding your property before 10 am after a snowfall.  If not, you could be at risk of a $50 fine per day.

Here are some

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2017 BC home owner grant increase infographic

On January 10th, 2017, the BC Government announced it would be raising the BC home owner grant amount to $1.6 million, a 33% increase in the threshold. This is an increase of $400,000 over last year’s maximum allowable home owner grant limit of $1.2 million.

This came as a result of many homeowners in British Columbia seeing an average increase of 10 - 30% in their assessed property values. In Metro Vancouver and Vancouver Island many homeowners saw assessed property values rise between 30 - 50% when the numbers were released by BC Assessment (CBC).

These increases in assessed property values meant that many homeowners in the province became ineligible for the BC property tax relief program which previously had a threshold of $1.2 million.

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While the thought of having your refrigerator connected to the Internet might make you chuckle, there are serious concerns about the security of many Internet of Things (IoT) devices if you don't take certain precautions.

According to a Globe and Mail article, independent Security Evaluators (ISEs) at a DefCon security conference in Las Vegas last year used man-in-the-middle attacks on a smart fridge that had Internet access through a WiFi modem.

In that particular instance, a hole in the smart fridge’s security let them access email, potentially allowing the hacker to reset a password and steal the person's identity. But this wasn’t all they found.

In total, 27 devices sold by 18 manufacturers were compromised. The list included other Internet

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As the temperatures are starting to dip here in Southwestern BC and Christmas music is being played more and more frequently on radio stations it’s the perfect time to start thinking about those extra jobs and tasks you can do to prepare your home for the winter.

At Sutton WestCoast Realty, we have compiled this winter home maintenance checklist to help you determine everything that needs to be done in preparation for even colder weather – and perhaps even the first snowfall of the season!

Winter Home Maintenance Tips for Inside Your Home

  • Replace furnace filters.
  • If you have ceiling fans, reverse the direction to redistribute warm air from the ceiling down to the floor.
  • Check any basement windows for drafts or cracked pains.
  • Clean
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As the temperature on our thermometers inches its way up higher and higher as we speak, we are all reminded that we’re right in the middle of summer.

For many people living in BC summer means more trips to the lakes, extended camping holidays, hiking and spending more times in our beautiful parks.

But if you are a homeowner summer is also a great opportunity to do a number of maintenance projects and repairs on your home. You have extended daylight hours and perhaps extra time off from work. And if you have kids they can help pitch in when they complain that they are “bored" or there is "nothing to do"!

Here is my compilation of general home mainteance, repairs and upgrades to get your summer "To Do" list started. 

Seasonal Summer Home

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Never underestimate the power that staging your home can have on potential buyers.

If you’re like me you have probably been mesmerized by the work of Candice Olson (Divine Design and Candice Tells All), Jonathan and Drew Scott (Property Brothers) and more recently Jillian Harris (Love It or List It Vancouver).

Today I came across an article posted by the Calgary Herald that gathers these HGTV designers' tips for staging a home that are invaluable for homeowners getting ready to put their house on the market. 

Home Staging Tip:
Declutter and Depersonalize

After working with a number of sellers I know that the home is a very personal space. Paintings on the wall, framed family portraits on end tables and kids’ artwork on the fridge. However

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I can feel it.

Spring is coming soon and we’re getting the itch to start cleaning and reorganizing our homes. As you go through the motions of spring cleaning here are some cheap and simple ways to update your home without breaking the bank!

If you are looking to sell your home soon many of these home improvement ideas will help make your home more appealing to buyers; the affordable upgrades can even increase the value of your home. If you are looking to buy a home you will realize that many of these little things make the difference between homes you consider writing an offer on and homes you have to stretch to see their potential.

Kitchen Improvement Ideas

  1. Replace the old kitchen faucet.
  2. Add new cabinet door handles and knobs.
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This morning I’ve spent some time browsing BC Hydro’s Green Guide

I think practising efficient energy consumption is a responsibility all homeowners and tenants should consider. Here are the top 4 reasons I can think of for Going Green in your BC home:

1. Being Energy Efficient is Affordable

Even though buying an energy efficient home or upgrading your current or new home to become more energy efficient has varying levels of upfront costs the long-term energy savings make your investment worthwhile. For many energy upgrades the future savings pay for (and more) the upgrades.

2. Going Green Means Significant Cost Savings

Well-designed homes with energy efficient features will save you money in several areas: heating, lighting, cooling,

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