London activities for your whole family to enjoy.

Warmer weather is just around the corner, and with spring already here, it is the perfect time to get your family out of the house to enjoy some quality time together! Create memories with your loved ones while having fun at some of these London activities your whole family will enjoy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Trails
London offers over 20 walking, biking and hiking trails in and around the city and dubbed the “Forest City” for good reason. Getting outdoors in London and connecting with nature is easier than you would think. If your interests include hiking, running, mountain biking, or you just enjoy going for a stroll, you may be surprised to find that you can accomplish many of these activities locally.
Meadowlily located just a short drive from Sunlight Heritage Homes: Old Victoria on the Thames site is a 3.1 Km walking/hiking/running trail containing marshes and floodplain woods along the Thames River, old fields, shrub thickets and mature woodlands on higher, rolling land, and some active and retired agricultural fields making it one of the most visited trails in London.

Boler Mountain
A year-round destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Perfect for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, mountain biking, the Treetop Adventure Park and more! During the green time, you can enjoy brunch at the Patio Restaurant. Enjoy outdoor yoga or join the adult volleyball league.
For more information: https://www.bolermountain.com/

Covent Market
Located in the heart of London since 1845 nestles in the West End, London’s main theatre and entertainment area. The market offers fresh products, gourmet foods, unique gifts, seasonal outdoors farmers market, and events. It is renowned for its luxury fashion and beauty stores as well as award-winning restaurants and theatres.
For more information: https://www.coventgarden.london/

Storybook Gardens
Fun for all age’s family-friendly fantasyland built in 1958. The 20-acre attraction is where all your beloved magical and imaginary characters come to life and attractions are themed around nursery rhymes and fairy tales. Some seasonal activities feature themed play-structures, sand and water play area, and an interactive splash pad. The fun continues with amusements parks, music shows, stage presentations and puppet shows. Subject to admission fees and parking is free.
For more information: https://www.storybook.london.ca/

East Park
A recreation and entertainment facility Located just minutes from downtown London. Featuring an 18-hole executive golf course, with a driving range and 2 mini golf courses. Add to that London’s best waterpark including 7 waterslides, a water climber with a tipping bucket and large splash pad. Have a picnic on the grounds that can be rented for groups. Go-karting, batting cages, rock climbing, bumper cars and more. Parking is free and you only pay for what you play. Fun for all ages and activity-dependent.
For more information: https://www.eastparkgolf.com/

The Factory
Canada’s largest indoor family fun centre has a wide variety of top indoor attractions, high ropes, rock climbing, virtual reality, arcades and more. Creating endless fun things to do for the whole family. And if you’re moving to London, The Factory also offers Summer Camps for your little ones.
Check them out: https://thefactorylondon.ca/

London’s Children Museum
Provides children and their grown-ups hands-on learning experiences in a distinctly child-centred environment. Part of the London community for over 40 years, the Children’s Museum is where more than 80,000 children and their families visit each year to dream and play. The museum encourages curiosity and experiences that stimulate creative spirits and encourage innovative thinking. If you have an aspiring anthropologist, the museum also offers the Dinosaur Galley, jam-packed with activities they can enjoy.
For more information: https://www.londonchildrensmuseum.ca/

Elson House
The Elson House is a historical museum located on 481 Ridout Street, London, Ontario. Built 1834 by the Harris family, the house is a fine example of Georgian and Regency architectural styles and has remained virtually unchanged since the last century.
For tour and operating hours: https://eldonhouse.ca/

Fanshawe Pioneer Village
An open-air museum established in 1959 and located in the Fanshawe Conservation Area in London, Ontario. Get a closer look at London’s bygone days, then head to Fanshawe’s open-air Pioneer Village. There is often something cooking at the old family home of famed local artist, Paul Peel (1860-1892).  Watch the forge and bellows in action while observing the Village blacksmith crafting items for use on-site or for sale at the Denfield General Store. And don’t forget to stop by the Pioneer Village Café.
Fun for all ages.
For more information: http://www.fanshawepioneervillage.ca/

