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!

Fall Home Maintenance Tips

Whether you’re ready for it or not, fall has arrived. As the days get shorter and the temperature more brisk, it’s time to put away the lawn furniture and get your house prepared for what’s in store over the next six months. Here are some tips on things you should do now to help make your home more comfortable during fall (and winter!)

  1. Clean Out, Repair and Secure Loose Eavestroughs And Downspouts
    Make sure to have your eavestroughs clear of debris and downspouts tightly fastened to help protect your roof and your foundation from water and ice damage.
  2. Repair Exterior Caulking Before Winter
    Cracked caulking can cause damage to your windows and will be a source for water to get into your home. Repairing exterior caulking will make your home less drafty and more comfortable while protecting your windows and helping you save on your energy bills!
  3. Fix Cracks in Your Weather Stripping
    Cracks from summer sun and aging reduce the effectiveness of weather stripping to keep the cold out. Weather stripping should be replaced every few years for the best result.
  4. Repair Any Loose Roof Shingles
    Your roof is critical to the integrity of your home. Damaged shingles can cause water leakage into the attic or the space between the roof and your top floor. Also take notice of missing shingles – an indication you have a potential roof vulnerability.
  5. Turn Your Furnace On
    Best way to make sure that you’ll be comfortable this winter is to test your furnace before the really cold winter weather hits. If you’re not sure how well your furnace is working, you’ll have time to have it inspected. Don’t forget to change your air filters too!
  6. Check and If Necessary, Replace Your Carbon Monoxide Detector
    Winter is the season when we are indoors almost all the time and your furnace – and other heat sources – generate carbon monoxide as they heat your home. A carbon monoxide detector monitors levels in your home and will alert you if levels ever rise. Make sure you test your detector regularly and change the batteries.
  7. Ensure Your Smoke Alarm Is Working
    Most home fires occur during the winter, an important reason to check your smoke alarm. Don’t forget to change your batteries on a regular basis too
  8. Protect Pipes in Unheated Areas Around Your Home
    Frozen pipes can cause some serious damage. Look around your home, especially areas where it is not heated and where pipes may run through such as crawlspaces, basements or garages. Wrap the pipes with pre-made foam rubber sleeves or fiberglass insulation. This will reduce the likelihood of your pipes freezing in the winter and bursting.
  9. Turn off any faucets outside
    Water left undrained can freeze, which can cause the pipes to burst. Disconnect your garden house and drain the remaining water.
    Check out our how-to video below!
  10. Put your air conditioning unit to rest
    A/C window units should be removed and properly stored according to the manufacturer’s instructions before winter in order to protect the unit and help keep cooler outside air from getting inside.
    Whole home A/C units should be powered down from the breaker in your main electrical panel. If you have a safety shut-off switch located outside by the A/C unit that should be turned off as well.

Reasons for Working With a Custom Home Builder



You’re thinking of purchasing a new home, but you cannot decide whether you want to just purchase a house off the market, or build a custom home. See when you think about it, with just any old house on the market, you are most likely going to have to sacrifice some features that you may have needed or wanted, as well as many other factors that should be taken into consideration. Additionally, attempting to hire numerous people to help you build a new home can get pretty difficult too. Today you are going to be reading about why you should work with a custom home builder.

These are some reasons why it would be more effective and beneficial for you to work with a custom home builder.

Firstly, when building a home with a custom home builder, you don’t only get them, but you get an entire team comprised of people like: designers, architects, contractors and so on. This is easier since trying to hire everyone individually by yourself can get difficult and confusing because you will be in charge of constantly contacting everyone, but with a home builder, you will have one individual to do most of your dealings. By doing this you would save money by not hiring everyone individually, and the team could consult you on the most cost effective materials, thus saving money there as well.

You are constantly in contact with the builder, so you can have you questions answered at any time, which will provide you a peace of mind.

Another big factor that should be taken into consideration is time. When you build by yourself, you are juggling with multiple contractors, designers, etc, which an become very stressful. However, by just dealing with one company; who will take all that responsibility off your hands, you will save yourself from those endless ours of phone call after phone call and numerous meetings.

Then, you will end up with a quality custom home. You get to choose what you want, and you gotta admit that you will take more pride in a home that you would have invested so much time and energy into.

