Avoid Damaging Your Home on Move-In Day

Moving into a new house is both exciting and overwhelming. You’ve been dreaming of this day, and can’t wait to get settled into a fresh new start. There are so many steps involved, so much planning, that it can be easy to forget about preparing your new home for the move. After all, the last thing you want is to chip new paint, scratch or stain the floors, or gouge a railing on move-in day. So, while you’re carefully packing, stacking, and transporting all your belongings, take some time to plan how you’ll move it all in without destroying your home.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Plan a moving strategy.

Taking the time to plan your move strategically is key in maintaining order and patience. There are some precautions you can take to ensure you’re minimizing scratch, bump, and scrape damage. These tips will also make the moving process so, so much easier:

When packing up your belongings, be sure to pack up boxes by room. Clearly label these boxes and keep them together in your moving truck. Not only will this keep the packing process organized – letting you go from one room to the next – but it will also help when unpacking in your new home.

To minimize traffic through your new home (and potential bumps, scratches, and scrapes), plan to move from back to front. Bring in furniture for areas farthest from the front door, like for upstairs bedrooms. Your move will go faster, and you can reduce traffic in and out of your new home.

Protect Your Floors

When you move into your new home, you’ll likely be re-arranging furniture all day. People will be coming in and out bringing boxes and furniture to every room. With so much to do, you’re likely not being as gentle or careful as you’d like. The last thing you want in your new house is scratched floors or chipped paint from move-in day.

  • Use carpet protectors, drop cloths, or flattened cardboard boxes to protect both your floors and walls.
  • Place moving blankets or cardboard boxes underneath furniture so you can slide them around with ease.
  • Add felt pads to the bottom of chair legs, tablets, and other hard furniture to avoid scratches or scuffs to your floor or buy moving pads/sliders. You can find most sizes at your local dollar or home improvement store.
  • Protect your walls and railings
  • Like your floors, walls and railings can get damaged during moves. This is especially true for tight corners or narrow staircases. Luckily, you can use the same materials to protect these areas that you used on your floors.
  • Wrap railings or banisters in bubble wrap or flattened cardboard boxes
  • Secure protections to your walls using painter’s tape to avoid peeling off the paint
  • Use corner guards or cardboard boxes around easy-to-bump wall corners

Keep Your Furniture Safe

As much as you want to avoid damaging your new home, it’s also essential to protect your furniture.

Wrapping your furniture makes it easier to transport and keeps surfaces from getting scraped up.

Wrapping furniture in moving blankets keeps it safe and helps prevent scratches or scrapes against your floor and walls. Even better, you can stack bundled up furniture without worrying about scratches.

Whenever possible, disassemble furniture. Keep track of the pieces and make sure they’re moved together.

As you can see, a quick trip to your local hardware store can go a long way in easing tensions while moving furniture and belongings into your new home. Taking the time to protect your walls, floors, and furniture will ensure a smooth move and keep your home looking fresh and new.

Until it’s time to unpack…but we’ll talk about that later.

Spring Home Maintenance Tips

Spring is the perfect time to assess winter damage, start repairs and prepare for warmer months. After a long winter, it is a good idea to spend time on preventive measures to help maintain your home and property throughout the year.
Here are 8 tips to properly maintain your home this spring.


Spring Maintenance Tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


1.Exterior inspection and repairs

Take advantage of the spring weather to do an outdoor inspection of your home. Examine the foundation wall to see if it sustained any damage over the winter. Watch for cracks or leaks and repair as required. Look for low spots that may have formed next to the foundation that could trap water. Homeowners or landlords can prolong the life of an asphalt driveway by filling cracks; and every two to five years, apply a driveway surface finish.

2.Clean out the gutters and downspouts

In winter, gutters and downspouts often cease to work as they fill with ice. That winter build-up can damage eavestroughs. Check them every spring for leaks and for sections that are low, or only loosely attached to the roof. Remove debris and use a hose to flush out the eavestroughs, clearing away smaller debris and at the same time checking for leaks and pooling.

Hosing will also show if all the downspouts and their extensions are working right: this is important because, if the extensions are detached or leak, water will soak into the ground right at the foundation leading to a damp basement.

3. Look for moisture

When warm, moist air comes into contact with a surface that is too cold, moisture condenses. Over time, if the air in your house is too humid, the result may be damage to the house structure, your possessions and possibly your health. You can keep your basement dry by ensuring the surrounding landscaping, driveways and walkways slope away from the house.

Adequate ventilation to deal with kitchen and bathroom moisture, good air circulation and maintaining adequate heat throughout your house are important and effective methods to help prevent moisture problems.

4. Wash windows

Clean the grime off glass inside and out for a lighter, brighter home indoors and increased curb appeal outdoors. Wash the exterior windows yourself by using a hose attachment or hire a pro to get the job done.

5. Clean your fireplace

If your home has a working wood-burning fireplace, the end of winter is a good time to give it a fresh start. Protect your hands with gloves and cover the area around the fireplace with a tarp. Carefully remove the (completely cool) remains of any charred logs and ash using fireplace tools. Then gently clean the fireplace surround. Do not attempt to clean inside the chimney — that job should be left to a professional chimney sweep.

6. Check screen doors and windows

Screens are designed to let the breeze flow in and keep the bugs out, but they can only do their job if they’re free from holes and tears.
Before setting up your screens for the warm months ahead, be sure to carefully check each one and repair any holes or tears, no matter how small. You can find repair kits at most hardware and home-improvement stores.

7. Schedule air-conditioning service. 

To get the longest life out of your cooling system and keep it running as efficiently as possible, change the filters at least once each season, and hire a licensed professional to service the equipment before the start of summer.

8. Begin spring landscaping

Once the snow has completely melted, undertake spring landscape maintenance and, if necessary, fertilize young trees. To encourage a lush lawn, fertilize the grass before the summer and re-sow to replace dead patches of grass.

A little home maintenance in the spring can go a long way to keeping your home safe and secure throughout the rest of the year.

Building trust since 1988 Celebrating 30 years!

30th Anniversary!

Just over 3 decades ago, owner of Sunlight Heritage Homes, Manuel Ribeiro built his first family home in Cambridge, Ontario. The completion of this home and the rave reviews he received from his family and friends impressed with the quality of workmanship that he had put into his home, signified the launch of Sunlight Heritage Homes.

Today, exactly 30 years later, the Sunlight Heritage Homes team is looking back at all the achievements, milestones, and turning points that got us where we are today.

Keeping true to our core values and vision statement, Sunlight Heritage Homes has built thousands of family homes all-over South-Western Ontario and beyond, as well as proudly support and actively give back to our communities.

On behalf of the entire Sunlight Heritage Homes team, thank you to our customers, partners, family and friends, we are extremely appreciative of your support for helping us establish the framework for what is today a truly remarkable company. A company that, every day, remains committed to doing what’s right for our customers, and our community.

Here’s to another 30 years in business! Happy anniversary to us!