The Rec Room
Conveniently located approx. 10 minutes from Sunlight Heritage Homes Foxfield Trails Community.
The Rec Room is the place to let go, be playful and experience something new and exciting. Canada’s premier “eats & entertainment” hotspot. With Canadian-inspired cuisine, virtual reality, arcades games, live entertainment, and more. The Rec Room is the ultimate gathering place to grab a pint, host an event, or just play. Fun for all ages.
And don’t forget to enjoy some shopping later at CF Masonville Place!
For more information: https://www.therecroom.com

Find your perfect London home at Sunlight Heritage Homes.
For more information please visit us: Foxfield Trails & Old Victoria on the Thames

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.

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.

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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!

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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.

THE CASE FOR WOOD

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.

THE CASE FOR 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

Creating A Home Gym That Motivates You To Get Moving!

There is nothing like being able to exercise whenever you want in the comfort, and privacy of your own home.  You don’t have to make a big event of getting ready and gathering all your things to head out. You don’t have to wondering if the exercise equipment you want is in use or not and you don’t have change and shower with strangers. These are all things that hold many people back from going to a gym and reaching their fitness goals.

Image by John Cannon Homes

Then when you add in the cost of a gym membership or personal trainer, trying to workout can seem like mission impossible. Let your home become your motivational haven with your vary own home gym. A home gym might cost a bit of money to get started but once you have what you need, it will pay for itself in no time.

So, even if you’re not an exercise buff, designing your own home gym allows you to create the type of space that is motivates you to get moving Below, you’ll find some design tips to help you turn your home space into home gym that inspires you to become your best.

 

Space considerations

Adding a home gym doesn’t have to be a major renovation project. Using your basement or spare bedroom are great places to start. Even an uncluttered corner of your living room can work you just have to make sure there will be enough clearance around and above you and your equipment.

If you’re setting up your home gym to have Equipment such as weights or a power rack, it’s going to take up a lot of floor space. These types of equipment such as a Power Racks allow you to set the bar’s height at any level, allowing you to perform a range of different exercises with one machine. Take a look at different types of wall mounted equipment. When not in use them, they can fold up and stick out five inches from the wall, allowing you to have a more versatile gym with both a weight room and free floor spaces.

Flooring considerations

If you plan on using weights or heavy equipment in your home gym, it’s important to make sure that they’re evenly dispersed across your floor specifically ma

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ke sure to put heavier equipment evenly on floor joist. You don’t want to load up a dumbbell rack that happens to be in between two floor joists. The average two-tiered dumbbell rack weighs around 700 lbs and Over time you could see the plywood and flooring under the rack is going to warp or it’s going to collapse under the load.

 

A great type is to use rubber floor mats or platforms. Not only are they vary durable, easy to clean and provide great sound insulation for when you’re at that last set and just have to drop your weights when you finish. Dropping weights can bust concrete and plywood, costing you hundreds to repair so be carful

Equipment considerations

Your equipment is one key to a successful workout. Make sure and take the time to select if you want equipment in your home gym. If so make sure your choosing

Image by Sarah Evers Hoffman

equipment that you are going to use on a consistent basis, especially when looking at cardiovascular equipment such as Ellipticals, stair masters or treadmills. While price is often a factor for most people, paying a little more on equipment that you will utilize is a much smarter decision than spending less on a piece that will sit unused.

 

Resale Considerations

Finally, when deciding on the area you want to layout for your gym, consider how it will affect your home’s resale value. Not all people want a gym in there home and if you have modified the house to have a gym instead of a spare bedroom, you’ll want to make the necessary changes are made to make it a bedroom prior to relisting your home. Buyers like to picture themselves in your home and if exercise is not a part of their lifestyle, a room full of gym equipment is going to decrease the chances that they will fall in love with your home and want to buy it. Don’t forget to put your gym equipment into storage before you sell in order to show off the full potential of the space.

Helpful Tips Every New Home Owners Should Know

If you’re a new homeowner, in the market or just looking to get more informed here are some helpful types that not all home owners think about. These assortments of tips will help you save money, help keep your over home healthier and safer!


