Use these 10 tips to cut maintenance costs on your home today.
1. Using Traditional Light bulbs
If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom line.
2. Ignoring a Leaky Faucet
A leaky faucet that drips one drop per second can waste more than 3,000 gallons per year, which is enough water to take more than 180 showers. Fix or replace your leaky faucet and save a ton on your water bill.
3. Using the Wrong Air Filter Size
We all sometimes forget to change out the air filters for our HVAC systems or accidentally buy the wrong size. But using the wrong filter or a dirty filter can increase your power bill and cause expensive problems for your furnace down the road. Use the correct filters for your system, and set a reminder to change them after the recommended amount of time. You won't regret it.
4. Not Customizing Temperature
Invest in a customizable thermostat. Heating or cooling an empty home wastes a lot of money in energy costs.
5. Not Adjusting Air Vents Properly
Is one room in your home hot, while the others are cold? Oftentimes homeowners will crank up the air conditioning in the whole house to combat hot temperatures in one area. Instead, adjust air vents to direct the flow of air more evenly throughout your entire home. Professionals will come regulate this to ensure that your entire home is receiving the same amount of air conditioning or heating.
6. Over Watering Lawn
Many homeowners have their sprinkler systems programmed to come on in the early morning hours for optimum lawn health. This can become a problem, however, if you're never around to see what you're actually watering. A broken sprinkler head could be causing a fountain, or the trajectory of your sprinkler may be directed at a fence instead of your lawn. Periodically run your sprinklers during the day so you can see how they are performing when you're not around.
7. Water Heater Temperature Set Too High
Unless you have a tankless water heater, your water heater is keeping the water in its tank hot 24/7. If you don't keep an eye on the temperature as each season changes, you may be paying too much to heat your water. Decrease the temperature in the summer, and bump it back up when winter comes.
8. Leaky Windows and Doors
Leaky windows and doors are great places for cold, winter winds to enter your home. Many homeowners simply ignore them and crank up their heaters. Caulk leaky windows and put rubber seal around doors to keep winter winds out and warmth in.
9. Paying a Handyman
Don't pay a handyman for a job that is simple enough to do yourself. If you're unsure of how to do something, look up video tutorials online. Doing simple tasks yourself can save you a lot of money.
10. Ignoring Curled Shingles
It may be easy to ignore problems on your roof, but it will only lead to bigger problems later. If you see any possible issues with your roof, repair them as soon as possible, as this will save you significant costs later.
The Graff Girls Look At Different Buyers and Their Wants and Needs:
Generation Xers are born between 1965 and 1979, Generation Xers are currently between the ages of 40 and 54
A.Tech-savvy upsizing: Gen Xers are ready to upsize and they are using the internet to research and communicate with others to do so. Though not as tech-savvy as their Millennial counterparts, they spend about 2hours per day on social media looking for the latest news and keeping in touch with friends. Plus, they are more likely to use mobile than a PC/laptop when searching for a product to buy online (59% mobile vs 54% PC/laptop)
·According to an article from MediaPost.com, “Email is the primary means of messaging but they also like direct mail still…They like Facebook and YouTube, accounting for more than 1.5 billion YouTube views per day."
B.Upsizing preferences: Gen Xers are looking to sell their first home and upsize to accommodate their growing family. Their main focus in 2019 will be to find affordable housing in a family neighbourhood where there are high paying job opportunities so they can grow their families, have education opportunities for their children and save money for the future.
Whatever your age is The Graff Girls understand and respect your needs and wants.
The second week of September produced an upward spike in home prices on new properties in desired areas in Toronto.
Just this weekend...
In less than 5 days on the market, a detached home in Avenue Road and Lawrence area SOLD for more than $300K over asking.
In less than 3 days on the market, a semi in Wychwood Park SOLD for more than $150K over asking.
Now you ask, what about the home that sat on the market for months...the home that switched agents...the home that reduced the price...the home that SOLD way below what the owners ever anticipated?
If you hire realtors who are honest, have integrity and are experienced in all markets, they will guide you responsibly. Some realtors will tell you what you want to hear just to get your business. So choose wisely.
If you have any questions about home sales in your area, call THE GRAFF GIRLS for advice you can trust.
Thinking of buying a home at Bayview and York Mills?
The Graff Girls are your local experts and can guide you to the right streets and the best home for your family.
Did you know this about Bayview and York Mills?
Bayview and York Mills encompasses the area between Yonge Street and Leslie Street, running south from Highway 401 to Lawrence Avenue.
Cheryl and Samantha know it extremely well and therefore understand why you are interested in this area. It is one of Toronto's most affluent neighbourhoods. The Graff Girls explain that the name “York Mills” stems from the former Town of “York” and the many saw “Mills” that operated in this valley from 1804 until 1926.York Mills had a distillery, a tannery ,a blacksmith shop, 3 churches, a school, a post office, a toll gate and the Jolly Miller Tavern, built in 1857, which still operates today as The Miller Tavern.
The Graff Girls explain that the transition of York Mills from a rural village to a prosperous neighbourhood started in the 1930's on the hill near St. John's Church and Hedgewood Road area, just south of York Mills Road. The highly respected St. Andrew's College owned the land East of Yonge Street to Bayview Avenue in the early 1920's before moving to Aurora. The property was purchased by St. Andrew's Estates which used the land as a championship golf course until the 1950's.
This neighbourhood really began to take off as a suburb of Toronto in the 1950’s. In 1952, E.P. Taylor, the wealthy business man and horse breeder, owned a large property which is now the Canadian Film Centre.
So The Graff Girls understand why you are thinking of buying a house here. Today, York Mills is a flourishing area. Streets are lined with mature trees and large lots. Many of the original homes built, when the area was first developed after the first World War, were in the Tudor and English Cottage design. Then mid-century, many sprawling split-level and ranch bungalows were built.
Today, these homes are being re-developed with larger, custom-built executive homes with a Classical or Georgian style. The infill housing reflects designs mimicking homes in The Bridle Path, one of Toronto’s most exclusive neighbourhoods, located directly south of York Mills. There are also many luxury condominium apartments and townhouses in the area.
Dining in Bayview and York Mills?
As for fine dining, Samantha and Cheryl are very familiar with the exquisite Auberge du Pommier restaurant located on the site of what were originally two woodcutter’s homes from the 1860’s. The area now boasts many other family style and finer restaurants.
How are the schools in Bayview and York Mills?
Feel free to ask Cheryl and Samantha about the local schools. There are several schools, public, secondary, Catholic and private, in the area, including Harrison and Owen Public Schools, St. Andrew’s Junior High, York Mills Collegiate, Loretto Abbey, The Crescent School, The Toronto French School, Bayview Glen and Crestwood School.
What about medical care in Bayview and York Mills?
The Graff Girls explain that medical care is excellent at North York Hospital, located at Sheppard Avenue and Leslie Street. World renowned Sunnybrook Hospital is located just south of York Mills on Bayview Avenue. The area now is home to dozens of healthcare providers from western medicine to naturopaths to energy practitioners and many more.
Are there nice parks in Bayview and York Mills?
Samantha and Cheryl will tell you that no area in Toronto has better parks than Bayview and York Mills. The area is known for Edwards Gardens, Wilket Creek and their many walking trails. Plus, the community boasts a hockey arena, baseball diamond, tennis courts, and the Don Valley Golf Course.
You like to shop?
The Graff Girls say that Bayview Village is the most upscale mall in the GTA. Then there’s The Shops of Don Mills and Fairview Mall within minutes of driving. You will not have to drive far to get the best shopping that Toronto has to offer.
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