Energy Efficient Appliances
An energy efficient home will reduce your carbon footprint and minimize your bills. By choosing an energy efficient washer, drier, and fridge, you can dramatically reduce your carbon footprint all while saving money.
Changing Laundry Habits
Washing your laundry with cold water and hanging it to dry significantly reduces your carbon footprint. In the summertime your clothes will dry very quickly anyway! The sun also acts as an antibacterial and bleaching agent. In the winter, consider purchasing a drying rack to hang up your clothes inside instead of using the dryer, which uses a considerable amount of energy.
Solar Panels are one of the biggest ways to combat climate change and reduce carbon footprint. Solar power are one of the cleanest and most readily available sources of energy. Though they are expensive to install, the benefits of solar panels certainly outweigh the costs.
Energy Efficient Insulation
Efficient insulation is relevant in Canada due to our extreme weather conditions.Install energy efficient windows. For a more cost-effective alternative, hang heavy curtains for added insulation to ward off winter’s chill and keep warmth inside.
'Neighborhoods across Ottawa usually have a little bit of everything. Luxury can be found anywhere! Ottawa has opportunities for beautiful, large, custom homes pretty much everywhere. However, Ottawa does has some high-end areas. Listed below are some of Ottawa’s most luxurious areas, but do keep in mind that moderately priced homes are available in these areas as well. Like all Ottawa neighborhood's, each of these areas offer unique opportunities. Work with an agent who find you the right property, or that unique opportunity!
Historically, Rockcliffe Park is Ottawa’s most prestigious neighborhood.
The area is zoned as a Heritage Conservation District. The community is made up of primarily large and opulent 19th Century residences on large properties. The area is also home to a variety of political residences including the Governor General’s residence and Stornoway, the residence for the leader of the opposition.
Cedarhill is an enclave of stunning luxury homes in Ottawa’s west end. It is comprised of approximately 100 custom built homes, all sitting on 1 acre lots and it was established in 1979. Ceaderhill has a strong community association who ensure landscaping is always maintained. Ceaderhill has some of the cities most expensive homes!
Located in the city’s south-west end, Manotick is one of the most prestigious areas of Ottawa. Home prices are high in comparison to other parts of the city but there area wide range of opportunities for everyone. Some of the Manotick’s most stunning luxury homes, are located along the Rideau River. With a combination of large old historical homes and new modern mansions, there are opportunities for everyone.
In Westboro, 71% of the houses are detached. With a population of 22,000 this area continues to grow year over year! High-end boutiques, new condos, and trendy restaurants now lining Richmond Road, Westboro homes have had tremendous price increase in the last few years. Most homes in the area were built between 1900 and 1970. However, with large lot sizes, infill housing is a very popular practice in Westboro.
With lots of new development in Ottawa, home buyers are buying new construction more than ever. Just because it’s new construction, doesn’t mean you don’t need a real estate agent. You could lose your right to representation by just going to see a house.
Sometimes, even by just asking for more information you are signing away your rights to have representation. Even just to go look, have an agent represent you. Commissions for buyers agents are built into the new build agreements so it’s beneficial to use an agent because it actually doesn’t cost you anything if you decide to put in an offer and firm up a deal.
What a buyers agent will do for you
In 2019, house prices increased by 8.4%, while unit sales rose by 6.6%. In 2020, Royal Lepage has predicted the average home price in Ottawa to increase by 4.5% to $516,000.Royal Lepage also predicted “the median price of a condominium is expected to increase 3.5 per cent year-over-year to $341,300, while the median price for a two-storey detached home is forecast to rise 5.0 per cent year-over-year to $547,600”.Royal Lepage is crediting this rise to Government stability and sustained growth in the high-tech sector. With Ottawa in the midst of growth, and inventory being tight, multiple offers on homes between 300K and 500K are extremely common, from condos to detached homes.
We are clearly in a sellers market! If you feel the need to sell, this is a perfect environment to optimize the value of your home.
Wallis House is a classic heritage building located in Ottawa’s Byward Market. Built in 1873, Wallis House was built as one of Ottawa’s first hospitals. After closing in 1924, Wallis House served as a seminar until 1943 when the military took it over to house Canadian naval soldiers during the Second World War.
In 1990, Wallis House was designated as a Heritage Building by the City of Ottawa. It was then converted to a condominium with forty-six authentic lofts. The condos were built to maintain the authenticity of Wallis House, keeping it’s Cathedral ceilings, large hallways, and soaring windows. Condos inside Wallis House have been said to have a New York-style loft feeling. Located about a 5 minute walk from the byward market, Wallis House is blocks from walking paths, parks and the Rideau River.
Wallis House stands out amount all other condominium buildings.It’s unique exterior design which stays true to it’s Victorian style it had when it was built in 1873.The foyer of the building boasts the original brick work as well as some of the original flooring from when the building was first constructed.Each unit has Cathedral ceilings, soaring windows, open concept living spaces, exposed brick accent walls, and stainless steel appliances.The units were designed like this to keep the authenticity of Wallis House. Residents at Wallis House also have the luxury of a rooftop terrace with loungers and a bbq.
When your furnace blows cold air, that issue should be resolved as soon as possible. Especially in the winter! Don’t spend your winter shivering when you could be comfortable. Here are some reasons why your furnace might be blowing cold air:
Pilot Light Isn’t Working
Your furnace could also be blowing cold air if the pilot lights aren’t lit. The pilot light is a small flame that lights a large burner. If the pilot light isn’t lit the furnace won’t heat up.The pilot light could be dirty and need cleaning, or the thermocouple(the copper rod that the pilot light hits) could need to be replaced.
Dirty Air Filter
The filter in your furnace should be changed every 90 days. Dirty filters restrict airflow, which actually causes a safety problem.