Change the locks and make spare keys.

One of the first things a homeowner should do is change the locks on their new home. You don’t need to be particularly handy to install new door hardware, and a set of basic doorknobs and locks for your front and back door will only set you back $20-$80 or so. It may seem unnecessary, but there’s no way to know whether there are copies of your old key floating around, and who might have them if so. Investing a bit of money and time today can protect you from burglary down the road.

While you’re at it, get an extra copy of your key made and leave it with someone you trust, so you don’t have to shell out $100 to a locksmith when you inevitably lock yourself out.


Install LED or CFL light bulbs.

LED and CFL bulbs can save you a lot of money on energy use over the long haul, plus they have much longer lives than normal incandescent bulbs, making them well worth the upfront investment. Consider installing some in various places — especially in areas where the lights may be in use for long periods, like the living room or kitchen, or left on accidentally, like a back hallway or basement. CFL bulbs tend to be cheaper, but LED bulbs are usually preferable in terms of performance and have come down in cost quite a bit over the past few years.


Check Smoke and CO Detector Dates and Replace, as Needed.

It’s important that you know where your smoke and CO detectors are located and that you make sure they are working. Smoke alarms may be the cheapest, easiest and most effective means for protecting your family and your home from a fire, as long as they’re functioning. Learn where smoke detectors should be located, how to maintain them, when to replace them and some cool new options available for homeowners here and here.


Replace your air filters.

When you first move in, you almost always need to replace the air handling filter or the filter on your furnace or AC unit. Don’t worry, it’s easy to do – it takes about 10 seconds.

Go down to your air handling unit, find where the filter is (it’s almost always a large rectangle), and mark down the measurements (printed around the edges). Then, go to the hardware store and pick up a few of them. Go home and replace the old one with a new filter and save the rest so you always have a clean one ready to go. An outdated filter not only doesn’t filter air as well, it also has a negative impact on air flow, meaning your air handling system or HVAC unit has to work harder — and use more energy — to pump out lower quality air.

Watch our how-to video below!


Install a programmable thermostat – and learn how to use it.

A programmable thermostat allows you to schedule automatic increases and decreases in your home’s temperature, saving money on cooling in the summer and heating in the winter.

They’re easy to install and easy to use, especially if you keep a fairly routine schedule. Just program the thermostat to drop a few degrees at night while you’re sleeping or off at work during the day and set it to return to your preferred temperature just before you wake up or return home from work. You won’t notice the difference — until you see your lower utility bill.


Lower the temperature on your hot water heater down.

This is the optimum temperature for your hot water heater. Most people don’t use water hotter than 120 degrees — indeed, water hotter than that can scald you or a child — and thus the energy needed to keep the water above 120 degrees isn’t used effectively. Lower the temperature, save money on your energy bill, and you’ll never skip a beat.


Mark any cracks in the basement with dated masking tape.

Many homes have a few small cracks in their basement walls from the settling of the foundation and the weight of the house. In a stable home, the small cracks aren’t growing at all – they’re safe. If they’re growing, however, you’ll save a ton of money by getting the problem addressed now rather than later.

How do you tell if they’re growing? Take some masking tape and cover up the end of any cracks you notice inside or outside and write today’s date on the tape. Then, in a few months, check the tape – if you see a crack growing out of the end of the tape, you might have a problem and should call a specialist before the problem gets out of hand.


Check the insulation in your attic – and install more if needed.

If you have an unfinished attic, pop your head up there and take a look around. You should see insulation up there between the beams, and there should be at least six inches of it everywhere (more if you live in the northern part of the United States).

If there’s inadequate insulation up there – or the insulation you have appears to be damaged – install new insulation. Here’s a great guide from the Department of Energy on attic insulation, including specifics on how much you should have depending on where you live. Many states offer financial incentives, up to a 75% refund for instance, to encourage homeowners to better insulate their homes.


Clean Refrigerator Coils or Pay Unnecessary Repair Bills.

