SLOAN   Van Mierlo

SLOAN Van Mierlo

Sales Representative

RE/MAX Realtron Realty, Inc. Brokerage*

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(416) 986-2121
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SLOAN   Van Mierlo

SLOAN Van Mierlo

Sales Representative

RE/MAX Realtron Realty, Inc. Brokerage*

Mobile:
(416) 986-2121
Email Me

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist

 

You’re still revelling in the heat of summer, but believe it on now, winter is coming. Once September hits, you’ll want to start working your way through this fall home maintenance checklist. Ensuring that your home’s cold-weather systems are running efficiently will save you money and major headaches in the long run.

10 things to do before the snow falls

  1. Drain the Hose

Watering season is over, but you’re not done with your outdoor watering system quite yet. To avoid cracked hoses and burst faucets over the winter, turn off water valves in your home and drain all remaining water from the taps and hoses. Tip: Unrolling the hose down a gentle slope will let the water run out completely.

  1. Clear Vents

To prevent ice dams — ridges of roof ice that prevent melting snow from draining — ensure attic vents are free of debris. Poor soffit ventilation can increase mold inside the house and damage wood shingles during the winter months. Tip: A leaf blower or a pass with a pressure washer will clear them out and prep them for winter snow.

  1. Clean the Chimney

Ahhh, there’s nothing quite like the warming atmosphere of a wood-burning fireplace in the dead of winter. But once you’ve cozied up to your 70th fire, get that chimney inspected and cleaned of excess creosote, because it may cause chimney fires. Tip: Run the point of a fire poker inside the chimney liner and if there’s more than three millimetres of gunk, call a certified chimney sweep.

  1. Store Pots & Planters

If you decide to keep your collection of colourful clay pots outside for winter, make sure you empty the soil before you do. The moisture in the earth will expand when frozen, which can crack those precious ceramic containers. Tip: Removing the soil now will make it easier to reposition and replant the pots come springtime.

  1. Mind in the Gutter

Backed up gutters can cause all sorts of wintertime hassles such as roof leaks, ice dams and wall-focused water damage. Before the snow comes, get your gutters cleared out by a professional — leave ladders to the insured experts. Tip: Make sure all downspout extensions run at least 1.5 metres away from your home’s foundations.

  1. Caulked & Ready

A thin line of silicone caulking is one of the best ways to seal gaps in siding, windows and door frames. If you can see a gap that’s bigger than the width of a nickel, you need to get on it, to stop drafts and water damage in their tracks. Tip: Pick up some weather stripping for doors as well — you shouldn’t be able to see daylight from inside your home.

  1. Inspect the Roof

Pull out a pair of binoculars and give your roof a careful once-over. Keep your eyes peeled for damage or missing or loose shingles. Hire a handyman for patching jobs, or a roofing company for larger sections in need of some TLC before winter comes. Tip: Take time to investigate the flashing around chimneys and vent stacks, too.

  1. A/C Prep

While it may be tempting to wrap your entire external air-conditioning unit in miles of plastic wrap, resist the urge. Doing this can cause corrosion and is an inviting spot for nesting rodents. Instead, place a piece of made-to-measure plywood over the unit during winter and protect it from large, falling icicles and snowdrifts.

  1. Heating Up

Don’t wait until the thermometer dips below zero to think about your home’s heating system; prep now and be ready. A technician can inspect, test and clean your furnace or heat pump to ensure they’re in tip-top shape for winter. Tip: Ask for a carbon monoxide measurement at the same time as the inspection.

  1. Flip it and Reverse it

If your home is kitted out with ceiling fans, check the settings for a reverse option. Running fans in the opposite direction creates an updraft, pushing down heated air, which can help reduce your energy bill. Tip: If you have high ceilings, consider switching out the fan units for ones that have this setting.

Before the temperature drops too much, make sure your home is ready to handle the cold, wet winter months. A little prep work and elbow grease now will go a long way to help your home weather the coming storms — literally.

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These days buying a home can be challenging  I like to set myself apart from all other Real Estate agents out there and I do this by Guaranteeing that if Your Not Happy with Your Home Purchase through me in 12 months I'll Sell it for FREE.  I call it the Love it or List it Buyer satisfaction Guarantee.  I don't just tell you this I will give that to you in writing!

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How to GUARANTEE Your Home Sells When You Put It On The Market

While every agent may promise to sell your home, the reality of the real estate market today is that this simply doesn’t always happen.  The fact of the matter is, the majority of homes listed for sale sit on the market for months, and some of these homes never sell at all.  Needless to say, this is highly frustrating to any home seller.  But more than this, it can be financially crushing if you’re counting on the sale of you home to fulfill some other obligation.

Well, I set myself apart from most agents by being accountable to you.  In other words, I don’t just promise to sell your home, I guarantee it.  In fact, if I can’t sell your home in 120 days, I will waive my commission!!!  As you can see, I put my money where my mouth is.  Instead of making you empty promises, I give you a written guarantee of performance and if I don’t live up to this agreement, I’ll Waive My Commission.  Not only do I offer a Performance Guarantee but I will also give you our Cancellation Guarantee.  If you are not satisfied with our performance, you can cancel our agreement. 

We also offer flexible commissions.  I’m taking all the risk so you don’t have to, and this gives my many clients much greater peace of mind in the home selling process.

As you can see, not all Realtors are the same.  If you are open to look at other marketing plans AND have the protection and peace of mind of a Performance Guarantee and a Cancellation Guarantee, please call me at 

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As a real estate profressional, I will make every effort to find or sell your home in a timely and professional manner, and provide you with superior service and the most helpful advice.  I strongly believe in transparency, accountability and holding myself to a higher standard. I will be with you every step of the way through the process to make sure you receive the best possible expert advice and guidance. Real estate is more than just a job to me, it is a life-long dream of building trust and respect, and constantly striving to exceed my clients’ expectations.  

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