Your furnace can overheat when outbound airflow is restricted. A safety control will shut off the burners. That’s why it’s extremely important to change your filters on a regular basis.
Your furnace needs enough gas to work properly. If your furnace doesn’t get enough gas, it won’t blow hot air. Why wouldn’t your furnace get enough gas?
Your gas supply might be turned off. It’s also possible that there’s something in the line that’s preventing the gas from flowing through it. A trained professional should be able to figure out the cause of the problem.
If your blower is on all the time and your furnace is sometimes blowing cold air, the problem likely stems from your thermostat. When your thermostat is set to “on” your blower runs even when your furnace isn’t heating the air. Instead, set your thermostat to “auto”.
Appraisal fee: Most often, mortgage lenders require a prospective home be appraised before a borrower offers on it, to ensure that the borrower doesn’t overpay for the home. The cost of an appraisal depends on the size of the home but ranges between $150 to $250.
Property survey: Some lenders also require a property survey. This is so they can identify boundaries, lot measurements and easements. If the seller doesn’t already have one, a property survey can cost as much as $2000
Mortgage loan insurance:Lenders usually require mortgage loan insurance for mortgages with a downpayment of less than 20%. Sometimes mortgage loan insurance can be added to your mortgage payment.
Home insurance: Lenders also require borrowers to have enough home insurance to cover the total value of the mortgage. Lawyers also need proof of this insurance for them to process the transaction.
Ranging from $150-$300 title insurance can provide coverage in case of issues with the property title.
Legal fees: Legal fees can range anywhere from $1,200 all the way to $2,500. Lawyers are required for taking care of the mortgage, title searches, title registration and adjustment costs.
Land transfer tax: Land transfer tax in Ontario works as such: The first $55,000 is taxed at 0.5%, $55,000 to $250,000 at 1%, $250,000 to $400,000 at 1.5% and over $400,000 is taxed at 2%
Home inspection: A home inspector will look at everything from the foundation all the way to the roof. Their report should go over any issues along with estimates on the costs to fix said issues. A typical home inspection can cost up to $600.
While many homeowners focus on the interiors of their homes, a property’s exterior can make all the difference, adding to its appeal and boosting its resale value.
A home’s exterior plays an important role in shaping a prospective purchasers’ decisions. As a first impression, these areas help set the tone and encourage buyers to visualize themselves owning the home.
Here are a few ways that you can improve curb appeal without having to spend tons of money:
Clear the clutter. One of the easiest ways to make any outdoor space come to life is to keep it clean and tidy. This lets buyers visualize how they will make the space their own when it trades hands.
Easy container gardens. Planted containers can add a charming look and feel to entranceways and balconies. When picking pots, look for similar styles that vary in size for a nuanced appeal.
Drought-tolerant plants. Flowerbeds and plants are often a great way to add a splash of colour to any exterior. For maximum effect, choose an assortment of perennials and annuals that require less water and are able to withstand hot summer days.
Don’t forget to fertilize. Though sunlight and water are usually enough, periodically feeding your plants essential nutrients will promote lavish growth and ensure consistent flowering.
Housing affordability is a major concern for Canadians. Every candidate for Prime Minister during this past election was interrogated on the issue and how they would tackle it. Without a doubt, this is a nationwide issue but most of the noise seems to be coming from Toronto and Vancouver. Where does Ottawa sit compared to the rest of Canada?
According to Century 21, Ottawa ranks highly amongst cities in Canada in housing affordability. A study conducted by Century 21 found that Ottawa’s average price per square foot of a detached home came in at $215, compared to Toronto coming in at $819 and West Vancouver coming in at $1210.
RBC’s second-quarter housing trends and affordability analysis found that Ottawa’s percentage share of income a household would need to cover ownership costs has reached 41.7%, a 25 year high. This is consistent with the theme throughout the rest of Canada that prices have been steadily becoming stronger, but that percentage is still relatively low throughout the rest of Canada. Toronto’s came in at 66.3%, while Vancouver and Montreal came in at 79.5% and 44.5% respectively.
Is it an easy time for homebuyers in Canada? Not exactly. But statistics keep pointing toward Ottawa. Ottawa shows to be a more affordable option compared to other major cities in Canada with the value of homes on the rise.
An investment in Ottawa is a safe bet during confusing times.
TIE EVERYTHING DOWN
Tying down the TV and furniture in any room that your baby might be alone even for second is essential for baby proofing. Use furniture straps to hold down any heavy furniture, and don’t put a TV on top of a dresser (drawers can be used for climbing). Also, corner bumpers can be life savers. Seek out any sharp corners and edges and cover them with corner bumpers!
SAFETY FROM WIRING
To keep your baby away from cords and electrical wiring, use cord holders to hold long cords against the wall. Keeping cords tight against the wall can keep your baby safe from electrical hazards and falling equipment.
LOCK UP DANGEROUS SUBSTANCES
Protect curious babies from household cleaners, and medications by storing them in high-up locked cabinets. Installing safety latches that lock for any cabinet that may contain hazardous substances but doesn’t lock on its own is also a good idea.
For blind cords, tie them up and keep them far out of reach or cut the ends and attach breakaway safety tassels. Never put your baby’s crib near window blinds or drapes. Dangling cords can be a major choking risk.
To prevent your baby from getting an electrical shock, put outlet covers on exposed electrical sockets. However, some outlet covers can be a chocking hazard if they are pried off by your baby. When buying outlet covers, search for “childproof” that take two hands to take off. Another option is buying cover plates that actually screw on.
You’d be surprised at how often your baby will roll over. This makes any high place your baby is on a falling hazard. For your changing table, make sure it has safety straps and always buckle your baby up when changing they’re diaper. Also, NEVER leave your baby alone on the changing table. Plan ahead and bring all necessary items before changing your baby.