Refrigerator condenser coils are located on the back of the fridge or across the bottom. When coils are clogged with dust, pet hair and cobwebs, they can’t efficiently release heat. The result is your compressor works harder and longer than it was designed to, using more energy and shortening the life of your fridge. Clean the coils with a coil-cleaning brush and vacuum. A coil-cleaning brush, which is bendable to fit in tight areas, does a thorough job. Look for one online or at appliance store


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Steel Studs vs. Wood Studs for Residential Framing

There was a time when the use of steel studs in residential building applications was considered exotic. Its use was limited mostly to builders or home remodeling professionals, and DIYers barely knew they existed and almost never used them in projects. You could only buy them at specialty building supply outlets and rarely saw them at standard consumer stores. 

Now, if you go to any big box home improvement center such as Home Depot, chances are good that you will find a stack of steel studs in the lumber section. But the fact that steel studs are outnumbered 100 to 1 by good old-fashioned wood framing lumber should tell you something: working with steel is not as easy as it seems.

Benefits of Steel Studs

  • Durable: Metal studs are impervious to fire, termites, rot, splitting, and any other number of hazards which can affect any kind of organic-based building material—namely, wood. 
  • Predictable: Unlike wood, which can arrive warped, twisted, or bent, steel studs (unless damaged) always arrive perfectly straight.
  • Cost-effective: While never as cheap as wood, steel studs are now only about 30 percent more expensive than wood studs.
  • Lightweight: Steel studs are lighter to carry and store than wood because they are hollow.
  • Good for problem areas: Since they are impervious to moisture, steel studs work well in bathrooms and water-prone basements.

Disadvantages

  • Difficult to cut: Cutting steel studs is more difficult than cutting lumber. Pros usually use It is usually done a miter saw or circular saw equipped with a metal-cutting blade in conjunction with tin snips. 
  • Limited availability: Metal studs found at your local home improvement store will only come in the most popular dimensions. Unusual dimensions will need to be sourced at stores that cater to contractors. Local big-box retailers will usually stock the dimensions matching wood 2 x 4 studs, in lengths ranging from 8 to 12 feet. Standard steel studs available at big-box retailers use 25-gauge steel. 
  • Safety: Cutting metal studs is considerably more hazardous than cutting wood. Cutting metal studs by hand with tin snips is a good recipe for lacerating skin, and the sound produced by an electric saw on metal studs will damage hearing unless you wear hearing protection. Cut edges can be quite sharp, so make sure to wear heavy work gloves and long sleeves
  • Limited creativity: Metal studs are not a “forgiving” material for the DIYer. While wood is a very flexible, malleable, forgiving material, with metal, it is all or nothing.
  • Drywall installation is tricky: When driving a drywall screw into a wood stud, the wood practically seems to draw the screw into it. Tapping a drywall screw into a metal stud requires a bit more work and practice.
  • Heat loss: Steel studs that are in contact with a conditioned area on one face (i.e. a heated basement) and a cold outdoor area on the other face (masonry foundation walls), will allow considerably more heat loss than do wood studs since metal is a much better thermal conductor. This can be avoided if the walls are constructed with a thermal break or gap. 

Recommendations

All factors considered, most DIYers will find that there is little advantage to using metal studs over traditional wood studs. For first-timers, using steel studs require a learning curve that makes installation a little slower than with wood studs, and working with steel comes with additional safety hazards. And there may be locations where you still prefer to use wood as well as metal studs, such as when attaching electrical boxes between studs and door frames. You may also find it easier to attach trim moldings around doors and windows if they have been framed with wood rather than steel. 

However, if you plan to a lot of stud framing work and hope for your projects to last for a long, long time, it may be work learning how to work with steel studs, since they will never bow, warp, or rot.

 

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Rental Property Maintenance

Maintenance on a rental property can be a confusing issue. Renters may mistakenly assume all maintenance is the responsibility of the leasing agent or Landlord, but this is usually not true. In many cases the leasing agent or land lord are responsible for maintaining the common areas and performing major repairs, but the renters do typically have some responsibilities. These responsibilities are usually layout out for you in the rental agreement. Any renter should familiarize themselves with this document to verify their rights if a dispute arises.


