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Sunday, 30 June 2013




By Todd Fryer

The front door of your home can make a great first impression and can impact the curb appeal of your home. So if it is in need of a makeover or replacement, it will be well worth it and really be a welcoming addition to your home.
There is always the option of replacing your door for something completely new, but if that is not in your budget, there are many ways to spruce up your front door by adding interest and personality.
One of the easiest and most effective ways is to paint it. A coat of paint is not only inexpensive, but is also a quick fix as it takes just a few hours to do. Choose a fresh new colour or make a statement with a bold colour like red. A bright punch of colour that contrasts with the house colour is a great way to revamp the look of your home. Make sure you pick a high quality outdoor paint that will withstand the weather, high traffic and keys.
Another easy way to improve your front door’s appearance is by replacing the door hardware. Replace the dingy and outdated one that’s been on there way too long with a new style of door handle for a sleek look. Adding a beautiful doorknocker will also add a classic look to your door.
Here are a few other crafty ideas you may want to do to your front door makeover:
Add vinyl details, like your family name or your house number. The options are endless and there are several online companies that will custom design something that’s right for your home. 
Decorate your door with a classic and simple grapevine wreath and change the decorations on it along with the seasons. 
If your door is in rough shape and a new one is within your budget, you’ll have to decide what type of door you want to purchase. You can select doors made of wood, fibreglass or steel. Do you want it to have windows in it for added light into your home? Also, look at insulation, security, and durability when making your decision. Choosing a new energy-efficient one is also a bonus.
Make some easy changes to your front door and see what a difference it will make to the appearance of your home.

Any questions give me a call
Todd Fryer
Broker
Century21 Aberwin Realty
905 869-3473

Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Hiring a Mover?



By Todd Fryer:
 
When it comes to moving, hiring professional movers for the job is an option many people prefer. Unfortunately, there are a few horrible stories out there about movers, so you want to make sure that a scam or fraud doesn’t happen to you. 
 
It will take a little bit of time to research and find the right company for your move. Get as many recommendations from people as you can and be sure to ask for references. As you shop around, be sure to do an initial screening of each company you are considering. Go online and do a background check and also check with the Better Business Bureau. Find out how long they have been in business - a few years at minimum and 10 years is ideal. 
 
Next, insist on a written estimate from each company. Do not accept an estimate over the phone. It is a good idea to have an in-home estimate and have the estimator come out to your house. Make sure you show them everything you want moved. Also inform them of any conditions at the new home that might complicate the move such as stairs, elevators, etc. 
 
Review the estimate and ask a lot of questions to address anything you are unsure about. Make sure that the contract covers rates and charges, the mover's liability for your possessions, and confirm dates for pickup and delivery as well as addresses and directions. In general, local moves are charged an hourly rate per worker and long distant moves are charged by weight and distance. Read the estimate carefully. If anything needs to be changed remember to have them send you a revised estimate. 
 
Make sure the company has a license and insurance to move you legally. On moving day, get a copy of the mover’s inventory list.
 
Following these steps will help you feel confident you have selected the right movers to help your moving day be a success. 
 
Any questions give me a call
Todd Fryer
Broker
Century21 Aberwin Realty
905 869-3473