As a result, Sunlight Heritage Homes is a quality home builder that will would definitely fulfill your desire to build a new custom home, so contact us now for more information.


The City of London

Are you looking for a new city to explore or some new and exciting things to do?
Look no further then City of London!

London is a city in Southwestern Ontario. London is approximately 200 kilometres from both Toronto, Ontario and Detroit, Michigan; and about 230 kilometres from Buffalo, New York.

London is known in the region as the centre of health care and education, being home to the University of Western Ontario, Fanshawe College, and several hospitals.  The city also hosts a number of musical and artistic exhibits and festivals.

London offers so many wonderful options for social enjoyment, relaxation and entertainment. Residents of London have easy access to shopping, dining, hospitals, a major highways such as HWY 401 & HWY 402. It also has an international airport, train, and bus station.

London is home to a number of local Sports teams such as the Western Mustang Football team and the London Knights Hockey team. The city also offers a range of activates from water parks to renaissance festivals and more! Don’t forget all the local amenities people need such as the local, Tim Horton’s and Farmers Market.
Not into the hustle and bustle of shopping around town? No problem!
There are lots of hiking trails to explore that are sure to calm your pace and bring you back to nature. There are a few local conservations that you could pack a picnic and spend the day.

Sunlight Heritage Homes is currently selling and building 2 story detached Homes in London, Ontario. So, let’s explore some of the amazing things that the City of London has to offer.

Check out our newest model home in the link below!

Come check out the City of Woodstock for yourself!

Thinking of setting down roots in Woodstock?
Check us out at http://www.sunlighthomes.ca/
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How to Create a Cozy Cottage Inspired Interior

Is there anything cozier than settling in on the sofa in a charming cottage?

There is something about being away from the busy city that seems to bring on a calm in people. So, it’s not shocking why people seem drawn to cottage styles within there home. Warm colours, plush furniture, and a generous scattering of art, antiques and natural materials make these country interiors perfect settings for curling up with a cup of tea.

This style isn’t restricted to cottages themselves though – anyone can bring a touch of this traditional design into their home, whether you’re nestled deep in the English countryside, stretched along a costal beach line or hidden deep in the woods.

Check out a few of our favourite examples of ultra-cozy, cottage-style designs, and prepare to get comfortable.

Rustic-Cottage Style

Photos by Eric Roth

Stone textured walls pour on the rustic charm in this lovely old English style living Room. Exposed wood beams, Vintage furnishings covered with throws, pillows, and sheepskins lend warmth on chilly nights.

Coastal-Cottage Style

Photos by Kristina Braun

If you’re by the sea or if you just want to bring the sea to you, integrate beach elements into your home. Starfish, coral, seashells and sand all pull in theme with beachy colors of soft blues, greens and sandy beiges with lots of white.

English-Cottage Style

Photos by Kitchen Architecture

Don’t be afraid to mix and layer different patterns in various colors. Crisp, white walls will always provide the perfect backdrop. Use a variety of throws, pillows, and rugs to help create an instant warmth and homey vibe. 

Did you like the ideas listed above or share your own ideas on how you made your home cottage-cozy!

Let us know in the comments below!


How To Determine The Best Floor Plan For You

When you are looking for a new home, there are many factors that need to be considered, and the right floor plan for you and your family is an essential one. If you do not take this into account and give it some thought then you will never end up with the best home for you.

First, you need to start by examining your lifestyle and determining all your needs and wishes. For example, a good one to consider is, do you want children areas and toys to be separate or for everything to be on the main floor for maximum visibility. In that case, if you want closed off areas, then you would be looking at a home with many rooms, and maybe a basement for those children areas. If you are looking for maximum visibility, then you would opt for an open layout kind of floor plan. It is things like that that need to be considered when purchasing your home. Some other helpful questions you could ask yourself include:

  • Do you want a separate dining room for formal functions, or are you more comfortable with a large eat-in kitchen?
  • How many bedrooms do you need for immediate family members? Do you need an extra room for guests or grandparents? Will your family be growing in the future?
  • Do you need an area dedicated for a computer/work station? Does it need to be a separate room, or would a nook or a loft area work?
  • Do you need/want a master ensuite bath plus a separate bathroom for friends and the children, or a larger family bath? Do you want a separate shower and bathtub, or a combination of the two? Do you need one or two sinks in any of the bathrooms? Knowing what you want out of your house will help you narrow the field to choose from.
  • Look at the square footage of the room. A floor plan can be rather small, it is easy to either under or overestimate the size of the room. If you have a hard time visualizing what those numbers mean, measure the equivalent room(s) in your current home to compare.
  • Consider furniture placement. There is nothing worse than arriving at your new house on closing day and discovering that there is nowhere to put the Big Screen TV, that the couch doesn’t fit or that you need a smaller dining room table. If you have specific needs, consider making a scale room plan with your furniture to make sure that everything will fit.