Renter Responsibilities

Typically, renters have the responsibility of maintaining their home and the surrounding area. This may include the interior of the Rental as well as deck or patio space. Keep in mind that the “maintenance” of these areas usually apply to the overall cleanliness and not issues such as painting or repairs to the exterior or the interior of the rental or the appliances within.

Renters are also responsible for small repairs in their home. This may include plunging a clogged toilet or changing a dead light bulb. However, if there are any duties a renter feels uncomfortable performing such as changing a dead light bulb in a high location, the renter should contact the landlord for further assistance.

Renters also have a responsibility to show common courtesy to other renters by not intentionally damaging or otherwise marring public areas. This includes vandalism, littering and even failure to pick up after their pets. Renters who fail to follow these rules of common courtesy may be subject to fines or other penalties according to the rental agreement.

Leasing Agent Responsibilities

The leasing agent or landlord is generally held responsible for major items such as repairs to the exterior of the building, fixing appliances which are malfunctioning and dealing with plumbing issues such as leaky pipes. Additionally, the landlord is responsible for intervening if the renter is having trouble with public utilities. Problem such as no hot water or heat to the rental should be addressed by the landlord along with the public utilities’ entity.

The leasing agent and landlord is also responsible for maintaining the common areas. This may include keeping grassy areas manicured and other common areas looking clean and attractive.

When the Leasing Agent is Not Taking Responsibility

As previously discussed, the leasing agent or landlord has certain responsibilities to perform tasks, address concerns and complaints by the renters. However, when the leasing agent or landlord is not fulfilling these responsibilities it could create a harmful living environment for the renter. For example, hot water is required to bath wash clothes and dishes. This is why there should always be hot water to the home. Additionally, in severely cold weather the inability to heat the apartment due to faulty utilities or windows which are not properly sealed can create a hazardous, unfit conditions for the renters.

Both of the examples mentioned above are situations in which the renter may put in a hazardous condition by the leasing agent or landlord’s negligence. In these situations, the renter should contact the Department of Housing to determine the proper cause of action.

Always make sure to carefully read through your rental agreement to ensure you know all your responsibilities as a renter and to make sure you understand what you’re getting into. The rental agreement will also explain what you need to do before moving out: How much advance notice is required? What type of cleaning are you responsible for? If there’s something you don’t understand, ask the landlord for clarification, or consult a local specialist in real estate law. Finally, always keep a copy of your record. This can be an important document if any disagreements arise regarding the property or anything related the rental.

 

Window Condensation in Your Home

Do you remember the windows your house getting foggy during thanksgiving? Or noticed the beads of water running down the inside of your windows during cooler weather? Many new homeowners worry when they see this, and their first thought is my window must be faulty. But that’s not the case. It’s likely your windows are doing what they’re supposed to do – keeping outdoor air outside.


Moisture on windows, also known as window condensation is usually a sign of too much humidity in the house. Condensation occurs as a result of warm air coming into contact with a cooler surface such as your window pane. Some new homeowners will simply ignore window condensation as an eyesore and a common occurrence in many homes. While it’s true that condensation will affect your view of the outdoors, it can also cause other long-lasting effects if not properly addressed.

Frequent and/or excessive water and drip/run onto window frames, walls, siding, and flooring, causing water damage that may warp wood and dissolve fabric or drywall over time. The presence of consistent condensation on or around your windows may also invite mold growth which can also affect your comfort and your health.

The solution to both these issues is simple. Your home needs more ventilation. Open a couple of windows an inch or two or try running bathroom and range hood fans a little longer then normal. Fresh, low-moisture air is pulled inside as stale, humid air is forced out. Increasing the ventilation in your home will help level the humidity and dry the windows out.

Worried you’ll be losing heat along with that stale moist air?

Today, most homes have a ventilation appliance called a heat recovery ventilator or HRV. The HRV pulls fresh outdoor air into your home while recovering most of the heat from that stale, humid air while pushing it out. If your home doesn’t have one you can have one installed with your existing furnace unit. Make sure to contact a heating and ventilation professional who’s properly qualified to do this type of specialized.

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