With all the crazy cold weather Squamish has been enduring lately, we felt it would be a good time to share some homeowner care tips.


When a snowstorm hits, you may still have to take care of some clean up around your home no matter how well you planned ahead after seeing your friends and neighbors post about the storm on Facebook. Follow these steps to get your property safe and back to normal for you and your family.

What to Look for INSIDE Your Home

  • Windows: Check for cracked or broken windows. If you see something, while you wait for a repairman, cover it with plywood or a thick piece of cloth to help keep the heat in and the pests out.
  • Water Pipes: Stop any possible flooding by shutting off the water supply until a plumber can come over to make repairs.
  • Chimneys: Check your chimney for any structural damage – prevent household fires and smoke inhalation by calling in a professional to fix the damage before using your fireplace.
  • Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors: Make sure the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are working. If you experience a power outage and need to use your fireplace or burn fuel to stay warm, it’s especially important that you’re protected.
  • Ceilings: A cracked or leaky ceiling could mean roof damage. If there are any structural issues, either find a place to stay outside your home or keep to a safe part of your house until the damage is fixed.

What to Look for OUTSIDE Your Home

  • Power Lines: Stand at your front door and scan the area to see if there are any downed power lines nearby. If there are, stay indoors with your family and pets to stay safe from electric shocks and call your power company to inspect and fix the problem.
  • Clearing Snow: If it’s safe to do so, start as soon as you can – fresh snow is lighter and easier to clear than packed snow. Be sure to dress in layers to prevent hypothermia, warm up slowly by marching in place, and then stretch to avoid pulling a muscle.
  • Trees and Branches: Check your yard for fallen trees and broken branches. Even if you find none, inspect your trees closely to make sure you haven’t missed any cracked tree limbs that may eventually fall and cause damage or injury.
  • Roofs: Check the roofs of your house, garage or shed. Generally, one square-foot of snow that is one-inch deep weighs about a pound. If your roof has up to 12 inches of snow on it, that equals thousands of pounds of stress. Hire a professional to safely remove the snow so you don’t experience damage or leaks. Even if you don’t have a lot of snow on your roof, it’s still important to remove the snow that’s there to prevent an ice dam from forming after it melts. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and stops melting snow from draining off properly.

Vehicles:

  • Before You Drive: Before getting your car out of the snow, warm up the engine for at least ten minutes and scrape or brush off any snow or ice that has piled up. To clear snow away from the tires, turn the steering wheel from side to side or dig out with a shovel. Next, rock the vehicle, shifting from forward to reverse and back again. (Check your owner’s manual first — this technique can damage some transmissions.) Avoid spinning the wheels by keeping a light touch on the gas while easing forward and backward.
  • After You Drive: After a few days, go to the car wash to remove any de-icing materials or salt that may be left on or under your car. When the air temperature rises above 35 degrees, salt can cause corrosion and rust. Also, consider changing your windshield wipers because ice from the snowstorm can warp the blades.

Pets: Salted driveways and streets can cause chemical burns on your dog or cat’s paws, especially after long periods of time, so make sure they have booties when they walk outside or be sure to wash their paws clean.

It can feel overwhelming after a snowstorm has passed through your neighborhood. But the sooner you start cleaning up around your home, the faster you and your family can go back to enjoying the winter wonderland.


Source: Metlife.com and WolfPack Home Insepction

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It's been quite a long time since we have blogged on our website but we felt now was a great time with all the excitement in the air surrounding the Reader's Choice Awards.


In 2014, Jack was the winner of the Reader's Choice Award for Best Realtor and this year, Julie won! 


With almost 60 practicing realtors in Squamish, it's such a privilege to be the recipient of this award.  Julie couldn't be more excited to now carry the torch and she is very grateful to everyone who voted for her.


The photo below was taken by Dave Buzzard who is a freelance photographer for the Squamish Chief Newspaper and this photo was used in their supplemental edition of the paper which included all the winners.  



The photo below was an advertisement that Julie put in the newspaper to thank everyone for their support.  The photos used in this advertisement were taken by the lovely and talented Paula Owen, who was also a recipient of a Reader's Choice Award this year.



Congratulations to all the businesses and individuals who won an award this year.  Here's a link to see all the winners of the Reader's Choice Awards for 2018:


http://bit.ly/ReadersChoice2018Winners

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Wow, I guess it's true that hard work pays off! What a great surprise and honour to receive these awards today. This just further confirms that I made the right choice with my career change. 

Thank you to everyone at Macdonald Realty for welcoming me as the newbie to the office last year and for all the help along the way. Thank you to Jack Fowler for seeing something in me that made you want to partner up with me. Thank you to my clients, friends and family for all the business, referrals, encouragement and support. Couldn't have done it without each and every one of you! 

I look forward to what 2016 brings and will continue to work just as hard to reach new goals this year.


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It's the beginning of the month and the start of a new year so that means the market stats are here!  I do have all the stats across the board but since Squamish is my specialty, Squamish is what I'm going to talk about.  

 

Overall, 2014 was a great year for Squamish.  Prices are up all around from December 2013 to December 2014 and are as follows:

 

 

- Single Family Detached Homes: up 7.9%;

 

- Townhouses: up 7%; and

 

- Apartments/Condos: up 15.1%

 

 

Compared to the same time last year, sales are up as follows:

 

 

- Single Family Detached Homes: up from 8 sales in December 2013 to 14 sales in December 2014;

 

- Townhouses: up from 10 sales in December 2013 to 17 sales in December 2014; and

 

- Apartments/Condos: up from 3 sales in December 2013 to 6 sales in December 2014.

 

 

We are all eager for another great year in real estate for 2015 but as we start the year off, Squamish is lacking inventory.  There are many buyers just waiting in the wings for the right home to go up for sale so whenever anyone ever asks me when they should list, I say do it now!  Why wait until the spring like all your neighbours and have that much more competition to deal with?  Why not sell your home now when you know there are buyers just chomping at the bit to get a piece of the Squamish lifestyle?  Many properties, when priced right, are going into multiple offers and because of that, buyers are acting quickly as they don't have the time to sit on the the fence as in previous years.

 

If you're interested in knowing the stats for other areas in Greater Vancouver, you'd like some information on listings in your area or you just want to catch up over coffee, feel free to contact me any time.

 

All the best for 2015!

 

 

 

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Two sets of buyers, two offers on two different properties in one day, two inspections on the same day, two subject removals in two days, one exhausted realtor.  What an awesome way to start 2015!  

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The agent's open tour was held this morning on my new listing at #6-2401 Mamquam Rd, Squamish and it went off without a hitch.  This home is in the highly sought after complex of Highland Glen Estates so there has been lots of action on it already.  We had one showing before any other realtors even got in to see it and tonnes of agents showed up for the open.  Another showing lined up for Saturday and an open house is scheduled for Sunday, November 30th from 2-4pm. Can't wait!

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