November 25, 2015
Eliminate Bathroom Mold & Mildew
From, Bjorn Rygg, Pillar to Post
Here are a few ideas to help create a clean, healthy and sweet smelling bathroom.
1. Spray the tub with white vinegar. Fill a spray bottle and mist all bathroom surfaces. The acetic acid stops mold from growing and kills lingering odors.
2. Natural mildew eliminator. Combine 2 tsp. tea tree oil and 2 cups water in spray bottle. Shake and spray on mold and mildew. This solution should destroy on contact with no need to rinse away.
3. Ditch hidden sources. Toss out rarely used bottles of shampoo - breeding grounds for mold.
4. De-gunk the grout. Dip an old toothbrush in dish soap and use to scrub away mold between tile.
5. Clean shower curtains. Rub curtain with juice from one lemon. Lemon’s natural disinfectant stops mildew growth and eliminates odors.
6. Keep mold away. Apply small amount of car wax to clean shower walls and tiles to prevent mold from growing.
November 18, 2015
A Dust Free House
From, Bjorn Rygg, Pillar to Post
1. Choose the weapon. Choose the weapon. Microfiber cloths and Wool dusters attract and hold dust, no dusting spray or furniture polish needed.
2. Clean the screen. Wipe TV and computer screens with fabric softener sheets to reduce dust-attracting static cling.
3. Two-in-one. Apply furniture polish with one side of an old oven mitt and use the other side to buff.
4. Squirt dirt. Squeeze an empty squirt bottle to blow dust out of picture frames corners and other tight spots.
5. Clean cracks. Dip a clean cotton swab in rubbing alcohol and run it through tight crevices, like between the buttons on your phone or remote control.
6. Stop drips. Hang an umbrella upside-down from your ceiling fan or chandelier before you clean it. You will catch dust before it hits the floor.
November 12, 2015
I have sold a property at 55 9080 198 ST in Langley
I have sold a property at 55 9080 198 ST in Langley.
Is mobility a challenge? If yes, this home could be for you! Features include ramp to covered deck, double door entry, engineered hardwood in kitchen, roller shelves in cabinets, step thru jetted tub in bath. Updates also include Maple cabinets in kitchen, stainless appliances, microwave convection, wall oven, cooktop, in home washer/dryer, A/C, skylights thruout. Spacious, open floor plan, MBR will easily accommodate K/S bed, 2nd BR ideal guest or hobby size. A view over green space, nice location in park, great amenities, central Walnut Grove location, all combine to make this home a pleasure to show, worth seeing soon! This gated community is for those 55+ and 1 small pet welcome. Call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
November 12, 2015
I have sold a property at 104 7179 201 ST in Langley
I have sold a property at 104 7179 201 ST in Langley.
Hi Mom, I'm home! Kids can pop home for lunch as school is very close by. Features of this 3 BR 2 bath Denim home include open floor plan with large balcony access kitchen overlooking dining/livingroom, portable fireplace, spacious MBDRM wi th vault ceiling, double shower in ensuite, 2 more generous size BR up and flex/family room down with access to garage, storage, patio and yard. Updates include hardwood & laminate flooring, newly painted neutral pallette. Complex includes playground, clubhouse and area amenities include transit, shopping, schools and parks, call soon or this good buy will soon be good bye!
November 11, 2015
From, Bjorn Rygg, Pillar to Post
Roof leaks are one of the leading causes of preventable property damage. A leaking roof can be disruptive and costly, and can eventually cause mold, damage to interior finishes, and even structural damage.
While it's true that older roofs or those in disrepair are at greater risk for leaks, one of the most common causes of roof failure is poor workmanship during installation. This is not always readily apparent because it often takes a few years for a poor installation to manifest itself as a leak. Using a licensed, qualified roofing contractor for any installations or repairs is always recommended.
Let's take a look at some of the factors that affect how a roof handles water and what they can mean when it comes to water leaks.
Pitched/sloped roofs: Pitched or sloped roofs are designed to shed water from one shingle to the next down to the roof edge, where the gutters and downspouts will carry the water away. Many people are surprised to learn that sloped roofs are not actually waterproof but instead rely on gravity and engineering to quickly move water off of the home.
Flat roofs: The most common type of flat roof is the built-up, or tar-and-gravel, roof. Flat roofs are designed to be waterproof and use a membrane such as roofing felt or specially-engineered foam to seal the surface. These roofs will have just enough slope to conduct water to a drain, which will funnel water down and off the roof surface. It's critical to keep drains on flat roof clear of debris so water won't back up and damage the integrity of the roof.
What causes leaks? Most roof leaks can be traced to poorly installed or worn flashing. Flashing usually consists of pieces of metal that cover gaps between the roofing material and items that penetrate through the roof such as chimneys, skylights, dormers, and roof/wall intersections. Wind and rain in just the wrong combination can cause a pitched roof to leak by compromising its water-shedding capabilities. In cold climates, ice can cause a perfectly good roof surface to leak. Ice can block the flow of water to the edge of the roof or to the drain. The water can then back up under the shingles and leak into the house.
Water leaks can have interior causes as well. Condensation in the attic due to leaking household air, or heating and/or air conditioning ducts can cause damage to the roof decking and structural framing. In severe cases it can cause water to drip back into the house. This can lead to mold and even structural damage if not corrected.
Proper installation and maintenance of roofs are key to preventing problems down the road. Homeowners should monitor their roof and attic, and contact a qualified roofing contractor at the first sign of any problems.
November 4, 2015
No sign of slowdown for Fraser Valley real estate market
Source: Fraser Valley Real Estate Board
SURREY, BC – Fraser Valley’s housing market remained in a seller’s market in October, fuelled by low interest rates and strong consumer demand, according to the Fraser Valley Real Estate Board.
There were 1,772 sales processed on the Multiple Listing Service® (MLS®) in October compared with 1,448 in 2014, an increase of 22 per cent. For the month, sales are on par with the previous high in October 2005; and historically, only surpassed by the markets of October 1992 and 1989.
Jorda Maisey, President of the Board, says she’s not surprised that October sales were near historic levels, “BC continues to be an economic growth leader in our country and we’re seeing the impact of that in our housing market.
“In the Fraser Valley, demand is strongest for ground-oriented homes. Single family homes and townhomes garnered 83 per cent of our residential market last month. The reasons are due to low interest rates, pent-up demand and most importantly, price. People can afford to own their own single family home in the Fraser Valley.”
The Board received 2,155 new listings last month, 10 per cent fewer listings compared to October of last year. The total active inventory for October was 6,535, down 26 per cent from last year’s 8,807 active listings.
Maisey says with the lack of listings, sellers have had the advantage, “In some of our areas, active inventory of single family detached is down a third to a half of what was available this time last year. The fewer homes available, the more in demand they become, which is why we have seen an impact on prices, most notably on single family detached homes.”
The MLS® Home Price Index benchmark price of a detached home in October was $649,200, an increase of 13.2 per cent compared to October of last year when it was $573,500. The MLS® HPI benchmark price of Fraser Valley townhouses increased 5.1 per cent going from $298,500 in October of last year to $313,700 last month. The benchmark price of apartments was $203,100, an increase of 5.5 per cent compared to $192,600 in October 2014.
Maisey adds, “Our inventory shortage of ground-oriented homes has had a positive spin-off on our condo market. We’ve advised many of our entry-level buyers to consider an apartment rather than a townhome because the selection is far superior and prices, on average, $100,000 less. Many buyers just aren’t aware of the new and resale options available to them.”
Find the October Statistics Package here.
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