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Are you on the move? Here are some tips.

I’ve moved a few time.  These tips come as a result of my experiences.

Supplies, Supplies, Supplies

Make sure to have all the supplies you need before you start. Boxes, tape, tape/box cutters. Don’t forget labels and sharpie markers. Fragile items – box them with bubble wrap.


  • Buying boxes: Not necessary! See if your local stores can spare any
  • Forgot the bubble wrap? Use newspapers, towels, blankets and clothing
  • No dollies, blankets, etc.? – Rent them!

Organization is Key

Don’t procrastinate! Figure out how many days to “move date” and how much you have to move.  Look into what is being disposed and how it will be done – it takes time. Being organized will help. I set myself a timeline – start small (Day 1: pack one box)


  • Put paper items (passports, photos, documents, etc.) in waterproof containers
  • Wrap up mattresses in plastic bags
  • Make arrangements for the movement of propane tanks and other hazardous materials (movers won’t take them)

Overnight Bag

Have a bag with your personal essentials for a few days – pack like you are going away for the weekend.


Label and colour code boxes.

  • Write on each box the room the items will go into
  • Indicate if FRAGILE/HEAVY etc.
  • Pick colours for each room and then write the room name in that colour

Be mindful of the boxes’ weight. Movers may be strong but aside from the obvious (injury) boxes can fall apart if too heavy.


  • Good practice to place heavier items at the bottom of boxes.
  • Some items do transport best in specifically designed boxes such as paintings, mirrors, TVs, lamps
  • About a month before the move, reduce the amount of food you buy. Eat what’s in the fridge/cupboards
  • Consider how many coolers you need to pack away what’s left in the fridge/freezer
  • Pack one box with the essential “next day” kitchen items (coffee, paper towels, paper cups/plates etc.)

Is it Important?

Items to be considered super important should not be packed in boxes. Keep them close.

  • Put computers, phones etc. in smaller bags and transport separately
  • Put important papers in smaller plastic bins or bags and transport in your car
  • Keep jewellery in close proximity.  Don’t pack it away

Get Rid of the Unwanted

Don’t let it happen! Don’t move the unwanted items!! You’ve done the hardest part – separating through it all. Now, make sure to give, sell and toss. Don’t spend money moving what you no longer need.

Using Movers

Cost usually plays a factor and sometimes preference. I personally like to use a combination. I rent the truck and then hire movers to move the items into and out of the truck. No travel time charges 🙂

Another Report suggesting a slow down in the real estate market


Reports are showing a slow down in the market.  Here’s one from the Toronto Star dated June 12, 2017Click Here

Market Update – Oakville and Milton



The results for April 2017 are in: average sale prices up even though number of sales was down.  For the full report from the Oakville/Milton District Real Estate Board click here

What a home! What a location!

Located in a desirable South East Oakville neighbourhood you will find this incredible home. Click here for the full listing and magnificent video.



Market Update – January 2017 for Oakville, Ontario


Even though less homes were sold in Oakville this past January compared to January last year, the average sale prices rose to $1,071,933 from $937,33 in 2016.

For more information click here

CREA predicts a 3.3% downturn of the Canadian housing market in 2017 – but Ontario will just keep chugging along

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-3-45-48-pmSales of existing homes in Canada fell 5.3% in November from the prior month, the Canadian Real Estate Association said Thursday, marking the biggest monthly decline in activity in over four years.

“The government’s newly tightened mortgage regulations have dampened a wide swath of housing markets, including places not targeted directly by the government’s latest regulatory measures,” CREA President Cliff Iverson said in a release. “The extent to which they pushed first-time home buyers to the sidelines varies among housing markets.”

The Canadian government has now tightened mortgage regulations six times in eight years. The province of British Columbia also imposed a 15% surtax on foreign-led housing purchases in August.

Continue reading “CREA predicts a 3.3% downturn of the Canadian housing market in 2017 – but Ontario will just keep chugging along”

Can it be that Oakville’s real estate prices will continue to rise?

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It’s being predicted that Oakville’s real estate prices will rise in 2017.

According to the newly releases Re/Max 2017 housing market outlook, that company sees the average national house price rising by two per cent in 2017, led by big projected gains in real estate prices in the Hamilton, the Greater Toronto Area and Kitchener-Waterloo.

Move-up buyers searching for detached houses, which cost about $1.3 million in Toronto and $1 million in the surrounding communities, are expected to continue driving the market in 2017, says Re/Max.

The Re/Max report averages home prices this year to date rather than the year-over-year monthly statistics published by the Toronto Real Estate Board. That avoids monthly fluctuations that can occur due to an above-average number of luxury home sales or other short-term variations.

The extension of Highway 407 is helping drive buyers willing to commute to jobs in the city and other parts of the Toronto region.

Oakville, which saw the highest spike in prices this year at about 25% to an average cost of $1.1 million, is expected to climb another 5% in 2017.

Click here for the full report.

It’s that time again… almost.

fullsizerenderI’m hard pressed to find someone who doesn’t like this time of year. Yes, there is stress; purchasing the perfect gift, preparing the equally-perfect meal, but nonetheless, at least for me, the excitement, joy and anticipation that comes from spending time with family and friends surpasses it all.

The decorating has started. The tree is up, the outside of the house shines brightly, the smell of cookies and mulled wine is in the air. Shopping has started and wrapping will soon follow.

I wish all my loved ones near and far and also my many friends, clients and colleagues a joyous and fulfilling Holiday Season. Our home is feeling the joy and I hope yours will, too.




Which would you choose?

Modern design homes popping up all over Oakville Ontario … which would you choose?


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