Friday, 13 May 2016


Property Site:
Welcoming yet stylish single detached bungalow on a quiet cul-de-sac in a desirable neighbourhood. Enjoys a delightfully landscaped private rear yard which requires minimal upkeep. This home provides 2+1 bedrooms, main floor laundry, spacious Master Bedroom with walk-in closet and 4pc ensuite boasting granite countertop, main floor bathroom also with granite countertop, generous 2nd bedroom, large open concept kitchen and eating area features island,stainless steel appliances, granite counters and french doors to deck area for outdoor entertaining, 12' ceilings creating an airy feel in the formal living room and dining room, professionally finished lower level provides large family room, generous 3rd bedroom and 4 pc bathroom, 2 gas fireplaces. This home flows beautifully. A must see!
Bedrooms: 3
Bathrooms: 3.00

For more information about this property, please contact TRACI POLAK at (613) 721-5330 or You can also text 3597694 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 1009526


Property Site:
This sleek,bright & well-designed urban townhome,built 2014,is close to the trendy Train Yards shopping area,restaurants,transit & is just minutes to downtown.With 681sq ft of living space (as per buildr's plan),a private terrace looking to a delightful courtyard area,hardwood flrs,views of green area from master bedroom,separate den,in unit laundry,open concept kitchen/LR/DR w/breakfast bar & central AC- this modern unit has it all!
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.00
Price: $239,900

For more information about this property, please contact KATHY WALKER at (613) 721-5330 or You can also text 3596853 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 985937

Wednesday, 30 September 2015

Fall Home Maintenance To-Do List

Living in Ottawa with cold, icy, snow filled winters (sorry folks....but it's the truth, we can't deny it much longer!) means that Fall is an important time to boost energy efficiency throughout your home, and prevent damage from winter weather. Keep this list handy. to ensure that your home will be safe and warm this winter.

  1. Tree Maintenance- Time to remove dead branches from trees before ice or snow bring them down unexpectedly. Also, remove any branches that overhang your property roof. If you are unsure about this task, it is probably safer to hire a professional.
  2. Rake the leaves up. It seems like a never ending task at this time of year, but leaving them on your lawn too long will cause damage to your grass. Always a good task for a pocket money seeking teen!
  3. The end of the season is time to get the eaves troughs cleaned out. Blocked eaves troughs can cause a lot of damage to your roof with water build up. Make sure you have someone there to hold the ladder and keep you safe.
  4. Take a walk around the exterior of your property and check for damage that can be repaired now. Small cracks can become big problems if water gets in, freezes and expands!
  5. At the end of the season, shut off water to exterior faucets. Drain hoses and bring them inside for storage.
  6. Time to re-caulk around windows and doors. 
  7. Schedule a chimney cleaning and heating system maintenance. Making sure your chimney and furnace or boiler are cleaned, maintained and in working order before you need to turn on the heat is an important safety measure. If you have a wood burning fire then it is important to have the chimney cleaned once a year. A build up of creosote in your chimney puts you at risk of a chimney fire.
  8. If you have a snow blower it's a good idea to have it serviced....nothing worse than it breaking down when you need it most!
  9. If you have a garage and haven't been storing your car(s) in there during the warmer months, it might be a good time to do a clean out of the garage. Put away those garden tools, children's bikes and make sure you have room again for your car(s).
  10. If you have a generator for those all too frequent power outages in the winter months, have it serviced. We also recommend that you turn it on for approximately 20 minutes, once a month, to ensure it'll be working well when you might need it.

Wednesday, 2 September 2015

87 Graham Creek Pr Ottawa, ON K2H0A1

Property Site:
End unit backing onto creek with 2 decks to enjoy scenic views. Professionally landscaped requiring minimal maintenance. 2 bedrooms each with own bathroom. Main floor family room can also be used as a bedroom with full bathroom. Large living room boasts gleaming hardwood floors and cozy gas fireplace. Beautiful granite counters in kitchen & bathrooms. 24hr irrevocable on all offers & 24hr notice required for showings. [A]
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 3.00

For more information about this property, please contact KATHY WALKER at (613) 721-5330 or 

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MLS ID: 970149

Friday, 21 August 2015

849A Blackcomb Pr Ottawa, ON K1G4E4

Property Site:
Built in 2014 this urban townhome is sleek, bright &well designed.Close to the trendy Train Yard shopping area,restaurants,transit,& just minutes to downtown.This modern unit has 681 sq ft of living space (as per builder's plan) & a private terrace looking out to a delightful courtyard area.With a generous master bedrm w/views of green space,separate den,in unit laundry,open concept kit/LR/DR with breakfast bar,central AC-it has it all! 
Bedrooms: 1
Bathrooms: 1.00
Price: $249,900