All information retrieved from sunlighthomes.ca.

Let us know if this was helpful, or what kind of floor plan you prefer?

We would love to hear about it in the comments.


Hardwood or Carpet?

What is the first thing your toes touch in the morning, hardwood or carpet?

Beeny, Sarah. “Carpets vs. Wooden Floors.” Tepilo, www.tepilo.com

Flooring is one of the biggest decisions a homeowner makes. Some love the softness of carpet, the way it muffles footsteps and cushions your feet as you walk. Some people would preferer hardwood’s natural beauty. It’s easy to clean and can look new for decades if cared for properly.

Flooring is an important part of the overall feel to your home. You can use a single consistent flooring thought your home to give it a sharp, clean look or you can choose different flooring per room to give each space its own presence.

Beyond aesthetics, homeowners must consider their lifestyles when choosing flooring as this could dictate which style of flooring can be/ should be used. Does the family remove shoes at the door? Are the pets house-trained? Does the family take dinners into the family room? All of these living habits will have an effect on the life of the product you buy

If you’re choosing flooring for a new home or musing whether to replace a tired carpet with wood (or vice versa), there’s a lot to consider.


Hand-scraped wood flooring, with deeper grooves, hides the small dents and wear that can come from active families and pets. While it is a higher upfront investment than carpet, but hardwood adds a lasting value to a home that carpet can’t. It also helps alleviate allergies as it doesn’t hold on to allergens that can sink into the fibers of carpet. It is easier to spot spills, pet hair, crumbs and debris on. Spills can be completely wiped up while it would normally stain carpet, but wood needs to be cleaned more often than carpet.


Carpet is easier, faster and cheaper to install than wood flooring, which must be nailed down, glued or clicked into place. Its life can be extended with frequent vacuuming and steam cleaning but may stain and become matted over time. You can also choose from any different patterned carpets make a design impact in the space.  You can easily change a hardwood floor’s look with area rugs. Carpet is quieter than hardwood floors and warmer in winter due to the many verities in carpet length

Ways To Furnish Your Home With No Money

We can all agree that this happened at least one time in your life; you’re flipping through a home design catalog or watching a show, perhaps HGTV? And then you become overcome with envy as you realize you want your home to be as stylish and chic as all those television families, but there’s one problem. You simply don’t have a “flexible” budget of 30k. There are, however, ways for you to up the glamour factor on your home, with items you already have, used items, or items costing less than at least $100.

First, this is a really good option for getting items for free or cheap. You could visit Facebook or Freecycle. There are various groups, and definitely one for or near your area. There people can trade, buy, or give away items, and you could score a branded item that you wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise.

Next, you could search for estate sales. A popular website used for this is EstateSales.net. Basically what these are is, when somebody moves, goes through a divorce, or anything of that sort, they are likely to sell their belongings quickly. So they are a great opportunity to furnish your home on a cheap budget.

Another good tip is to look for discounts at furniture stores. If you can get a coupon you could possibly reduce the price of the item you wanted. There are many websites that sport various store coupons, or you could sign up for your favourite furniture store’s mailing list in order to get sent all the updates. You could also ask stores about their dented or scratched pieces. That way they give you a discount on them and you could easily fix it yourself with a little acrylic paint.

If we are talking about up-cycling used items, there are many ways to do this. One of the styles in right now is having old rustic looking furniture. You could achieve this by using an old table or chair, either one of your own or something you scored at a garage sale. You could sand it down and paint it with chalk paint giving it a new lively look. You can easily find 40% off coupons for Michaels, thus saving you money there too because we all know how expensive Michaels can get. You can also look for DIY projects on Pinterest, speaking of which, we recently created one so check it out, we also save all kinds of things, including very cool DIY projects.

These were just some tips on how to decorate your home for cheap!

Let us know about any pieces you have made or found!