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RAT-POCALYSE! Significant increase in number of EY sightings

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

Although the City of Toronto claims its garbage bins are racoon-proof, judging by recent reports on social media some East York home owners have found they may not be immune to rats. One member of the Danforth-Woodbine group on Facebook posted that she discovered a “a 4-inch hole on the top of our garbage bin” outside her home in the Gerrard-Coxwell area. Another reported that a rat “ran at me from behind the garbage and hit my ankle!” The rodents have also been reported being found in basement toilets, having apparently crawled up from the sewer system, and also under the hoods of cars. Several posters theorized that the influx may be due to renovations and new construction in their areas, where basements and foundations have been dug, disrupting the pests from their previous habitats. Similarly, watermain replacements and...

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SEEING GREEN 031: “Going native” in backyard helps all of us

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017

Native plants in our yards are the key to preserving our rich urban biodiversity of birds, butterflies, pollinating insects, and other wildlife …

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 031: The Dog House – home upgrades with Sparky in mind

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017

I love my dog.  He’s pampered with a healthy, fresh diet and accouterments fit for canine royalty.  But despite millions of Canadians living in harmony with their fur-babies, canine wear and tear on their homes can impact negatively on the selling process for owners. With some thoughtful planning and redesigned elements, however, you needn’t upset your home’s feng-shui to present it in the best light for daily living and for potential buyers. Flooring:  Since Sparky spends considerable time on the floor, durable pet-friendly flooring is a necessity.  Install flooring that is ideal for pets and will sustain value over time.  Properly sealed hardwood and eco-friendly bamboo are durable but will show wear and tear (i.e. scratching).  Due to their easily cleanable and durable properties, consider laminate, vinyl, marble, stone, marble, cork or concrete flooring. Carpeting:  Hard floors may present...

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Summer a great time for home renos

Posted by on Jul 3, 2017

By Andrea Freedman Summer is a great time to do home renovations, but it is important to focus on the right renovations in order to get the most bang for your buck and to increase the value of your property, says a local contractor. Fred Maycock, owner of Maycock Contracting, stresses that “there is great value in hiring a licensed renovation company.”  He recommends prioritizing home renovations in the following order of importance: bathroom, kitchen, first-floor family rooms and properly finished basements. His wife and business partner Phyllis Danu adds that now is a “good time to look at stuff because it’s not covered in snow and ice,” even if you are not planning to do the renovation right away. An important thing to consider, the Maycocks say, is efficiency of your home. Ask yourself “Is the attic insulation...

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 030: A summer of planning can make it easier for your fall Listing

Posted by on Jun 7, 2017

Recently someone asked me the following question: I plan to list in the fall —what can I do now to prepare? Summer can be the perfect time to catch up on projects you’ve meant to complete.  But the cottage, day trips and even the weather can also be the cause for none of it or little of it being done. Engage with an agent now.  Interview at least two or more.  Determine who you want to work with based on experience and personality.  I’m biased but, rather than being called in a week or two before you’re ready to list, bringing in a smart and willing agent early can be valuable to the preparation of your home.  We can provide trade resources, help solve problems and advise on worthwhile expenditures of time and money. Make a to-do list.  A...

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PROPERTY PERSPECTIVES 029: Will the bubble burst?

Posted by on Apr 29, 2017

Answers to some questions you may have about East York’s real estate market With spring in the air not only is home renovation season is underway, it’s also a time of year many people consider looking for a new house while others are looking to sell.  There are several questions you may have about what is happening with the East York real estate market. What’s happening here in East York? We live in BOOM town.  There is plenty of room for price improvement.  The gentrification of shops and restaurants that is happening along the Danforth and on some of the interior streets is very exciting.  The transit, roadways, great schools, parks, the Taylor Creek Ravine, the hospital, it’s all here ready and waiting.  Subject of course to bylaws and codes, many East York homes hold potential for the addition...

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