For more information about this property, please contact TRACI POLAK at (613) 721-5330 or

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MLS ID: 968957

14 Norice St # 203 Ottawa, ON K2G2X4

Property Site:
Southern exposure, gives this 2 bed,2 bath plus den open concept unit natural light. Granite floors in entrance and granite kitchen counters,balcony to enjoy the sun, hardwood throughout, and ceramic in 5 pc ensuite. Close to shopping,Dr's offices, restaurants. Concrete construction provides quiet units and great insulation. 1 undergrnd heated parking space. Building has handicap access,patio,exercise & party room. 1381 ft per builder. [A]
Bedrooms: 2
Bathrooms: 2.00

For more information about this property, please contact TRACI POLAK at (613) 721-5330 or You can also text 3003219 to 67299.

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MLS ID: 968863

Friday, 31 July 2015

Financially Savvy Home Improvements

We often get asked by homeowners whether or not they should carry out certain home improvements. There is no one rule fits-all answer to this but if you are considering selling your home in the foreseeable future then paint, kitchen and bathroom upgrades are your best investment. The other home improvements don't tend to bring the best return on investment.

If you have a budget and a list of renovations that you wish to carry out to maintain or improve your home then we recommend going to and downloading the cost and remodeling estimates guide. This will give you approximate costs of different home renovation jobs. It is very approximate as the figures reflect average basic costs for supplies and installation across the US and Canada, but it is a useful starting point.

If you have a small budget ($5k or less) then here are 4 ideas for projects that’ll help you enjoy your home more today and provide sound financial return in the future.

1. Add some Molding

Decorative molding is a budget-friendly improvement that trims a room for a finished and expensive look. Today’s wood moldings come in hundreds of options — from simple to ornate — that you can stain, paint, or leave natural. Buyers consistently rank both crown molding and chair railing in their list of most desirable decorative features they seek in a home (#3 and #7 respectively), according to the annual National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) survey, “What Home Buyers Really Want.” However, we don’t recommend DIY unless you’ve got above-par mitering skills.

A few tips about molding:
Use crown molding to make a room seem bigger and taller. But be careful about proportions. If your ceiling height is 9 feet or less, go with simpler styles to avoid overwhelming the room.
Chair railing placed incorrectly can make a room seem out of proportion. Rule of thumb: Place chair railing at one-third the distance of the ceiling height.
Don’t forget entryways, doors, and windows: Bump up the trim around these areas to give rooms a completed and expensive feel.

2. Install Ceiling Fans

Today, ceiling fans have evolved into an essential component of American homes as energy prices continue to rise. And since designs have caught up with the times, they come in a variety of styles and colors to complement any room.  If your ceiling fans are old and outdated, new ones (coupled with a fresh paint job and crown molding) could give your rooms a refreshing update while saving money.

Some tips about ceiling fans:
Ceiling fans should hang 7 to 8 feet above the floor. If you’ve got a low ceiling, buy a hugger ceiling fan that’s flush-mounted.
Size matters more than the number of fan blades. Go for the biggest Energy Star-rated fan that will fit the space.
Choose quality. You’ll get better cooling results, less noise, and good looks at a digestible price point of $200 to $600.

         3. Plant some Trees 

          In urban areas, money really does grow on trees. A recent study of home sales in the US  showed that street trees growing in front of or near a house boosted its sale price by an average of $8,870 and shaved two days off its time on the market. 

Trees also: Save $100 to $250 annually in energy costs, lower stress, prevent erosion from downpours and roof runoff and protect your home from wind, rain, and sun! But don’t plant too close. If you do, branches can scrape roofs and siding, causing expensive damage. Rule of thumb: Don’t plant trees any closer than the tree’s mature height plus one-fourth of that height. So, for example, if a tree reaches 40 feet, it should be planted at least 50 feet from any other trees.

4. Install a Patio

Patios are a great cost-effective way to increase your home’s living space without actually adding on. Plus you’ll recover 30% to 60% of your investment. A $2,000 patio would return around $900 at resale. They are also a practical alternative to decks, as the Ottawa winter certainly takes its toll on wooden decks. If your property is a new build then it is advisable to wait a few years before installing a patio as it can take that length of time for the ground around your property to fully 'settle'.